If you’ve started house hunting, you’ve probably started taking notice of what’s hot in design trends. Gathering inspiration will help you start defining what you want your home to look and feel like. If you’re still looking for some inspiration there’s no better place to start than with Daltile product designers’ 2016 residential trends. Here’s their roundup of the hottest trends in hard surfaces for your new home:
1. Natural Materials
More and more homeowners are looking for sustainability in their home design and an organic and healthy lifestyle. Warmth and comfort in your home’s finishing materials will influence the way your home feels and the way you feel in it. Stone, wood and marble are excellent choices and they’re right on-trend. Stone-look tile comes in granite looks, travertine looks and even limestone looks. It can be used indoors or outdoors so you can continue the kitchen flooring right out onto the patio for stylish indoors-out living.
Wood-look tile performs well in high-traffic and wet areas and requires minimal maintenance. It goes equally as well on the wall as it does on the floor and is available in several plank sizes. The latest technology has allowed manufacturers to create wood-look tile so authentic you’ll need a second look to make sure it’s really tile.
2. Authentic Vibe
There’s a push toward authentic materials and design for the reassurance it provides homeowners. The warmth and lived-in feeling of barn wood floors, pallet planters, and revamped antiques brings instant rustic chic to your home. Try a brick-look on the wall or a tile with a textured surface. Rich colors and high variation add to the handmade feel.
City living is in and urban style is extending deep into the suburbs. Exposed brickwork, ductwork and concrete set the expectation for an urban revival. Add some metallic accents and wood-look or brick-look tile on the floor to complete the look.
The smooth look of cement is a necessity for urban design. Use cement in spaces where you need a neutral backdrop like open-floorplans or large rooms. Whether you want it on the walls or the floor, Daltile has you covered. Try cement-look tile in planks, large format and an array of grey-toned colors.
Stripes are timeless, but you can take your style to the next level with sophisticated linear patterns. Anything with mono-directional lines gives the same effect as stripes at a totally different level. You’ll find naturally occurring linear patterns in stone, textures, wood and fabrics.
Try linear pencil tiles or narrow tile strips as an accent, backsplash or feature wall. You could also go with a large format stone-look tile that has quartzite vein patterns. Linear patterns add a subtle texture to your design and provide visual interest.
5. Shape & Color
Grey is the feature color of 2016. But you’ll also start to see brighter, bolder colors accenting grey. Shapes too will make an appearance as a way to bring interest to monochromatic rooms.
Graphic shapes with clean lines and abstract curves are making a statement this year. Hexagons in all sizes are making a comeback. 3D wall tiles that literally jump off the wall bring geometric texture and interest to basic rooms.
6. Feature Walls
Turning one wall of the room into the focal point is a growing trend that will expand past 2016. We’re talking backsplashes and vanities, but we’re also talking subway tile or natural stone on living and dining room walls to make them into a work of art.
Wall tile sizes are growing from the classic 3 x 6 tiles to much larger formats. The 12 x 24 or even plank sizes on the wall are gaining popularity over mosaic or smaller tile. It was only a matter of time before flooring favorites influenced the walls.
Invite Daltile to be a part of your new home design process. Visit a gallery and view tile up close and personal today!
Originally appeared http://blogs.daltile.com/2016-residential-trends