Ideas for a Glass Tile Backsplash in a Bathroom

Updated February 21, 2017

In the bathroom, a backsplash protects your walls from water damage that can result from the spray from the sink and shower. Glass tiles come in a wide range of styles, sizes, shapes and finishes and can be used to complement almost any type of decor and design scheme.

Heat Sensitive

For an unexpected bathroom backsplash, choose heat sensitive tiles. The tiles are engineered to change colour based on temperature, so they will look different when you touch them or with the heat from the sink, shower or heat lamp. Because the tiles react based on directional heat, your backsplash will have different designs every time. Heat sensitive tiles are particularly enjoyable if you have children, because they can touch the tiles to make handprints or other designs.


If the design of your bathroom needs a pick-me-up, you can use a mosaic pattern using different coloured tiles, which is particularly effective in a bathroom that uses multiple colours in the overall design because the backsplash can tie together the different elements of the room. You might also create an image or reproduce a work of art so that your backsplash will become the focal point in the room. When planning a mosaic pattern, use graph paper to lay out the design first so that each square represents an individual tile.

Shaped Tiles

To create an artistic and unexpected look for your bathroom backsplash, use shaped tiles. Instead of choosing typical square tiles, look for options in circles or asymmetrical shapes that are designed to fit together. You might find tiles that have a slight rounding to the front surface so that the wall has extra texture and depth. With non-square tiles, you can design a custom backsplash that doubles as a piece of art in your bathroom in addition to protecting the walls.

Extended Backsplash

If you will use glass tile in other parts of your bathroom, extend the backsplash to meet the rest of the tile for a more cohesive, continuous look. You might install a backsplash that extends halfway between the sink and the mirror, for example, and continue the tiling around the room in place of traditional wainscoting. If you want a more dramatic design, use the backsplash as the top level, and create steps that descend down and out across the wall to create a symmetrical frame for the sink and mirror area.

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Elizabeth Smith has been a scientific and engineering writer since 2004. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, newspapers and corporate publications. A frequent traveler, she also has penned articles as a travel writer. Smith has a Bachelor of Arts in communications and writing from Michigan State University.