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Tile Flooring Trends: Daltile Quartetto

2021 Tile Flooring Trends: 25+ Contemporary Tile Ideas

Time to upgrade your home with unique, durable, and stylish tile floors! These top tile flooring trends will have your floor looking great anywhere, especially in kitchens, bathrooms, and other water-prone areas.

Over the last decade or so, tile has taken off, beautifully replicating the hottest wood looks and expanding into new frontiers with the most creative shapes, looks, and patterns in the world of flooring.

In 2021, things are getting even more exciting, and this trends roundup and hear to give you all the details. Get ready to see an emphasis on large wood-look planks, eye-catching patterns, shapes and designs, and lots of bright new looks.

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2021 Trending Tile Looks

As I mentioned, the coolest thing about this year’s tile flooring trends is the realistic looks manufacturers can accomplish. The detail with textures and color-variation is exceptional, making contemporary tile looks one of the hottest options on the flooring market

In 2021, you’ll see plenty of traditional wood and stone tile looks with some fun new options sneaking in, as well.

“Concrete looks have become popular, and the wood look is still strong. With inkjet technology, the tiles give a very realistic wood or stone or concrete looks with the durability and maintenance benefits of porcelain tiles.” – Donato Pompo, Ceramic Tile and Stone Consultants, Inc.

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Wood-Look Tile Flooring

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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.

So it’s no surprise that their current natural wood looks are just about the hottest thing on the flooring market. Manufacturers are now able to mimic all the biggest wood flooring trends with textured looks and everything.

In 2021, the hottest texture trends in both solid hardwood and wood lookalikes include wirebrushed, handscraped, and distressed wood surfaces. They are all similar and often confused with one another.

Each textured wood look comes with a unique style and character. No two textured wood planks should ever be exactly the same and each of these three 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 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 of 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 2021 and beyond?

One hundred percent, yes! Wood-look tile is a trend-turned-classic that will stay current for decades to come.

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Stone-Look Tile Flooring

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Stone-look tiles are extremely popular in kitchens and bathrooms. The continued demand for these natural looks in affordable tile is pushing manufacturers to go above and beyond, offering beautifully convincing stone looks in slate, travertine, limestone, and more.

To get the most timeless 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-look tile trend last in 2021 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.

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Marble-Look Tile Flooring

Tile flooring trends: Emser Tile Cabo

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. 

The truth is, there is a reason marble looks are immediately associated with 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 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 for a much lower cost than the real thing.

Will the marble-look tile trend last in 2021 and beyond?

For sure. Marble is timeless. If you invest in a marble look, your home will always be in style.

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Concrete-Look Tile Flooring

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Concrete looks are 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 prominent in 2021, there is still a niche for a more cool, detached look. A rustic wood floor is perfect for your family home, while a concrete-look tile is an awesome touch to a trendy 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 2021 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.

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Encaustic-Look Tile Flooring

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Real encaustic tile first originated as ornate hand-crafted flooring. As you can imagine, it was pretty expensive. These days, you can get that same sense of artistry and craftsmanship with encaustic-look tile! It’s beautifully detailed and much more affordable than the real thing. 

Here’s what another expert has to say:

“Encaustic decorative tiles have become more desirable. They are available in both the traditional concrete materials and are now becoming available in porcelain tiles that are thinner, more durable, and less expensive.” – Donato Pompo, Ceramic Tile and Stone Consultants, Inc.

With encaustic-look tile, you can expect a bold, highly detailed style, with a lot of colors. Popular styles range from geometrics to florals, to old-world and Victorian. These gorgeous patterns are especially popular in kitchens and bathrooms.

Will the encaustic-look tile trend last in 2021 and beyond?

A lot of people are just now discovering this trend, so it’s sure to continue growing in popularity. Thanks to the many color and pattern options, this trend will last for quite a while. 

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Terrazzo Tile Flooring

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The terrazzo look is a trend that originated in commercial spaces. You’ve probably seen terrazzo tile flooring in grocery stores and shopping centers, and now you can bring it into your home! This look has become increasingly popular for residential use in the last year or so.

The original terrazzo tiles were made from recycled chips of marble, glass, and concrete, which created a unique speckled look. Now, you can get that sought-after terrazzo look in porcelain tile!

