The latest tile trends have been on display at recent design and building trade shows, such as The International Surface Event, the International Builders’ Show and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas. Some of these products will be available later in the year. Here is a look at three top trends for tile in 2020.
1. True Blues
The color blue is definitely having a design moment. A denim-like blue was chosen by both Pantone (Classic Blue) and Sherwin-Williams (Naval) as Color of the Year for 2020, and the tile world is responding in a big way.
Shown on the backsplash here, Emser Tile’s Ombre features a bright center and saturated edges. It’s a modern take on traditional subway tile, and in blue it makes for a striking accent color.
2. Wide-Ranging Shapes and Patterns
Whether in the shape of the tile or a pattern baked onto it, geometric hexagons, polygons and cubes as well as florals and old-world encaustic images continue to dominate tile design. Designers and homeowners have more choices this season when it comes to adding interest and dimension to backsplashes, walls and flooring.
Daltile’s new Bee Hive Medley collection, seen here, ups the geometry game with its hexagonal and cube-shape tiles. And the large-format size is right on trend. The wall in this photo is tiled with the collection’s Hex Cube Negative. The collection comes in seven colors and in hexagonal and optical-illusion cube shapes.
Here’s a look at the Multiplex hexagonal tile in trendy black, white and gray, from Daltile’s Bee Hive Medley collection.
Daltile’s new Sublimity collection offers fresh geometric shapes in marble, limestone and travertine mosaics. There are eight shapes, including cube, elongated hexagon, parquet, trapezoid, herringbone and random linear.
The shapes, muted color palette and matte finish of the tiles in Bedrosians Tile & Stone’s new Makoto collection, launching this spring, are fresh versions of the options in the company’s popular Cloe collection.
They’re also trends that Coco Nicholas, creative director of decorative products at Bedrosians, saw at Spain’s Cevisama trade show for kitchen and bath ceramics in February. “Matte is definitely a huge trend, and the blush color is also a trend. The color palette of Makoto is something we saw everywhere at the show,” Nicholas says. The Makoto collection includes the large-format hexagons and field tiles shown here.
Here are penny rounds included in Bedrosians’ new Makoto collection.
The floral pattern on the hexagonal Fiore tile in Bedrosians’ Allora collection makes a striking statement when the tiles are used for flooring.
3. Inspired by Nature
The technology involved in creating faux-wood and faux-stone porcelain tile continues to improve. This season’s offerings include even more dramatic veining in marble-like porcelain, and a look that imitates charred wood.
Large porcelain slabs that resemble marble are gaining in popularity, and Daltile’s new Jasper Grey is no exception. As seen here, Jasper Grey adds the drama of a rocky surface and a dark color and the illusion of marble.
The gold veining in Daltile’s new Calacatta Topaz porcelain slab is the design bling of the moment. This tile provides the elegance of marble but with the typically lower maintenance requirements of porcelain.
The flooring in this room is a plank tile called Yakedo from Emser Tile that melds several trends. It’s a glazed porcelain faux-wood tile that mimics the look created by the Japanese wood-charring technique shou-sugi-ban. It debuted in late 2019 and comes in five colors.
Your turn: Which of these tile trends do you find most appealing? What tile looks are you choosing for your own remodel? Share your thoughts or post a picture in the Comments.