2017 Tile Flooring Trends: 18 Ideas for Contemporary Flooring
February 21, 2018
2017 Tile Flooring Trends: 18 Ideas for Contemporary Flooring
Don’t make the outdated choice when you update your floors – use these 2017 tile flooring trends to choose something durable and stylish that will stay in style the lifetime of your floor.
You know those “New Year, new YOU!” campaigns? I’m not so much a fan. I like me. I don’t feel like I need to be a new me. Maybe they just don’t realize how cool the original me actually is!
In self-centered thoughts, I do like the idea of a new year and a new floor – or any new home decor, for that matter!
There’s a whole lot going on in the flooring industry right now, but if you ask me, tile is where it’s at. Not only are there tons of modern, stylish tile trends to choose from, but tile itself is trending in a big way.
Solid, durable tile flooring has always been a staple in American homes, but it is coming back stronger than ever. Due to advancing technologies, tile can now mimic not only the look of natural stone but hardwood, fabrics and more.
The tile business is booming, and you can expect to see more and more homeowners choose tile over other surfaces. Here’s a look at what’s trending in tile floor this year.
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What Other Experts Are Saying
When it comes to trends and style, we want to make sure you’re getting a well-rounded opinion. Here’s a look at what other industry experts are anticipating in 2017:
“What is cool about the tile trends right now is the actual thought and science behind large format and plank tiles. For example, we have our thin tile line called Expanse which is a 6 ft x 10 ft—and they’re commercially rated! By making thin porcelain tiles like this- you can install them anywhere (elevators where weight is an issue)- use in commercial spaces (where wear and tear is an issue) or that massive accent wall that needs a bit of help. Needless to say, large format tiles are definitely what’s hot right now!” – Trish Baden, Emser Tile
“Ceramic Tile is experiencing strong growth, thanks in large part to innovations in manufacturing technology. The trends we expect to see include very large formats, in some instances up to 5 feet by 10 feet, in multiple thicknesses, with some of the material as thin as 3mm. This new technology creates exciting new design options for both commercial and residential applications. Improvements in digital inkjet technology allows tile to mirror other popular materials, such as wood or natural stone, with less maintenance and increased durability.” – Bart Beta, National Tile Contractors Association, Executive Director
“Larger and thinner tile trends will continue into 2017 as they have continued to grow in demand over the last few years. The relatively new gauged porcelain tile panels that come in sizes as large as 6’ x 12’ and as thin as 1/8”. Larger sizes have become the norm. The rectangular shapes will continued to be popular. Whether it is the small subway tiles or thinbricks on walls or the larger staggered rectangular tiles on floors. With the advent of the ink jet technology it allows the manufacturers to provide tiles with realistic representations of natural stone and wood grained floors. The larger rectangular planks of tile that looks just like hardwood flooring will continue to be popular.” – Donato Pompo, Ceramic Tile and Stone Consultants Inc., President
2017 Trending Tile Looks
The most incredible innovation in tile flooring is its ability to realistically mimic countless natural and man-made materials. This is the most prominent tile flooring trend in 2017 and, likely, the years to come.
Below, you’ll see new, contemporary tile looks that you may not even believe are tile. Get ready to see how tile has become the ultimate master of disguise.
I wouldn’t call wood-look tile a “new” trend by any means, but it is only building momentum in regards to popularity, and it is quickly becoming a whole-house staple (meaning not just for kitchens and bathrooms, but bedrooms, living rooms and more).
I was talking to a friend recently with solid hardwood floors. He told me that he wished these tile options would have been available when he redid his floors and that, given the choice, he would switch in a heartbeat.
Will they last? You betcha. Tile is the most durable flooring option on the market and combining that durability with the look of natural hardwood is a combo that is hard to beat.
Did you even know this was a thing?
Brick-look tile started gaining popularity as a wall tile and is now expanding and being used as a flooring option. Personally, I love it as an accent wall, and I do not love it as a floor, but if you like a more European look, you might feel differently.
