Looking to sexy up your bathroom tiles or floor tiles in 2018, but stumped on where to begin? These top tile trends for 2018 might give you the inspiration you need to start dreaming about the possibilities.
The tile trend we are most excited about in 2018 is bold, strong graphic motifs. People can often be nervous to use bold patterned tiles, but if you make a strong statement on the floor, then keep it plain on the walls or vice versa.
Bold, strong graphic motifs in tiles are a trend we’ll be seeing a lot of in 2018.
As for the tile trend that may have had its day in the sun? Coloured glass tiles. While they ‘have their place’, these tiles should be saved for the mosaic boarder of your pool instead.
What tile trends are set to be hot in 2018?
For the decorators out there who love a little colour, you’ll be pleased to know we’re set to see much more adventure with the use of colour in all sorts of tiles, from bathroom tiles and floor tiles to splash back tiles in 2018. Think navy blue marble mosaics, soft pastel shade penny rounds and terracotta hexagonal tiles. Colour will appear in porcelain, ceramic tiles and marble tiles.
These pink marble hexagonal tiles are so on trend.
For a pop of texture and a handmade, artisanal feel, zellige tiles will work perfectly in shower areas and as kitchen spalsh back tiles in 2018. Originating from Morocco, these natural and organic textured glazed tiles are popping up everywhere in bathrooms and kitchens.
Zellige tiles are handmade using natural glazes and traditional techniques, leaving an organic finish that’s very in right now.
The trend for graphic encaustic cement tiles has been around for a few years, but we are seeing the designs becoming bolder, cleaner and less filigree. In 2018 we’ll be seeing them used in laundries, bathrooms, foyers and kitchen / dining areas. We are seeing a strong shift to featuring cement encaustic tiles [as well as terrazzo and marble] in dining areas and lounge spaces, softened with rugs. Entryways and foyers are also the perfect areas for tiles.
Cement tiles take centre stage in this industrial-style contemporary foyer.
Yep, it’s terrazzo – again. One of the key trends we saw at last year’s Milan Furniture Fair, with the material popping up everywhere, from beautiful floor installations to table tops. This year, we will see the terrazzo tile trend peak as it gives interesting texture and a subtle colour variation with a nod to 1920’s Art Deco architecture.
With its fun texture and subtle colourful variations, what’s not to love about terrazzo floor tiles?
Ever been to a tile shop and become super stumped at the choice between a high gloss finish tile vs. a matte finish tile? It’s like, huh!? This struggle will become a lot easier in 2018 with a shift to more subtle matte finish tiles, including honed marble. Honed marble allows you to overlay accent decorative elements, such as brass mirrors and light fittings or high-polished chrome towel rails and tapware. Trendy and stylish – what’s not to love?
Soft matte finishes, particularly in marble surfaces, make the perfect backdrop for on-trend metallic accents.
We really embraced using natural patterns in the home in 2017, and this is set to continue this year, particularly with the continued use of terracotta bathroom and floor tiles. Work with oversized hexagonal terracotta tiles or Moroccan motif shapes and pair Zellige glazed tiles with matte soft dusty pink penny rounds. Okay, noted.
The natural and earthy tones of terracotta is making a huge comeback in bathroom tiles.