Blake Lively's Zellige tile trick will bring your bathroom to new heights – and experts approve

The actress is here to save your bathroom; in case you didn't already love her enough – here's how experts recreate the look

Blake Lively
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While we used to follow Blake Lively’s Instagram to keep up with her Hollywood-approved wardrobe and chic city lifestyle, we now find ourselves tuning in for something slightly more unexpected – interior design tips. 

When Blake posted a video to show her appreciation for her husband, actor Ryan Reynolds, we couldn’t help but look past the happy couple to admire their small bathroom tile ideas that are unlike anything we've ever noticed before. 

The actress, best known for her roles in The Age of Adaline, A Simple Favor, and Gossip Girl, posted a time-lapse of Ryan dyeing her hair in their bathroom – but as well as admiring their relationship goals, the pair filled us with ultimate bathroom envy. 

In the backdrop of her video, followers caught a glimpse inside the bathroom, or rather, the bathroom’s statement Zellige tiles that don’t only cover the wall but also continue onto the ceiling to cover it entirely. 

This stylish yet subtle design also exposes their skylight in the most fashionable way possible. This is Blake Lively’s bathroom, after all.

In case you or any one of Blake’s 28.2 million followers suddenly have an urge to bring this bathroom trend into your own home, Hamish Smith, the Creative Director of luxury tile manufacturers Ca’ Pietra has shared the points you need to consider before decorating. 

1. Think about the color 

Blake Lively bathroom with shower cubicle and a patterned tiled wall

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Perhaps the most significant factor to consider in bringing Blake into your home is the shade and how your chosen color will transform in your bathroom, as Hamish explained: ‘When it comes to the bathroom, think about the sunlight in this room; if it’s a room that lacks light and you love the idea of going for a neutral tile like Blake’s, then you may want to opt for a warmer white.

‘If your room is sunny, then a cool grey white will work,’ he added.

2. Shape up 

Blake Lively tile tip in a shower room with tiled cubicle

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Another key factor to consider is the shape; as Hamish reminds us, there are more shapes to choose from than the square design from Blake's Instagram.

‘While Blake has gone for a square tile, this trend isn’t limited to this shape. Take a look at brick tiles too if the square isn’t for you,’ Hamish urges. 

‘Our Oasis tiles have beautiful color variations to create interest in a small bathroom. What is important about this trend is that regardless of which shape you opt for, make it seamless by sticking to just one tile and only one color to the walls and ceiling.’

3. Check suitability 

While we’re all swooning over this trend at present, Hamish encourages us to spend some time making sure your tiles will top interior design trends long into the future. 

‘Before you go all out, just check that the tile is suitable for the area you want to place it. And, importantly, check if the tile needs sealing. If it’s a natural material – like marble or encaustic, then you will need to seal it to ensure it maintains its beauty in years to come. We also recommend that if you go for a crackle-glazed tile, you seal this too.'

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.