The old adage that kitchens and baths sell homes rings true. Sure, other rooms matter, but it’s undeniable how important kitchens and baths are to any homeowner or prospective buyer. They are high-use areas in any home and we think they should be high style too. So, if you are looking to add a little form and function to the heart of your home, here are 5 tile trends we are really loving right now:
What is old is new again! Zellige tiles date all the way back to 10th-century Morocco, but we love how fresh they have become in recent years. They have a simplistic beauty and are charmingly imperfect with subtle variations in color and shape. These handmade tiles read as earthy and organic so they can work perfectly in both modern and traditional spaces. Zellige can be a bit tricky to care for, but we think it is worth it!
Heavily Veined Marble
OK- you got us. Marble is hardly a trend. It has always been a beloved tile material and it has serious staying power. We are, however, seeing people get a little more daring with their marble choices. Dramatic veining creates a beautiful contrast that feels both luxe and bold. Also, if marble isn’t in the budget, there are also fantastic porcelain and ceramic tile options to get the look for less.
Fresh Subway Tile Layouts
Subway tiles are a classic, but it is fun seeing designers and homeowners alike trading in the traditional brick-style layout for new and interesting tile placements. We love a straight vertical or horizontal stack, herringbone, basketweave, and pinwheel patterns to name just a few. It is a great way to create a ton of visual interest with a cost-effective tile that can be purchased almost anywhere. Also, be sure to think about scale. Smaller tiles will create a tighter pattern while large-scale subway tiles will produce a totally different look.
Three-dimensional tiles offer a way to turn your surface into a rich texture that begs to be touched. From simple beveled edges to fluted field tiles, the gentle grooves and ridges add dimension and life, especially when paired with directional lighting that highlights the 3D effect. We recommend sticking to a somewhat neutral color pallette with playing with sculptural tile to keep it sophisticated and not overwhelm the senses.
Terrazzo is making a big comeback! While it’s not for every home or architectural style, terrazzo can make a modern or minimal space sing. Made by mixing marble, granite, quartz, or glass chips into a cement binder, it’s undeniably playful and durable. Given our collective craving for color and pattern in 2022, it’s no surprise that this vintage and visually-appealing material is making a resurgence.
Are there any other tile trends you are loving right now? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Cover Image: Ginny Macdonald Design