Guest Blog: New Shapes and Patterns in Tile

Christina Ginn, a vice president at Architectural Ceramics, discusses new trends in tile shapes and patterns

Recently I’ve noticed exciting patterns resurface in the tile industry.  The first to show up all over is plaid, or what I like to call the Tartan look.  This is one of my personal favorites because of the historical significance of Tartans. Historically, each clan or region in Scotland was represented by a specific color or pattern of Tartan; my husband is part Scottish and below is the McRae Tartan:

Today, tile makers are creating this look in stone. The image below shows a Tartan-inspired design in tile with Architectural Ceramics’ Driftwood, Botticino, and Bianco Antico Honed Stone:

Another motif in vogue at the moment is the Arabesque.  This pattern was popular back in the 1970s but was commonly done in deep earthy tones resembling a  Mediterranean style.  Today’s resurgent Arabesque has a clean, timeless look that can be executed in either stone or ceramic.  Architectural Ceramics now stocks Arabesques in  Bianco Venatino marble (left) and  Calacatta (right) , as shown below.

Hexagons are another pattern on the rise. They were popular during the Victorian period, when they were often used in small black and white mosaics. Now we’re seeing hexagons in porcelain, stone, and ceramic tiles—and they come in various colors and sizes.

Here is Architectural Ceramics’ Bianco Venatino Hexagon Mosaic:

Last but not least, is the Herringbone (zig-zag) pattern. Trends in Southwestern-style clothing and home décor have influenced this design.

Herringbone patterns are showing up in myriad types of tile, including wood and stained-glass mosaic. Here is an example of porcelain tile (that looks like wood), done in a herringbone pattern:

And here is a stained-glass mosaic look done in a zig-zag pattern.

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