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Best of At Home With: Bathroom tile

Bright blue tile (and cubbies for rubber duckies) bring a fun vibe to the master bath in Jerad and Jessica Foster’s Prairie Village house.

Classic white tile gets way more interesting when you paint bold stripes on the walls. Emily Walters of Brookside used painters tape and lots of precision to achieve these super-clean lines.

Rectangular subway tile is popular right now. Install it vertically -- like Damon and Kari Heybrock did in the master bath of their Hyde Park home -- for a look that’s different but equally as classic.

The bathroom in Christopher Elbow’s south Kansas City house is covered from floor to ceiling in an assortment of creamy white and grayish squares.

Crissy Dastrup rescued pearlized glass tile from a clearance bin at a home improvement store, then used it to cover the floors, stairs and the walls in one of the bathrooms of her Hyde Park home. The results are dramatic and glamorous.

Colors go in and out of style (remember Pepto Bismol-colored bathtubs?) but white tile is always appropriate in the bathroom. Check out the traditional-meets-trendy remodel in Nate and Sam Lewis’ Northeast Kansas City home.

About the series

“At Home With,” a feature that takes you inside cool apartments and homes in the Kansas City area, appears in Ink the first and third weeks of the month. Know someone with an enviable pad? Send info and photos to info@inkkc.com.

Want more “At Home With?”

Tune in to KCTV5’s “Better Kansas City” at 9 a.m. Feb. 28 to see reporter Sarah Gish spill creative decorating secrets from Ink readers who have appeared in the feature.

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Bathroom tile quickly goes in and out of style.

In the 1950s, Pepto-Bismol pink was the bee’s knees. And in the ’70s, avocado green was king. These days it’s all about classic white subway tile. The milky rectangles look so clean and simple, it’s hard to imagine a day when they’ll look outdated.

Here are six local bathrooms that use tile (subway, glass, even inexpensive squares) to make a splash without spilling into the too-trendy territory.

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