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Tile by Style: Coastal Bathroom Escape

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Tile by Style: Coastal Bathroom Escape

Tile shown: Ogee Drop in Rainy Day, Tusk, and Sea Glass; Image: VIE Magazine; Design Q Tile

Even if you’re not much of a sand-between-your-toes type, there’s undoubtedly a beach lover in everyone. Whether it’s sunny skies, the sight of endless ocean, the sound of waves crashing into shore, or the way weathered wood warms your soul, there’s something about the beach that instantly puts anyone at ease.

When it comes to Coastal Style, you can invoke (or at least imply) these elements without having an oceanfront view or a room filled with sailboat themes. Pairing the scrappiness of the Swiss Family Robinson with Ralph Lauren’s taste for Americana, classic Coastal Style is as timeless as it is resourceful. Laying a fresh, neutral foundation and layering it with beach-inspired accents and well-loved decor is key to achieving casually comfortable Coastal Style.

Architectural Elements

Coastal Style is all about bringing outdoor elements in. Open layouts framed by high ceilings and exposed beams offer plenty of breathing room for natural light to fill up the space. Details like beadboard wainscoting, open shelving, and shingled exteriors lend a vintage, cottage-inspired feel that’s both casual and homey.


Weathered wood reigns in a classic Coastal home. Even if it’s only hinted at as an accent, it helps to bring depth and character to decor. Rustic and woven textures like sisal, jute, burlap, and linen all help to bring organic dimension, especially when it’s layered over classic Coastal’s transitional aesthetic. Sprinkle in a few seashells (without going overboard).

Color Palette

Colors inspired by the shore define a Coastal aesthetic. Neutrals like crisp whites and sandy browns offer a fresh foundation for layering on your favorite beach-inspired accents. And let’s not forget about blue. Whether it’s tropical teal or pretty periwinkle or preppy navy, almost any shade of blue will do (plus maybe a hint of yellow and coral to liven things up).

Tile for a Coastal Bathroom

Taking inspiration from beach cottages and shore side style, a Coastal Style bathroom should feel like an escape. And unless you’re lucky enough to have a bathroom with a beach view, creating a quintessential Coastal bathroom will require some blue, teal or sea-inspired green (how much you want is up to you). However, you’ll see that it won’t take much to transform your bathroom into a sea-inspired retreat.


Maybe it’s the way it subtly glitters in the light like the sun reflecting across the ocean, but there’s something about tile mosaics that feels just right in a Coastal Bathroom. Use mosaic tile as a statement backdrop, or pair it with a soft, solid blue like in this bathroom for a soothing contrast.

Glass pattern shown: 1 x 1 Mosaic

This luxurious interpretation offers an elegant complement to classic beadboard wainscoting. Try recreating it or create your own custom mosaic with our Crush-It! Custom Glass Mosaic Blender.

This bathroom’s bright blue mosaic blend looks chic and modern when anchored by a white walls and a wood flooring.

Who doesn’t love the mesmerizing, time-worn look of sea glass? Use it as inspiration for a mosaic color blend. Our matte glass tile emulates the look beautifully.

Glass colors shown: Queen Anne's Lace, Forget Me Not Matte, and Island Flower

Alternatively, consider a grayscale mosaic for your bathroom floor to feel like a pebbled pathway.

Image: Coastal Living

Glass colors shown: Blue Grass Matte, Phosphor, and Licorice Matte

We said Coastal Style in inevitably need a splash of blue or green. However, if you have the right decor, a cool neutral like gray can elevate Coastal to be sophisticated.

Image: The Style Files

Statement Showers

Sometimes a blue shower is all you need to create an ocean-inspired oasis. Our tile’s natural variation adds a rippling effect that feels just right for a seaside escape.

Image: Coastal Living

Tile color shown: Hawaiian Blue

Divide your tile colors into blue and white to give your shower extra depth. We love how this shower hints at the horizon, accentuated by beautifully molded trim.

If you’re feeling bold, completely immerse yourself in tile from floor to ceiling for a bold yet remarkably modern look.

Ogee Drop

One of our most popular patterns, Ogee Drop gives this Coastal bathroom’s cool palette a playful perspective.

Tile shown: Ogee Drop in Rainy Day, Tusk, and Sea Glass; Image: VIE Magazine; Design: Q Tile

Glass shown: 2 x 6 in Queen Anne's Lace Matte, Hydrangea Matte, and Bluegrass Matte; Image: VIE Magazine; Design Q Tile

Handpainted Tile

Just a hint of pattern can make all the difference. This bathroom’s classic Coastal elements like molding, wainscoting, and crisp white cabinetry allow this Mediterranean-inspired tile floor to really pop. Plus, the bathroom is small enough so the amount of pattern feels just right.

Handpainted pattern shown: Grandola in the Cool Motif

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