2018 Tile Flooring Trends: 21 Contemporary Tile Flooring Ideas
March 26, 2018
2018 Tile Flooring Trends: 21 Contemporary Tile Flooring Ideas
Keep your home up-to-date starting with your floor. Use this guide to the hottest 2018 tile flooring trends and find stylish, durable tile flooring ideas that will stay trendy for years to come.
Unique, durable and stylish tile floors have been at the forefront of what I like to call the Flooring Revolution. For years, tile was known as the affordable alternative to natural stone. It was a flooring staple in kitchens, bathrooms and other water-sensitive areas.
Who would have known that porcelain and ceramic tile would one day rival warm, traditional hardwood flooring?
Over the last decade or so, tile has totally taken off, beautifully replicating the hottest wood looks and even expanding into new textures, as well. to offer the most convincing look and feel.
In 2018, you will see an emphasis on large wood-look planks, eye-catching patterns, shapes and designs, and lots of bright new looks.
All 2018 Flooring Trends
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 2018:
“Tiles continue to be larger and get larger. 12×24 inch tiles are still popular, but there are tiles as large as 24×48 inches. They are available with realistic types of stone, such as marble, limestone, travertine, and etc. The concrete looks has become popular as well. The wood look is still strong and the tile planks are getting as long as 48” at various widths. With ink jet technology the tiles give a very realistic wood or stone or concrete looks with the durability and maintenance benefits of porcelain tiles.
The thin tile panels/slabs is a relatively small segment of the tile industry, but it is a fast growing segment. Porcelain tiles are as large as 5×10 feet and can vary in thickness from 1/8” to ¾”. It is more difficult tile to install and there is a shortage of qualified and experienced installers to install it. With ink jet technology the tiles give a very realistic look of the various types of marble, limestone, concrete, and other types of styles and looks.
Rectangle subway tiles are still popular and more options in more sizes will be available in 2018.
The encaustic decorative tiles have become more desirable. They are available in both the traditional concrete materials, and are not becoming available in porcelain tiles that are thinner, more durable and less expensive.
Glass tile is still going strong. There are more larger size glass tiles with some as large as 24×24 inches. There are many options of mosaic glass tiles that come in various shapes as glass tile liners and as field tiles.” – Donato Pompo, Ceramic Tile and Stone Consultants, Inc.“
Elongated tiles or planks have made a splash and are here to stay. If you are picking
wood looking tiles, real wood, laminate, or vinyl your best best is 6-8” wide and 24’-48” long. This size lends to a comfortable casual presentation. In ceramic tiles 12” wide and 24” long is the way to go. Gone are the days of square tiles small or large.
We all know that Grey is the new Beige and flooring colors are really showcasing that. Modern ceramic tiles are showing a multitude of grey tones and textures.
The way you lay a flooring pattern can really spice up whether it is trendy or not. You
can pick a very classic floor but lay it in a herringbone pattern to add drama to any
room. Herring bone and Chevon patterns are showing up everywhere, as well as laying a room on a diagonal.” – Courtney Greger, My Flipping Job
2018 Trending Tile Looks
As I mentioned, the coolest thing about this year’s tile flooring trends is the realistic looks manufacturers are able to accomplish. The detail with textures and color-variation is exceptional, making contemporary tile looks one of the hottest options on the flooring market
In 2018, you’ll see plenty of traditional wood and stone tile looks with some fun new options creeping in, as well.
Wood-Look Tile Flooring
Previously, ceramic tile flooring was known for its sharp resemblance to natural stone. You see, tile has been mastering the art of disguise long before it was the cool or trendy thing in flooring.
Tile manufacturers originated the art of disguise in the flooring market so it’s no surprise that their current natural wood looks are just about the hottest thing on the flooring market. In fact, manufacturers are now able to mimic all the hottest wood flooring trends with textured looks and everything.
In 2018, the hottest texture trends in both solid hardwood and wood lookalikes include wirebrushed, handscraped and distressed. They are all similar and often confused with one another.
Each textured wood look comes with its own unique style and character. No 2 textured wood planks should ever be exactly the same and each of these 3 options has a distinguishing quality.
- Wirebrushed wood-look tile shows the appearance of subtle, intentional wire scratches that leave the heart of the “wood” exposed to the surface. These imperfections are smoother and more consistent than handscraped or distressed wood looks.
