What Tiles Are Best Fitted For Bathroom Walls?

Which Material? 

The majority of bathroom tiles come in either porcelain or ceramic materials. While both have many similarities, two distinct differences should define the type you choose for your bathroom walls. 

There’s no avoiding the fact that your bathroom walls are going to receive a lot of splashback. Whether you use a shower or bath, it’s a natural occurrence and protecting your tiles should be your top priority. 

Tiles are expensive, so the ones you fit should last a long time and be water-resistant. Porcelain tiles are best for bathroom and kitchen walls because the material will do an excellent job of sustaining against continuous water damage. 

While some people choose ceramic tiles, we always recommend porcelain tiles for their ease of use and the fact that they’ll last a lot longer. 

Size Does Matter

When it comes to bathroom tiles, size is everything. If you’re lucky enough to have a large bathroom to work with, then it’s easier to experiment with a range of tile sizes and styles. But small bathrooms almost always look best with small tiles. 

Large tiles on a small bathroom can reduce the space even more and create a cluttered look, which isn’t ideal. Small tiles fit the room and won’t overcrowd it. 

The only issue you might have with smaller tiles is that they take longer to fit. But when the jobs complete, it looks fantastic and will last for years. With so many tile designs available, you can get creative without worrying about overcrowding your bathroom. 

The Colours & Style Should Fit Your Needs 

The best thing about tiles is their sheer versatility. There are so many colours and styles; many people don’t know where to start. A simple way to think about which tiles are best for your needs is to look at the rest of your home. 

Do you prefer lavish, high-end style decor, or are you more of a minimalist? Is your home tailored towards your children? How often do you plan to use the bathroom? 

These points are all important because they should define which tiles are best for your needs. There are plenty of mosaic versions available if you prefer the elegant theme, but minimalists should use simple themes. 

People with children can get away with bolder tile themes, and small touches like this make bath time a fun experience. If you’re the kind of person that jumps in the shower every day, then is there any point in spending a lot of money on your tiles? 

These things all matter because they’ll define how much you spend on your bathroom and the tiles you choose. Ultimately, you should think about which are best for your needs and consider your budget. 

Here are some of our favourite tiles to choose from. 

Metro Tiles 
Yes, metro tiles are those little rectangles commonly used in train stations during the 20th century, but they’re now making a comeback as a retro treasure. They’re incredibly durable, easy to apply and great for households with children. 

Brick Tiles 
bathroom with window, big mirror and brick tiles

New York City is one of the world’s style capitals, so it’s only natural that we take inspiration from the big apple for everything from clothing to home decor. If you’re a fan of the brickwork look, you can replicate it with porcelain tiles in your bathroom. 

There are plenty of manufacturers that offer a range of stylish designs, including authentic-looking bricks. 

Mosaic Tiles 
blue and white mosaic tiles

Undoubtedly one of the favourite tile types, mosaics create an authentic look that people worldwide enjoy. The main issue with mosaics if you often have to follow a pattern, which can be a problematic aspect of tiling in general. 

Luckily, plenty of UK tiling courses are available for beginners to learn the art of laying tiles. Whether it’s for your home renovation project or you want to embark on a tiling career, knowing the right skills will give you the confidence to perfect a range of techniques and tile patterns. 

Mural Tiles 
Mural tiles give any bathroom the wow factor it deserves. Each tile forms a pattern, which can be scenic backgrounds or even a famous person’s face. Attempting this form of bathroom tiling requires strong attention to detail and the ability to follow a pattern. 

Hollywood Tiles 
golden hollywood tiles in shower room

Hollywood style tiles are ideal if you want to add some glamour to your bathroom without going over the top. The colour theme you should follow is black, white and gold (and trust us – it works). 

Try to go easy on the gold and focus more on the black and white. Ultimately, the gold should inject some Hollywood glitz but not overtake your bathroom. 


Every tile job should have grouting that will act as a joiner between tiles and keep everything in place. Luckily, there are plenty of colours to choose from, which means no matter what your style preference is, you’ll find grouting to match. 

If you’re going for a minimalistic look, try to keep your grouting simple using a white or grey colour. Children’s bathrooms can have a bit more colour added to them, and some suppliers offer glitter grout. 

Remember to keep your grouting in line with your tile design and take time to complete the job correctly. If your grouting looks terrible, it will impact the whole bathroom, so don’t rush it because people will notice. 

Final Thoughts 

Hopefully, this post has given you some ideas on what tiles are best fitted for bathroom walls, and you can set about choosing the right tile type for your needs. The main things you should consider are: 

  • Whether you want to risk using ceramic tiles for your walls, they attract more moisture and won’t last as long as porcelain tiles. 
  • The right design for your bathroom. Ideally, tiles should last for years, so you should focus on a design that grows with your family. 
  • How much are you willing to spend? There are plenty of tiles available for all budgets, so know what you can afford to pay before you make a purchase.

20 Bathroom Tile Patterns

Don’t be fooled into thinking that your bathroom tile patterns should be simple and plain (bland and boring…). There are huge variations of tiling options that can add a great zest of life to your bathroom.