This brick look is so specific and niche-y, it’s unlikely it will last more than a few years.
The classic, timeless, elegant look of marble has been around for centuries and, in 2017, it is re-circuiting once again.
Natural marble is soft and porous, susceptible to rings and challenging to keep clean. That’s the reason so many homeowners choose granite (for their counters) and tile (for their floors) instead of natural marble.
Marble (or a marble lookalike) will always look elegant, classy and expensive. Expect to see this upscale trend for decades to come.
Are you noticing one major trend? DISGUISE!
The hottest trend by far is flooring that looks like something it’s not, and the cement look is no exception.
Industrial, modern looking cement isn’t typical inside the home, but in 2016, you will see homes embracing that look with cement-look tile.
We expect the industrial cement look to stay trendy for the next few years and then trail off when something new pops up.
That’s right! The soft and subtle textures of linen, silk and more on your tough, sturdy tile floor.
These fabric replicas offer a soft look with a lasting, dependable floor. You still get the easy maintenance and cleanup of tile, but your floors look like cozy linen or expensive silk.
This is a cool trend. At least, I think it is. But it also doesn’t seem like the kind of trend that will last for decades or become a new classic. Chances are, people will think it’s cool for quite some time, but it won’t be the hot new thing for very long.
Yes, you read that right. Metallic tiles are popping up all over the place, and they actually look pretty darn cool.
Trending in bathroom floors and as accent walls, metallic tile stands out and follows the theme of using new technologies to create looks that had previously been impossible.
Keep your eye out for these metallic looks – you might be surprised by how many of these are already prominent. However, don’t expect them to still be hot 20 years from now. They are (I think) the fleeting look that happens to be cool right now.
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2017 Tile Color Trends
Typical, predictable and neutral tile flooring is out this year. Instead, homeowners are looking for bold looks that make their home stand out above the rest.
For the last few years, experts in the industry have tried to predict whether the sudden surge in gray flooring was a fleeting trend or a new staple.
I think now we can safely say that gray flooring is here to stay, and you can expect to see even more gray, especially in wood-look flooring in 2017 and beyond. Get yourself some wood-look gray tile and your house will look hot and stylish for years to come!
White tile is not necessarily a new thing, but it is definitely in the spotlight in 2016. Additionally, white wood-look tile is also making a splash.
White tiles brighten up your space and make the room look bigger. But will they stay in the limelight?
White tile mimicking natural stone will always be popular. However, expect white wood looks to be a here today, gone tomorrow type of thing as we see homeowners trend towards blonde wood looks to get the lighter and brighter effect.
People who like extremes are my kind of people. And the amount of these people seems to be growing.
It used to be that neutral was the thing, but people are looking to be bold, stand out and be seen. That is why they are looking for the darkest, espresso, almost black tile flooring, especially espresso wood-look tile flooring.
The deep, dark elegance of espresso colored tile is likely to stick around for several years to come.
Wait…what?! It’s true. Although, we don’t have to like it.
No one is looking to blend into the crowd in 2017. On the contrary, people are looking for new ways to make a statement and their floor is one of them. A bright, vibrant, aqua tile floor. It can be cool, and it can be….um, not.
My recommendation – if you want to go with this trend, use it in your shower or, maybe, in more of your bathroom. Blues in bathrooms are pretty much a staple, and it’s not nearly as drastic as covering your entire home with bright, in-your-face aqua floors.
I think we all know where this is going. You’re free to jump on the bandwagon, but don’t expect it to last very long. You may end up with dated looking floors in as little as 5 years.
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2017 Tile Layout & Pattern Trends
Say goodbye to old-fashioned tile squares laid in the same boring pattern. Designers and trendsetters are changing things up and showcasing their flooring as an eye-catching piece of modern decor.
Geometric & Parquet Tile Patterns
Patterns and shapes once reserved for walls and backsplash are taking floors by storm in 2016.
