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A Talk With Jessica Cochran of Denver’s The Floor Club: 5 Tile Trends She Loves

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.

I used white 3x6 tile in a brick set with Caesarstone's Organic White in this Denver kitchen renovation (Source)
I used white 3×6 tile in a brick set with Caesarstone’s Organic White in this Denver kitchen renovation (Source)
metallic tile
The design possibilities are fun to consider with this large format, Metallic Steel porcelain tile. I’d love to see this on a fireplace with a rustic wood mantel. (Source)
large format tile
Wow! Love this large format, 3D tile – available in 94″ lengths! (Source)

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).

Winchester tile
I really like Winchester Tiles, a handcrafted tile from England – the colors are gorgeous!  I specified this recently in a kitchen paired with Caesarstone’s Frosty Carrina.  (Source)

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.

I used white subway tile with dark gray grout in this Denver bathroom and patterned cement floor tile.  I use Arizona Tile’s H-Line Series quite a bit – it’s affordable and has matching trim pieces available.
Subway Tile unusual pattern
This is a cool pattern using white subway for a fresh, modern look.  Note the large, straight set tile on the floor.  (Source)

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!ceramic wood tile denver

herringbone ceramic plank
I don’t know about you, but I’m loving the looks of these ceramic, herringbone floors from Arizona Tile.  Personally I like the more subdued version, but the mix of colors in the top photo is incredibly striking!  (Source)

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. 

Charcoal Slate
Slate hexagon mosaic – I like it with the white grout! (Source)
Charcoal hexagon mosaic tile
I’m using this for a floor in a client’s Master Bathroom – it’s a charcoal, pattern mix that reminds me of slate. (Source)

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 



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