Tiling Trends 2016

by Stacey


It’s official, I am obsessed with tiles! Wall tiles and floor tiles have been on my mind for months now. Admittedly, I’ve always been pretty obsessed but since thinking about renovating my own kitchen and bathroom the situation has become far more serious. I am so indecisive when it comes to my own home and being an ardent researcher certainly does not help matters. But in my pursuit of the perfect tiles I have come across a couple of tiling trends that are sure to be big this year and I wanted to share them with you guys. So here goes…

Bespoke patchwork encaustic tiles from Alhambra Home & Garden
Bespoke patchwork encaustic tiles

I have noticed lots of wonderful images of floor tiles being used almost like area rugs. Rectangular blocks of patterned tiles are placed strategically within a room to ‘zone’ the different areas and do away with the need for a vertical partition. This is particularly helpful in large open plan spaces where all the internal walls that would otherwise define the separate areas may have been removed.

Blue Bolero tiles from the Odyssey collection by Original Style
Blue Bolero tiles

The patterned tiles are often surrounded by very plain and simple tiles so that the contrast makes even more of a statement. In some of the images I have seen there is a larger expanse of patterned tiles that dominate the floor leaving a simple border around the edge of the room. And the tiles don’t even have to be made from the same material, but more on that later.

Moments Floor And Wall Tiles from Tile Mountain
Moments Floor And Wall Tiles

Whilst this effect can be used to differentiate two distinct spaces, it can also be used to create a flow and seamlessly connect two separate rooms into one coherent space.

Picasso Natural Light patterned porcelain tile from Alhambra Home & Garden
Picasso Natural Light patterned porcelain tile
Zeinah Moroccan Tiles from Walls and Floors
Zeinah Moroccan Tiles
Zellij Patchwork Tiles from Walls and Floors
Zellij Patchwork Tiles

So that is one trend I have identified for 2016 and the second is the use of tiles in different materials, shapes or shades for the same floor. For example wood flooring (or tiles that look like wood) may be used alongside stone (or tiles that look like stone). And I also noticed that a lot of these techniques feature hexagon tiles, which are my current tiling crush.

Misty Fjord™ Hexagon Polished Tile from Topps Tiles
Misty Fjord™ Hexagon Polished Tile
Rokkakkei Hexagon Tiles from Walls and Floors Ltd
Rokkakkei Hexagon Tiles
Modern Industrial Giant Hexagon floor tile from Alhambra Home & Garden
Modern Industrial Giant Hexagon floor tile
Surface Mate tiles in Marble Bianco and Terra in Fumo
Surface Mate tiles in Marble Bianco and Terra in Fumo

Have you guys noticed these tiling trends popping up recently? What do you think of them? Are you a fan of hexagonal tiles? I’d love to hear your thoughts so leave me a comment!

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