When it comes to designing bathrooms, one of the biggest challenges is choosing your bathroom tile combinations. When selecting coordinating tiles, the goal is to pick 2-3 different types of tile that go well together, but aren’t too matchy-matchy. The different types need to be cohesive, but still have enough variation that they’re interesting to look at.

Choose a Base Stone to be the Theme

You’ll want to start out by deciding on one stone that will serve as the base theme for your tile color palette. This is your jumping off point. Make sure it’s a stone that you’re totally in love with, because your coordinating tiles will be based upon its coloring.

Pick a Secondary Tile From Base Color

I achieved this color coordination by pulling a color from my base stone. This would serve as my inspiration, as I would be matching my second tile pick to this color. Luckily, marble provides lots of different options for coordinating colors through its veining! I could’ve gone with the dominant color of white, but I wanted something different. I decided to pull one of the medium grays present in the veining.

If you’ve had the opportunity to pick out tile previously, I recommend taking cues from that experience if you can. Make note of the things you love and would like to carry over into your current design project, as well as the things you don’t think will work for the space you’re currently designing. Since I had the recent experience of picking out tiles for a few other rooms of our home, I was able to use them as a guideline.

Choose a Pattern That Repeats

My best advice for tile patterns is to look at what you already have inside your home! Look in the kitchen, other bathrooms, powder rooms, mud room, or anywhere that has tile. If one of those rooms has a tile pattern that works well, use it as the blueprint for your current bathroom design. This helps ensure that your whole home design stays cohesive.

Plan For Things to Go Off Plan

Now, it wouldn’t be a proper renovation without something not going according to plan, and the big drama with this project was running out of our floor tiles, as well as a miscommunication with the tiler. We had to make some adjustments, but all in all I'm so happy with how our primary bathroom turned out!

I hope my 3-step formula helps the design task of mixing tiles in a bathroom feel less intimidating, and that you gleaned some helpful tips to make the process smoother. Tap below to read the full blog and follow along with me on Instagram @ninahendrickhome!

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