Time To Embrace Earthy Tones In Your Bathroom

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In this article, we’ll explore earthy bathroom tiles. For the last few years, interior designers have had a frenzy with ceramic tile and white marble tile in the bathroom, but that could be changing in 2020.

At Country Floors, we are more aware of the natural world than ever before, and that’s spilling into our home design choices, with natural stone and earth hues top of the agenda, especially in the bathroom.

Giallo, Verde Honed Sacchi Limestone Mosaic by Country Floors.

There are two materials that top the list for interior designers and home renovators alike, and they’re two materials that we absolutely love:

  1. Travertine
  2. Limestone.

Both types of stone boast sandy and, often, muted brown hues, which provide a timeless backdrop to a serene bathroom scape – where you can escape when you time out to relax.

Interior Designers Are Embracing 2020’s Earthy Trend

New York-based interior designer Delphine Krakoff is known for her exquisite penthouse renovations – they’re incredibly enviable. And if there’s one thing Delphine adores to use when designing bathrooms, it’s a natural stone and, in particular, travertine. Many of Delphine’s designs feature floor-to-ceiling travertine wet rooms, which creates an all-natural space reminiscent of an island getaway.

travertine bathroom tile

Powell & Bonnell, the Toronto-based interior design firm, is also known for their use of natural stone in bathrooms. However, their approach is a slightly more classic one. This duo often uses travertine for bathroom surrounds, and sometimes even built-in tubs. The wonderful thing about Powell & Bonnell’s approach to design is its timelessness; travertine tiles never go out of style.

Where To Begin with Travertine and Limestone

Limestone mosaic for bathrooms
Dougga Honed Limestone Mosaic by Country Floors.

Are you sold on travertine or limestone tile for your bathroom? Then the first thing you need to do is dig into the detail of what you want your bathroom to look like. You need to consider:

Tile size

If you have a small bathroom, using large tiles will give the impression that your bathroom is bigger than it appears. However, if you have plenty of space to work with, smaller tiles will do nicely. If you only are looking for shower tile ideas and small bathroom remodel ideas, you can check tile sizes for them in our other blogs as well.


Have you always dreamed of having a walk-in shower? Or perhaps you want a sunken bath that you can relax in after a long day? Travertine and limestone are ideal for both, but you may want to use a simpler shape of the tile for the shower and a decorative, geometric tile for the bath surround.

earthy bathroom tones


Again, if you’re working with a relatively small area you will want to paint your walls a similar color to the tiles you’re using. We recommend waiting for your tiles to arrive so that you can check your paint color against the real thing as all-natural stone tiles vary ever so slightly in color.


When choosing tiles, there are a variety of surface finishes. These include natural, which means the tile hasn’t been treated; honed, which provides a smoother surface, and polished, which is a completely smooth surface with reflective qualities. If you and your partner live alone, honed or polished tiles are fantastic, but if you have young children, natural tiles may be best. Natural tiles provide plenty of surface grip, which means you don’t need to worry about slips and trips.

Choosing your earthy bathroom tiles

Travertine and limestone tiles can vary in appearance as well as surface texture. Some of our favorite options include:

Vein-cut travertine tiles

Ivory Vein Cut Honed Filled Travertine Tile 12x24

Ivory Vein Cut Honed Filled Travertine Tile

Ivory Vein Cut Honed Filled 1 1/4x6 Travertine Mosaic 12x12

Ivory Vein Cut Honed Filled 1 1/4x6 Travertine Mosaic


These tiles boast a striking pattern that shows the vivid lines running through the stone. They work beautifully on both walls and floors but are best used for wet rooms and sink and bath surrounds.

Tumbled mosaic travertine tiles

Ivory Tumbled 1x1 Travertine Mosaic 12x12

Ivory Tumbled 1x1 Travertine Mosaic

Ivory Antiqued Travertine Tile 18x18

Ivory Antiqued Travertine Tile

Ivory Antiqued Travertine Patterns Versailles Pattern

Ivory Antiqued Travertine Patterns

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You can add a hint of Middle Eastern flair to your bathroom design with tumbled mosaic travertine tiles. They’re a completely natural form of tile and boast very pale shades of sandy brown, which works well in both classic and contemporary properties alike.

Casablanca, Champagne Honed Medium Picket Limestone Mosaic 13 3/16x11 1/16

Casablanca, Champagne Honed Medium Picket Limestone Mosaic

San Felipe Casablanca Honed Limestone Waterjet Decos 8x9 3/4

San Felipe Casablanca Honed Limestone Waterjet Decos


These tiles are a favorite in hotels and coastal properties. Limestone tiles are perfect for floors and walls – create a minimal bathroom with floor-to-ceiling tiling throughout. Plus, the tiles’ honed finish means they’re effortless to maintain which, again, is exactly what you need in a vacation home.

limestone bathroom tile

A Note From Country Floors Design Team :

The wonderful thing about travertine and limestone tiles is that they’re unfussy and bring heaps of coastal appeal. It’s up to you to maintain that minimalism by choosing your furnishings wisely. Don’t clutter your bathroom with shelves filled with unnecessary ornaments, although artwork featuring pale blue hues will pair well with these tiles. Natural linen blinds make the perfect window covering.

We believe that it is time for earthy bathroom tiles. For this reason, you can embrace earthy palettes in your bathroom with our range of natural stone tiles. Explore now.

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