headfirst into the latest bathroom tile trend runs the
risk of falling out of vogue, leaving the bathroom
tile lasts 20 to 30 years — longer than bathtub
surrounds or vinyl flooring — homeowners don’t need
to update as often, says Carlos Martinez, first officer
of C-Bek Tile & Stone Design in North
Hollywood, California. So homeowners should consider a
trend’s staying power when planning a bathroom
the number of flashy colors available, the standards
still reign supreme. Minimizing tile colors doesn’t minimize
options, says Kevin McDaniel, director of product design
and development for The Tile Shop in
white and ‘greige’ colors continue to grow in
popularity," he says. "Low-contrast palettes
with minimum coloration are still the predominant
porcelain tiles gain popularity
tile catches the eye with its good looks and relatively
low cost. Larry Bushner, owner of Masterpiece Tile
& Grout in Arlington, Texas, has noticed more
homeowners requesting porcelain tile.
can look like stone without the additional costs of
installation, purchase price and maintenance," he
says, adding porcelain tile costs slightly more than
faces no shortage of style either, Martinez says.
Besides the stone look, manufacturers are creating
contemporary and classic product lines in porcelain,
which doesn’t stain like other tile types, he says.
getting so good at (manufacturing) porcelain,"
Martinez says. "That’s why it’s popping right
says The Tile Shop has seen increased demand for
porcelain, and the company will release a line of
Travertine Ivory porcelain tile early next year.
However, with stone’s classic appeal and
certain glazing techniques only possible with
ceramic tile, those two won’t disappear, he says.
glass tile becomes a staple
tile has proved its staying power, becoming a timeless
classic in its own rite, according to McDaniel. Now,
designs that combine glass with other materials are
gaining momentum, he says.
water-jet technology allows for unique shapes, sizing
and combination of materials that was unthinkable a few
years ago," he says.
List member A. Weiss of Skokie, Illinois, chose
3-by-9-inch blue glass tile for the top half of her
bathroom walls to accent the main 12-by-24-inch
researched a plethora of tile options online before
beginning the modernizing master bathroom remodel,
which features a large corner tub and shower with glass
walls. She and her husband needed to replace moldy,
flaking-beyond-help slate tile in the shower,
installed before they bought the house.
have a transitional/modern style for the most part, so
we wanted clean lines and a bit of a spa feel,"
Weiss says. "Having done a lot of research online,
we decided on a glass and porcelain look."
visited showrooms and consulted with the in-house
designer for her contractor, Neighborhood
Remodelers in Park Ridge, Illinois. Not counting
labor, the tile materials, including grout and caulk,
faux wood tile on shower walls has recently grown into a
popular bathroom tile trend, according to McDaniel.
thought of having wood inside of a wet area is a
completely novel idea, and homeowners and designers are
widely embracing it," he says.
trend McDaniel debunked is the death of multi-tile
patterns. Patterns offer a classic, traditional look, he
says, even if they don’t fit some homeowners’ modern
some homeowners embrace a more contemporary look,
designs have become cleaner, with more emphasis placed
on the use of a single material throughout one or more
spaces," he said. "Accents, if used, tend to
be limited to one dramatic focal point.