We hear in the Showrooms from customers that it’s quite overwhelming choosing tiles – we totally get that! It’s such a big decision picking something that you are going to look at on a daily basis which is why it’s good to borrow samples and look at the in situ to gain a better perspective. It’s really easy to play it safe but there are some fantastic trends on the horizon for 2017 that we think are going to be really popular and will outshine generic, ‘safe’ tiles. See what we think is BIG this year in our Top 5 Trends below, we are pretty sure you’ll love them…
- Feature Walls
Still here going strong, the feature wall, except it’s getting better and bolder. Traditionally a feature wall was a contrasting panel of colour, maybe a bit of mosaic strips thrown in there too, but now it’s all about the texture and designs and covering a full wall. Having a feature wall with texture just adds that extra WOW factor to a bathroom. Colour contrasts and patterned tiles are still very popular, and even variating effects such as stone effect teamed with wood effect. It’s about grabbing everyone’s attention and making a statement! And if you don’t feel brave enough to do a full wall, a feature panel in a textured tile would be just as nice.
One of our favourite textured tiles perfect for creating a feature wall is the Vibrato.
- Metal effect
Tiles with a metal effect are making a comeback this year. Already very popular on the continent, this contemporary trend is being produced by many of the factories and is such a versatile effect. It can be used on walls and floors to bring a subtle element of the industrial look to you home with hints of copper, iron and steel.
Pamesa have produced the K-Koncept collection which has been very well received and from that we will stock the Sintex which is due to arrive in a few weeks. Large, metal effect tiles are going to everywhere this year.
- Stone effect
Stone effect will always be one in our Top 5 as it will fit seamlessly into any surrounding. There are so many varieties of stone effect that you’re spoilt for choice. Some designs are heavily textured and patterned to look and feel like real cuts of stone, others are soft and delicate so you still get that stone effect but it’s not as full on. The bonus with stone effect is it is timeless and you get the effects of real stone but with no maintenance and upkeep of natural stone.
We really love our Rainstone collection as it’s stone effect with a twist as it has a subtle wet look to it.
Patchwork tiles have been really popular throughout 2016 and are still very popular now with more selection than ever available. From 10x10cm right through to 60x60cm, these babies are a massive success. Patchwork tiles add excitement to what could be quite a plain space with the bold designs and bright colours and patterns and allow for you to really personalise your home. There are so many types to choose from and so many spaces you can use them in, it really is such an exciting trend.
Here at Rees Tiles we have great selection of patchwork tiles from bold and beautiful to subtle and muted. One of favourite collections is the Bombato Enzo as this is a lively, colourful patchwork tile with a quilted effect.
- Wood effect
Love wooden floors but don’t want the hassle of the upkeep and damage that can be done to real wood? Well our number 5 is a great alternative to real wood flooring and is really popular for all rooms in your home as well as feature walls too!
Wood effect tiles grew in popularity a couple of years ago and over time the designs, finishes and textures have improved dramatically. Now you can get tiles that look so much like real wood people wouldn’t be able to tell the difference side by side. Real wood can become damaged, scratched and scuffed, and yes, it can ben sanded down, but this can only be done so many times. With wood effect tiles you eliminate this headache right away, you simply fit and you’re done, and they’re suitable in wet areas too, which real wood is not!
One of our favourite wood effect tiles here is the Driftwood which looks superb.