If you love a mismatched, boho aesthetic, 2018s pretty patchwork trend is the one for you. With our new-found interest and renewed focus on artisan, we are seeing a love for handcrafted, patchwork tile floors using muted and matte colour tones. Keep it classic with monochrome or Mediterranean patterns.
The new subway
Instead of the classic 100x200mm subway tile, this year we are seeing long and narrow tiles, such as 75x300mm, appearing in bathrooms as a sleek alternative.
For years, we have been running rectangular tiles horizontally to give bathrooms that contemporary feel. This year; however, we will start to see a move back to running feature tiles and mosaics vertically. It’s unexpected and is now creating an even more modern aesthetic. The only way is up!
Instead of applying feature tiles as a block to an entire wall, 2018 is seeing a shift away from single-wall feature tiles to a split tile combination to the entire room. Floor and wall tiles are used together on the wall creating a horizontal dado or band-like feeling. It’s creating a really interesting aesthetic, yet still giving a nod to past, traditional eras.
Coloured grouts are becoming popular and are a really simple way to add a graphic aesthetic to a basic white, matte or pale grey tile. Contrast white tiles with charcoal grout for a clean, contemporary aesthetic, or go for gold or copper inlays if you want a more luxe look.
This year is also seeing a move towards embracing imperfections and natural colour variations in tiles. Instead of uniformity in terms of colour and shape, we are seeing more handmade, pottery-style glazes that highlight the natural variances in colour. Edges are more organic and irregular, instead of razor sharp, which lends itself to a more raw, artisan style.
On the other end of the mosaic scale, oversized stone panels in bathrooms (as feature walls) are becoming more prominent, with large forms of natural stones creating a more high-end, luxury feel.