Color Combinations for Bath Tile Design

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Jun 22, 2011 | Linda Merrill

Photo and tile work by KMS Woodworks.Bath tile comes in many, many shapes, sizes, materials and colors.  Added on top of that is the expense of the tile and the cost of tile installation. It’s no wonder homeowners can go dizzy from considering bath tile design choices. First things first: Let’s break down surefire color choices to get the ball rolling.

White on white: The most classic of all classic bath tile design color combinations is white on white. Simple white tiled floors with white subway tile walls and counters can be dressed up or down with wall paint and accessories. While it can look very sterile, it can also look incredibly crisp and clean as well.

Blue and white: Blues of any shade and hue will always work well with white. Blue and white Delft or Portuguese tiles are softer looking classics, while more complex blues such as turquoise or navy blue will pop against bright whites. 

Black and white checkerboard floors: This bath tile design color scheme has been around for centuries and work equally well in both large and small spaces. A white tile wall with a black and white checkerboard banding can be fashion forward or retro-vintage looking, depending on the architecture and styling.

Pink, turquoise or yellow glazed ceramic tiles: With a black banding, these colors of tile is common in many older homes dating to the ‘40’s and ‘50’s.  Many homeowners have been very quick to tear out these tiles, which can be seen as both dated and difficult to decorate around. However, as vintage goods are becoming evermore popular due to budget and environmental concerns, homeowners are thinking twice about tearing out the classic bath color design color combos.

Yellow and gray: These colors have recently become a popular choice for the bathroom. They have a less strong contrast than black and yellow, yet maintains an “edge.”

Bottle greens and teals: Anything water related is usually a big hit in a bathroom. Watery seaglass colors such as bottle greens and teals will make for a fresh, yet relaxing bath tile design.

Neutral color palettes: Neutal colored tiles always a popular choice and the sandy beige, rose beige and brown beige colors found in tumbled marbles tiles and other natural stones are an upscale way to create a neutral palette sure to please even the most color-phobic.

Black and contrasting color: Black tiles on the floor, walls and/or ceiling can be mixed with nearly any other color tile to great effect, or used alone. A richly textured black tile will make for a showstopper of a space, if tricked out with just the right amount of color.

Primary color tiles: Blue, red and yellow are excellent choices for kids bathrooms. The brightly colored tiles will play off one another for a bold, fresh bath tile design scheme.

Mixed metallic tiles: These might be considered “new neutrals” as they come in any color, or combination of colors, you can imagine. These “new neutrals” provide an excellent accent to more traditional white, cream or black tiles.

Linda Merrill is a Hometalk - - writer.  Read more articles like this one - - or get help with your home project on

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