Look We Love: Penny Tile in the Bathroom

Look We Love: Penny Tile in the Bathroom

Nancy Mitchell
Sep 5, 2014

Penny rounds can easily claim the title of Most Adorable Bathroom Tile. These teeny tiny tiles look just as good in a modern bathroom as in a vintage one, and wherever they are, they add a lovely texture and a pleasing feeling underfoot — like the bottom of a mountain stream, but without all the sharp poky bits. Read on for more inspiring interiors.

Above: this bathroom, spotted on My Scandinavian Home, takes penny tile up the walls and over the countertop too, for a look that's interesting and textured and modern.

Here's a more traditional treatment (from Front + Main), with penny tile only on the floor. I love how the gray tiles, in variegated colors, really do look like river rocks.

This bathroom, spotted on Desire to Inspire, takes (black!) penny tile halfway up the walls.

(Image credit: Domino)

Black penny tile all over, for a dramatic look. From Domino.

The photos above show black penny tile with white grout, but here's something a little different: black penny tile with black grout. I love the modern feel this imparts and the way it emphasizes the texture of the tile. Spotted on The Interior Collective.

Penny tiles line the inside of a shower, adding a little extra texture to a modern bathroom. From Stadshem, via Ison Kiven Juureen.

(Image credit: A Beautiful Mess)

From A Beautiful Mess, penny tile walls paired with a black hex tile floor.

More gray tiles, this time on a wall. From Abbott Moon.

The penny tile on the wall and tub surround provide a nice contrast to the sleeker elements in this bathroom from Dwell.

Black penny tiles in a modern bathroom from Elizabeth Roberts. I love how all the disparate elements in this bathroom — the pedestal sink, the penny tile, that amazing brown marble — come together so seamlessly. And how gorgeous is that gold faucet?

And yes, just in case you were wondering — you can do this with actual pennies. Here's a shot of the floor at the Standard Hotel's Standard Grill. If you're interested in making your own, here's a DIY from Pretty Purple Door.

And if you like seeing money on the floor but want a slightly more subdued look, why not try... nickel tile? Some Seattle readers did this in their bathroom, and the 'tiles' added up to only $9.75 a square foot. Not too shabby.

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