Yes, we’re open! Orders are being shipped but some products may be delayed due to COVID-19. (Click here for more info.)
Save 25% off today - Reduced shipping rates on non free shipping products.


What DIY project are you interested in?

Flooring Inc 2020 Tile Flooring Trends - tile in bathroom setting

2020 Tile Flooring Trends: 21 Contemporary Tile Flooring Ideas

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 an 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 2020, you will see an emphasis on large wood-look planks, eye-catching patterns, shapes and designs, and lots of bright new looks.

2020 tile trends

Related Content >> How to Choose Tile

2020 Tile Flooring Trends

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 2020:

“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 2020.


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

2020 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 2020, you’ll see plenty of traditional wood and stone tile looks with some fun new options creeping in, as well.

Related Content >> Wall Tile Trends

Wood-Look Tile Flooring

FlooringInc 2020 tile flooring trends: wood-look tile in a living room

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 2020, 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 2020 and beyond?

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


Related Content >> Flooring Sales Gimmicks

Marble-Look Tile Flooring

FlooringInc 2020 tile flooring trends: Marble-look tile flooring in a living room

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 2020 and beyond?

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


Related Content >> Wall Tile Buying Guide

Natural Stone Looks in General

Flooringinc 2020 tile flooring trends: stone-look tile in a kitchen setting

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 2020 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

FlooringInc 2020 tile flooring trends: concrete-look tile in a living room setting

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 2020, 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 2020 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.

Related Content >> Floor Tile Buying Guide

Metallic Tile Flooring

FlooringInc 2020 tile flooring trends: metallic-look porcelain tile in a commercial setting

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 2020 and beyond?

It’s not super likely to last forever. Maybe a decade or so, but realism will reign.


Fabric-Look Tile Flooring

2020 Tile Flooring Trends: 21 Contemporary Tile Flooring Ideas. Discover the hottest colors, textures, finishes and more with this all-inclusive 2018 guide.

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.

Related Content >> The Best Waterproof Flooring Options

Will the fabric-look tile trend last in 2020 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.


2020  Tile Flooring Color Trends

2018 Tile Flooring Trends: 21 Contemporary Tile Flooring Ideas. Discover the hottest colors, textures, finishes and more with this all-inclusive 2018 guide.2018 Kitchen Flooring Trends: 20+ Flooring Ideas for the Perfect Kitchen. Get inspired with these kitchen trends and learn whether or not they're here to stay. 




Flooring Inc Trends

In 2019, 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 2020, 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

FlooringInc 2020 tile flooring trends: gray tile planks in a kitchen setting

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.

Related Content >> What’s the Best Flooring for Resale?

Will the gray tile trend last in 2020 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

FlooringInc 2020 tile flooring trends: white tile flooring in a bathroom

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

White-Washed Wood-Look Tile

FlooringInc 2020 tile trends: whitewashed wood-look tile planks

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 2020 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

FlooringInc 2020 tile flooring trends: white tile in a bathroom setting

Bright white tiles are super hot in the home. In 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020 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

2020 Tile Flooring Trends: 21 Contemporary Tile Flooring Ideas. Discover the hottest colors, textures, finishes and more with this all-inclusive 2018 guide.

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.

Related Content >> Wood-Look Tile Flooring

Will the blonde wood-look tile trend last in 2020 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

2020 Tile Flooring Trends: 21 Contemporary Tile Flooring Ideas. Discover the hottest colors, textures, finishes and more with this all-inclusive 2018 guide.

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 2020 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 2020 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 2020 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.

Related Content >> How to Clean Tile Floors

Muted, Conservative Tile Floors

2020 Tile Flooring Trends: 21 Contemporary Tile Flooring Ideas. Discover the hottest colors, textures, finishes and more with this all-inclusive 2018 guide.

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 2020 and beyond?

Yes. But be mindful which neutral tone you go with. They are are not all created equal.

Bold Tile Floors

Wait, what?!

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 2020, you’ll see lots of bright colors across the spectrum popping up in commercial spaces.

Will the bold tile trend last in 2020 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.

Related Content >> How to Tile a Floor

High Color Variation Tile Flooring

FlooringInc 2020 tile flooring trends: high variation wood-look tile plank in a bedroom setting

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 2020 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.

Mixed Finish Tile Flooring

FlooringInc 2020 tile flooring trends: Mixed finished tile flooring in bathroom setting.

You’re familiar with color variation, so now it’s time to meet a close cousin to that trend: finish variation. While not as obvious as high-variation colors, mixed finishes are still perfect for adding a new shiny to any room. 