- Rustic, handscraped wood-look tile features the appearance of long, ingrained scrapes with high variation between planks, making each individual plank appear handcrafted, unique and rare.
- Distressed wood-look tile is often mistaken for handscraped looks. Distressed looks, however, appear as though they’ve been through a lot of wear and tear. You can expect to see the appearance scrapes, burns, knots, wormholes and more, giving it an aged, antique look.
These textured wood look tile floors make your home look warm, current and expensive. Choosing an ultra-durable tile over finicky hardwood will offer you an equally elegant look with a fraction of the worry and maintenance.
Will the wood-look tile trend last in 2019 and beyond?
One hundred percent, yes! Wood-look tile is a trend-turned-classic that will stay current for decades to come.
Marble-Look Tile Flooring
Really, has the marble look ever been out of style?
Bright, clean, elegant marble floors have been one of the hottest gems on the flooring market for centuries. Unfortunately, most people can’t afford straight up marble flooring in their kitchen. I mean, if you can, please invite me over to come cook expensive food in your kitchen because that sounds wonderful.
The truth is, there is a reason marble looks are immediately associated with a refined elegance. They come with quite a bit of sticker shock.
Don’t worry; there’s good news! Ceramic tile manufacturers have mastered the marble look and they bring it to you in a less porous, more durable, less expensive and more accessible material. It is literally the best of all worlds.
Marble looks are particularly trendy in bathrooms. They make your master bathroom look like a fancy hotel bathroom or something straight out of a palace and you can get them as low as $1-2 per square foot.
Marble is back, baby!
Will the marble-look tile trend last in 2019 and beyond?
For sure. Marble is timeless. If you invest in a marble look, your home will always be in style.
Natural Stone Looks in General
Like the marble look, this trend is also not really new. Natural wood and stone looks are increasingly becoming more popular due to their surge in accessibility.
Stone looks are extremely popular in kitchens and bathrooms. The continued demand for these natural looks in affordable tile is pushing manufacturers to go beyond, offering beautifully convincing stone looks in slate, travertine, limestone and more.
To get the most timeliness stone look, I suggest sticking to marble, limestone or slate. They both look clean and elegant, and they will each hold up to the surge in wood-look competition.
Will the natural stone looks last in 2019 and beyond?
Yes. However, wood looks will likely dominate the market looking forward to the next 10-20 years. But natural looks of any sort will never fully go out of style.
Concrete-Look Tile Flooring
Are you noticing one major trend? DISGUISE!
The hottest trend by far is flooring that looks like something it’s not, and the concrete look is no exception.
Concrete looks are really making their way into contemporary interior design! Huge slabs of concrete tiles, concrete countertops, you name it. This modern, industrial look is in.
While warm, rustic looks are most prominent in 2018, there is still a niche for a more mechanic, detached look. A rustic wood floor is perfect for your family home, while a concrete-look tile is an awesome touch to a trendy NYC apartment.
It’s a more specific aesthetic, but a relevant one to look out for this year.
Will the concrete-look tile trend last in 2019 and beyond?
Eh, I don’t think so. It’s just so contradictory to all the other warm, natural trends we’re seeing. We expect the industrial concrete look to stay trendy for the next few years and then trail off when something new pops up.
Metallic Tile Flooring
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.
Will the metallic tile trend last in 2019 and beyond?
It’s not super likely to last forever. Maybe a decade or so, but realism will reign.
Fabric-Look Tile Flooring
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.
Silk fabric looks offer a rich, luxurious feel comparable to marble. I mean, it’s a totally different aesthetic, but to me, they both shout wealth and elegance.
Softer linen looks rival the cozier rustic wood looks with a comforting, inviting tone.
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Will the fabric-look tile trend last in 2019 and beyond?
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.
2018 Tile Flooring Color Trends
In 2017, colors were all about extremes. Ultra dark, ultra light and not much in between. Except for every shade of gray. Gray is kinda special.
Going into 2018, those extremes are still holding strong. In fact, the lights are getting even more extreme with more white-washed, beachy looks and bright white marble.
But you’ll see some warmer, middle-of-the-road options sneaking in, as well. Homeowners are increasingly using flooring to set the tone or feel of their home. That means, we need more options! And manufacturers are responding with more beautiful colors than ever before.
Residential trends and commercial trends are showing very different color choices with bright, bold commercial looks and warm, neutral tones for residential spaces.
