KBTribeChat | A Tile Trends Discussion
Tile is having a heyday. Now more than ever, people are clamoring for tile’s undeniable style and performance. As we see interior design trends becoming bolder and more audacious, there’s plenty of tile to fall in line. From looks that take us back to art deco’s roots to options that speak to more contemporary styles, today’s tile products are running the gamut of aesthetics, form and function. Tile is increasingly specified in commercial and residential spaces, and thanks to advancements in the material, it’s being used in more plentiful and unique applications.
Here’s a look at the tile talk that took place on this week’s KBTribeChat:
Name the hottest new tile trends you’re loving.
Although it’s not new to the scene, penny tile is always a winner in our book. It’s classic, graphic and impactful! The simplicity and uniformity of pattern provides a timeless quality that works in just about any décor style. Like Nate Berkus famously said, "Reach for materials that have been around since the 1920’s. If you're building something into your house, your kitchen, err on the side of classics, and it will look good for longer." From terrazzo to terra-cotta, these tiles have and will continue to withstand the test of time.
How is tile fitting into emerging design trends?
More and more designers and homeowners are tossing out the conventional interior design rulebook in favor of styling a truly individual home. Tile offers a way to do this, infusing a space with personality and character.
Design: Michelle Berwick Design | Image: Sam Stock Photography | Pure White
Bold color/pattern for lasting surfaces like tile: yes/no/why?
Yes! We’re always a fan of bold design (when it’s done right, of course). Tile is a great way to add an unexpected twist to an otherwise boring space – like Michelle Berwick Design did in this laundry room! If bold colors make you nervous, try a pattern trend in a classic color.
Pro Tip: Before installing a bold tile, think about how long you will be living in your home. If it’s your forever house, go for it! But if you’re planning on moving after a few years, be mindful in your choice as colorful and creative patterns might turn future homebuyers off.
Any common issues/priorities in spec’ing tile?
Consistent design is key. If a tile has a pattern, it needs to be clean and neat when pieced together. Pay close attention to the functionality the tile will serve in the space, rather than just considering the tile on its own. How will it look with the counters, hardware fixtures, etc.?
Design: Cook Design House | Pure White
Show & tell of your favorite tile installations!
We love how Cook Design Home paired this parquet patterned backsplash with our Pure White. It gives the space a high-end custom look, without the expensive price tag, since it makes use of affordable subway tile.
For more KBTribeChat talk, don't forget to tune in next week!