Technology has completely changed the tile industry. More shapes, patterns and colors are available than ever before. With inkjet printers, manufacturers can imitate not only the look of natural materials, but also the texture and feel. And this manufacturing process cuts down the cost of production, which translates to more affordable prices. As a result, tile trends are shifting toward new textures, colors, shapes and looks like flowers to the sun.
1. Sophistication: Black
Black features continue to gain popularity because they lend themselves well to modern, sophisticated design. Black tiles of all shapes, from subway to hexagonal, are being paired with either a contrasting grout or black grout. And matte black finishes are a new designer favorite.
2. Interest: Patterns
Tile is available in a variety of patterns that can add a hint of personality to the bathroom. Homeowners are incorporating patterned tiles in small areas of interest, like as a backsplash for the sink, and in big ways too, as all-over coverage for the walls. Consider turning your walk-in shower into an eye-catching art feature with patterned tile walls.
3. Dimension: Mixed
There are many ways to mix tile, whether it be with size, texture, finish or even color. And, this year, people have really taken to the concept. For example, you could pair classic subway tiles with bold-patterned ceramic squares, matte finish tiles with glazed ones, or non-textured tiles with textured ones to add dimension.
4. Character: Shapes
Tile manufacturers are getting very creative with shape, and existing luxury shapes have become easier to manufacture and distribute. Because of this, the variety of shapes and cuts coming available is rapidly growing, driving trends toward geometric, curved and edgy shapes. Trending forms include arabesques, hexagons, octagons, diamonds, and crosses.
5. Nature: “Wood” Planks
The availability of ceramic wood tiles in various plank sizes has a created a fever, in the design industry. These tiles are being used in all areas of the home, but homeowners can really take advantage in the bathroom. Previously, it was risky to get that natural look in such a moist area. Real wood is not naturally moisture-resistant and has to be appropriately sealed for such applications. These tiles, however, are lower in cost and can withstand moisture to the extent that they’re being installed right in the shower!
Now that you know what’s possible, it’s time to start shopping for a tile installer. Be sure to hire someone with experience, and who can help you to navigate your ever-expanding options.