Regardless of whether you have a small or large space, a ceramic tile backsplash can make a huge design impact.
Particularly in the bathroom, backsplash tile can set the tone for the whole space while also protecting your walls from water damage and creating a low-maintenance, easy-to-clean surface.
Of course, the impact of bathroom backsplash tile makes it even more important that you choose the right design for your space. Thankfully, there are numerous (dare we say limitless?) designs for you to choose from, with options for different tile colors, shapes, sizes, textures, natural looks and patterns.
On that note, here are 81 bathroom backsplash ideas, including:
- Small bathroom sink backsplash ideas
- Backsplashes with standing vanities
- Backsplashes and floating vanities
Small Bathroom Sink Backsplash Ideas
We’ll start with small bathroom sink backsplash ideas. Keep in mind that these aren’t necessarily small bathroom backsplash ideas, but rather backsplash designs that look great behind small sinks (aka no attached vanity) — regardless of the size of the bathroom.
So, let’s dive into our favorite backsplash ideas for bathroom sink setups.
1. Pink-Tipped White Hexagon Tile
If you think you’re seeing circle and triangle tiles, look again. This bathroom sink backsplash is actually white hexagon tiles with the tips colored two different shades of pink — proof that just a little touch of color goes a long way!
2. Interlocking Circle Design With Metallic Touches
This bathroom sink backsplash — in addition to its dazzling pattern and metallic look — offers a good reminder that backsplashes can go as high (or low) as you want. Consider installing a half wall with your bathroom backsplash tile to create a unique look. Add molding for the cherry on top!
3. Follow the Yellow Brick Road Tile Mosaic
We don’t know about you, but we’d follow this golden glass tile anywhere!
4. Minimalist Matte Tiles in Beige
This bathroom design downplays its matte beige tiles — even minimizing the appearance of the grout — to let the contemporary sink, mirror and other fixtures do the talking.
5. Chevron Glass Tile Mosaic in Shades of Greige
This bathroom goes for the glam with a chevron glass tile mosaic that hangs like a work of art behind the twin sinks and mirrors. For anyone who wants floor-to-ceiling bathroom backsplash tile but doesn’t necessarily want to use the same tile design across the entire wall, this is a stylish example to follow.
6. Silver and Gold Herringbone Tile
This bathroom sink backsplash is similar to the previous example in color and design, and yet what a different look! The differences lie in the herringbone layout (rather than chevron) and the larger tile size.
7. Pearly Brick Tile With a Leaf Border
This pearly brick tile half wall goes just half way up the wall but it goes a long way toward protecting the area directly behind the sink (the splash zone) — and making a strong design impact.
What’s more, the delicate leaf border frames the wallpaper as if it were a work of art. If you ask us, the whole bathroom is an artful masterpiece!
8. Beige Stone-Look Subway Tile Partial Wall
Sophistication is the theme in this bright and spacious master bath, making beige subway tile in an understated stone look the perfect choice.
9. Hexagon and Rhombus Tile Wall
This full-wall backsplash manages to be both playful and minimalist at the same time. The fun star pattern created by the hexagon and rhombus tiles contrasts artfully with the crispness of the grayscale color palette and matte finish.
[Related: Unleash the Creativity of Hexagon Tile: Hexagon Tile Uses and Design Ideas]
10. Glossy Honey-Toned Stone-Look Tile
This no-nonsense bathroom wraps you in warmth with honey-hued glossy stone-look backsplash tile that encompasses the bathroom from the walls and flooring to the shower.
11. Cement-Look Tile Grid
If anyone’s looking for modern bathroom backsplash ideas, we have a winner right here. An oversized cement-look tile grid creates the perfect backdrop for colorful artwork and unique contemporary bathroom fixtures.
12. Aquamarine Square Tile in a Slight Offset
These aquamarine tiles create a soothing feeling and give us major under-the-sea vibes, especially because of the way their glossy textured surface catches the light.