Whether you are looking for tile ideas for small bathrooms or larger washrooms, take a look at the 20 Bathroom tile patterns below and open your mind to what tiles and tiling patterns may look good in your home.

  1. Natural stone tiles

Natural stone tiles are incredibly popular in contemporary homes for their neutral appearance and durable qualities.

Natural stone tiles can be bought in various sizes and can be used for walk-in showers too, something we teach in our natural stone tiling course.

  1. Rainbow coloured tiling pattern

If you want to add a little colour to your bathroom, why not opt for a multi-coloured tiling pattern?

Multi coloured tiles can be a good choice of colour for smaller bathrooms, and work particularly well to brighten up your additional toilet or shower room.

  1. Checkerboard tiling pattern

The checkerboard tiling pattern has been around for a number of years, however, has most recently been seen to be making a comeback!

Best installed by a professional tiler, the checkerboard tiling pattern offers a sleek and sophisticated finish.

  1. Laminate flooring

Laminate flooring is a safe bet for those on a budget as it is generally considered to be a cheaper bathroom floor option than tile.

While here at UK Pro Tiling Training we would always opt for tiles for their quality and long-lasting durability, we can understand the attraction to the lower initial cost that laminate provides.

  1. Marble tiles

Marble tiles most definitely have a luxurious edge that makes this type of tile stand out from the crowd.

Marble tiles work well in large bathrooms and kitchens.

  1. 3-layer tiling pattern

The 3-layer tiling pattern should be installed by a tiling professional and essentially features detailed ornamentation around the bath.

Another prestigious tiling pattern, the 3-layer tiling pattern can add a sense of supremity to your bathroom.

  1. Mosaic tiles

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Mosaic tiles are much smaller than standard tiles and can be applied in a straight-forward format, like in the image above, or can be applied in a more detailed, shaped design.

Professional tilers enjoy working with mosaic tiles as these tiles encourage creativity and variation.

  1. Chevron tiling pattern

The Chevron tiling pattern is a tiling pattern with a difference and will provide your bathroom with a retro feel.

The pattern will vary depending on the colours you choose. Bolder colours will result in a more obvious pattern.

  1. Porcelain tiles

Porcelain tiles are a type of ceramic tile and are incredibly popular for use in bathrooms and kitchens. The great thing about Porcelain tiles is the fact that they can be in a large format to fit in any size bathroom. Large porcelain tiles work exceptionally well for use on bathroom flooring.

  1. Straight lay tiling pattern


The straight lay tiling pattern is the simplest tiling pattern of all, but it must be applied neatly to look chic and sophisticated.

The pattern consists of tiles (most often ceramic) applied in a straight horizontal pattern.

     11. Diagonal lay tiling pattern

The diagonal lay tiling pattern is similar to the tiling pattern above but, yes you guessed it, the tiles are applied on a diagonal slant.

      12.The Versailles pattern

The Versailles tiling pattern is a more complicated tiling pattern that looks effective in all areas of the home, including the bathroom, although is not recommended for very small bathrooms.

The Versailles pattern features four different tile sizes and, although, portrays a random look, requires meticulous planning. It is best installed by expert tilers.

   13. The basket weave tiling pattern

An intricate tiling pattern that portrays the weaved look, the basket weave pattern works well in bathrooms of all sizes.

   14. Herringbone tiling pattern

The Herringbone tiling pattern is another classic that can be complicated to apply and should be carried out by a professional tiler.

It is an excellent choice for making rooms look bigger and essentially consists of tiles, applied in V shapes by being placed at a 45-degree angle.

    15. Easy applicator tiles

Some tiling patterns are fused on larger tiles to make for an easier application, perfect for those looking to apply the tiles as a DIY task.

    16.The Brick Pattern

The brick pattern can make for another more retro bathroom wall tile design and is essentially made up of rectangular tiles applied in a brick wall format.

A good tiling pattern for smaller bathrooms or walls with an uneven surface, the slight misalignment of the tiles fools the eye into thinking the wall is bigger.

     17. The hexagon pattern

The hexagon pattern is made up of numerous hexagon shaped tiles applied to the wall or floor. It can be slightly more difficult to apply this shape of tile. Additionally, hexagon shaped tiles can be more difficult to come-by.

     18. Windmill tiling pattern

The windmill tiling pattern tends to be too busy a pattern for a whole wall or entire bathroom floor, however makes an affective border or feature area. It consists of four small rectangular tiles placed around a larger square tile. The windmill pattern is best applied by a professional tiler.

    19. English bond tiling pattern

The English bond tiling pattern consists of a combination of rectangular and square tiles applied in a horizontal format. This pattern makes a nice, yet similar, alternative to the brick tiling pattern.

     20. Vertical brick tiling pattern

The vertical brick tiling pattern is an alternative to the standard brick pattern and can be a popular option for contemporary homes.

White vertical brick offers the ultimate modern look for bathrooms.

More information on bathroom tile patterns from UK Pro Tiling Training

If you would like to expand your knowledge of tiling patterns with one of our professional tiling courses, then please do not hesitate to contact us at UK Pro Tiling Training.