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32 Unbelievable Before-and-After Tile Transformations

By Blair Hagensen

32 Unbelievable Before-and-After Tile Transformations

There’s something magical about the transformative power of tile. Seeing a previously bland or derelict room turn into an unforgettable space with the help of handmade tile is incredibly satisfying–so we’ve rounded up 32 of our favorite before-and-after tile transformations for your viewing pleasure.

And if these get you thinking about your own potential transformations, remember that you can preview how a design will look in your home with our photorealistic drawing program!

1. Bathroom Carpet to Calming Refuge

If you think carpets shouldn’t be allowed in bathrooms, Liz Stanley of Say Yes blog is right there with you. The very first thing she did when she got the keys to her new home was rip up the stained green carpet in the primary bathroom.

Before shot of bathroom with carpet floor

Using soothing Oyster Shell and White Wash from our budget-friendly Foundations collection, Liz created a two-toned spa-like sanctuary full of symmetrically stacked tile–and not a hint of carpet to be seen.

After shot of bathroom with white tile floor, soft green tile backsplash

Here are the before and after photos side by side.

Say Yes: Primary Bathroom Before and After

Tile: 2x6 in Oyster Shell, 3x6 in White Wash // Design + Image: Liz Stanley

2. A Kitchen that Shot for the Moon

Elena of This House 5000 started with an uninspiring canvas thanks to this dark galley, but she had a vision.

Before shot of dark galley kitchen

With the help of a handpainted half-moon Tile floor, her new and virtually unrecognizable kitchen is a boho-chic space drenched in natural light.

After shot of bright galley kitchen with black & white handpainted tile floor

Here are the before and after photos side by side.

This House 5000: Custom Fallow Kitchen Floor Before and After

Tile: Handpainted Fallow in custom colorway (for a similar look, try Cool Motif) // Design + Image: Elena Lohse // Installer: This House 5000

3. Swathed in Rainbow Stripes

This dated bathroom needed some help, and instead of playing it safe, the homeowner decided to take a risk that paid off in a big way.

Before shot of all white dated bathroom

Boldly wrapped in colorful rainbow-striped tile, the final result is an instant pick-me-up that brings all the smiles.

After shot of white bathroom with rainbow striped tile walls

Here are the before and after photos side by side.

Cheery Rainbow Tile Bathroom Before and After

Tile: 3x12 in White Wash, Amalfi Coast, Turquoise, Neptune, Lemon Cream, Koi, Sorbet, Desert Bloom, Glacier Bay // Design: Brittany Buchser, Kelly Lavery // Image: Cameron Behbahany // Installer: C. Cook LLC, Custom Interiors

4. A Work of Arch

Lauren Bradshaw thought outside the box for this remodel–specifically, outside of the tiny box of a bathroom in this historic Tudor home.

Before shot of tiny bathroom

By punching through a wall and adding a tub/shower clad with warm-toned Sand Dune Tile and framed by a gorgeous archway, Lauren created an unforgettable showpiece.

After shot of bathroom with tiled tub & archway

Here are the before and after photos side by side.

Lauren Bradshaw Design: Historic Tudor Bathroom Before and After

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

5. Elevated Entryway

Nondescript and completely unmemorable, this entryway wasn’t exactly the warm welcome home its homeowner was craving.

Before shot of beige entryway

Eclectic wall accents, fresh plants, and a positively magnetic black floor in our specialty-shape Picket Tile gave the entryway a breath of fresh air.

After shot of entryway with black tile floor, painted arches on wall

Here are the before and after photos side by side.

My Plant Lover: Basalt Picket Entry Floor Before and After

Tile: Picket in Basalt // Design: Elisa Valldeperas // Image: Raquel Wyckoff

6. A Touch of Sporty Spice

The basement bathroom in Emily Vallely-Pertzborn’s Foxcroft Estate was dated and lacked personality…until Emily got her hands on it.

Before shot of tiny basement bathroom

Now bursting with preppy vibes in every square inch, the renovated bathroom features Clover green walls and a shower interspersed with two bright rugby-style yellow stripes. Groovy!

