2. Clean Lines.
Playing off the stone-tile designs that are so popular today, the three-dimensional stone tiles from Artistic Tile (877-528-5401; artistictile.com) mimic the look of rippling waves, stacked stones — even cracks in a desert floor. The hand-carved tiles, along with a neutral color scheme, help to create a soothing, spa-like feel in any natural bathroom.
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3. Artistic Designs.
Like miniature paintings or sculptures for your walls, ceramic tiles from companies such as Ann Sacks (800-278-8453; annsacks.com) are getting the artistic treatment in a range of styles, from relief-carved nature scenes to Southwestern-inspired patterns. We especially love the Iznik tiles that are hand-painted and meant to be part of a larger mural of tiles.
4. Colored Glass.
According to the National Kitchen & Bath Association, serene, soothing spaces are reigning supreme in today’s bathrooms, with tranquil colors such as aqua, deep blue and sea green leading the charge. We love the glass mosaic tiles at Waterworks (800-899-6757; waterworks .com), which are available in both solid styles and glossy palettes, complete with swirls of lighter and darker shades.