For those of you who have been following along with our National Tile Day celebration, we’re on our third trend counting down to Coverings 2022.
For those who are just joining us, we’ve been sharing a new 2022 tile trend each week. This week, we’re going big…and small.
Last year brought us oversized hexagons, and this year is following suit with various other oversized shapes, as well as their pocket-sized counterparts.
Configured in eye-catching patterns, shapes of various scales offer a contemporary twist on classic square and rectangular tiles.
Perhaps some of our favorite examples of scaled tile shapes will inspire you to break out of the box with your next project!
Mosaic hexagon tiles have an undeniable retro vibe, and oversized hexagons create a playful honeycomb pattern. From small to large — and all sizes in between — the variety of options with ceramic tile provides ample opportunity for creativity and individual expression.
For example, size aside, what other differences can you spot between the two hexagon tile designs above? We’d note that the mosaic hexagon tile features color variegation and a glossy surface, whereas the large hexes are matte and each a solid color.
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Rhombus tiles (also called diamond tiles) are unique in that, whether you go big or small, they’re sure to stand out. That’s because they’re the perfect shape to create the look of three-dimensional cubes.
Not into the 3D cube look? You can also lay rhombus tiles horizontally or vertically, stagger them, or create the look of arrowheads or stars. Options abound!
Trapezoid tiles are similar to hexagon tiles in that mosaic options have a more retro feel. But, of course, that’s only if you arrange your trapezoid tiles in the shape of hexagons! Like rhombus tile, trapezoid tile offers numerous layout options, including stacking and staggering.
[Related: Tile Trend Ideas: Mixed Geometric Tile]
Triangle tile’s minimal angles and sides lend themselves well to mosaics and the opportunity to experiment with different tile colors, patterns, and even textures.
On the other hand, the larger you go with your triangle tile, the more you’ll simplify your design.
We love both options!
Parallelogram (Chevron) Tile
You probably haven’t heard of parallelograms since high school geometry, but don’t let that scare you. These are just the shapes that make up the ever-popular chevron (or zigzag) layout.
The smaller your chevron pattern, the more pronounced your zigzag can be, creating the look of arrows. Larger chevron patterns amplify, and thus soften, the zigzag a bit. Both sizes provide directionality in your design that adds texture and movement to your space.
[Related: Tile Trend Ideas: Think Outside the Box]
Shapes in Shapes
Combine multiple shapes in a single installation for the ultimate mix-and-match opportunity. Ceramic tile offers choices in a wide range of colors, sizes, textures, and yes, shapes, so that you can choose a combination that best reflects your one-of-a-kind style.
[Related: How to Make Square Tile Unique]
It’s Shaping Up to Be a Great Year for Tile
Whether you go for triangle or trapezoid tile, pocket-sized or oversized, unique tile shapes offer the opportunity to put your personal touch on a space.
Are you part of the tile and stone industry? Come see these and more scaled tile shapes on display at Coverings 2022 from April 5 to 8 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Planning on using scaled tile shapes for your next project? Explore more ideas on our Pinterest board, and then share with us on Instagram using #WhyTileStyle!