After shot of bathroom with green tiled wall, shower with 2 stripes of yellow tile

Here are the before and after photos side by side.

Foxcroft Estate: Retro Striped Basement Bathroom Before and After

Tile: 6x6 in Clover and Lemon Cream, 8x8 in Dawn // Design + Image: Foxcroft Estate

7. Star Light, Star Bright

Dark tones didn’t make this kitchen the inviting heart of the home Laura Gummerman knew it could be.

Before shot of dated, dark kitchen

So she brightened it up with lots of white and a stellar theme, from the rug full of constellations to the Star and Cross Tile backsplash.

After shot of white kitchen with Star & Cross Tile backsplash

Here are the before and after photos side by side.

Laura Gummerman: White Wash Star and Cross Kitchen Backsplash Before and After

Tile: Star & Cross in White Wash // Design + Image: Laura Gummerman

8. A Salton Sea Sanctuary

DIY maven Kenna of The Flip Hubb wanted a serene sanctuary, and her very 90s bathroom wasn’t doing it for her.

Before shot of dated bathroom

Good thing our Salton Sea tile is made for serenity. A rejuvenating tile wainscot helped turn this bathroom into the perfect place to spend some me-time.

After shot of bathroom with soaking tub, blue green tile wainscot

Here are the before and after photos side by side.

The Flip Hubb: Salton Sea Before-and-After Bathroom

Tile: 3x6 in Salton Sea // Design + Image: The Flip Hubb

9. Chef’s Kiss Traditional

This kitchen featured dark tones that didn’t match the rest of the home’s bright and sunny interior.

Before shot of dark kitchen

Enter a stunning transformation to timeless traditional, full of soothing colors like the warm tile backsplash and soft blue cabinets.

After shot of kitchen with light pink tile backsplash

Here are the before and after photos side by side.

One Room Challenge: Shell Kitchen Before and After

Tile: 2x8 in Milky Way // Design + Image: Erin Kestenbaum

10. A Spruced Up Sunroom

When plant stylist Hilton Carter bought his house, he immediately knew he wanted to transform the south-facing sunroom into the lushest space in the home.

Before shot of sunroom with carpeted floor

And transform he did! With a muted confetti-style floor of Hexite Tile, this space is a verdant indoor-outdoor terrarium perfect for Hilton’s love of plants.

After shot of sunroom with confetti-colored tile floor, indoor plants

Here are the before and after photos side by side.

Hilton Carter: Hexite Sunroom Floor Before and After

Tile: Hexite in Halite, Tumbleweed, Ivory, Chateau, Dolomite, Feldspar // Design + Image: Hilton Carter

11. From Tired to Two-Toned Craftsman

This bathroom started out bathed in neutral hues, but the owners wanted something with a little more soul.

Before shot of beige bathroom

The renovated bathroom is an elevated two-toned showpiece that designer Julie Rose describes as an “Autumnal Craftsman-Meets Contemporary Spa Bathroom.”

After shot of bathroom with two-toned green tile

Here are the before and after photos side by side.

Velinda Hellen Design: Two Tone Craftsman Spa Bathroom Before and After

Tile: 3x6 in Rosemary, 3x3 Sheeted in Peabody // Design: Velinda Hellen Design // Image: Sara Ligorria-Tramp

12. Break on Through to the Other Side

How do you breathe new life into a windowless, boxed-in kitchen?

Before shot of windowless, boxed-in kitchen

Break down the unnecessary wall and add lots of blue tile, including a Handpainted Tile backsplash full of concentric circles.

After shot of kitchen with blue tile floor, handpainted tile backsplash

Here are the before and after photos side by side.

Agrarian Kitchen by Elemental Green Before and After

Tile: Hexite in Blue Velvet, Handpainted Maze in Warm Motif // Design: Elemental Green // Image: Jill Tiongco Photography

13. Graph Paper Gorgeous

When you have a petite galley kitchen, you need to make the most out of every square inch both functionally and aesthetically.

