Grey is one of most trending colors this year. It’ll make any room in your house look sleek and cool. That’s why we’ve rounded up 15 trendy and unique grey tile bathroom ideas to inspire your remodel.
Disclaimer: The information included in this post is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as legal, financial, or DIY advice. We highly suggest consulting a professional before attempting any DIY home improvements or repairs.
15 Unique Grey Tile Bathroom Ideas
Choosing how to go grey without going boring can be challenging. If you’re looking to redo your bathroom, we have all the inspiration you need. Here are 15 grey tile bathroom ideas you can use as inspiration for your next remodeling project.
1. Dark Grey Tile With Wood Accents
There are man shades of gray, and while dark colors can make any room sleek and modern, you don’t want to go too dark. Add in some wood accents like with this closet door and vanity to warm up the space. This keeps it fresh and unique, rather than looking like a supervillain’s lair.
2. Mixed Size Grey Tile
You can create visual interest by adding accents and using different-sized tiles. These mosaic grey tiles next to the large slate tiles add dimension to the space.
3. Minimalist Grey Tiled Bathroom
You don’t need to tile your entire bathroom. As you can see here, the only tiling is in the shower. The small tiles are mirrored but not exactly matched by the marble pattern on the sink. Like the walls and toilet, everything else is matched in white and gray, with a wood look floor to break it all up.
4. Keep It Light
When people hear gray, they may think dark or overcast. But there are many shades of gray. Choose the lightest shades and mix up your tiles with different sizes and patterns. You’ll have a bright and interesting bathroom when you’re done.
5. Wide Grey Tiles
For a modern look, use only large flat tiles. This two-tone bathroom uses two shades and textures of large tiles to make a smooth yet interesting look. Break it up with white furniture and gold hardware for a color pop. Or use a houseplant as they did here.
6. Industrial Accents
The large slate gray tiles of this smaller bathroom pair with white porcelain and black industrial accents. The lightweight furnishings keep the room from feeling too dark and crowded, while the accents almost make the tile feel like poured concrete.
7. Colorful Furniture
You can use grey as a neutral without it being your focus. Grey is a better option than white since it tones down the room somewhat. The grey floor is barely noticeable in this image, which is perfect if you want a neutral palette for your bright and colorful tub or sink to stand out.
8. Black and Copper Accents
This hardware changes the whole feel of the room. We have tile in similar grey shades elsewhere on this list, but using black instead of white makes everything bolder and darker. The copper hardware makes the room feel timeless.
9. Statement Pattern
The tiling in this room makes it look like you have a personalized mural in your shower. Use noticeable, asymmetric patterns to get a fun modern look going. Everything here is grey and white, with touches of black hardware. But, it avoids looking flat thanks to the patterns throughout.
10. Grey Mosaic Floor Tile
The eye-catching grey mosaic floor in this bathroom keeps the room from becoming a white featureless box. The clean subway tile and painted white brick let the pattern shine without becoming overwhelming. Nude colors and wood touches combined with the grey flooring warm up the whole space.
11. Light Grey Herringbone and Charcoal Tiles
This is an excellent example of mixing things up. The classic herringbone in light grey shines against the charcoal wall tile, making this small space appear deep and elegant. While the color combination offers a striking contrast, it wouldn’t be as interesting without the herringbone pattern.
12. Architectural Detail
You can apply your grey tiles in many ways. In this bathroom, the smaller multicolored tiles highlight the shower column and continue to the floor.
The colors are still neutral (black, white, tan, grey) yet add many different tones. You can use differently shaped or colored tiles on any architectural details your bathroom may have.
13. Grey Subway Tile
White is the most popular color for subway tile but check out these floor-to-ceiling grey walls. Once you see it, you’ll notice the potential for a really standout bathroom plan. The entire wall tiling is clean and neat, and the grey tone prevents the room from becoming too sterile or stale, even as it reflects the light.
14. Grey as an Accent
You don’t need to grey your entire bathroom. As we’ve said, it makes an excellent neutral while still adding a good amount of contrast to the room. Here there’s only the dark gray vanity and light grey (mixed with white) shower tiling.
