15 stunning bathrooms that don’t use white tiles

Warm and neutral bathroom
K2LD Architects and Interiors via Houzz
Supported by Tile Republic

If you’re about to renovate or design a new bathroom, we want to inspire you to think beyond white tiles.

White tiles are great, they’re neutral and crisp, and with the range of shapes and textures on the market today you can create real interest. We love white tiles and have nothing against them.

But not everyone wants to use white tiles in the bathroom and serious magic can happen when you get a bit more adventurous and daring with your tile choices.

So today we’re sharing 15 stunning, contemporary, heart-eyes bathrooms that don’t use white tiles.

From hotel-chic to dark and moody, warm and natural to contemporary-cool, we hope you find a look to love and inspire your next bathroom!

Grey and marble bathroom
Liebke Projects via Houzz
Doherty Design Studio
Image via Doherty Design Studio
Image via Derek Swalwell photography
Image via Derek Swalwell photography
Beige bathroom
Image via Doherty Design Studio
Natural bathroom
Image via Inarc
Blue powder room
Gardiner Architects via Houzz
Clam marble tile
Image by Caroma via Houzz
Grey marble bathroom
Image via Reece
Geometric wall tile
Image via Houzz
Marble bath tub
Christopher Elliott Design via Houzz
Grey blue bathroom
Make Architects via Houzz
Petal tile
Image via Reece
Warm and neutral bathroom
K2LD Architects and Interiors via Houzz
Stacked marble tile
Julie Firkin Architects via Houzz
Bathrooms that don't use white tiles
Image via Houzz

We totally understand that the bathroom is an expensive area and you don’t want to lock in a choice that will date quickly.

While all-white tiles can feel ‘safe’, the truth is every bathroom will eventually date. Perhaps the size of tiles you chose, the finish or simply the way they are oriented will feel tired after time… no look is forever.

Many of the bathrooms above feature classic materials that can offer similar longevity but bring a bit more warmth and personality to your bathroom.

What’s your favourite bathroom look above or have you found a bathroom that uses patterned or coloured tiles well? Link to it in the comments below!


  1. So much bathroom inspo, it’s hard to pick a favourite but I think it’s the one from Inarc. Nice to see how the other half live 😉

  2. That tiled curved wall by Gardiner Architects is divine! I’m loving all the different ideas, that bench seat by Liebke Projects is different. I was thinking of putting a long freestanding wooden seat in our ensuite because the space is so long and narrow and I have a pet hate of not having anywhere but the floor to throw clothes! Good point about not being afraid to choose something that might date. That has been my biggest fear with building and I am still learning to let go… PS. We *finally* got our windows! There are some new pics on the blog 🙂

    • Hi Jane! Wow, so great to see your house taking shape!! Serious window envy going on here 🙂

      Can’t wait to see your selections for the bathrooms and kitchen. A bench seat sounds like a fab addition to your ensuite – you could also put a cluster of pot plants on one end of the bench for some added life and interest. Endless possibilities when it comes to bathroom designs so hopefully we’ve given you a few new ideas to consider x

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