Gray Tile Floors
Five years ago, you could have called the gray trend new or up-and-coming. But now? Is it even a trend anymore?
Well, if by “trend” you mean popular and relevant, then heck, yes! But it is definitely not a fad.
Gray flooring, particularly gray wood, has grown exponentially over the last decade. Although gray tiles, particularly in stone looks, are also very popular in the kitchen.
Gray has quickly become the most popular trend, not just for flooring, but for homes in general. Gray cabinets, gray doors, you name it. And every shade of gray is still hot and trendy in the home. For your floors and decor.
In addition to looking chic and trendy, gray floors set the tone of a cool, contemporary home. They give you a neutral backdrop for decorating in virtually any color. Aquas, greens, bright bold colors or even black and white – they will all go with your sleek gray flooring.
I like to use the neutral backdrop to accessorize with appliances, throw pillow and accent walls. You can choose bright, colorful appliances, decor, chairs, you name it.
Gray floors are the perfect backdrop for this kind of bold statement.
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Will the gray tile trend last in 2019 and beyond?
Heck, yes! Gray will be hot and trendy for decades to come. I wouldn’t give it a second thought!
White Tile Floors
You’ll see sparkling marble-look whites and beachy, white-washed wood looks.
White-Washed Wood-Look Tile
The whitewashed look is more of a west coast / California trend that is starting to spread across the country. Well, some parts.
As that relaxed, California vibe is spreading, so are the floors that come with it. And white-washed wood looks are at the top of the list.
In addition to the California, beachy look, whitewashed tile floors are also excellent for the now-trending farmhouse style homes, particularly in the kitchen.
Whitewashed wood-look tile floors typically show the appearance of wear with the darker colors peeking out from underneath. It fits right in with the 2018 aged and worn trends happening across all styles of flooring.
Whitewash will make your home look brighter, bigger and more relaxed. It can give that “beachy” feel or also an upscale contemporary feel, depending on the rest of your decor.
Traditional White Tile
Bright white tiles are super hot in the home. In 2018, the theme is contrast. You will see luminous whites contrasting dark, espresso cabinets. Or, white tiles setting the backdrop for a bright, colorful decor.
The marble-look tile trend is going to be huge in 2018, especially in kitchens, bathrooms and commercial spaces.
White tiles instantly make your room look bigger, especially if you use large format tiles. Put these tiles in a room with lots of natural sunlight for a truly special look.
A great thing about choosing white tiles is you have so many options for furniture and decor. Is there anything that doesn’t go with white? I don’t think so.
Will the white tile trend last in 2019 and beyond?
Classic white tiles will always remain in style. The beachy, white-washed look, however, will probably be more short-lived.
Blonde Wood-Look Tile Floors
For years, lighter floors were viewed as outdated or inexpensive. That is no longer the case. Not by a long shot!
As more homeowners embrace the light, airy feel in their home, you will see a huge resurgence in blonde wood-look floors. Blonde floors, in particular, can give you that light timeless feel.
With blonde wood-look tile, your decorating possibilities are endless. You can go for a chic, contemporary feel or a rustic, homey vibe. All without changing your floors.
The open, light, airy look is especially popular in modern homes. Homeowners are now steering away from sharper, modern, industrial looks and trending towards an updated farmhouse style. Light tile floors are perfect for this!
Contrary to ultra-dark espresso looks, blonde floors make your room feel larger and more open, especially if you use large planks. But we’ll get to that later on.
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Will the blonde wood-look tile trend last in 2019 and beyond?
If you ask me, the blonde wood look will become a trend-turned-classic before you can even think about switching it up to something new. If you like them, go for it! They’ll be a hit for quite a while.
Warm-Toned Tile Floors
You’ll see a few warmer stone looks, but the biggest place you’ll see this trend is with warmer honey wood looks.
Just a step darker than trending blonde, warm, rich honey wood looks will be taking 2018 by storm. Even just the sound of the word “honey” as it rolls off your tongue sounds wonderfully rich and cozy, don’t you think?
Honey floors are still light enough to give you many of the benefits of blonde looks, making your kitchen look larger and more open. But, you also get that nice, rich warmth that comes from a slightly darker tone.
Warm tones will be trending across the flooring market in 2018 and, if you go the warm route, I would absolutely recommend a honey wood-look tile. To be frank, the trends often drift back and forth between warm and cool tones. However, honey is not just a trend; it’s a color classic.
