Tiles can really change the look and feel of a room, and they’re a much bigger investment than paint! If you are building a new home or renovating it, you probably want to spend a fair amount of time researching your options.

Bathroom Tile Trends
Bathrooms are one of the most popular places to showcase great tile work. Because installing tile is somewhat labour-intensive it's not something you want to replace every few years. So how do you choose a tile that won't look outdated right away?  Here's a quick look at some current bathroom tile trends you may want to consider. As you review these options that are popular today, keep in mind that there is a big difference between a trend and a fad. Here’s a

Neutral Colors
Current contemporary designs tend to lean heavily toward the use of neutral tile colours. They work well with the sleek and simple lines of contemporary design. Both beige and grey are currently popular choices for complementary colours.

New-Look Subway Tiles
Not that long ago, some designers predicted the death of subway tiles. They were seen as too boring. Today, subway tiles are a bit more interesting. There is more variety in size, colour, and pattern in the current crop of subway tiles. Plus, some designers and homeowners are using contrasting grout colours to achieve a more striking effect.

Marvellous Matte Finishes
Often people think of glossy finishes when considering tile. Matte-finished tiles, however, create a soft and striking beauty that never looks “over-the-top. A nice feature of matte tiles is that they don’t smudges or watermarks nearly as much as tiles with a glossy finish.

Graphic Patterns
We already mentioned that the sizes and shapes of subway tiles have changed. That's something that's occurring with other kinds of tiles as well. Depending on your situation (and your personal sense of style) you can get really creative with your use of tile with new graphic patterns that can be subtle touches or look like a piece of art.

New Dimensions
Patterns and colours aren’t the only things that are changing in the world of tile. We’re starting to see new shapes as well. If you browse through design sites (such as houzz.com) you’ll see traditional shapes (such as rectangles) alongside hexagons and other geometric shapes.

Tile may not be the first thing you think about before building or remodelling, but with all the choices out there, it’s never too early to start thinking about it!