The benefits of penny tile are plentiful: It's classic, versatile, inexpensive, and one of the easiest types of tile to install yourself. It's a fairly common option that folks consider for the bathroom floor, but there's another place we love to see it used: the backsplash.
Whether you're designing a personal oasis with antique style, midcentury modern flair, bold accents, or monochromatic vibes, penny tile can cater to most any aesthetic. Ahead, we're sharing our favorite penny tile bathroom backsplash ideas, from colorful to muted. Fair warning: One look and you might be tempted to makeover your bathroom.
1. Play with a pop of color.
This blush penny tile bathroom backsplash from Ca'Pietra is balanced perfectly with a rustic wood countertop for depth and soulful character. To recreate this style, complete the look with a round mirror, black wall-mounted fittings, and a rectangular vessel sink.
2. Amp up the drama with black tile.
This sleek, modern bathroom packs a bold bunch with black penny tile below a frameless mirror. To bring this look into your own space, pair the black matte tile with black grout for tone-on-tone effect.
Get the look: Tile Bar Eden Black Penny Tile, $6.95 per sq. ft.
3. Match your grout to your tile.
Speaking of tone-on-tone, we love this minimalist situ by My Little Empire. To recreate the look, pair your penny tile bathroom backsplash with matte black hardware, a modern vessel sink, and a wall-mounted vanity in a warm wood finish. Ooh la la!
Get the look: Elite Tile Penny .8 x .8, $7.79 per sq. ft.
4. Or, opt for a contrasting grout.
This bathroom backsplash idea featured on Adore from Bam Construction showcases penny tile sandwiched between a floating wood countertop and wood shelf. The mostly black and white palette feels warm and welcoming thanks to natural materials and textures. Bring this design into your own home with white tile and contrasting black grout.
Get the look: Hemway USA Ready Mixed Grout in Black, $79.95
5. Use multiple colors.
If you're looking to be a bit bold with your penny tile bathroom backsplash idea, use more than one color tile. This washroom designed by William Duff Architects showcases a backsplash — comprised of white and varying shades of gray — that's eye-catching without being distracting or busy. Complete the sophisticated look with an oversize, frameless mirror and a waterfall-style countertop.
Caitlin is the former social media manager and staff writer of TheEverygirl.com in Chicago, now working as a freelance writer from her laptop in New Zealand. She loves soulful, collected interior design that feels like a warm hug, English Breakfast tea, and trips to the theatre.