Trends come, and trends go.
As designers, we might look at trends, ooh and ahhh over them, but then relegate those images to “gee, wouldn’t be nice,” or “great ideas if I ever have a bottomless budget.”
But the following eight trends are ones worth noting. These industry-wide trends can be seen in a myriad of ways. They’re not today, but with creative thinking and planning, they can be extended and blended into future design and remodeling projects 5-7 years from now.
- Oversized, big format tiles. Move over standard 6×6 or 12×12-inch tiles… flooring tile is also going large – and we mean “LARGE”: 5’x10’ anyone? Tiles that have the look of real wood can come in 6×24 or even 12×24-inch formats. Why the oversize look? Think luxury. Oversized tiles can visually communicate a sense of luxury in just a glance. And don’t just think it’s for the floor: 24” length wall tiles are becoming popular too.
- 50 Shades of Grey.
While deep, super saturated tones are trending right now, it pays have a counter-balance in your rooms. And Grey is in. Take a page from our fashion friends: grey is a great backdrop to build on. It’s a staple color that looks great on its own AND can let the rest of your color palate stand out. Grey – a whole range of greys – is at your fingertips to blend in with your luxurious furnishings. Even wood-like flooring materials are coming in exotic and striking shades of grey: something that creates visual interest, and yet will be a solid foundational design element for your rooms for years.
- Reclaimed, weathered and distressed. The “reclaimed” wood trend isn’t going to go away anytime soon. The image speaks to the recycling/“green” movement. It evokes a sense of uniqueness – of authenticity – something that is particularly appealing to Millennials and Generation Z. Obviously, it’s great if you have a relationship with a local reclamation company to supply your hotel or business with enough reclaimed wood you need for your guest room redesign. But most firms don’t – and often there’s just not enough “reclaimed material” for the project on the time schedule it’s needed. A good alternative to this – getting the “reclaimed wood look” which evokes a rustic, authentic feeling – and yet in a tile format (which is better for baths) is a great option for hoteliers.
- Metallic Tiles.
Even if just used as small accents, metallic tiles can bring drama and life to a “standard” bathroom. One truly “hot” tone tip? Think copper! Think rose gold! There’s a reason why Apple uses these colors in their product designs. Metallics are hot. They speak of luxury. …Of durability. …Of quality.
- Marble tile – without the marble. Luxurious marble is so distinctive. But the costs – including to the environment – can be off-putting. Fortunately, today’s porcelain tiles are so amazingly realistic it’s hard to tell the difference! Get creative with this luxury style icon: look for marble-like tiling on not just floors but walls and counters too.
- Brick isn’t boring. Who says rectangular shapes have to be dull? Brick shapes – like the ubiquitous subway tiles — are making a splash in all sorts of bath and flooring designs. And why not? There’s so much flexibility and they can be so affordable!
- Tile textures. When you’re thinking of ways to create a lot of “punch” or impact in a space, texture is a go-to strategy that works wonders. Textures come in all sorts of forms: From faux wood or poured concrete to tiles that quite literally have a texture – even ones with three dimensional effects! For those on a budget, using texturized tiles can be a great way to add visual interest in a small space.
- Tile patterns.
Laying out tiles in engaging patters isn’t dead. Far from it! Think through your patters, however. Chevrons and linear formats are “in” – and a unique way to create movement and drama to a room. There are even ceramic tile manufacturers who are “softening” the hard-look of tile and creating patterns more reminiscent of area rugs or carpet!
Trends can come and go. But these design ideas can create a dramatic impact by updating the look in your guest rooms and baths — without your rooms looking dated too quickly. And with the right planning and forethought, each is also adaptable enough to “morph” into future room renovations.
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