Bathroom tiling or wall finishes can make or break a bathroom and renovating this space can be one of the most costly projects in a home. We are bombarded by inspiring imagery and bathroom tile trends on a daily basis. Therefore, if you are looking to take the plunge and revamp this room it can be particularly daunting choosing the right wall finishing, as depending on the size of the bathroom, this could be the biggest expenditure of the project.
Should you opt for a plain tile for longevity? Or express yourself and interior tastes by choosing a bold pattern or bright colour? Looking at the most recent bathroom tile trends is an excellent start to choosing wall finishes for a bathroom. This can help to determine new looks on the scene, which will keep the room looking stylish for longer. The LuxPad explores the top six tiling and wall trends to consider for 2017…
Revamp the Metro Tile
Just in case you managed to miss the tiling phenomenon over the past few years which is the metro tile, this and subway tiling is the name given to the bevelled-edge tiles historically found in metro, underground and subway stations the world over. Available in an assortment of colours and price ranges, this look still remains outstandingly popular. The tiles have now become a modern classic for both kitchens and bathrooms and can be seen everywhere from top luxury hotels to hipster restaurants.
For those not wanting to follow the crowd and opt for the classic metro tile, more new ways of displaying them are popping up throughout the interior world, which is ideal if you are struggling to leave behind your love of the simple tile. Arranging the tiles in a herringbone design adds a dash of pattern to any bathroom whilst staying true to the metro tile’s industrial heritage. Whilst placing them vertically side by side as opposed to a layered brick effect, makes them look even more retro for those that love a 70s vibe. If you are still a huge fan of the classic layered brick pattern, you can even opt for narrower or smaller tiles for a fresher take on the original.
Get Creative with Concrete
Concrete is set to be a huge trend this year and is excellent for adding an industrial flair to any room in the home. Paired with a patterned tile or natural wooden elements, a concrete wall or floor finishing will add intrigue to the space and gives any bathroom the feel of a New York loft. The look can be pared back to look wonderfully minimal, or given a luxurious edge through the addition of warm metallic finishes such as copper or brass. Wonderfully versatile, the concrete finish complements a wide range of colours. The wall or floor finish can also be utilised in addition to other bathroom looks to add an on-trend industrial feel.
Let the Flooring do the Talking
Choosing the perfect floor tiling can be just as much of a minefield as choosing the wall tiling. However, as floor space is usually a lot smaller than wall space requiring tiling, flooring is far easier to replace than wall tiles. Because of this it could be more cost efficient to add more daring designs to your bathroom through the flooring which can be changed a few years down the line if your tastes change.We have seen boldly patterned floor tiles become increasingly popular in recent years and this trend is set to take off even more in 2017.
A patterned floor is an excellent complement to plain white or neutral tiles. Even in delicate colours themselves, they still pack a big interior punch that transforms the room instantly. Vintage, bohemian inspired tiles have been popular choices for bathroom floors over the past few years in both repeated and mixed pattern variations. This look is set to continue in 2017 and there have also been new designs such as fish scale inspired designs emerging in recent months.
If you are looking to be daring with your wall tiles, a key bathroom tile trend of 2017 is geometrics. From repeated triangles and circles, to hexagons and stars, simple geometric prints are stylish statements wherever placed and their crisp, clean look make them especially suited to bathrooms. Whether you opt for a geometric design which is soft or neutral in colour or go the full mile and infuse bright colours with the prints, geometrics are certain to brighten your mornings and evenings with their chic look.
Marble was a key interior material of 2016 and its popularity is showing no signs of slowing this year. Notoriously expensive, decking your bathroom out with real marble can be unrealistic for many but more and more bathroom brands are creating marble-look tiles making it a big bathroom tile trend for 2017. In many natural shades from fresh white, warm neutral and sleek black, the tiles are a modern take on the traditional wall to ceiling marble designs that historically graced top hotels and high-end homes and like concrete, marble also looks particularly elegant and contemporary mixed with metallic finishes.
Add Vintage Flair with Panelling
For those that love a vintage or antique interior look, a wall finishing which is becoming increasingly popular again for bathrooms is wooden wall panelling effects. With many options to consider from coastal tongue and grove panelling to majestic board and batten designs, these finishes add subtle detailing to the walls. Particularly effective against a traditional roll-top bath, they are timeless look suited to older properties and country houses. Most frequently seen in whites and creams, more statement colours such as inky blues and teals are appearing more and more.