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A Taste of 2017 Tile Design Trends

Posted by Daltile Team on Oct 27, 2016 4:17:06 PM

As 2016 winds down, tile designers are already ramping up for the style that will define 2017. Here’s a little taste of what’s in store from design tastemakers aroud the world.

IMG_4897_resize.jpg*room scene from Cersaie 2016, not Daltile product


Color is a major piece of the home design puzzle. There’s a lot of buzz about change in 2017 and color is the first trend to feel it.

Pantone was on to something when they announced 2016’s color of the year, which was actually two pastel colors. 2017 will embrace more pastels, especially earthy, organic ones, or so said Marie Flanigan, award winning designer, to Houstonia Magazine earlier this year.

As for darker colors, blues are hotter than ever and deep green is coming in. Daltile designers visited Cersaie, the Italian tile trade show that sets the tone for the coming year, to get a sense of coming trends in the tile world. Shelly Halbert, product designer, said “Blue was everywhere—in stone-look, wood-look, and traditional tile.” Jewel tones and metallic—especially combined with other looks like cement—will also be hot.

What’s the overarching theme in color for 2017? Warmth. Metals will be more lived-in and less polished. Pastels will have a sunshiny spring overtone. Grey will tend toward taupe. Beige will reappear in a more modern incarnation.

Terracotta colors and turn-of-the century brick are excellent examples of this color sensibility. Get on this trend now with Daltile’s Brickwork tile. It has all the right colors and variations to embrace the right colors in the coming year.


IMG_4839_resize.jpg*room scene from Cersaie 2016, not Daltile product


Wood-look tile continues to be the prevalent force in floor trends for the year ahead. The plank size makes it ideal for parquet patterns like herringbone, chevron, and basketweave—and those were the favorite applications for wood-look tile at Cersaie.

Daltile offers many wood-looks for gorgeous flooring whatever your dream design. Look for everything from reclaimed-look Season Wood to classic Saddle Brook with more new wood-look series coming.

Textiles were also a big influence at the tile show. Think tweed suiting and linen—all bold looks on the floor that soften a space with the suppleness of textiles. Daltile currently offers textile-inspired tile, but look for more in 2017.

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*room scene from Cersaie 2016, not Daltile product


Design for the walls seems to be leaning toward the past. Exposed brick and metal from an old loft or renovated industrial space will continue to be on trend in 2017. There is also trend toward murals and art that cover an entire wall/s like you might see in ancient European castles. Lauren Macer of Sisalla Interior Design told Australian website, Domain, that we’ll see a comeback of cork on the wall—not just in the classic cork board, but coving the entire wall like chalkboards have done for the last few years.

The accent wall is only just coming into its heyday at the end of 2016 and the new options that can distinguish your walls are broad. Wallpaper, mosaic tile, and natural stone will all make a showing in 2017 on the wall. “It’s definitely a wow, an impact,” says Flannigan.

At Daltile, the emphasis for the wall has been on large format and textured tile for the walls. It’s something different that adds a lot to a space.


IMG_4857_resize.jpg*tile seen at Cersaie 2016, not Daltile product


One trend that you’ll see throughout many designs and applications in 2017 is texture. It’s great on the walls, floors, furnishings, everywhere! Designers pay close attention lately to balancing finishes and textures in a space the same way they balance light or color. A mix of smooth and textured surfaces complete a design.

Halbert reported that texture was a feature at Cersaie. “We’ll start to see multiple textures and finishes offered in a single tile series. Using several textures in a single room will be a popular option for commercial and residential designs alike.”

Handscraped wood-look tile, a geometric textured design, or even a simple raised pinstripe are all excellent ways to add either a bold or understated amount of texture. Marie Flanigan favors an organic texture that comes from natural materials like rattan or abaca.

Whatever your texture taste take a look at tile to add it to your design. You’ll be surprised just how much texture tile can offer, both literal and visual.

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