Tile designs with a three-dimensional shape lend rich texture to a room. When incorporating 3-D tiles, keep surrounding furniture and finishes simple and streamlined to avoid overwhelming a space. In this kitchen, backsplash tiles with a honeycomb shape and scalloped edges add retro style to the room's transitional fixtures.
Gone are the days when wood was forbidden in the bathroom. Today's tile selection has expanded to include wood-look designs that withstand the splashes and spills common to kitchens and bathrooms. Porcelain tiles that mimic the natural variations of salvaged wood planks, as well as pretty whitewashed wood designs, welcome rustic style into every space.
Large-scale tile applications look luxe with low fuss. Tile panels, like the marble backsplash tiles in this modern kitchen, minimize grout lines and emphasize natural veining in stone. Oversize tiles simplify a space and keep the emphasis on surrounding fixtures.
Think outside the box when it comes to tile shapes. Geometric tiles add interest to utilitarian spaces like laundry rooms, bathrooms, and mudrooms. Crisp patterns like hexagon and triangle can steal the show, as in this purple powder room. When applied in a bold color scheme, they create a peaceful perimeter with a neutral, matte finish.
Bring the trend of metallics into your home with tile. Even small hints of silver, bronze, copper, or gold metallic tile add sparkle to any space. Handsome stainless-steel mosaic tiles reflect natural light to visually expand this modern kitchen.
Gain industrial style in your home with tiles that closely resemble the look of brick. Whether you're looking for red brick or natural stone brick, tiles that are slimmer than the real deal can create that loft look without a total home remodel.
For a pop of personality, consider decorative clay or cement tiles finished with shapely patterns. Some decorative tiles can be pieced together to create a larger design, while others feature stand-alone patterns. Apply them to flooring for style underfoot or to the backsplash of a neutral kitchen.
Gray isn't going away anytime soon. The neutral hue expands its popularity to tile after a strong showing in home decor and wall color. Opt for gray tiles with a hint of beige for a room that reads warmer, or try a moody dark gray tile for contemporary style.
Although stunning, marble has some serious setbacks. Because of its porosity, marble can be care-intensive and stain-prone, plus it comes with a high price tag. Mimic the elegant look of marble with porcelain tiles, which provide increased protection for spills and splatters while achieving a high-end look for less.
Feature worldly influence with tiles inspired by the Mediterranean. Shapely silhouettes, like the arabesque design featured in this walk-in shower surround, look lovely in an otherwise sensible space. Hand-painted tiles with swirling patterns, as well as encaustic tiles, contribute old-world charm.