Tile is a classic, elegant choice for any home remodeling project, whether you’re adding a new backsplash to your kitchen or redoing your bathroom floor or walls. Regardless of your personal aesthetic, there’s a tile option to fit in with the overall decor of your home. Here are three design trends to look for when shopping for new tile this year.
1. Natural Elements
You’ve probably noticed that organic materials have been making their way into the house for a few years now, and tile is no exception. For trendy style with a warm, natural feel, the DIY Network suggests reclaimed wood tiles with variations in color and grain. In the kitchen, wood tiles on the wall have a classic look that offers immediate vintage cool. For floors, porcelain tiles that look like wood are durable and easy to clean. Not crazy about wood but want to try this trend? Go for stone-look tiles, especially in the bathroom. Many homeowners are now opting for faux marble in the bathroom, which imperceptibly duplicates the veining of natural marble for a luxurious look at a fraction of the price.
2. Innovative Patterns
While chevron has become a bit passe in the fashion world, in the tile realm it’s just heating up. Chevron-pattern tiles are a modern choice with staying power. For example, wood paneling as described above arranged in a herringbone pattern is an inspired, elegant choice. Other options include a brick-style layout and tiles in random shapes and sizes for a composition with a kaleidoscopic effect. The classic hexagon subway pattern has been updated for this year with scrolling and other decorative elements as well as three-dimensional effects. And when it comes to color, warm gray is the hot neutral, while dramatic blues and greens that lend an aquatic feel are the hues to choose if you are interested in brights.
3. Large-Format Tiles
Whether it’s wider than usual wooden planks on the floor or oblong mosaic tiles rather than the traditional tiny squares, bigger is better when it comes to tile this season. Building Design and Construction notes that porcelain tiles are now available in sizes up to 5.25 by 10.5 inches. And according to Home Depot, natural stone subway tiles have grown from 3 by 6 inches to 4 by 12 or even 4 by 16 inches.
Next time you’re remodeling your home and considering tile options, take these three fresh ideas into account.