Bathroom tile designs have changed quite a bit over the past ten years. Your choice is no longer limited to a handful of colors of glazed ceramic tiles. There are all kinds of new materials, colors and effects available to you now. You do not need to hire an interior designer or a professional tile layer to get some really cool effects. You can buy a lot of these new tile designs in tile stores or online and lay them yourself. Laying tile is relatively easy and you can have your entire bathroom finished in just a couple of days.
British manufacturer Digitile will custom make your ceramic bathroom tiles featuring a digital image you send in. You can send Digitile any digital image you own the rights to, whether it be a picture of your kids, a scanned image of your own artwork or an unlicensed image from online and they will create your tile for you, either as a large mural which you then receive the instructions to lay, or as a repeating pattern of your image. You can choose whatever you like. Digitile also has a library of their own really cool images you can choose from, including several photographs of outer space taken by NASA.
Imitation stone tiles have been on the market for a long time. Some of them look pretty cheesy, while others are actually so good that you can barely distinguish them from the real thing. Now, though, you can also get ceramic tiles that simulate fabric, wallpaper, wood, metal and a host of other materials. Tile that imitates wallpaper is a great way to introduce a pattern to your bathroom walls without going through the bother of hanging wallpaper. Tile is much easier to lay. Plus, the tile will never peel off your bathroom walls thanks to humidity.
Eco-conscious folks can now buy repurposed or recycled glass tiles. Do not automatically dismiss these recycled glass tiles as just for hippies. There is no way anyone could tell that most of these tiles were ever recycled. They come in all sorts of shapes and colors. Some of them are extremely luxurious and come in shimmering iridescent shades that seem to light up under running water. On the other hand, if you are a proud hippie, you can also buy recycled glass tiles that are actually repurposed beer bottles and still look like the bottoms of bottles.
Previously, when you imagined textured tiles, you were probably imagining either natural or imitation stone tiles. These days, while you can obviously still purchase these stone and fake stone tiles, you can also find a whole array of really cool looking, three dimensional, sculptural tiles. These tiles come in some more subtle versions that resemble basket weave on your walls. You can also buy very showy tiles that have some relief sculpture on them or protrude an inch or two from your walls. These will make your walls look like you have an artwork installed.