There is no shortage of ideas and styles when it comes to flooring. Today’s tile market holds a wide variety of shapes, colours, sizes and textures to suit any design vision. Toronto’s most luxuriously appointed homes have seen tile sizes increase steadily over the years. Gone are the days of the tiny tile – today’s most expensive residence are now opting for oversized tiles ranging in size from 24”x24” and going all the way up to 48”x48” – with many variation in between.
Despite tile options getting larger, the variety of tile shapes and sizes is truly impressive – and the designers are using tiles in new, innovative ways. Instead of the traditional placement of subway tile, today’s trend sees these ubiquitous tiles being stacked instead. Designers are also opting for surprising uses of tile – from colour blocking certain areas with bold choices to using tiles on counters, sinks and more.
Oversized tiles are especially in right now as they create a luxurious, nearly seamless look in whatever space they are placed. Even small bathrooms benefit from oversized tiles as fewer joints means walls and floors looking like one, continuous area. Larger tiles are also a terrific wallpaper replacement as they create the same kind of aesthetic but requirement little maintenance.
The most popular tile colours remain in the shades of grey, although it is opening up and greens and blues are also quite trendy. However, one of the hottest tiles are currently those that resemble hardwood floors. These superb tiles have the look and texture of hand-scraped hardwood but have the durability and low-maintenance of tile. They are great for high humidity areas such as kitchens and bathrooms and can be matched with any actual hardwood found in the rest of the home.
Tiles are no longer just square or rectangle. Geometric shapes are being used in greater frequency and with very good effect. They can add visual interest in an otherwise dull area, give a room a focal point or even impart a homeowner’s unique personality into a setting. Geometric shaped tiles can be a fun way to spice up any area of your home.
Tiles can be used for more than just flooring. Walls, ceiling, counters, tables and more can benefit from being given the tile treatment.