New Tile Styles for Your Kitchen

It’s rare today to discover a kitchen that doesn’t include at least one tile component. And quite frequently, it’s a component you’d really like to modify! Tile ought to be selected with an eye on your cupboard finishes and counter tops so the last kitchen has a pulled-together appearance, not just a present one.

These 2012 tile trends from the top U.S. design facilities and upcoming Coverings trade show can give your kitchen a fresh new appearance when selected well. Which ones inspire you?

Ultra-large structure wall tiles are very much a trend for 2012. They work especially well in a backsplash area, like this one from American tile maker Crossville, as they are so much easier to wash than a normal 4- or 6-inch tile. Large format tiles are a great addition to a modern kitchen.

Graphic designs are sexy this year for the casual colour and layout they add to your kitchen. Texture can be added into the mix, as well, tying in yet another hot fashion.

A little graphic goes a long way, because you can see in this Ceramic Tile of Italy backsplash, so look at using it as a focus.

Subway tiles steriods are a certain tendency for 2012. No longer just small and white, this traditional design is becoming a brilliant, outsized makeover, as you see in this Fireclay Tile backsplash.

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Glass tile is an ongoing tendency for 2012. You will see it in glittery mosaics, as shown here, and in formats that are larger.

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Metallics will still be on trend for 2012. You will see them , as shown in this backsplash, and blended in with other tile materials.

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Mosaics are an ancient art that is seeing a comeback. You do not need to restrict yourself to traditional themes either, as this backsplash declares.

Mosaics are an perfect element for personalizing your distance, a certain kitchen tendency. Custom mosaic designers can create a backsplash or flooring rug which speaks to a hobby, background or passions.


Recycled materials are resource-friendly and great-looking, too. Fireclay Tile’s Debris Series, shown here, has been linked with other lines to give you green alternatives for your kitchen upgrade.

Tile doesn’t need to stand behind a sink or cooktop anymore. Tile accent walls, like the moment Ceramic Tile of Italy design, bring texture and colour to otherwise neutral spaces.

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Large-format tiles are also a strong tendency in kitchen floors this year. They usually have rectified borders, letting them install with minimum grout lines. This seems clean in addition to contemporary and minimizes maintenance.

Among the most popular trends of 2012 is wood-look flooring tile, like this one from Ceramic Tile of Italy. Unlike real wood, you do not have to be concerned about water spilling onto it. It looks good and wears well. You will just find that the tile is quite hard underfoot.

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