13. Greige Stone-Look Tile
Earthy sophistication reigns in this master bath. Greige stone-look tile in a neat rectangular grid strikes the perfect balance between natural and orderly.
14. Metallic Interlocking Circle Tile Pattern
This design is at the top of our list for glamorous bathroom tile backsplash ideas. This mosaic tile pattern could go on and on forever, which is fitting for a design that symbolizes infinity. Add in a metallic finish and you have a bathroom backsplash idea that’s infinitely enchanting.
15. Back-to-Basics Beige Tile Grid
Sometimes simple does it, as this straightforward beige tile in a rectangular grid proves.
16. Caramel-Colored Stone-Look Mosaic
How do you make a spacious bathroom feel warm and cozy? Cover it in caramel-toned stone-look tile, starting with a full-wall mosaic backsplash.
17. Black Marble-Look Gauged Porcelain Tile
If you’re looking to make a strong impression, you can’t go wrong with this black marble-look gauged porcelain tile for your backsplash.
[Related: Tile Trend Ideas: Dark Marble Looks]
18. White Tile Grid
A white tile grid sets the stage for a gilded mirror flanked by a golden tile pattern to the left and right. Voila — a palatial bathroom.
19. Black and White Stone-Look Tile With Gold Borders
What’s black, white, and golden at the edges? This refined bathroom, which knows that just a touch of glam goes a long way.
20. Glossy Blue Herringbone Tile
Here’s one of our favorite bathroom backsplash tile ideas. Gold bathroom fixtures pop against this glossy blue herringbone tile. To top it off, black and white octagon and dot tile flooring adds a retro flair.
21. 3D “Wave” Gauged Porcelain Tile in White
Did we mention that tile even comes in three-dimensional surfaces? This white gauged porcelain tile with 3D “waves” has us wanting to reach out and touch it.
[Related: 17 Inspiring Before and After Bathroom Renovations]
Bathroom Vanity Backsplash Ideas
Now, let’s move on to backsplash ideas for bathroom vanity setups.
When it comes to bathroom vanities, backsplash ideas are just as numerous and versatile as with sinks. You’re sure to find a backsplash design you love to compliment any size, color, or material type of your vanity.
22. Gray Floral Tile
We’ve never seen flowers like this in real life, but they’re sure blooming in this tile pattern — even without additional color. Plus, the gray tile and gray vanity create a monochromatic look that gives the space a minimalist quality.
23. White Hexagon Tile
These white hexagon tiles’ borders make them feel as though they’re popping off the wall.
24. Subtly Patterned Diagonal Gray Tile
This bathroom makes a strong case for monochromatic color palettes, featuring a gray tile backsplash that coordinates with the vanity, tile flooring, mirrors, and bathroom fixtures. Laying the tile diagonally and choosing a subtle pattern provides the perfect amount of visual interest for this bathroom vanity backsplash.
25. Off-White Vertical Tile Grid
Don’t have a specific design in mind but still want to protect your walls from water damage? A simple off-white bathroom vanity backsplash may be just what you need.
26. Green Variegated Tile
Bathroom vanity backsplashes don’t get much more striking than this, if you ask us (but then, we have the hardest time deciding!). Variegation (or subtle shading differences) as well as a handmade look give the backsplash an organic feel that helps connect us to the outdoors.
27. Black and White Patterned Tile
Circles and diamonds have never looked so sophisticated. The simple black and white tile pattern creates a statement look in this sleek bathroom.
28. White Tile With a Gray Tile Border
When it comes to easy bathroom backsplash ideas, you can’t go wrong with white bathroom backsplash tile. Here, a gray tile perimeter adds stylish interest that is further highlighted by an accent color. This is a great choice for a kids’ bathroom, allowing you to swap in different accent colors or keep it sophisticated with gray and white alone.
29. Diagonal Pearl-Toned Tiles
There’s nothing basic about these white tiles. Their diagonal layout and pearly tone add to this restroom’s grandeur.
