Kelly Wearstler makes a loud statement with this bathroom trend – but experts say it has a 'calming' effect

Maximalist tiles are perfect for creating a cohesive bathroom, according to designers

green bathroom tiles and Kelly Wearstler
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When designing a bathroom, it can be tempting to keep things fairly understated with classic white hues and understated, sleek bathroom tiles. This doesn't need to always be the case however; there's no reason why you can't be just as experimental with your bathroom decor as other rooms in the home.

Championing this ethos is a maximalist bathroom designed by interior design maestro Kelly Wearstler, which channels rectangular checkered tiles all over the room; including the floors, walls, and even the ceiling. 

We spoke to the interior design experts, and it turns out these dramatic bathroom tile trends can actually work wonders in creating a cohesive room that feels calming. 

'The use of maximalist design provides an enveloping feeling of grandeur, perfect for somewhere small, such as a bathroom,' explains LA-based interior designer Poppy Kate Garner. 'The art of being able to put together elaborate patterns and colors, gorgeously clashing, or the same bold tiles, covering a bathroom head-to-toe, gives off a brilliant feeling of knowledge about design and creativity whilst sparking a conversation.'

Chelsea Potthast, Principal at Potthast Design also recommends opting for a fully-tiled bathroom, explaining it can elevate the space: 'Can’t decide which materials to use on your bathroom floor, wall, and ceiling? Why not use a combination of your favorite tiles for all three? The uniform, seamless look can play up any special existing architectural features in the bathroom.' 

'Other elements like plumbing, lighting fixtures, and mirrors will stand out more against a repetitive backdrop. Choosing a repeating pattern or print can have a calming effect as well,' continues Chelsea.

For interior designer Nicholas Kaiko, it's important to consider the style and color of your tiles to ensure a timeless look: 'While the maximalist trend might be current, choosing a timeless tile design can ensure the bathroom remains stylish. This classic combination of black and light grey will look great for decades.'

Nicholas Kaiko
Nicholas Kaiko

Nicholas Kaiko, founder of Kaiko Design Interiors, is a highly sought-after interior designer based in Sydney, Australia. With over a decade of experience in the interior design industry, Nic has honed his skills as an interior architect and decorator, working on luxury hotels and high-end residential projects both locally and internationally.

Embracing tiles in the bathroom is also known for its practicality, so whilst this is certainly an expert-approved design statement, opting for matching bathroom wall tiles and bathroom floor tiles will also make for a highly durable bathroom, as Nicholas explains: 'Tiles, especially ceramic and porcelain, are known for their durability. They're resistant to moisture, which makes them ideal for bathrooms where humidity levels can be high.' 

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'Maximalist design is about pushing boundaries and making spaces that resonate with personal expression,' says Nicholas. 'The repetitive use of the same tile, even in this bold combination, across all surfaces creates a captivating experience. It's immersive, engaging, and certainly memorable.'

If you're as much a fan of this bold design style as the designers, read about all of the different types of tile to make sure you choose the most suitable option for your bathroom. 

Paint & Color Editor

Emily is H&G's Paint & Color Editor, covering all things color across interior design and home decor. She joined the team in the summer of 2023, having studied Fashion Communication at university before working in various creative roles ahead of making the leap into interiors. She lives in Glasgow where she loves admiring the city's architecture, frequenting her favorite coffee spots, and sourcing vintage furniture for her tenement apartment. Emily's interior style is inspired by the simplicity of midcentury design, mixed with more playful modern pieces that inject small (but bold) doses of color.