Tile for the Girls Bathroom (and Beyond!)

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We are taking on some big renovation projects at our house in 2017 and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it! We started our first project, the girls bathroom, over Christmas break and things are humming right along! Here’s what the bathroom looked like just a few days ago. It was the only room in the house that we hadn’t touched yet and it was such an eye sore! Crooked light fixtures and all! :)

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We pulled out everything – all the old brick veneer floor tile and the beigey almond tub surround as well as the old vanity and the pony wall the didn’t actually offer up any privacy and only managed to make the room feel smaller (bye!). Our plumber had a place to reuse our old cast iron tub so he’ll pull it out when he comes next week to do all the valve work. IT IS SO HEAVY.

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The tile will need to go in as soon as the plumber is done, so took the girls with me down to Floor & Decor to pick up a few samples. I’ve worked with Floor & Decor a few times in the past and I keep coming back for more. They have the best prices, the most insanely HUGE selection (with new lines coming out often), and best of all – everything is in stock, all the time! I use their tile for client work all the time because it just makes life so much easier for the contractors. We don’t have to order huge overages or wait two months for the product to come in. It’s awesome. Also, the employees could not be nicer! They are always so helpful, and they are so sweet to my girls when I bring them in with me somehow thinking it will be SO FUN to all pick out tile together (!?), especially when they are bouncing off the walls from excitement about school being out for break! :)

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Here are some of the tiles I was loving at Floor & Decor last week. I found a ton of favorites I’ll be pinning for our kitchen and master bath remodel later this year!

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Under $2/piece is a pretty unheard of price for graphic patterned tile! I love the one with the little star and the four diamonds the best.

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They also have a couple new lines of that really popular handmade, irregular look tile in really soft and subtle colors. I’m thinking of one of these for our kitchen or laundry backsplash. So pretty and soft!

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Maybe with my favorite black slate floors??? SO PRETTY.

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There were some really gorgeous new marble options that I’m considering for our master bath. I’m obsessed with this brand new hex pattern!

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But I also really liked this simple black marble hex. Could be really great with a dark grout and then light or white everything else.

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Or paired with this new, super veiny honed marble subway would be so, so good!

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I love that they sell the prettiest marble caps and base pieces too!

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Margot’s vote was this white marble herringbone pattern. I love the subtle variation in color here.

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It’s hard to go wrong with a classic basketweave pattern though! (I also love the white and gray options!)

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And this gray ground marble felt really different and fresh to me. It would be gorgeous with a white grout, black or stained wood cabinets and white wall tile and brass fixtures…

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There were SO many beautiful options for our other projects that I was having a hard time focusing on what I needed for the girls bathroom. (Also was distracted because I was shopping with four banshees.) We wanted something really inexpensive and easy to maintain, so of course subway tile was one of the first things that came to my mind. I like this turned herringbone pattern they had on display!

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What I really love about Floor & Decor’s subway tile (beside the fact it costs only 21 cents per tile!) is that it is the brightest, cleanest shade of white out there. It’s not off-white or ivory like the hardware store subway.

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I’m kind of thinking we’d like to go with a medium gray grout, like #47 Charcoal in the chart below.

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I was pretty open on the floor tile options. The girls and I stood in front of these boards of small scale ceramic tile for a few minutes and talked about the pros and cons of each tile. They LOVE giving me design input and all say they want to work for me when they are older. :) Those little cuties might be crazy, but they have every part of my heart.

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We thought a lot about penny tile at first. I love this all white version.

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I was also really drawn to this more mottled version where the glaze doesn’t cover the sides of the penny tiles. It feels softer and more organic to me.

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Floor & Decor also has a ton of hex-shaped ceramic tile options like this all-black (which looks amazing with the white grout!) and this matte gray tile.

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But this brand new white ceramic herringbone tile called out to us! It’s only $2.99/ft and I think it would look GREAT with that same charcoal grout.

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The whites of the two tiles pair together nicely too. I think it’s totally fine to mix shades of whites in a bathroom (all the exact same color would read a little flat I think) but extreme differences in shades can be REALLY bad and suddenly you might have floor tile that looks yellow or a tub that looks gray. Not a great look, so just be mindful when you’re mixing lines of tile!

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I think the subway and herringbone colors are a great mix!

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We brought a sheet of white hex and penny tile home too, but when we put the samples in the bathroom on the floor, the girls and I agreed the herringbone was the clear winner!

