Tile has been a favorite of homeowners for years, and it has stood the test of time. Hex, penny-round, subway, ceramic, porcelain, glass and metal are some of the more popular tiles to grace bathrooms in homes of yesterday and today. Tile continues to evolve with the times.
Textured tile is a tile trend for modern times, as featured in This Old House’s Top 100 Best New Home Products in the November/December 2011 issue. Let’s take a closer look at a few of these textured innovations.
One company that is scoring high marks for sustainability is the Porcelanosa Group. Porcelanosa Group’s product, PAR-KER is a parquet product, but it’s made from porcelain tile. Even though it’s a porcelain material, it still has a natural look of timber. It will stand up to heavy foot traffic and solar radiation, making it a product for both indoors and outdoors. It’s slip-resistant and non-porous. What that means is that you have the look of timber with the wear of tile, which will allow you to incorpoate that wood look in places that you wouldn’t normally expect to see it, such as in bathrooms and by pools.
If you love the look of stone, you’ll love this concrete product by Matcrete. It’s a 36” classic stone tile that uses fragments of broken slate and fractured stone to create unique tiles. Use them outside in courtyards, plazas, walkways, pool decks or patios.
For a stunning upscale look, you’ll love Beulah Listello. At 4 x 12 inches, it functions as an accent border tile. This tile is made from cut white marble pieces fitted around a vine-like pattern of black marble squares and triangles. This would be beautiful in a bathroom, kitchen or garden room as a lovely accent tile. If using it in a bathroom remodel, you could set it in a border around a mirror, above a sink or around the room where a chair rail would go. To bring the rest of the bathroom up to its standard, why not opt for a bathtub refinisher to give your tub or shower that like-new look?
You’ll find a classy look in the Basketweave Mountain White with Cobalt tile. It’s a mosaic 1 x 2.5 inch tile that looks beautiful wherever it is. It’s popularly used in bathrooms, powder rooms, showers and backsplashes. The cobalt blue square inserts make the white tile pop. After installing it in the kitchen, make your counters gleam with a countertop resurfacing.
When you’re stuck for ideas on a home improvement project, why not try out a textured tile look? Whether you favor traditional or modern décor, you’ll find a tile that will suit your style and home.