The Big Trend in Tiles

There is definitely a trend in towards the bigger, the better. Purchasers are now choosing the 24” x 24” or 12” x 24” tiles. The quality of the tile is different too-it’s polished and rectified. Basically on a rectified tile, it’s a sharp out instead of a stamp out so the corners are sharper. This allows a tile to be closer to the other tile, with a very tight grout line, so it almost looks like one sheet of flooring.

Marble porcelain tiles continue to be popular. You get the look of marble tile without the expensive price tag.

There’s another interesting look that’s making the way here from Italy-tiles that look like wood. The patterns are absolutely gorgeous, so you will want to put the tile in places you wouldn’t have thought of putting tiles before, such as a dining room.  Look for tile planks in a variety of interesting patterns, including weathered, distressed barn wood or aged painted planks. If you put wood-like tile on the floor, try brick tile on the wall.

What’s cooking in the kitchen?

The big news in kitchens is what’s happening with tiled walls. The time for matching the floor and wall is gone. Full height, lacquered backsplashes are a hit. They bring a sleek, minimalistic look to an ultra-modern kitchen. The lacquered glass is durable and easy to clean and the surface can be customized by sandblasting, engraving or cold-painting decorative patterns on glass.

Opt for unique, accent colors that will give your kitchen an extra pop, but don’t go to the extreme in colour choices that may turn potential buyers off, or you can choose more subdued tile that blends in with the walls and countertops but gives depth to the room. This might be a good choice if cupboards are old and outdated.

How can you increase your property value with tile?

Be prepared to be floored. New floor tiles in neutral colours can open up a room and make it feel more spacious, and the opposite is true. Darker tiles can warm up a large room while making it cozy and inviting.

Wall it up-Don’t just focus on the floors. Accent tiles along the border can add an extra design element or become a focal point of the room.

First impressions-The Entrance. One way to generate instantaneous appeal is with a tile design in the entryway, such as a large mosaic medallion.

Take it outside-Outdoor living spaces, and entertaining areas are adding new looks with wood tiles to create the spa-like backyard retreat.  

Richard Tait

Richard Tait

Sales Representative
CENTURY 21 Innovative Realty Inc., Brokerage*
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