Design Ideas for a Ceramic Tile Shower


Ceramic tile is one of the easiest products to care for in the shower. It is also available in a wide range of colors, sizes and textures. When designing a tile shower, take care to ensure that the tile design works well with the overarching theme of the bathroom. Whether your style is contemporary or classic, ceramic tile designs are available to complement it.

Traditional Design

  • If your bathroom is traditional or transitional in style, considering using a traditional shower design. Select two different tiles for use on the wall to be separated by a border. This can include two different colors, or two different sizes of the same tile. Run the darker or larger of the tiles on the bottom of the shower to wainscot height, and top with a border that picks up the color of the floor tile. Use the lighter or smaller ceramic tile on top to the shower ceiling to complete the look.

Decorative Design

  • Decorative ceramic tiles can be used throughout the shower design in many ways. Frame a mural of decorative tiles on one wall for an accent that focuses the eye, or inlay the decorative tiles into a niche for a subtle look. Decorative tiles can also be used as a border running about shoulder height, or can be interspersed randomly throughout the shower tile. Choose decorative tiles that are the same size as the field tile, and randomly replace a plain tile with a decorative tile for an eclectic look.

Contemporary Design

  • New ceramic tile sizes and textures are perfect for contemporary bathrooms. Look for rectangular tiles in 4-by-12-inch sizes, embossed with circles and paisley prints. Stack the tiles on top of one another, rather than off-setting them, for a clean and modern look. Stacking standard subway tiles on top of one another can also help to achieve this look without added decorative element.

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