Popular bathroom tile trends from 2020/2021
In the last 20 years, we’ve seen bathroom concepts transform from utilitarian into rejuvenating. Homeowners increasingly want their bathrooms to serve as an escape from their hectic lives, leading many of them to choose a spa-inspired space.
If you’re a tile manufacturer, designer, distributor, seller, or all four: staying up-to-date on tile trends will ensure you are providing your customers (B2B or B2C) with the right kind of samples.
Some of the hottest bathroom tile trends we’ve seen so far in 2021 include:
- Updated Subway Tiles
Subway tiles are hardly new, but clever designers have found intriguing ways to refresh this classic look for today’s homeowner. Etched tiles, matte tiles, frosted glass, oversized tiles, variegated colors, and herringbone designs are all eye-catching designs that have brought subway tile bathrooms back to the forefront of bathroom style.
- Matte Finishes
Matte tilework is often used to soften the way light reflects in spacious bathrooms. In smaller rooms, glossy tiles can trick the eye into perceiving a larger space. More grandiose bathrooms (especially those with high ceilings) can feel too intensely bright and overwhelming to the senses due to so much light reflecting off high-gloss tile.
Instead, relying on matte finishes will make a grand bathroom feel more restful and inviting, which is precisely the feel most modern homeowners are pursuing.
- Botanical Designs
Houseplants are more popular today than they’ve been since the 1970s, which explains why tiles featuring botanical designs are flying off the shelves. We’ve seen beautiful botanical tiles with winding vines, flowering herbs, vintage floral watercolors, rustic leaf prints, bold wildflowers, whisper-soft etched ferns, and many other verdant, botanic patterns that breathe life into an indoor space.
Terrazzo has had a long, tumultuous history in design; while people have almost always loved the riotous colors and texture it brings, its fragility has meant that it fades in and out of popularity.
Today, however, terrazzo is normally crafted from epoxy rather than cement or glass, and consumers appreciate how light, durable, and gorgeous the array of modern terrazzo tiles are.
- Wood-look Tiles
Wood-like tiles are perfect for bathrooms and can be used in combination with other tiles to enhance the beauty of both materials. Unlike hardwood, this option is water-resistant, highly durable, and can be created with a good deal of texture to provide better protection against slipping.
- Strong Geometric Designs
While neutral bathrooms are still trending, we’re also seeing a rise in the number of colorful geometric tiles. Traditional geometric designs are becoming highly sought after, with mosaics, abstract meanderings, and nature-inspired geometric designs also appearing in many tile showrooms.
Is your business prepared with eye-catching tile samples and displays? Exalt Samples can create waterfall tile displays in 3, 5, 10, and 20-slot configurations, each of which are perfect for displaying an array of tile colors and designs.
We also find that our cradle displays are ideal for giving customers the opportunity to leaf through sample boards of tiles.
If you would like to infuse your retail floor with new, fresh, high-quality sample displays, contact us today! We look forward to crafting sample displays to your exact specifications.