Picking out tiles for remodeling your kitchen or bathroom project is getting even more stylish nowadays. There is so much variety in design, shape, color, and texture to choose from. A few years ago, tiles were mostly laid down for their functional benefits but today, their aesthetic impact is just as important as their function. In some cases the style is everything to the customer. This is why manufacturers have expanded their selections to provide really unique styles for homeowners. With advice from our experts, we have identified the top bathroom tile trends you may be interested in. They focus on the finishes, colors, shapes, and patterns.
Trend #1: Graphic Tile Patterns
Graphic tile patterns, whether on the floor or the wall it’s the perfect accent tile in any room! Either in soft subtle hues or bold contrasting colors depending on the mood of the room. This trend is number one on our list because it’s going to be, or should I say, it already is HUGE! Patterned tiles will continue to expand in popularity. From subway tiles to ceramic, it’s safe to say that graphic pattern tiles can be anywhere and everywhere especially your bathroom. This style really gives homeowners the chance to tap into their creative side, or hire a designer to get creative for them. Right now we are mostly seeing encaustic ceramic tiles being a popular choice for those with patterned tiles, however, porcelain styles are coming out with the same thing! Expect to see an array of bold prints and colors all over tiles this year!
Trend #2: Matte Finishes
The popularity of matte finish tiles follows us into the new year. They feature a soft but powerful beauty–style that does not get too overwhelming. An advantage of matte tiles is that they do not show smudges and water marks as easily as glossy tiles. This makes them ideal for the bathroom floor, especially in busy bathrooms. The low sheen makes them easier to maintain. When installing matte finish tiles make sure there is enough lighting, both natural and artificial, as these tiles are not known for reflecting light.
Glossy finish tiles feature a more dramatic effect on the bathroom. They tend to create an elegant, highly polished look and feel. This is why they are still popular. They are especially great for small bathrooms as they tend to reflect plenty of light and create the perception of a space that is larger than it seems. But because they need more maintenance work and are a slip hazard, glossy finish tiles are often used on walls or low-traffic bathroom floor areas.
If you are looking for understated elegance with unspoken sophistication, go for matte finish tiles. They are also great if you want an earthy style in your bathroom. But if what you are looking for is something a bit more dramatic and attention-capturing, glossy finish tiles are right up your alley.
Trend #3: Neutral Tiles
Contemporary designs make big use of neutral colors and this remains the case for this years bathroom tile trends. Bright colors such as blue, red and yellow are not commonplace in the bathroom though they can be used. Instead, homeowners are falling more in love with neutrals and especially neutrals such as grey and creams. Grey and beige have become super popular as complementary neutrals. This color has emerged by name and featured in product selections.
Check out our design ideas to get inspiration for your project. For bathrooms that need a bit more brightness, white is perfect. The bathroom is built for relaxing and these colors reinforce this atmosphere. By being neutral, they allow the mind to stay calm and relax creating a sanctuary in the home. You can use these colors from the flooring all the way to the ceiling. To ensure the bathroom doesn’t become lifeless, layer in different shades of neutral colors, textures, shapes and/or finishes to bring everything together in a new and lovely way.
Trend #4: Dimensional Tiles
It is not just colors and patterns of tiles that are getting more diverse, manufacturers are also playing around with the shapes. 2019 bathroom tile trends will vary from traditional rectangle to a variety of other geometric shapes. One particular shape that has made a resurgence in recent times is the hexagon. Hexagonal tiles are making their way back into the bathroom in all sizes, colors, and textures especially on shower floors, where they create a uniquely different appearance.
To take it one step further, create unique patterns, using different colored tiles, and repeat through the space. Very popular for a shower floor.You could place these striking tiles on your bathroom floor in big bold graphic tile design patterns, geometric shape tiles and combine with color patterns to create complicated and visually arresting styles.
Geometric tiles can be used on a large scale (all walls or entire flooring) to set the tone for the bathroom or they can be used on an accent wall to create a bold pivot from the rest of the bathroom. In small bathrooms, they help improve the perception of space especially when matched well with neutral colors. In large bathrooms, they form artful accents in places like the spa area or the makeup station.
Trend #5: Marble Tile Flooring
Marble is a high-end material that is popular for its stunning luxurious beauty. Marble is a natural rock and each piece comes with its own unique coloring and style. The differences in veining and subtle color shading results in an appealing overall look. Most popular in the kitchen, despite its connection to palaces and mansions; marble has gradually made its way into our homes. With improvements to technology, and transportation; homeowners have access to a large variety of different color & patterned slabs to choose from.
Check out these master bathroom designs. Adding an interesting twist, marble flooring that features large-scale patterns work especially well in large bathrooms or kitchens. The floor essentially becomes a large piece of canvas where the natural beauty of the marble complements the interesting pattern embossed onto it. Interestingly, you do not have to get actual marble to enjoy this style. Technology now allows manufacturers to design porcelain tile to resemble natural marble in almost every aspect. This gives a luxury look on a more reasonable budget.