Top 5 2011 Tile Trends (Thus Far)
Trends in tile are a very interesting thing, because when you think about it, tile is really quite a permanent fixture in your home. Many people, especially commercial interior designers, love to embrace the trends and make them their own, while others prefer to avoid them and stick to the classics (which I’ll discuss in a future post). Either way, here are the top five most popular tiles for 2011, as I’ve experienced in my store:
5. Large format floor tiles. For whatever reason, not a lot of people are interested in the classic 12″x12″ floor tile lately. The 12″x24″ format is extremely popular, likely because it can lengthen a small space depending on the way it’s installed.
For narrow spaces, such as a galley kitchen, it can be installed in a stacked formation horizontally to give the illusion of a wider space. Likewise, it can be stacked vertically on a wall to give a fireplace the sense of height. This versatility is likely what is helping to make it so popular.
4. Large format subway tiles. I would say of all my clients looking for kitchen or bathroom wall tile, at least half of them mention wanting a large format subway tile. To clarify, by large format I’m referring to subway tile larger than the classic subway tile ratio.
This is a trend that puzzles me slightly, as I overall prefer the look of the classic subway, although I will admit in certain applications (namely large bathrooms like the photo above) I do see the appeal.
3. Staggered glass tiles. Particularly in blue and gray tones. I personally also love the look of these tiles, but I’ve found it is frequently difficult to get what I would call a good deal on them without resorting to cheaply-sourced material. Perhaps as the trend continues to grow, as I predict it will, more high-quality manufacturing plants will take on production of this style.
What I love about this tile is that, similar to the 12″x24″ format, you can install it to trick the eye into thinking a space is wider or taller than it really is. I would install it vertically in a kitchen backsplash with vertically-grained cabinetry, or as a waterfall feature in a walk-in glass shower, similar to the photo above.
2. Back-painted glass tiles. This is actually a trend that I see lasting for a couple more years and then slowly disappearing. Here’s why: I have yet to find a manufacturer of this particular type of tile that is what I would call a high-quality product for a reasonable price. Read why back-painted glass can cause problems for you here.
That being said, I can’t deny the nice, clean look of it. If I were to recommend it for a client, it would only be for a very new, modern home. In terms of application, it makes a nice backsplash (if it’s a smaller kitchen), and can look quite nice as a wall-tile in a bathroom.
1. Anything with Carrera marble. And I mean anything. Actual Carrera, porcelain that looks like Carrera, Carrera counters, floors, walls, subway tiles, thin staggered tiles, etc. The list goes on. Everyone is loving Carrera right now in a big way. And why wouldn’t you? It’s simply an understated, beautiful, and classic look that can be used in quite literally any room. It’s not really appropriate to call this trendy because this look has been around for a very long time, but in case you had any reservations, it is here to stay for the long haul.
I personally can’t get enough of Carrera in bathrooms. I love a small-format floor tile, like a penny-round or a hexagon, with a Carrera brick on the wall, decorative trim, and nice molding to frame it in. There is definitely a reason it’s the #1 trend in tile! Here’s some more Carrera love to end the post:
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*Featured image courtesy of Interstyle