Bring Funky Patterns Into Your Shower With This Trendy Tile

If you're building or remodeling a shower in your home, it can be tempting to opt for the simplest tiling option. Maybe you're hoping to save money on the project, or you've been warned that tacky tiles could lower resale value. Either way, boring, plain tiles can seem like a tempting purchase, especially if you're just eager to have a functional, working shower again. But remember: your bathroom is a place where you'll likely start and end every day, and the shower is more than just a place to get clean; it's a safe zone to relax, reflect, and plan for whatever life throws your way. There's no reason your shower has to be boring and monotonous; you can energize your morning routine by incorporating beautiful stamped patterned tiles!

This fun and unique design trend is sweeping through bathrooms everywhere, and it's the perfect solution to add interest and a pop of color to your shower. Here's what you need to know about putting stamped tiles in your shower, some precautions to consider with this building material, and our tips for adapting this bold trend to work in your home. 

Stamped tiles are unique and trendy

Patterned floor tiles have been a popular trend for several years, but now they're bringing some buzzworthy energy to boring shower walls. There are dozens of styles — from bright geometric patterns to stunning floral shapes and simple two-tone designs — to choose from. "Color-drenching, rich textures, and invigorating patterns are taking center stage," explains interior design expert and Blythe Interiors CEO Jennifer Verruto (via The Spruce), "Whether it's intricate Mediterranean patterns or Moroccan-inspired designs, patterned tiles infuse character and charm into a space."

Although they're popular and widely available, stamped tiles can be easily rearranged, mixed and matched, and customized to make your shower feel unique to you. Try mixing a large-scale pattern with a small-scale pattern in a similar color palette. Or if whole patterned walls seem like too much, you can also play with the idea of patterned floor tiles in the shower, a tall tiled accent wall, or an accent piece, like a recessed shelf featuring small, stamped tiles. Another great way to add even more character to your shower is to opt for hand-stamped or hand-painted tiles instead of mass-produced printed tiles. You could even try making your own patterned tiles with enamel paints and blank ceramic tiles! 

Practical considerations for your patterned tile

Because showers are wet and humid, often requiring frequent cleaning, it's crucial to choose stamped tiles that are up to the task. While they may be a popular patterned option right now, you should beware of using cement tiles. Encaustic cement tiles could be okay in the bathroom if they're sealed well and resealed often, but they're naturally porous, can absorb odors, and tend to stain easily, which is also why you should avoid a cement tile backsplash. Ceramic and porcelain tiles tend to be a better, lower maintenance option. Stamped porcelain can be more expensive but is generally the best choice regarding durability, water resistance, and non-slip flooring.

To ensure your tiling project is a success, examine how the tiles will look close up in the shower as well as from a distance. What looks good at arm's length could be dizzying from across the room. In general, a larger bathroom may be able to pull off more dramatic and large-scale tile patterns, while small bathrooms will benefit from more neutral and small-scale patterns. After you've selected and installed your stamped shower tile, it's important to avoid abrasive products and clean the grout regularly to keep the pattern looking lovely.