10 Shower Tile Design Ideas


When it’s time to remodel your bathroom, a lot of decisions have to go into the design.

Which tile to use? What colors to pick? Is getting new towels necessary?

One of the more important areas to consider is the shower. It’s a front-and-center part of any bathroom and it needs a little extra love to make sure it brings out the best attributes of any redesign.

To help you, we’ve collected some ideas to use with your shower tile that will really help bring that extra something to your overall bathroom design.

1. Differ the Shower Tile from the Rest

Chances are your bathroom has tile all over the place, not just in the shower. This is a detail that you can use to your advantage.

Giving your shower a different set of tiles than the rest of your bathroom can give your bathroom a whole new feel. It makes the shower sort of feel like its very own space. Plus, if you’re going to spend time putting effort into the shower design, why not draw more attention to it?

2. Have an Accent Wall

Using accented walls is a decorating trend that has been going strong for many years now. It provides an extra pop of color that helps bring out the design of the other walls surrounding it.

You can do the same with shower tile as well. Instead of relying on using the same tile for every part of your shower, mix it up by giving one wall special treatment.

3. Use Varying Tile Sizes

Gone are the days where showers have simply white square tiles lined up perfectly in uninteresting rows.

Varying the sizes of your shower tile can make a huge difference in any design. It breaks up the monotony of having the same tile over and over again. Plus it makes creating patterns a lot easier when you have different shapes of material to work with.

4. Liven Up Nooks and Crannies

Giving the small areas some extra attention is a great idea to accentuate the rest of your shower tile design without drawing away too much attention.

A lot of showers have a little nook for soap and shampoo or perhaps a bench area. Don’t shy away from using them into your design as a whole. They can help bring the entire design together.

For example, if you have an accent wall, perhaps these nooks and crannies can have that same color to bring the whole color scheme together.

5. Don’t Forget the Ceiling

A lot of focus goes to the shower walls. It’s to be expected since the walls are always directly in front of us. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pay attention to the ceiling, however!

The ceiling is still a part of the whole design and should get some new tiles of its very own. Adding in an accenting color onto the ceiling directly above the shower can make the wall tiles really come to life and draw the eye inwards.

6. Contrast Your Colors

While using similar color groups can make for a harmonious color scheme, if you want something a little more exciting and eye-catching, then pick out colors that contrast and compliment each other.

For example, if you’ve picked out mostly shades of blue, use try to incorporate some orange as well. Because orange is on the opposite spectrum of the color wheel, it helps bring out the blue and make it appear more vibrant.

Using this kind of trick is an easy and simple way to really make your colors feel brighter and more beautiful.

7. Patterns Are Your Friend

Making a good use of different patterns in your shower tile design is one of the best ways to give your shower that special flair. There is an unlimited number of patterns you can use to liven up your bathroom design.

You could have a pattern made with different colors of the same tile or you can make a pattern using different shapes and sizes of tiles. You can create alternating patterns or even snowflakes and intricate circles.

Patterns can bring a sense of structure to a design without feeling monotonous.

8. Bring In Textures

You don’t have to just settle for different colors. You can find a shower tile with a rock or wood-like texture that can work beautifully with any shower design. Instead of going with only colored tile, you can rely on those with textures to bring the beauty to your shower.

Alternatively, mixing and matching some color with some texture can make a really interesting choice. Textures may not work as well if you’re looking for a streamlined and sleek shower. But they are the perfect match for those who love a natural look and neutral colors.

9. Outline Dials and Pipes

Instead of trying to hide away the shower head pipes or the support handles that reside on the side of your wall, try to accentuate them. Outline them with a color accent color. Incorporate them into your patterns.

Those features will be there regardless, so it might be a good idea to simply make them a part of the design.

10. Make the Grout Part of the Design

As an important part of laying down tile, grout will inevitably be put on your walls. It doesn’t have to be just a functional necessity, however. Instead, you could try to make it so that the grout is just as much a part of your design as the tiles.

For instance, if you have a dark tile layout, use the stark white of the grout to bring out those tiles even more. You could potentially find grout of varying colors too so that the grout can be more harmonious with your desired design.

Designing Your Own Shower Tile Layout Makes It More Unique

The best thing about designing your own shower tile is the fact that you are essentially creating a piece of ceramic or porcelain art. So don’t feel that you have to go for the same tiling as you’ve always had.

Get experimental and try out something

new and exciting.

Your bathroom will be unique and perfectly to your own aesthetic tastes.

Want some inspiration? Take a look at this collection of tiles to get those creative juices going!