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36 Stunning Tiled Shower Ideas To Transform Your Bathroom

The quickest way to add character and charm to a bathroom is by adding creative and unique tiles to the shower. Even our ancient predecessors took great care and persistence in ensuring their baths and spa facilities were tiled with stunning patterns and designs.

It’s time we do the same for our bathrooms. The bathroom is supposed to be a place of relaxation and peace. Let’s make the shower and bath places of beauty and stunning design. Whether you’re looking to invoke modern stylishness with subway tiles or channel traditional classiness with marble panels, these shower tile ideas will help turn your bathroom into a spectacle of delight.

Floor to Ceiling Marble Wonder

Nothing says beauty like floor-to-ceiling marble. You can even get tiles of marble that are so seamless, it will look as if your shower is one giant sheet of marble rather than individual tiles.

Marble subway tile floor in a walk in shower mixed with a marble slab shower wall adds a luxurious appeal to a master bathroom finished with a glass-enclosed door and nickel hardware
Photo Credit: Craig and co.

Basketweave White

Try laying tile in an interesting pattern or get a style of tile that already comes that way. This basketweave subway tile adds a different look other than a traditional white subway tile.

steel and glass shower door enclosure accent walk-in shower with an oil rubbed bronze shower head mounted against white subway basketweave wall tiles
Photo Credit: Collective Studio

Floor Tiles

Don’t forget to put some charm and character on the shower floor. Tiles aren’t just for the shower walls; if you have to tile your shower floor, you might as well go with something fun and unique.

A teak stool sits in an expansive walk-in shower on ivory and black floor tiles and in front of gray glazed grid tiled walls
Photo Credit: Veneer Designs

Classy Gold

Nothing classes up a bathroom faster than gold. The gold mosaic tile in this shower is a beautiful complement to the gold hardware and shower kit.

Seamless glass walk-in shower is clad in marble and brass mosaic surround tiles and is finished with a niche. A oval freestanding bathtub is located beside the shower and beneath a window.
Photo Credit: StudioTen25

Tiled In Design

You don’t have to carry your pattern tile throughout the whole shower. A framed tile feature acts as a stunning art piece in this shower.

white linear tile surround in shower accented with decorative inset tiles hand held shower head to the left and wall-mounted rain shower head to right alongside a rain shower head mounted on mosaic marble tiled shower ceiling over a mosaic marble tiled floor
Photo Credit: Brookes and Hill

Mosaic Beauty

This shower is a work of art! The mosaic tiles come together in a thought-out intricate pattern to create a stunning piece of art.

walk-in shower with mosaic tile surround framing dual shower heads with crystal faucet alongside accent wall tiled in a large scale black, gray and gold floral mosaic.
Photo Credit: Black Mountain Dev

Edgy with Green

Do something daring with your shower. These bright green subway tiles create a modern and bold look. Add that with the contrast of the white marble shower floor and bench, and you have quite the fierce look.

Walk-in shower green subway tile surround and ceiling accented with ceiling mounted square rain shower head over secondary shower head and marble floating shelf across from marble top shower bench
Photo Credit: Anik Pearson Architect

Glossy Teal

Subway tiles aren’t just white. You can get them in fun, bold colors to create an eye-catching tiled shower. I love the glossy look of these teal subway tiles. Notice how the teal is carried through into the fun mosaic pattern of the floor tiles.

Black and blue geometric floor tiles black washstand with a white quartz countertop vanity mirror nickel towel bar mounted to a wall beside a walk-in shower finished with a glass partition and glossy blue stacked wall tiles
Photo Credit: Gonterman Construction

Dramatic Pinwheels

An eye-catching display of dramatic pinwheels makes for a delightful and charming tiled shower.

\white and black bath rug in front of a black oval freestanding bathtub matte black tub filler frameless glass shower face to face black vintage style shower heads mounted to white and gray geometric wall tiles over infinity shower drains
Photo from: Courtney Bishop

Pebbled Tile

Tiles aren’t always flat and smooth. You can have many different textures and styles. This homeowner created a textured stone wall look in their shower which would make one feel like they’re right at the spa.

shower with stone tiles rain shower head, teak shower shelf, freestanding tub and porcelain floor tiles
Photo Credit: Fiorella Design

Soft Blue Mosaic

Bright and bold colors of mosaics don’t always have to jump out at you. This Spanish blue mosaic tile is small but pulls this space together. Blue and brass can go together anytime — it looks so good together!

Bathroom features a walk-in shower that boasts blue mosaic Spanish tiles with a brass shower kit, a built-in tiled bench and a marble tiled ceiling.
Photo Credit: Alder and Tweed

Deep Blue Chevron

Think about placement when you are laying tile. You don’t always have to opt for straight across — shake things up by making a fun chevron pattern.

Blue tiled stacked shower niches are framed by blue herringbone shower wall tiles.
Photo Credit: Lexi Westergard Design

Go Round

Pick out tiles with a round pattern for something unique and distinct.