[Related: Your Complete Guide to Bathroom Tile]
30. 3D White Marble-Look Mosaic Tile
If you’re looking for small bathroom vanity backsplash ideas, here’s one that won’t disappoint. The white marble-look tile mosaic features a 3D design so that it (literally) stands out. We particularly love how the caramel-toned veining adds color variation.
Pro tip: If you’re worried that this backsplash design looks hard to install, don’t be. Many tile mosaics come in mesh-backed sheets for quick and easy installation.
31. Marble-Look Octagon and Dot Mosaic Tile
If you only have a strip of wall to cover between your vanity and mirror, choose a tile mosaic so you can show off more of your pattern or layout. This marble-look octagon and dot mosaic adds a thoughtful design cohesion with the flooring — even if there isn’t very much of it!
32. Blue-Green Tile Grid
A colorful tile and simple grid layout are the perfect combination for a slightly retro backsplash.
33. White Marble-Look Gauged Porcelain Tile With Oversized Veining
You know by now that you can use gauged porcelain tile for your bathroom vanity backsplash. But did you know that you can use it for the sink and vanity itself as well?
The oversized veining on this white marble-look tile has us thinking of white tigers. Of course, tile this stylish isn’t nearly as rare!
34. Gray Marble-Look Gauged Porcelain Tile
We love the soothing veining in this gray marble-look tile, which spans the diagonal length of the tile slab.
[Related: Nine Masterful Master Baths You’ll Swoon Over]
35. Mini Blue Tile Grid
This mini tile grid in baby blue is absolutely dazzling, reflecting light and creating a bright and clean look in the small bathroom.
[Related: Tile Trends We Love: Blue Backsplash Tile]
36. Matte Greige Herringbone Tile
This bathroom is one of contrasts: A bright vanity and shiny faucets against a greige matte herringbone backsplash. Effective, don’t you think?
37. Stone-Look Tile Mosaic Grid
This stone-look mosaic tile grid is the perfect complement to the wood countertops and vanity, creating an undeniable modern farmhouse feel.
38. Gold Brick-Look Tile
You’d have us fooled if you told us this bathroom backsplash was made of real gold (but it’s ceramic tile!).
39. Gray Stone-Look Rectangle Tiles
We often see coordinating backsplash and floor tile, with mosaic tiles used for the backsplash and larger tiles used for the flooring. This bathroom switches that norm — and to great effect. The matte gray stone-look tile creates a clean and classic backdrop for the contemporary vanity and fixtures.
40. Dark Gray Stone-Look Tiles in Mixed Sizes
Can’t choose whether to go with a mosaic or large tiles? Follow the lead of this gray stone-look bathroom backsplash tile and incorporate both!
41. Mosaic Tile Grid With a Pixelated Look
The different green, black, and white shades in this mosaic tile grid create a pixelated look and a unique design impact in this bathroom.
42. Creamy Wood-Look Mosaic Tile Planks
Wood, in the bathroom? That’s right — thanks to ceramic tile’s water resistance, our backsplash bathroom ideas are full of wood looks. Go with the size of traditional wood planks or a mosaic, such as this bathroom vanity backsplash.
43. Black Concrete-Look Tile
Here’s another look you might not expect to see in a bathroom — concrete. This black concrete-look tile backsplash creates an industrial vibe yet a surprisingly cozy feeling. We wouldn’t mind soaking in this tub!
44. Oversized Brown Subway Tile With a Mosaic Grid Border
Oversized chocolatey subway tiles cover nearly all the surfaces in this bathroom, including the backsplash. A mini tile grid border in the same hue adds some visual interest and marks the transition from the backsplash to the wall.
45. Herringbone-Like Tiles in a Metallic Glass Look
Our backsplash tile bathroom ideas continue with this adaptation of the herringbone pattern. Rather than use two tile planks to create the classic L shape, this pattern uses four tiles. The choice of glass tiles in a metallic finish only adds to the design’s creativity.