Before shot of galley kitchen

Alison Mazurek took that to heart when remodeling, using a white square tile backsplash that makes her space appear bigger, brighter, and calmer with its soothing symmetry.

After shot of kitchen with white square tile backsplash

Here are the before and after photos side by side.

Alison Mazurek: Galley Kitchen Backsplash Reno Before and After

Tile: 3x3 Sheeted in Calcite // Design + Image: Alison Mazurek // Installer: Method Tile

14. A Retro-Inspired Upgrade

Designer Sam Ushiro of Aww Sam is all about retro-cute, so when structural issues caused her to remodel her 1979 bathroom she went all out.

Before shot of 1970s bathroom with sunken tub

Her new space is a sunny haven, with a retro-patchwork handpainted tile floor and glass tile giving the original sunken tub a subtle glow.

After shot of bathroom with yellow tiled countertop, handpainted tile floor, glass tile around sunken tub

Here are the before and after photos side by side.

Aww Sam: Sunny Modern Retro Bathroom Before and After

Tile: Handpainted Harvest in custom colorway, 4x4 in Daffodil, 2x2 Sheeted and 4x4 in Egret Matte // Design: Sam Ushiro // Image: Madeline Harper

15. Modernizing the Mudroom

This dinged-up and dated area was no match for Liz Stanley of the Say Yes blog.

Before shot of dated mudroom

With a floor of neutral and slip-resistant Gypsum tile, she transformed the space into a family-friendly mudroom perfect for Montana winters.

After shot of mudroom with grey tile floor

Here are the before and after photos side by side.

Say Yes: Modern Mudroom Before and After

Tile: 8x8 in Gypsum // Design + Image: Liz Stanley

16. A Sweet Bridal Suite

The best thing this room had going for it previously was its great source of light–hence the houseplants.

Before shot of unfinished room

Designer Emily Vallely-Pertzborn had grander ideas, using an unconventional checkerboard floor to turn it into the prettiest spot to prepare to say “I Do” at her Foxcroft Estate rental.

After shot of bridal suite with black & white handpainted tile floor

Here are the before and after photos side by side.

Foxcroft Estate: Bridal Suite Squiggle Floor Before and After

Tile: Handpainted Squiggle in Charcoal Motif // Design: Foxcroft Estate // Image: Madison Kim-Poppen

17. Same Color Scheme, New Look

White and pink is a classic combination, but this bathroom needed some love that Laura Gummerman was happy to give.

Before shot of white bathroom with pink tub

Switching up the tub and tile colors, Laura used blush pink glass tile and a white herringbone tile floor to give the space a modern facelift.

After shot of bathroom with white tile floor, pink glass tile tub surround

Here are the before and after photos side by side.

Laura Gummerman: Modern Pink Bathroom Before and After

Tile: 2x12 in Rosy Finch Gloss, 3x12 in Calcite // Design + Image: Laura Gummerman

18. Handpainted Underfoot

Sarah Dubbeldam of Darling, Magazine wanted to give her kitchen a little more personality instead of another uninspiring kitchen floor.

Before shot of kitchen with bland floor

Enter Handpainted Kasbah Trellis Tile in a custom colorway, which added a spectacular granny square design into the kitchen, completely transforming the space.

After shot of kitchen with handpainted tile floor

Here are the before and after photos side by side.

Darling Magazine Kasbah Kitchen Floor Before and After

Tile: Handpainted Kasbah Trellis in custom colorway // Design + Image: Darling, Magazine

19. Bathroom Carpet Begone, The Sequel

Shag carpet in the bathroom rears its ugly head again, this time in an otherwise charming A-frame that designer Callie Blanks was remodeling.

Before shot of bathroom with carpeted floor

Callie took great pleasure in replacing the worn carpet with an attractive pattern of 2x6 and 6x6 Ceramic Tile from our budget-friendly Foundations collection.

After shot of bathroom with grey tile floor

Here are the before and after photos side by side.

