The Tile Design Trends to Watch in 2022
2021 has been a LONG year. But we made it, and it’s time to look upward and onward – and what a better way to get some much-needed inspiration for the year ahead, than looking at the most beautiful, innovative, and exciting tile trends 2022 is going to bring? Every year, TileBar works tirelessly to curate design-forward collections meant to inspire our clients and their spaces.
From a bigger focus on using sustainable and organic materials to a big emphasis on artistic expression and statement pieces, the future is full of thoughtful looks and trends that both feel fresh but stay timeless. Muted colors and natural materials are spiced up with innovative materials, bold patterns, and artistic designs. These are the top trends that will dominate 2022.
The Biggest Trends to Watch in 2022:
- The New Neutrals: Soothingly Muted Colors
- Design in Bloom: Expressive Floral Patterns
- Timeless Sustainability: Marble and Natural Stone
- The Great Outdoors: Wood Look Tiles
- Depths of Inspiration: 3D and Dimensional Tile
- Mix it Up: Mixed Materials in Luxe Combinations
The New Neutrals: Soothingly Muted Colors
After years of maximalist hues and bright colors dominating the world of design, 2022 brings with it a more subtle, muted rainbow of shades. After the beautifully serene shade of grayish-green was crowned the color of the year, our love affair with soothing colors continues.
Soft greens, blues, pinks, and earthy tones will dominate the color palettes of 2022, offering an alternative to what we think of as “neutrals”: gray, white, or even black. These relaxed-yet-colorful shades mesh seamlessly with the hottest décor trends, including modern rustic and cottagecore.
Yet, it’s not just a case of aesthetics; many studies show the positive effects of more organic color schemes, such as blue and green, on our blood pressure, heart rate, stress, and even creativity. These colors simply make us happier, and who doesn’t need a bit of that nowadays?
Design in Bloom: Expressive Floral Patterns
After covering the trending neutrals and dramatic natural stone, it’s time for some fun: floral patterns are back, and their coloring our spaces with an eternal feeling of spring. Floral patterns are a great way to follow the organic, nature-oriented trends while maintaining a playful, colorful agenda.
Floral tiles offer the perfect expression of botanical beauty. From waterjet cut marble mosaics to screen-printed porcelain wall tiles, floral tiles offer a colorful variety of styles and aesthetics, allowing us to bring the outdoor home and find inspiration in nature. Used as an accent piece or anchoring the entire design of a space, floral-patterned tiles and mosaics are promised to bring a refreshing joy to any room.
Timeless Sustainability: Marble and Natural Stones
Marble and other natural stones have always been popular construction materials. However, innovative new materials and recent design trends posed some competition to this timeless design material. Yet with the increasing focus on sustainability in design and the return to more organic, neutral looks, natural stone tiles are returning to the front of the stage.
Sourced from the earth, the production of natural stone and marble tile is significantly more environmentally sustainable than many other materials, emphasizing stone’s natural qualities. Abundantly available in nature, but also easy to recycle and upcycle, natural stone is versatile and strong, making its products last a lifetime.
Natural stone tiles support the movement back to a more natural approach to design, perfectly suitable for trends such as indoor-outdoor living. Marble and stone tiles promote an approach to design that doesn’t only look good, but also feels good, with functionality and durability in mind.
The Great Outdoors: Wood Looks
Perfectly complementing the rustic and farmhouse design trends we’ve seen in the past year; wood looks are coming back, and they are more dominant than ever. Offering a beautiful neutral quality that still captures great amounts of charm and personality, wood is one of the most evocative materials out there, instantly exuding warmth and endless style.
However, as natural wood requires a lot of maintenance, is less sustainable, and is relatively expensive, it’s been used less and less in contemporary construction. Offering the perfect solution to the problem is wood look porcelain tiles – providing the timeless look of natural wood with the unique qualities of porcelain.
With recent technological advancements, wood look tiles are more realistic and versatile than ever. Perfectly mimicking the unique textures, tones, and surfaces of natural woods, these products offer a beautiful alternative and are already dominating the charts when it comes to tile trends.
Depths of Inspiration: 3D and Dimensional Tile
With manufacturing technologies advancing at an accelerating speed, new and innovative ways of thinking about design open up. Incorporating 3D elements in interior design has always felt like a futuristic, uber-modern approach to design. But the future is here: dimensional tiles are everywhere, changing the way we think of design and architecture.
From low relief patterns to full-out sculptural elements, dimensional tiles offer a unique perspective in space. Serving as architectural elements, they create depth and dimension, playing with light and texture to ground the design and elevate it at the same time.
Mix it Up: Mixed Materials in Luxe Combinations
The recent years were marked by staying at home more. A lot more. Spending so much time in our spaces makes our homes the main place where we express our creativity and personalization. Unique textures, less-explored materials, and more than anything – an avoidance of cookie-cutter, Pinterest recycled designs.
Mixed material tiles offer unique, one-of-a-kind designs that can only be created with creative alchemy of materials and techniques. Combining metal with marble, different types of stones, or even unique printing techniques, these mixed material tiles add a statement and personality to every design.
Whether you’re opting for soothing neutrals or a vibrant super bloom, at TileBar you can find the most exciting tiles of 2022 – both trendy and timeless. Browse our large selection to find the perfect tile for your next project.
Erica Puccio is Chief Brand Officer of Tilebar. With over 20 years of experience in the design industry as an Interior Designer and Natural Stone and Tile expert, she brings her passion for the design community and the endless connection it brings with an overall conviction to inspire, promote, service, and celebrate great design.