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Here are a couple of (very quick) sketches of what we’re planning for the bathroom. We’re going for clean and bright with lots of white and lots of texture from the shapes and patterns in the space. I think it will be pretty! This week all the plumbing and lighting arrived as well as the vanity, so now that the tile is selected, it’s full steam ahead!

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  1. Angela

    It will be lovely. What lucky girls!

  2. HannahJ

    Love it!! And I love the walk-through of all your options- so very helpful!

  3. Karyn

    Fabulous post. I need to go to Floor and Decor to check out your choices in person. Thank you for sharing. Peace and joy!

  4. Karen Frank

    Hi ,
    Thank you for in
    troducing me to Floor and Decor, love their selections. I was able to locate a store not too far away. Looks like a great source!

    Also did you use sketch up to create the drawing? Looking for something to help with visuals
    Thanks and Happy New Year Karen

    • Jenny

      Yup, love Sketch Up! Super user friendly :)

  5. Es

    Desperate to find a vanity just like this. Please share where it’s from! Thanks so much. And it will all be beautiful.

    • Jenny

      It’s from a company called Avanity and I bought it on Bellacor, though they sell it online a couple of places like Wayfair and Overstock. I don’t have the link handy on my phone but I’ll for sure link to it in my next post. It’s really well made and the gray color is *perfect* against the white tile. There is an option to buy it with a stone top and without for about half the price. I wanted to pick my own sinks and marble anyway, so it worked well to have the option! xo

  6. We are about to redo 2 of our bathrooms. I like the tile rec, but need a local plumber referral. Can you email me who you are using. Only if you like them – lol. Thanks!

    • Jenny

      I use Larson Family Plumbing a lot. They are fast and clean and really good!

      • Jen Babbitt

        Thank you

  7. Ivory

    Wow, I love it. Do you have any ideas for a boy bathroom

    • Jenny

      I think the matte gray tile would be SO cute in a little boys bath and would hold up to mess really well!

  8. Beth

    Love it all! That said, beware the tiled-out bathroom with little ones. I have subway half-height around the whole bathroom plus the tub/shower is fully tiled, just like in your plans. Tubby time gets LOUD when their shrieks echo off all the porclein and you’re bent over the tub in the thick of it while rinsing a soapy head that does not want to be rinsed. No regrets and yours will be beautuful! You may just want to pick-up some earplugs. ;)

    • Jenny

      Ha! Thanks for the tip! :) Sometimes form over function, right?

  9. Hedi

    I love having you as a resource for when it is time to buy again. I am hoping to find “the perfect” white post- because we will probably go all white in our house. But these TILE PRICES!! I wish I knew about this place when we bought tile to redo our bath up in lakeside! Hopefully I can find a deal in California – because all we can afford will be a fixer upper. At least I will know where to go when we move back to AZ and fix up a place. It was so good seeing you the other night. It has been YEARS. We may make it to Steve’s party tonight. Maybe.

    • Jenny

      So great seeing you too Heidi! I’m so happy for you guys and this fun chapter for your family. :)

      My hands down favorite white paint color is Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace. It is AMAZING in every room. xo

  10. Aidel.K

    I wish there was a Floor & Decor near me! The closest one is a three-hour drive. :( We are just finishing our third bathroom this year; I’m ready for it to be over! The first two have matte black penny tile flooring with black grout, and the third has 2-inch matte black hex tile with black grout. I love this look so much! The walls are subway tile in different patterns–running bond, herringbone and crosshatch. I went with dove gray grout with the white subway tile. I’m bringing in color with the accents. I’m eager to see how this turns out.

    • Jenny

      Sounds beautiful, Aidel! :) Happy New Year!

  11. Okay, just finished a tile project and bought tile from a hardware store- which I thought I was getting a great deal! Um, last time for that ever. I had no idea it was so affordable and so fab looking! I don’t care if we have to drive an hour, we are hitting up F&D for our next project! Thanks for the inspo Jenny!

    • Jenny

      You’ll love Floor & Decor! The selection is crazy good! :) Thanks for stopping by!

  12. JeanaB

    Love that you showed some of the great options out there. I love what you picked. I just have a quick question about the grout. Is there a rule of thumb that you have to use the same grout color on the floors as you do the walls, or is it ok to used different colors? I have a small bathroom that I am wanting to update, and I’m unsure if it will look too busy to use the same darker grout on the walls that I’m planning to use on the floor. Would love to hear your thoughts on this. I am looking forward to following your progress on your project!

    • Jenny

      I think it’s nice to use the same grout color on the floor and walls!

