Interior fans know that tiles are a stylish way to breathe life into your home, with a host of different shapes, colors, prints and patterns to choose from. But the question on every decor fan's lips is, what do the top tile trends 2021 have in store for us, and how do we style them?
Tiles have been a staple within interiors for centuries and despite the evolution of various formats and finishes, it’s the traditional styles that turn heads time after time – from the quintessentially British Victorian floor tiles through to artisan glazed and decorative tiles.
Going into next year, tile trends 2021 will see new takes on these traditional classics, as well as forward-thinking ways to style them.
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The best tile trends for 2021
We've teamed up with a host of experts, including Otto Tiles, Topps Tiles, Original Style and Gemini Tiles, to bring you the top tile trends 2021, from Art Deco flair to dramatic dark hues and the enduring terrazzo trend.
1. Magical Moroccan
Known for its vibrant colors, intricate designs and mixture of textures, Moroccan style has become one of the most significant trends of the year, as shown by the worldwide success of North African handicraft products – such as Berber rugs, raffia baskets, metal lanterns and decorative Moroccan tiles.
The trend will keep going strong in to 2021 and is also a timeless style that won't date. Add some extra color and create a unique appearance, full of patterns and life, by using ceramic hydraulic tiles, which are long-lasting and extremely easy to install and keep clean. They are also suitable for most walls and floors.
'Using Moroccan tiles is a fool proof way to add an exotic touch to the room, either as a wall or floor covering,' says a Porcelanosa trend expert. 'You can also create a focal point, choosing one element of the room, like the kitchen island, and cover it using patchwork prints.'
2. New heritage
Every year, Original Style works closely with leading designers and interior experts to assess what colors, styles and schemes will embrace the interior scene in the upcoming year.
This year, they’ve teamed up with London-based interior design duo, 2LG Studio, to bring you their top tile trend predictions for 2021… Think decorative details, fine craftsmanship and timeless colorways. Through incorporatingclassic qualities of historical interior décor alongside modern influences, you can create a space that withstands the test of time whilst ensuring your home never goes out of style.
'What’s wonderful about the New Heritage trend is that you don’t have to have to a period property to embrace it,' says Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead, of 2LG Studio.
'It’s all about capitalising on momentous historic décor, such as from Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco movements, and adapting and mixing these styles to suit your interior – think Victorian floor tiles in modern colorways and rich, deep glazed tiles in contemporary formations such as herringbone or stack bond. Take something old and add a modern twist – this is what New Heritage is all about.'
3. Perfect patina
'The latest patterns on tiles are hand-painted and organic,' says Damla Turgut, Founder of Otto Tiles & Design.
'As such, designs have natural variations which create vibrant unique surfaces full of character. Hand drawn, hand-painted and glazed.'
The brand's Coral Oriental Fairy ceramic tiles are made by artisans using age old techniques. Rich in color and glossy in texture, the traditional Turkish delicate figurative design creates the feel of a luxurious exotic retreat.
4. Terrific terrazzo
'Terrazzo in all shapes and colors remains a dominant trend as we enter into 2021,' says Damla. 'Its decorative speckled design and soft textural pattern is understated, endlessly stylish and versatile.'
Brand communications manager and tile consultant at Topps Tiles, Harriet Goodacre, agrees saying: 'Terrazzo is fast becoming an interiors favourite as a more affordable alternative to marble or granite.
There are virtually unlimited color and material options – fragments can be anything from marble to quartz, glass and metal – and this mix creates depth and texture, whilst a smooth finish keeps the look modern.'
5. Art Deco exuberance
Decorative Art Deco fan shapes take the lead for 2021.
Otto Tiles & Design’s Fish Scale Turquoise Ceramic tiles are perfect for creating a feature wall with its rounded shape and curved lines providing a welcome escape from classic square, metro brick tiles and angular geometric patterns.
'The bold playful color is a simple but effective tool for personalizing a space,' says Damla.
6. Dark drama
Just like a little black dress, a black bathroom is ultra-chic.
'Whilst a moody palette pairs with any interior style, when teamed with a Victoriana inspired scheme, black on black inky tiles and grout provide an expressive and artistic interior that can surprisingly open up a small space,' explains Damla.
In a striking diamond shape, Otto Tiles & Design’s Diamond Black encaustic ceramic tiles with their matte finish and slight gradient and variations of tone, create an interior full personality.
7. Unique styling
Shirley Holland, Marketing Director at CTD Tiles, says subtle differences in firm favourites will be seen coming through in tile trends 2021, but it's not all about the tiles themselves being different, but how we apply and style them.
The brand's Crackle tiles have a slightly different finish that adds a hint of uniqueness that homeowners are looking for, but laying the tiles in different formats is the key.
For example, vertically stacking metro tiles will put a new twist on a well-loved tile style, and mimics tongue-and-groove panelling.
8. Neutral pattern
While there is a lot of color coming through in tile trends 2021, there's also a focus on pared-back pattern hues.
Shirley Holland says: 'Feature walls and floors are remaining strong in more ‘subdued’ neutral palettes.' They're the perfect way to add life and interest to a room even if you don't want to go mad with bold, bright color.
9. The natural effect
Incorporating natural materials and bringing the outside in has been a popular movement within interiors for decades, but now – thanks to advancements in inkjet technology – this look can be achieved through tiles. Stone, wood, concrete and marble effects are all available in porcelain for a result that’s not only realistic but also wonderfully practical.
CDT Tiles' Shirley Holland says the ‘effect’ tiles will continue to grow in popularity in 2021 and they're going super-sized too, explaining: 'The marble-effect popularity is still rising… in larger formats now as well.'
The team at Original Style agrees, and says that mixing different textures also offers a contemporary twist, explaining: 'When it comes to texture play, it’s all about mixing up surface finishes within a space. This new look, full of contrasts, is based on texture pairing; rough with smooth and matt with gloss, in order to achieve an atmospheric look and sensory experience that draws the eye and encourages touch. This could also be illustrated by using seemingly contrasting materials, such as warm wood and cool marble.'
10. Big and bold
'Large format tiles offer a striking appearance that’s guaranteed to turn your head when you enter the room,' says Topps Tiles' Harriet Goodacre. 'Their considerable size provides a spacious feel to the space thanks to minimal grout lines. They also bring a decadence that is associated with the most premium of hotels.'
There’s plenty of variety in large format porcelain tiles as they are available in multiple effects, such as iconic types of marble, mixing this trend with the natural effect one. Harriet adds: 'Colored marble can provide greater variety such as emerald greens or an indulgent black. Our Stadia Storm tile offers a regal style with its rich charcoal hue and high gloss finish.'
11. Hexagon shaping
Anybody looking for something a little different will love the hexagon trend that's coming through – a great alternative to rectangular or metro tiles.
Combine the shape with other tile trends 2021, like a natural effect finish marble or wood, or throw in some hotel luxe features, like metallic accents or bold color (seen above in the Rhomba from Topps Tiles), also hot for next year.
Topps Tiles' Harriet Goodacre says: 'If you'd like to create a slightly edgier style then try mixing a classic marble with wood effect tiles for a more contemporary feature floor area. This medley of textures, shape and style is perfect for creating a grand, sweeping hallway or floor that’s totally unique.'