Ceramic and porcelain tile seems to become more interesting every year, with manufacturers rolling out new colors, styles, and textures. Glass tile, too, continues to impress, with updated color palettes and innovative finishes.
If you’re planning to replace a tile floor, shower or backsplash, take a look at some of the hottest tile trends:
Whites and Grays
Maybe “white tile” doesn’t immediately bring to mind modern design, but today’s most popular white tiles are worlds apart from the dull 2-by-2 squares that line the walls of outdated public restrooms.
One of the biggest trends in kitchen backsplashes right now is ultra-white subway tile in a high-gloss finish. But this isn’t a trend likely to go out of style. The crisp, clean look of this tile has a timeless beauty that works with any style of decor.
Gray, a color associated with drab and rainy days, enjoyed time in the spotlight last October at the CERSAIE ceramic tile exhibition in Italy. New gray tile looks previewed at that event featured subtle gradients, delicate patterns and dramatic prints.
Large Format Tile
Ranging in size from roughly 12 x 24 inches to 40 x 120 inches, large format tile makes any room seem larger. The clean look of these tiles and minimal grout lines in the finished surface are ideal for residential and commercial settings with a modern design aesthetic.
When used in a backsplash, large format tiles may have grout lines only at the cabinet line and countertop, which makes the surface easy to clean. In commercial settings, these oversized tiles can be affixed to walls to create a dramatic, upscale look in lobbies and spaces with high ceilings.
Brick and Stone Looks
For homeowners who love exposed brick walls, new tiles that mimic weathered brick let you create that look without tearing out drywall. These three-dimensional tiles, and tiles that look like slate or cobblestone, feature imperfections for a realistic recreation of vintage walls.
Porcelain tile designed to look like wood isn’t a new development, but the variety of styles is. Some varieties look like weathered barn planks, complete with nail heads – a termite-proof alternative to real wood. Wood-look tiles in herringbone and parquet patterns offer a sophisticated look.