Vertical tile shower is the new bathroom trend

by | Oct 6, 2021 | Bathroom decor ideas | 0 comments

Are you getting ready to build a shower, or maybe you’re just playing with the idea? Either way, you have come to the right place. We have collected some fantastic vertical shower projects to show you that they can do wonders.

Why vertical shower with tiles? Because horizontal tiles are far more popular than vertical tiles for showers, and that’s a real shame. Both work well! Therefore, we have decided to shine some light on the vertical tile shower.

Horizontal tiles against vertical tiles

Vertical tile showerSee in gallery
Design by Denys Bondarenko

Before we get started, let’s look at the difference between a vertical shower and a horizontal shower. These are both acceptable, but there are a few differences that can help you decide which one is right for you.

Note: if you are interested in the design above, you have interior designer Denys Bondarenko to thank. He is a talented Ukrainian designer who can create magic in any home.

Look wider or taller

This is the most obvious point. Horizontal tiles make the shower look wider, while the vertical tiles make the shower look taller. So this can make your decision much easier when you know which of these is more important to you.


If you want something safe, choose horizontal tiles. But if you want something unique, choose vertical tiles. It must also be said that vertical tiles are harder to lay, so if you are a beginner, do not try them.

Varying patterns

This depends on your floor, cabinets and appliances. But for the most part, you will find that it adds more depth and texture when using vertical tiles and is more uniform when adding horizontally.

Black and white tie dream

Black and white vertical tieSee in gallery
photography by César Béjar, courtesy of Juana Bautista.

This beautiful design was shared by Juana Bautista. If you are into black and white themes, this bathroom will convince you of anything but copying it. The bright white grout with the black tile looks great.

You can use any floor tile and countertop for this look, but a black and white floor tile helps achieve the look. In terms of countertops, this marble countertop looks perfect, but you can also settle for a lower budget.

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Get the look

  • Black tile, white sealant – this is the most important part of the look. The tile must be black and the sealant must be white. Otherwise you will not achieve the same effect. So make sure you do this first.
  • White counters the table tops must be white to offset the black. Otherwise, the black will overwhelm and no longer be as special as it once was. Be sure to use white countertops, not dark ones.
  • Gold accents – this is optional, but if you want the same aesthetics, it is highly recommended that you use gold accents for your look. It plays really well out of the black and white theme while adding character.

Stunning vertical tile shower

Stunning vertical tile showerSee in gallery

Now this is an interesting bid for a vertical shower with tiles. The designer is none other than Yuriy Zimenko from Yuriy Zimenko Design Studio. Notice how dizzying the tiles are and seen in three different sizes?

This is not as difficult to achieve as you might think, but it looks very complicated and adds appeal. The all-white theme is optional, but it helps prevent the room from being too busy with the tile selection.

Get the look

  • Stunning tiles dizzying tiles are the main feature here. Even if you do not have to move them, it is not the same design unless you do. Everything else can go, but this key point.
  • Herringbone – a herringbone pattern for the floor is ideal. Because the wall is so unique, it is important to make sure that the floor is also unique. Herringbone is a safe middle ground for floor patterns.
  • Shower wall in glass – this is also necessary if you want the same feeling. Because the glass door can open the room. Without it, the room can look closed in due to the style of vertical tiles.

Farmhouse Green shower

Green shower with vertical tilesSee in gallery

This green is perfect for any home, but especially one that strives for that farmhouse look. The designer is Landed Interiors, a California-based interior design company with a lot of amazing projects under its belt.

This adorable farmhouse in particular is one of their best. Although everything works well together, the relatively small vertical tile shower is the operating point. And they even put a fireplace in the living room!

Get the look

  • Green tile the exact shade of green is not important, but it should be more of a natural, sage green instead of something with blue tones or something that is bright. This green is soothing and calm.
  • Small tile – small tiles can also be important for this. Although they should not be superbite as it would be too busy, they should only be a few inches long and no more than two inches wide.
  • Subdued tones otherwise – If you really want this beautiful green to shine, make sure the other tones are muted tones. So try to keep things as neutral as possible by also using brushed metals.
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Fusion of design styles

Bathroom with white vertical tiles and shower nicheSee in gallery

Do you want something that is a bit of each? This super tempting shower was designed by Sean Anderson Design from Tennessee. The whole house was designed with an ominous, masculine and rustic feel.

The shower itself has work tiles paired with new tiles. Add the new cabinet with a copper countertop and you have an industrial blend of eclectic features. This is a unique shower that is not for the faint of heart.

Get the look

  • Old and new – First things first, let’s add something old and new. The new is easy, but the old can be more complicated. Check out thrift stores or enjoy your own furniture instead if you can not find one you like.
  • Moody Vibes – there must be evocative vibes for this look. This is not so easy to explain or so easy to achieve. Try to achieve the look by adding some important pieces that are only noticeable if you look directly at them.
  • Selected lighting – light and shadow balance is the key to this look. You want to add some natural lighting, but make it feel right out of reach. So there will be natural shadows and natural light alike.

Rustic vertical washbasin tile

Vertical tiny bricks laying on the bathroom wall above sinkSee in gallery

Now this tile is as unique as possible. It is extremely rustic and it looks great. It was designed by designer and stylist Georgia Ezra from Studio Ezra. The designer is, of course, a very talented individual.

But also you can achieve the look with rustic tiles, plaster and some unfinished wood for the closet. Does anyone else get Tuscan vibes from this whole Mediterranean bathroom? Something about this can make you feel so good.

Get the look

  • Old tiles – Easy enough, right? Not so much. You can search architectural salvage stores for used tiles, but if you can not find any there, you may need to branch out. Some new tiles look old and that’s another way to go.
  • Unfinished wood – Although the wood does not have to be completely roughly cut, it is much better if it is not completely sanded and smoothed. It should also not have a shiny finish if you add that protective layer.
  • Cast – plaster walls and countertops are what you see here. Plaster is not easy to use if you are a beginner, but it does not require much practice to become a master of simple, non-sculpted projects like this.
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Goes wood with it

Vertical wood panneling for the bathroomSee in gallery

If tile is not your thing, do not worry. You can still have the elongated look of your bathroom without adding tiles. The whole house is amazing and shows Kylee Shintaffer, the designer’s amazing talent.

The bathroom is definitely one of the best parts of the house, mainly because of the walls and how they work with the floor. Both are creamy white with the walls looking extra high due to the vertical boards.

Get the look

  • Long planks – the longer planks are perfect for the walls here. They run from floor to ceiling with no problems. You can break up the wall with shorter planks, but for this look, keep them long.
  • White, white, white – white on white is the theme here. White floors, white walls, white tub. You can add other colors, but make sure they match the bright theme with only natural colors when adding color.
  • Green – you may not have noticed it, but the splash of green added from the plant makes a huge difference. Adding indoor plants is a good idea, especially indoor plants for the bathroom. The room needs freshness!

Adding your own spin on the vertical tile shower

You can definitely add your own spin to the vertical tiled shower. Use any tile, especially anti-metro tiles, and simply install them vertically. It may be a little harder, but if you have laid tiles before, there should be no problem.

Just make sure the tiles are firmly in place before letting them rest. Because they are placed vertically, they are more likely to fall. But if you have laid tiles, you can easily achieve this look. So go for it.

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