(BPT) - If you are renovating any area of your home, it may be time to try something new—such as bringing tile into main living areas in addition to your bathrooms and kitchen. New designs, styles and technologies are making tile the most versatile and accessible flooring material.
“Tile has always been durable and easy to maintain,” says
Kevin McDaniel, director of product development and design services
for a leading tile retailer. “Tile has a long life span and classic
good looks, making it a favorite flooring of choice wherever
homeowners need a floor material that’s both practical and
beautiful. Even more design options are available now, making tile a
smart floor surface in virtually any room of the home.”
Homeowners, builders, designers and product developers are
thinking outside the box when incorporating tile into renovations and
new builds. From bringing tile flooring up the wall, to using the
same tile flooring across multiple rooms, they’re working with tile
in non-traditional ways. Here are some top tile trends to consider
for your interior design project:
1. The look of real wood with a rustic finish. Many
of the larger-format faux wood tiles mimic the look of real hardwood
floors. Less expensive and more durable than real wood, these tile
floors are practical yet beautiful choices for active households with
children and pets. Details evoke the character of real wood, right
down to the nails. “Rustic faux wood is making a huge splash
because of its warm, earthy coloring and unusual time-worn finishes
such as aged paint, a finish hard to achieve with real wood. I
foresee it continuing to be a very popular design trend,” McDaniel
2. Those longer tile planks. While standard
square tile sizes will always have their place in home décor,
rectangular tiles – otherwise known as planks — are gaining
popularity. New 12-by-24-inch tiles are a hot choice in bathrooms and
6-by-36-inch tiles or 8-inch by 8-feet planks (often in wood-grained
looks) are a favorite for living areas.
“Using longer planks can help smaller spaces look larger, and
create an appealing consistency across multiple rooms,” says
McDaniel. “While consumers may be familiar with traditional tile
shapes such as square or hexagon, these longer tiles offer exciting
new design flexibility.”
3. That poured concrete look. While concrete is a
trendy design material right now, it’s not practical for every
household or application. New tile styles create the look of poured
or stained concrete at a fraction of the cost, and with all the
durability, versatility and ease associated with tile. Tile options
range from long rectangular 8-by-18-inch or 12-by-24-inch planks to
18-by-18-inch squares. Tiles are rectified—the edge is cut
completely straight—and grout joints are very narrow to further
create the look of seamless concrete.
4. The warmth of heated floors.
While heated floors were once a luxury option for homeowners, they’re
becoming increasingly mainstream. Tile lends itself to radiant heat
beneath the floor. You can find a full line of accessories,
including thermostats, which can control the heat in any floor in
your home. This includes both the shower floor and shower benches.
5. Unconventional grout and tile design ideas.
Using a high-contrast grout color can make the floor pop, and it’s
a tactic that works well with mosaic designs. Choosing the right
grout color is just as important as the tile you select. Also popular
is the concept of mosaic designs that mimic an area rug within a
larger section of tile flooring and create the look of custom art
within the floor.
Shopping for tile
designs and inspiration is easy with help from the staff at Interior Surfaces. Give us a call at 614.761.7856
an appointment to meet with us at 4353
H Tuller Road, Dublin, OH 43017.