Phone A Friend: Bathroom Tile for Shower

I'm excited to announce a new blog post series and I think you're going to be excited too! I know that occasionally we all get stuck on small but frustrating design dilemmas. They're the type of thing that make you wish you had a friend who was a designer and that you could just call up and run the problem by them. Well, I want to be your friend! 

No, really! That's why I'm launching the "Phone A Friend" series. If there's something you're stumped on, shoot me an email ( with some photos and a note about what's going on. Every month I'll choose one email to answer in a blog post! Be sure to use "Phone A Friend Submission" in the subject line of your email. I can't wait to see what you're working on!

To kick it off, I reached out to a client whom I've worked with in the past to see if there was anything I could help with. I've got to tell you, Paula has a great eye and is turning her farmhouse full of boys into something straight out of a magazine. When she said she was stumped on choosing a tile for the shower in her bathroom reno, I was excited to help. She had all the other details picked out and they are SO GOOD! If you love the modern farmhouse vibe you are going to want this bathroom for yourself. 

Here the before pictures she sent:

And this is the inspiration image she included:

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These are all the details she already has picked out (see, I told you they were good!). This graphic print tile is huge right now and I love the modern punch it throws into the farmhouse aesthetic.

Budget Tip: If you love the look but don't have the budget for new tile, here are two DIY blog posts on how to PAINT (stencil) your current ceramic tile! Painted Tile One and Painted Tile Two  

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And so without further ado, to answer Paula's "Phone A Friend" question, these are a few tile combinations that I think would look great with the other finishes she has chosen. 

Bathroom Tile Options

Option 1: White subway tile with grey grout on the shower walls and gray slate tile with dark grout on the shower floor.

Option 2: White subway tile with white grout on the shower walls and white hex with dot mosaic tile with dark grout on the the shower floor.

Option 3: Green ceramic subway tile in the shower walls and marble hex tile on the shower floor. 

Which option gets your vote!? Comment below and let her know!