Tiling by Style: Which Style for Your Craftsman Bathroom?

A Craftsman bathroom featuring marble counter tops and a chandelier.

Everyone is inspired by art and craft in a way—which is the theme that reigns in a Craftsman bathroom. And if you think you are immune, then maybe this post will bring out the craftsmanship in you.

A spacious Craftsman bathroom with a generous tub and sink.

The craftsman-style brings back the old and rustic appeal and uses the elements of architecture wisely to create a purposeful bathing area.

Natural and earthy features dominate a Craftsman’s space—both materials and colors—which can give your bathroom that warm and comfy feel you’re looking for.

A Craftsman bathroom with blue walls and a bathtub.

And talking of materials, tiles are a standard in many craftsman-style bathrooms. Apart from Utility, choosing an earthy (tile) shade that blends well with your theme can add a rustic vibe to your craftsman bathroom.

Craftsman-style large bathroom with marble counter tops and a walk in shower.

The Fundamentals of Craftsman-style

Craftsmanship, like any other style, has its underlying principles— which you must understand to get the right design.

Craftsman-Style Bathroom with a fireplace and tub.

Here are some of the principles to follow;

  1. Architecture: Low-slung roofing, tapering pillars with a stone base, windows (with multiple panes), uncovered beams, oblong lighting, wall paneling, and recessed storage.
  2. Materials: Tiles are a standard in craftsmanship. Natural timber can also be used alongside granite and stone.
  3. Color Palette: Cozy and Earthy shades like browns and soft greens, and of course, the greys (from stones)

A Craftsman-style bathroom with two sinks and a fireplace.

This time, we will focus on tiling and the many ways you can use tiles to build a purposeful bathing space and complete the craftsman’s color palette.

Tiling by Style: Which Style for Your Craftsman Bathroom

A Craftsman-Style bathroom with a view of the ocean.

You can do craftsman tiling in many styles. But one theme that comes out clear is the aspect of art and craft.

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From earth-inspired tiling to the use of handcrafted tiles, and more, here are the different ways to tile a craftsman’s bathing space.

A Craftsman-style bathroom with two sinks and a large tub.

1. Nature-inspired Tiling

Attractive tiling is one aspect of craftsmanship that never fades away. You can use embellished tiles on walls and floors (or both). And while you may not run into the old-style Craftsman tile you’re after, the market is overflowing with lots of organic-inspired themes.

A small bathroom with wooden beams and a tub.

If you like, you can stain your glasses with different shades to further inspire your tiling. Shading glasses to harmonize existing tiles creates continuity in design and flaunts the power of art and craftsmanship.

A lavishly decorated bathroom with a gold tub and a chandelier.

2. Hand-crafted or painted tiles

A white tile floor and a toilet in a Craftsman bathroom.

If you want something more art & craft or handmade, then hand-painted tiles are your thing. With these, you can get as creative as your craftsman’s spirit allows.

Try not to get lost in your range of options; take your time to figure out how well it will blend. Remember, rushed handcrafted tiles can be a design mistake.

A Craftsman-style bathroom featuring granite counter tops and a large tub.

3. Color-blocking 

Coloring your craftsman’s bathroom in two blocks of shades is another beautiful idea.

A kitchen with a green and blue tiled backsplash.

One way to go about it is to take advantage of the palettes in craftsman-style. How about soft green tiles on the lower part of your shower wall, and then stone greys toward the ceiling?

Still, you can choose to leave some untiled area at the top part to achieve a unique design and reduce spending on tiles.

A bathroom with large windows and a sink featuring small bathroom ideas.

Blocking colors in this manner not only allows you to explore coloring in craftsman-style but further echoes the element of art & craft.

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A bathroom with a soaker tub.

4. Mosaics  

Sinking further into the spirit of art & craft, you can go mosaic if you wish. A glittery finishing can make your craftsman bathroom look more artistic. These can blend well with your sparkly bathtub, toilet, and sink.

A large Craftsman-style bathroom with brown walls and marble counter tops.

And when going for mosaic tiles, remember to continue with our color palette so that you stick to the theme in craftsman-style.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with soft hues of brown and green.

A Mediterranean-style bathroom with a sink and a mirror.

5. Block Random Tiling

A Craftsman-style bathroom featuring a clock on the wall.

Well, you may not be familiar with these. But as the name suggests, block random tiling involves the use of random-size (rectangular or square) tiles on a wall to create an attractive backdrop.

Block random tiles are not a common idea, but the result is a warm, artistic, and inspiring bathing space you will enjoy every time you walk in.

A spacious craftsman-style bathroom with a glass shower stall.

Nothing can stop you!

A bathroom with beautiful tiled walls.

When art and craft is the theme, you can be as artistic as you wish. Still, you want to follow these craftsman bathroom tiling principles carefully to get the right design.


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