The tile trends for 2014 are looking to the future while simultaneously taking inspiration from the past. The future includes texture and matte finishes created with new manufacturing techniques never seen before. For the past, there are tile recreations of intricate patterns found in ancient archaeological digs, as well as graphic mid-century styles that could be from the imaginations of Charles and Ray Eames.
Mosaic Patterns: Mosaic patterned tiles date back to ancient Mesopotamia. The durability of delicate patterns show in the ancient tiles often uncovered during the renovations of period homes. Find inspiration everywhere from the souks of Marrakech to the Victorian homes of London.
- A classic Scandinavian apartment in Malmo, Sweden.
- A mix of colored Arabesque tiles from Fired Earth.
- The Toulouse tile range from Fired Earth.
- A Spanish revival in modern black and white from House Beautiful.
- The Duquesa pattern, a hand painted collection from Walker Zanger.
Textured Tiles: Gone are the days of bland tile, but if bold pattern and color aren't for you, choose a neutral hue or stone with a texture. Even the flat 2D subway tile is starting to take a backseat to beveled subway tile in 2014. Textured tiles are particularly striking when paired with a matte finish.
- Delta Hex from Filmore Clarke created by The Portland Cement Company.
- Ann Sacks has an amazing range of textured tiles in both matte and glazed finishes.
- Heath Ceramics creates true mid-century geometric textured tiles.
- Known for her feminine use of pattern, Patricia Urquiola created a range of tiles for Mutina that have a lace inspired texture.
- Jonathan Adler designed his own textured tiles for his Shelter Island home.
Geometric Tiles: Chevron, honeycomb, hexagon, and stripes are just a few of the classic shapes showing up on walls and floors in today's homes. This style can also accommodate more budgets by creating bold patterns through mixing and matching simple inexpensive tiles that alone would be a bore.
- Bold stripes in a traditional color combination from Domino.
- The very retro Graphix Grid tile from Fired Earth.
- The kitchen floor of Isabelle Palmer's London Flat
- A black and white Escher print floor pattern from designer Tommy Smythe from House and Home
- Tamasyn Gambell's kitchen back splash using vintage Mexican tiles in a pattern designed by herself.
What tile trends are you most excited about?