Home and Garden Summer 2019
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Versatile tile - The flooring now comes in myriad looks and
By Melissa Erickson
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Turn to tile for a high impact finish that can offer design choices from traditional to modern. Tile trends for 2019 will appeal to those who like their home decor bold, dramatic and colorful or more subdued, timeless and classic.

“The tile world is in consistent evolution,” said Laura Grilli, senior product development manager at manufacturer Daltile. Innovation is the key not only from a design standpoint but in terms of technology and installation, she said.

Uses and colors
Durable and easy to clean, tile is great fit pretty much everywhere in the home, Grilli said. Tile also has the smallest carbon footprint of any floor surface and is free of chemicals such as volatile organic compounds, she said.

Most people think of featuring tile in backsplashes, flooring and, of course, bathrooms, but it’s also a great choice in laundry and mudrooms and even outside the home, she said.

People tiring of gray and white are choosing colors from bold to pastel, such as brilliant blues and berry reds, peaches and teals, Grilli said. Blue as an accent color “continues to be strong, but green is gaining in popularity,” she said.

One of the best-selling colors, gray, is getting warmer so that it’s more of a combination of gray and beige, or “greige,” Grilli said.

Different looks
Tile is a great imitator. Popular in the past, wood look continues to trend positively, Grilli said. Choices include tile that mimics sophisticated and warm hardwoods to aged and rustic reclaimed woods.

Marble-look tile, both in white and darker colors, is gaining fans

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