This preferred vendor article is submitted by Ryan Commerce of Indoor City.
Trends in tile have shifted significantly over the last few years, and as a result, consumers are jumping at the options tile now can provide to bring a creative element into their home.
Let's look at three of today's tile trends: size, texture and color.
Tile Size: The first noticeable trend in ceramic and stone tile is the extreme sizes - very large or very small. Gone are the days of 8"x8" and 12"x12" tile. Today's kitchens and bathrooms are designed to "pop," and one of the best ways to achieve depth is by varying the tile sizes.
Larger tiles (e.g., 18"x18" or 24"x24") are a popular choice for floors because larger profile tiles use less grout - which means less maintenance. Additionally, the more tile surface you see, the nicer the overall look.
Small tiles - mosaic tiles (1"x1") - are also popular. You'll often see these tiles used in bathroom showers or kitchen backsplashes as accents.
Tile Texture: Another trend in tile is texture. Manufacturers are now able to add texture to ceramic tile, and this provides a whole new dimension to choosing tile. Some tiles look like wood grain or fabric, and homeowners can get quite creative when adding these unique tiles to a room.
Tile Color: Tile color choices are practically limitless in today's market. Metallic glazed tiles are popular for a contemporary look, and earth tones are still attractive to many homeowners. Timeless colors (found in the beige color family) remain stylish because they go with any décor.
Many of today's homeowners are using a timeless color as a base and then adding accent color tiles throughout their kitchen or bath. What is nice about this thoughtful design is that it gives the homeowner the flexibility to change the look of the room in the future; they can simply cut out the accent tiles and replace them with a new color.
Ceramic tile and stone are used most commonly in floors (kitchen, bath, foyer), as kitchen backsplashes and in the bathroom shower/tub area. However, an emerging trend is the use of tile as a wainscoting in a bathroom. Because tile is often used in the shower and tub deck areas, tiling a 4-to-5 foot high wainscoting will help tie the room together - as well as personalize the space.
About Indoor City
Located on Harrisburg Pike in Lancaster, Indoor City has over 6,000 square feet of showroom space dedicated to tile and stone. But Indoor City also has a wide-range of flooring, countertop and window options to help homeowners completely renovate the look of their home.
EGStoltzfus Homes and Indoor City have worked together for years to help homeowners design the look they desire for their new home or remodeling project.