46. Light Stone-Look Tile With Soft Veining
We’ve seen several light stone-look backsplash ideas for bathrooms so far, but there’s something particularly dreamy about this one. We think it’s the tile’s especially soft veining and the fact that it covers all the bathroom surfaces. What do you say?
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47. Crisp White Diagonal Tiles
We love a black and white design, and this bathroom nails it with white backsplash tiles in a diagonal layout and black penny round tile for the flooring.
48. Golden Patterned Tile
How would you describe this tile pattern? It’s similar to a sunburst motif, but it also reminds us of flames. Maybe a bird in flight? The beauty of this golden design is found in our own interpretations — impressively unique.
49. Horizontal Picket Fence Tile in a White Marble Look
Picket fence tile gets its name from a classic white picket fence. This bathroom backsplash tile modifies the traditional design by laying the elongated hexagons horizontally rather than vertically.
50. Glossy White Mosaic Tile in a Horizontal Grid
This bathroom backsplash tile is perfectly neat, featuring a horizontal mosaic tile grid in a glossy finish and clean white hue.
But it’s not all order in this bathroom — did you notice the mosaic hexagon tile flooring with randomly inserted black tiles? We think it’s the perfect juxtaposition of order with beautiful chaos.
51. 3D Blue Glass Tile
Can you imagine getting ready every day with this 3D blue glass tile to admire?
52. Marble-Look Gauged Porcelain Tile With Brown and Gray Veining
Here’s more proof that no two white marble looks are the same. We can’t help but get lost in this tile’s dreamy brown and gray veining.
Floating Bathroom Vanity Backsplash Ideas
Most of the bathroom backsplash ideas we shared above would look great with a floating vanity. However, there are certain differences to keep in mind.
For example, you can install tile both above and below your floating vanity (all around it, really). So, you have more space to show off a pattern or natural look, and will want to keep that in mind when choosing your tile.
So, that being said, let’s take a look at some floating vanity backsplash ideas for bathrooms.
53. Marble-Look Mini Tile Grid
Mini tile grids manage to seem both retro and hyper contemporary at the same time. This bathroom contrasts those (already contrasting) qualities with classic features such as a marble look and a vintage-inspired lighting fixture.
54. Gray Marble Look With a Teal Accent
This backsplash is a reminder that a simple pop of color goes a long way. Imagine the backsplash without the teal border — not nearly as effective, don’t you think?
55. Gemstone-Look Gauged Porcelain Tile
Have you ever seen such a beautiful bathroom? In this case, the gorgeous gemstone-look gauged porcelain tile extends past the backsplash itself to the walls, flooring, and even countertop.
56. Clean and Pristine White Tile Panels
If you want to create a bright bathroom with a clean look, you can’t go wrong with these crisp white tile panels.
57. Variegated Black Vertical Tile Grid
Variegation adds a slight rustic touch to this otherwise ultra sleek bathroom, complete with a vertical black tile grid.
[Related: Bewitching Black Bathroom Tile]
58. Blue Art Deco Tile
Bring back the roaring ’20s with a stylish Art Deco tile pattern such as this — with decadent accents to match.
59. White Terrazzo Tile
Terrazzo looks are making a major comeback, and a single look at this example will tell you why. Modern terrazzo-look installations often incorporate colorful tile and chip colors, but as you can see, white and gray can be just as effective.
60. Concrete-Look Tile and Patterned Tile
Pair concrete-look tile with creative tile patterns and elegant accents, and what do you get? An industrial chic bathroom vanity backsplash that’s sure to impress.
61. White Herringbone Tile With a Blue Accent
There’s something about herringbone tile we just can’t resist, and this backsplash ups the ante with a striking row of blue tile.
62. Wainscoting-Look White Tile
We love the classic look of wainscoting, even more so with easy-to clean ceramic tile.
63. Marble-Look Gauged Porcelain Tile
You know by now that we’re suckers for white marble-look gauged porcelain tile, but isn’t the caramel and gray veining in this example particularly dreamy?