Gray blue mosaic tiles walk in shower fitted with a seamless glass enclosure fixed in front of a polished nickel shower kit and rain shower head white floating bench above white and gray basketweave floor tiles
Photo Credit: Ida Architects

Or larger round and more spaced out.

White and gray mosaic surround tiles seamless glass shower fitted beneath a skylight floating bench mounted against white tiles
Photo Credit: Mandarina Studio

Bright and Bold

Blue is a trendy color for the bathroom. You can’t help but feel calmer and at peace when around blue, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go bold with your shower tile pattern. Give your bathroom character and allow the shower to be the showstopping piece.

A blue mosaic tiled niche lined with brass trim is framed by blue mosaic accent tiles.
Photo Credit: Isabella Patrick Design
Shower features turquoise blue scale tiles, a blue scale tiled shower niche and a brass shower head.
Photo Credit: Carolyn Leona

Go With a Classic

A classic marble subway tile will never go out of style, and if you want to shake things up a bit, you can lay your tile in a different pattern, such as chevron.

Walk in shower features gray marble chevron tiles, a tiled shower niche, a nickel shower kit and a clear partition.
Photo Credit: Barclay Butera

Large Marble Tiles

If you’re working with a smaller space, try larger tiles. Large tiles will make your area feel much bigger than it is; of course, you can’t go wrong with luxurious marble.

brass rain shower kit fixed to marble subway ceiling tiles over marble lattice floor tiles fitted in a curved walk-in shower
Photo Credit: Casey Howard

Mosaic Everywhere

If you love a mosaic tile, go big with it. Consider tiling a matching bench, too. This seamless design will make your shower feel taller than it is by continuing the tile throughout the entire shower.

walk-in shower cement tiles floating tiled bench fixed over a gray grid floor and on a wall adjacent to a long tiled niche fixed beneath a window.
Photo Credit: Journey Home Interiors

Half and Half

Half and half allows you to play around with different tile types and pull in more than one style. Choose and simple tile and pair it with a bolder pattern for a distinctive look.

White marble floors topped with a gray trellis bath mat lead to a frameless glass door opening to a walk in marble and glass steam shower fitted with a tilt out window, mosaic marble floors, and gray oval marble tile backsplash holding a polished nickel shower kit and circular shower head while the ceiling holds a rain shower head in this well appointed contemporary bathroom.
Photo Credit: Homepolish

Grey Subway

We will never tire of subway tile, especially if it’s a simplistic yet classy grey. Paired with a brass shower kit, this look has moody written all over it but in a totally good way.

Dark gray glazed tiles walk-in shower with white grout and a brushed gold shower kit
Photo Credit: Kristina Crestin Design

Penny Pink

A tile as old as time is resurfacing. Penny tiles are a classic option that first graced many kitchens and bathrooms in the early 1900s. However, they’re making a big comeback in the contemporary tile world. Once a classic, always a classic but this time, they are coming back with color in mind.

Contemporary shower features pink penny tiles with white grout, a pink tiled shower and a black accent table.
Photo Credit: Black Lacquer Design

But of course, white is always a classic choice, too. 

White hexagon shower wall and floor tiles matched with gray grout in a walk in show frameless glass door and a brass door handle
Photo Credit: Moontower

You can also go with two different penny tiles colors and then arrange them to make a fun stripe pattern. 

White and gray penny shower tiles in a stripe pattern design in a bathtub white shower kit
Photo Credit: Collective Studio

Fan Shaped Tile

Tile comes in all shapes and sizes, and when you shake up your tile from the traditional shapes, you will not only give a unique perspective to your bathroom, but you add beauty and elegance that is different and unexpected.

gray mosaic marble fan shaped wall tiles framed by vertical white tiles walk in shower stacked tile brushed gold shower kit
Photo Credit: Isabella Patrick Interiors

Go Green

Kelly green is not a color you would often think of for the bathroom, but it works in creating a remarkable and entertaining space. If you’re going to go big with green, a bold pattern shower curtain completes the look.

A green subway tiled drop-in bathtub is covered with 2 white and green shower curtains and fitted with a white quartz deck fixed against glossy green surround tiles.
Photo Credit: Amy Sklar Design

Black Marble Herringbone

Dark and moody are ok and can bring an atmosphere to your bathroom that is surprisingly quite relaxing if done correctly.

Black hexagon floor tiles complement black chevron shower surround tiles holding a matte black shower head over a long chevron tile
Photo Credit: The Lifestyled Co.

Those Baby Blues

You can carry the shower tiles up to the ceiling of the shower as well. A little alcove space that is fully tiled makes the shower the focal point of this bathroom.

sky blue glass tiled barrel ceiling, a marble-clad drop-in bathtub is fixed under an antique brass shower kit fixed against sky blue mini subway wall tiles, while walls are clad in green and blue wallpaper.
Photo Credit: Alyssa Rosenheck

Match the Floor

You can bring the floor and shower together by taking some of the same tiles on the floor and making a little notched-in shelf in the shower using the same tiles.

