Swatching: Bathroom Floor Tiles

We’ve been enjoying the Florida condo immensely. Last weekend, the painter started, and I’ve signed the contract to have very cool (and inexpensive) cork floor tiles put in throughout. Except in the bathrooms. One bathroom is remaining in its pink tile and flamingo wallpaper glory. But the master bath is getting a simple upgrade. (There’s a before photo at the end of this post.)

I’ve already had the pink wall tile and pink tub re-glazed in white. The wallpaper was removed this week, and the walls painted white. The vanity cabinet will be painted white too, and be treated to new brushed chrome knobs from IKEA. The countertop is pink Formica, with an overmount pink sink and awful cheap faucets. I don’t have a plan for that yet. (I’m thinking of tiling the counter since stone is way too expensive.)

Meanwhile, the floor is an easy fix. The pink floor tiles must go! I think they’ll even be able to tile right over them, which will save money. I looked around for inspiration, including Waterworks, Urban Archaeology, ABL Tile & Bathroom Centre, Overstock.comHome Depot, and of course Pinterest.

I might just do a plain white penny tile on the floor. We have that in the boys bathroom and laundry room on the Cape, and I love it. Or, something in an airy green.Here are 22 blue, green, and white tiles that caught my eye, along with my thoughts. Feel free to chime in.

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Interesting mix of materials (metal, concrete, glass), but too busy.

Bathroom Floor Pebble Tiles In White & Blue

Adore these flat ocean pebbles, but won’t work with the overall Scandinavian decor.

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Simple gray penny tile—total contender.

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Love the color palette, but a basketweave tile pattern is too traditional.

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Love these skinny gary horizontal tiles. Is the shape too on trend/contemporary?

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Dreamy colors. Definitely a possibility. Possibly perfect.

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Three-dimensional pattern in green concrete. Would work well with plain white tile. Too design-y?

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Gray, clear and white in a mix of materials. Maybe?

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Green and blue glass is fresh and pretty. Too right now? Too sleek? Too slippery for the floor?

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Pretty penny tile in ombre, but the lavender hues are annoying.

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Basic white penny tile. These are kind of small, and marble; I’m thinking glossy porcelain.

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The rest of the condo flooring will be cork. Should the bathroom be cork too?


I’m so attracted to the blues, but really I want the bathroom to be green.


Emerald green penny tile. Intense.


Green penny tile. Perfect.


More blues.


Oval white tile. Fresh clean but not too modern.


Organic white tile. Very pretty, but maybe too fashion-y for such a basic bathroom.


This is fun. Blue, white, and green together.


Nah. Too kid-like.


Beautiful deep celadon green.

Also love this lighter cleadon green penny tile. Lighter, fresher, better with plain white.

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Here’s the bathroom.  Imagine it in white. 

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Get the Look: 28 (Mostly Modern) Bathroom Vanities

Here’s your companion shopping guide to yesterday’s Montage: 30 Bathroom Vanities. As always, I’ve trolled the Interwebs so you don’t have to, pulling 28 mostly modern bathroom vanities. The items range in price from a compact $99 IKEA model to a pricey glam piece by Burgbad, a company I’d actually never heard of. Most hover around $1K though, give or take, so don’t be scared off! I hope there’s enough variety here; most of the available images were in situ, rather than straightforward product shots.

But more importantly, did anyone have any ideas for my countertop? If we paint the actual vanity glossy white and change the knobs, what should we do for the countertop? And sink? I’m inclined to opt for a simple undermount, but looks like the bowls resting on top are still in favor. Probably better to stick to a classic though, right? Especially since it’s just a white tile bathroom. We do need to deal with the floor though too. White penny tile or glass mosaic? Input please!



Brushed Nickel Knobs Modern Ikea

The new knobs
IKEA ATTEST $4.99/set of 2

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1 Wyndham Collection Malibu Vanity Set, $1,899 at Bathroom Vanities Only   .

2 Porcher Tetsu Wall-Hung Vanity Set, $1,302.98 at Wayfair.

3 Wyndham Collection Centra Vanity Set, $1,899 at Decor Planet.


5 Bianca Wall-Mounted Vanity, $1,149 at Bathroom Vanities Only.

6 LILLÅNGEN Aluminum Frame Vanity, $99 at IKEA.

7 Cole & Co. Mallory Sink Chest, $2,246.25 at Modern Bathroom.

8 Empire Industries Contempo Vanity, $742 at Home & Stone.

9 Logan Double Washstand, now $1,545.99 at Restoration Hardware.

10 Amare Wall-Mounted Vanity Set, $799 at Modern Bathroom.

11 Wyndham Collection 3Zen II Vanity, $799 at Ardi Bathrooms.

12 Cole & Co Chambers Chest Vanity, $2,921.25 at Homeclick.

13 Pharmacy Extra Wide Single Vanity, $3195 at Restoration Hardware.

14 Bionic Bamboo Vanity Set, $1,116.73 at Wayfair.

15 Cole & Co Celebrity Single Vanity, $4,267.50 at Hayneedle.

16 Decolav Briana Vanity, $1,099.80 at Plumbing Depot.

17 WET Style F Collection Vanity.

18 Wire Leg Vanity by Concrete Seven.

19 Legion Washstand by Rebekah Zaveloff, $3,315 at Waterworks.

20 Robern Wall-Mount Slim Vanity, $2,764 at Home & Stone.

21 Decolav Sophia Vanity, $1,456.65 at Plumbing Depot.

22 Duravit Ketho Vanity for Stark, $1,156 at Home & Stone.

23 Robern Compact Vanity, $1,674.40 at Home & Stone.

24 Duravit 2nd Floor Series Vanity, $1,280 at Home & Stone.

25 Waterfall The Louis Vanity, $1,860 at Home & Stone.

26 Burgbad Diva Oval Vanity, $6,561 at Home & Stone.

27 Kallista Vir Stil Vanity by Laura Kirbar, $4,108.

28 Kohler Persuade Petite Vanity, $515.82 at Plumbing Depot.


For more inspiration follow my “Bath” Pinterest board 


carrot-currency-graphicOnce you choose your vanity, find Bathroom Cabinets & Mirrors from Illuminated Mirrors. And don’t forget to add sconces as well.