Before and After A-Frame Bathroom Floor

Tile: 2x6 in French Linen, 6x6 in Shetland Wool // Design + Image: Callie Blanks Interiors

20. A Lovingly Restored Historical Preservation

Sometimes original design gets lost to time, like this 1927 Palo Alto building that went through significant modifications through the decades.

Before shot of bare building exterior

With the help of historically accurate materials, including Ceramic Tile and Handpainted Tile, the building was lovingly and happily restored to its original glory.

After shot of restored exterior with blue tile

From left to right here is the original 1927 exterior, the building after significant modifications, and the final restored result.

Stanford Historical Preservation Commercial Exterior Before and After

Tile: 4x4 in Lapis and Huckleberry, Mini Star & Cross in Blue Velvet, 1x1 in Lapis, Handpainted Old California 5, 9, and 10 in Cool Motif, Handpainted Almeria in Cool Motif // Design + Image: Randolph Popp Architect

21. Desert Oasis Gets Checked

This backyard patio didn’t provide much respite in the desert heat, so designer Claire Thomas took matters into her own hands.

Before shot of brick patio

Claire used non-slip Sorbet and Sunflower Tile in a sunny checkerboard pattern to create an inviting patio with a built-in bench back, perfect for entertaining.

After shot of patio with checkerboard tile

Here are the before and after photos side by side.

Desert House Non-Slip Outdoor Tiles Before and After

Tile: 4x8 in Sunflower and Sorbet // Design + Image: Claire Thomas

22. A Rejuvenating Transformation

Straight from the 90s, this walk-in shower was in need of a refresh.

Before shot of dated shower

Soothing green tile to the rescue! Our grey-green Rosemary tile sets a peaceful mood in this beautiful and approachable before-and-after.

After shot of shower clad with green tile

Here are the before and after photos side by side.

Rosemary Shower Before and After

Tile: 3x9 in Rosemary // Design: Lindsay Wolfe-Assaf of The Home Stylist // Image: Hilary Maxwell

23. From Dated to Dapper

Designers Kele Dobrinksi and Christina Valencia of Colossus said goodbye to this dated kitchen with its retro yellow backsplash.

Before shot of dated kitchen

The new space is light and lively thanks to its white handmade tile backsplash featuring a playful pattern with contrasting blue stripe.

After shot of kitchen with white & blue tile backsplash

Here are the before and after photos side by side.

Colossus: Kitchen Backsplash Before and After

Tile: 2x8 in Tusk and Nautical // Design: Colossus // Image: Stephanie Russo

24. The Power of Pink Brick

The best way to describe the previous version of this bathroom might be “very rustic cabin.”

Before shot of rustic bathroom

The refreshed space is completely unrecognizable thanks to designer Rae Rockwell, who reached for soft pink Mojave Brick that nods to the old rustic interior with its organic textural feel.

After shot of bathroom with pink brick backsplash & shower

Here are the before and after photos side by side.

Rae Rockwell: Cantara Mojave Brick Primary Bathroom Before and After

Brick: Mojave // Design: Rae Rockwell // Image: Stephen Paul

25. Bobby Berk’s Bathroom Brings the Drama

When interior designer and Queer Eye star Bobby Berk bought the 1950s Casa Tierra in Palm Desert, he knew it needed a major overhaul–like this bathroom!

Before shot of dated bathroom

Keeping the original terracotta floor, Bobby and Paula Oblen took the space from meh to memorable with a gorgeous black Brick wainscot.

After shot of bathroom with black brick wainscot

Here are the before and after photos side by side.

Bobby Berk: Casa Tierra Black Brick Bathroom Before and After

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

26. Powder Room Gets Checked

Builder-grade and bland, this bathroom got revitalized when its owners turned the Whistler condo into a modern mountain retreat.

Before shot of powder room

The Canadian space got a taste of California cool with a monochromatic color palette and muted checkerboard floor.

After shot of green powder room with checkerboard tile floor

Here are the before and after photos side by side.

The Lake Placid Lodge: Checkerboard Powder Room Before and After

Tile: 3x3 Sheeted in Eucalyptus, 6x6 in Tusk and Dolomite // Design: Autumn Hachey, TWENTY-TWO TWELVE, You Should Stay Here // Image: Michelle Johnson

27. Brick Redefines The Bedroom

Amanda Walker decided her perfectly-fine guest bedroom could use a little oomph, so she reached for Fireclay Brick.

Before shot of bedroom with bare walls

From perfectly fine to properly fantastic, our desert-neutral Mojave Brick gave Amanda an easy way to get the look of an exposed brick wall.

After shot of bedroom with pink brick wall

Here are the before and after photos side by side.

Amanda Walker: Brick Bedroom Accent Wall Before and After

Brick: Mojave Norman // Design + Image: Amanda Walker

28. Banishing Bathroom Carpet, Part 3

The crusty old bathroom carpet trend strikes again, this time in yet another of Liz Stanley’s bathrooms.

Before shot of bathroom with carpeted floor

From bathroom carpet to black and white beauty, this bathroom went from nondescript to well-designed thanks in no small part to our White Wash and Basalt Ceramic Tile.

After shot of bathroom with white tile floor, black tile shower

Here are the before and after photos side by side.

Say Yes: Black and White Bathroom Remodel Before and After

Tile: 2x8 in Basalt, 3x6 in White Wash // Design + Image: Liz Stanley

29. Builder-Grade to Color Block

Designer Camille Kurtz started with a builder-grade kitchen and a dream that took 8 months of DIY work to come to fruition.

Before shot of builder-grade kitchen

Her hard work paid off with this absolutely incredible tri-color transformation, featuring our handmade Ceramic Tile in Basalt, Blue Velvet, and Dust Storm.

After shot of kitchen with color block tile backsplash

Here are the before and after photos side by side.

Camille Kurtz: Tri-Color Kitchen Transformation Before and After

Tile: 3x6 in Dust Storm, 2x8 in Basalt, Blue Velvet, Dust Storm // Design + Image: Camille Kurtz

30. Guest Bathroom Goes Verdant

Quaint but bland, designer Erin Kestenbaum decided she wanted to put some life into her guest bathroom.

Before shot of yellow bathroom

Inspired by the old-growth forests surrounding her Connecticut home, Erin upgraded the bathroom with tree motif wallpaper and verdant green Rosemary Ceramic Tile.

After shot of bathroom with green tile wainscot

Here are the before and after photos side by side.

Erin Kestenbaum's Rosemary Guest Bathroom Before and After

Tile: 2x8 in Rosemary // Design + Image: Erin Kestenbaum

31. A Major Garage Glow Up

On their HGTV show Mash-up Our Home, designers Kele Dobrinski and Christina Valencia turned this homeowners’ garage…

Before shot of unfinished garage interior

…into a charming bungalow! Using white Tusk tile interspersed with a line of peachy pink Tumbleweed, the backsplash adds eye-catching visual interest to the newly transformed space.

After shot of kitchen with white & pink tile backsplash

Here are the before and after photos side by side.

Colossus: Backyard Bungalow Backsplash Before and After

Tile: 2x8 in Tusk and Tumbleweed // Design: Colossus // Image: Stephanie Russo

32. Tiki Bar Transformation

When Emily Vallely-Pertzborn bought her Foxcroft Estate, the basement was a mostly-neglected storage area.

Before shot of bare basement

Not under her watch! With a playful floor of Scalene Triangle Tile in Palm Tree and Desert Bloom and a cheerful Lemon Cream Tile wainscot, Emily created her own tropical Tiki Bar in the heart of Iowa.

After shot of basement tiki bar lounge with yellow tile wainscot, pink & green tile floor

Here are the before and after photos side by side.

Foxcroft Estate: Tiki Bar Tropical Floor, Wall, & Bench Tile Before and After

Tile: 6x6 in Lemon Cream, Scalene Triangle in Palm Tree and Desert Bloom // Design: Foxcroft Estate // Image: Madison Kim-Poppen

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