Ceramic tile has long been a popular choice in home flooring due to its relatively low price point and durability. Beyond practical reasons to opt for this cost-effective flooring, tile doesn’t have to be boring. This year’s CERSAIE International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings, an annual international tile show held in Italy, highlighted increasingly popular ceramic tile trends that are taking 2016 by storm.
This go-to color is not only ruling carpet tones and traditional home décor, it’s also taking over the tile world, too. The new neutral works in shades of light and dark, and everything in between, and is versatile enough for any room in your home, including the kitchen, living room, bathroom or bedroom. Cooler tones can resemble beautiful slate flooring, adding a lush and luxurious look without the hefty price tag. Warm grays with a touch of beige make them an ideal complement to nearly any other color in your home.
The days of flat-looking ceramic tiles are long gone with the advent of interesting 3-D tiles. These decorative tiles can add depth and texture to transform any room, and they’re not reserved for just the floors. Instead of a brick accent wall, try ceramic tiles with a cool brick design for a quick update to this rustic look. These new textured designs can give the appearance – but not the feel – of fabric, water and concrete to elevate your home’s décor.
A tile trend that has showed no signs on stopping is wood tones. As an alternative to hardwood floors, wood-like tiles are in hot demand as manufacturers up their game by producing realistic grain patterns with detailed color variations. Faux wood tile is more durable than hardwood flooring, easier to clean and often times, less expensive.
If you love the look of the industrial design, but are reluctant to embrace the cold, hard metals that often accompany this décor, then industrial-inspired tile is your new best friend. Large sheets of metal can cost a pretty penny, but new tile designs have mastered the look of such popular materials as steel, iron, copper and concrete without the hefty price tag. These metal-looking tiles can also be embossed or come in a variety of artistic designs and patterns.
Whether you’re planning a redesign, or choosing flooring for your newly-built home, select any of these four distinct tile trends will help you create a highly-styled and unique look that is all your own.