Will the terrazzo tile trend last in 2021 and beyond?

Probably for a little while. This trend is just starting, and it’s going to grow more popular among younger homeowners. However, it’s a very unique look, and it will likely look pretty dated if you try to sell you home in a few decades. 

Decorative Tile Flooring

Tile Flooring Trends: Shaw Marlow Deco Mix 8 x 8

More and more people are using their floor to express their personalities, and nothing packs a punch quite like a decorative tile. This is a chance to get creative, with cutting edge, graphic styles that make your floor look like a work of art.

Decorative tile floors can be found in a wide range of styles that match the rest of your space. Here are a couple of decorative tile styles that are going to be huge in 2021:

  • Art deco tile: The roaring ‘20s are back! Indulge in the glamor with the elegant geometric patterns of art deco tile. This style is all about polish, shine, and bold contrasts with a touch of gold. Just think of the styles from The Great Gatsby, and you’re on the right track.
  • Moroccan tile: The look of Moroccan mosaic tiles emphasizes color, symmetry, intricacy. Also known as Zellij, this tile look originated as handcrafted tile, but now you can get those colorful contrasts and creative patterns without the hassle.

Will the decorative tile trend last in 2021 and beyond?

For a while. This trend is bold, and while lots of people will love it, others might want something simpler. For that reason, if you’re planning to resell your home in the next few years, it’s a good idea to go with something more neutral. 

2021  Tile Flooring Color Trends

This year’s colors are all about cool tones, grays, and light colors. The lights are getting even more extreme with more white-washed, beachy looks and bright white marble. You won’t see as many warm undertones like red, orange, or yellow.

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.

Black Tile Floors

Floor Tile Trends: Daltile Bee Hive

Black is back! Specifically matte black tile flooring. 

We all know that black goes with everything, making it the perfect accent, especially in modern and Scandinavian styles. It’s a very chic and moody color that is becoming more popular with younger homeowners. 

Because this is more common with modern styles, black floor tiles often come in more creative shapes, like hexagons and trapezoids, rather than the classic square grid.

Speaking of classic – vintage black and white tiles are also making a smaller comeback. Whether you want the retro black and white checkerboard tiles, or bold, dramatic chevrons, this contrasting combo is sure to make a big impression this year.

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Will the black tile trend last in 2021 and beyond?

Definitely! Black tile will be trending for the next few years. It won’t be quite as popular as gray, but you can still expect to see it around, especially in more modern-style homes.

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Gray Tile Floors

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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.

Will the gray tile trend last in 2021 and beyond?

Heck, yes! Gray will be hot and trendy for decades to come. I wouldn’t give it a second thought!

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White Tile Floors

You’ll see sparkling marble-look whites and beachy, white-washed wood looks.

White-Washed Wood-Look Tile

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The whitewashed look is more of a west coast / California trend that is starting to spread across other parts of the country.

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 coastal, beachy look, whitewashed tile floors are also excellent for the now-trending farmhouse style in 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 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

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Bright white tiles are super hot in the home, and the marble-look tile trend is going to be huge in 2021, 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 2021 and beyond?

Classic white tiles will always remain in style. The beachy, white-washed look, however, will probably be more short-lived.

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Blue Tile Floors

Floor Tile Trends: Shaw Islander 8 x 8

Blue is almost like a neutral in how it’s so versatile in design spaces. I mean, it goes with practically everything, and it can be calm and cool, or bright and energetic. It’s all about how you use it. 

For a cool, contemporary floor, go for a gray-blue, which will add drama without being too overwhelming. You’ll see a few cooler-toned stone looks, but the biggest place you’ll see this trend is with decorative tiles, like encaustic looks and more geometric patterns.

Cool tones will be trending across the flooring market in 2021 and, if you go the cool route, I would recommend gray-blue. To be frank, the trends often drift back and forth between warm and cool tones.

Will the blue tile trends last in 2021 and beyond?

I think the cool, muted tones are going to be around for a while. But specifically blue? It will hang around for a few years, probably more if it’s on the grayish side. Any bright blues are likely to go out of style faster.

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High Color Variation Tile Flooring

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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 2021 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.

