Picking out tiles for your bathroom remodelling project is not so simple anymore. There is so much variety in design, shape, colour, and texture that it can be overwhelming. A few years ago, tiles were mostly laid down for their functional benefits (resistance to water, durability, low maintenance) but today, their aesthetic impact is just as important as their function. This is why manufacturers have expanded their selections to provide really unique styles for homeowners. Bathroom Tiles Cape Town

With advice from our experts, we have identified the top 2020 bathroom tile trends you should be on the lookout for. They focus on finishes, colours, shapes, and patterns.

#1: Graphic Tile Patterns

Whether on the floor or the wall it’s the perfect accent tile in any room! Either in soft subtle hues or bold contrasting colours the intricate patterns available for these tiles with a lure you in and capture your heart. This trend is number one on our list because it’s going to be, or should I say, it already is HUGE! Patterned tiles will continue to expand in popularity. From subway tiles to ceramic, it’s safe to say that graphic pattern tiles can be anywhere and everywhere especially your bathroom.

This style really gives homeowners the chance to tap into their creative side or hire a designer to get creative for them. Right now we are mostly seeing encaustic ceramic tiles being a popular choice for those with patterned tiles, however, porcelain styles are coming out with the same thing! Expect to see an array of bold prints and colours all over tiles this year!

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#2: Move Over Glossy Tiles, Matte Finishes Are Here to Stay

The popularity of matte finish tiles follows us into the new year. They feature a soft but powerful beauty–style that does not get too overwhelming. An advantage of matte tiles is that they do not show smudges and watermarks as easily as glossy tiles. This makes them ideal for the bathroom floor, especially in busy bathrooms. The low sheen makes them easier to maintain. When installing matte finish tiles make sure there is enough lighting, both natural and artificial, as these tiles are not known for reflecting light.

Glossy finish tiles feature a more dramatic effect on the bathroom. They tend to create an elegant, highly polished look and feel. This is why they are still popular. They are especially great for small bathrooms as they tend to reflect plenty of light and create the perception of a space that is larger than it seems. But because they need more maintenance work and are a slip hazard, glossy finish tiles are often used on walls or low-traffic bathroom floor areas.

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#3: Neutral Tiles (Especially Whites!)

Contemporary designs make big use of neutral colours and this remains the case for 2020 bathroom tile trends. Bright colours such as blue, red and yellow are not commonplace in the bathroom and will not be the shining star anytime soon. Instead, homeowners are falling more in love with neutrals and especially nude neutrals such as grey and creams. Grey and beige have become super popular as complementary neutrals. So much so, that a new colour has emerged by name and featured in product selections.

For bathrooms that need a bit more brightness, white is perfect. The bathroom is built for relaxing and these colours reinforce this atmosphere. By being neutral, they allow the mind to stay calm and relax creating a sanctuary in the home. You can use these colours from the flooring all the way to the ceiling. To ensure the bathroom doesn’t become lifeless, layer in different shades of neutral colours, textures, shapes and/or finishes to bring everything together in a new and lovely way.

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#4: Modern Tile

More modern sleek and clean lines are starting to peek out as well. Even though patterns are still very much a factor they are going with a more modern feel to them. With the way, these manufacturers are able to create designs that look like real stone. You will see a boost in the tile that looks like something it’s not. Especially concrete looks! Large modern slabs made to look like concrete.

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#5: Subway Tiles with More Pizazz

Some may think subway tiles can be boring. Those white 3 by 6-inch rectangles can be quite commonplace. In 2020, subway tiles will get a bit more interesting as the tiles depart from the traditional size and pattern. Specifically, we are going to see these tiles offered in more colours, larger sizes, and a-typical design patterns (dome, bevelled, arched, and sculptural). Subway tiles are getting thicker and longer, with dimensions as large as 8 by 20.

Pair that with contrasting grout colour and the stage has been set for a marvellous reversal from the common all-white look. You can even couple different colours of tile in vertical or horizontal bands or incorporate different patterned tiles to create a delightful wall mosaic for your bathroom. It’s even becoming popular to see homeowners using mismatches tiles patterns or textures to get that unique bathroom design we all desire. The possibilities are really endless since subway tiles can be mixed and matched in all sorts of fascinating variations.

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Choosing the right tiles for your bathroom can be quite a challenge. There is so much variety. You have to choose what colour, finish, and shape you want not to mention the material itself. Hopefully, the above information on bathroom design trends for 2020 will help you decide which tiles will look best on your bathroom floor or walls.

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