Nothing completes the look of a bathroom quite like newly installed gleaming tile. Tile is a time-tested material for bathroom flooring due to its ability to resist moisture and damage over time. The right selection for the space can transform an ordinary functional restroom into a spa-like retreat. Today’s bathroom tile trends draw from past traditions and new advancements in materials and manufacturing. When designing or remodeling your bathroom, consider these current tile trends from the experts at Floor Coverings International KC South for your new bathroom flooring:
1. Classic Ceramic
Ceramic tile remains a popular choice due to its clean, crisp bathroom design effects as well as its durability. Ceramic is easy to clean and resists moisture beautifully. Ceramic tile is also available in a literal rainbow of colors as well as a range of shapes and sizes. In addition to a traditionally smooth finish, tile is also available in textured styles that can help to prevent slippage on the floor after your shower or bath. Try smaller-sized ceramic tiles arranged in compelling patterns and designs.
2. Durable Porcelain
As durable as ceramic tile is known to be, porcelain is even stronger. This is because the material is fired and finished at higher temperatures, which makes it less porous and even more water-resistant. Porcelain is extremely stain-resistant and creates a clean, bright effect in small spaces, lightening up bathroom areas considerably. Install larger-sized tiles to minimize grout lines and create a more spacious feel.
3. Natural, Touchable Stone
Stone offers a more organic and natural feel than ceramic or porcelain, making it a favorite bathroom tile choice. Choose from marble, granite, travertine, slate, or limestone. Some of these choices are more porous than others, and in these cases it is advisable to have them finished and sealed. Natural tile is more expensive than engineered options like porcelain and ceramic, but its warm, inviting feel is worth the cost to many homeowners. It also gives a more spa-like look that can stand up to years of use.
4. Mix and Match Tile Patterns
Can’t decide on just one tile material? You can mix and match tile designs for an appealing effect. Alternate smooth and textured surfaces with the same color tile for a more subtle design, or get more dramatic by combining different size tiles in a compelling pattern or design. Mixing tile types and sizes can make your bathroom floor truly unique and even make the floor the design focal point of the space.
5. Heated Tile Floors
One of the drawbacks of tile is that it tends to be cold to walk on. However, this trend in tile flooring can address that. A heated tile floor can be created with the installation of a radiant floor heating system underneath the tile. This ensures that your bathroom floor will always be comfortable underfoot at any time of the day or night – as well as after you step out of the shower or bath.
Current bathroom flooring trends embody both the expected and the unexpected. If you’re doing a bathroom remodel this year, consider tapping into these flooring trends for 2017. Schedule your free in-home design consultation to go over this and more! We proudly serve the greater Overland Park, Olathe, Leawood areas and look forward to working with you.
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