11 Great Tile Around Bathtub Ideas

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When you’re renovating a bathroom, things can begin to feel pretty daunting. You may find yourself looking for corners to cut so the whole process can be over sooner. It can be tempting to write off tile as an unnecessary accessory, but don’t let yourself leave it out.

Believe it or not, there’s a good reason that tile is so abundant in bathroom designs. Putting tile behind the sink protects the wall from mold, warp, and rot. In the same way, the tile around your bathtub is vital to keeping a clean and safe bathroom.

However, with so many options out there, picking out a tile that has form as well as function can be overwhelming. If you’re in need of a little inspiration, we’ve got you covered. We’ve put together a list of 11 of our favorite tile ideas to help you find the perfect look for around your bathtub. So without further ado, let’s check them out. 

Interior of a white modern bathroom with a glass wall on the bathtub and a wooden cabinetry, 11 Great Tile Around Bathtub Ideas

1. Timeless and Classic

Of course, we had to start our list with a tried and true design: the white subway tiles. While it may at first seem a bit boring, what we love about this tile option is that it is so versatile. Whether you stick with a neutral palette like in the look above or go with pops of color in the decor, the subway tiles will always have your back.

White and gray color themed bathroom with a gray wall vanity, white tiled bathtub backsplash, and white cabinetry

For more subway tile inspiration, Check out our article, 11 Subway Tile Bathroom Ideas.

2. The Black Beauty

A black and white themed bathroom with dark countertop and a huge white ceramic bowl

Another versatile option is all-black tiles. This handsome look is great because it creates an ambiance perfect for a relaxing bubble bath. We also love how the black tiles accentuate the white elements of the room for a clean appearance.

3. Marble and Mirrors

Modern contemporary interior of a bathroom with a semi octagon shaped glass shower wall

Master baths are for the kings and queens of the house, and the tile inside should reflect that. For a luxe bathroom design, we recommend a sleek combination of marble tiles and mirrored walls like in the image above. Because of the choice of white, grey, and blue scheme, this bathroom makes for an elegant and modern space fit for royalty.

4. Shaping Up Nicely

Want a tile that will subtlely but effectively bring something special to your space? Go with a geometric shape! Surrounding your bathtub with interestingly shaped tiles like this hexagonal pattern will add a little class and funk, and undoubtedly set your bath apart from the rest.

5. Would’ve Liked Wood

Elegant and stunning interior of a bathroom with a huge mirror on both sides and a wooden backsplash on the shower area

While real wood may seem like a great idea for a boho bath, it is a rot and warp hazard. However, it is still possible to achieve the organic aesthetic safely. Tile made to look like wood is a great option for anyone wanting that all-natural look because it will still protect your walls. We like this ceramic tile from Home Depot that has a nice light color and great reviews.

6. All Neutral

Elegant and rustic inspired narrow bathroom

Using neutrals like the tan tiles here is another great way to create an organic design. Different shapes, like the small squares of this tile, bring a little uniqueness to the basic coloring. Paired with the wood lookalike floors, the tile above makes for a warm and cozy bathroom.

Read our article, What Color Cabinets And vanity Go With Beige Tile? to find the perfect cabinetry for your neutral bathroom.

7. Rocking It Out

Gorgeous stunning stone decor on the bathtub wall

If wood isn’t really for you, then you might like the look of a stone tile. Because of the variety in size, shape, and color of the rocks, this tile makes a beautiful and natural backsplash to spice up a simple bathroom.

8. Beachy Keen

Interior of a white modern bathroom with a glass wall on the bathtub and a wooden cabinetry

You were probably beginning to wonder if we’d ever show you some color. While we do love our neutrals, we are also big fans of this beachy bathroom’s use of ocean colors. With the two different teal tiles and the mahogany cabinetry, this bathroom could easily be in a getaway catalog.

If you’re loving the teal look, check out our article, 23 Tasteful Teal Bathroom Ideas.

9. Wall of Color

A bright yellow colored bathtub backsplash

Speaking of color, a fun way to make your space more interesting is with a brightly colored accent wall behind your tub. This canary yellow tile is just one example of a standout option, but any color will do the trick. For instance, a beautiful emerald green would also be a great option for both child and adult bathrooms.

10. Fun and Festive

A gorgeous multi colored bathroom backsplash

If you’re really feeling the color, then a multicolor tile might just float your boat (or rubber duck). Yes, it’s tricky to find a tasteful festive tile, but it can be done. For example, the one we found at Home Depot a beautiful mix of iridescent reds and blues.

11. Mix ‘n’ Match

Ultra modern contemporary bathroom with white and gray stone walls and a small white backsplash

Are you still having trouble deciding on just one tile idea? Well, that’s okay too. You can always put patterns together for an eclectic and one-of-a-kind design. Just be sure that the patterns you choose are cohesive so that your bathroom isn’t too busy. In the design above, for example, they paired a variety of patterns that have the same grey-blue color.

The Bottom Line

Tile around your tub isn’t just a pretty decoration to make bathing more luxurious. It’s an essential part of a clean and well-maintained bathroom. Without it, your walls and floor are left unprotected from rot, mold, and warping. Then you’d find yourself renovating all over again. Nobody wants to have to do that.

That being said, there’s no reason your tile can’t add some beauty to your space. With literally millions of options to choose from, we know it can be hard to know where to begin. Hopefully, though, you were able to find some inspiration in our favorite tile ideas, because you deserve a bathroom that is just as pleasing to the eye as it is practical for your home.

Still not sure what to do with your bathroom? Here are some more articles for inspiration:

11 Unique Bathroom Grout Ideas

Should Bathtub Tile Go To The Ceiling?

17 Amazing Orange Bathroom Ideas

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