What Other Experts Are Saying

May 31, 2018

 

When it comes to trends and style, we want to make sure you’re getting a well-rounded opinion. Here’s a look at what other industry experts are anticipating in 2018:

 

“Tiles continue to be larger and get larger.  12×24 inch tiles are still popular, but there are tiles as large as 24×48 inches.  They are available with realistic types of stone, such as marble, limestone, travertine, and etc.  The concrete looks has become popular as well.  The wood look is still strong and the tile planks are getting as long as 48” at various widths.  With ink jet technology the tiles give a very realistic wood or stone or concrete looks with the durability and maintenance benefits of porcelain tiles.

 

The thin tile panels/slabs is a relatively small segment of the tile industry, but it is a fast growing segment.  Porcelain tiles are as large as 5×10 feet and can vary in thickness from 1/8” to ¾”.  It is more difficult tile to install and there is a shortage of qualified and experienced installers to install it.  With ink jet technology the tiles give a very realistic look of the various types of marble, limestone, concrete, and other types of styles and looks.

 

Rectangle subway tiles are still popular and more options in more sizes will be available in 2018.

 

The encaustic decorative tiles have become more desirable.  They are available in both the traditional concrete materials, and are not becoming available in porcelain tiles that are thinner, more durable and less expensive.

 

Glass tile is still going strong.  There are more larger size glass tiles with some as large as 24×24 inches.  There are many options of mosaic glass tiles that come in various shapes as glass tile liners and as field tiles.” – Donato Pompo, Ceramic Tile and Stone Consultants, Inc.“

 

Elongated tiles or planks have made a splash and are here to stay. If you are picking
wood looking tiles, real wood, laminate, or vinyl your best best is 6-8” wide and 24’-48” long. This size lends to a comfortable casual presentation. In ceramic tiles 12” wide and 24” long is the way to go. Gone are the days of square tiles small or large.

 

We all know that Grey is the new Beige and flooring colors are really showcasing that. Modern ceramic tiles are showing a multitude of grey tones and textures.

 

The way you lay a flooring pattern can really spice up whether it is trendy or not. You
can pick a very classic floor but lay it in a herringbone pattern to add drama to any
room. Herringbone and Chevron patterns are showing up everywhere, as well as laying a room on a diagonal.” – Courtney Greger, My Flipping Job

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