  13. Stacy

    Where did you get the vanity? I would like one like it.

    • Jenny

      It’s from a company called Avanity I think? I bought it on Bellacor and will post a link later when I get back to my computer or in the follow up post for sure!

  14. DawnV

    Honestly, the floor tile looks dingy against that bright white subway to me. I think having it full scale will amplify the effect, and I am not sure “dingy” is a desired bathroom look. Perhaps reconsider the dark hex? Good luck!

    • Jenny

      It might just be the photo. It looks nice in person! :)

      • Zoe

        Dawn, it might also be your computer, because on my screen they both look sparkling white and lovely.

        Jenny, we are in a rental that is brown on brown on brown and I’m living vicariously through all of this bright white tile! Also, I tell everyone about Floor & Decor bc of these posts. AND, thanks for the source about the vanity! You have a great nose for value. Huzzah!

  15. Leah

    Perfect timing!We are in the middle of our kitchen remodel and I needed a unique white subway tile to go with our leathered black granite Grabbed those longer villa tiles in frost and they are going in today!

    • Jenny

      Yay! Sounds beautiful! I love those tiles. :)

  16. emily

    can’t wait to see the progress! i see you suggesting several marble options – any cleaning tips? do you re-seal periodically? we have a family bathroom (joy of old DC house!) and it’s marble EVERYWHERE. it’s so hard to find a good marble cleaner for the shower that actually gets rid of mildew. any and all tips appreciated!

    • Jenny

      Emily, my stone guy says that it’s okay to clean marble with a diluted bleach solution every so often to get down to the surface again, but it’s best to use a stone cleaner with a built in sealer for most cleanings! Hope that helps! xo

  17. Sarah

    Do you have have a link to the hex pattern? Have been looking for something just like this!

    • Jenny

      Which hex pattern, Sarah? I tried to link back to most of all of the products that I could in the post but I’m happy to help if I can! xo

  18. mindi

    This post is so inspiring! My husband and I just purchased our first home (we move at the end of January!) and the bathroom is functional, but straight out of 197o-something: faux wood walls (there may be something fun behind them?!), avocado (and not the good kind of avocado) tub, weird vinyl flooring, barely lit… we won’t have money to renovate straight away, but it’s fun to file away ideas for when we do. Cheers!

    • Jenny

      Sounds like it can only be up from here, Mindi! :) Best of luck with your projects!!

  19. Debra

    I tried to enlarge it but still couldn’t make out the product number or description of the encaustic tiles, I want to make sure they have them in stock before I drive all the way out there and every search term I use doesn’t pull anything up. A product number would be helpful or even the description could work.

    • Jenny

      Debra,
      I think it is ceramic tile made to look like cement tiles. It looks like the pattern name is Barcelona White and Black. Hope that helps!

  20. This post totally has me wanting to put the rush on selling our house and starting our next remodeling project! We did the subway tile with grey grout for our current home and I love it. It’s a classic!
    Floor and Decor is already so awesomely distracting. I admire you for getting so much done with your tiny design crew in tow!

  21. Lily

    Hil! I’m working on a small bathroom, and I think you just helped me make a breakthrough! Do you mind if I ask: Is the herringbone floor tile matte or gloss?

    • Jenny

      Hi Lily, I would say they are more matte than gloss. I love them! xo

      • Jenny

        J/K Lily! They are definitely glossy! Sorry for the misinformation! :)

    • Lily

      Thank you for your help! I’m going down this weekend to check it out. Please show us how it turned out in your space when you can!

  22. Fiona

    Such a great and inspring post. Can’t wait to see the result :) I’m still obsessed with subway tiles…
    xx Fiona THEDASHINGRIDER.com

  23. Annie

    So exciting! Can’t wait to see the finished bathroom, you always mix and match so well.

  24. Jen

    So many good options! That herringbone pattern is pretty great. Can’t wait to see how it all looks when it’s done!

  25. Jenny!!

    They say imitation is the finest form of flattery… and I will (absolutely, definitely, without a doubt) be at Nashville’s Floor & Decor first thing in the morning to look through the marble options for our guest bathroom! Your little ones are the epitome of adorable. So, so sweet. They are going to love their lovely new bathroom!!

    • Jenny

      Thank you Alex!! SO nice of you to say!! Enjoy. xo

  26. Sarah

    Do you have a link for the hex you menationed for your master? The white, black and marble large hex. Thanks! Much appreciated!!

