Our celebration of National Tile Day continues with another 2020 tile trend! We began with an exploration of giant gemstone tile looks. Now, let’s focus on trending tile shapes.
Geometric tile shapes other than rectangles make for an interesting and impactful installation, so prepare to be wowed. Here are some nonrectangular tile examples from Instagram that have us begging for more.
Now this is a love triangle we can get behind! These triangle tiles in slate blue are the perfect color contrast for the crisp white cabinets.
Fish Scale Tile
Fish scale tile (sometimes called mermaid or scalloped tile) offers an enchanting shape that’s both playful and soothing with its repetitive lines. This tile shape is a great choice for beachy or coastal interior decor, or for anyone who wants to create a unique look in their home.
They say diamonds are forever, and with the long-lasting durability of ceramic tile, we can’t disagree. Diamond tiles are fun to play around with — depending on how you arrange them, you can have a regular diamond pattern, star shapes, or the look of three-dimensional cubes.
Remember trapezoids from geometry class? This trapezoid tile wall brings us right to our happy place. The installation creates the subtle illusion of curves that is mesmerizing.
It’s no surprise that tiles in an irregular pentagon shape make for an extraordinary design. Note how the shade of blue subtly changes to add depth to the application.
Hexagon tile is a time-honored favorite, but mixing color and pattern gives this popular shape an ultra-contemporary look.
[Related: Celebrate World Honey Bee Day With Hexagon Tile]
Mixed Tile Shapes
Can’t choose just one shape? Good news — you don’t have to! Combine different geometric tile shapes to create a unique tetris-like installation, such as this bathroom tile backsplash using a mix of trapezoid and diamond tiles.
What a great reminder also that you don’t have to stick with traditional grout colors — a unique shade such as this can help make any tile shape stand out!
Be There or Be Square
Don’t be square when it comes to choosing a tile shape — all of the geometric shapes you can think of are at your disposal to create a truly unique tile installation. Find even more nonrectangular tile ideas on our Pinterest board.
Where to Buy Tile
Use the search tool at the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA) to find a ceramic tile showroom in your area for a more individual, one-on-one shopping, design and education experience, or visit a home improvement or flooring retailer.