From the Floor Up

2016 Residential Trends

Posted by Daltile Team on Dec 23, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Trends for the Stylish Home

Looking back, you might wonder how avocado could have been a staple in home design. But it was, and it stuck around for the better part of 15 years. Whether you are building a new home or giving your existing home an update, paying attention to trends in home design can help you get off on the right foot. Residential trends tend to be ones that look great for decades—especially if they are as neutral and versatile as 2016’s are.

Here’s what Daltile product designers have discovered about what will set the trends in 2016.

Season Wood in Orchard Grey 12 x 48, 8 x 48, 6 x 48


As home owners reach for more green spaces in their living areas, organic foods, and a healthier lifestyle, the mindset extends to the inside of the house too. Consumers are drawn to designs that bring the warmth and comfort of the natural, like wood, stone, and marble.


Wood on floors and walls is an enduring look that has been an essential in homes for centuries. New developments and technology make wood-look tile a stylish choice today, as well as being a durable option. Wood-look tile comes in traditional looks, reclaimed looks, and in wide planks.

The rectified tile is cut precisely so you can have a minimal grout joint and a realistic looking floor or wall. Wood-look tile is gaining popularity not only because it looks great, but because of the lower maintenance involved.


Stone is another material for the home that has stood the test of time. Today, you can use porcelain tile that looks like stone and get the same effect without the maintenance required by stone.

Stone-look tile comes in all sorts of looks from granite to limestone. It is suitable for interior and exterior so you can continue your look from the house to the yard. Recently these tiles became available in a 24 x 48 size and they are excellent for large spaces like your great room or patio.


Marble is worth mentioning on its own because it the stone-of-the-moment. It brings a touch of luxury to your home and a wow factor that can’t be denied.

Available in several different finishes, and sizes, marble tile and slabs can go all over the house. Think about specialty shaped mosaics or large format floor tiles. In the coming year look for wall and floor marble tile in new shapes, sizes, and finishes that will take this trend to the next level.

Artigiano in Italian Alps and Tremiti Sand 3 x 6


Consumers are looking for more organic, handmade, and artisanal materials. Knowing the ingredients in your home’s materials is very appealing, especially if you are concerned about your family’s health.


The handmade trend embraces all things irregular and unique. It’s a new interpretation of old world craftsmanship. Tile is the perfect match for a handmade look. Look for rich colors and finishes, as well as wavy surfaces and brick-like sizes.


Another facet of the authenticity trend is reclamation. Humans desire a connection to the past that grounds them in the present. This look brings warmth and livable rusticity that translates well to many types of design especially industrial chic and rustic country.

Volume 1.0 in Degrees Silver


With the social movement into the city, it’s no surprise that exposed ductwork, bricks, and concrete are reaching trend status. For people who actually have those elements in their homes, all it takes is a few metallic accents to complete the look. But there are plenty of reproduction materials now available that will gain momentum as a style in homes that aren’t naturally “urban”.


Brick is the signature look of the urban trend. It’s rustic but modern, and never looks out of place. Thanks to today’s technology, tile that looks like brick is taking its place in this design. The tile comes in brick sizes like 2 x 8 and 4 x 8 for a realistic look. It’s recommended for both floor and wall applications.


This smooth yet worn look is perfect for open-plan floors where an expanse of space is best defined by either a below-the-radar neutral look or a detailed pattern that makes it the focus. Tile in the cement-look is available in planks, large format, and many grey-toned colors.

Ambassador in Jet Setter Dusk 24 x 48 on the floor and random linear mosaic on the shower wall


Stripes are in. But the linear look takes it to a more sophisticated place. Linear is anything with mono-directional lines and it can be found in naturally occurring stone, as an applied texture, or in wood and fabric looks.

Try long, thin tiles on a backsplash or a plank tile to get the look. Daltile’s new product, Ambassador, has a fabulous linear affect in a quartzite-inspired porcelain. This subtle textural element may be all you need to add some flair to your design.

Colors & Shapes

Grey will still be the go-to color in 2016, but you’ll start to see bolder, brighter colors accenting the grey. Shapes can bring interest to your design even in a monochromatic room. This year you’ll see plenty of patterns and shapes changing designs for the better.

Grey and Pastels

Every shade of grey is hot, but look for some pastels and even cream and beige starting to creep back into the palette. The Pantone color of the year is actually two different shades: Rose Quartz and Serenity, a blushed pink and baby blue, respectively. This introduces the idea of pastels back into the mix, which has already taken hold in Scandinavian design.


Clean, graphic shapes and abstract curves will start to make a statement in designs this year. Look for hexagon tiles in both small and large sizes. And the new kid on the block will be 3D tiles that pop off the wall with geometric texture.

Jewel Tide in Beach Pebble 5/8 Random mosaic

Wall Features

Picking a wall and making it the feature of the room is a growing trend that will expand into 2016. It will manifest in several ways from high-end vanity walls in the bathroom to single walls made into art in the living room.


Wall tile is traditionally smaller, usually not more than 3 x 6. But that’s all changing. There will be a shift to larger tiles for the walls in the residential market—all the way up to 12 x 24 and 13 x 39. The large rectangular tile that has enjoyed so much popularity will find its way onto the wall this year.


Using a single wall as an accent in a room makes a statement without having to commit to making the whole room that way. Whether you want to cover the wall behind the vanity with marble or simply add a wall of colored subway tile to the backsplash, you’ll be right on trend.

OutdoorHaut Monde on interior floor with Dignitary pavers on the exterior

There is a big emphasis on making the exterior of the home another living space. And that has homeowners adding outdoor kitchens and continuing kitchen tile onto the patio. Manufacturers are responding with versatile products to meet the need.


Pavers are thicker tiles specifically made for the outdoors. In 2016, look for pavers with a little more style than you are used to that will make outdoor spaces feel a little more like an extension of your home. They are low-maintenance and work great for walkways, driveways, and patios.


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