The Next Big Trend in Tiles Is Reminiscent of a Mermaid's Grotto

Turn any room into a sea-inspired sanctuary.

fish scale moroccan tiles

This time of year makes us long for the laid-back, natural beauty of ocean-inspired decor. That's why when we spotted fish scale tiles trending on Pinterest, we quickly fell in love with the mermaid-inspired idea. A welcome departure from the ever-popular subway tile trend, fish scale tiles feature a scalloped pattern. Perfect for bathrooms and kitchens, they immediately transform your space into a beachy sanctuary. We've gathered some of the top design ideas on Pinterest that you can use in your own home:


Bathroom: Go Subtle

In this beautiful bathroom makeover, featured on Elle Decor, designer Emily Henderson gave a formerly dark, gloomy space a glamorous update with white paint and soft blue fish scale tiles.

Photo: Jessica Isaac

Bathroom: Mix Multiple Shades

For a faster transformation, cover the area above your bathroom vanity in fish scale tiles in varying shades of blue and green, as seen in this example from Camilla Molders Design. The combination will result in a gorgeous sea water effect.

Bathroom: Floor to Ceiling

Using this much tile in your bathroom will be a splurge, but the calming feeling of being under the sea might just be worth it.


Bathroom: Take It to the Floor

Fish scale tiles look just as elegant when installed on the floor, as seen in this makeover by Emily Henderson. Use a dark color, like charcoal gray, to balance an all-white bathroom.

Photo: Tessa Neustadt


Kitchen: Mix It Up

For an extra chic look, gradually fade out the bright color by mixing in white tiles, like the designers behind Mak Interiors.

Photo: Makito Inomata

Kitchen: Keep It Classic

The trend is just as beautiful in classic white tiles, as seen in this home designed by Fiona Lynch.


Kitchen: A Better Backsplash

"Backsplashes are major opportunities to express your style and personality without breaking the bank, because they're small enough to not require a ton of material to finish them," designer Elaine Griffin told House Beautiful. That's why backsplashes are the perfect opportunity to show off some fish scale tiles.


Source: House Beautiful, 6/13/2016

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