5 Amazing White Bathroom Tile Ideas for NZ Homes

27th May 2024

5 Amazing White Bathroom Tile Ideas for NZ Homes

If you're looking for  bathroom inspiration that's timeless and practical, think white bathroom tiles. These versatile tiles are popular in New Zealand for their timeless style, ability to easily brighten a space, and generally affordable price tag. They are always in stock, so you can start your reno or new build without delays.

Our designers and experts have carefully curated six classic ideas to style white bathroom tiles, as well as answer any questions you might have about them.

1. Naturally Elegant Japanese White Bathroom Tiles 

Japanese White Bathroom Tiles

This charming bathroom that exudes the serene Wabi Sabi aesthetic is designed using our Kayborder White Matt Finger Mosaic tile from the new Japanese collection

Here are more stunning white tiles from this collection; 

Hida White Matt

Hida White Matt

Minokoyo White Matt Mosaic

Minokoyo White Matt Mosaic

Kayoborder White Matt Finger Mosaic

Kayoborder White Matt Finger Mosaic


2. Geometric White Bathroom Tiles 

 Kasbah Base Bone tile

This modern-looking bathroom is designed using the Kasbah Base Bone tile, which is a Spanish porcelain tile with a matt finish. You can match this with another white tile, like the Kasbah Star Bone tile or a coloured tile for a more bold look. These are our favourite geometric white tiles; 

Kasbah Star Bone tile


3. Create A Luxurious White Bathroom With Marble-Look Tiles 

Onyx marble-look tile

This gorgeous white bathroom is built using the Onyx marble-look tile range, which comes in two different finishes- matt and polish. 

Matt tiles are used on the floor, while polished tiles adorn the walls. Using the same tile on the walls and floors can create a stunning, cohesive look, as shown above. 


Why Use Marble-Look Tiles? 4 Reasons It's Much Better 

The Apuano Oro Matt 60 marble-look tile

With marble-look tiles, you can add a touch of luxury to your bathroom without spending a fortune. 

Natural marble is a premium architectural element and one of the most expensive tiling options. 

But with this exclusive collection of white marble look tiles at Tile Space, you can have a glamorous marble-tiled bathroom at almost half the price! And there are more benefits to using marble-look tiles in addition to the low cost, 

  • - Easy to maintain and clean 
  • - Available in slip-resistant options 
  • - Resistant to scratches and stains 
  • - Can be used as floor and wall tiles 


5. Choose White And Grey Tiles For An Elegant & Cohesive Design 

 white and grey bathroom

This contemporary white and grey bathroom at Kiwi photographer Caroline Doyle's home features our Medley White Minimal 60 tile together with the gorgeous Medley Grey Classic 60 and the Medley White Classic terrazzo tiles. 

See this charming Papamoa bathroom design in detail here


6. Minimalistic Design With Gold Accents 

Piastrella White Mix 5x25

A trend that has been gaining momentum is minimalist bathrooms with added gold accents. 

The beautiful bathroom design above uses our Spanish-made Piastrella White Mix 5x25 subway tile that comes in a glamorous glossy finish, colour variation and handmade-looking edges. 

The minimalism of the white tile makes the gold fixtures and the terrazzo flooring stand out. 

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7. White Bathrooms With Chic Italian Design 

White Bathrooms With Chic Italian Design

This magnificent bathroom is built with highly varied and dynamic Italian porcelain tile. 

The collection has been inspired by Statuario Marble, with an off-white base and mid-grey veins in a polish gloss finish. 

Want to make a bigger, bolder statement? Tile Space is a proud distributor of the Blanc tile range which is an impressive collection of large format tiles. The Ductile Blanc Invisible Large Format Tile

Ductile Blanc Invisible large format tile comes in a majestic 90x270 size with an off-white base and mid-grey veins in asoft matt finish. Explore our XL and large format tile collection here


8. Gecko White Tiles 

Choose white tiles from our Gecko range. These tiles have a matt finish when dry, but when wet, they activate a special technology that enhances slip resistance, making them perfect for bathrooms. 


White Bathroom Tile FAQs 


Is It OK To Have An All-White Bathroom? 

Hauteville Carved White 25x75

Hauteville Carved White 25x75

Yes it is! But, we recommend incorporating white tiles with different textures and finishes rather than having a stark, plain white bathroom. For example, bringing in a textured stone-look white tile like the Hauteville Carved White 25x75 or the Shale Moon Ribbed 30X60, to soften the space and make it more inviting. 


How Do You Keep White Tiles Clean? 

White tiles are just as easy to clean as other tiles. But the key to keeping them looking clean is to choose epoxy grout instead of the standard cement grout. 

Epoxy-sealed grout is non-porous, durable and stain-proof, so your white tiles look cleaner. Standard cement grout is porous and quickly absorbs water and stains, resulting in discolouration over time. 

Featured: What makes a Great Grout?


Do White Tiles Make A Small Bathroom Look Bigger? 

This depends on the tile’s style. For example, if you’re using a small white mosaic tile then no, it won’t make the space feel bigger. On the other hand, plain, white tiles in a standard size can create a sense of spaciousness, yet they may also give the space a clinical feel. 

To make a small bathroom look bigger without making it look like a sterile environment, we recommend a white, stone-look tile in a 600x600 or larger size. Our Moonlight Off White Matt 60x120 is a great example. 


How Do You Make White Tiles Look Better And More Interesting? 


What Colour Goes With White Tiles In A Bathroom? 

White is a neutral colour that can be paired well with any colour! You can choose to pair white bathroom tiles with soft pastel shades like light blue, pale green, or gentle pink to create a calming oasis. Or go for a more modern twist by choosing a contrasting pop of navy blue or charcoal grey. 

Experiment and find the perfect balance that suits your style. 

Come and see us in-store to discuss your dream white bathroom, and we’ll help you choose the best tiles for your project. Browse our range of white tiles here, and if you want to know more, book a free tile consultation with one of our design consultants.  


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