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4 Tile Trends Reshaping Design

September 13, 2018

As technological advances continue to drive our industry forward, interior designers are met with more options to dream, cultivate, and create than ever before.

Different forms of printing allow for bigger, better tile designs to be executed with the utmost attention to detail and performance.

The art of imitation has officially been perfected, with tiles that not only mimic the look of real materials like stone and wood, but that feel and act the same, too.

What a time to be alive, and in the tile design industry!

Tile trends are shifting with the demand for more, customizable options. Designers, consumers – they want more shapes, colors, textures, and patterns. The sky is absolutely the limit, and we are thrilled to provide a one-way ticket to it!

Using a team of design forecasters and tech gurus, these four tile trends are undoubtedly shaping the present, and the future, of tile design.

A love for nature is growing

Wood plank tiles are in high demand due to an overall increase in the general population’s love for mother nature. Consumers are choosing natural, authentic aesthetics over options that seem too robotic or technical. Traditionally, hardwood style was a “no-no” in moisture-stricken areas. Now, with a beautiful tile design that replicates wood, designers can get the feel of natural wood without the risk of water damage. An added bonus to expanding the potential of wood planking is that imitation tile is actually a lot cheaper than going with real hardwood.

More tech, more shapes

Technology has made life easier for just about everyone, including do-it-yourselfers and one-off designers. With high-tech printers, common shapes are easy to design and cut, even if it’s just a side gig. This reality has done two things: 1) created an obstacle for professional tile designers who seek to separate themselves from amateurs, and 2) compelled tile designers to come up with more innovative shapes, more often. Although it makes for a tough reality in the tile design world, it benefits interior designers in more ways than one. The options are endless, giving them complete freedom to create original designs with an innovative feel.

Black is back

Well, actually, did it ever really go anywhere? Survey says, “yes.” But, that’s besides the point. Black is here, and its unwavering appeal makes it an ideal selection for kitchens and/or bathrooms. Designers are using black tile design for flooring, accent walls, and even backsplashes. We are big fans of this movement because like all timeless design, black is a classic addition that can be updated with small touches over time.

Busy is best, in moderation

Designers, catering to the needs of those frequenting their project spaces, are increasingly drawn towards busier tile design. We’re not talking about spaces that are a mishmash of patterns, shapes, and colors. We’re talking about spaces that are mostly minimal with a pop of busy. Whether it’s an accent like a backsplash or an entire floor in a commercial space, busy is definitely better- as long as it is in moderation, and with a tasteful approach.