Posted on June 26, 2017
“Good design is good design, regardless of a style or setting.”
Modern industrial, high-end glam, farmhouse chic—today’s interior design trends run an expansive gamut in terms of popular styles. This is true residentially and commercially, and the range of styles can make specification of materials to support “good design” more challenging than usual. As trends continue to evolve more quickly than the design world can sometimes define them, the tile industry is staying in stride with the changing needs. Crossville is ceaselessly developing creative solutions that are versatile and unique to meet the varied demands.
We’re sure we’re not the only ones to have noticed that regardless of the style of a space, there’s been a steady inclination toward authenticity in design—keeping raw spaces raw and allowing the materials themselves to shine. This rings especially true in industrial design, where an emphasis on high ceilings and open concepts makes the right selection of finishes and materials even more important. To meet this aesthetic, innovation in porcelain tile planks has progressed tremendously to reveal the tell-tale variations of wood, beautifully honoring its natural imperfections while boasting enhanced durability and an option that’s easy to clean. Tile also earns accolades for its ability to add warmth to a backdrop of white walls and exposed ductwork, while a crisp wall of subway tiles can freshen a historic setting and highlight existing millwork.
These porcelain tiles look just like real wood and are durable and easy to maintain options for kitchens.
A 1960’s-era ranch house kitchen in Nashville was turned into something special with chic blue cabinetry, “hoopty” appliances, and Crossville’s SpeakEasy wood-look tiles on the floor. You can read about this project here at Apartment Therapy .
With the help of kitchen designer Susan Serra, TV chef and author Jaden Hair of the Steamy Kitchen blog also chose our SpeakEasy for her kitchen renovation. Get the scoop on this project here on our blog.
In recent years, countless shows, documentaries, and design books have touted the joys of small-space living. In today’s design-savvy world, those who are veering toward minimalism by going small are not minimizing their style. Even the most clean, livable spaces are often being decked in materials that offer maximum style. Tile answers the need for extremely easy cleaning in tight, small spaces while providing high-end looks and lasting appeal. A great example of tile’s balance of durability, cleanability, and beauty is the use of our Groove Glass mosaics in a tiny house designed to be utilized as an AirBnB property by Florida’s Nikki Vega. She utilized this glass collection’s luminous shapes to add a subtle yet luxurious touch to walls. This allowed for lightweight installation with maximum impact, adding cost-efficient detail and a bit of drama to tiny spaces that might otherwise seem lackluster. When square footage is at a minimum, tile can also save the day by seamlessly joining with other materials, providing distinction without the addition of space-consuming walls.
Our Groove Glass mosaics in this tiny house design by Nikki Vega add an eye-catching element to the diminutive space.
With its easy-to-maintain properties and myriad patterns and textures, tile is being used for much more than simply kitchen floors and shower surrounds. We’ve seen tile popping up unique configurations in hotel atriums, on bar fronts and staircases, and as lively focal points in a variety of commercial spaces. Mosaics piece together to form unexpected feature walls, accomplish eye-catching branding opportunities through signage, and provide transitions between connected spaces. When considering accents to add personality to a design, tile is also becoming a popular substitute for wall covering and artwork, with its endless catalog of mix-and-match patterns and colors. There are few unbreakable rules in design anymore, so the opportunity to experiment with one-of-a-kind combinations opens the door to inspiration even wider.
The exterior of El Fenix restaurant (left) is highlighted with a mix of our Color Blox porcelain tiles in a playful pattern that draws the eye to the entry and windows. On the right, our sparkly SideView Glass tiles create a glamorous focal point at a bebe checkout counter.
Regal Cinema’s signage (left) is accentuated with this vivd backdrop comprised of our Glass Blox mosaics. Our Laminam porcelain tile panels in Oxide illuminate the Stone Brewing Company’s back bar and logo (right).
No longer just a safe array of grays, beiges, greiges, and whites, tile options have expanded to include bright new color palettes and exciting geometrics in a plethora of sizes. With vibrant greens and blues and soft pastels now being accepted within modern tile trends, there’s no end to the versatility tile can offer when conceptualizing a playful design, either in a glam setting or a more understated space that needs a splash of color. Whether pulling inspiration from the fashion industry’s vibrant canvas, or taking cues from the more muted design trend of “blush as the new beige,” we don’t see tile as merely functional, but also a way to inject visual interest and a connection (or more bravely, a contrast) when dressing a space with paint, fabrics, and furnishings.
Shades of Pantone’s 2017 Fashion Color Report quickly went from the runway to interiors, and tile design is no exception. Mosaic tiles from our Brilliante Glass collection (left) in Aquamarine and Clear Sparkle echo Pantone’s Island Paradise and provide an eye-catching backdrop for this Las Vegas bar. In this colorful shower on the right, our Color by Numbers in Eleventh Hour is a dead ringer for Pantone’s Color of the Year, Greenery.
“Tile in itself is an inherently sustainable product,” as pointed out by John McClain of John McClain Design in Crossville’s recent panel discussion. This truth marks a valuable distinction among a dizzying assortment of materials to choose from, especially with the increasing number of clients seeking sustainable options. As a US manufacturer with award-winning sustainable manufacturing practices, we’ve long been an industry leader in green products. All tile made at our U.S. plants contains at least 4% recycled material, with over twenty products being crafted from over 20% recycled content, making Crossville collections earth-friendly alternatives for everything from tiny houses to grand commercial spaces.
We sat down with McClain and designer Nikki Vega of Bluetreehome, inviting their alternating perspectives on the tile trends they lean toward for their own designs, from eco-friendly to unapologetically glamorous. Watch, learn, and get new ideas for creative solutions to your own design challenges.