What do copper, stainless steel, hardwood, and glass have in common? They represent some of the hottest tile trends currently popping up in trendy kitchens and bathrooms. Here’s what designers have to say about the latest tile trends.
“The glass accent tiles are really interesting right now,” says Bill Wolf. Used for backsplashes, shower walls and as floor accents, glass tiles add depth, shine and luminescence is absent from ceramics or natural stone.
With a wide color palette and glossy to flat finishes, glass tiles are suitable for most designs. Bright glass tiles, with moderate use, can provide immersive visuals. Conversely, by covering an entire bathroom wall, glass tiles can create a luxurious spa ambiance.
Looking for tiles that complement your stainless steel appliances? How about what goes great with the forged copper ventilation hood? Gary Fratiann, the owner of Creative Kitchens, Baths and Clots in Westlake, Ohio, says metal wall tiles are a natural choice.
Much more interesting than these huge sheets of stainless steel or copper, says Gary, small metal wall tiles allow the homeowner to create different patterns and designs.
The most obvious use for metal wall tiles is in the kitchen backsplash. For a polished modern look, Gary suggests using stainless steel, which is available in a variety of finishes from satin to tassel. Warm bronze or copper tiles add timeless beauty to kitchens with a more traditional style.
We all love the look of hardwood floors, but most contractors say they don’t have a place in a wet bathroom. The next best option is faux hardwood porcelain stoneware.
“Tile makers have been creative in crafting tiles from one material to make them look like another material,” says Christine Jurs, owner of Advance Design in Gilberts, Illinois. – A perfect example is porcelain stoneware, which looks like real hardwood.
Available in 2 “, 3”, and 4 “designs, the tiles are much easier to maintain than natural wood. And the natural moisture resistance of porcelain makes it suitable for use in the kitchen and bathroom.
“Picture Frame” a Window
When Bill Wolf points to a tiled window in his showroom, his clients invariably say, “I can’t believe how cool this is.”
To complete the look of the kitchen or bathroom, Bill may suggest removing the existing wood window cladding and replacing it with tiles. “We call it ‘framing the picture’ in the window,” he explains. Bill generally recommends using natural stone or ceramic tiles with some depth for the best results. And to tie the look together, add tiles used elsewhere in the room.