A New World of Bathroom Tile Choices
Tiles are appearing in more styles and colors than ever before, unleashing new design creativity in the bathroom. Here are some of the freshest tile trends.
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Ceramiche Tile's Krashna agrees with Kalmus on the mixing-it-up trend — she's seeing a mix of new shapes, including large-scale rectangles, such as 12 X 24 inches complemented with planks of 6 X 24 inches. She says the finish is different today, too.
"The textures have been toned down to resemble sealed concrete and weathered stones. We've moved away from the glossy wall tile with a matching floor to now using the same floor tile on the walls, so a smaller space becomes more expansive."
And Krashna sees the current neutral color trend of beiges deepening into still natural tones of greens and browns.
Another of her favorites is pebble tile, where stones or pebbles are embedded in a mesh backing, which can be laid and grouted just like tiles. The rougher surface — as well as the look — makes pebble tiles perfect for any water areas, such as showers or pool decks.
The trends are numerous, says Kalmus, because there's a huge number of new products and ways to use them. She suggests taking advantage of the variety by not limiting yourself in your tile choices.
"Bathrooms used to be more utilitarian. Now they're showcases that can be more than beige and plain tile. I am currently working on a bathroom that is incorporating limestone, handmade ceramic tile and concrete. My advice is to not be afraid to try something different and mix media."
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