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11 Cool Trends in Tile

While the classic white subway design may always be in style, new trends are emerging when it comes to tile. If you're planning a tile project this year—whether it's flooring, a bathroom shower or a kitchen backsplash—here are 11 cool trends in tile to keep your eye on.

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If you’re looking for trendy tile, try pattern tiles for a backsplash or for the floor. Patterns and textures can help an otherwise drab space come alive.

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Throwback Colors

Remember that pink tile in your grandmother’s bathroom? It’s back in style! Think pink and baby blue tile with white and wood accents for an updated look.

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Outdoor Patterns

Patterns aren’t just for indoors. Try using some pretty patterns to liven up otherwise drab blocks or pavers on steps, patios and walkways.

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Floors with Interest

If you’re planning a floor tile project, consider using some patterned tiles surrounded by solid colors. The patterned block then looks like a rug. This design works well under a kitchen table to help define the space.

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Geometric Patterns

Geometric patterns are showing up everywhere when it comes to tile. Try tile pieces in hexagon, triangle and even diamond shapes or mix and match shapes for a one-of-a-kind look.

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Chevron Patterns

Try laying tile in a chevron pattern, whether you’re working on a backsplash, wall or on the floor. The chevron look works great with rectangular tiles in any size.

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Fish Scale

Also known as mermaid tile, this fish scale design will be in bathrooms everywhere in 2018. Trending colors include greens, blues and turquoise.

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Black and White

The classic black and white tile combo is one of those trends in tile that will never go out of style. For an updated look, think white tile with black grout, or black tile with white grout.

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Round Glass

Instead of square glass tile, look for round glass tile. These “penny tiles” will bring an upscale look to any bathroom.

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Bold Colors

Think big when it comes to color. Try choosing bold colors for a tile wall, or include pops of vibrant color mixed in with more muted shades on walls and floors.

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Metal panels with the look of tile add texture and interest to any room. Try adding some texture to your kitchen or even to a living or dining room accent wall.

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