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Trend Alert: Shaped Tiles

Posted by Daltile Team on Jun 18, 2015 6:00:00 AM

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Stone Mosaics in Crema Marfil 3 x 3 polished Baroque Mosaic

What are the hottest of-the-minute tile trends? We asked Corinthia Runge, the manager of the Daltile Design Studios, and she gave us an earful:

“Shapes, shapes, shapes!” she said.

"It just isn’t hip to be square anymore. There are so many options for different shapes in the tile world"

It just isn’t hip to be square anymore. There are so many options for different shapes in the tile world right now that you simply can’t pass them up. Why are shapes such a big deal? Believe it or not, it’s the technology. Runge explains,

“Water jet [technology] allows you to get exact cuts and patterns. You can cut a whole stone slab into those itty bitty pieces. It’s beautiful.”

Manufacturers feed the computer a pattern and the water jet technology cuts precision tiles in consistent shapes quickly. It makes an exclusive look achievable for more people.

And it doesn’t end there. Runge suggested that these shaped mosaic tiles open up a whole world of possibilities, like mixing stone types for a better color palette or depth of pattern. It makes you do a double-take when you see it on the wall and it’s walking on luxury in a floor installation.

Here are a few of our favorites to add to your tile design plans.

Penny Rounds

Retro Rounds in Saddle

Round tiles are a blast from the past that has come back like the spring after a long winter. They work equally well for designs that are playful as they do for elegant designs.

Retro Rounds

These one-inch penny rounds bring a classic into the 21st century with flair. They are available in vibrant colors that hint at times gone by and times to come simultaneously. They are the perfect intersection of contemporary and classic.


Want to update the round tile look even more? Opt for a metallic finish tile. Available in a ¾ inch brushed stainless, this mosaic is sure to capture attention.

Fashion Accents Nickel Blend Harlequin MosaicStone a' la Mod in Contempo White Oval PolishedLimestone Collection in Blanc et Beige BaroqueStone Mosaics Marble in Crema Marfil Classico 2 x 2 Hexagon Mosaic

Ovals, Harlequin, and Hexagon

These shapes are nothing new, even to the tile industry, but they’ve been updated to take on the demands of modern designs.

Stone Mosaics

These unique mosaics are marble and come in polished, honed, and sometimes tumbled finishes. Ovals can be placed horizontally or vertically for different effects in your space. Hexagon mosaic is stunning in classic marble colors like Chenille, Carrara, and Crema Marfil. Sizes range from ½ inch to two inches for oval and hex tiles.
Hexagon and oval tiles are available in limestone, and slate as well.

Fashion Accents

This mosaic combines metal and ceramic diamond-shaped tiles for a stunning and unique design. It’s a twist on the classic square mosaic that gives you the color variation and movement you want with an eye-popping shape.

The Marble Collection, Aura, and Martinique series also offer harlequin mosaics in different materials, finishes, and sizes from 1 x 2 all the way up to 3 x 6.

Limestone in Chenille White Marquise Stone Mosaic

Arabesque, Chevron, Marquise

The elegance of a curvy arabesque or marquise tile and the clean cut lines of the chevron all make a statement of their own. They can be the focal point of the room, or the background of a well-appointed space.

Limestone Collection

This collection of stone mosaics offers you some of the most interesting shaped tiles available. Each comes in mosaics of multiple shades that bring out the specialty shapes.

The graceful raindrop shape gives you the curves of the oval but retains some angles for added interest. The beautiful Moroccan-inspired arabesque or baroque style tile adds a sense of culture and history to your design. And the modern chevron creates trendy lines that will stand the test of time.


Showscape is a ceramic tile that gives the illusion of shape in a standard 12 x 12 tile. It is available in chevron, arabesque, and several other designs that provide shape without literal mosaic. It comes in classic colors, as well as bright colors.

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River Pebble

The natural look of river pebbles makes for an interesting shape on your wall or backsplash. These irregularly shaped mosaics introduce a rustic natural sense to your design.

Glass Pebbles

This pebble backsplash comes in several neutral colors and has an iridescent sheen. While it is high polish, it also comes off the wall with a texture that brings depth to your space.

Stone Mosaics

This river pebble mosaic is a bit different as the natural stone pebbles are cut so the finish is flat. You still get the natural river bottom effect without the raised texture.

Jump on the hottest trend and add some shape to your tile design with any of these specialty shapes.

Topics: Bathroom Tile Ideas, Kitchen Tile Ideas, Mosaic, Trends, Stone

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