Designer Robert Frank of Robert Frank Interiors feels that graphic-patterned encaustic cement tiles are having a moment — again. “As with all trends, the use of these tiles has come and gone,” he says. “And right now I think the style is back in favor. The colorful matte patterns happen to look great with contrasting glossy white ceramics. And it gives the homeowner the opportunity to bring color and pattern into the bath.”
Frank also recommends using porcelain cement-look tiles as a more user-friendly option. “To achieve the same look, we often specify porcelain versions of these tiles,” he says. “They have a good look, are a bit more durable and require less care than cement tiles.”
Bathroom floor tiles that feature a geometric pattern are on the upswing, says designer Sabrina Alfin of Sabrina Alfin Interiors “Geometric tile works very well for more minimalist styles,” she says. “And more and more aging midcentury modern homes are due for remodeling.”
Alfin used large-format hexagon tiles in charcoal gray to cover the floor of the master bathroom in this recently renovatedmidcentury home in San Francisco.
The floor in this Dallas master bathroom designed by Steidley features geometric-shaped natural stone tiles in varying colors to create a 3D cube effect.
Porcelain bathroom floor tiles that mimic the look of natural stone or wood are a favorite of designer Jena Bula of Delphinium Design. “Porcelain is a durable material that allows you to have the look of natural stone without the maintenance or the high price tag,” she says.
Bula used marble-look porcelain tiles to cover the master bathroom floor in this recently renovated Charlotte, North Carolina, home.
Frees recently covered the floor of this Chicago master bathroom with a wood-look porcelain tile to great effect.
4. Marble Tile Laid in a Herringbone or Chevron Pattern
Designer Liza Nicole of Liza Nicole Interiors says marble tile is still a popular way to go when it comes to bathroom floors, especially when it’s laid in a herringbone or chevron pattern. “It’s really about finding ways to set the classic flooring that brings a unique spin to the material and adds personality for my clients,” she says.
This St. Louis master bathroom showcases contrasting marble floor tiles laid in a herringbone pattern.