2020 has been a year of many changes and a lot of time spent in the home so we've taken this time to reflect on our own personal growth in the tile world. Our mover and shaker, Mercedes Austin, highlights some of the most significant and influential projects we've created this past year as well as what trends we hope to see on the horizon in 2021! Read on to see our 2021 tile styles forecast.
1. 2020 Trends: Maximalism
A lot of guardrails came off this past year and it was refreshing to see pattern on pattern on pattern. Clients were shying away from minimalist spaces and embracing patterns as a way to bring comfort as they nested in their homes. These patterns showed up on concrete, porcelain and ceramic tile surfaces. This specific project took the tile pattern in an ombre of deep greens rising up to a light teal which opened up the space in a whimsical yet trendy way. Stay tuned for our next blog featuring this amazing Bari J bathroom!
For more on this bathroom transformation, visit Bari's blog "Dream Powder Room Renovation"
2. 2020 Trends: Brilliant Colors
We saw glaze color palettes outside of the classic whites and greys quite frequently this past year. Many bathroom designs leaned into pinks, yellows and rich saturated hues. We are so excited to note that tile went from being a functional addition to a medium that brings vibrancy and excitement into the mix.
To see all of our favorite glaze colors, visit our blog "Glaze Guide: Our Tile Color Palette"
Top: Medium Moroccan Fish Scales - Denim Blend
Interior Design - Elizabeth Bolognino
Photography - Adam Kane Macchia
Left: Large Moroccan Fish Scales in Wave Pattern - 24 Dandelion
Interior Design by Quartersawn Design Build
Photography by Andrea Rugg Photography
Right: Large Moroccan Fish Scales - 309E Grapefruit
Interior Design and Photography - Fox Homes for Eichler Palms
3. 2020 Trends: Shaped Tiles
The rectangle subway tile is remaining a prominent choice but is starting to make some room for more unconventional shapes like hexagon tiles and mermaid tiles. Opting for a shaped tile pattern is a great way to make an impact if you aren’t willing to commit to color outside of a neutral palette. The design in this space was inspired by this kitchen. For our client’s master suite, we started with Hexagons in a medium grey transitioning into lighter shades of grey, merging with our Diamonds in two tones of white. There’s a subtle play of gloss and matte adding further interest in the surface texture. As you settle behind the vanity, you’re viewing our pure matte white in 301 Marshmallow.
For more ways to play with shapes, visit our blog "7 Modern Ways to Mix and Match Tile Shapes"
1. 2021 Forecast: Mixing Finishes
Looking ahead to 2021 we’re expecting to see more tile applications with a mix in finishes - gloss will nestle right next to satin, matte will juxtapose with glossy crackle. We anticipate the play of this concept to show up on small and large scale surfaces. Additionally, we’re going to see smaller format tiles making a comeback - mini bricks and small squares, creating canvases to add subtle textures to the space’s overall design. These small tiles stacked like candy will create moments to layer-in more texture for visual breaks throughout the space.
For more small tile eye-candy, visit our Small Squares & Bricks collection.
2. 2021 Forecast: Tile as Art
Usage of tiles as art will start to play out in the shower as a niche, pulling in the feeling of being in a high end hospitality setting within the home. We’ll see this make its way into the main areas of the bathroom as a visual anchor - becoming a geometric storytelling backdrop.
For more tile inspiration, visit our blog "Eclectic & Unique Designs: Tile for Any Style"
3. 2021 Forecast: Squares
Finally, one of the biggest things we expect to see in 2021 is the resurgence of square subway tiles. Not just in a traditional white, but with an entire spectrum of colors. We expect to see these installed in bathrooms and kitchens alike - both stacked and staggered. Originally popular as rectangular tiles in New York’s Subway in the early 1900’s, square tiles have always been a classic staple and are being reimagined in the kitchen, bathroom & hospitality as a statement deserving to be revived.
One of our favorite ways to arrange squares is to stack them! Visit our blog for some more stacked tile inspiration, "5 Trendy Stacked Tile Projects We Love"
Left: Digital Renderings
Right: 4"x4" Subway Tile - Custom Color Palette.
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