We’re Taking a Shine to These Glass Tile Bathrooms
Starting with a Rainbow Fish backsplash.
Published Jul 23, 2020 12:00 AM
First came the candy-like confections of handblown glassware. Then the stained-glass renaissance. Why not let your walls in on the fun? Whether it’s through a shower nook or iridescent backsplash, glass tile bathrooms are the best place to start—and a little goes a long way.
“Depending on how it’s made and finished, this type of tile can add a jewel-like sparkle and depth,” says Nemo Tile + Stone design director Katie Michael-Battaglia. As far as upkeep goes, it’s a low-maintenance option: Simply spritz on your go-to window cleaner to keep the glaze glossy. Plus the material is inherently water-resistant, making it perfect for any wall that’s prone to getting splashed. The only question? What color you’re going to pick—that’s where these six rooms come in.
If You’re All About Earthy Tones
The space: Inspired by the surrounding Montana fall foliage, The Nooq’s mustard-hued shower packs a punch in the otherwise all-white room. We love the modern edge the matte black accents add to the graphic design, balancing out the softer shade.
The tile: Satiny subway tiles can be arranged in a ton of different ways to create your own bespoke layout. Stack them vertically for a cool grid-like look.
If the Beach Is Your Happy Place
The tile: The green is painted on the back of each square, so it won’t scratch or chip off with time.
If Your Spotify Is Always Blasting a ’70s Playlist
The space: Bring disco to your backsplash, as seen with this shimmering display by Oceanside Glass & Tile. If you’re of the more-is-more mentality, go with a chinoiserie wallpaper to tie in some of the same rich colors.
The tile: An iridescent glimmer is only one benefit of these sparkly squares—they’re also manufactured from recycled bottles.
If You Could Never Get Behind a Minimalist Wardrobe
The space: There’s nothing demure about in-your-face crimson tiling, but in this Austin home, the bold hue looks refined. Chalk it up to an expert blend of neutral tones and clean lines in the surrounding fixtures.
The tile: This floor-to-ceiling design can withstand the extra exposure: The tiles are heat- and frost-resistant.
If Pattern Play Is Your Specialty
The space: On Three Birds Renovations’s shower wall, mint green subway tile arranged in a herringbone layout is paired with matching flooring—albeit in miniature black rectangles. Try it out with your favorite silhouette, whether it’s hexagons or squares.
The tile: A nod to the many shades of the ocean, this lush option works with any hue.
If You Can’t Pick a Favorite Color
The space: This room by Oceanside Glass & Tile proves you don’t have to—just use a tonal palette. The allover look isn’t for everyone, but if you have a thing for splashy statements, you can’t go wrong with ombré.
The tile: A mosaic blend like this aqua version will do the heavy lifting for you, turning any bathroom into one giant kaleidoscope.
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