Will the warm-toned tile trends last in 2019 and beyond?
I think the warm, cozy tones are definitely going to be around for the long haul. In fact, while other trends may steal the spotlight from time to time, I believe that warm wood looks will remain classic and relevant for decades to come.
Muted, Conservative Tile Floors
As I mentioned earlier, most homeowners are steering towards a muted, neutral color palette for their flooring. As recently as last year, we were seeing some trends popping up with aqua and other bright colors in the home, but it appears these trends are just not sustainable.
The truth is, decor trends tend to change more rapidly than flooring trends. You want to choose a floor that can maintain its relevancy for 15-20 years. And neutral tones do that…to a point.
While neutral looks have been popular in the home for as long as we can remember, the type of neutral does change. My advice? Go gray, blonde or white. They are definitely the hottest neutral tones and will most likely stay popular over the next couple of decades.
Will the muted, conservative tile trend last in 2019 and beyond?
Yes. But be mindful which neutral tone you go with. They are are not all created equal.
Bold Tile Floors
Didn’t I just say muted and conservative was in?
I did. And it is.
But! That’s in the home. In the commercial sector, everything is different. Big, bright, bold tiles are the way to go to keep your business looking sharp and modern.
In 2018, you’ll see lots of bright colors across the spectrum popping up in commercial spaces.
Will the bold tile trend last in 2019 and beyond?
Honestly, I think it will always work for some businesses, but I think you will see more building developers jumping on the wood-look tiles.
High Color Variation Tile Flooring
High color variation is trending in both wood and stone looks. Wood looks typically feature color variation between planks, whereas high variation in stone-look tile typically refers to the amount of color variation in each individual floor tile.
Homeowners love the natural, rustic look that higher color variation provides. In nature, stone and wood aren’t so uniform; there are all kinds of inconsistencies.
Now, with modern technology, you can achieve these more random, natural looks with ceramic and porcelain tile! This makes your floor more of a statement piece and tends to pair best with a simple but contemporary decor.
Will the high color variation tile trend last in 2019 and beyond?
The challenge with something bold like high color variation is it’s a very specific aesthetic. Wood looks will likely be trendy for the next decade or so. Although, I predict high variation kitchen tiles will stay trendy significantly longer.
2018 Tile Shape & Size Trends
Bigger is better in 2018, particularly when it comes to ceramic tile planks. Longer, wider planks continue to steal the spotlight.
However, when it comes to tile thickness, things seem to be moving the other direction. While vinyl and laminate planks move into thicker, more durable options, tile is going the way of cell phone manufacturers, trying to make the thinnest options on the market.
You’ll also see plenty of fun shapes that will be especially popular amongst millennial homeowners.
Large Tile Planks
This is one trend you can expect to see every year in every style for the foreseeable future. Longer, wider planks make your kitchen look larger, more open and less busy.
Soon, short, thin planks will be seen as outdated. In fact, I would venture to guess that going with smaller planks could significantly reduce your home’s resale value. And also, they just won’t look as good.
Now, I do think we’ll get to a point where enough is enough already and we will maintain these new traditional sizes. So don’t go buying one flooring plank for your entire kitchen. That would look weird.
But, I definitely recommend getting on board with the large plank trend!
Will the large tile plank trend last in 2019 and beyond?
Manufacturers are only trending towards even wider and longer planks. This trend will soon become a classic staple and will likely last the test of time.
Large-Format Tile…Kind Of
Extra large tiles have been trending for quite some time with manufacturers continuing to create larger and larger individual tiles. Large format tiles make your room look bigger, especially if you choose a light color. Additionally, larger tiles = fewer grout lines. Win, win.
Grout is the one thing that makes cleaning tile kind of a pain. It stains more easily than the tile and, because it’s sunken a bit from the tile, it’s harder to get in there and give it a good scrub.
So, why do I say ‘kind of’? Well, square tiles are kind of on their way out. I mean, they’ll never be totally out, but the trend is really moving toward wood-look planks.
The exception to this is the bathroom, where large format tile is still super trendy and probably will be for a good, long time.
Will the large format tile trend last in 2019 and beyond?
As you may have guessed, I wouldn’t count on it. Stick to the large planks.
Hexagon Tile Floors
Now, this is a busy(ish) pattern I can get behind!
