Tile Trends of 2016

When it comes to choosing materials for your home, there’s the fun stuff, and then the necessary. Paint colors, light fixtures, and furnishings fall under the “exciting options” category since you get so much more freedom to play around with design. But picking out tile? That’s just about being practical, right?

Wrong. There’s been quite a bit of buzz about tile in the design world lately. There are more unique options than ever for a sophisticated yet eye-catching backsplash or shower wall. A beautiful tile can complete the look of a room or even function as the main attraction. Here are a few exciting tile trends that may spark some inspiration for your new construction or home makeover.



Once upon a time, dark colors were the hallmark of sophistication. But clean whites and creams have slowly but surely made their way to the forefront in home decor. Light colors make a room feel more open and more connected to the outdoors. A crisp white backsplash works seamlessly with contemporary and rustic decor, and it frees you up to have fun with any and all accent pieces.



Patterns are making a huge splash, from penny tile to French pattern. But herringbone will be one of the most popular looks of the year. It’s clean-cut, but still draws the eye and stands out. Consider a white herringbone backsplash with a dark grout color, or get wild with pops of different color tiles set in unpredictable places for a more dynamic look. Either way, expect to be called a trendsetter.



Mosaic tiles rose to popularity a few years ago and are still going strong. However, the mixed square tiles that make for a sort of pixel-y look are less popular nowadays. Rectangular tiles that create more of a subtle, streaked look are more in style. If you want to try something a little more avant-garde, experiment with going vertical rather than horizontal.

Extra Large Format Tiles


Large format tile can make a small room feel bigger and a large room feel positively expansive. It immediately makes a bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room feel contemporary and clean. Make sure your tile craftsman knows to make extra-thin grout; chunky grout will ruin the smooth, continuous aesthetic.

Natural Look


Home design is getting more and more in touch with nature, from eco-friendly practices and materials to actually bringing the best looks of nature indoors. Wood-like laminate and stone-like porcelain are perfect ways to easily and affordably get the earthy feel that nature-lovers and luxury-lovers alike are crazy about.

Cool Colors

Light Blue Bathroom Tile

If you love the crisp look of white tiles but don’t want to settle for a neutral color, a fresh light blue, green, or gray is a perfect compromise. The room will still feel open and airy, but the colored tiles will draw the eye and tone down a potentially serious feel into something a little more friendly. Make sure to go with glass for a truly clean and contemporary feel.

What’s your favorite tile trend for 2016? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

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