Blog Post #10: Trending in Tile
Long known for durability and easy maintenance, tile also could be the most versatile choice for flooring and feature walls that exists today.
“One of the most important factors to consider in choosing a floor is how busy is your home?,” says Ricky Wooton, manager of the Milford, OH, Carpetland Carpet One store. “Do you have animals? A lab or larger dog is really hard on a hardwood floor’s life, and the life of many other flooring products.”
Among hundreds of tile looks and patterns, there are several clear, most popular choices.
Porcelain has stood the test of time as a most durable flooring option. But the traditional large squares have been making way for rectangular and plank shapes, accommodating more linear designs that complement a natural, more modern aesthetic.
Wood-look planks are a clear trend, Wooton says. And it’s not just the look that people love.
“These porcelain tile looks are perfect for animal lovers and high traffic because they are far more durable than hardwood,” Wooton says. “They give the home a warm look of wood, but the carefree luxury of being dent- and scratch- resistant. Tile is something, once it is installed, you will never have to worry about again. Just sweep and mop, kick back and enjoy your life.”
More people also are installing these wood-look planks on walls – in entryways, above fireplaces and along staircase landings, Wooton says.
Another hands-down popular choice is through-body porcelain tile stone looks. Like the wood-looks, they are in high demand for floors and walls alike, Wooton says.
“With the through-body porcelain tile being used, they are able to replicate the look of real stone,” he says. “You do not need to seal these tiles and, again, they require little maintenance.”
For those concerned that tile floors can be cold, Wooton points out that programmable heating systems, with a thermostat to adjust the amount of heat needed, are simple to install under these floors.
Large Format, Linear Patterns, Beige & Grey
Beyond wood and stone looks, today’s popular choices are 12-inch by 24-inch and 24-inch by 24-inch tiles in a full pallet of greys and taupes, says Lorna Dobbling, account manager and flooring design consultant at the Milford store.
“They are designs with distressing-wood or concrete, that offer a softer look, in a lot of grey and taupe tones, with a less urban, more painterly look, and concrete with textured-linen looks, and sophisticated linear patterns,” she says.
Herringbone and chevron patterns for floors and walls are very popular among customers wanting to give texture to otherwise plain rooms, she says.
A Backsplash Evolution
New and popular are larger glass tiles being used on walls, instead of their smaller, glass mosaic predecessors. Mixed with metals or stone, these larger profile, 4-inch by 6-inch and 6-inch by 8-inch glass tiles can make a smaller galley kitchen look larger and more interesting, Wooton says.
But subway tile has taken center stage for backsplashes and other walls for long enough to call it a lasting trend. What’s new is that the subway tile size has been increasing.
“This is it a trendy twist to the 3-inch by 6-inch and 4-inch by 6-inch subway tiles that gives the wall a fresh look and is very interesting to look at,” Wooton says. “I do believe the subway tile is definitely here to stay.”