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Wondering what’s new in tile trends? Quite a bit.

Before you start thinking about tiling your bathroom or kitchen, keep in mind there are a variety of choices from stone to the even more exotic.

It’s also important to note that you should hire an expert to install any tiling and be able to walk you through the process from beginning to end.

Today, for the kitchen and bath areas porcelain tiles that mimic the look of European white oak planks that can be installed in herringbone patterns are big. Popular colors are grey, taupe and a variety of iridescent and metallic looks. But if porcelain doesn’t float your boat, there are other options.

Here are some other trends:

Textured tile: Muted and weathered tones are back in but not all of them are displayed in traditional ‘flat’ format. Textured and beveled tile are becoming increasingly popular because they often add dimension to traditionally flat surfaces.

Mosaic tile: A classic look that circulates in and out frequently is said to be back in fashion.

Geometric tile: Chevron, honeycomb, hexagon and stripes are also big now. This is a good option for the budget-minded as it offers bold patterns made with inexpensive ceramic and porcelain tiles.

There are also various European tiles like Travertine and stone to choose from that may also give a bath or kitchen a great new look.

How They Are Made

If you are curious, natural stones are quarried from the earth (basically a rock taken from underground) and fabricated into specific sizes and finishes.

Ceramic and porcelain tiles are made from a mixture of clay and other minerals that are compounded and blended, and made dense by the use of a press, and then have a finish (glaze) applied to them. They are then fired in a kiln. This is a different product to install and maintain than natural stone.

But in the end, there’s no doubt that tile continues to be the number one choice for homeowners in terms of flooring thanks to its easy maintenance, long life cycle, and sustainability.

If you are looking for a way to create drama in any rooms, and that are low maintenance, you should consider tile.

In fact, your return on investment will be rewarded many times over should you opt for tile flooring.

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