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Top Ten Tile Trends for 2021

Posted by Direct Tile Warehouse | Monday, October 12, 2020


Looking for interior design and tile ideas for 2021? We’ve put together the latest trends set to dominate walls and floors in the new year.

Whether you’re renovating or redecorating, we’ve perused the latest interior design ideas and scoured through our data to find what people are searching for to bring you our top 10 emerging tile trends to get you up to date for 2021.

Tile Styles for 2021

Bring out the beige

Beige often gets a bad rap, but this versatile neutral shade is having a massive revival lately, thanks to the Dulux Colour of the Year ‘Brave Ground’.  The beauty of beige tiles is that they work well in both contemporary and classic rooms, and the possibilities are endless when it comes to accompanying furnishings and décor.

Domus Beige Tiles from Direct Tile Warehouse

Domus Beige Floor Tiles
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Industrial Concrete Effect

Concrete effect tiles will be leading the way in 2021 and it’s easy to see why. Ideal for lovers of minimalism, their stylish clean lines provide a chic, industrial and modern feel that works perfectly across open-plan kitchens and living areas, creating a slick blank canvas that you can constantly refresh with different accessories.

Argon industrial Grey Floor Tiles from Direct Tile Warehouse

Argon Grey Floor Tiles
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Grey floor tiles

Indoor plants

We totally agree with Beth Ditto when she said: "A beautiful plant is like having a friend around the house." Studies have shown that indoor plants boost concentration, creativity, mood and productivity, as well as reducing colds, fatigue and stress. If that wasn’t enough, they also absorb toxins and produce oxygen, as well as adding a lovely splash of colour.

Boulevard tiled kitchen with houseplant

Boulevard Patterned Tiles 
Customer photo: @ourvictorianmenace

Textured walls

If you’re looking to add interest to your room, you can’t go wrong with split face tiles. They’ve risen in popularity this year and will be one of the hottest design trends of 2021. Full of texture and character, they create a fantastic focal point and are available in a fabulous range of colours and designs to choose from.

Customer photo of split face tiles in a feature wall

Aspen beige split face tiles
Customer photo: Lisa Barrass
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Victorian tiles

The beautiful hallways and entrances of the Victorian era are still inspiring us today, with modern Victorian tiles adding wonderful contrasts of colour and graphics to homes both old and new. The perfect solution if you’re looking for classic tiles that will pass the test of time whilst still providing the wow factor.

Olympia Victorian Patterned Tiles

Olympia Blue Victorian Tiles
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Marble-effect tiles

Marble effect has been on our interior design trends list for the past few years, and we’re not taking it off any time soon! For 2021, expect larger and darker veining that really stands out against beautifully white shiny surfaces for a bold bathroom or to add some oomph into your living and dining space.

Crash Marble Effect Tiles

Crash Marble Effect Tiles
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Marble effect tiles

Large mosaic tiles

Larger mosaic tiles are a hot tiling trend for 2021. Smaller glass mosaics look stunning in small sections but can be quite pricy, so for larger areas an alternative option is to go with a mosaic-style tile to still give the glamour without all the grout. There are so many shapes to choose from including hexagons and circles.

Hex White Hexagon Mosaic Tiles

Hex Wall Tiles
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Light wood effect tiles

Wood effect tiles always look effortlessly elegant, but 2021 will see much softer shades emerging. Flooring in lighter colours can be really effective smaller rooms to create the illusion of more space, but more subtle wood effect tiles will look great in open plan areas as well.

Jungle wood effect tiles

Jungle Rustic Wood Effect Tiles
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Wood effect tiles

Minimalist bathrooms

We’re seeing a shift away from busy bathrooms to chicly sparse spaces free from clutter.  Less is more when it comes to a minimalist bathroom, with clever storage hiding away a multitude of products, leaving a zone of serenity ready for you to unwind in peace.

Baku white textured wall tiles

Baku white cube wall tiles

Indoors outside

House Beautiful has listed outdoor living areas as a hot garden trend for 2021, stating that “'The inside outside garden trend is all about creating flow from your inside space to your outdoor space, so one naturally flows into the other.' A few of our customers got ahead of the game with this one, including Samantha’s amazing outdoor space which we’ve been envying for quite some time!

Garden living room with wood effect tiles

Samantha's garden living room using Maryland tiles

If you've enjoyed these latest tile trends and been inspired for your next project, we'd love to hear from you! Get in touch or share your pictures via social media.



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