From kitchen floors and backsplashes to the bathroom walls and floor, tile is a material that’s used over and over again in interior design and decorating. But why choose tile over other choices? For one, there are options to fit almost every budget. Tile is incredibly durable and long-lasting, and won't absorb odors or bacteria (a plus in those rooms that see a lot of water). Plus, there are a ton of options when it comes to color, shape, texture and design, and the options multiply with every year. Of course that means it can be hard to know what’s in style, but don’t worry. Whether you’re looking to install a tile floor or remodel a bathroom, this tile style guide can help you make the best decision for your space, budget, and interior design. Don’t be afraid to shake things up in 2016 with some of the more unique options!
Shapes of 2016
2016 has seen a return to the classic brick-shaped tile. Used in the classic brick layout or a more creative herringbone pattern, choosing varied colors can add visual appeal.
One of the more unusual choices when it comes to tiles, designers are developing tiles that come in, literally, fragments, which are then installed in unique and interesting designs. This modern look allows for an expression of creativity that’s both functional and artistic.
Feng shui, the Chinese philosophy relating an individual and their environment, places emphasis on lines, and your tile choices can easily build on the same. Incorporating lines in your tilework can fascinate and intrigue guests and keep a room from feeling stagnant.
Colors of 2016
In 2016, gray is making a comeback, especially in interior bathroom design. Matched to a color palette via subtle undertones, gray is incredibly versatile and easy to work into your tile floors or walls.
Another 2016 trend, try using oceanic colors such as emerald and teal, along with various other blues and greens, in your interior decorating color palettes. This can also pave the way for using shiny and/or glossy tiles for the added flare.
Decorators these days are returning to an old standard: natural colors and materials. Wooden (or wood-inspired) and stone tiles can give a room the same warm and open yet classy feel as a wood floor.
Designs of 2016
Veering away from the minimalist designs of years past, a trending style in tile work is to use big, oversized tiles. Rather than overwhelming occupants with detail, larger tiles can set a solid foundation for the design of a room without becoming bland or boring.
The chevron pattern is the classic ‘zigzag’ pattern. Tiles are cut with angled ends in order to create the perfect “V” angles. You can alternate colors vertically or horizontally for a subtle or bold pattern that’ll draw the eye.
Herringbone is often mistaken for the chevron pattern, but the key is in the edges of the tiles. If you look closely at the picture above, the tiles are cut at right angles and alternated to create a zigzag pattern similar to chevron and yet different. Both herringbone and chevron are very 2016 - have a decorator give you their opinion if you’re unsure about which to choose, and definitely have a professional help with the tile installation as these patterns can be tricky!