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These 7 Stylish Tiles Can Give Your Bare Bathroom A Quick Makeover

Stumped over how to jazz up your newly-turned over bathroom? These tiles will give it instant style!

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Photography: Michael Angelo Chua & Miguel Nacianceno (Main Photos)

Condo and development housing bathrooms are usually turned over in a bare state, with tiles laid only on the floor and in the shower area—and it’s usually just in white. It’s probably hard to imagine that you can actually transform a plain loo into a stylish bathroom, but it is possible, if you choose the right tile. Complete your bathroom makeover with these seven suggestions:

1. If you want a break from those ubiquitous white subway tiles but still want a clean, vintage look, then go for large hexagons. This shape also helps make a small bathroom look bigger.


Hexagonal Tiles, ITrade

2. Rectangular tiles are usually laid out on the horizontal. Give it a design tweak by laying it out on the diagonal, in a dynamic herringbone pattern.


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Rectangular Tiles, ITrade

3. Nothing else livens up a bare bathroom like a bold color. These mustard yellow tiles are all you need to punch up a space.


Glazed Tiles, ITrade

4. When using a neutral palette in a bathroom, add depth by mixing tile shapes, patterns, and textures, but in similar colorways.


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Navarti Memphis Collection, La Europa Ceramica

5.  Still want to use subway tiles? Update this design staple by going for a cool gray color, and using contrasting white grout.


Gray Subway Tiles, Vintage Hardware

6.  Italian design superstar Piero Lissoni worked with Cotto to create Pætchwork/ Collection, a minimalist but sophisticated collection of ceramic tiles.


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Pætchwork Tile in Blue, Cotto, Sanitec Import Ventures, Inc. 

7. Does you condo bathroom have a low ceiling? Give the illusion of higher headspace by laying rectangular tiles on the vertical, as seen here.


Pætchwork Boiserie Tile in Eggshell, Cotto, Sanitec Import Ventures, Inc. 

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