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Muted, Natural Color Tile Flooring

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Some homeowners are steering towards a muted, neutral look for their flooring. Inspired by the color palette of nature, muted tones bring the browns and beiges of the outside world into your home.

The truth is, decor trends tend to change more rapidly than flooring trends. You want to choose a floor that can maintain its relevance for 15-20 years. And neutral, natural color tones do that.

Go gray, beige, brown, or white. These are the hottest neutral tones and will most likely stay popular over the next couple of decades.

Will the natural color tile trend last in 2021 and beyond?

Yes. But be mindful of which neutral tone you go with.

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2021 Tile Shape Trends

Bold geometrics and designer shapes are the name of the game this year. You’ll see plenty of fun shapes that will be especially popular amongst younger homeowners. Think hexagons, arabesques, fans, and more.

Hexagon Tile

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Hexagon tiles just look so pretty. They somehow look both classic and contemporary at the same time.

Hexagons 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 very minimalist decor. That’s this new futuristic wave of hexagon floor tiles.

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Will the hexagon tile trend last in 2021 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.

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Fan Tile

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If you’ve ever glanced at tile trends on Pinterest, you’ve seen the fan tile. Also known as the fish scale tile or scallop tile, fan mosaic tile is one of the biggest trends in floor tile as well as wall tile. Lots of people are choosing this for a bathroom flooring upgrade.

This is a unique look that’s sure to make a lasting impression. Fan tiles can look modern, retro, whimsical, or contemporary – it all depends on the colors and finish. 

That’s right! This stunning shape lets you play with color. Make it an understated, classic white, or choose bold, contrasting color. It’s all up to you! 

Will the fan tile shape trend last in 2021 and beyond?

Fan tiles are super popular right now, but that won’t last forever. Because it’s so distinct, my guess is that fan tile will date your home in a few decades.

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Round Tile

Floor Tile Trends: Shaw Chateau Geometrics Natural Stone Tile

As traditional square tiles seem to be on their way out, manufacturers are getting more creative with tile shapes, offering eye-catching looks in unusual shapes.

Circular floor tiles are bringing some modern whimsy to your floors. Also known as penny tile or penny rounds, these mosaic tiles are patterned with small coin-sized circles. They’re often mixed with contrasting colors and finishes for a random, boutique look.

Will the round tile shape trend last in 2021 and beyond?

Don’t bet on it. Round tiles won’t be a forever trend for flooring. It will probably last longer as a backsplash trend.

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Diamond Tile

Floor Tile Trends: Shaw Rio Natural Stone Mosaic

Nothing says classic luxury quite like diamond-shaped floor tile. It’s adventurous enough to add a bit of personality to your space without being completely overwhelming.

A great thing about the diamond shape is that you can use it to create different patterns and looks. For a more traditional style, the diamond and dot layout creates an elegant and detailed look. You can also find diamond-shaped tiles arranged to create optical illusions like 3D cubes. Pretty cool!

Will the diamond tile shape trend last in 2021 and beyond?

Yes, for a few years. Diamonds are classic enough that they don’t get outdated quickly. A stone-look diamond tile floor will probably have even more longevity.

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Arabesque Tile

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The arabesque is an intricate, showstopping tile shape that’s making waves this year. This curly shape adds elegance and flair to any room. Just picture this in your entryway or kitchen, making a huge impression when people walk in.

For a really bold look, use a contrasting grout color to emphasize the shape, or choose an option with a variety of high-variation colors. You can cover the whole floor with an arabesque mosaic if you want, or you can tone it down some by framing an accent section near entryways or other focal points.

Will the arabesque tile shape trend last in 2021 and beyond?

Arabesques have staying power for the next several years, and they could even become a permanent fixture in mosaic tile. This timeless shape isn’t likely to make your home look dated any time soon.

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Subway Tile

Floor Tile Trends: Shaw Chateau Natural Stone Subway Tile

Subway tile has taken over, skyrocketing in popularity and finding its way into kitchens and bathrooms everywhere. While it’s most popular on walls, subway tile floors are on virtually every “dream bathroom floor” Pinterest board. There’s just something about these little rectangles that people can’t get enough of.