  27. Erika

    Hi Jenny, totally unrelated, but do you have anyone you can suggest in the Phoenix area for custom drapes/window coverings? Thanks in advance!

    Can’t wait to see how the bathroom unfolds! Floor & Decor rocks my world.

    • Jenny

      Hi Erika!

      I use a trade-only workroom, but I’ve also had luck with Athena’s in Gilbert. Hope that helps! xo

      • Erika

        Thanks so much!

  28. Alexis

    Hi Jenny,

    I love your plans for the new bathroom and always so excited to see more of your design. But I wanted to share with you that per your Floor and Decor recommendation, my husband drove quite a way from our home in Los Angeles to the nearest location in Downey, CA and the selection was appallingly bad. We were on a tight schedule and had looked locally and found some passable options. (Just looking for small white tiles, much like in your post). They had nothing. Our Home Depot had a better selection. I would think twice about recommending them as a company. It definitely set us back on a time-sensitive project trying to follow your recommendation.

    • Jenny

      Hi Alexis! I’m SO sorry to hear about your experience and I will definitely pass along your comment to my contacts there. We have several locations in AZ and all of them are really great! I know other readers in other parts of the country use and love their stores too so maybe this is a California-specific issue? I’ll ask!

      Thanks for your feedback!

  29. Kathy

    I live in Scottsdale, and I love Floor and Decor! I just bought tile for a bathroom vanity wall, can’t wait to see it go up.
    I was wondering if you do any kind of just consultations, aka, I am replacing all my exterior lights, putting in all new flooring (we currently have stained concrete, and I’m tired of it), new dining lighting, and painting for whole house. Just consult, not buying or hiring or managing. IF you do, could you shoot me an email? Thanks!

  30. R Wheeler

    Love your blog….

  31. Renee

    I have the exact same tile and tub in my bathroom, only I have a separate shower. My floor plan is almost the same too! I hate my tile. It’s gross, old, and I can’t get the shower grout clean. I just found your blog from YHL and can’t wait to see how your bath comes out.

  32. Daralynn Luburgh

    Hi Jenny! Love your post…it will all be gorgeous! Just to throw out some advice I received when planning a new bathroom. The round penny tiles can make the floor VERY slippery because they are usually shiny, but mostly because there is so little grout.

    Been following you for so long and love all you’ve done …. also love seeing “your” style evolve over time!

    Dara

    • Aidel.K

      My 2 cents: I chose matte penny round tile because Dwell magazine recommended it as a non-slippery surface in an ADA bathroom. I think the floors are “grippier” with all the little ridges. They aren’t slippery at all, but maybe glossy ones would be. Not meaning to disagree with you, Dara. I’m just adding in my 2 cents in case someone reading this is considering tile options.

  33. Janice

    Quick question…would that white herringbone porcelain mosaic work on a kitchen backsplash? I’m doing a marble-look quartz counter and wanted something besides traditional white subway. I think this tile would look great as a backsplash w lt grey grout! The kitchen is very small so I want a mosaic…

    • Jenny

      I think it would work beautifully as a backsplash!! Can’t beat the price! :)

      • Janice

        Great…thanks!!

  34. Sara

    I love the paneling above the tile, can you share what type of board you use to do the paneling? We are about to do the same thing in our kitchen because we have super high ceilings, but I am not sure what product to look for. Any tips you have for installing would be helpful as well!

    • Jenny

      Sara,

      There are SO many options for shiplap. I usually use primed pine boards because I like a more defined line between the planks. Tongue and groove is a little more affordable and doesn’t require a dry wall backer, but I like the look less. We’ll be using melamine board in this bathroom because it is much thinner and will work with our space best. I did something similar in our mudroom if you want to search for the tutorial. Hope that helps!

  35. If you haven’t already picked lighting for this space, I would live to collaborate with you. Been a fan for a long time. Even managed to convince my husband to ceruse an old piece of oak furniture we had based on your post!

  36. Lexi achenbach

    I looove this post! Can’t wait to use that grey tile, for my kids bathroom, thank u!! Also….loving your trench, remember where you bought it? ;)

    • Jenny

      You’ll love the gray tile! And the trench is from J. Crew! xo

  37. Ashley

    I just stumbled across your blog and love your style! I live in Gilbert and it’s so great to see a fellow Arizona gal bringing some great design to the valley. When doing our guest bathroom I used the same herringbone tile from Floor & Decor and paired it with a faux marble from deck to ceiling, we couldn’t love it more! Can’t wait to see how it looks in your space!

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