A Complete Guide to Bathroom Tile Trends Through the Decades

Bathrooms of the 1980s were vast, soothing, and embraced natural light. 

Illustration by Sydney Hirsch

The ’80s: The lap of luxury

In the 1980s, high-end bathrooms were oversized, accessorized with ferns and ivies, often white with splashes of mauve or teal. Some designers were even brave enough to outfit the floors in carpet. The overarching theme was “spa-inspired,” with emphasis on the renewal of the bathroom experience: jacuzzi tubs, wet saunas, soft vanity lighting. Limited color palettes kept the visual noise unobtrusive. Large windows allowed diffused light to illuminate residual steam from the shower. While

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