Penny Tiles: 12 Stunning Home Project Ideas

Penny tiles are a such a good choice when you’re looking to add a lot of style to your home without spending a lot of actual pennies:)

If you’re not already familiar, these are a circular tile roughly the size of real pennies.

penny tile floor in our blue and white bathOur blue and white bathroom with navy blue penny tile – view the before and after pics here!

12 Chic Examples of Penny Tiles

Interior design enthusiasts are constantly looking for new and creative ways to incorporate visual appeal into the details of their home.

Penny tiles are a great way to accomplish this.

These smaller tiles can give you the chance to add colors and patterns into your home’s decor.

If you’re looking for a way to add this popular design element into your home, today’s post is a great place to start!

Where to Use Penny Tiles

Penny tiles are a perfect options for a variety of uses in your home, from kitchen backsplash tile to shower surrounds and bathroom floors.

Penny tile is a versatile option that can be used almost anywhere in your interiors to enhance and customize your home design.

The great thing about penny tiles are the highly customizable design options.

While I personally love a penny tile bathroom, these tiles can enhance almost any room.

Feel free to get creative!

I’ve seen these tiles as a beautiful choice for fireplace surrounds, entryway floors and even kitchen backsplashes.

penny tiles in pattern on laundry room floorCombinations of penny tile creates a vintage penny tile bathroom look via Thistlewood Farms.

Create a Pattern

With small tiles, you can come up a completely unique pattern by using different colors or shapes to develop your own ideas.

You can create a black and white penny tile pattern for a play on a vintage checkerboard style.

When it comes to a penny tile floor, the possibilities are endless.

However, I’m super partial to the classic black tile flower design on an all white round tile back ground.

You can never go wrong with this classic retro look.

If you’re looking for some penny tile bathroom ideas, you might want to give this a try.

Porcelain mosaic tiles are both beautiful and budget friendly.

pretty black and white penny tile pattern on laundry room floorA penny tile bathroom in black and white via Farmhouse Vernacular.

Add Words

Penny tiles are a tasteful way to get a little whimsical with your home design styles.

A perfect look for both the wall and floor, these ceramic tiles are a great alternative to more costly options.

Small round penny tiles afford a lot of different layout ideas, including the ability to spell out words!

You can embed your last name, the word “wash” in front of your bathtub, or any other detail you’d like right into your bathroom floor tile!

geometric floor tiles spelling out Bonne NuitGeometric shape tiles (similar idea) spelling out Good Night in French.

The words will pop against the background of neutral tiles and give your home a very personal touch.

I love seeing this type of creativity in tile design, don’t you?

penny tile on laundry room floorPenny tile floor via Houzz.

Play With Color

Smaller tiles mean that you can incorporate a brighter color into the design without overwhelming the space.

To tie your favorite color into your floor, or wall tile, scatter some brightly colored tiles in with some more neutral colored tiles.

You can create a mosaic and make the colors really pop against the grout as well.

Most home improvement stores (like Home Depot, for example) offer an endless array of colors for these tiles.

Once you start to experiment with different ideas, you’ll see how versatile these basic tiles can be…

In addition to a wide assortment of colors, these penny tile sheets come in a variety of finishes as well, from glossy to matte and in between.

So many great ideas for feature walls or floors.

sea foam green penny tile wall in bathroomPenny round mosaic bathroom walls via the Tile Bar.

Get creative with accent walls – like the ones in the image of a penny tile bathroom wall and penny tile bathroom shower shown above.

I love how these colorful tiles in the example above allow this stunning bathroom mirror to take center stage of the wall application here.

There’s so many different colors of penny tiles to choose from.

I’m partial to both blue and white tiles.

white pennny tile showerThe stripes here of subway tile and penny tiles in this grey grouted shower create a mosaic wall effect – via Houzz.

Another great look is a combination of both subway tile and penny rounds together.

Sticking to all one color keeps this design from looking too busy.

We recently added a penny tile floor to our beach house shower.

We chose to use these tiles for a shower floor for a number of reasons – starting with the timeless appeal.

However, it was only after install when we realized the positive safety aspect of this type of floor for wet areas.

The extra grout needed along with the matte finish surface of the tiles we chose makes our new shower floor a lot less slippery!

I now think it’s the perfect option for a shower floor.

Something to consider when opting for a new ceramic tile.

Additional Ideas

If you’re looking for even more home improvement and organization inspiration – be sure to check out these other posts by clicking on their titles below:

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  1. wrote:

    Hi! I love your ideas!
    What is the name of the pretty blue tile that is in the bathroom rug that spell girls and the other one spells boys?
    I would love to know the color – it almost looks like a mosaic.
    Thank you
    My email address is
    Thank you 🙂

    Published on 5.4.21 · Reply
    • Sue De Chiara wrote:

      Thanks so much! I don’t the know the name, but it’s all penny tiles. I’m sure any tile store could match the color.

      Published on 5.4.21 · Reply