Terrazo, Concrete and Unique Tiling: Using Texture to Strike a Balance

Surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom are having a renaissance. From geometric shapes and matte materials to terrazo and bold patterns, there's no better way to completely transform your space than to experiment with these new motifs and textures. 
Terrazo in the bathroom and kitchen is having a huge comeback. This popular 80's favorite adds personality to the room, and is both modern and eccentric. Be sure to choose muted tones like black, white, grey and beige to ensure longevity of the design color palette. If you're looking for something more timeless, concrete is a good way to add a similar texture without being overwhelming.
Tiles with geometric patterns are one of the biggest trends in the kitchen and bath world. Geometric shapes and bold color blocking call back to the luxurious age of Art Deco, which celebrated abundance and extravagant, meticulous design.
Straying away from the popular subway tile look, designers are now opting for shaped tiles in geometric shapes like pentagons and hexagons. Whether you choose one uniformed color, or a varying monochrome look, these are a great option for creating geometric patterns without over-doing it.
Square stacked tiles are another very current and modern option. A call back to the increasingly-popular Memphis Design of the 1980's, the balanced proportions are ideal for color blocking! They can also create a very clean and classic aesthetic when applied in a monochrome color palette.
For those who prefer a rectangular shape, this classic style can be made new again when an organic pattern is applied. A monochrome color palette and a simple, spontaneous pattern can go a long way for creating depth and sophistication that feels entirely new.
Another way to rework the rectangular shape is using a vertically stacked pattern. With thousands of colors to choose from, this option really leaves freedom to create something colorful and exciting, or classy and subdued.

 

 

If you're still a sucker for the look of subway tiles but feel that you need something a little more cutting-edge, try experimenting with a crosshatch stacking pattern. This bold method can appear busy, so just be sure to keep the rest of the decor simple and sophisticated.


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