The geometric tile patterns, colors and options are endless, and they give the “bohemian chic” type a way to design in their style without searching countless junk yards to piece things together. Fun, vibrant and eye-catching, 2016 will be full of unique, geometric tiles in the homes of trendy 20 and 30 somethings.
Will they last forever?
Well, I have a hunch it that many of the more contemporary patterns will stay more of a young, first-time homeowner thing, but I imagine that 10 years from now the hipsters will be all about keeping it around. More classic patterns, however, as pictured above, will likely never go out of style.
Herringbone & Chevron Tile Patterns
We’re not talking the 1970s short plank wood parquet flooring. New, trendy herringbone and chevron tile flooring layouts typically use longer planks and add interest and depth to the eye.
This trend isn’t likely to last forever, but it sure looks pretty while it’s here.
*Note: Herringbone and chevron are note interchangeable terms. In chevron patterns, each tile would be angled to make the point in the center, like a V; in herringbone patterns, pictured above, each rectangular plank meets the other in a staggering zigzag.
Arabesque Tile Patterns
Arabesque tiles look like little lanterns. In the past, they were used as backsplash and wall tiles, but 2017 is bringing the mosaics to the floor!
This pattern is cute and trendy, but we don’t anticipate it will last too long on the main floors. Shower floors and walls, though, are another story!
Subway Tile Patterns
Like arabesque tiles, subway tiles were previously just used as shower flooring, backsplash and wall tile. This fun, modern pattern can give your home a bohemian chic look and add some detail and variety.
Just like arabesque tiles, we don’t think this trend will last forever and, in time, we anticipate subway tiles will go back to their roots on walls and shower floors.
Homeowners are looking beyond traditional square, rectangular and plank tiles and choosing unique shapes to stand out. This includes the aforementioned arabesque and subway tiles but also goes beyond these known shapes.
We’ve been seeing hexagon tiles, octagon tiles, and even tiles that look like little clouds in shapes I couldn’t begin to explain.
Again, this is a fun “for now” trend that we don’t expect to see in high-end homes beyond 2030 (<– OMG it’s going to be twenty THIRTY. One day.).
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Hello big open spaces!
The wide plank trend has been huge across the board for flooring, and it is certainly here for the long haul. I predict the large format tile trend is also here to stay. They make your space look bigger, give you fewer grout lines (← reason enough!), and provide a beautiful, clean, modern look.
Of course, we will likely reach a point, like with phones, where the size gets excessive. I have a feeling that may happen within the next 5-10 years.
Our advice: don’t get sucked into the newest, biggest sizes, but do go with the large format and wide plank sizes currently available on the market.
Mixed Width Tile
A personal favorite.
Our eyes love detail and the unexpected. That is why it is no surprise that mixed width tile floors are in demand.
Mixed width tile floors (unsurprisingly) combine planks with different widths to make the flooring pop. This can be done in a pattern or randomly for more variety.
As far as longevity, we predict this trend will be around for a while, but it is unlikely that it will become a flooring staple.
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Ultra Thin Tile
Like iPhone thin.
It’s no surprise. In the United States, we do so much shopping online and, as an online flooring company, we know all too well how pesky tile shipping fees can become an issue. Well, it’s (almost) 2017 and there’s a cure for everything these days. Enter: ultra thin tiles.
Lighter tiles mean more installation options, which means you can now use tile flooring in areas you couldn’t before.
This trend is so new, it’s really hard to tell whether it will continue, but it’s my guess that as technologies advance, tile flooring will continue to get thinner and thinner.
Did we miss anything? Leave it in the comments – we’d love to hear your thoughts!
As you can see, there’s a lot going on in the tile flooring industry right now. There are plenty of different, unique options trending that will likely stick around for years to come, which means your possibilities are endless. And you know, with tile, your floor will last so be sure the style does too!
If you’re looking to get started with new trendy tile flooring, here are a few of my favorites: