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Tile by Style: Passport to a Moroccan Bathroom

By Blair Hagensen

Tile by Style: Passport to a Moroccan Bathroom

Maybe it’s the allure of its sun-kissed cities, its winding streets, bustling bazaars, or lush riads, but something about Morocco encapsulates the romance of glittering desert grandeur. Beloved for its eclectic heritage and striking artistry, Morocco’s richly saturated color palette and intricate designs are beautifully replicated in bathrooms.

Vibrant and welcoming, Moroccan design style can transform your bathroom into your own personal oasis. Read on for our best design ideas to bring Moroccan flair to your bathroom with tile.

Add Intricate Detail with Handpainted Tile

One way to add Moroccan flavor to your bathroom is with Handpainted Tile. Inspired by the intricate geometric mosaics Morocco is known for, our Handpainted Tile showcases timeless motifs like medallions and stars in beautiful colorways–and adds a major design impact when applied to a bathroom backsplash or shower.

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A combination of solid turquoise tile and coordinating Handpainted Tile elevates this space to the dreamiest levels of Moroccan bathroom design.

Bathroom with turquoise-colored tile on the floor and tub surround, with coordinating handpainted tile backsplash and shower niches

Tile Shown: 2x8 in Tidewater, Handpainted Elephant Star in custom colorway, similar to Cool Motif // Design + Image: Justina Blakeney

Intricate Handpainted Tile makes this shower one-of-a-kind and filled with distinctive Moroccan-inspired detail.

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Shower walls clad with handpainted white and grey tile

Tile Shown: Handpainted Marrakech Lace in Neutral Motif // Design: Chelsea Sachs Design // Image: Meghan Bob Photography

This pool house bathroom feels worlds away thanks to a customized Handpainted Tile in a lush blue and white color blend.

Bathroom backsplash featuring handpainted tile in a blue and white color blend

Tile Shown: Handpainted Old Cairo in custom colorway, similar to Cool Motif // Design: Shannon Eddings, Sarah Bullock McIntyre // Image: Katie Jameson

Handpainted Tile makes a lasting impression across the floor and up the wall of the shower in this guest bathroom.

Bathroom with handpainted tile across the floor and up one shower wall, with white star and cross tile on the other walls

Tile Shown: Star & Cross in Daisy, Handpainted Vitoria in custom colorway, similar to Neutral Motif // Design: Ali Hynek // Image: Becky Kimball

Step up the vividly-colored handpainted tile to the bath of your dream in this spa-like setting, surrounded by walls of Ogee Drop Tile.

Soaking tub with green handpainted tile across the floor and step, with rich brown Ogee Drop tile on the walls

Tile Shown: Ogee Drop in Cardamom, Handpainted Summit in Green Motif // Design: Faith Blakeney // Image: Justina Blakeney

Replicate Morocco’s rich textile tradition with a tile floor. You can create a striking focal point that anchors your Moroccan-style bathroom with an intricate Handpainted Tile design (plus, it’s water-resistant!).

Bathroom floor of handpainted tile in an intricate Moroccan-inspired pattern

Tile Shown: Handpainted Elephant Star in Cool Motif // Design: Brooke Eversoll // Image: Rickie Agapito

On a budget? Make an impact by choosing your favorite design and incorporating it into a smaller area of the bathroom. A decorative accent of Handpainted Tile has a major impact in this sunny shower.

Yellow-tiled shower with a decorative Handpainted Tile border

Tile Shown: 4x4 in Tuolumne Meadows, Handpainted Persian Star in custom colorway // Image: Malcolm Fearon

The green in this handpainted backsplash coordinates perfectly with the greenery visible out of the large window for a lush, riad-reminiscent look.

Bathroom backsplash featuring handpainted tile in a white and green colorway

Tile Shown: Handpainted Old Cairo in custom colorway // Design + Image: Debra Szidon

Handpainted tile on the floor lends Moroccan vibes to this bathroom, especially combined with the arched shower niche.

Bathroom with handpainted tile floor and shower clad with neutral tile and built-in arched shower niche

Tile Shown: 2x6 in Ivory, Handpainted Sintra in custom colorway // Design: Sara Combs + Rich Combs // Image: Margaret Austin Photography, Sara Combs + Rich Combs

Speaking of arches...

Incorporate Arches

Moroccan style is full of rounded, fluid lines, which are particularly evident in arched doorways and horseshoe arches. Incorporating arches into your bathroom design is a sure way to bring graceful Moroccan-themed flair to your space.

Three built-in arched shower niches combined with the bold color, floor-to-ceiling tile, and gold accents make this one unforgettable bathroom oasis.

Shower clad with royal blue hexagon tiles, featuring three arched shower niches

Tile Shown: 8" Hexagon and Mini Star & Cross in Adriatic Sea // Design + Image: Justina Blakeney

Looking for something a bit more neutral? This shower still has plenty of character thanks to two blended tile colors, while an adorably arched niche provides the prettiest perch for your shower needs.

Shower featuring a blend of two soft neutral colored tiles and an arched built-in shower niche

Tile Shown: Ogee Drop in Ivory and Milky Way // Design: Sara Combs + Rich Combs // Image: Margaret Austin Photography

One glorious arch filled with Star and Cross Tile frames a soaking tub for a look that’s pure Moroccan majesty.

Black soaking tub framed by large arch on the wall filled with star and cross tile

Tile Shown: Mini Star & Cross in Tempest, Star & Cross in Basalt // Design + Image: Claire Thomas

This bathroom showcases a softer and more muted–but no less beautiful–option for a bathtub arch.

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Bathtub framed by an archway, with tub surround and arch clad with sandy-colored tile

Tile Shown: 2x6 and 4x4 in Sand Dune, Brick Shown: Olympic // Design: Lauren Bradshaw Design // Image: Joseph Bradshaw // Installer: Dan Company

Black and white get a Moroccan twist in Bobby Berk’s bathroom thanks to an arched window and mirror.

Bathroom with black brick wainscoting, textured white walls, terracotta colored floor, and large arched window with coordinating arched mirror

Brick Shown: Black Hills // Design: Paula Oblen, Bobby Berk // Image: Sara Tramp // Installer: Casa Tierra

This turquoise spa-like shower benefits from a built-in arched niche inlaid with handpainted tile.

Turqoise-tiled shower with built-in arched shower niche

Tile Shown: 8" Hexagon in Tidewater, Handpainted Summit in White Motif // Design: Faith Blakeney // Image: Justina Blakeney

The arched shower doorway in this bright and sunny bathroom creates one memorable moment.

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Bathroom with soft green tiled floor and shower featuring a yellow arched entry

Tile Shown: 3x9 in Sea Glass // Design + Image: Dabito

Play with Specialty Shapes

Echoing the curved and often elaborate motifs in Moroccan architecture, tile patterns like Ogee and interlocking Star and Cross add eye-catching dimension to bathroom floors and backsplashes.

This fully-tiled bathroom is clad with Moroccan-inspired Star and Cross Tile for a look that will brighten your day, every day.

Bathroom clad floor to ceiling in sea-green star and cross tile

Tile Shown: Mini Star & Cross, 2" Hexagon, and 2x6 in Amalfi Coast // Design: SAMAHA+HART // Image: Bruce Damonte

Submerged in a sea of bright blue scalloped tile, this showstopping powder room offers Moroccan vibes with a splash of glam.

Powder room with bright blue Ogee Drop tile across the floor and wainscoting

Tile Shown: Ogee Drop in Aegean Sea // Design: Jennifer Hallock Designs // Image: D Wang Photo

Stunning and soothing, this zen bathroom uses lush plants, earth tones, and a floor of ivory Ogee Tile to achieve the Moroccan bath of your dreams.

Bathroom with step-down tub next to a large window, with a walk-in shower separated by a pony wall, with neutral Ogee tile on the floor

Tile Shown: Ogee in Ivory // Image: Margaret Austin Photography, Sara Combs + Rich Combs

This contemporary bathroom gets a subtle Moroccan detail thanks to a floor of interlocking Star and Cross Tile in a matte neutral glaze.

Bathroom with turquoise tile wainscoting and matte white star and cross tile floor

Tile Shown: 3x6 in Tidewater, Mini Star & Cross in Calcite // Design + Image: Rejuvenation

Star and Cross Tile with an earthy-hued glaze evokes Morocco’s rolling sand dunes, especially when paired with a framed textured fabric on the wall.

Bathroom featuring star and cross tile on the floor and backsplash

Tile Shown: Star & Cross, Mini Star & Cross, 2x2 Sheeted, and 3x9 in Cardamom // Design + Image: Anita Yokota

You’ll often find checkered tile patterns in Moroccan interior designs where colors and patterns combine to create an exquisite design. We love the light-and-dark-blue checkered color scheme in this shower made with Star and Cross Tile, complete with a floor of hexagon mosaic tile.

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Shower clad with star and cross tile in light-and-dark-blue checkerboard pattern

Tile Shown: Mini Star & Cross in Glacier Bay and Blue Velvet, 3" Hexagon in Glacier Bay // Image: David Land, Courtesy of Coastal Living // Installer: Meg Braff Designs

Taking cues from Moroccan designs, this bathroom’s Ogee Drop backsplash pairs perfectly with the arched vanity mirror.

Bathroom with green Ogee Drop backsplash and a gold-rimmed arched mirror

Tile Shown: Ogee Drop in Rosemary, 3x12 in White Wash // Design + Image: EFE Creative Lab

The earthy motif of the Hexite Tile lends old-world character to this Moroccan-inspired bathroom.

Bathroom with blue-green and light brown hexite tile backsplash behind vanity and tub

Tile Shown: Hexite in Cardamom and Amalfi Coast // Design: Bethany Fay Designs // Image: Open House Photography // Installer: Jorge Hernandez

Adding a splash of timeless global appeal to this bathroom backsplash, the curvaceous Ogee pattern pays homage to Moroccan tiles with its quatrefoil silhouette.

Bathroom wainscoting made of green Ogee tile

Tile Shown: Ogee in Salton Sea // Design: Harper Design Projects, Janie Clark // Image: Blake Verdoorn

Terracotta-colored Star and Cross Tile across the floor of this bathroom pairs with sandy wall tile for a desert-inspired palette.

Bathroom with earthy red star and cross tile across the floor, and sand colored tile on the walls

Tile Shown: Star & Cross in Antique, 2x6 in Sand Dune // Design + Image: The Fresh Exchange // Installer: Shugart Builders

An Ogee backsplash takes inspiration from Morocco’s coastal landscape with a tidal wave wall of color all the way through the shower.

Bathroom backsplash stretching through the shower surround, featuring a blend of blue Ogee Drop tile

Tile Shown: Ogee Drop in Bora Bora, Amalfi Coast, Naples Blue, Tiki Blue, and Waikiki // Design: Megan Bishop // Image: Pawel Dmytrow

Sample Moroccan Style
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