Let’s Tear It Up – Bathroom Floor Tile Ideas

We recently had to rip out all of our bathroom floors due to water damage, which means that we’re looking at bathroom floor tile ideas.

Something exciting has happened recently. Well kind of exciting, and also bad. Jesse and I recently discovered that the toilet in our guest bathroom (which we barely ever use) is sinking into the floor. After further investigation, it turns out that there is no backer board under our tile. Yep, that’s right. They put the tile right on the plywood subfloor. *facepalm*

Making this discovery lead us to further investigate the tile throughout the bathroom and we found that a lot of them were loose, probably because plywood doesn’t make the most stable base. So now this means that we need to rip up the tile, possibly replace the subfloor, put down cement backer-board and then get NEW TILE!

I’m kind of excited about the new tile part. I’ve got a bunch of different bathroom floor tile ideas, but Jesse and I can’t seem to agree.

Bathroom Floor Tile Ideas

I love the look of hex tile and fun patterns like these:

bathroom floor tile ideas
bathroom floor tile ideas
bathroom floor tile ideas

But Jesse wants normal, plain squares. Boring.

Maybe some rectangular tile laid in a not-so-boring pattern could be a good compromise?ย 

bathroom floor tile ideas

While we’ve got the floors ripped up I’m planning to paint the cabinets. And probably the walls after we’re done. Jesse thinks I’m ridiculous for wanting to paint again already, but I told him that I have to make it a full makeover. Now if only I can convince him to let me paint the room pink… ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, here are the “before” pictures, and I can’t wait to share the durings and especially get to the afters!

Also, this is Jesse and I’s first huge renovation project, so any tips on how it’s done (and how to not rip each other’s throats out in the process) are more than welcome.

Click here to see the After Photos of this bathroom renovation and the tile we chose!


  1. Boo on all the problems, but yay for a bathroom makeover!! I’d be giddy with excitement to pick out new tiles. I think the long rectangular tiles ar really nice for a compromise (a lot easier to install as well).

    Good luck, can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  2. I love your first option. But I’ve also been looking at the Daltile wood looking ceramic tile. I saw it in a new home build recently and it is gorgeous.

  3. Amanda McCellon

    If I get a vote I vote for the hex tile! Can’t wait to see the ‘after’ and everything you do!

  4. Ugh. Good luck with the renovations. I love hex tiles and laying rectangular tiles in a different pattern. I hope he learns to love them.

  5. I love the small hex patterns. Just make sure that you don’t get too complicated if you are doing it yourselves – you really might be at each other’s throats. Good luck. I can’t wait to see what you choose.

  6. How funny!! We are about to do the same thing but there is no structural issue with ours. The previous owners laid peel and stick tiles and they look terrible (and this is in our master) I am thinking a hex too and we are painting/get new fixtures. Can’t wait to see the after!!

  7. Ahhh so many good choices! You can’t go wrong with the herringbone–it’s timeless and it won’t go out of style. I also like the bigger hexagon pattern, too. They’re all soo good! Looking forward to the final reveal ๐Ÿ™‚

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