Looking for a new floor? You’re not the only one.
In 2017, three million square feet of ceramic tile was laid in the U.S. In fact, the U.S. market sells over 21 billion dollars’ worth of flooring each year!
So, how does that affect you? It gives you plenty of choices at reasonable prices, that’s how. And if you want to upgrade to a modern floor tile, now is a great time to do it.
For many homeowners, the biggest problem when choosing new tile is navigating the massive variety of options available. Not sure where to start? Here are five top picks for 2018 floor tiles.
1. Zellige Tiles
These Moroccan tiles come with deep, vibrant colors and a rippled texture, and their glossy finish immediately draws the eye. Plus, they provide a counterpoint to the asceticism of minimal space, like a modern kitchen.
Zellige tiles come in hundreds of different colors, with seafoam and black being the most popular. Manufacturers also offer them in a vast variety of shapes, such as hexagonal, square, and rectangular. You can also pick them up in round or octagonal shapes.
The tiles also lend a handmade, artisan feel to modern bathrooms, and they’re perfect for the shower.
2. Cement Tiles
No, these are not the slate-gray panels you see covering modern apartment complexes. Encaustic cement tiles are glossy, bright works of art.
The byzantine shapes covering the surface of these tiles impress even the most discerning flooring aficionados. And the the huge assortment of colors and patterns guarantees a fit for any room in which they come.
If you like patterns, you can’t go wrong with cement tiles.
3. Terracotta Tiles
If your tastes run more sustainable and organic, try terracotta. And, yes, they’re made from the same stuff the famed Chinese Terracotta Warriors are!
The red clay from which they’re made gives them a truly exotic feel, and they’re perfect for decks and other areas that receive direct sunlight. If you want earthy and natural, this is the way to go.
4. Marble Tiles
If you’re looking for elegance, marble is your best bet.
In 2018, subtle matte finishes, like honed marble, are popular. But remember: The cut of the marble limits the variety of patterns available.
Fortunately, marble already offers a natural, hypnotic blend of colors. No human intervention is necessary.
5. Wood-Look Tile
Ordinarily, ceramic tile is known for its resemblance to natural stone. That’s no longer the case. Tile manufacturers can now disguise tile to look like hardwood.
Popular textures include:
If you’ve always wanted a wood floor, but never wanted to deal with the maintenance, this is your best bet.
Further Notes on Modern Floor Tile
These popular tile choices are just the beginning. That’s why before you make your final decision, it’s important to consider your other options. Laminate flooring saves time and money, while hardwood flooring is another popular choice.
Take a few minutes to read our other articles to discover other options you may have missed. And, if you need one-on-one guidance, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
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