December 2015 – It’s that time of year when we all start to think about what we want to accomplish in 2016. A lot of us have some outstanding home projects that we need to finish up, or maybe new ones we’re anxious to start. I know I do! So, lets take a look at the newest trends in tile for kitchen and bath designs.
This one actually surprised me because historically it was so rare to see black tile unless it was the classic black & white checkerboard look. However, there is a huge increase in black tile sales over the last 6 months. The sweetest thing about black tile is that it doesn’t show dirt. When you have a house with 3 little boys and a manly husband like I do, I really see how black tile would have some major benefits!
This was a kitchen that I saw on Apartment Therapy. Love it! As a side note, open shelving in kitchens is more frequent now. People are doing away with upper cabinets because it opens up the room. Kitchens are larger now and fit all our must have accouterments in the bottom cabinets and oversize pantries.
This kitchen shows Kiln & Penny Lavagna subway tile installed in a bar, another stellar place for black tile.
Last, but not least, a bathroom with black floors. I found this photo on Pinterest, and I’m even thinking about doing this look for my master bath. A twist on a classic throwback we’ve been noticing is black-framed glass shower doors. (Where to buy? Click here for the shower walls or floor)
Take a peek at the window frame style glass shower doors used more often now. I am absolutely enamored with it. This photo is an example. (Where to buy? Click here for the shower walls, shower floor, or the bathroom floor)
I’m not talking about white subway tile like the 2 photos above, although you can never go wrong with a white subway tile. It’s ALWAYS in style. The brick appeal is slightly different. It ranges anywhere from a handmade ceramic in individual pieces to a large porcelain tile with 3D pattern as a mock brick.
There were scads of at the annual tile convention this year. Since this style product is so up and coming there aren’t a ton of examples to show you just yet, but a selection of rough brick looks have arrived!
Here is one example of brick tile that is also known as ‘thin brick’, which looks a whole lot like real brick, but I promise- it’s still tile. This particular one is an unglazed terracotta tile which gives it a rustic and authentic look. (Where to buy? Click here for Terracotta Thin Brick)
Another form of a brick tile is made by extruding ceramic, which gives the brick a handmade look. It’s available in many colors because this brick is glazed, which is nice. (Where to buy? Click here for London extruded brick)
Finally, you have porcelain brick tiles like our Brickworks and Cargo collections shown below. Brickworks comes in 2.5 x 10 inch or 5 x 10 inch tiles. Traditionally this look was made from soft clay fired at a low temperature, but now is available in sturdy porcelain with digital inkjet technology.
The Cargo Track Brick comes in a 10 x 60 inch piece of tile with a 3D rendering to replicate white washed brick. Its very neat and real looking even though its one big piece. You can see it installed in the photo below in the entrance of our Bethesda showroom.
Also known as ‘encaustic tiles’ or without glaze. Unlike the ceramic versions in the past you would see on many doorsteps in London, cement tile is huge up and coming trend in all areas of home design. About two years ago, ACI introduced our first cement tile manufacturer, and at the time it was a brand new type of tile that no one else had. Thankfully, in the last six months we are starting to see these beautiful patterned cement tiles really hit the market. People are loving it!
Cement tiles are made by hand, one at a time, with a blend of Portland cement, regular grey cement, marble powder, fine sand and natural mineral color pigments. This blend is poured into a mold to create the pattern which represents the top colored surface layer. The bottom layer consists of grey cement which is bonded to the top layer with a hydraulic press that solidifies the two and creates one tile. There is no glaze or kiln involved in the manufacturing process. Encaustic tiles are cured with water and fresh air thus making them environmental friendly as well.
The other neat thing about this product is you can select a pattern you like AND select from set of colors available allowing you to build your own custom tile that will match your style and color of any kitchen, bath, mudroom, or space inside and out. The myriad of patterns available are one of the perks about this product, and why I think it’s become so popular. Patterns in tile give a room character and warmth. We are definitely seeing an increase in pattern tile across the board in all tile materials (terracotta, ceramic, and porcelain); it’s not just cement-bodied tiles that people are using patterns with.
An amazing look anywhere, below are a few photos from the last few months that we’ve seen with our Sabine Hill and Veranda collections.
Farmhouse Style Trend
As for style, this modern farmhouse kitchen look with a farmhouse sink is really in style now. I recently installed a farmhouse sink in my kitchen as well and modified the cabinet to fit it. They look great, but you have to be really careful not to scratch it. I got a Whitehaus farmhouse sink that I love from Blue Bath at a very reasonable price compared to how most of these sinks are priced.
I’ve also seen a lot of all white OR all black counters with people moving away from high movement granite, opting to go with a simple solid color instead. There’s amazing look-a-like material available now that can be fabricated into a counter out of 5’x10′ Porcelain Slabs, which mimics marble (and doesn’t stain). There are also great Quartz Countertop options now too. You can see in both kitchens shown above they used white quartz counters. I actually prefer quartz or porcelain over granite & marble because it is less absorbent, harder to stain, and more durable. However, if you’re very tidy real granite and marble are really nice and I do believe add value to your home.
Good luck in the new year with your projects! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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