Patterned Tile: A 2017 Style Guide
2017 has been a year of high style in the tile industry. From hexagons to large-format tile and wood looks to 3-D collections, the tile options this year have been bold and plentiful. Arguably one of the biggest tile trends this year, and one that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon, is patterned porcelain.
Patterned porcelain has been showing up at trade shows worldwide in a tremendous array of styles that meet the design needs of homeowners, designers and architects. Here are a few of the looks we’re seeing:
If you love the look of a well-loved Venetian rug but not necessarily the dust and dirt it attracts, carpet-look porcelain is a perfect solution. The Carpet Vestige Natural series comes in a variety of like patterns (mixed randomly per box) and offers a colour mix that lends to a wide range of colour palettes.
Modern Classic (Geometric Chic)
If consistency soothes your soul, a modern classic tile in a geometric pattern will be your go-to. Bondi Mirror Natural is an incredibly eye pleasing tile due to its soothing green, blue and grey hues and the uniform pattern that blankets the surface. This tile selection will provide instant interest in a space while maintaining an overall feeling of uniformity and order.
Fun and Funky
If you’re an urban dweller or the life of the party, there are tons of playful patterns that will inspire. This Handmade Black & White wall tile decor delivers in the fun department, offering hand-sketched polka-dots and a mixture of other spellbinding designs that will keep you and your guests unable to look away.
Handmade B&W Decor (Special Order)
Cultural Old World
Many tiles take influence from the world’s most culturally rich cities, countries and continents. Tiles are available in a multitude of eclectic styles, borrowing from French, Spanish and African design, to name a few. The New Orleans series French Quarter decors display a mix of warm, rich terra cotta hues and a bold mix of patterns with added pops of blue that will make you feel like you’ve taken to Bourbon Street for a day (and night) on the town.
Whether you’re looking to make a big statement in an open-concept great room or add some fun and flair to a kids’ bathroom, incorporating patterned porcelain into your design is a fantastic way to take your space to the next level. If you can envision it, there is likely someone who makes it. With a concept in mind, bring photos, paint chips, cabinet samples and fabric swatches to your local flooring retailer. The more materials you have for reference, the easier it will be to choose the patterned tile of your dreams!