February 20, 2018
With 2016 well and truly behind us, it’s time to take a look at what’s trending in bathroom tiles for 2017. At the recent Cersaie Tile Fair in Italy, we discovered the latest innovations and trends taking the industry by storm.
Chevron and herringbone styles
Chevron and herringbone patterned tiles were big at the Cersaie Tile Fair. These patterned tiles are the perfect bathroom tiles for Perth homes, and can also be used in kitchens and living areas. Chevron and herringbone tiles have a timeless feel, while still being bold enough to add some texture and flair to your home.
A fresh taste on geometric
Geometric-shaped tiles and patterns can be used in a variety of ways to increase the aesthetic appeal of any space. For example, triangular-shaped floor tiles add a sense of drama, and if you use them as a feature on a wall, you can easily accentuate their graphic patterns. On the other hand, decorative geometric patterns often create a sense of nostalgia, while also establishing warmth and a sense of coziness in a range of settings.
In a bathroom, traditional hexagon mosaics are still a favourite, as they add dimension to the floor and can be played up with bold-coloured accessories. With new and innovative patterns and finishes constantly emerging, the geometric craze is likely to stand the test of time.
Encaustic or pressed cement tiles are becoming popular again, as they’re a decorative choice with a softness and warmth underfoot that few other tiles have. The new styles are driven towards creating distinctive patterns or features in small spaces, such as bathrooms and kitchens, and can even be used as a decorative insert in an entranceway.
Warm colour palettes
In 2017, we will see a distinct shift towards warmer colour palettes that encompass plenty of greys, creams, and pastels, especially peach, pink, blues, greens, and even navy accents. These colours are not only timeless; they will also take the industrial concrete look to a whole new luxe level.
Stone-look tiles and bookmatching
Elegant designs and easy-to-care-for finishes make stone-look tiles a fast favourite among Perth homeowners. This trend captures the rich texture of natural stone, while providing the long-lasting qualities and resistance to moisture as porcelain tiles. From limestone to travertine, there are plenty of colours and designs to choose from. Thanks to advanced new printing techniques, bookmatching is now available in stone look tile. The mirrored, marble patterning of bookmatching was previously only available in real stone, and looks to be a super-hot trend for 2017 and beyond.
Large-format tiles are becoming increasingly popular in 2017 because they create a sleek, more streamlined look with fewer grout lines. Using the same large-format tile on both the walls and floor will make your bathroom feel bigger and brighter, which is a definite plus if your bathroom is feeling a little cramped.
Classic, smaller-sized square formats
Despite the popularity of large-format tiles, smaller-sized square formats that were popular in the late 1980s-90s are making a comeback. A favourite among homeowners and designers alike, they’re well suited to small areas, like around a vanity or on a shower wall.