5 Mix-and-Match Bathroom Tile Ideas

Posted 04/24/2020 by Arizona Tile

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Concerto White Glossy, Concerto Greige Glossy, & Concerto Cocoa Glossy Porcelain Bathroom Wall Tile from Arizona Tile
Featured Image: Concerto White Glossy, Concerto Greige Glossy, & Concerto Cocoa Glossy Porcelain Bathroom Wall Tile from Arizona Tile

Updating or renovating a bathroom often means trying to find two or more tile options that look good together. Whether you’re looking for wall tile, floor tile, shower tile or all of the above, choosing the perfect tile can be a complicated game of mixing and matching. Tiles that are too “matchy” can make the space look dull and flat. On the other hand, tiles that are too different will visually clash.

It’s all about finding a good balance of mix-and-match. Here are some of our favorite ideas for choosing bathroom tiles that complement and contrast each other perfectly.

Bare Gray Glossy & Bare White Glossy Ceramic Tile from Arizona Tile
Image: Bare Gray Glossy & Bare White Glossy Ceramic Tile from Arizona Tile

Pattern + Pattern

For a bold look that’s full of character, mixing two tile patterns can have a fun and interesting effect. One way to do this is to choose a deco tile mix which includes several different patterns of the same product, all in a complementary color scheme. This creates a visually exciting design that’s unique but still matches.

Or you can go all-out by putting two different decorative tiles together. This is particularly fun if you like a more eclectic style in your home design. For instance, a black-and-white tile can be very impactful when used with a more colorful patterned tile.

Subway + Decorative

Imagine a sleek subway tile in a chevron or herringbone design on the walls, paired with a decorative floor tile featuring a geometric pattern. The similarly angular style lines are what make the two tiles “match” and look pleasing to the eye, even though the pairing may be unique and unexpected. 

Paloma Steel Long Hex 4 x 8 Ceramic Wall Tile from Arizona Tile
Image: Paloma Steel Long Hex 4 x 8 Ceramic Wall Tile from Arizona Tile

Subway + Geometric

Mixing a classic, minimalist subway tile with a modern geometric tile is a great way to update your bathroom tile. Geometric shapes such as hex tiles are unique and provide a stylish contrast to timeless subway tile.

3D White Ribbon Matte Mixed Ceramic Bathroom Wall Tile from Arizona Tile
Image: 3D White Ribbon Matte Mixed Ceramic Bathroom Wall Tile from Arizona Tile

Smooth + Textured

Enhance the impact of both the walls and floors of your bathroom when you pair a smooth, polished tile with a textured tile. A visual and tactile contrast gives the space a chic and contemporary style. Generally speaking, you’ll want to use your textured tile for the walls and something with a smoother finish on the floors.

Glossy + Matte

Contrasting finishes are one way to make your mix-and-match choices stand out while still complementing one another. Using a mix of glossy and matte tiles on your bathroom walls creates an interesting and modern result you’re sure to love. Or find two tiles in complementary colors and choose a glossy finish for the walls and a matte finish for the floors (or vice-versa).

Mix-and-Match Tiles for Your Bathroom

Looking for a way to explore your bathroom tile options from the comfort of your home? With our Just Imagine visualizer, you can virtually mix and match your favorite tile products to see how well they pair together before you make a commitment.

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