Clean and green. The color green in muted shades is one of the newest neutrals showing up in tile. It’s a nod to the biophilia design trend that brings nature into the home, and it can be considered a sign of growth and well-being. “Green emphasizes biophilia, but also is indicative of better things to come, and has healing qualities,” Zurfluh says. “It’s known to be one of the most restful colors to the human eye.”
Subtle greens are showing up in many shapes and sizes, including the Kale color shown above from Emser Tile’s new Hues collection. The satin-finish 3-by-10-inch rectangular tiles have an organic, artisan-crafted feel and come in six colors.
Hip to be square. Square tile has been gaining popularity in recent years, but today’s squares are not the pink-squared bathroom tiles you grew up with. Many of the latest squares look hand-crafted and range from subdued neutrals to glossy and colorful. “We’re seeing squares really come back in style,” Emser’s Zurfluh says.
The 5-by-5-inch square tile in the new Flash collection from Arizona Tile, shown here in white, imitates handmade tile, with a glaze that varies between individual tiles in eight colors. The collection also includes a 3-by-12-inch tile.
Interesting geometry. This season’s selection of geometric tiles expands on a trend that’s here to stay. The raised relief patterns on Daltile’s new Aesthetic tiles add a modern, structural dimension to a wall. The collection features six 12-by-36-inch white ceramic raised-surface tiles, including Geometric, shown above, plus one flat tile.