Straying from the classics can seem a daunting endeavor, especially in such a permanent-feeling place as tile selection. But if you're ready for a little more color in your life (or ahem, your shower) we're here to inspire with a round-up of our favorite not-white options. And don't worry, these choices have traditional shapes, muted undertones, and a handmade quality that means they'll be in style for years to come.
Design by Zoe Feldman Design | Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg
Back in Black
Black is certainly never out of style, and it brings a distinct sophistication to any space, but is especially chic and unexpected in a shower. These handmade tiles paired with light grout have a graphic quality that contrasts nicely with the curvy brass plumbing fittings. If you go for a similar look, remember that the more contrast between the color of the grout and the shade of the tile, the more imperfections in the layout will show -- it may be best to leave this one in the hands of a professional.
Shop our similar style: Artisan Black
Design by Studio/Lifestyle | Photo by Stephen Busken
Pretty in Pink
Hear us out -- pink is not just for little girls anymore! When the shade takes on orange undertones and reads like terra cotta's chic cousin, the ultra-feminine color can work in any room. To keep the nursery vibes at bay, be sure to mix in plenty of white and then add warmth with natural wood tones and a bit of brass. Plus, pink is a universally-flattering color, making it the perfect shade for surrounding yourself first thing in the morning.
Shop our similar style: Mokato Momoiro Blush
Design by Decorotation Interiors | Photo by Margaret Austin
Green with Envy
All shades of green from soft sage to bold emerald are having a moment right now, and it's no wonder. No other color recalls nature quite so strongly while still acting like a neutral. We adore this full-height backsplash in muted teal -- especially the way the modern stack of the square tiles is softened by the organic edges of the handmade tile. The tile's slightly iridescent quality is the perfect counterpoint to the dark floors and custom vanity.
Shop our similar style: Artisan Aquamarina
Design by reHabitat Interiors
A soft, watery shade of blue may be just the ticket to transport your daily shower routine to the seaside spa of your dreams. We love the way this designer committed to the color scheme by pairing handmade blue tile with a coordinating paint shade and enveloped the room in sophisticated paneling (complete with hidden storage!). The dark wood vanity, handsome hardware, and a vintage rug keep the room from feeling too sweet.
Shop our similar style: Handcraft Baby Blue
Shade of Grey
For just a hint more color than white, we're loving the varied tones of this grey backsplash. The subtle color variations paired with soft putty-colored cabinets and slate herringbone floors lend old-world elegance to this newly-renovated kitchen. The earthy tones of the classic elements feel of-the-moment, but we know this space will feel relevant for years to come.
Shop our similar style: Makoto Kumo Grey and Brazilian Grey