Subway tiles offer a sought-after vintage look, reminiscent of New York subways in the early 1900s. The great thing about them is that they’re also easy to modernize. You can pick from tons of colors beyond the traditional white, and even use them in more contemporary layouts, like herringbone patterns.

Will the subway tile shape trend last in 2021 and beyond?

Subway tiles will remain popular, but probably not the most popular tile for flooring. While they have been one of the biggest trends in tile for years, people are moving more toward creative designer shapes. It’s not a mistake to install subway tile, but if you want to be a trendsetter, focus more on newer tile shapes.

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Linear Tile

Floor Tile Trends: Daltile Stone Decorative Accents

Linear floor tile is more likely to be an accent rather than a whole floor covering. These are really tiny tiles, often mixed with a lot of colors and materials to create high contrast. Designers are using this style to combine glass, stone, and even metal in eye-catching patterns.

You might see linear floor tile and part of a border area or an accent piece around entryways. It’s very modern and popular for creating certain abstract looks, such as “waterfall” or “bamboo” patterns. With the right color combinations, you can create the abstract look of bamboo or water cascading over your floor. Now that’s what I call a statement piece.

Will the linear tile shape trend last in 2021 and beyond?

Probably not! This is a fun, creative look, but it doesn’t have a lot of staying power. If you want to resell your house anytime soon, I would advise against it. If you still want a creative shaped tile, consider hexagons! 

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Triangle Tile

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Like the diamond shape, triangle floor tiles are a versatile addition to your floor. You can have a classic triangle dot pattern with a marble look, or you can go bold with contrasting grout and a mix of colors.

With triangle tiles, there are lots of opportunities to build other eye-catching shapes as well, including diamonds and hexagons. Long story short, this is a very versatile option that allows you to go in a lot of different directions. More options are always better than fewer! 

Will the triangle tile shape trend last in 2021 and beyond?

Maybe for a little while, but not forever. The triangle look is awesome now, but it will probably look dated in a few decades. 

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2021 Tile Flooring Layout and Size 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.

Plus, bigger is better in 2021, particularly when it comes to ceramic tile planks. Longer, wider planks continue to steal the spotlight.

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Hexagon Tile Transitions

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Hexagon tiles have paved the way for unique transitions between different rooms and types of flooring. A clean, straight line is no longer the only way to flow from one area to the next. Instead of that boring straight line, hexagon flooring slowly trickles into contrasting flooring types (like wood-look planks) so they meet in a one-of-a-kind geometric pattern.

You’ve probably seen this trend on Pinterest. These “trickling” hexagon floor transitions are the hottest new craze and for a good reason. It looks super cool! 

While this pattern is often achieved with hexagons, any tile shape will work to create a one-of-a-kind look as you transition from the kitchen to other rooms in your home. It’s the ultimate way to express your creativity.

Will the hexagon transition trend last in 2021 and beyond?

Maybe! This bold design is not for everyone, but it does add a unique modern touch to any space. My guess is that the trickling floors trend will grow more in the coming years, but never become the go-to option for flooring.

Herringbone Tile Floors

Shaw Chateau Geometrics Natural Stone Tile

You’ve probably seen the herringbone pattern before. It was really popular for wood flooring, and now that wood looks are everywhere in floor tile, the pattern has traveled over too. These days you’ll see herringbone patterns with other tile looks as well, including stone looks and more decorative styles. It’s a decorative, geometric pattern that is classic and modern all at once. 

For many homeowners, the herringbone pattern is an accessible way to lay out your tile that is also bold and unique. Long-plank herringbone patterns are going to be super hot this year, especially among young homeowners. But I suspect you’ll also see a surge in chevron tiles, as well, particularly in kitchens and hallways.

Here’s what another expert has to say about the herringbone pattern:

“The way you lay a flooring pattern can 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. Herringbone and Chevron patterns are showing up everywhere.” – Courtney Greger, My Flipping Job

Also, let me clear up a little misconception. Chevron and herringbone patterns are similar, but each has its distinction.

Chevron floors require flooring to be angled and come together to a point. 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.

tile herringbone vs. chevron

Will the herringbone and chevron tile trends last in 2021 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.

