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Tile Trends

Updated: Oct 16, 2020

Following current home design trends in design is a super fun way to make your home stand out, but it’s important to invest in a finished product that you’ll want to live with for years to come. We believe there is always a balance to be found between trendy features and timeless design. Here are some tile trends we love and how to incorporate them into your home for a beautiful, durable design.

Hexagonal Tile

Geometric tile in general has seen many trends come and go. At their best, geometric tile designs create a space with clean, sharp lines and a contemporary feel. At worst, they just feel busy. Hexagonal tile is a trend that brings the best elements of a geometric tile and almost no risk of the “too busy” factor. A trend especially prominent with bathroom and kitchen floors, hexagonal tile manages to feel both classic and contemporary. It can be found in a wide range of sizes, patterns, and finishes.

Adding a patterned hex tile to your project is a great way to add visual complexity to a smaller space without it feeling disorderly.

The use of large hexagonal tile flooring in this example brings an abstract element to this bathroom. The varied patterns in a light color create a beautiful textured feel without the sharpness of high contrast.

Stone and Wood Collaborations

The organic texture and feel of stone and wood bring a balance of contrast and collaboration when brought together in a space. You can highlight this contrast by using a stone with cooler undertones and a wood with a warmer finish.

Here, the use of large-format dark stone tile against the distressed wood of the vanity and shelving creates a strong, rustic, and appealing finished look.

A Medley of Neutral Tones

A mix of subtle, muted tones are growing to prominence as an elegant alternative to previous favorites like the high-contrast black and white tile combo. The use of several neutral colors together offer a more subdued means of adding a layer of texture and color to a space.

Here you see collection of grey and greens ranging from light to darker shades. There’s a lot going on but the overall effect is cohesive.

Tile Walls (Not Just for Showers)

Laying tile vertically is an opportunity to highlight textures historically limited to the floors and create a unique feel in your space. It can be used as an alternative to wallpaper or painted drywall. Or, it can be used in more traditional elements, like a back splash, and simply extended to be featured more prominently in the space.

Here a slate tile on the floor, wood stove platform, and wall behind the stove carve out a visually distinct area. The tile on the wall reflects the natural light and draws your eyes up, highlighting the already high ceilings in this space.

Subway Tile

Subway tile has frequently been a popular choice since the early 1900s when it was first created as a durable and affordable option. It can be found in all kinds of structures, from homes to, well, subways. Classic subway tile has become a staple in contemporary design and is featured in styles from farmhouse chic to ultra-modern minimalist.

This finish pictured here is great for reflecting light as well as being incredibly easy to clean. The classic style and simple lines make subway tile an option that you can be sure will age well.

Contrasting Sizes and Textures

Even a small contrast in size and texture can make a big impact. Playing around with different combinations can be oh so fun, but it’s easy to go too far. If you are creating contrast by using very different sized tiles in varied textures and finishes, try to stick within a limited color scheme or stick to all lighter shades or all darker shades.

Here, the glossy penny tile accent against the horizontally lined matte wall tile manages to be elegant AND bold with its contrasting sizes and textures. Sticking to darker shades allows the contrast to shine through without a disjointed feeling.


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