Top 3 Tile Trends of the Summer

1. Black backsplashes

We love a sleek, white backsplash just as much as the next tile enthusiast, but this summer, we’re back in black. Take at some of our favorite backsplash looks below.

 

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This kitchen by Jill White Designs emulates the wood paneling of mid-century design with a contemporary twist. We love how our 2”x6” Black Zellige on the backsplash builds off the marble countertop’s color but adds an extra dimension of texture. Plus, the bright white veining of the marble gives the perfect pop of extreme contrast.

 

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This next look leans into that contrast with unfettered enthusiasm. Our 4”x4” Black Zellige adorns the backsplash of this striking kitchen by Kamran Hussain Designs. The floating white shelves pop against our glossy zellige, and the white finishings with gold accents add to the overall luxury.

 

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Another way to use our 2”x6” Black Zellige tiles is by assembling them in a herringbone pattern like they are on our next featured backsplash. The black and white contrast is still there, but with an added style element. We adore how our glossy black zellige looks up against the smooth white countertop.

 

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Last but not least of this beautiful design trend is this laundry room by El Peterson Design. This room, using our 4”x4” Zellige, is proof that black backsplashes can work in any space with any degree of contrast. The light wood floating shelves are all the pop this room needs, and the black-on-black countertops and backsplash are sumptuous and sleek.

 

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2. Shades of Teal

If black backsplashes don’t excite you and you’re looking for a pop of color that keeps a room refined, look no further than our next summer tile trend. With varying shades available, we’re calling it early: teal tile is the next big thing.

While this next look from Our Acacia Grove Home uses our 4”x4” Steel Grey Zellige, it looks like a deep, understated teal when it’s nestled next to rich blue paneling.

 

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Katie of Our Acacia Grove Home says, “One of my favorite elements in our powder room is the 4×4 steel grey zellige tile from [Riad Tile]. It brings the traditional element of the square tiling with a new twist in the deep gray-blue hues and makes this wall (quite literally) shine.” We couldn’t agree more, Katie.

 

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If a more pronounced teal is your style, check out this backsplash that uses our Crest Blue cement tile by Alexandra Gater. The design on the tile breaks up the teal, contrasts with the warm white, and creates a fun pattern, to boot.

 

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3. Groutless Zellige

Our last tile trend is a bit unconventional, but we’re pleasantly surprised every time we see it. Our Zellige tiles are by far our best-selling product and with good reason. Handmade in the Fez region of Morocco by master artisans, no two tiles are alike.

Traditionally in Morocco, Zellige is set with a butt joint. In this style, the tiles’ edges are flush, allowing for the smallest possible grout joint. While butt joints are still popular, they are no longer the only option for Zellige tiles, and we tend to recommend grout for maximal protection, especially in areas of high moisture.

But these following designs feature Zellige backsplashes without grout, also called dry stacking. While we love the sleek, shiny look of our Zellige with grout, there’s something delicate and beautiful about how dry stacked Zellige sits on a wall.

The first backsplash, designed by Lauren DeBello Interiors and photographed by Allison Elefante, uses our 2”x6” Blush Zellige.

 

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Another example of a Zellige backsplash with no grout comes from Jana Roach of The Market Beautiful, who used our 4”x4” Snow White Zellige. According to Jana, because the Zellige is in a dryer area and is glazed, her groutless method is still easy-to-clean and has held up well.

 

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