There’s a reason that we turn to tile flooring in bathrooms. Not only is it a durable material, but it can hold up against all the moisture that builds up in the wettest room in the house. Tile is also versatile design-wise, with a plethora of shapes, textures and colors that will fit any aesthetic you are going for.
Those of us that lean toward bold patterns have often been told that it is not appropriate to use in smaller spaces. But that’s not the case! If you have a smaller bathroom, like a half bath, do not feel limited by what tile you can choose for your bathroom remodel. Just because it is a small space does not mean a bold choice will overwhelm the room! Tile can be used for flooring, serve as an accent piece on a single wall, or used to decorate just halfway up the bathroom wall.
Choosing a Tile Trend For Your Bathroom
When choosing a tile trend, it is important to remember that if you are not planning on living in your home forever, it may be best not to choose something that’s “too trendy.” A prospective home buyer may not be crazy about your Art Deco-inspired tile choice, and replacing tile is not the quickest home improvement project.
However, there are plenty of tile ideas that not only stand out, but are also still simple in nature. Which of these styles call out to you?
When we think of bathroom colors, we often default to white and muted colors to achieve a relaxing atmosphere. But darker colors can create just as calming of an environment. Jewel tones like emerald green, sapphire blue and even black are excellent modern choices to add a luxe feel to a bathroom. They also pair well with gold hardware, further elevating the look.
If there was a single shape that leads the pack in great tile design, it’s the hexagon. In bathrooms from the past, we have seen small hexagons relegated to the floor or creating dated flowers. But in 2021 they’ve got their groove back, growing larger in size and making their way onto walls, backsplashes, and even showers.
Let your bathroom walls come alive with 3-D tile! This eye-catching tile trend can be done in any color, pattern or finish that you desire, as the main focus is on the texture of the tile. Create an organic, rustic feel in your bathroom with disjointed natural stone tiles, like in this bathroom, or get a geometric pattern going with tiles that mimic ocean waves.
Yes, subway tile is still a thing in 2021! Before you turn your nose up at this classic style, know that it is more than just plain, white rectangular tiles. Subway tile has gotten an upgrade with beveled edges, textured faces, and all kinds of colors. Think coastal blue, dreamy grays, or even sea green. You can even stick with the traditional white for a classic, timeless look, but make it stand out by using a gray grout. This is an excellent choice for homeowners who do not want to get too trendy, but appreciate an extra punch of design smarts – and a style that will make for easy home resale.
If you are drawn by the intricate tile work in Moroccan-inspired spas and hammams, then a bold design pattern may be a good choice for your bathroom. These printed tiles come in an array of shapes, colors and designs that will fit the vibe you’re looking to attain. If you’re into bohemian creativity, but want to take it down a notch, lean more on a unique shape while choosing a monotone color pattern, like blue. Or, have the tile serve as an accent piece in a shower niche.
The industry is dominated by glossy tile, but do not let this constrain your creativity — matte is stylish in 2021! Not only does it provide a softer finish, regardless of the color or pattern, but just like matte hardware, it is also less apt to pick up fingerprints and dirt the way glossy tile will. You can find this finish in all of your favorite big-box stores, as well as smaller, boutique tile companies in an array of designs.
Getting Started With Your Bathroom Remodel
If you are inspired by these 2021 tile trends and want to explore our dream bathroom remodel further, Modernize can help. If you are in search of a great bathroom remodeler, don’t miss our checklist for hiring a bathroom remodeler.
Modernize can also help you calculate your return on investment for your bathroom remodel, as well as avoid any hidden costs that might be involved.