While I typically recommend steering clear of the small, busy tiles and focusing on the large planks, hexagon tiles just look so darn pretty. They somehow look both classic and contemporary at the same time.
Hexagon tiles first gained popularity in the early 20th century, typically used in kitchens accompanied by subway wall tiles. They can provide a similar classic, vintage look to subway tile floors.
However, you’ll also see ultra-modern, almost futuristic looks over the next several years. Imagine super clean, sharp lines, whites, blacks and grays, and a very minimalist decor. That’s this new futuristic wave of hexagon floor tiles.
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Will the hexagon tile trend last in 2019 and beyond?
Sparingly. I do believe you’ll continue to see hexagon floor tiles over the next decade. But, the bigger trend will continue to be larger tiles and planks. This is more of a niche market.
Non-Traditional Tile Shapes
As traditional square tiles seem to be on their way out, manufacturers are getting more creative with tile shapes, offering eye-catching looks in never-before-seen shapes.
Some of these have shown popularity as wall tiles, such as arabesque tiles, subway tiles and the aforementioned hexagon floor tiles. But you’ll see some crazy, super untraditional shapes popping up, as well.
Will the non-traditional tile shape trend last in 2019 and beyond?
I wouldn’t count on it. The hexagon tiles will last sparingly and perhaps some arabesque tiles, too, but the trend will be towards the larger planks moving forward.
Ultra-Thin Gauged Porcelain Tile Floors
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 2018 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.
Earlier, I shared a pretty in-depth quote from tile expert Donato Pompo. Here’s a quick refresh on what he had to say about the gauged porcelain tile trend.
“The thin tile panels/slabs is a relatively small segment of the tile industry, but it is a fast growing segment. Porcelain tiles are as large as 5×10 feet and can vary in thickness from 1/8” to ¾”.
It is more difficult tile to install and there is a shortage of qualified and experienced installers to install it. With ink jet technology the tiles give a very realistic look of the various types of marble, limestone, concrete, and other types of styles and looks.”
Will the ultra-thin tile trend last in 2019 and beyond?
It seems to be increasing in popularity. While it’s still fairly new, I would say that this could be the future of tile flooring. Time will tell!
2018 Tile Flooring Layout & Pattern Trends
Over the last several years, patterns and creative flooring layouts have made a comeback. You’ll see contemporary, updated versions of 1980s parquet flooring patterns, along with fun options playing with layouts and varying plank width.
Geometric & Parquet Tile Floors
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 junkyards to piece things together. Fun, vibrant and eye-catching, 2018 will be full of unique, geometric tiles in the homes of trendy 20 and 30 somethings.
These patterns give your home a young, modern look. You’d expect to see them more in an up-and-coming Brooklyn apartment than a large family home.
Will the geometric & parquet tile trends last in 2019 and beyond?
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.
Traditional, classic patterns, however, will likely never go out of style.
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Herringbone & Chevron Tile Floors
First, let me clear up a little misconception. Chevron and herringbone are very similar, but each has their own distinction.
Chevron floors require flooring to be angled and come together to a point. Although, some ceramic tiles are producing products with the chevron pattern in the tile itself, which is pretty darn cool if you ask me.
Herringbone achieves a similar look by connecting two planks at a 90 degree angle as seen below.
For many homeowners, herringbone is much more accessible than chevron. However, the chevron ceramic tiles allow you to achieve this look without spending extra money on materials and installation.
Long-plank herringbone patterns are going to be super hot over the next year, especially among young homeowners. But I suspect you’ll also see a surge in chevron tiles, as well, particularly in kitchens and hallways.
Will the herringbone & chevron tile trends last in 2019 and beyond?
This trend isn’t likely to last forever, but it sure looks pretty while it’s here.
And, it will probably stay trendy in the kitchen the longest.
Mixed-Width Tile Floors
Adding different widths to your floor makes your home look modern and unique. It adds that little extra something to your floor, making it pop.
As you may have guessed, mixed width flooring is where you lay planks with varying widths. This gives the eye that extra detail, drawing attention when you find something unexpected. Basically, it’s really freaking cool.
Mixed-width flooring is popular in wood-look tile. It’s a strong statement that adds a little extra drama to your kitchen. But, the good kind of drama. Not the Jersey Shore kind.
Will the mixed-width tile trend last in 2019 and beyond?
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.
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.
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