There’s tan wallpaper by the toilet, and different textures of white are everywhere else (floor tiling, marble counter, shiplap wall), making extremely distinct yet all-white spaces. The two grey touches add interest and dimension to the light coloring.
15. Gold and Grey
Pure gold-colored fixtures (instead of rose gold or copper) pop against darker greys. This exquisite combo will keep your bathroom visually pleasing, with pops of gold brightness against your warm grey tones. Consider adding black and white tiling to the mix, either as a backsplash, or flooring, for a classical look.
Things to Consider
Say you just had to have one of the grey tile bathroom ideas above. When tiling your bathroom, there are a few things that you need to take into consideration before getting started:
Can You Do This Yourself?
Some of the inspiration up here can be hard to install on your own. While it’s tempting to save money, you don’t want to ruin any expensive tilting with poor installation. For the more complex pattern work, you should consider a professional or at least some online tutorials.
Measurements (Part One)
Make sure you know the exact measurements of every bathroom surface you have. This will help you narrow down your tile choices. Bigger surfaces mean more money for materials, so you’ll want to choose the cheaper option.
Measurements (Part Two)
You need to be aware of your space so you can choose a good design. You may like the idea of mixing and matching many tile types, but in a small room, that can quickly become too busy. Pick your colors and sizes accordingly.
If you have a small space, wider tiles can help make it look bigger and cleaner. Small mosaic accents can help a small space have depth if you keep everything else clean. You can break up a bigger space with more of a mix of tile size and color schemes.
Playing With Texture
You don’t want to go too crazy with this, but you can have many different textures before it’s a problem. A good general rule is that the less color you have, the more texture you can have.
If your bathroom is primarily one color, like grey, you can use different patterns to break it up, so it doesn’t look like a grey box. For example, a mosaic floor with wide wall tiling and smaller shower tiles won’t look like too much if they are in similar tones.
Pay attention to your finish
Tiles come in matte or gloss finishes. Gloss is shiny and can help enhance your lighting. That’s why we usually recommend it for a smaller space, with little natural light. But it can also show smudges more easily, and shiny walls may not be the look you’re going for.
Matte tiles don’t show dirt or smudges so easily. They also offer a very different feel from shiny tiles. Depending on the tile, they can pull off a more natural look and take the coldness out of tiles.
Think About Grout
Grout is another aspect of finish you should think about before you begin renovating. White is a conventional choice, but it shows a lot of dirt. You can try a high contrast color depending on your preference.
This might include colors like black with lighter tiles or bright gold. You can also try a grey grout matching the tone of your tile. This will create a more seamless and high-end finish. Just make sure you use a good sealer too.
Use Pops of Color in the Bathroom
Neutral bathrooms will always look nice, but they can seem devoid of personality if you use one flat tone. If you don’t want a million tile options, then use grey as your neutral backdrop for colorful sinks, tubs, or mirrors.
You can even coordinate your towels to your accent color. Your bathroom will never look bland with pops of color. Earth tones are classic and look amazing with grey tile.
While pure white can end up looking like a hospital room, grey tends to be a bit warmer. Use greens or deep reds as accents. You can even use real plants for green instead of towels, photos, or another décor.
We used plenty of examples of two-color toned bathroom tiling. Here’s a quick tip on how to use it. Make sure you know what feel you want. You can go dramatic and have a high contrast like pure white and deep (almost black) grey. Or you can use two similar tones for visual appeal.
Without a huge contrast, the space remains unbroken but still interesting. You can use two light tones to keep the place bright but not solid. For example, a pale grey with a white will still make your bathroom appear fairly white, but without being a smooth box.
Unless you’re using a very distinctive pattern, dark flat greys tend to look industrial while lighter ones tend to look almost pastel, and overall, will soften your bathroom’s look. Figure out the vibe you want to narrow down your design.
What’s Your Favorite Grey Tile Bathroom Idea?
So there you have it — the best grey tile bathroom ideas. As you can see, there is a lot that can be done with grey tile alone. You don’t have to be boring to stay timeless. You’ll be able to keep your bathroom neutral to improve your home’s resale value.
Or, just so you don’t hate just a year after renovation. There are endless texture, color, and shading combinations to give your bathroom whatever feel you want it to have.