Inspire | 27 October 2020

5 Top Tile Trends You Need to Know

by Carlisle Homes

Looking to elevate the look of your home with tiles? A tile expert reveals the five hottest styles of the moment

Tiles add colour, texture and depth to your home. They also provide an enduring, beautiful finish that is also easy to clean, non-allergenic and low maintenance. And bathrooms, kitchens and laundries are no longer the only rooms that astute home owners are choosing to finish with tiles. More and more designers are using tiles for hallways, dining rooms, living rooms, bedrooms, framing fireplaces and even driveways and garages.

Tiles are an ideal starting point for material selections, providing a foundation to build your decorating scheme where every element coordinates perfectly. At Carlisle Homes, you’ll find endless ways to mix and match tiles to give your home a unique look – The options are limitless!

But knowing where to start can be the hardest part. So to help inspire your choices, we’ve asked tile expert Christie Wood, Design Specialist at Beaumont Tiles, to identify the five hottest looks right now.

Achieve a tranquil aesthetic with tiles inspired by oceanic hues, as shown in the Astoria Grand.

1. Organic styling and oceanic colours

When it comes to colour, tranquil ocean- and coastal-inspired hues are on trend now, and an enduring favourite: “From soft, aqueous blues and greens, to deep navy - oceanic colours set the scene for a luxurious bathroom, standout kitchen, or charming laundry” says Wood. Try Agrestic Navy Gloss as seen above.

Tiles with a handcrafted, boho feel are another key trend not going anywhere soon, she says: "Think styles in organic tones with raw and imperfect finishes." This look is ideal for adding depth and artisanal appeal to a kitchen splashback or accent a fireplace. Handmade look edges as seen on Agrestic White Gloss subtly capture this trend. Or go all the way with Atmosphere Latte Gloss featuring tone on tone variation.

Stylish concrete-look tiles offer depth and character to this open plan living area in the Sheraton Grand.

2. Concrete-look tiles

Concrete-look tiles have been popular for a while now, but the latest styles step it up a notch with intricate texture and detailing. “Fine aggregate chips and worn edges inject authenticity and character,” says Woods. “Beaumont Tiles Rome range, as seen in the Sheraton Grand, features one of our most popular concrete designs”.

“Greige is the new buzzword in the design industry, and there’s so many ways to use this versatile colour,” she says. This gentle grey-brown tone softens the appearance of concrete-look tiles, making it well-suited to a range of different tastes, styles and designs” says Wood.

Add timeless appeal to your home with a terrazzo tile splashback as featured here in the Montague Grand laundry.

3. Terrazzo tiles

Terrazzo is experiencing a renaissance in residential design, bringing its timeless appeal to homes. It’s ideal for adding subtle allure to a space – plus it suits both traditional and contemporary homes. Use terrazzo tiles to add personality to bathrooms, kitchens, laundries and open-plan living areas, just like Beaumont Tiles Marmette Bianco dazzles in Montague Grand (find out more in our story here).

“Options in terrazzo tiles have exploded in the last couple of years. You’ll now find all manner of colours and variations, with aggregates that range from tiny specks to super-sized chips” says Wood.

Incorporate subtle drama into your kitchen with geometric shaped tiles, as shown in the Sorrento Grand.

4. Geometric shapes

Hexagons, rhomboids, diamonds, fish scales and herringbone tiles are a great alternative to colour or patterned tiles. And they’re just the thing if you’re looking to add understated elegance to a space. “Splashbacks, recesses and feature walls are three of the most popular spots to use them,” says Wood.

To make even more of a feature with geometric tiles Wood suggests to “pair them with a contrasting grout, to really highlight the tile shape”. Try Mosaic Mono Hex White Matt with Havana or Charred Ash grout.

The organic tones and textures of stone-look tiles create a sense of calm and restoration of balance, as shown in Sorrento Grand.

5. Stone look tiles

There’s something magical about the organic patterns found in nature. From soft varying contrasts to a striking mix of colours or defined veining, stone looks encapsulate the character of nature and bring it indoors. Beaumont Tiles Horizon Light Grey beautifully showcase the soothing details of nature for a relaxing bathroom retreat.

“Marble with its timeless beauty is always a classic, and right on trend now. But we’re also seeing the introduction of new natural stone looks such as Rock Salt, which takes its cue from large blocks of crystal salt in underground mines to create a dynamic statement to walls or floors” says Christie.

Printed tiles offer a wide variety of colour, patina and pattern in the ensuite at the Matisse.

Christie Wood’s top tips for choosing and installing bathroom tiles

  • Bathroom floor tiles: Consider where to save and where to splurge in the bathroom. Smaller sized floor tiles can be more cost effective when it comes to the falls to drains. Or install a strip drain and you open up the possibilities when it comes to tile size.
  • Bathroom walls tiles: Extend your tiles to the ceiling on all bathroom walls for a bathroom that’s both practical and sophisticated. This will also draw the eye up and make the ceilings appear higher.
  • Optical illusions: Larger tiles can help spaces feel even bigger thanks to less grout lines. Less grout lines give the illusion of a larger space, or colour match the grout to the tiles for a similar effect.
  • Healthy home: Tiles are long lasting, easy to clean, asthma friendly and hygienic – use them throughout your entire house for a healthy family home.

Small sized tiles are a popular choice for kitchen splashbacks to add visual flare and character, as shown here in the Provincial.

See the latest tile looks in a real-life setting with a virtual tour of our Carlisle Homes displays and get ideas for your own build or renovation. Take a virtual tour here.

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