STEP 2: Pick basic coordinating tiles.
The rule of thumb in any room with fixed finishes is to have only one showstopper. Just like you wouldn’t want a busy countertop to compete with a trendy backsplash in a kitchen, the same applies for bathrooms. If you end up going with an intricate mosaic on the floor, keep the rest of the space more toned down.
STEP 3: Repeat the same tile.
Don’t feel obliged to pick 5 different tiles for the floor, wall, shower floor, niche and accent. Repeating a tile will create a flow and will be easier to coordinating than choosing different tiles. When you have too many different finishes in one space, it will look too busy and if you’re doing this on your own, you have a greater chance of picking something that will not match. Stick to not more than 3 different tiles in one bathroom.
STEP 4: When in doubt, go with the same tile everywhere in different sizes.
I do this all the time and I promise that the bathrooms I design don’t end up boring or too simple. For example, I would use a 6″x24″ tile laid in a herringbone pattern on a floor, the same tile in 12″x24″ on the wall and the same tile in a mosaic pattern on the shower floor. The key to doing this right is to play with different sizes and pattern. This creates a texture that gives depth t…