With so many spectacular tile options available today, there’s no reason to ever use boring beige squares.
I love using tile in unexpected and marvelous ways in the spaces I create, particularly in kitchens and bathrooms. I keep my eyes open for the interior design tile trends happening around the state and across the country. I’m seeing some colorful — and dimensional — things happening. So impressive! Let’s take a look at a few of the big trends.
Arabesque tile trends
The arabesque is a style of artistic decoration consisting of rhythmic linear patterns of scrolling and interlacing lines. In tiles, arabesque commonly looks like lanterns. Individual tiles range in size from small to medium and are most often made of porcelain, ceramic, or marble. The range of colors is incredible, from solid to variegated hues in every shade of the rainbow.
I think the curves of arabesque tile offer a refined, graceful look for any space. It’s particularly dynamic when used in a kitchen backsplash.
Cement tile trends
Two months ago, I wrote about cement tile, which is one of the hottest trends in residential interior design. This large-format tile adds a graphic element and looks marvelous. It’s an old way of making tile, dating back to the 1850s, but it is reimagined today in so many colorful and beautiful ways.
I’m seeing patterns that are bold, especially in black and white or blue and white. Cement tile is a wonderfully inspiring and flexible design trend that works as well on a backsplash or fireplace as it does on a floor or in the bathroom. This is a durable, decorative, and sophisticated way to show off your design chops.
Dimensional tile trends
Dimensional tile, also called 3D tile, offers a sculptural quality, with a raised surface as the pattern. These tiles are one of the big interior design tile trends this year and are showing up in higher-end brands, as well as more mainstream ones.
I think dimensional tiles look particularly striking in a bathroom shower. They add a huge wow factor to a space most people expect to be pretty standard. For obvious reasons, you don’t want to use 3D tiles on a floor or countertop.
Dark grout trends
One hundred years ago, dark grout was the norm, and it was often paired with white subway tile or black-and-white penny tile. But over the years, white or tan grout started taking the design world by storm and has been the standard for a long time.
Now days, I’m seeing a lot of tile installations with dark, or even colored, grout. It creates an appealing aesthetic and as a bonus, doesn’t show discoloration and dirt like lighter colored tile grout. I think when black grout is paired with a dark tile, the result is a striking contemporary look.
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