Top 7 Bathroom Wall Tiles Trends for 2018

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Bathroom Wall Tiles

Your bathroom is your sanctuary where spending a few minutes can be extremely relaxing and help you collect yourself. Creating an environment that makes your bathroom functional while also making it easier for you to relax is possible in different ways. In this article, we focus on the wall tiling trends that are becoming popular in 2018. From penny tiles to non-traditional materials as well as experimenting with textured walls, there is no end to what you can do to jazz up your bathroom walls. So here are the top 7 trends that we will continue to see throughout the year. Choose the one that best suits your taste and budget.

1.  Penny Tiles

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Penny tiles on bathroom walls are another trend that seems to be big in 2018. Penny tiles look perfect in kids’ bathrooms but you can use them anywhere you fancy. Their dotted appearance and variety of colours makes them perfect for creating a serene mood in your bathroom. Use them in your shower space for the best effects. In addition to placing them on your bathroom walls, you can also use them on the floor. As you walk on them, you’ll enjoy the massage-like feeling on your feet.

2.  Wooden Tiles

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We’ve been seeing wooden flooring in bathroom for several years, and they’ve become quite a staple now. In 2018, home designers are trying out wooden planks for bathroom walls. Of course, the wood has to be treated in a special way to become waterproof and heat-resistant, one can’t deny the fact that wooden tiles will add a certain charm and warmth to your bathroom walls. You’ll feel as if you’ve walked into a sauna or bath in some Scandinavian country. There’s a lot of scope to play around with wooden tiles, especially with texturing and finishing. You can choose from a very polished look to a more natural and weathered finishing. It all depends on your taste.

3.  Zellige Tiles

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You may have seen these collage-like tiles on trips to the Maghreb. With a distinctive small size, rounded corners and variety of colours, Zellige tiles add a certain old-world charm to your bathroom and are perfect if you want to create a retro theme throughout your house. These are really environmentally friendly since they are made with organic materials. Because they come in a variety of shades you can use them to create interesting tone variations across your bathroom walls.

4.  Mosaic



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Sticking with the retro theme, here’s another old trend that’s making a comeback in 2018. Mosaic tiles also known as terrazzo are being seen on bathroom walls this year. These were used as flooring for porches because of their ability to make rooms look spacious and the reflection of the marble inlaid pieces. Using these in the bathroom, however, requires some things to keep in mind. First is to ensure these have a nice protective coating. Especially if you have hard water, because they water can easily eat into the stone and dislodge the inlaid marble from it.

5.  Experimenting with Shapes


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If you want to experiment with your bathroom tiles but don’t want to stray too far from the norm, then trying out new shapes might suit you just fine. Even if you choose to stick with traditional materials like ceramic or vinyl, you can try getting them in different shapes. In 2018, we’ve seen a lot of interest in hexagonal tiles that create an interesting honeycomb effect across your bathroom wall. Terracotta tiles are well suited for such experimentation in design especially when used in neutral tones.

6.  Good Old Marble


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2018 seems to be a year of balancing time-tested aesthetics with experimentation. When it comes to bathroom luxury, nothing stands the test of time like marble wall tiles. Cost is not a factor here. You can get reasonably priced tiles, but of course the better quality ones are more expensive. Marble tiles don’t have to be in the same boring white shades.

Manufacturers are experimenting with new colours and veining designs, allowing you to choose from a greater variety of patterns and colors for your bathroom tiles. The general preference in 2018 is, however, for milder tones and natural finishing. You may want to hold on to the gloss for next year.

7.  Hand-Made Textured Wall Tiles


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Textured tiles add a very interesting dimension to your bathroom by providing diversity in finishing, color and depth. The best part about using textured bathroom wall tiles is that there are no hard and fast rules. You may choose to have a single wall with textured tiles, or you may choose to tile all your walls in the same way. You could even experiment with different kinds of textures on different walls. Let your creativity run free. Speaking of creativity, you can create your own textured tiles using things from around the house. For example, by dragging a comb over a wet surface, you can create interesting designs. There is no end to how you can play around with manufactured or handmade textured bathroom wall tiles.

Subway tiles are also coming in a lot of different textures. Honestly, subway tiles had become too monotonous in the past few years and it was high time to revamp them. This little twist to the traditional subway tile is becoming very popular and a lot of people are using these on their bathroom walls.

Get started!

Setting up your bathroom is perhaps the least daunting exercise and one where you can really set your imagination free. After all, you are the one who’ll be there most of the time, so you might as well renovate it to best suit your comfort. We hope that at least one of the above trends will pick your fancy and that you’ll get inspired to add your own creative touch to these tiles.


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