Chevron Tile Floors

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Chic, sleek, and modern, the chevron is similar to herringbone in that they both have a v-shaped or arrow-shaped design. However, chevrons are cut at an angle to get a cleaner look. Don’t worry about doing any of the cutting yourself, by the way. These days, the tiles are all set into easily-installed pre-made sheets.

The sharp, clean lines and angles of chevron tiles are trendy and timeless all at once. Plus, chevrons are oh-so-versatile. Not satisfied with the angular awesomeness all on its own? Mix tile colors, textures, and finishes to add even more detail. Contrasting colors easily create a dramatic look. 

Will the chevron tile pattern trend last in 2021 and beyond?

You betcha! Chevrons are similar enough to herringbone tiles that you can expect them to stick together through the changing fads and trends. So if herringbone is still around, the chevron is right there, too.

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Large Tile Planks

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This is one trend you can expect to see every year in every style for the foreseeable future. Longer, wider planks make your floors look larger, more open, and less busy.

Soon, short, thin planks will be seen as outdated. 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. But, I recommend getting on board with the large plank trend!

Will the large tile plank trend last in 2021 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.

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Large-Format Tile

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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, this is kind of a trend. 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 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 2021 and beyond?

As you may have guessed, I wouldn’t count on it. Stick to the large planks.

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Conclusion

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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Ari Ziskin is our resident expert in all things fitness, dance and flooring trends. After five years of blogging at Ari’s Menu, where she was featured on sites like The Huffington Post and Buzzfeed, Ari decided to pursue writing full-time. Nothing makes her happier than sharing her knowledge to help people create their gyms and begin their fitness journey.

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Deb Pearl
April 25, 2018 7:07 am

I really want to do something fun with my tile floors, but I don’t know what to do. Thank you for all the 2018 trends. I like how you mentioned that hexagon tiles can be a good trend in the coming years. It looks like a really fun pattern. I would love to give it a try.

Taylor Bishop
April 26, 2018 11:35 am

Thanks for going over some different tile flooring ideas. I personally like the idea of gray flooring, especially since it can set a cool tone to a home. This seems really important if you want to have something very neutral.

sunny
sunny
May 14, 2018 5:56 am

What kind of tile would you suggest for an very open foyer with dark stained wood stairs and a rodded double stair case. I am not sure how a herringbone chevron would look? Does this style come in wide planks. Is the marble/porcelin tile still the best for a foyer entry way. I’m very confused with all the trends and what would like best. I am trying to keep it to a a semi modern look. any advice would help. thanks

Taylor Anderson
July 30, 2018 7:26 am

It’s so cool that porcelain tiles can be printed to look like different kinds of material. My kitchen floor is extremely old, so I’ve been wanting to get it replaced. This article will help me best decide which type of material is best for my needs.

Andrew
Andrew
August 6, 2018 2:24 pm

Very informative article. Thanks! We really like the wood look porcelain tiles for our remodeled kitchen. We are using hardwood floor for the rest of the house and planning to stain it dark walnut. We heard that wood look tiles won’t look good with real hardwood. But we think we can created a contract by picking something lighter tone like greyish / rustic.. What are your thoughts using wood look porcelain tiles along with real hardwood in adjoining rooms?

Michelle Barichello
August 16, 2018 10:48 am
Reply to  Andrew

Hi Andrew, Thank you for reading our article, and great question! Yes, it is common advice to steer away from using wood-look tiles next to real hardwood, because the differences become more prominent when laid next to each other. You’re on the right path with picking a contrasting color, and you may want to consider a transition strip to separate the two. With it being adjoining rooms and not the two types in the same room, the difference might not be so noticeable, but we do try to steer people away from that choice. Let us know what you end… Read more »

Carol
Carol
September 18, 2018 12:06 pm

Is laying square tile on the diagonal in or out?

Michelle Barichello
October 3, 2018 1:32 pm
Reply to  Carol

Hi Carol,

Diagonal tile is great for small rooms like a bathroom and can actually help a smaller room look bigger. The installation process is a bit trickier. You want to make sure you have a good ceramic tile cutter to make cutting the tiles as simple as possible.

To answer your question, laying tile diagonally is in if you are in for the installation process. Or if you have someone in mind for the job 🙂

Good luck with your project!

