Tiling Trends


New designs, styles and technologies are making tile the most versatile and accessible flooring material in homes today. Whether tiling up a wall or carrying tile throughout the home, many builders, designers and homeowners are thinking outside the box when it comes to this trend, says The Tile Shop, purveyor of tile and natural stone at more than 100 retail showrooms across the country.

“Tile has always been durable and easy to maintain,” says Kevin McDaniel of The Tile Shop. “Tile has a long lifespan and classic good looks, making it a favorite flooring of choice wherever homeowners need a floor material that’s both practical and beautiful. Even more design options are available now, making tile a smart floor surface in virtually any room of the home.”

If you’re thinking of renovating your home, try incorporating some of these innovative tile trends in your home.

Rustic, Real Wood


Many of the larger-format, faux wood tiles mimic the look of real hardwood floors. Less expensive and more durable than real wood, these tile floors are practical yet beautiful choices for active households with children and pets. Details evoke the character of real wood, right down to the nails.

“Rustic faux wood is making a huge splash because of its warm, earthy coloring and unusual time-worn finishes such as aged paint, which is difficult to achieve with real wood. I foresee it continuing to be a very popular design trend,” McDaniel says.

Longer Planks


While standard square tile sizes will always have their place in home decor, rectangular tiles – otherwise known as planks – are gaining popularity. New 12-by-24-inch tiles are ideal in bathrooms. In addition, 6-by-36-inch tiles or 8-inch by 8-feet planks (often in wood-grained looks) are a favorite for living areas.

“Using longer planks can help smaller spaces look larger, and create an appealing consistency across multiple rooms,” says McDaniel. “While consumers may be familiar with traditional tile shapes such as square or hexagon, these longer tiles offer exciting new design flexibility.”