Tile is back this year, and in a big way. While the phrase “tile flooring” may conjure up images of bland white ceramic squares, new innovations in tile manufacturing processes are making way for styling effects that have never before been possible. From the hottest designs and shapes to what materials are the most fashionable, incorporating one or more of these 2016 style trends can inject a healthy dose of style into your interior.
Wall to Wall and Up the Wall
Wall tile is becoming a common alternative to paint or wallpaper, and it’s giving more creative freedom to designers and homeowners. Kitchens and bathrooms especially are seeing this trend. In bathrooms, the hottest designs have matching large format tile both in the shower and up the wall, creating a more insular feel for the room.
In kitchens, designers are accenting and extending backsplashes (the area between cabinetry and countertop space) beyond the cabinets to add more visual interest to wall spaces that previously would have been treated only with fabric wallcovering or paint.
Trending in 2016 are formats, textures and shapes. Chevron patterns in particular have caught on in both high residential and commercial applications and lozenge and herringbone patterns are also at the forefront of the interior fashion influences this year. Bold geometric patterns can add interest to a room without being over-bearing.
Perhaps the best example of this is the continued rise of natural, wood-look planks in hardwood visuals. This has been and continues to be among the fastest growing categories in tile and stone.
Bringing the aesthetics of the outdoors into the home may be the most widely applied home design trend both here and the U.S. and abroad. No type of flooring is better suited to embrace this trend than tile & stone. Because reclaimed wood has become so popular, ceramic and porcelain tiles stylized to reflect nature’s random streaks, knots, and textures are a perfect choice for capturing that aesthetic, with the added benefit of being among the hardest and most durable of all flooring types.
Just as important as a natural look is the natural feel of material. Texturized and digitally imaged tile is the industry’s most influential emerging innovation. Designers and architects are in line with the realism that this process affords. Also, mosaic stone tile, blending a natural, almost “random” look while still maintaining a clean image is a favorite going into 2016. What’s more is that many of these designs tend to be evergreen in their appeal, adding lasting value to your home.
With so many new and emerging trends in not only tile but in every type of flooring, it’s easy to get lost and to resist jumping into finding the right product. If the process seems daunting, there’s help available. Call us at 317-879-TISH (8474) today and set up a free, in-home consultation day or evening, weekday or weekend. We’ll bring floor samples straight to your door, measure, and consult and all with absolutely no obligation.