Melissa
Melissa
November 14, 2018 2:52 pm

We are renovating our kitchen, but keeping the dark espresso cabinets. We also have dark hardwoods in the two adjacent rooms. So, we’re trying to think of something that is fairly “timeless”, not dark, and won’t clash with the adjacent flooring. I saw a really interesting image of wood with a concrete-look tile inlay (the tiles were 12″x12″). I tend to think that wood/tile inlay is out of style, but this jumped out at me. Carry in the dark wood, with a lighter tile to lighten overall? Would love your thoughts!

Kayla Haas
November 15, 2018 8:52 am
Reply to  Melissa

Hi Melissa, I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen a wood with a tile in-lay! It sounds interesting and like it would help carry that wood look into your kitchen. Mixing tile and wood (especially hexagonal tiles) has been pretty trendy lately, so I’m sure it fits in with the current time, but I’m not sure how “timeless” it’ll be in the long run. If you’re interested in tile, I’d suggest looking into porcelain tile, as it tends to have more color options and textures available than ceramic. It’s also more durable! a neutral cream color would contrast the dark… Read more »

Extreme Epoxy Coatings
January 13, 2019 8:40 pm

Thanks for sharing such a great information, it is really helpful. Keep up the work.

Pioneer Bricks
January 21, 2019 4:06 am

Nice blog with the amazing flooring ideas.

Fade Marbles
January 31, 2019 3:30 am

Such a beautiful Collections for marbles thanks for sharing this with us !! Keep it up .

Melinda Hamlin
Melinda Hamlin
February 17, 2019 2:09 pm

I have a very large modern home and I am redoing my floors throughout the house as well as my kitchen cabinets and counter tops. I was originally thinking of using a white on white 32 x 32 polished tile. Are polished tile in or out and if it’s in, will it stay in? Do you feel I would be better off with the 16 X 32 since you are saying that square is going out? I was hoping for less grout lines but don’t want to spend money on a style that is soon leaving. Lastly, do you think… Read more »

Melinda Hamlin
Melinda Hamlin
February 17, 2019 2:31 pm
Reply to  Melinda Hamlin

I also forgot to mention that the polished tile is a marble look with a slight gray hue.

Michelle Barichello
February 21, 2019 12:05 pm
Reply to  Melinda Hamlin

Hi Melinda, Thank you for your question. Polished tile is still being used today, though I wouldn’t say it’s trending. The general consensus around polished porcelain tiles seems to be that it is extremely hard to clean and keep clean, so you may want to keep that in mind. As for size, your best bet for a look that won’t be leaving soon is a large tile plank. Manufacturers are trending towards even wider and longer planks, and we see this look becoming a classic. You can still get a larger size tile plank for fewer grout lines, keep in… Read more »

Miriam
Miriam
March 22, 2019 7:07 am

I moving into a new house and want to redo all the floors, living room, kitchen, dining area (not a big space right next to the kitchen), hall way, restrooms, and 3 bedrooms. I’m at a lost because i’m not sure if i should use just one design for the whole house or different. What would you recommend?
I like the wood like tile, gray, and liking the hexagon. .

Michelle Barichello
March 25, 2019 1:30 pm
Reply to  Miriam

Hi Miriam, Great question. I recommend mixing up the flooring rather than keeping the same design throughout, but be careful not to do too many different materials or patterns. There’s a “rule of 3” here – meaning you should only be able to see up to three different types of flooring from any one point in your home. Using one color and type of flooring throughout the main living areas is helpful to visually expand the space. Wood-look tile is great for those living areas, and you can blend shades of gray throughout. Then, you can always get more creative… Read more »

LavishCeramics
March 27, 2019 2:43 am

Hello,
Great information about 2019 tile trends liked it.

Michelle Barichello
March 27, 2019 10:10 am
Reply to  LavishCeramics

Great!

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March 28, 2019 3:03 am

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Michelle Barichello
March 28, 2019 8:07 am

Thanks!

Angela Waterford
May 29, 2019 9:20 am

I think I will hire a tile flooring contractor to install a tile floor in my kitchen that has an eye-catching pattern. Thanks for mentioning that I should look into a timeless look so that my floor will be stylish for years to come. Hopefully, I can select colors that will complement my kitchen so that it will look good.

