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2018 Tile Design Trends

Tile is one building material that is constantly changing – whether it’s the material itself, the color, shape, finish or use, tile trends can keep any designer and builder on their toes.

We do a lot of kitchen and bathroom renovations, which means tile is something we deal with very often. Lately we have noticed a few trends that our clients are gravitating toward and we love the way each project is turning out.

Here are our top five tile design trends for 2018 so far:



a patterned tile brings texture and visual interests to this backsplash

Flat subway tile has been popular for a long time, and is likely to be one of those “trends” that never really goes out of style. However, we have noticed that some clients are now gravitating toward tile with a little more texture and depth. When paired with flat, neutral subway tile, it can have a great visual impact. In this case, a little goes a long way for this stove top backsplash with oil rubbed bronze framing tile surrounding marble subway tile. An oil rubbed bronze pot filler faucet matches the tile perfectly. This small detail brings a lot of character into the space and creates an understated Tuscan feel in this family kitchen.

Light and Bright

white tile lets other elements in this kitchen pop

As we said, subway tile is likely to be a trend that sticks around for a long time, but recently this elongated, usually ceramic choice has been a favorite for those looking for a super bright, clean look. This client’s kitchen uses different shades of white in the cabinetry, carrera marble countertops, and bright white subway tile backsplash to create an open, airy feel. What this backdrop does is allows darker industrial fixtures, rustic barstools and warm-toned hardwood floors to really pop visually without any competition.


subway tile in a herringbone pattern creates a geometric modern look

Take your standard subway tile, turn it on its head, and you have a herringbone pattern. This geometric pattern with elongated, thinner tiles are a huge trend lately, but we love how this client used simple white ceramic with a darker gray grout to really make the pattern stand out. Simple black hardware also pops against the bright whites.

herringbone subway tile in this shower keeps the space bright and roomy

They continued the design into the shower where smaller, mini subway tile was used in a traditional pattern on the floor to keep from being too busy. The monochromatic design also made this irregularly shaped, fairly small bathroom feel much larger than its actual footprint.


subtle gray colors give this backsplash interest

Unlike tile design trends from a few years ago, which generally featured a mosaic style look with high contrast textures or colors, today’s tile trends are more subtle and monochromatic. Even when we take a step away from white, clients seem to prefer a lightly “ombre” look when incorporating color or variation.

In this kitchen, small geometric tiles in similar shades of gray blend into the stainless steel range and hood, giving the space just enough texture and variation to draw the eye in.

Floor Pattern

black and white floor tile creates a visually stunning pattern in this otherwise neutral bathroom

It is certainly true that white, light, and simple tile has led the pack in tile design for backsplashes, showers and tub surrounds. But that trend has not been as influential in flooring tile, which has seemingly embraced the exact opposite. Highly patterned floor tile is beginning to make a big splash as a way to offset the gray and white wall trend. Much of the highly patterned flooring tile we’ve been seeing are black and white geometrics, which when used conservatively, have a huge pay off.

This master bathroom would seem otherwise stark without the beautiful, almost vintage-looking floor design. The black punches perfectly against light gray walls, white shower tile, and white soaker tub. We love this look and hope to see more of it in the future.

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