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8 Tile Trends We Think Are Going to be Big in 2018

updated Jul 17, 2020
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It’s no secret that I love tile, and 2017 was a very good time for tile. On backsplashes and walls and floors and even ceilings, a huge variety of styles blossomed — more color and shape and pattern than ever before. Reflecting on the past year, and looking forward to the future, here are eight tile trends I predict will be big in 2018.

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Bold Patterns

Cement tile has been big on the interior design scene for some time, but the cement tile we’ve been seeing recently has even bolder colors and wilder patterns. To which I say: bring it on.

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New Shapes

Squares and rectangles and hexagons are lovely, of course, but 2017 saw an influx of tiles in shapes you haven’t seen before. From diamonds to crosses to these tiles shaped like little Hs, these new tiles are sure to remind you of geometry class, but in the best possible way.

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Terracotta Tile

Terracotta tile isn’t new, but it is at the first swell of a new wave of popularity. Today’s terracotta tile is a bit less shiny and orangey than the variety that graced so many kitchens in the ’80s, and it’s available in glazed varieties, as well as ones fired from darker clays.

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Brighter Colors

Color is making a comeback in interior design, a particularly welcome change in the kitchen and bathroom. Look for tiles in brighter, bolder colors, and start with a backsplash or accent wall if you’re not sure about taking the plunge.

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Interesting Textures

Color is wonderful, of course, but white tile doesn’t have to be boring. One of my favorite new tile trends is tiles with a subtle texture, styles that are handmade (or just look it). Use them to add a stylish touch to a neutral-toned kitchen or bath. If you still love subway tile shapes, this is a nice twist on that trend.

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Tiny Tiles

I’ve always been a fan of penny tile, so I’m happy to see mosaic tiles making a comeback. Also experiencing a resurgence: tiny hex tiles, and the tiny square tiles that were so popular (albeit in slightly different forms) in the late ’70s and early 2000s. Because they’re so small, these tiles read almost as a subtle texture, rather than as tile per se.

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Modern Grid

Those 4×4 square tiles that graced so many ’50s and ’60s bathrooms? Well, they’re back. When paired with sleek, modern elements, they seem less dated and more like a charming throwback, somehow both cutting-edge and quirky-vintage all at once.

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This composite surface is trending hard on Pinterest as flooring, and we see it creeping up the walls in the form of tile in bathrooms and kitchens as well. This stone-like speckled material feels like both a throwback, and the freshest thing we’ve seen in years. Expect to see lots of it in 2018.