Many of our customers are always asking us prior to their bathroom remodel what the latest bathroom trends are. Bathroom designs and bathroom trends are very important aspects to consider when one is doing a bathroom remodel or even an addition to one’s home. Bathroom tile trends are important things to look into when deciding what type of materials to use for one’s project. The style of one’s home will generally dictate what type of style of materials will fit into their bathroom. Generally the open ended questions of “what is hot?” and “what is currently in style?” might not always be applicable depending on the style and configuration of a particular bathroom. Bathroom tile trends 2012 brought about many varieties of glass tile along with a heavy direction towards contemporary tiles. While many bathroom trends led our customers to glass tiles and contemporary tiles, many of the current bathroom tile trends also brought back the classical and timeless look of the white marbles such as Bianco Carrara and Calacatta Gold. White marbles are very popular since their timeless look is one that will always be popular and is sure to make a bathroom look spectacular. Along with the glass tiles and white marbles, the latest bathroom trend also brought us the “Zen” and “Spa-like” feel. This style includes many pebble tiles, slates, and claddings that are typically found in a day spa or luxurious massage parlor.
The bathroom tile trend of using glass tile has only recently been featured in trade magazines and in the latest advertisements for the tile industry. The quality and selection of glass tile has widely increased in the past couple years and have led the way to being specified and used more and more. Manufacturers such as AKDO, Oceanside Glass Tile and Trend Glass Group have begun releasing more and more glass tile options in not only mosaics, but large field tiles as well. The ability to mix and match field tiles with mosaics continues the bathroom trends of more modern applications with fewer grout lines and more continuous lines. Villiglass USA and Artistic Tile are one of the few manufactures who carry a full collection of large format glass tiles that are perfectly suitable for shower walls and kitchen backsplashes along with their complimentary glass tile mosaics in the same colors. The ability to have a large format glass tile is exactly what our customers and designers are looking for when wanting to re-create some of the trends that are found in so many popular magazines such as Architectural Digest and in the homes of the nation’s top designers. The Wolfgang White from Artistic Tile is one of the whitest glass tiles on the market, and their large 14”x20” field tile is perfect for an ultra-modern shower. We are happy to feature one of the largest showrooms in Los Angeles that specializes in glass tile for all applications, such as bathroom tile, backsplash tile, and even glass pool tile.
The latest bathroom trends also include numerous white marbles. White marbles, including Bianco Carrara and Calacatta Gold have been used as bathroom tiles for hundreds of years. The classic and timeless look of a white marble is sure to make any bathroom a stunning masterpiece, especially if it includes the numerous options that are available when it comes to mosaics and specialty trim pieces. Many of our vendors, including AKDO and Artistic Tile have a full collection of Bianco Carrara and Calacatta Gold mosaics and moldings to add and accentuate ones installation. Artistic Tile includes these white marbles in many of their water-jet mosaics such as their Claridges Mosaic which includes mother of pearl shell mosaic along with Bianco Carrara. The Claridges Mosaic is a modular water-jet pattern that is supposed to create a seamless installation for feature walls in a bathroom or even a fabulous tub surround. The white marbles are one of the most popular marbles because of their classic look is one that will never go out of date and for their large wide variety of accent pieces that are available. I love the fact that we can use a 12”x24” Bianco Carrara Marble on a shower wall and accent it with the Carrara Hexagon Mosaic on the shower floor and tie everything in together. Small bathroom design is used perfectly in conjunction with Bianco Carrara for its bright and warm color is perfect to brighten up a dark small bathroom and give it plenty of life. Many of our customers looking for white marbles in a small bathroom design are pleasantly surprised by how much brighter their bathrooms turn out once installed with Calacatta Gold or Bianco Carrara Marble.
Bathroom tile designs and bath trends that have recently been in demand have been for Master Bathrooms or Powder -Rooms that have a “Zen-like” feel or a resemblance to a spa. Bath designs that feature this type of look and feel are generally using a combination of slate tiles and pebble tiles to achieve this desired effect. Pebble tile from Island Stone has been one of our fastest growing products for their large selection of pebble tiles make it the perfect material for any Zen color palette you may have. Island Stone also carries a large variety of stacked pebble in their popular colors of Timor White, Medan Charcoal and Sumba Speckled. The stacked pebble collection is a perfect fit for the “Spa-like” feel in a bathroom for the installation in a shower allows water to drip down the pebbles and create an extraordinary look that is unmatched with any other bathroom tile. One of my favorite aspects of designing one of these new “Zen-like” bathrooms is that it allows for a great deal of materials with texture to be introduced into a bathroom. Island Stone also carries a wide range of Cladding materials that are perfect for a customer looking for a very rustic shower and wants to add some intrigue with it. These claddings are an amazing look in a bathroom searching for this latest bathroom tile trend for its texture and color tones fit this style and theme perfectly. Artistic Tile is a distributor of Zebrano vein-cut marble which is an absolute marvelous stone to work with for not only is it brushed, but its rich color tones are an amazing fit for customer searching for the spa-like feel bathroom with the Zen-like features. Artistic Tile has a large variety of tiles that fit bathroom trends that are geared towards this specific look. The Kyoto Collection from Artistic Tile is a Japanese made porcelain tile that is a 2”x9” textured porcelain with a stunning glazed surface. Please make sure to visit our award winning showroom to have us help you select the materials for your next in-home spa in your very own bathroom. We are happy to offer our clients the newest and greatest bathroom trends and help them re-create these applications in their own homes.