Renovating your bathroom or kitchen is one of the most surefire ways to increase the value of your home while also improving your day-to-day living space. It's a win-win, really. But the increase in value is directly related to whether you can create a design that will entice potential buyers once you decide to sell. While there are a ton of decisions to be made during the renovating process, one of the most consequential decisions is the tile.
Whether you're planning to tile only the floor and wet areas or you want to cover your entire walls in it, tiles are impactful in large part because of the surface area they cover. And while a highly ornate tile might be your personal preference, chances are it won't translate to potential buyers. So if you're looking for minimalist ideas to inspire your next bathroom tile renovation or backsplash upgrade, we rounded up some of our favorites.
Keep It Clean
Designer Cathie Hong knows that one of the simplest ways to achieve a minimal aesthetic is by carrying the same tile from floor to ceiling. What really keeps the look clean, though, is the large-scale gray tile with nearly invisible grout lines
Let It Blend In
The ultimate minimalist tip is to select tile that nearly blends in with its surroundings, especially when working in small spaces. With white walls, pearly white tiles, and even white metal shelves, everything above the counters in this kitchen is working to create a chic but minimal backdrop to maximize the small space.
Wrap It All Around
This dreamy peaches 'n' cream bathroom is an expert lesson in color pairing. We're obsessed with the vertically stacked beige tile wet room that wraps around the space and how it sets off the salmon sinks and wood vanity.
Take note—when pairing floor and wall tile, large-scale juxtaposed with small-scale will always look sleek and chic.
Take It to the Top
One look at this kitchen from Liljencrantz Design demonstrates how this interior design studio has managed to strike a beautiful balance between maximalist and minimalist interiors. We're in love with the simple rounded gray tile that's carried from counters to soaring ceilings for a dramatic impact.
Save a Penny
Want to revive an old classic? Do as designer Desiree Burns did in this kitchen and opt for a wall made of penny round tiles. A bright white tile in an all-white kitchen is an easy way to make your space feel luxe and elegant. What you'll save on this affordable tile choice you can later splurge on countertops and appliances.
Update a Classic
Subway tile is a classic choice because of how well it translates into just about any aesthetic. To really modernize and streamline, ditch the typical running bond pattern for something more geometric like a simple basketweave.
Cover the Ceiling
Take a page out of designer Maite Granda's book and tile your shower stall from floor to ceiling for a streamlined look. Bonus: Bathing in a marble-on-marble wet room like this one might feel more like a spa than your bathroom.
If you're a minimalist who enjoys a bold statement, try the '90s-approved stacked square tile in a smaller size. Choose any color, from a simple black or white to a hot pink or navy blue to give your space some punch.
Flip the Script
Another take on the classic subway tile is a longer, thinner variation. We love how a vertical running bond pattern in this tile is just different enough to look like a new take on the trend and vertical lines make the space appear taller.
For a soft texture and instant sophistication, try the increasingly popular Moroccan Zellige tile in a soft tone like blue-gray or greige. This highly textured glazed terra-cotta tile will give your space patina and visual interest while still feeling minimal enough for pared-back spaces.
Aim for Seamless
Another space from Liljencrantz, this bathroom is a modern minimalist's dream. From large tiles to stone countertops to rich wood, everything looks seamless and sleek. Even chrome fixtures seem to melt right into the walls.
Pick a Classic Pattern
Opting for a neutral-colored tile gives you a little more freedom to play with pattern without overwhelming the space. Case in point—this wet bar with a herringbone accent wall in a skinny greige tile. Because the rest of the space is also fairly neutral, a subtle statement backsplash feels appropriate.
Fall Back to Black
Black tile will always, always, always be in style—you can quote us on that. We can't get enough of the black stone tile with natural color variation in this kitchen. Designer Reena Sotropa really considered how wood elements would pop right off the wall while darker metal accents blend right in.
Mix in Midcentury
Midcentury Modern design is all about a streamlined aesthetic, which means minimal tile treatments fit right in. Take this kitchen—horizontally stacked navy tile creates clean lines and a graphic color-block effect under that sleek floating shelf.
Add visual interest to your minimal space with a super-thin stacked tile. When set against clean, minty cabinets, the white backsplash-gray grout combo in this modern kitchen creates depth with its grid-like pattern.
Marble is often thought of as a luxury material, but it's versatile enough to adapt to any aesthetic. For example, horizontally stacked marble tile, a floating bench, and matte black fixtures add up to an ultra-modern finish in this minimal shower stall.
This dreamy bathroom is all about drama in the most minimal way possible. Designer Laura Brophy expertly mixes materials like marble and stone tile by keeping the color palette almost entirely black.
Also consider adjacent spaces when selecting tile. For example, here, a peek into the bedroom beyond reveals black accents that tie back into the bathroom tile.
Let It Shine
Love the minimal aesthetic but crave luxe finishes? Take a look at this sleek kitchen from LeClair Decor. That bronze mirror tile backsplash installed in a vertically stacked pattern is everything we didn't know we needed.
Carry It up the Wall
Give your space a subtle pop by carrying your floor tiles all the way up one wall like in this elegant gray bathroom. It's a subtle way to get the look of an accent wall while maintaining a minimal aesthetic.
Make It Monotone
These days, it's hard to find kitchen inspiration that offers something beyond all-white or two-tone cabinets. But this beige-on-beige kitchen from Liljencrantz Design is all the proof we need to get on board the monotone train. Sleek taupe cabinets and beige-tinted zellige tiles are a dreamy, minimal combo.
In this tight French kitchen, the designer opted for a small-scale square grid tile backsplash. The result is sleek and modern but with a gemstone-like quality that adds just the right touch of bling.
Stick to Simplicity
Fans of a more industrial approach will appreciate this plywood kitchen that's modern and minimal in all the best ways. Large-scale, horizontally stacked subway tiles, metallic fixtures, and white countertops are sleek and edgy while wood tones warm up the look.