It’s been said time again that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, but what kind of bathroom or kitchen tiles will stand out in 2019 if you were to renovate these important spaces?
If you’re considering a renovation in 2019 for either your kitchen or bathroom then chances are you’ll be thinking of tiling at least part of your space.
Chic, stylish tiles can make a room look a million bucks, but choosing said tiles can be a stressful and time-consuming task, particularly if you have no idea where to start.
To help you on your quest for tile perfection in 2019, we spoke to tile expert Kat Fuller, from Perini Tiles, to seek her tips on the tile trends for 2019 and how to select the best tiles for your home.
1. Terrazzo tiles
There are no signs of slowing for this classic and timeless beauty, says Kate. In fact, terrazzo’s popularity status will continue to skyrocket in the year ahead.
The year 2019 will see a larger variety of colours, patterns and different size stone inclusions, too, she adds.
2. Block, rectangle and simple geometric
If you’re a fan of geometric tile shapes, then you’ll be loving the renewed interest in these beauties; geometric tiles are a great way to play with texture and shape in your home.
Kate says that simple, bold, block patterns will be favoured in 2019 and there will be a trend towards more innovative patterns being formed.
3. Wallpaper design
Looking to make a bold statement in your space? There’s nothing quite like going big with a bold, one-of-a-kind wallpaper-like design. Think deep floral decals, photographs and hyper-modern designs.
“Improved manufacturing processes in Italy mean tiles can be produced with high-definition ink technology,” explains Kate.
“These focus on creating realistic and seamless wallpaper designs such as our very popular Paper41 collection.”
4. Natural stone with metal inserts
More traditional stone tiles have been given a modern yet timeless update with the addition of eye-catching metal inserts, Kate explains.
Luxurious Carrara marble is given a whole new and exciting spin when it’s given a brass insert.
How to pick the correct tile for your space
Confused by the sheer number of surfaces available when selecting tiles? You’re not alone, Kate explains.
Tile selection can be a stressful part of any renovation project, but there are ways to make the process easier.
“It’s important to do a little homework before hitting the tile showrooms so that you can make a better-informed choice,” explains Kate.
It also saves you from being heartbroken when you find out the tile you selected isn’t appropriate for the area you want it for.
Here’s Kate’s quick guide on how to plan your tile installation:
Porcelain tiles are ﬁred at very high temperatures. Due to this manufacturing process, porcelain tiles have a very low water absorption rating, are scratch-resistant and easy to maintain.
Porcelain is suitable for ﬂoors, walls, splashbacks, feature walls and external areas.
Thanks to its durability, porcelain is the most popular choice for all areas of the home and even commercial spaces.
Cleaning tip: Use a soft cloth and mild, non-acidic household cleaner to clean your porcelain tiles.
Ceramic tiles are ideal for walls and ﬂoors that receive light to moderate foot traﬃc.
They are stain-resistant, ﬁre-resistant, will not fade in sunlight and are easy to clean.
Generally, ceramic tiles are softer than others making them easier to cut and install.
They are, however, over time more prone to wear and chipping than porcelain tiles if used on ﬂoors.
Cleaning tip: Use a soft cloth and a non-abrasive non-acidic cleaner.
3. Natural Stone
Natural stone tiles are tough and can be used on ﬂoors and walls. These tiles are unique – no two pieces are ever the same, explains Kate.
Characteristics can include tonal variation, veining and even fossil details.
Cleaning tip: Only mild, non-acidic cleaners can be used on these beauties so keep in mind you might have to change up your cleaning products.
4. Handmade Tiles
Handmade tiles oﬀer a style that is quite diﬀerent to any other tile available.
The characteristics achieved during the production process are truly amazing; think imperfect edges, glazed variation, interesting patterns and colours that contrast from tile to tile.
Every tile has its own handmade trademarks, highlighting a sense of uniqueness and beauty that is hard to beat. This simply cannot be achieved with a man-made product.