The love for Zellige tiles is long-lived to say the least (these pieces have existed in some form since the 10th century, after all), but Kendall Jenner has just given us another reason to get excited about this timeless style.
The model's powder room has revived this Moroccan classic once again, emphasizing the tile trend that has already dominated conversations among designers in recent years. This time, her colorway is set to be the talk of 2024, and we can understand why.
Created by Kathleen and Tommy Clements and Waldo Fernandez, Kendall's powder room features deep green Zellige tiles (from Badia Design) – and it's a hue that demands attention. These jewel-toned tiles are a dramatic twist on the traditional Zellige, and, as experts explain, we can expect to see more of these hues going forward.
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'Zellige tiles are trending because of their craftsman-like handmade qualities. Homeowners are drawn to the variance in the finishes – every tile is unique – bringing an earthy, natural feeling that personalizes any space,' says designer Courtney Wollersheim.
But what makes green such a dominant color trend for the year ahead? 'Green zellige tile is the perfect choice for adding a calming, artistic look to your space,' she adds. We particularly love Kendall's deep emerald-hued pieces, but as Courtney suggests, any shade of green has longevity when curated correctly.
'Contrast the unevenness of the green tones and clay texture by installing 3x8 zellige tile vertically in a straight stack and choose a soft neutral grout to allow the tile to shine.' she adds.
Courtney is a designer at Floor 360, a tile specialist company based in Madison and Milwaukee. She pursued a degree and career in interior design that has spanned 25 years – earning the trust of homeowners, business owners, architects, and design peers by applying her expertise and vision to various projects.
Plus, Courtney is not alone in her design trend prediction forecast. Tile makers Ca' Pietra also celebrated the Zellige-style in their recent trend report for 2024, explaining that tiles inspired by 'world travels' will play a part in our bathrooms and powder rooms in the year ahead. They recommend taking Kendall's space one step further and tiling our floors with a tile that is inspired by our travels – whether that's a Moroccan Zellige or a Portuguese Azulejo.
'Bathroom walls can absolutely be in on this one, but the focus is bathroom flooring, grounding your space in the sense of elsewhere so you can literally step foot into Andalusia, Cuba, Morocco, or wherever your imagination feels at its happiest,' they say.
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Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.
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