What tile accents white tile in a shower?

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What tile accents white tile in a shower?
Accent tiles of the same size can be used to create a pattern with the white tile. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

White shower tiles are a crisp and classic design choice that complement many bathroom styles. White tiles come in a variety of sizes, from mosaic to 12 x 24-inch subway tiles. White by itself can be stark, so many white tile showers are accented by a second tile. This second tile should complement the white without detracting from its clean lines. Luckily for homeowners who have a white shower in mind, there are numerous choices for accents.

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Simple Accents

Sometimes white tile designs look best when paired with a single, solid colour accent tile. Gray, black, cobalt blue and cream ceramic tiles of the same shape and size as the white tiles can make an attractive yet simple accent. Run a border of the accent colour turned on the diagonal and framed with the white tiles at approximately eye-level. Use white pencil tiles to frame in the border. This design works best with mosaic floors of white tiles with the same coloured accent, such as basket weaves, hexagon flowers or octagon and dot patterns. The accent on the floor can match the accent on the shower. For a pop of colour, make the shower floor entirely the colour of the accent.

Glass Tiles

White ceramic tiles pair well with glass tiles in the shower. Glass can be translucent or matt, solid coloured or in a blend; the contrast of materials will help to make the white tiles look very crisp and clean. Pair white subway tiles with a border of glass subway tiles in a cool-toned colour such as blue or green. Use mosaics of the same glass on the shower floor to tie in the two designs. For an inexpensive accent, cut sheets of mosaic glass tiles into strips. Run a single or double row of glass mosaics through a field of white. This border can run around the entire room and frame the bathroom mirror for a modern look.

Deco and Design Tiles

Hand-painted tiles with a three-dimensional design can bring depth and interest to a white tile shower. Choose from a repeating pattern to use as a border at waist, shoulder or eye level, or use freestanding accents. Cut 2-inch accents into the corners of square white tiles so every four tiles have an accent in the centre. Or replace plain white tiles with design tiles at random for an eclectic design. Frame a small section on one wall with white pencil tiles, and fill in the centre with patterned tiles that form a picture for a dramatic result. This design works well in large showers with glass doors to show it off.

Floor Tiles

Pick up the bathroom floor tile as an accent in the shower for a subtle look that ties the whole room together. Many porcelain, ceramic and stone floor tiles have coordinating 2-inch mosaic tiles. Cut sheets of these mosaics into borders, and run two or three strips through the shower. Put two rows close together at shoulder height, and turn the white tiles on the diagonal between the two borders. If there is white tile at wainscot height through the whole bathroom, continue this border of floor mosaic and white diagonal tile around the entire room just below the chair rail. The affect is subtle, but classic in design.

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