Planning to remodel your bathroom soon? Whether you’re updating your hall bath or transforming your primary suite, you’ll want to make sure you’re up to date with the latest tips and trends on all things tile. To fill you in, we interviewed our go-to tile expert and owner of Kulp Tile, Peter Kulp. Here’s what he’s noticed in his projects throughout Montgomery and Bucks County:
Tile Shape & Size: Bigger is Better
Tile has been getting bigger over the years, and this trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down. In fact, while most residential projects still use 12” X 24” tile, Peter has gotten orders for tiles as large as 4’ X 8’ or even 10’ X 5’. Homeowners enjoy larger format tiles for their clean, contemporary looks, fewer grout lines, and sustainability.
These large format tiles aren’t just for the walls but are trending on shower floors as well. Many homeowners are forgoing drains in the middle of the floor for linear drains, which act like troughs on the side of the shower. With this system, the floor no longer needs a concave shape to drain the water, which opens opportunities to use larger tiles.
As far as shape, rectangular tile is much more common than square, and almost all of Peter’s clients request a staggered, brick pattern layout.
Tile Color & Texture: Smooth Moves
According to Peter, white and gray tiles continue to trend in 2023. White tile looks clean and elegant — ideal qualities in any bathroom. Furthermore, white and gray are timeless colors that will never go out of style, meaning homeowners can enjoy the look of their new space for years to come.
Stepping away from the late-90s-early-2000s love of raw texture, today’s homeowners opt for clean lines and smooth surfaces. The look of polished marble is far more desirable in today’s bathrooms than porous materials like the limestone that was once a very popular choice.
When asked about the biggest tile trend in the last decade, Peter says small grout lines are what stick out in his mind the most. As tiles get bigger, grout joints are getting smaller. With these smaller lines, homeowners enjoy faster, easier cleaning and a more even, modern look.
Looking for a different design? We love going the opposite direction with bold, glam grout.
Niches & Accent Tile: Practical, Stylish Solutions
Niches and accent tiles are key to achieving a one-of-a-kind style in the bathroom. Eye-level, decorative border lines in the shower were once a popular trend, but are becoming less common with the move toward larger format tiles. The small glass tiles typically used in these borders can be difficult to match up with the large, thick wall tiles.
Instead of the horizontal stripe, many Custom Craft clients have requested a vertical tile accent panel behind the fixtures that provides a visual statement as well as a convenient way of accessing the plumbing behind the wall. Shower floors and backsplashes behind the vanity are two other popular spots to get creative with accent tile.
Shower niches are also incredibly popular since they not only offer a focal point but also provide a cosmetically pleasing way of storing soap, shampoo, and more. No longer an eye sore with bulky, bullnose curbs, they are now designed to blend seamlessly into the wall and can be a natural spot to place a decorative mosaic.
Whether you stick with current trends or find your own style, your tile options are only limited to your imagination. Need help deciding what’s best for your space? We’re here for you. Contact us to learn more.