The start of a new year is always a great time to research all the latest interior trends, especially if you’re planning to update your home in the coming months. But with so many materials and options out there for flooring, furniture and the like, making sure that your space is up-to-date can be a little tricky!
So we’ve done our homework and put together our guide to new tile trends - read on to discover the inspiring designs that 2023 has in store. There’s something for everyone; bold colours, classic designs and modern textures that will have your home at the forefront of style.
Flaunt the Flute
It’s no secret that fluting is all over interiors right now; the classic vertical channels are found on everything from bowls and vases to kitchen islands and shower screens. Little surprise, then, fluted tiles are finally coming to the fore - the only question is what took them so long? After all, their sleek yet subtle lines will inject texture and interest into any space, helping you nail that retro-meets-modern interior scheme.
Let’s face it, times are certainly tough right now. Perhaps that’s why bold decors are suddenly becoming so popular; interiors that pop are one way to boost your morning mood, especially during the darker months. Our onyx-effect tiles are perfect for that task - polished, colourful and full of eye-catching charisma, they’re exactly what the design doctor ordered.
Inspired by semi-precious natural stones of the same name, these porcelain tiles offer a rich and dazzling aesthetic without the sky-high price-tag. They’re the polar opposite of the white marble tiles that have dominated in recent years, and will help you create a space that’s designed for one thing in particular - to impress. And while your friends and family coo over your exquisite taste, you can sit back and smile, knowing that you created your million dollar look for a whole lot less.
Time for Terracotta
Like blue jeans and Scrabble, terracotta tiles never really go out of fashion. But as we enter 2023, we’re spotting a real resurgence in the popularity of our terracotta-effect porcelain tiles. And for good reason - their earthy hues will help you create your own personal retreat that feels a million miles away from the noise, hustle and bustle of the outside world.
And this time round, it’s not just about the rustic look. This much-loved material is finding new ways to catch the eye, with a range of shapes and sizes opening up a world of design possibilities. Our current favourite is the terracotta herringbone tile; it’s the perfect balance between timeless and modern. The ideal choice for the budding interior designer in all of us, in other words!
Calm and Collected
In recent years, plain grey tiles have dominated the cool and minimal end of the tile market. It’s time, however, for a tectonic shift and we’re seeing travertine-effect tiles like Castello Beige reclaim their rightful place. It’s easy to see why; they offer a similar zen-style to concrete tiles, but with much warmer colouring.
The sandy hues are perfect for creating interiors that aren’t just cool and contemporary, they’re homely and inviting as well. Perfect for our troubled times, in other words! With oodles of organic appeal, it could be said that travertine tiles whisper and don’t shout - ensuring your room will look great forever, not just in 2023. And speaking of rooms, we’d say travertine has the potential to style almost any space in any home; whether you’re looking to create a ‘spathroom’ or simply refresh a tired kitchen floor.
Porcelain wood effect tiles are nothing new. After all, they’ve been a hot trend in flooring for the last decade. But that’s exactly the point - in 2023, we’ll see wood tiles become a new trend… on your walls.
And we’re not just talking planks, although they can offer a pretty striking look. Thanks to improvements in tile-making tech, the natural beauty of a wood panelled wall can now be recreated in modern porcelain. This means you can - finally - add a sophisticated backdrop to your shower or freestanding bath with a slatted wood-look wall that isn’t afraid of a little water. Of course, you can also lay these tiles on walls throughout your home, but we think it’s the bathroom where wooden wall tiles will find their native habitat.
Ok, so this year’s wall tiling trend that we’re really excited about? It has to be Kit Kat tiles. Since they burst onto the scene a year or so ago, they’ve become the go-to choice for interiors both modern and classic - according to Google, searches are up by a staggering 900% in the last twelve months alone.
But there’s plenty of time to get ahead of the curve - or should that be finger? And in our humble opinion, you really should. After all, how many other materials will make your room look seriously contemporary, yet in such a simple and stylish manner? We just can’t get enough of these beautiful wall tiles; their sumptuous glossy glazing, pared-back aesthetic and graceful shape really get our creative juices flowing.
Small and Moor-ish
Although larger tiles will always have their place, gone are the days when bigger was always better for floors. We’re noticing a shift back towards smaller tiles, and not just for those rooms where space is at a premium. If you love the look, then you have the demanding world of social media to thank - adding detail through herringbone planks or honeycomb tiles is a sure-fire way to make your room stand out on Instagram or Pinterest.
And in 2023, the trend will undergo a radical shift, evolving beyond simple squares and hexagons. Huge improvements in tile production tech means that intricate designs will come to the fore; previously, these interlocking shapes came with a hefty price-tag to match their artisanal good looks. This means that you can enjoy the beauty of traditional-looking Moroccan inlaid tiles throughout your home, without the cost, hassle or drawn-out delivery times. While they might be small in size, they’ll certainly fill your home with Moorish magic.