Top Tile Trends 2018

Tile sizes continue to grow, according to experts, and, according to Amy Balsimo of Louisville Tile Distributors, the development of inkjet printing continues to give manufacturers the ability to create gorgeous graphics. “The ability of manufacturers to create dimensional tiles and more intricate patterns has led to tile being used in more non-common applications,” says Lesley Welch of Traditions in Tile & Stone. “We now use tile as wall coverings in powder rooms and even as accent walls in bedrooms.” Balsimo says that while rectangular shapes are still very popular, growing in interest are curved shapes and three-dimensional wall tile. …

Flooring Trends

Industry experts agree that homeowners are seeking flooring materials that answer their personal needs and that may have been given a special treatment to make them unique in design and/or texture. Whether you’re attracted to fumed wood, blanched flooring, textured tile, or tile that closely resembles wood, you are looking for new and exciting options, as long as they are aesthetically pleasing, durable, and easy to maintain. “We see increased desire for durability and low maintenance,” says Kate Fudim of Beth Haley Design. “For clients looking for hardwoods, we see a renewed interest in hardwoods rather than engineered hardwood because …

New line by Ann Sacks

ANN SACKS introduces three thoughtfully curated tile and stone collections by Kelly Wearstler that feature handmade designs inspired by Wearstler’s signature prints, patterns and motifs in visually striking and textural materials, including hand-painted tiles, embossed stones, and ceramic and stoneware. PORTLAND, Ore. – ANN SACKS, leading designer, and manufacturer of fine tile and stone collaborated with internationally renowned designer, Kelly Wearstler, to create a series of collections that embody the heart and soul of her remarkable, often-published and heralded career. Her love for geometric patterns and architectural details, the precision, and clean symmetry, and visually striking and boldly distinctive designs, with a …

Bathroom Trends

Today’s bathrooms are the space offering homeowners the best opportunity to combine design with functionality. Large spa-like master baths with large multi-head walk-in showers and double vanities continue to be popular, while powder rooms allow home decorators to flex their design muscles. According to Allison O’Keefe of Cambria, “bathrooms have been spa-inspired—sprawling and luxurious—for several years, and that trend is not changing.” Color is also key, and tile in specialty designs creates a designer look with unique and functional finishes. One trend for many large master baths isinclusion of a large shower in preference to a bathtub, according to Bohnne …

tile design

Tile trends continue to expand in a number of ways. Wood-look tile for floors and walls remains very popular, and many suggest it is tied to the homeowner interest in the reclaimed lumber look. As far as design and style, the wood-look goes with everything from rustic to the cleanest contemporary and it is the tie that binds different styles together in an eclectic whole. It can be used for an urban loft as easily as it can be used in a traditional kitchen. In addition, homeowners will find wood grain tile in both more traditional and completely surprising shapes …

Ask A Designer: What Will Bring Style to My New Home?

What Will Bring Style to My New Home? Q. I have a house that was built a few years ago. It has a nice floor plan, but there is no trim and there are no interesting windows. What can I do to give it a more substantial look? I want it to look “designed” not just decorated with pillows and things. On the other hand, I can’t afford to rip up perfectly good floors and walls. I want something more than paint, but less than a remodel. What suggestions might you make?—K.J.

Green Interiors: Traditional Versus Sustainable Flooring Material Guide

Green Interiors: Traditional Versus Sustainable Flooring Material Guide Whether you are dealing with new construction or you are contemplating a renovation, flooring is an important area in which to “go green.” Not only do floors cover, by definition, a large area in your home, they are some of the most heavily used materials you will install in your home. By selecting a sustainable, responsibly manufactured product, you will increase indoor air quality and eliminate unnecessary harm to the environment. The best part is, you don’t have to make any tradeoffs. Nothing is off limits and there are options for all …

Flooring Trends

Several flooring trends that have developed in the past year or so remain strong with little indication they’re losing popularity. Hardwoods, of course, remain popular due to their warmth, durability, and variability. But there’s also more interest in tile and luxury vinyl tile which, thanks to technology today, can look like anything you please. Tile manufacturers have offered wood-look tiles and vinyl for a while now, and experts say that textures will be leading the way this year—think flooring that emulates linen, tweed, and similar textures. Although some predicted that grey flooring tones would not have staying power, homeowners and …

Bathroom Design Trends

Gray holds as much influence in the bath as it does in the kitchen, although experts say there is also a lot of interest in all-white, white and black, and even some khaki-hued spaces. That said, homeowners tend to favor patterned tiles on the floor, white, dark, or light gray cabinetry, and lots of light, mirrors, and glass“We are using a lot of marble, says Ann Calvert of Sara Ray Interior Design. “We specify Carrara and Calacatta, often paired with white or gray cabinets. Generally, we keep the industrial trend to a minimum, but we take cues from that aesthetic. …

Flooring

While hardwoods remain a perennially popular flooring choice, other materials are making inroads with an increased interest in tile and luxury vinyl tile both of which today carry abstract patterns inspired by nature. The popularity of grey as a new classic color can be found in all flooring materials, and may in part explain the continued interest in concrete floors in urban-look homes. Townhomes being built by Carbine & Associates in The Nations neighborhood feature concrete floors and engineered, hand-scrapped acacia wood. “Concrete has a great industrial vibe and is modern and different, according to Kristen Carbine. “It’s easy to …