Learning about tile trends is a terrific way to discover what’s right for your Oregon home. That’s what we encourage in the 5 D’s of Bringing Your Design Dreams to Reality. During the Discover stage, you start looking at sources of inspiration in the form of magazines, design books, home shows and the web so you can clip your favorite photos, start an idea folder, and let it all evolve over time until you have a definite vision for the trends that matter to you.
To inspire your discovery stage, we’ve gathered information about seven tile trends that were prominently featured during Coverings, the yearly tile and stone trade show which is considered the largest in North America with 9 miles of the latest trends and exhibitors from over 40 countries.
7 Tile Trends to Consider
Unlike fashion where trends rapidly come and go, in the world of tile trends evolve slowly. As they gather momentum, they become classics. That’s the case with the seven trends we highlight here, all of which you can explore up close when you next visit Classique Floors + Tile.
1. Wood Plank Tile
Take wood plank tile. It’s a popular style of tile available in long and short sized planks and in a wide-range of realistic looking wood type styles. From rustic to sophisticated, smooth to textured, the possibilities are endless.
Combine wood plank tile with patterns and the effect is mesmerizing. Add rustic looking barn wood tile to walls and floors and you have a cozy, shabby-chic cabin feel. Install those planks in a herringbone or chevron pattern, and you create a more vibrant look.
In the image below, you see a somewhat weathered style of wood plank tile with interesting patterned inserts.
The wood tile trend translates beautifully into geometrics – in this case hexagon (see Trend #4).
2. Marble and Stone Looks in Porcelain
Stone has long been a natural source of inspiration for tile. What’s different is the increased realism of the stone patterns you find replicated in tile – veining, and shade variation for example.
Marble in particular translates beautifully to porcelain tile. Combine that with a large format tile, square or rectangular, and the effect is impressively realistic. An added benefit is that you have the look of marble without the stress of having to seal it so that it won’t stain and it is stronger too!
Here you see that same porcelain marble look in a large format hexagon.
3. Textures: from Subtle to Extreme
An interesting aspect of the kind of realism that wood planks and stone looks capture has to do with texture. In many cases, it’s impossible to tell whether a wood plank tile is wood or not because the texture feels so realistic. It adds dimension to the tile.
Texture is expanding across different types of tile, where you’ll notice subtle textile patterns that are more visual than tactile as well as strong extreme three-dimensional textures.
In the image below, you see extreme textures and more subtle ones, interestingly on hexagon tiles (see Trend #4) looking somewhat industrial (see Trend #5) in a patchwork pattern (see Trend #6).
In this next image below, notice the sculptural quality of the wall tile and the three-dimensionality of the tile cubes. (By the way, what do you think of that weathered and extreme variation of that wood plank tile wall?)
4. Geometrics in Different Scales
Geometrics remain strong, with hexagons appearing frequently.
What’s most interesting is seeing how these very classic shapes have been reinterpreted up close – with the addition of shimmer and tonality – and also through scale.
Small becomes big with this playful hexagon within a hexagon within another hexagon pattern. The close up is the image above.
Or take that to another level with an even bigger hexagon scale as you see in several of the images above, or in a neutral scheme as you see in the image below.
5. Industrial Looks
Industrial looks are big! Starting with concrete looks and expanding that to distressed and oxidized metallic looks, you’ll find a range of products, including hexagons and plank shapes, as well as industrial sheet-metal like textures.
Although industrial, the color schemes are warm.
Here’s how that look translates in a larger scale hexagon tile.
6. Patchwork & Strong Graphic Patterns
Graphic patterns interpreted in porcelain can look both contemporary or traditional. These are bold patterns in a limited range of colors that make a strong statement on a floor or a wall.
That look translates beautifully into a tile rug with a border as you see in the image below.
It also makes a strong statement in a more traditional color scheme as you see in this next photo.
Interestingly, you’ll find this graphic trend interpreted in wood plank tile as you can see in the image below, creating a visual herringbone pattern.
This image adds playfulness with a sense of three-dimensionality combined with a wood look pattern in a plank.
7. Retro Tile Styles: from brick and subway to rustic
Retro tiles such as bricks and subway tile continue strong. Brick looks are now available in porcelain. Subway tiles look great in glass and rustic finishes add realism to the look.
In the image below, you see brick wall tile. Notice how well it blends with large format concrete tile looks.
The image below from the Tile of Spain booth at Coverings captured that subway tile or brick shape in a rustic weathered finish.
For more information (and great visuals) about tile trends at Coverings, read:
- Ceramics of Italy Shares Trend Forecasts for 2017
- Tile of Spain’s 2017 Trend Forecast
- Tile Trends Take Center Stage at Coverings 2017
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Whether you’re looking to capture these tile trends in your home or prefer something historic or traditional, you’ll find a multitude of tile options at Classique!
When you visit our Portland, Oregon showroom, one of our Classique Floors + Tile project consultants will guide you through everything from initial estimate to product selection to final installation.
You’ll be delighted, we promise!
Thanks for reading,