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3 Top Tile Wall Coverings of 2016

Posted by Daltile Team on Oct 4, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Annapolis in Sail Gloss Bevel
Annapolis in Sail Gloss Bevel

The era of all white walls is quickly giving way to walls that are the centerpiece of the room rather than the backdrop. Whether it’s an accent wall or four basic walls with a twist, this year walls have become an important consideration in home and commercial design.

In no particular order, here are three of the top tile wall coverings of 2016.

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Stone has always been a great choice for making a design feel luxurious. In 2016 there has been a lot of stone on the walls in all kinds of designs from a rustic French provincial kitchen to a spa-like bathroom retreat.

Natural cleft-face stone and stacked stone gained popularity this year both indoors and out. It lends a sort of natural elegance that sets a wall apart.

A beautiful, polished slab of granite or exotic stone isn’t just for the kitchen island anymore. Homeowners and upscale businesses have taken to putting stone slab on the wall. The artwork of Mother Nature on the dining room wall or in the entryway makes a statement like little else can.

Stone and mixed-media stone tile or mosaics are another option that found its way to the top this year. Stone with metal, stone with glass, and stone with wood are combinations that attest to the fact that stone can do any style or design: traditional, contemporary, or transitional.


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Wood Plank

Wood on the wall is not a new idea. It’s a classic early American staple transformed into a trendy accent wall. Tile is an excellent choice for a plank wall.

Wood plank on the wall can be difficult to install and maintain, but tile is a different story. It is more uniform than wood and doesn’t warp as easily either. You won’t have to paint it or refinish it and cleaning is just a simple wipe down. Sarah Morales, product designer at Daltile says, "wood-look tile is here to stay--it's no longer a trend, it's entered the cannon."

You can get all types of wood tile for a plank wall. Season Wood is great for a reclaimed look. Acacia Valley is an exotic wood replica well suited to the wood plank wall. For something a bit more traditional, Saddle Brook is an excellent choice.

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Large Rectangles

Rectangular 12 x 24 tile is the new 12 x 12. It’s absolutely gorgeous on the floor or on the wall. And it has inspired a bunch of rectangular tile in all sizes with all sorts of interesting details to spice up a home or commercial space.

Annapolis is a contemporary take on subway tile in a 6 x 16 size and trend-forward colors. The highlight of this tile is the option of a beveled edge. The gentle bevel adds just a hint of pizazz that makes your design subtly different.

Try gargantuan porcelain panels for better wall coverage and smooth style. SlimLite has four collections to choose from, including metallic colors. These tiles can be used over old wall coverings, even old tile to save you some prep time. Refer to installation instructions for proper handling and setting.


Dress up your walls with some of these three top wall coverings and rediscover your space.

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Topics: Wood Look Tile, Mosaic, Trends, Stone, Wall Tile, Design

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