There’s a lot to look forward to in home decor this year. Homeowners who want to add warmth, interest, and visual appeal to their rooms can achieve this with tile, especially since there are so many great options to choose from right now. You can experiment with colour, texture, size, and pattern to create a look that is uniquely yours. Read on to learn more about some of the biggest tile trends of 2021.
Tiles That Look Like Natural Materials
Tiles that look convincingly like stone, wood, marble, or concrete are hugely popular right now. This falls in line with a larger trend to incorporate natural materials and bring the outdoors in, which has been a key part of interior design for the last few years. Advances in inkjet technology mean that you can have tiles made out of porcelain that look like natural materials, but that don’t have any of the maintenance issues. They are much easier to care for, to protect, and keep clean.
Highly Decorative Tiles
If you want to create a look that’s a little more artistic, there’s no shortage of choices available. Highly decorative tiles are currently in style and they can really change the whole feel and formality of a room. Popular options include terrazzo, encaustic, Moroccan, and Art Deco, which come in a range of colours. You can use these tiles sparingly, on the floor of a powder room, for example, or display them more prominently, as a backsplash in an otherwise neutral kitchen or in the foyer of your home. They definitely give your space that designer touch.
Whether you’re ready for saturated colour or prints, or you prefer to stick to a more neutral palette, you can always experiment with pattern, as many homeowners will be doing this year. You can purchase standard subway tiles or wood flooring but arrange them in creative ways, laying them out in a chevron or herringbone pattern, for example. This look is very custom and high-end yet the only difference is that the materials have been installed differently. Expect to pay a little bit more for labour when installing flooring in these patterns, as the process is more time-consuming, but you are guaranteed to love the final result.
To add even more visual interest, select a tile that comes in a unique shape. Popular choices include fish scale, hexagon, triangle, circle, and diamond, each of which creates a stunning display. Going bold with a tile that has both colour and shape results in a truly stylized look that can set any room apart. For a more muted look, stick to neutrals; the unique shape of each tile on its own is more than enough to create visual appeal.
The trend is definitely towards bigger individual tiles, so large-format options are the way to go. Wide-plank wood flooring is just as popular. With fewer seams and less grouting, these larger tiles and wider planks create a more expansive, generous look; they’re ideal in bigger spaces but actually look great no matter what the size of the room. It’s a quick update that will definitely modernize your space.
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