Trends in TileOctober 6, 2017
Choosing flooring for your home is one of the most important design decisions you can make. The style and color of the floor will determine the look for the entire home, dictating your furniture and decor choices. From carpet and wood to concrete and tile, your flooring options are plentiful, and your preferences may vary depending on the room. While all are beautiful choices, tile provides you with both beauty and durability that go a long way. Popular since the Roman ages, tile has endured for centuries, and for good reason. What are some of the current styles being utilized in homes? We will explore looks that are hot right now.
A strong contender: benefits of tile
Ceramic or porcelain tile is an excellent choice for high-traffic areas. Its stone composition means it can withstand the comings and goings of a busy family. From dogs playing indoor chase to kids dragging their toys across the floor, tile stands up against even the roughest rambunctiousness.
You can trust in the durability of tile, which stands up to the test of time, offering you as many as 20 years of life if tile is well cared for—which should be a snap, as tile is easy to clean. Regular maintenance consists of sweeping, Swiffering, or vacuuming with a soft-bristled brush—just enough to keep the dirt and debris away. When you need to mop, you don’t have to worry about using a special type of cleaner. Most tile does just fine with any multi-purpose solution. Make your tile even easier to clean by sealing the grout. You can choose to have someone do it for you, or you can do it yourself with this tutorial from Bob Vila.
Get the look of wood without the upkeep
Hardwood floors are both timeless and gorgeous, but they require a certain level of care, and scratches can pop up even with the most durable of wood. If you love the look of wood but want flooring that is not so particular with its maintenance, look into wood-look tile. Though wood-look tile is not new in the flooring world, it has recently surged in popularity, thanks to advances in technology that has made many wood-look tile patterns indistinguishable from tile without closer inspection. Wood-look tile comes in several beautiful shades and finishes, designed to look aged with beautiful graining. Look for wood-look tile with rectified edges, because they have been mechanically finished to ensure a smooth, precise finish, giving you the sleek, gorgeous look you want in your home.
Innovation brings new life to old styles
Advances in the way tile is manufactured is bringing exciting new possibilities to the flooring world. Today, the trend is moving toward large format tile in multiple thicknesses. With tile as thin as 3mm, design options have expanded, allowing for the popular choice of rectangular planks of wood-look tile that look just like hardwood floors. Better yet, the innovation means better quality products are available at lower prices, making it easier for you design the home of your dreams.
Pick a look, any look
Though wood-look tiles are soaring in popularity as of late, today’s tiles are also available in many other looks. For a classy, elegant vibe, you could go with a marble-look tile, which is easier to maintain than the real thing. Those who prefer a more modern, industrial vibe might like the idea of cement-look tile, which gives you a cool look with an easy-to-maintain future. Some are even embracing trends such as fabric- and metallic-look tile, but the unique style may be more fleeting than the mainstays.
Live life in bold, bright color
While past tile trends centered on blending in with neutral, beige flooring, today’s looks are all about individuality and personality. Gray is quickly becoming the central color of choice in many homes, with its cool elegance and neutral styling that makes it easy to pair with a variety of looks. From light to dark, the shade you choose can be your way to make your home all your own.
White is perennial, coming and going, yet always making its way back into the design palette. It is a beautiful choice for tile, brightening up any space. White also goes with a variety of furniture and styles, and it make other colors pop.
Make a strong statement with deep, dark gorgeous espresso tile. This choice refines any room and complements many different styles and designs.
No matter what style of flooring works for you, Perry Homes is here to help you build the home of your dreams. The designers at our Design Center will help you discover the style that is perfect for you. What are your favorite types of flooring? Let us know in the comments!