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These 10 Popular Tile Designs are Taking Over Homes in 2018

March 28, 2018 · Paid Partnership with Hafary Singapore
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From floors, walls, backsplashes to everything in between, the easiest way to transform any space from blah to wow is? You guessed it – the ever-humble tile. But with endless varieties and combinations to choose from, where should you even start?

Well, a good place to begin is to check out what others are loving! We’ve rounded up 10 popular tile trends that are set to take homes (and homeowners) by storm in 2018 – and how you can nail these looks to a tee with Hafary’s wide variety of tile offerings. Consider your tile-shopping headache, solved!


1. Herringbone and Chevron Patterns

Great for: Floors, bathrooms, feature walls, backsplashes

Tile Trends 2018 Hafary

Interior Designer: Team Interior

Herringbone and chevron patterns have enjoyed decent popularity in recent years, thanks to its bold, yet classic aesthetic. But these V-shaped motifs – one of Pinterest’s biggest home decor trends in 2018 – is about to get bigger, as its versatile look is adapted into not just wooden planks but tiles as well.

Tile Trends 2018 Hafary

Interior Designer: Create

From glossy, ceramic Subway tiles to realistic wood-effect versions, herringbone and chevron layouts have been favoured on kitchen backsplashes and bathrooms for a lil’ visual oomph.

Note: They may look similar, but herringbone and chevron layouts differ!

Tile Trends 2018 Hafary

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Tile Trends 2018 Hafary

Equipe Ceramicas ChevronWall Black and White | Argenta Ceramica Boxwood Summer


2. Terrazzo Effect

Great for: Floors, bathrooms

Tile Trends 2018 Hafary

Interior Designer: Free Space Intent

As they say – something old, something new. Your grandma’s retro-looking terrazzo tiles from the 1960s are making a comeback as an achingly hip flooring alternative (with an old-school twist). For something that looks a little more timeless – go for classic, neutral shades like grey and creams.

Get the Look from Hafary:

Tile Trends 2018 Hafary

14 Ora Italiana Ravv Ferro Micro | Terrazzo Bianco Perla


3. Terracotta Effect Tiles

Great for: Floors, bathrooms

Tile Trends 2018 Hafary

Interior Designer: Asolidplan

There’s more to terracotta than being the tile-of-choice for outdoor spaces. For one, it isn’t only limited to its iconic, reddish hues. If you’re looking for something more modern than rustic, today’s terracotta effect tiles come in a variety of muted colours, such as grey.

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Tile Trends 2018 Hafary

Marazzi Bisque Cotto | Ceramica Euro Cotto Bruno


4. 1950s Square Ceramic Tiles

Great for: Bathrooms, backsplashes

Tile Trends 2018 Hafary

Interior Designer: Fifth Avenue Interior

First terrazzo, now this. Further proof that trends always come full circle, plain, outdated square ceramic tiles are favoured once again for their clean, 1950s modernist aesthetic. But unlike conventional 4x4 tiles of the past, today’s version focuses on creating a sleek yet graphic impact through high-gloss finishes and complementing grout colours to show off its grid-like look.

Get the Look from Hafary:

Tile Trends 2018 Hafary

Mosaic Tile VWB20075 | Equipe Ceramicas Coralstone Grey


5. Odd-Edged Tiling

Great for: Feature walls, floors

Tile Trends 2018 Hafary

Interior Designer: Fifth Avenue Interior

Perfection’s great and all, but nothing beats a hint of spontaneity! In line with the wabi-sabi movement (another huge trend in 2018) that’s all about embracing imperfection, unfinished, odd-edged tiling have become increasingly popular in spaces for an unexpected, visual punch. Pair odd-shaped tiles (like honeycomb or diamond tiles) on smooth, linear backdrops to create a ‘creeping up’ effect.

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Tile Trends 2018 Hafary

APE Ceramic Hexagon Verona White | Gamma Due Melograno | STN Ceramica Torvik Blanco


6. Odd-Shaped Tiles

Great for: Bathrooms, backsplashes, flooring, feature walls

Tile Trends 2018 Hafary

Interior Designer: The Scientist

While we’re on the subject of odd-shaped tiles – we mean tiles that aren’t in your usual square or rectangular, boxy shapes. Think hex/honeycombs, fishscale, rhombic or even Provencal-shaped pieces that bring something different to the table. A word of advice? Use one type at a time in a designated area – so it wouldn’t look like tile overkill.

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Tile Trends 2018 Hafary
Tile Trends 2018 Hafary

Interior Designer: Chapter One Interior Design

Meanwhile, if unfinished tile edges have got the inner OCD in you screaming, you can still opt for a cleaner alternative – the half-wall. Well suited for linear tile shapes like subway tiles, the half wall allows one to neatly play around with an alternative colour or finish for variety. But if you’re not so good at matching hues, the ever-classic white, painted wall never fails!

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Tile Trends 2018 Hafary

Cifre Opal Turquoise | Cifre Opal Marine


8. Textured Tiles

Great for: Bathrooms, backsplashes

Tile Trends 2018 Hafary

Interior Designer: Crescendo Interior & Lifestyle

Step aside, matte and glossy – the new ‘it’ finish is a perfect balance in between. Textured tiles are gaining popularity in spaces for a subtle, artisanal touch. With an irregular finish that makes it look handmade, textured tiles are great if you’re looking add dimension whilst sticking to a neutral or single colour palette in a space.

Get the Look from Hafary:

Tile Trends 2018 Hafary

Carmen Ceramic Art Grunge Iron | Ceramica Sant Agostino Blendart Grey | Tendencias Ceramicas Handmade Snow


9. Graphic Patterned Tiles

Great for: Backsplashes, bathrooms, feature walls, flooring

Tile Trends 2018 Hafary

Interior Designer: The Scientist

That’s right, show-stopping graphic tiles are still a popular pick in households for an instant, statement-making look. However, today’s patterns are more than just the usual Peranakan or Morroccan styles, which still look great (but can come off a tad ethnic/eclectic). Simpler, modern geometric shapes are now equally favoured, thanks to its abstract look which works well with most spaces.

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Tile Trends 2018 Hafary
Tile Trends 2018 Hafary

Interior Designer: Voila

With individual tiles that are sized as small as a coin, the aptly named penny tiles (another way to describe mosaic tiles, really) is witnessing a revival – especially in kitchen and bathroom spaces. What’s the allure, you may ask? When laid out onto larger area, each individual piece combines to form a magical, overarching texture that actually ‘shimmers’ when light reflects on its surface.

Get the Look from Hafary:

Tile Trends 2018 Hafary

Mosaic Tile MDS DASB71 | Mosaic Tile HU2010004 | Mosaic Tile Volakas Hexagon


Your tile shopping, solved.

With over 3,000 products from all over the world, Hafary is the leading building materials supplier serving homeowners, interior designers, architects, contractors and developers for more than 35 years. Offering cutting edge designs, quality service and favourable pricing, Hafary provides its clients high quality tiles (and more) - at affordable prices. See and feel its wide range of material offerings and find your perfect match in any of Hafary's three showrooms, located island wide.

For more information and tile inspiration, visit www.hafary.com.sg.

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