Looking for bathroom tile design ideas? Consider this little story, then take a look at my collection of tile patterns.
My grandfather’s house was always huge to me. Although it shrank as I grew it never really lost that feeling of being cavernous. It was full of passageways and mysteries waiting to be revealed. There were dark, ominous places that captured my imagination and occasionally terrified me. One secret darkness lay right below the floor of the bathroom at the head of the stairs.
That bathroom had a basket weave pattern of black and white tiles. The white tiles were the weave and the black tiles were the gaps in the weave, but if you stared at the floor the flat tiles seemed to bend until you really thought you were looking at a woven floor. And the black...the black tiles seemed to disappear and there was nothingness below. You were standing on a woven floor, and if you dropped a little pebble down through the black it would just keep going - forever.
I know on more than one occasion I had to poke a black tile with my finger to prove that it was there, but that never really convinced me. There was a mystery down there.
Years later I discovered the secret of inversion and the gestalt laws that define how we perceive the world around us. That told me why I could see what I saw, but it never really dispelled me of the notion that something really was below the bathroom floor tile.
Perhaps you aren’t interested in terrifying young boys with your bathroom tile designs, and that is probably a good thing, but if you want to explore the possibilities I offer the following collection of bathroom tile patterns.
There is little to limit you in the patterns that can be used with tiles.
What follows is a collection of pictures showing the wide range of patterns that can be formed with tile.
Check out what ceramic artist J. Kay Aplin did with her "Ceramic House". Much of the house has been decorated with her tile creations. Check out her websites, but be warned: you might go from looking for bathroom tile design ideas to planning how you are going to tile your garden, your living room and your attic.