Are you remodeling your current home or building a new home? Are you in the process of deciding what material to use for your floors? Tile floors are the go-to flooring choice, and for good reason. Tile floors are easy to install, durable, affordable, long lasting, easy to maintain, easy to repair, appropriate in any room; the list goes on and on. With the countless benefits to tile floors comes a much longer list of types and styles to choose from. We’ve compiled a list of the top 3 trends in tile.
1. Faux Wood
Without a doubt, the most popular style of tiles right now is faux wood. For a fraction of the cost, you can get a floor that looks just like a gorgeous, authentic hardwood floor. These tiles come in countless shades and grains of “wood” to match any color scheme or decor theme. These tiles are water resistant, durable, and incredibly customizable. If you have young children or pets, you don’t need to worry about these floors getting scratched or chipped as easily. If you decide to go this route, choosing a tile that was printed with an inkjet printer will give you the most realistic repeating pattern. This style of tile should definitely fit if you’ve always wanted hardwood floors but cringed at the prices.
Patterned tiles put some fun back into tiling, a task that isn’t just reserved for flooring.Patterned tiles are great for kitchen backsplashes or bathroom walls. They allow you to essentially create any kind of lookthat you want. Mix and match with other patterns or solid tiles to create larger patterns or images. Whether you’re going for fun or fancy, patterned tiles will help you get there.
3. Large Format
Large format tiles are the kind that you would normally find in commercial buildings; however, these tiles are making their appearance in more and more high end homes. They are sought after partially for the fact that fewer can take you further. Because of their large nature, it takes less tiles to cover the floor of your room. The downside of this is that more cutting and planning is required to get them to properly fit your room, which is evidenced in potentially higher installation fees. Large format tiles are loosely defined as any tile larger than 12”x12”. They are also sought after for the way they seem to make rooms appear larger and more open.
When it comes to tiling, whether for your floors or walls, there are lots of choices. It pays to do your homework, look for inspiration, and don’t be afraid to request samples to make sure you see how different tiles look in your home.