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7 Top Trends Bathroom Tile Design in 2018

Published : 07/02/2018 14:36:01
Categories : Latest Trends

Carrara Herringbone Marble Mosaic Tile
Picking out tiles for your bathroom remodelling project is not so simple anymore. There is so much variety in design, shape, colour, and texture that it can be overwhelming. A few years ago, tiles were mostly laid down for their functional benefits (resistance to water, durability, low maintenance) but today, their aesthetic impact is just as important as their function. This is why manufacturers have expanded their selections to provide really unique styles for homeowners. With advice from our experts, we have identified the top 2018 bathroom tile trends you should be on the lookout for. They focus on the finishes, colours, shapes, and patterns.

1. Matte Finishes Are Here to Stay

Persian White Honed Marble Tile
The popularity of matte finish tiles follows us into the new year. They feature a soft but powerful beauty–style that does not get too overwhelming.  An advantage of matte tiles is that they do not show smudges and water marks as easily as glossy tiles. This makes them ideal for the bathroom floor, especially in busy bathrooms. The low sheen makes them easier to maintain. When installing matte finish tiles make sure there is enough lighting, both natural and artificial, as these tiles are not known for reflecting light.

Glossy finish tiles feature a more dramatic effect on the bathroom. They tend to create an elegant, highly polished look and feel. This is why they are still popular. They are especially great for small bathrooms as they tend to reflect plenty of light and create the perception of a space that is larger than it seems. But because they need more maintenance work and are a slip hazard, glossy finish tiles are often used on walls or low-traffic bathroom floor areas.

If you are looking for understated elegance with unspoken sophistication, go for matte finish tiles. They are also great if you want an earthy style in your bathroom. But if what you are looking for is something a bit more dramatic and attention-capturing, glossy finish tiles are right up your alley.

2. Nude Neutrals Are Happening

Classic Travertine Tile Bathroom
Contemporary designs make big use of neutral colours and this remains the case for 2018 bathroom tile trends. Bright colours such as blue, red and yellow are not commonplace in the bathroom and will not be the shining star anytime soon. Instead, homeowners are falling more in love with neutrals and especially nude neutrals such as grey, beige, and creams.  Grey and beige have become super popular as complementary neutrals.  So much so, that a new colour has emerged by name and featured in product selections.

Check out our design ideas to get inspiration for your project.  For bathrooms that need a bit more brightness, white is perfect.  The bathroom is built for relaxing and these colours reinforce this atmosphere. By being neutral, they allow the mind to stay calm and relax creating a sanctuary in the home. You can use these colours from the flooring all the way to the ceiling. To ensure the bathroom doesn’t become lifeless, layer in different shades of neutral colours, textures, shapes and/or finishes to bring everything together in a new and lovely way.

3. Graphic Patterns

Carrara Dogbone Basketweave Marble Mosaic
Whether on the floor or the wall, artistic pattern will make a perfect accent in any room! Either in soft subtle hues or bold contrasting colours the intricate patterns available for these tiles with lure you in and capture your heart.

4. Subway Tiles

White Gloss Bevelled Subway Ceramic Tile
Some may think subway tiles can be boring. In 2018, subway tiles will get more interesting as the tiles depart from the traditional size and pattern. Specifically, we are going to see these tiles offered in more colours and a-typical design patterns (bevelled, rectified and non-rectified).  Pair that with contrasting grout colour and the stage has been set for a marvellous reversal from the common all-white look. You can even couple different colours of tile in vertical or horizontal bands or incorporate different patterned tiles to create a delightful wall mosaic for your bathroom. The possibilities are really endless since subway tiles can be mixed and matched in all sorts of fascinating variations.

5. Geometric Tiles

Calacatta Oro Gold Hexagon Marble Mosaic
It is not just colours and patterns of tiles that are getting more diverse, manufacturers are also playing around with the shapes. 2018 bathroom tile trends will vary from traditional rectangle to a variety of other geometric shapes.  One particular shape that has made a resurgence in recent times is the hexagon. Hexagonal tiles are making their way back into the bathroom in all sizes, colours, and textures especially on shower floors, where they create a uniquely different appearance.

To take it one step further, create unique patterns, using different coloured tiles, and repeat through the space. Why stop at the shower floor?  You could place these striking tiles on your bathroom floor in big bold graphic tile design patterns, geometric shape tiles and combine with colour patterns to create complicated and visually arresting styles.

Geometric tiles can be used on a large scale (all walls or entire flooring) to set the tone for the bathroom or they can be used on an accent wall to create a bold pivot from the rest of the bathroom. In small bathrooms, they help improve the perception of space especially when matched well with neutral colours. In large bathrooms, they form artful accents in places like the spa area or the makeup station.

6. Timber Look Tiles

Acacia Grey Timber Look Marble Tile
While realistic wood grained tiles are most common like oak, maple, & cherry; there are lots of other finishes available to make then seem distressed, weathered, or white washed.  Porcelain wood grain tiles, are perfect for the bathroom, since it offers greater stain and water resistance without sacrificing design aesthetics. The wood grain tiles only enhancing the organic feel much needed in a bathroom space.

7. Marble Flooring in Larger Scale Patterns

Block Polished Marble Porcelain Back Tiles
Marble is a high-end material that is popular for its stunning luxurious beauty. Marble is a natural rock and each piece comes with its own unique colouring and style. The differences in veining and subtle colour shading results in an appealing overall look. Despite its connection to palaces and mansions; marble has gradually made its way into our homes, particularly the bathrooms. Thanks to Mother Nature, technology, and improved transportation; homeowners have access to a large variety of different colour & patterned slabs to choose from.

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