3 Top Tile Trends for 2020

Many new tile products in 2020 feature geometric and floral patterns, a continuing trend. And recent overall design trends like dark walls, muted tones and the color blue have made their way into tile design. “We are seeing lots of large-format tiles. They offer a new, fresh look with an easier installation,” says Cindy D’Alessio, director of special projects at Emser Tile. “Also, metallic finishes or accents, the addition of textures in traditional pieces like the subway [tile], and designed or patterned tiles.”

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.

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Daltile’s shapely Arabesque (shown in the Aura color) and angular Picket styles from its new Mythology collection come in this year’s favorite shades of blue.

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Here’s the Picket style in the Titan color.

With a glossy brick look, the tiles in Daltile’s new Remedy collection are a sleek take on subway tiles, and in blue they make a wall really shine. The wall tile here is the collection’s blue-green Aura color.

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This is Remedy in the blue-dominant Hydro color.
Emser Tile has other new blue offerings this season as well. Shown here is Euphoria in the Ocean Arrow color. Euphoria is part of the spring collection and will be available in May.
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And this is a design from Emser Tile’s new Geometry line in Atom Blue.
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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.

This is a close-up of the Hex Cube Negative seen in the photo above; the style also comes in white with black lines, called Positive.
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Here’s a look at the Multiplex hexagonal tile in trendy black, white and gray, from Daltile’s Bee Hive Medley collection.

Daltile’s Multiplex in blue taupe utilizes today’s trendiest tones.
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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.

Here’s a close-up of Hypnotic in Daphne White, from Daltile’s Sublimity collection.
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The Daltile Sublimity collection also includes encaustic stone 3-by-3-inch mosaic tiles in eight patterns. The one shown here is called Mindful.
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Emser Tile’s new Nostalgia line offers a fresh update on the encaustic look, in of-the-moment blues and neutrals.

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.

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Here are penny rounds included in Bedrosians’ new Makoto collection.

The pattern on the Stella hexagonal tile in Bedrosians Tile & Stone’s Allora collection combines the gray, larger-format and geometric trends. The 8½-by-10-inch matte porcelain tile can be combined with the line’s solid white, black or gray offerings for a modern look.
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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.

Here’s a closer look at a slab of Daltile’s Jasper Grey.
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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.

This photo offers another view of the veining in Daltile’s Calacatta Topaz.
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Photo from Emser Tile

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.

Here’s a closer look at Yakedo’s crackle-textured surface.

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.

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