Green and black mosaic cement bathroom floor tiles toilet steel and glass shower enclosure walk-in shower with a brass rain shower kit fixed over white hexagon floor tiles and white subway surround tiles framing a green and black mosaic cement tiled shelf
Photo Credit: Amy Lind Interiors

Black and White Check

The black and white check shower tiles give off subtle reminders of the 80s but with a modern twist.

black and white buffalo check tiles and a rectangular tiled shower
Photo Credit: Mindy Gayer

Make it Art

You can get wall tiles that look as if you wallpapered your shower. This stunning, classy design looks great against the black and white checker floor.

green and black stacked wall tiles brass wall mount shower kit
Photo Credit: Cortney Bishop

Simple and Classic

If you want to keep things simple and classic, white or black subway tile will do the trick. This type of shower tile won’t date itself so fast and is excellent for those that want something that will withstand the trends.

A white and gold sink with a brass base featuring a satin nickel faucet and a smoke gray tiled mirror white vintage barn sconce mounted on shiplap walls in a modern farmhouse bathroom design
Photo Credit: Pike Properties

Pair with Wallpaper

Pair your tile with fun wallpaper by picking out accent colors and then matching both.

Bathroom features a shower with pink and gray chevron pattern tiles, a marble subway tiled drop-in bathtub, and a beveled mirror on gray French house print wallpaper over a gray single washstand with antique brass vintage cross handle faucet
Photo Credit: Brown Design Inc.

Modern Mosaics

To make a statement with your shower tile, forget about white subway. There are so many fun, bold and modern tile patterns that you can get. Picking out tile should reflect your personality, so if you are brave and daring — go for a design that says that, too!

A drop in bathtub matched with a matte black shower kit is accented with white and gray modern mosaic wall tiles
Photo Credit: Crystal Sinclair Designs

Scalloped Shower Tile

Gold and gray are two colors you don’t often see together, but this shower tile proves that maybe we need to see it a little more. It’s classy and elegant without being too over the top.

walk in shower in gold and gray wall tiles infinity drain polished nickel shower kit
Photo Credit: Veneer Designs

Best Tips for Picking Out Tile

  • Consider the style and theme of your bathroom – make sure you know the style of your bathroom before you pick out your tile. The tile should match the vibe of the room.
  • Stick to one showstopping tile – you don’t want two or three tiles competing against each other.
  • Take maintenance into consideration – if you don’t want to spend your life cleaning tiles, make sure you choose a low-maintenance tile that is easy to clean.
  • Stick to your color palette – create a color palette for your bathroom and stick to that, especially when choosing your tile.
  • Come up with a budget – Tile prices can range greatly, so it’s essential to know your budget before you head to the store.
  • Determine how much you need – this is best figured out before you head to the store to buy your tile.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What tile is best for showers?

The best tiles for showers are ceramic and porcelain tiles. These tiles work best for shower floors and are a good fit for shower walls, thanks to their waterproof and non-slip qualities when glazed.

How much does it cost to have a shower stall tiled?

The average range for a fully tiled shower is around $1,800 to $4,000, including the pan and 3 walls. This cost will vary depending on the size of your shower, shape, and the tile you choose. Many companies will provide free estimates, or if you are a seasoned DIYer, you may consider tiling your shower yourself, which will help save some cost.

Is it cheaper to do a shower stall or tile?

Generally, prefabricated showers are much more affordable than tiled stalled shower stalls, often hundreds of dollars. While you will save money on a prefabricated shower, a tiled shower is a better and prettier option if you are after character and charm.

Should a shower be tiled?

The most straightforward answer is no; a shower doesn’t technically need to be tiled for functionality. Tile is just one of many options for designing and building a shower. If you want something that will add value and charm to your home, you have many more options if you decide to tile.

What size tile makes a shower look bigger?

Using large tiles in a small shower can actually make it appear larger. That’s because there are fewer grout joints, reducing the lines.

What is the easiest shower tile to keep clean?

Some of the easiest shower tiles to keep clean are natural stone tile, glass tile, polished porcelain tile, and vinyl tile. Bathroom tiles should be cleaned regularly to prevent bacteria build-up. The longer you leave them without cleaning, the more complex the grime will be to remove.

Can I tile my shower myself?

Tiling a shower by yourself can be especially hard. If you’re confident in your skill level and attention to detail, go for it! If you’re unsure or leary in any way, it may be in your best interest to call in an expert. Regarding tiling, you want to ensure that you are putting in perfection to provide a stunning and functioning result.

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Holly Antoine is a Home, Lifestyle and DIY content creator. After leaving behind an 11-year career in the dental field to pursue her passion for design and decor, she developed her own branded site, https://hollygrace.ca/, where she shares her love of home design, decor, DIYs and inspires others to get creative and build a home and life they love. [...]

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