From bold wallpaper making a comeback, as well as courage in color from half-painted walls and eye-catching textiles and accessories, the newest tastemaker for the last few years allowing designers and homeowners to get creative are tiles . . . and they aren’t just for the bathroom.
Predominantly of practical use – protecting our walls from water, grease and harsh detergents – or our floors from wear and tear – tiles are now being used as showpieces of style, to reflect the homeowners personality, sense of design and desired feeling of the room in question.
From a range of new uses and an incredible array of styles, below we go through our four current favorites in home tile trends.
GIVE IT A HARD EDGE.
Similar to our last post on bringing industrial into the kitchen, metal and metal-look design elements can really create a strong yet relaxing space with deeper and more sumptuous looking colors and tiles. Tiles that mimic the look, effect and sheen of metal sheeting are very popular right now, generally made from glazed porcelain with a varied patina similar to worn and rusted metals.
Often used in larger tiles, they work well with other metal accents or provide an eye-catching comparison when mixed with traditional white bathroom tiles and fixtures too. Metal-look tiles are definitely a place to mix-and-match tile and material use for the ultimate bathroom juxtaposition. Pair with soft towels, lush green plants and pops of soft color.
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE.
BRINGING IN BOTANICALS
In direct opposition to the trend above, a focus on plants within your tile style can create a welcoming and soothing interior to your bathroom or kitchen. Easily mixed with other colors and styles, you can pair fringed fronds with blocks of soft pastel colors.
GIVE IT A FEW YEARS.
Similar to the always trendy Moroccan style prints and tiles, the current desire is for a worn looking surface, as if the wall has seen a few years, with some tiles even coming with chipped edges and strong abrasions. Meant to re-create chic European city feel, these tiles provide a lived-in but ultra-stylish feel.
From bold, encaustic-style patterned tiles for floors and walls to softer hued and less patterned cousins, these older looking tiles are perfect for a feature wall or section (think behind the tub or sink).
NOT YOUR GRANDMA’S BATHROOM.
ART DECO RETURNS WITH STYLE
While metro and retro-style tiles have boomed, another trend making a comeback (but with some serious style thrown in this time), is a persuasive nod to Art Deco.
Mildly retro with high gloss finishes that reflect a more glamorous time, Art Deco tiles pair beautifully with metal accents and classic white basins. Incredibly versatile, they can be used in almost any room to mimic that New York 5th floor walkup you had in your 20s.
The movement was coined in France in 1925, characterizing the tiles and accents by price and bold lines, clear delineation in geometric shapes, and bold colors. Art Deco is the epitome of clashing styles that make sense.
Art Deco elements aren’t just seen in home tile trends either, where geometric lines, metallic effects and fixtures, and even tactile textures (like velvet) are on the rise too.
A FEW OF OUR MIX + MATCH TILING
From bold art deco flooring tiles in the wine storage to metro and marble mixed in the shower (with brass fixtures of course), our interior designers know how to create a tiling motif to match your custom home.