Tile Trends from the Showrooms in Calgary

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This has been a week all about tile. We’ve been hanging around our tile suppliers putting a bunch of looks together. When we design for our clients, we like to source finishes that lean toward the classic side, like the kitchen above.

That’s not so say we don’t want it to be fashion forward…but we do want it to still look amazing in 10 years.

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You can never go wrong with white. It may not be the flashiest choice, but there’s something about a white kitchen or bathroom that always looks fresh.

Marble is a great choice for counters or backsplash tiles. Currently I’m loving this size backsplash tile. For the last few years it’s been all about white 3×6 subway tiles. The look below is still classic, but just different enough.

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Brick is everywhere right now, and although considered a classic finish, my advice is to be careful how and where you use it. Because brick is trending right now, it’s going to show up in spaces where it doesn’t really belong.

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Same with hexagon tiles. They’re hot right now. Like any trend, just be sure that it fits your space and it’s not just a default choice.

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As you can see by the pics I took in the showrooms, greys are warming up. It’s all about greige now (grey and beige).

Which is a good thing, because we’ve never once had a client say they want their home to be cold and chilly.

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Another hot tile trend  right now is the wood look tile. When it first came on the scene, it looked like tile trying to be wood. Over the last several years, it’s really improved. Now you almost have to touch it to know it’s not the real thing.

Which brings up the question, why not just use real wood? We think that using natural materials is the best way to go, but there are times when hardwood just won’t work…bathroom, laundry room, mudroom (to name a few).

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One thing that never goes out of style is craftsmanship. On a recent trip to the new Julian Tile showroom, we saw this beautiful mosaic. The picture doesn’t do it justice as it was simply stunning.

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If you’re currently selecting tile, take a look at what’s out there and try to envision your space ten years in the future. Will your selections still be beautiful?





Karen Fron Interior Design is a Calgary based design firm. We believe that a well functioning and beautiful home makes life better. It's not about how much you have, it's about using what you have to create beauty.


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