Varying tiles between matte, glassy, and high-gloss finishes creates a fresh, dynamic look without being super obvious about it if loudness isn’t your thing. Mixed-finish tiles can be subtle with a monochrome look or go bold and bring in color for even more variation. It all depends on your personal style.

You have some options when it comes to mixed finish tile. For a more natural look, integrate the different finishes together in a random pattern. If you want the finish variation to stand out more, create an accent row, or even use a different size.

Will the mixed finish tile trend last in 2020 and beyond?

Definitely! This trend is versatile enough to work with every kind of style, so it adds value to the home even if you’re planning a remodel or a resale in the near future. 

Related Content >> Tile Grout and Thinset Guide

2020 Tile Shape & Size Trends

Bigger is better in 2020, 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

FlooringInc 2020 tile flooring trends: wide plank wood-look tiles

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 2020 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

2020 Tile Flooring Trends: 21 Contemporary Tile Flooring Ideas. Discover the hottest colors, textures, finishes and more with this all-inclusive 2018 guide.

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 2020 and beyond?

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


Related Content >> Tile FAQ

Hexagon Tile Floors

FlooringInc 2020 tile floor trends: hexagon mosaic tiles in a bathroom setting

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.

Related content >> Tile Patterns Guide

Will the hexagon tile trend last in 2020 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, penny rounds and the aforementioned hexagon floor tiles. But you’ll see some crazy, super untraditional shapes popping up, as well.

We’re talking really unique tiles like scallop/fish scale tiles, medallions, star and cross and much more. In bathrooms and kitchens especially, people are choosing to take a walk on the adventurous side of interior design, and they’re loving it!

Will the non-traditional tile shape trend last in 2020 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 2020 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 2020 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!

Related Content >> How to Choose Grout Color

2020 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

FlooringInc 2020 tile flooring trends: stone-look tile with a hopscotch pattern

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, 2020 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 2020 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.

Related Content >> Tile: Ceramic vs. Porcelain

Herringbone & Chevron Tile Floors

2020 Tile Flooring Trends: 21 Contemporary Tile Flooring Ideas. Discover the hottest colors, textures, finishes and more with this all-inclusive 2018 guide.

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.

2018 Wood Flooring Trends: 21 Trends You Can't Miss. Discover the hottest colors, textures, finishes and more with this all-inclusive 2018 guide.

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 2020 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.

Multi-Tile Patterns

FlooringInc 2020 tile flooring trends: Versailles pattern tile in a kitchen.

Why use just one size, shape, or color, when you can add multiple tiles to the mix? Additional tiles allow you to create more detailed and dynamic patterns that will capture the eye and increase the flow of the space.

To bring a truly artistic touch to your floor, combine shapes and sizes into hopscotch, Versailles, brick joints, paredon, and even mind-bending kaleidoscopic patterns. You don’t have to stick to the standard patterns either. If you’re up for it, you can add your own twist to the design and build your own layout. For even more dimension, consider mixed finishes for a floor that is uniquely you.

Will the multi-tile pattern trend last in 2020 and beyond?

Yes, you can count on this trend becoming a staple of tile flooring design for quite a few years. While the dominant trend will be large format tile, there are still plenty of people who are looking for intricacy and detail, and this is the direction they will take.

Related Content >> Accent Wall Ideas

Mixed-Width Tile Floors

2020 Tile Flooring Trends: 21 Contemporary Tile Flooring Ideas. Discover the hottest colors, textures, finishes and more with this all-inclusive 2018 guide.

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 2020 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.

Hexagon Tile Transitions

FlooringInc 2020 tile flooring trends: hexagon tile transition in a kitchen

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 a contrasting flooring types (like wood-look planks) so they meet in 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 totally 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 2020 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.

In 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.

If you’re looking to get started with new trendy tile flooring, you can start with free samples here:




About Ari Ziskin


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.

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
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.

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.

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 »

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!

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 »

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 »

March 27, 2019 2:43 am

Great information about 2019 tile trends liked it.

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


March 28, 2019 3:03 am

Take a look at these wonderful and motivating floor tile structures and perceive how to reproduce your kitchen, washroom or hall into something considerably progressively supernatural. … Truly, floor covering can have a tile development too. …bathroom floor tiles

Michelle Barichello
March 28, 2019 8:07 am


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


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!

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
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.

October 30, 2019 10:03 pm

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

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.

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
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 »

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
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:

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

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!