Great tilework has the ability to completely transform a space, but there’s a whole lot of options to choose from when you decide to go with tile. If you’ve decided tile is your style, don’t get overwhelmed. Instead, take a look at the trendiest of tile trends for this fall and winter.
Bold Patterns and Colors
Bold is back, and with a vengeance. For the last several years, bold “moody” color choices have become more and more popular, and this trend now extends to tile as well. Before that, the trend was all about minimalism, but not anymore. Today, from subway tiles to ceramic, it’s safe to say that graphic patterns and bold color tiles can be used anywhere and everywhere. Bold colors really give you a chance to tap into your creative side, as they make a much stronger statement than neutrals. Expect to continue seeing an array of bold prints, patterns and colors all over tiles. It’s all about bold this year.
Even though bold is making its mark, most people are still steering towards a muted, neutral color palette for their tilework. Best neutral colors to go with are blonde, white, gray or—everyone’s favorite new color—greige, a combination of gray with beige. Just because greige is the new kid on the block, most design experts agree that it’s going to stick around for years and years to come.
Realistic Wood Look
Tile manufacturers are getting better every year at creating tile that realistically mimics wood. Some versions even look reclaimed, with small “imperfections” that seem hand-scraped or wire-brushed. These tiles come in long planks, just like hardwood, in tons of finishes and are great for kitchen and bathroom floors, where you might want the warmth of wood but with extra durability against splashes and stains.
Realistic Marble Look
Really, has the marble look ever gone out of style? Bright, clean, elegant marble floors have been among the hottest gems on the flooring market for centuries. Unfortunately, most people can’t afford real marble flooring in their homes. However, ceramic tile manufacturers have mastered the marble look, which they bring out in a less porous, more durable, less expensive and more accessible material.
Natural Stone Look
Like the marble look, this trend is also not really new, as ceramic has been imitating more expensive materials since the day it was invented. Natural wood and stone lookalike tiles are increasingly becoming more popular due to their surge in accessibility. These styles are most popular in kitchens and bathrooms.
The popularity and sophistication of matte finish tiles continues into the next year. Matte tiles feature a soft but powerful beauty—a style that does not get too overwhelming. One advantage of matte tiles is they don’t show smudges or water marks as easily as glossy tiles. This makes them ideal for high-traffic floors, especially in busy bathrooms. The low sheen makes them easier to maintain, too.
Textured & Dimensional
You can add variation, color depth and surface interest in any area by using textured and dimensional tiles. Textures can appear subtle or pronounced, depending on what material is used, which finish you apply and the final desired color.
Three-dimensional tiles can inspire just about anything, from abstract feelings to images of an object or place. When it’s all said and done, you could almost consider 3D tiles as art. This trend comes in all shapes, sizes and styles, which can be combined into endless combinations for a one-of-a-kind space.
The last few years have seen fewer traditional square shaped tiles and more creative shapes that offer eye-catching looks. Current non-rectangular favorites include hexagons, octagons, diamonds and Moroccan.
Terrazzo tile is quickly becoming one of the most versatile tile options in the industry today. It’s made by mixing marble, granite, quartz or glass chips in a cement binder, which creates one of the toughest and most attractive tile material options on the market.
Large Format Tile
Big tile is, well, big again this year. Large tile is anything 2-foot-by-4-foot or larger. Larger sized tile planks mean less grout lines and larger, more open-looking space. It works especially well in large spaces, but can be used to great effect in smaller bathrooms, entryways and foyers as well.
Basements are another fabulous area to go with large-scale tile. Often finished basements have few walls, which means their wide-open spaces are especially perfect for large-format tiles. Your installer will have to ensure the basement floor is level, of course, as even minor imperfections can be amplified by larger-than-life tilework.
Choosing the right tiles for your project can be quite a challenge, there is just so much variety. You have to choose what color, pattern, finish and shape you want—not to mention the material itself. Although trends come and go, they’re a great place to look for inspiration.
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