Unique bathroom backsplash ideas perfect for any space
Bathroom backsplashes may not be as popular as kitchen backsplashes, but that doesn’t mean you should leave it off your renovation checklist. The perfect backsplash can transform a basic bathroom into a unique retreat in no time. Plus, it’s an easy way to put a custom spin on a small space.
If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve got you covered. Read on for bathroom backsplash ideas to inspire your next interior design project.
Timeless Bathroom Backsplash Tile Designs
Take it from us: these trends will never go out of style.
1. Classic Subway Tile
Subway tile has been around for more than 100 years and shows no signs of slowing down. The sleek, quintessentially New York tile originated in the city’s subways in 1904. Since then, it’s made its way into kitchens and bathrooms across the U.S.
White subway tile may be simple, but it’s incredibly versatile. Pair it with different grout colors, add it into a minimalistic bathroom design, or use it to balance boho-chic decor.
2. Penny Tile
Put a modern spin on penny tile by opting for hexagon-shaped tiles. The subtle texture and monochromatic look make penny tile perfect for small spaces, especially when used with light-colored wood.
3. Black Tile
Up the drama with oversized black tiles. They may be dark, but they add a touch of glamor to the smallest rooms in your house. If you’re worried about shadows, offset the dark tones with warm wood fixtures and a large mirror.
4. Black and White Tile
Black-and-white color palettes are anything but boring, especially when you go for bold patterns. You can even combine multiple patterns without overwhelming the space by sticking with a monochrome color scheme.
5. Blue Ceramic Tile
Make your backsplash pop with blue ceramic tiles. These peacock-hued pieces work beautifully with simple fixtures, like black mirrors and white vessel sinks.
6. Gray Subway Tile
Gray subway tile brings a sense of calm to modern bathrooms. Pair light gray tiles with white grout—and plenty of natural light—for a subtle shimmer.
Luxurious Backsplash Ideas
Embrace a life of luxury with stunning backsplash designs.
7. Mosaic Tile Backsplash
Mosaic tile backsplashes add a touch of artistic elegance to any space. You may prefer the classic look of colorful tiles. However, we love this contemporary take featuring metallic finishes and a crisp color palette.
8. Glass Tile
Shiny glass tiles guarantee an eye-catching backsplash even if you choose an earthy color scheme. For best results, match your tiles with contrasting hues, like white or light blue.
9. Whole-Wall Tile
What’s better than a tile backsplash? Not much—except this whole-wall tile installation. Oversized slabs in a neutral color palette create an effortless focal point while adding a hint of luxury to the room.
10. Marble Slab
Create a seamless look with a marble slab backsplash. You may choose to use a single slab behind your bathroom sink for a budget-friendly update. Or, you can go all-in by matching your bathroom floor tile with your backsplash for a jaw-dropping installation. Just remember to place your tiles side-by-side to minimize grout lines.
Unexpected Backsplash Alternatives
Make your mark with unexpected backsplash materials.
11. Wood Plank Backsplash
Most people don’t think of wood when it comes to bathroom backsplashes due to moisture. However, you can install a wood plank backsplash or shiplap accent wall in your bathroom—if you take the proper precautions. And if you’re still worried about moisture, use ceramic tiles like these. They mimic the material and reduce the risk of water damage.
12. Concrete Backsplash
Durable concrete is mostly used outdoors, but it brings a sleek, modern appeal to interior design. Use it instead of tile for your backsplash, then play up the industrial look with exposed pendant lights, metallic accents, and wood finishes. You can even DIY a concrete backsplash and save in the process.
13. Waterproof Wallpaper
Brighten your space without breaking the bank by using waterproof wallpaper as your backsplash. Bathroom wallpaper has become increasingly popular following the introduction of peel-and-stick options. Pick your favorite pattern and install it yourself in no time for an eye-catching addition to your decor.
14. Wood Paneling
Organic materials like wood allow plenty of room for creativity, especially when matched with a simple color palette. You could go for traditional horizontal panels, but we’re big fans of this herringbone pattern. It draws the eye upward, creating space and movement without overpowering the rest of the room.
15. Textured Tile
Add depth to even the smallest powder rooms with textured tile backsplashes. This backsplash mimics the look of stacked natural stone and instantly evokes a luxurious feel. At the same time, the muted colors and simplistic decor anchor the high-end materials.