Comparing Different Tile Styles

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Renovating your home can be an exciting time and we’ve noticed that our clients really seem to enjoy the process of selecting their finishes but with so many options and designs available, where do you start? Considering kitchens (28%) and bathrooms (24%) were the rooms most frequently chosen for home improvement projects according to a 2022 Houzz survey, we’ve decided to shed some light on something that you’ll undoubtedly include in these rooms. Here are some of the most popular tile designs on the market today and what makes each of them a great choice for your next renovation.

Subway Tile

One of the most common and affordable selections, this typically refers to rectangular tiles that are laid horizontally. As you can imagine, the name comes from the fact that they’re closely associated with NYC subway stations which were chosen because of their durability and low-maintenance qualities. This style is traditionally utilized for kitchen backsplashes and shower walls. Despite being first introduced in the early 1900’s, Subway Tile continues to be a popular choice which can give you peace of mind that they won’t go out of style anytime soon!  

Hexagon Tile

If you’re someone who likes to think outside of the box (literally), hexagon tile can be a great alternative to subway or square tile. The shape lends itself to a continuous design because each fits nicely inside the next. This style is commonly used for flooring which tends to make the room appear larger and more open. Additionally, because of its 6-sided shape, there’s more grout lines which provides better grip and therefore, less slips and injuries.

Arabesque Tile

Taking it a step further, Arabesque tiles offer a unique, ornamental design that features a bulb-like shape at the center. Versatility is its biggest advantage because it can be used for everything from flooring to walls and even backsplashes. Due to the custom cut of this tile, it can be a little more expensive and varies depending on the material and design.

Basket Weave Tile

As the name suggests, this style is made up of multiple tiles intertwined to create a woven or stitched look that is also usually accented with tiny squares separating each section. This does a great job of adding a sense of depth or movement to a room because the tiles are positioned in different directions. This design is most commonly installed to complement other designs which makes it a great choice for smaller applications like kitchen backsplashes and shower floors because the installation process can become very time consuming and pricey if used for full wall or floor applications.

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