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On Wednesdays we love to talk about tile trends. There are so many different tile options it is hard to choose just one. Good thing there are a lot of different spaces in your home you can install tile for a new look. From copper tiles for your kitchen back splash to clean white subway tiles in your bathroom to beautiful mosaics the tile world is your oyster.
The first set of options is the material your tile is made of. Tile comes in a variety of materials including but not limited to; ceramic, porcelain, travertine, copper, slate, terracotta, marble and granite. You can find tiles that look like hardwood floors as well. Each of these materials attaches differently so you will want to look into HOW you are wanting to install the tile when choosing a material.
Another set of options you have to choose from is the pattern you are going to lay your tiles. Straight or Stack Bond is the most common and basic, the tiles are laid in straight lines so the grout lines end up like a grid. When buying your tiles try to make sure that they all have the same batch number. Different batches may have slight color variations that will show up in the finished product. Diagonal is similar to Straight but the tiles are laud on a 45 degree angle, turning squares into diamonds. This style can be used with a border as a feature in a kitchen back splash or for an entire floor to make a small room look bigger. Herringbone is perfect for hallways or outdoor paths, as the “V” in the pattern acts like arrows pointing you in the right direction, the herringbone pattern is achieved by laying rectangular tiles in a zig-zag pattern. Pin Wheel or Hopscotch is a design that uses a small square tile surrounded by much larger square tiles to create the effect of a spinning pinwheel. Tiles in contrasting colors should be chosen for the best effect.Stretcher bond uses square or rectangular tiles that are laid like bricks in a wall. The end of each tile is lined up with the center of the tiles that are both directly above and below it. This creates a staggered, but cohesive look. English Bond uses alternating rows of rectangular and square tiles. The square tiles are centered on the rectangles and the ends of all the tiles line up between rows.
Now to the fun options, PATTERN & SHAPE! You have picked your material, now you have to decide on a pattern and shape that fits your needs. You find solid colored tiles, painted tiles, stained tiles and acid washed tiles. When it comes to patterns and colors the world of tile has endless choices. Rectangle and square are the most common shapes but there are more and more options coming available. Hexagon shaped tiles create a fun pattern for solid colored tiles or a variety.
And last but not least when you tile in your home you will typically use grout. You can find different colored grout to use for your tile for extra customization of your spaces. You can re-grout your current tile for an easy DIY upgrade.
Now it’s up to you. Pick your room. Pick your tile material. Pick your tile shape. Pick your tile pattern. Pick your grout color. And decide how you want to lay the tile. Now, you are all set for a trendy home upgrade that is specific to your personal style and taste. Happy Tiling!