I have a lot of clients right now updating tile in their kitchens and bathrooms. Because of this, I’ve been a bit curious about tile trends. I asked my favorite sales rep – Jessica Cochran, at one of my favorite places to shop for tile in Denver, The Floor Club – a locally owned Wholesale Flooring Showroom, for some insight into tile trends in Colorado. I found her answers really interesting!
What types of tile trends are you seeing in the Denver metro area? We have seen a strong surge in subway tiles over the recent years and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. We see classic off-set installations, not to mention more creative patterns from vertical offset to herringbone and mixing widths and lengths to create a more organic and casual feel. We are also seeing 3Dimensional, large format tiles being set in a “soldier” pattern (straight-set) to keep the focus on the texture itself.
What is popular with your customers right now for kitchen backsplashes? Again, subway tiles are going strong, though some homeowners are opting for the hand-made (i.e., expensive) subways in various sizes and colors. I think more and more folks are installing quartz countertops such as Caesarstone, which has less movement than granite or marble, therefore are being a bit more playful with their backsplashes (color and texture).
Are you tired of the white subway tile? Is there any sign of this trend slowing? I still think there is a market for subway tiles, and I haven’t personally tired of them because individuals are getting more creative with the installation and sometimes even going for the contrasting grout, which can take the install pattern to an entirely different level.
Do you have a favorite ceramic wood plank tile? Of course! We started seeing this trend in Colorado about 3 years ago and continue to see more and more incredible looks from manufacturers across the board. My favorite right now is Arizona Tile’s Africa series. The price point is wonderful, not to mention the color tones and sizes available. If you visit their website, you can see they have created a herringbone pattern, which is gorgeous!
Do you have any new products that you especially like and think would work well in a Colorado home? I have not been much of a slate fan over the years, but have recently jumped on the charcoal slate band-wagon. I love the consistency in color and rough texture. We have seen this working well in mudrooms or fireplace installations.
You can find Jessica Cochran at The Floor Club, which offers a unique collection of tile, stone, glass, hardwood, laminate and carpeting. Contact her at: 303-777-6277. You can also find them on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/TheFloorClub