Styles come and go, and the tile industry is no exception. These classic tiles are making a comeback with new and unique twists:

Black & White

This classic style is a complement to almost any color palette. The large, checkered pattern is making a comeback in a smaller, bolder, more graphic way. Smaller tiles allow for more creative patterns – blending the vintage feel with contemporary styles. Tiles can be square, hexagonal, octagonal, matte, glossy, in basket weave patterns, and so much more. The possibilities are almost endless.

Encaustic Tiles

Encaustic tiles are typically frost-proof and were therefore great in any outdoor application. These tiles are created with two or more colors of clay being mixed together to create a pattern. New trends have these tiles in boldly colored patterns and being used as flooring in bathrooms, kitchens, and even entryways.

Porcelain Tiles

Porcelain tiles are denser and less porous than other tiles, making them great for indoor and outdoor use as they are less likely to absorb water and crack. They are primarily used in bathrooms and kitchens as they are easily maintained due to their durability and stain resistance. Porcelain tiles come in an arrangement of sizes, styles, and textures – from a few inches to multiple feet long, from solid colors to wood grains to stone slabs, from smooth matte to reflective gloss to bush hammered.

Terra-Cotta Tiles

Terra-cotta tiles are making a comeback with a more modernized look. The tiles are appearing in pastel tones rather than the traditional browns and are being purchased in hexagonal patterns instead of the usual rectangular shape.

Terrazzo Tiles

Terrazzo Tiles are a marble mosaic flooring from the 1920’s Art Deco architecture. It was originally made by adding marble chips to concrete and then sanding until smooth. Now it can be purchased in tile form. It is gaining increasing popularity because of its longevity due to the ability to refinish it. Terrazzo tiles can be applied indoors or outdoors and in a variety of colors, seals, and designs. These tiles are typically used in large public buildings but can be manipulated to fit any home design.

Penny Round Tiles

Penny round tiles began as simple black-and-white patterns over kitchen and bathroom floors. The non-slip surface was easy to clean and simply classic. They have transformed into colorful patterns with a more durable surface to be used in foyers and as backsplashes. They can be purchased in sheets or as individual dots to allow for more creativity.

Subway Tiles

Subway tiles are simple and classic. They can be found in solid white, to natural stones, to marbled or glass. They are commonly found as kitchen backsplashes and bathroom shower walls. Today’s subway tiles are longer, leaner, and more texturized in comparison to the smooth, chunky bricks of the past.

Hexagon Tiles

Hexagon tile is making a comeback in old and new homes. Hexagonal tiles can be used as flooring or as a backsplash and can be in a monochromatic color scheme or spiced up in coordinating color patterns.

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