Using black and white floor tile in your bathroom is a stunning way to add some glam and drama to your space. There are so many different designs available using this color palette you’re sure to find some black and white bathroom ideas that go with your style.
Black and white is a classic color combination that looks great in almost any home design.
Which is why I decided to use it (with some silver) when I did my master bathroom makeover.
The only trouble is there were so many black and white floor tiles to choose from I had hard time deciding which one to use.
So I’m sharing a few of my favorite black and white bathrooms, plus the one I ended up choosing.
And the best part? These are all available at Home Depot. So they’re not even that expensive.
Note: Some of the images below are from houzz.com and cannot be pinned due to their copyright restrictions.
1 | Checkered bathroom floor
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My very first thought when I was remodeling my bathroom was to go with a black and white checkered tile pattern, like this one from House Beautiful.
This black and white color combination has a timeless, classic look to it that works with many design styles.
You can add a clawfoot tub for a more traditional look.
Or pair it with glossy black walls and a white porcelain sink with stainless steel legs for a more art deco or retro feel.
Putting the tiles on the diagonal gives the room even more interest.
Or if you happen to have white tiles on your floor already, you could just paint every other one black to give the same effect for a lot less time and money.
2 | Black and white border tiles
The next one of my inspiration pictures was this bathroom in the Siam Hotel in Thailand. (If I ever make it to Thailand, I know where I’m staying!)
I love the idea of the black and white patterned border around the white subway tiles with black grout.
Although they use this on the walls, I think it would work just as well on the floor. Especially if you created the look of an area rug on the floor.
They are still mosaics, but are held together by a mesh background which makes them so much easier to install.
And I love the Greek key design.
3 | Floral motif floor tiles
Floral patterned tiles (like the ones in this room) are another one of my favorite black and white tile designs.
The pattern creates an interesting backdrop, and definitely adds some pizzazz to any room.
Clawfoot tubs are an excellent choice with this tile (especially if you have a small bathroom). Since the tub sides don’t go all the way to the ground, you can see more of the floor pattern.
Notice that both room use black and white tubs. And keep the rest of the room fairly simple (like white subway tiles on the wall with white grout) so that the floor stands out but the room doesn’t feel too busy.
4 | Hexagon mosaic tiles
These hexagonal mosaic tiles, installed with a contrasting hexagonal pattern in black are another cool bathroom floor tile design.
If you create the pattern yourself, you can control how much black is added. So if it looks a little too busy for your tastes, you could add black tiles on every other hexagon (or every third one).
Then peel some of the white tiles off the backing to create the hexagonal pattern, glue the mosaic mesh down and put black tiles in the empty spaces to complete the pattern.
5 | Hexagon flowers pattern
If you want a more retro feel, this white mosaic tile with a black floral pattern could be just the thing. And it’s less work than the last option since the tile comes with the pattern already created for you.
If you want a more a more modern bathroom, create an asymmetrical floral pattern with larger hexagon tiles.
6 | Geometric tiles
This beautiful geometric patterned floor provides an interesting base for the rest of this glam black and white bathroom. (I love those gold stools!)
These tiles* from Home Depot are a little smaller and not as polished as the ones in the picture above, but the graphic triangle design is very similar.
Rotate them when you install them so that the black triangles meet up with the white ones.
This black, white and gray tile* is another option that provides the same kind of impact on the floor.
7 | Square inset tiles
Another geometric flooring pattern that’s a little simpler than the last one is to install black square tiles at the corners of larger white tiles.
Because it isn’t as busy, it works equally well in small bathrooms as large ones.
But having to manually cut each of the larger tiles to fit the inset tiles is a lot of work!
Fortunately, that’s not necessary.
Because these tiles* come with the black corner pieces already built in. So all you have to do is install the whole piece.
8 | Black outline tiles
And finally…this beautiful bathroom from Jamie Herzlinger was the main inspiration for my bathroom makeover.
I love the graphic design with the big white marble tiles and the black outline. (And that light fixture is to die for!)
To replicate this exactly, you would need to buy some large white marble tiles and then install a couple of rows of small black mosaic tiles between each one.
Or get strips of black marble tiles to put down around each of the white tiles.
Which sounded like too much work to me.
Until I found these awesome 24″ black and white marble-like tiles* that duplicate the look without requiring all the extra effort.
And even though they look like black and white marble, they’re actually ceramic so much less expensive.
Here’s how it looks in my master bathroom remodel.
If you are thinking of re-doing your bathroom with black and white tile, I can highly recommend it! And hopefully, you have found some design ideas from these pictures to get going on your own makeover.
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This post was originally published on May 30, 2017 but was updated with new content on August 11, 2021.