My guide to feature tile trends

Jan 15, 2018 | Anoushka's Blog, Interior design and decoration

Last week I spoke about general trends for 2018. I touched on the spa style bathrooms that are very much a focus this year but also the comeback of Terrazzo. I wanted to dig a bit deeper into these areas and really look at what’s hot and what’s not when it comes to choosing tiles for your home.

Tiles are such a permanent fixture. For instance, yes it’s fairly easy to change a tile splashback in a kitchen, however renewing tiles in a bathroom is a whole different ball game. Often everything will need to be removed and new waterproofing will be required, not such a small job. So here are my top picks for feature tiles that will bring the wow factor into your space.

SUBWAY

Wow, this tile has been so popular for a long time now. Great to bring that element of tradition to any home. If you’re fed up with seeing the classic brick pattern layout but still love subways go for a herringbone pattern and choose a classic colour such as this soft blue. You can install this on your kitchen splashback or all up one or two walls in your bathroom. Herringbone has also become popular for floor tiles, I like the long slim options a more modern take on the classic size.

Soft blue subway in herringbone pattern

Chevron pattern on bathroom floor using long slim tiles

TRADITIONAL PATTERN

We’ve seen these used a lot of the past few years, mostly these tiles are cement based or known as encaustic tiles. This means they are porous and need to be cared for much the same as you would marble. Due to the popularity of these tiles suppliers have developed a similar look in much hardier porcelain finishes. I’m so happy these have come onto the market as I love using these tiles in small bathrooms as a feature floor tile with a neutral on the walls. This is a great way to add interest without making your space look smaller.

Artisan (by Southern Cross) porcelain tile take on the popular encaustic tiles

PENNY ROUNDS

Much like the subway tiles these penny rounds are here to stay. We’re seeing more and more finishes, colours and sizes coming through. Popular now are the pastel pinks, blues and greens. This is probably one favourite tile to use as it’s so versatile in terms of style and area of use. Line a niche with these, a whole wall behind a vanity or be brave and use for all of your walls and floors.

Penny rounds on walls and floors

CONTRAST GROUT

I feel a word needs to be said on contrast grout colours and I’m not just talking charcoal grout on white tiles here. There’s a shift towards the use of coloured grout. I would err on the side of caution here though (unless we’re talking outside of private homes such as bars and cafes). I think this is a trend that we will see come and go quite quickly, and removing and replacing grout is tricky. So in my designs I’ll be contrasting using more neutral colours with perhaps a hint of navy blue grout here and there!

Coloured grout on this white wall tile

NOTE: Images used under Fair Use, and the above commentary is a personal view and not commercial in nature, and were sourced from a variety of online sources and personal archives.

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