National Tiles lists out the Top Trends in tiling for 2016, especially for the benefit of those working on interior design and renovation jobs.

1. Rustic Chic 

Best expressed through exposed brick wall designs, Rustic Chic will continue to be popular for living spaces, bedrooms and even bathrooms in 2016. Brick look tiles can be used instead of real bricks to create a stylish loft-inspired environment, or elements representing country living can be incorporated within the home or workplace. National Tiles’ Chicago Brick range is a rustic European tile that can be used to achieve this look.

2. A Touch of Luxury

Classic and luxurious will be a key trend in 2016 for bathroom and kitchen renovations to achieve a timeless vibe. National Tiles’ Moroccan Lantern range renders an old world charm and sophistication - add accessories and furnishings complementing this elegant style to continue the luxurious theme. 

3. Sophisticated Scales

An increasingly popular range due to their unique shape and dramatic charm, fish scale tiles can fill any space from kitchens to bathrooms and restaurant bars. Particularly suitable for bathrooms, or to enhance water features due to their whimsical mermaid-style scales, National Tiles’ Fan Tiles are a sophisticated scale-inspired range suitable for wall applications. 

4. Stay Glossy

Traditional white gloss rectangular tiles are a classic favourite for their clean, simple and neutral vibe. A simple white gloss tile can enhance the space with a feature colour that complements the decor theme. A glossy finish is also a great choice when tiling the kitchen, bathroom or laundry for both added style and ease of cleaning.

5. Embrace Patterns

Patterned tiles are set to take over floors and walls in a big way during 2016, particularly styles such as National Tiles’ Exagon and Modena ranges. Patterned tiles are a great way to bring life to smaller spaces, whether it’s a bathroom feature wall, kitchen splashback or flooring in wet areas.

6. Terrific Timber

Timber look tiles will continue to be a crowd favourite as an alternative to wooden floors for their ability to bring warmth to a space without the hassles of maintenance associated with real timber floors. Timber look tiles can also be applied to walls to achieve a luxurious yet rustic environment - particularly in bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms and laundries. National Tiles’ natural Taiga tile range has a linear chromatic design that evokes an unspoiled natural setting in any contemporary interior. 

7. Splash Some Colour

This year’s trends also indicate a preference for bright colours over neutral shades. Bright coloured tiles are going to be popular for kitchen splashbacks or feature walls in 2016. One can simply choose a single bright colour, or mosaic a selection of colours for greater impact, with National Tiles offering endless tile colours to suit specific tastes and budgets.

8. Get Geometric

Used for centuries to enhance the mood, tone and texture of a living space, geometric shapes and patterns such as those from National Tiles’ Teakwood hexagon mosaic tiles are available in a stone finish and are suitable for creating a subtle or bold feature within a room. A geometric tile is a contemporary design element inspired by European bathroom styles. 

9. Classic Marble 

Marble inspired accents to achieve high-end design outcomes on a budget will be a popular trend in 2016. A marble feature wall is a stunning way to bring class and sophistication into the home without the hefty price tag of actual marble. National Tiles’ Carrara White Marble Hexagon Mosaics are a great way to achieve a beautiful natural feature in new builds or renovations.

Image: Timber look tiles will continue to be a crowd favourite as an alternative to wooden floors