Let's face it, while choosing tile is a lot of fun, it can also be daunting as there are so many options in design, shape, color and texture. Tile is the finishing touch on a remodeling project and can make a big impact on the overall look of an existing Kitchen and Bath. Since tile can make or break the appearance of your room, many people in Fairfield and Westchester County turn to kellydesigns to make the right choices that are both functional and style conscious. In the meantime, let's have a look at some of the current trends in tile for the Kitchen and Bath.
Wood-look tile is a great choice if you like the look of hardwood floors in the kitchen because they will always look perfect without having to refinish them on a regular basis. They also are a popular choice for bathroom floors and mudrooms. Today there are expansive options ranging from rustic to modern, making wood-look tiles a suitable choice for every style home from a traditional Colonial to a clean contemporary.
Choosing a wood-look tile is only the first step. You'll have to make decisions on size, shape, type of wood and finish. Some of these include narrow plank (great for mid century design), regular width (suitable anywhere) or wide plank (great for a country home or with any modern design). Look for tiles in varying lengths and randomly stagger to give the appearance of real wood. Colors range from whitewashed to grey to shades of brown, all coming in varying contrasts. Textures include chipped edges, saw marks, smooth and hand scraped. When it comes time to purchase and install, look for tile and a contractor that can accommodate thin grout lines for the most authentic look.
Marble tile has lasting style with white and grey Carrara being the ultimate classic. Carrara's pristine whiteness makes it a clean choice for bathrooms and especially kitchens of beach area homes. Marble tile come in a wide variety of shapes enabling you to meet a rooms particular style and your individual taste. Placing different sized tiles in varying places and combining these tiles to create unique patterns is a great way to give depth and interest to marble's neutral palette. Marble tile looks beautiful on floors, in showers, around tubs on bathroom walls and on kitchen backsplashes. While Carrara is still the most prevalent, 2017 will see many more colored marbles gaining popularity including grey, beige, black, and even brown. Today they are many tile offerings that give you a Carrera marble look but in a porcelain tile, which gives you greater wearability and is more cost efficient as well.
It is not just the material that is getting more interesting it's the shape, finishing and patterns too. Traditional shapes like subway can have standard straight edges or for a more interesting look get beveled edges or a texture throughout (i.e. waves). Tile designers are getting geometric with the hexagon (a.k.a. honeycomb) shape being the most popular. You'll find these in traditional mosaic sheets and as larger tiles now too.
Geometric tiles can be used on a large scale on the entire floor, as an accent wall in the bath and as a kitchen backsplash. In small bathrooms, they help improve the perception of space and in large bathrooms, they form distinctive accents. Another popular trend is artfully arranging smaller tiles of varying shapes and colors. Recently we've seen this as borders in bathrooms and as kitchen backsplashes. Today interior designers are using them to create dramatic large scale designs. Either way, the result is tile that makes a bold statement rather than blending into the background.
This year brings so many options including fish tale designs in varying sizes and neutrals with texture, with patterned tiles coming back into vogue as well. In the end, deciding on tile is a form of personal expression. Don't settle when it comes time to design or upgrade your kitchen or bath tile and make choices that you will love for years to come.