Design Trends in Bathroom Tile

September 11, 2014
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What do copper, stainless, hardwood, and glass have in common? They represent some of the hottest tile trends popping up in hip bathrooms. For today’s post, we wanted to highlight popular design trends that we are seeing in many of our customer’s new bathrooms:

Glass Tiles
Glass accent tile is a really exciting choice right now. It’s being used for backsplashes, shower walls, and as accents on floors. Glass tiles add a depth, sparkle, and luminescence not found in ceramic or natural stone. With a broad color palette, and finishes ranging from glossy to flat, glass tiles can fit most design schemes. When used sparingly, vivid glass tiles can provide exciting visual highlights. Conversely, when covering an entire bathroom wall, glass tile can create a luxurious spa-like atmosphere. As a bonus, many glass tiles are made from recycled glass, adding a great “green” element to their appeal.

Metal Tiles
Looking for a tile that complements either traditional or contemporary bathrooms? The natural choice is metal wall tile. In many cases and applications, metal tiles are more interesting than those huge sheets of stainless or copper! The use of small metal wall tiles allows homeowners to create different and unique patterns and designs. The most obvious application for metal wall tile is on the backsplash. For a polished, contemporary look, you can go with stainless steel, which is available in finishes ranging from satin to brushed; while warm bronze or copper tile adds a timeless beauty to baths with more traditional style.

Hardwood Porcelain Tiles
We all love the look of hardwood flooring, but most contractors agree that it has no place in a moist bathroom. However, the next best thing may be faux hardwood porcelain tile. The tile industry has become really creative at manufacturing tiles out of one material to look like another material, and a perfect example is porcelain tile made to look like real hardwood. It’s a great, practical alternative to hardwood or laminate, while still providing that modern finish. Available in 2-, 3- and 4-inch tiles, it is much easier to care for than real wood, and porcelain’s natural resistance to moisture makes it an appropriate material for bath applications.

“Picture frame” a window
Does your bathroom have a window that seems a little out of place? Try incorporating it into your tile design by creating a “picture frame” around it in place of a traditional sill. For a totally finished look, simply remove a window’s existing wood casing and replace it with tile. We recommend a natural stone or ceramic border tile with some depth for the best results. And to really tie the look together, incorporate tile used elsewhere in the room.

With so many modern and trendy options available to you as homeowner, it can sometimes be a tough choice narrowing down what works with your needs while still fulfilling your wants. Fortunately, our unique TruYouDesign™ process has been instrumental in helping homeowners plan the project they envision on a budget they can afford. Let the professionals at MDV Remodeling help you choose the right tile for your bathroom remodel. Contact us today for a fast, free estimate.

*header image courtesy of Steve Johnson/

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