As interior design trends continue to evolve, every aspect of the modern home is subject to creative reinterpretations and makeovers, and tiles are not an exception. This year, chic décors are centered on functionality, sleekness, and balance, and tiles play a vital role in the aesthetic value of a suave home. Decorative and designer tiles are employed to render a dynamic, deluxe feel to your bathroom remodel or kitchen remodel: no longer just a functional décor element, tiling conveys a stylistic statement and lays down the barebones of an elegant home look. Here are the top tile designs we’ll be seeing more of in 2016.
1. Herringbone and chevron
One of the hottest tile styles this year, the old-school herringbone pattern continues to spite the tooth of time, rendering timeless grace to modern quarters. Another popular design which has migrated from hardwood floors to other parts of the contemporary living area, chevron tiles will add an instant dose of classic vigor to a chic kitchen or shower room, and produce a sense of visual unity and aesthetic stability that pervades the entire home. Employment of herringbone and chevron isn’t limited to ceramics only: these styles can be used to an equally pleasing effect in areas covered by brick, stone, wood, and resin tiles, too.
2. Evolution of geometrics
Balanced proportions, clean lines, and regular shapes are on-trend in interior design this year, and tiles mimic this tendency through increasing popularity of geometrics. Diamonds, triangles, hexagons, encaustics, and simple squares and rectangles inspired by the conventional European bathroom look are dancing across floors around the globe in 2016, setting the mood to solid and steady. Irregular shapes are also rapidly climbing up the design ladder: elongated hexagons and triangles, star patterns, lanterns, and rhombuses are employed to add a bold personal touch and sense of depth to modern bathrooms and kitchens.
3. Fresh natural and rustic look
Organic elements are in vogue this year, and their popularity isn’t restricted to furnishings and accessories: tiles, too, are nowadays made from coarse natural materials. Stone, brick, and slate are a much sought-after textures, and their inimitable stylistic versatility makes them perfect for homes structured around wood, granite, concrete, and similar natural materials. Brick-look tiles are used indoors and outdoors to complement rustic décors, whereas faux-concrete overlays are usually employed to create a stylish backdrop for a minimalist kitchen or bathroom look.