Here’s What It’ll Take to Get Your Fantasy Checkered Tile Bathroom

Looking for a Mid-Century Bathroom design for your NYC bathroom renovation? Here is what it will take to achieve the look.

July 26, 2019


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Here’s What It’ll Take to Get Your Fantasy Checkered Tile Bathroom

The intricate checkered tile bathroom fad came and went quickly. With timeless mid century-modern looks on the rise, this is what it takes to achieve that look.

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[#Easier]Getting Your Mid-Century Checkered Tile Bathroom Is Easier Than You Think[#Easier]

The intricate checkered tile bathroom styles of the 2000s were a fad that came and went in the blink of an eye. Although chic, these bathroom tile patterns and designs did not prove to be timeless. As soon as they popped up, they quickly went stale.

Aesthetic is a funny thing. It's subjective and ever-changing, yet timeless looks are forever.

Thus, lately, we’ve been seeing more and more people gravitating toward a timeless “mid century modern” look. We’ve seen this in so many of the bathroom renovation projects we’ve worked on — clients have seen them in their friends’ homes and are eager to figure out how they can recreate that look in their own spaces.

[#When]When It Comes to Classic Bathroom Tile Design Ideas, the Options Are Endless [#When]   

Our clients have a unique challenge: They want to stay on trend, but they also want their renovations to look stylish for years to come. People rarely want to remodel their homes multiple times, after all. This is one of the main reasons classic bathroom tile patterns and designs have become popular again.

While the patterns have become intricate, the materials are classic — with a modern twist. For example, some of our clients have used subway tiles and hexagonal tiles intermingled with classic colors, like white, gray, or black, and then paired that look with natural wood finishes.

Another great way to achieve that timeless checkered tile design look is using all one color or material, such as green or marble, which can create a quirky jewelry-box effect in your space. You can even preserve that sense of fun and wonder while incorporating classic bathroom tile design ideas or neutral colors.

[#Tile]Tile Decoration in Bathrooms: Both Chic and Timeless[#Tile]

Truthfully, your options for bathroom tile patterns and designs are nearly endless, but we've noticed that some of the most popular are stacked (horizontal or vertical), brick pattern/subway, chevron, herringbone, hexagon, and basket weave. These patterns can be incorporated into many different aesthetics.

The quintessential look of a mid century-modern bathroom, for example, involves a subway-style wall tile with a hexagon floor tile, but this isn’t the only way to achieve a mid century bathroom look. It’s just a great jumping-off point. From there, you can pair it with a natural wood tone on a floating vanity, on a shelf, or anywhere you like.

Classic white subway tile, originally seen on the walls of New York City subway stations, adds a timeless appeal to any bathroom. With so many different ways to arrange them, these tiles are a great addition to your bathroom tile tool kit. A new bunch of colors and sizes bring variety, as do colorful grouts and inset tiles.

We’ve seen clients tile their bathroom with traditionally dimensioned and colored subway tiles, giving the room an unmistakable signature look. A tinted grout can help create a smooth transition between bright white tiles and bold dark shutters.

What makes mid century-modern bathrooms so wonderful to work with is that while the best bathroom tile ideas are not necessarily complex, they allow for endless variations — think color-popping glass tile on the walls or even an accent wall in the shower or bathtub. You can also play off of the checkered tile bathroom design by installing it in a brick, vertical, or stacked pattern. The options are infinite.

If you have a renovation project coming up, the dedicated and experienced design-build team at Gallery Kitchen & Bath can help you sort through all your options and find the best mid century-modern design ideas for your space.

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Ben Bowdon

Ben Bowdon is the Marketing Director of Gallery KBNY, a full service design-build firm specializing in the design and interior renovation of apartments, townhomes, and lofts in NYC. For over a decade, Ben has navigated the ever-changing landscape of online marketing, delivering digital strategy solutions for companies of all sizes, until finding a permanent home with Gallery. As lead brand champion and curator, the proud Western Michigan Bronco strives to deliver thoughtful, industry-leading expertise to Gallery’s esteemed clientele via the most seamless omnichannel experience possible.




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