64. Textured Tile in Cream
Texture can completely transform the look of your tile, as this cream bathroom backsplash tile proves.
65. Greige Marble-Look Tile
This backsplash shows what a difference the veining can make in marble-look tile. Thin, angular veins create a crisp aesthetic for this greige marble look.
66. Linen-Look Tile in a 3D Cube Effect
A linen-like texture and diamond tiles arranged to create the look of three-dimensional cubes add visual richness to this bathroom backsplash tile.
67. Pattern Mix and Match
Who says you have to choose just one pattern for your backsplash? We love this beautiful mix-and-match of different (but complementary) patterns.
68. Tile Mosaic in Earth Tones
There’s something especially calming about this earth-toned tile mosaic — an excellent choice to create a spa-like environment in your bathroom.
69. Parquet Tile
Parquet tile (or wood-look mosaic tile) is typically reserved for flooring, but we’re glad this bathroom doesn’t follow the norm!
70. Minimalist Gauged Porcelain Tile in Tan
Who remembers the KISS acronym? It’s “keep it simple, silly,” and the principle is on display in this straightforward (but effective) backsplash design.
71. Variegated Off-White Tile
Subtle variegation and texture take this off-white tile from plain to intriguing.
72. Mosaic Tile Panels in Earth Tones
Are we in a master bathroom or a spa? It’s hard to tell with this luxurious stone-look tile in earth tones. We particularly love the backsplash tile mosaic, which reminds us of a waterfall.
73. Matte Gauged Porcelain Tile
Contemporary minimalism at its finest is on display in this bathroom, which features a matte gauged porcelain tile backsplash.
74. Slate-Look Tile
There’s nothing like slate-look tile to create a rustic, down-to-earth look.
75. Textured Dark Brown Marble-Look Tile
We don’t often see marble-look tile in brown so this backsplash is even more distinctive. The design breaks up the sparse white veining with textured lines in randomly placed tiles.
[Related: Tile Trend Ideas: Dark Marble Looks]
76. Glossy White Marble-Look Tile With Gray Veining
Thanks to the glossy finish of the white marble-look tile, light reflects off of just about every surface in this bathroom.
77. Black Stone-Look Tile Grid
They say opposites attract, and that’s certainly the case in this bathroom, which juxtaposes a rustic black stone-look tile backsplash with a sleek white marble-look tile countertop.
78. Hazelnut Stone-Look Tile
We love the unique tone of this warm stone-look tile, which isn’t dark brown but isn’t tan either. Hazelnut, perhaps?
79. Distressed Black Wood-Look Tile
This bathroom summons styles of times gone by with a distressed wood-look tile backsplash in black, distressed wood-look tile flooring in white, and a greek-inspired sculpture. Wood isn’t ideal for water-prone spaces such as bathrooms. Enter durable ceramic tile, which enables you to create the look of wood (and many other surfaces) without the same maintenance concerns.
80. Creamy Stone-Look Tile With a Patterned Accent
Creamy stone-look tile is a timeless design option that may also help contribute to your home’s resale value if you ever decide to sell.
81. Blue and White Wave Pattern
We like to end things with a bang, which is why we’re wrapping up our tile backsplash ideas for bathrooms with this unique rippling blue and white tile pattern. It’s the perfect choice to make waves in your bathroom — literally!
The Very Best Bathroom Backsplash Ideas
And that’s that! We hope you’ve found the perfect bathroom backsplash tile inspiration for your home.
This isn’t where our backsplash expertise ends, though. For even more help planning your backsplash for your bathroom — or kitchen! — check out our Comprehensive Guide to Bathroom and Kitchen Backsplash Tile.
Where to Buy Backsplash Tile
Use the search tool at the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA) to find a ceramic tile showroom in your area for a more individual, one-on-one shopping, design and education experience, or visit a home improvement or flooring retailer.