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Kitchen & Bathroom Tile: Variations on Classic Designs

Trends and styles for kitchens and bathrooms come and go. What is popular with designers and in home magazines one year can look cliché or dated five years later. With that in mind, when it comes time to remodel a kitchen or bathroom, homeowners often look to classic, timeless designs that age gracefully, won’t go out of style, and not harm the resale value of their home. But “classic” doesn’t have to mean “boring” or “traditional.” Here are some variations on classic tile designs that are stylish but will never look dated.
Contrasting takes on the classic Subway tile.

Subway Tile

The Folsom bathroom remodel (above left) is clean, simple, and elegant – a quality that makes Subway tiles a top backsplash choice for kitchen and bathroom remodels. The white surface brightens the space, which is especially appealing for smaller rooms. These classic tiles feel clean and organized and are also easy to maintain. The variation of the Subway tile seen in this Chesterfield kitchen remodel (above right) takes the traditional Subway tile shape and adds color and texture for a more striking take on the classic style. It is an elegant contrast to the white custom cabinetry.

Pebble Tile

Pebble tile is a popular choice among homeowners because of its many color options and for its practicality in that its many grout joints make it a good choice for slippery surfaces like bathroom floors and showers.

A variation of Pebble Tile are non-uniform tiles, like this Lafayette Hill shower floor (right) that offer practical slip resistance as well as an interesting random element to a shower or bathroom remodel.

Herringbone Design

For homeowners looking for the cleanliness of Subway tile but want to add character with more dramatic lines, a Herringbone pattern may be a good choice. Herringbone’s repetitive tile pattern brings flair and texture to a room and can be used as a backsplash on bathroom walls, behind vanities, or in shower stalls.

The variation of the Subway tile and Herringbone pattern is seen in this Doylestown Contemporary kitchen. Elongated Subway-type tiles laid out in a modified Herringbone/Geometric pattern gives this kitchen remodel a more contemporary feel.

While trends come and go, there are some classic designs that will always stand the test of time.  Whatever your style, whatever your taste, there are variations of some classic styles and materials that will meet your needs.

Nick Kornea, President / Designer at Luxury Bath and Kitchens

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