Bathroom Floor Options

Checkerboard style tiled floor

It used to be the case that most bathroom floors were covered with the same ceramic tile. But if you want a bit of a change from the uniformity and a more trendy bathroom floor do away with the idea of using the same size ceramic floor tile aligned in a grid pattern.

Get more creative with tiles and use two or three sizes in one floor design. You can also add decorative border tiles and lay out different size tiles next to each other to create interesting patterns.

Designing Your Floor Pattern

There are several ways to design a bathroom floor with ceramic tiles. Start out by thinking about the look you want to achieve.

  • A bold design with plenty of colour.
  • A more traditional design with subtle details.
  • A muted backdrop that focuses on your sink or bath?
Stone floor tiles
Mixing different sizes of tiles will create a more interesting pattern and make a small space appear larger than it actually is.

How to Mix and Match

One way to create an interesting design is to mix and match tile sizes, shapes and colours.

Instead of using the same size tile, take 6 inch by 6 inch tiles and 8 inch by 8 inch tiles and mix them throughout the floor, perhaps adding in 4 inch tiles to form a square or rectangle in front of your sink or vanity.

You could also consider staggering the layout of the tiles so that the middle of one tile abuts the grout line of another. This will break up the continuous grout lines and focus attention on the tile instead of the grid pattern.

Border tiles
Borders are another option for adding design to a tile floor. Adding a border around the perimeter of the floor or near the tub or shower will highlight that particular area.


A border typically is created using a contrasting or complimentary tile in a smaller size than the main tile. By using an 8 inch by 8 inch white tile as the main tile and a 4 inch by 4 inch darker tile as the border, you can create a good contrast.

The darker tile could be added in two rows around the bath, starting about six inches from the bath. The same contrast colour can be used in 1 or 2 inch tiles to create a border on the wall or floor of the shower stall or on the wall behind the bath.

Diagonal bathroom tiles
When all the tiles are turned on a 45 degree angle, the design draws the eyes outward to the edges of the room.

Angled Design

Tiles also can be turned on an angle to create a unique look. If just six randomly placed tiles are angled, it creates diamond shapes in several sections of the floor.

Another way to create an interesting design is to change the grout colour. Instead of using white or a colour that matches the tile, you can add a dark colour to add some contrast. When you bring the colour of the grout closer to the colour of the tile, it takes the grid pattern away and gives it a different look.

See Also
Small Bathroom
Space Saving Bathrooms
Bath with shower curtain
Keeping the Bathroom Fresh and Allergy Free