Michelle Barichello
May 29, 2019 1:45 pm

Excellent!

Sarah Smith
May 30, 2019 10:46 am

My husband and I would like to upgrade our bathroom. Your information about different tile flooring is very helpful. I think it would be great to get some concrete floor tiles.

Thomas peterson
June 10, 2019 7:25 am

I liked that you mentioned that porcelain tiles are thinner, more durable, and less expensive. I’ve been meaning to retile my bathroom and was looking into some of my options to revamp the way it looks. It’s good to know that there is a good durable option that will last a while, it also helps that it’s less expensive. That means it won’t be very hard to find some porcelain tile for sale at a good price.

Michelle Barichello
June 10, 2019 8:38 am

Thank you!

Daphne Gilpin
June 11, 2019 8:02 am

Thanks for explaining that extra large tiles have been gaining popularity because they can help your room look bigger. My husband and I are trying to choose a tile flooring option for the kitchen of the fixer-upper home we just purchased. I’m glad I read your article because I really like the idea of using extra large tiles to create the illusion of more space.

Sarah Packer
July 26, 2019 8:05 am

My husband and I are remodeling our kitchen, so I wanted some design tips and ideas. I didn’t know residential places use warm, neutral tile colors when designing their house to set the mood. I’ll have to show this to my husband, so we can talk about tile and colors we should get, thanks to this post!

Heidi
Heidi
October 29, 2019 3:55 pm

Great info! Thank you, I am remodeling my kitchen and I have 16×24 cream travertine floors. They are in great condition and look nice but I’m wondering if the look is too dated to keep in my new white kitchen. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thank you

Chelsi Hewitt
Admin
October 30, 2019 9:47 am
Reply to  Heidi

Hello Heidi!

Thank you for your question. A neutral like cream is usually a good match with a lot of different decor. However, since you now have an all-white kitchen, there could be some clashing. If you want to update your floor to something trendier, I would suggest a gray or blonde color. Wood-look flooring is also very stylish right now, and you can expect it to stay trendy for many years. With that in mind, you might want to consider wood-look flooring as well.

Hope this helps! Please reach out if you have any other questions.

Billy
October 30, 2019 10:03 pm

Thank you for this info! Can’t wait to tackle my own flooring project soon.

Hannah
November 3, 2019 8:42 am

I always love how comprehensive your blogs are! It’s interesting but unsurprising to see tiles taking off – they are so versatile not only in colour and texture but in the variety of methods for laying them to create so many different patterns meaning you can find the perfect tiles for any space! Thanks for sharing.

Bron
Bron
January 4, 2020 4:09 pm

Great article, I really enjoyed reading it – just a query – we are about to undertake a major renovation of an older home that has a hallway down the middle of the house opening into a kitchen/meals area. The hallway has original beautiful baltic pine flooring – my question is how do I marry the hallway and kitchen (which is currently tiled but will be replaced) flooring – thanks

Chelsi Hewitt
Admin
January 6, 2020 7:20 am
Reply to  Bron

Hi Bron, Thank you for your question! The answer will depend on what kind of style you’re going for. Assuming you’re just updating the tile, and you want to go with a traditional look, a simple molding strip between the wood and the tile sounds perfect for you. Some people these days are also experimenting with transitions, and having tile “trickle” into wood flooring, meaning it doesn’t transition in a straight line, and there is no molding transition. This is obviously a more modern look, and it won’t work for everyone. I hope this answers your question. Feel free to… Read more »

Simon
Simon
April 12, 2020 12:19 pm

We are taking out our garden tub to make a walk-in shower and we like the mixed width wood plank tile look, but I am having a very difficult time finding products with the mixed widths. Any suggestions of places to look?

Chelsi Hewitt
Admin
April 13, 2020 1:53 pm
Reply to  Simon

Hi Simon!

Thanks for your question. This wood-look tile flooring comes with the mixed width look: https://www.flooringinc.com/porcelain/tile/daltile-season-wood.html?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=Tile%20Flooring%20Trends

I hope that helps! Please feel free to reach out if you have any other questions.

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