A Bathroom Floor in Penny Tile Is Simply Elegant

The evergreen pattern stays on trend with safety advantages to boot


The little tile that could

If you’re looking for an instant “wow” factor in your bathroom, consider a graphic tile pattern. A bathroom floor in penny tile makes a visual impact and can easily be the main design feature. Yet, in a neutral color, it can be a supporting player to another focal point.

As one of the most popular tiles, it’s proven its staying power and has a delightful shape. Furthermore, this small tile requires a lot of grout. As a result, it provides more grip and is less slippery on a wet floor. Choose a matte finish for more texture and as an added safety measure.

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A black bathroom floor in penny tile anchors

bathroom with penny tile and vertical running bond tile

A full apartment renovation meant there would be three remodeled bathrooms for a Manhattan family. Each designed with clean modern lines, one features a dark floor with black penny tile and dark gray grout. It emphasizes the ever-popular vertical running bond pattern on the walls. The penny mixes well with other tile shapes such as linear ones. 

From gutted to glossy

bathroom with blue cabinets, marble tile and gold fixtures

Katherine and Chris purchased a two-bedroom in Brooklyn that had formerly been rent-controlled. This meant the space would not have seen a renovation in decades. To make better use of the space, their bathroom received a layout change with the tub moving to the back of the room. Overall, the materials transformed it into a soothing space with a big dose of glamour. Their bathroom floor with penny tile echoed in the shower while mixing with large slabs of marble walls. As a result, the penny pattern breaks up the marble and adds subtle movement.

A bathroom invokes the water


Sweeten homeowner and artist, Katy Garry, gut-renovated her family’s vacation home by the beach. Her pop art is seen throughout the house as murals and artwork. The guest bathroom is just as vibrant with a variegated palette of water-blue penny tile and painted goldfish. Covering the floor and the entire shower including the ceiling, the tile gives the feeling of being in the ocean.

Materials score points for character

black and white bathroom with trough sink and black paint

Sweeten homeowners Ed and Alicia planned for a classic NYC look for their bathroom in their garden duplex. The color palette would be black-and-white. To begin, they installed the two most iconic tiles: the bathroom floor in penny tile and subway tile halfway up the walls. A vintage-style schoolhouse trough sink and black painted walls complete the look. With a wall-mounted sink and toilet, the floor design is given a full view. Bonus: It’s also easier to clean the floors with no obstruction. 

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A note on fixture and appliance deliveries: If you’re on a tight timeline, Appliances Connection has over 50,000 items in stock and ready to ship nationally. If you’re in the NY/NJ metro area, in-stock items typically deliver within 2-3 days.

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