The tiles steal the show when used in a minimal setting.
... And provide a graphic element when paired with contrasting grout, like in this contemporary bath.
The classic: white penny tiles with a dark grout. This one's always a safe bet.
Did you know that penny tiles are less likely to crack than larger tiles? Basically, the larger tile, the more likely they are to break due to shifts in the foundation of your house. This extra durability makes them perfect for the workhorse areas of your home, like a laundry or mudroom.
For a different look, try the tiles in glass instead of porcelain. They appear to float like dewdrops on the grout, and offer a subtle shine to oft-overlooked bathroom floors.
Not that they need be relegated to the floor; these tiles work up the walls too.
Penny tiles are small enough to fit snugly close to curves, making them the right choice for tiling shelves and other built-in features.
And outside of the bathroom, mosaic penny tiles work like gangbusters to bring a burst of color to a kitchen backsplash.