While cabinets, counters, fixtures and appliances often anchor a kitchen or bath, it’s the secondary items like tile and hardware that can add the true decorative flair. Tile can carry a neutral design and add calm to the space, or provide bold color and rugged texture to deliver the wow factor.
Stone, glass, porcelain and ceramic are among the myriad elements that can be used to create tile, and all add their own look and feel to a space. Whether the desire is for a nature-inspired look or a glossy, modern appeal, tile can provide just the right accent.
• Subway tile continues to trend, but the classic look is getting an update with an array of colors and smooth texture that looks handmade.
• Shapes go beyond squares and rectangles, encompassing everything from hexagons to triangles to arabesques to chevrons.
• Three-dimensional tiles continue to garner attention, delivering surfaces that feature irregular patterns and an organic look and feel.
• Cement tiles with painted patterns add drama to backsplashes and showers alike, providing a bold addition to overall designs.
• Pastels and neutrals yield a softer hue, while saturated jewel tones and earth-inspired shades add an organic touch to spaces.
• Matte tile surfaces and textures are currently garnering major attention, complementing weathered woods, raw and patinaed metals and matte finishes on faucets, appliances and hardware.