Gray bathroom tile ideas – ways to work gray ceramics, porcelains and stones on walls and floors

The most versatile neutral – we show you how to make an impact with these gray bathroom tile ideas

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One of our favorite ways to decorate a space, our gray bathroom tile ideas combine practicality with a subtle chicness.

Tiles are the go-to option for bathroom walls and floors – and for good reason, too. Being hardwearing, water-resistant and with a huge variety of designs to choose from, you can really make a bathroom reflect your own style no matter how much space you have to work with. 

Gray, meanwhile, is an extremely versatile neutral shade that works in classic and contemporary homes alike, so it’s no wonder that gray bathroom tiles are a popular choice today. Pair with pops of color, or make it monochrome – the final look is really up to you. 

Take a look at these stylish gray bathroom tile ideas for serious design inspiration. Or take a look at our bathroom tile ideas for more tiling options

1. Add interest with mosaics

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‘Gray need not be used as a solid color when tiling.’ explains Rob Whitaker, Creative Director at Claybrook.

‘Mosaics are a great way to bring movement and visual interest into a space when utilizing more neutral shades. Marble mosaics are a case in point – the natural material means even within one shade there are variations in tone.’

Likewise, the bathroom trend of grayscale terrazzo tiles creates a captivating canvas when used on the walls or the floors of your bathroom. 

2. Scale up

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Large format tiles are ideal for bathrooms and wet rooms. 

Often seen in luxury spas, oversized stone gray tiles add a sense of grandeur but are also practical. With less tiles to work with, they are quicker to lay and minimal grout lines mean they are easier to clean too. 

3. Mix your materials

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When it comes to decorating the walls of your bathroom, you may want to consider using a combination of materials. 

Tiles are sensible for wet zones – think around the bath, above the basin and in a shower enclosure – so you could add some feature wallpaper elsewhere in the space. 

Water-resistant wallpapers are available, or ask your decorator to apply Decorator's Varnish for added protection in case of splashes. 

4. Play with texture

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If you plan to keep the color scheme neutral with gray bathroom tiles, you can add interest by bringing different shapes and textures into the design. 

Look out for tiles with repeating patterns or unusual shapes that will work with the style of your space. 

Play around with the options too, you can often create a variety of different looks simply by repositioning the layout of the tiles. 

5. Use tiles to zone

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Enhance your bathroom layout by using tiles to help zone the space. 

Place a border of patterned tiles within a shower or around a bath to highlight these areas, keeping the rest of the bathroom neutral with a plain yet complementary tile. 

And if you are looking to cover a large amount of floorspace, consider alternative materials such as Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT). They're worth considering if you're looking for bathroom flooring ideas, since they mimic the look of real stone, but are often easier to maintain and won’t feel as cold underfoot on those early mornings.

6. Consider your finish

Gray bathroom tile ideas Stone and Ceramic Warehouse

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Most bathroom tiles will come in two finishes – matt or gloss. Which you go for is really down to personal preference. 

Matt tiles don’t show up marks and smudges as obviously, and tend to be less slippery. Gloss tiles, on the other hand, have a more reflective surface that enhances light. 

These work particularly well when applied to the walls by making the room feel brighter. Great if you're looking for small bathroom ideas

7. Take an all-over approach

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Using the same gray bathroom tiles throughout your space can create a sleek, seamless look. 

Some tiles are more suitable for floors than others, so check if the design you like can be applied to both the floors and the walls. 

Keep an eye out for appropriate slip ratings, and if you wish to have underfloor heating make sure your tiles can sit on top of your system – most porcelain and ceramic tiles should be able to. 

8. Create a two-tone effect

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‘When it comes to gray bathrooms, why not mix two coordinating shades to add visual interest to your walls and floors,’ suggests Katy Black, Marketing Director at Verona.

‘For example, you could select lighter shades for walls and darker tones for floors.’ When deciding on a combination, try warm tones together for a relaxing feel, or cooler shades for a fresher look.  

9. Use pops of color

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Gray tiles can be a subtle backdrop that allows colourful items in your bathroom to shine.

Introduce pops of color to your design through towels and accessories, or go one step further and commit to bold brassware and statement sanitaryware.

Our pink room ideas may also be worth a look if you love the above.

10. Find the right shade

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While lighter gray tiles can create a softer, more feminine look, deep graphites and charcoals can instantly add a more contemporary edge to your bathroom scheme. 

Where possible, request to see samples in person so you can visualise different combinations and scales of size to find what works for you.

What colors go with gray bathroom tiles?

‘Gray tiles are a blank canvas, so your accessory options are endless,’ says Katy Black, Marketing Director at Verona.

‘If your gray tiles have a softer, warmer undertone, try using earthy, organic colors such as dark greens or deep auburns with natural timber. For cooler shades, choose crisp white towels and mats, with a string matt black accent or add a flash of color with teal or navy.’

Should floor tiles be darker than wall tiles?

It is a popular approach, but not necessarily the only option – in fact doing the opposite can create a strong effect.

‘Darker wall tiles add impact and mood to a space, and pairing with a pale floor simply adds to the drama,’ advises Rob Whitaker, Creative Director at Claybrook. 

Another idea is to use the same shade across both the walls and floors, as this can make the bathroom look sleek and seamless. Many tile ranges are now available in the same design, but different formats to achieve this look. 

Should grout be darker or lighter than a tile – and what grouts go with gray tiles?

Using a grout that is a similar shade to your tiles can help to create a premium finish, and matching your grout to your tiles will also help disguise any discoloration that inherently occurs over time. 

While white grout is often seen as the conventional choice, if you are aiming for a modern look then you could opt for a dark grout against light gray tiles. Just be sure the tiles have been appropriately sealed or glazed, otherwise excess grout may stick or sink into the tile.