486 BC - Alexandros Choulos Papagorgio was eating some fine Greek cuisine, when suddenly he spilled his meal all over the floor. His wood floors now stained with oil, Alexandros had a bright idea. He used his roofing “keramik” tile as flooring material in his dining room - making the clean ups much easier.
This origination story is especially interesting since I made it up. Sorry. But this tale about a Greek man getting upset by this dilemma is far more interesting than anything else online. Besides, it achieves the message Im trying to get across - although Tile now comes in incredibly vast variety of cost, material, quality, size, etc, it’s inherent value as a building material is to protect surfaces in messy-prone areas of the home - kitchen, dining room, bathrooms, patios, etc.
Here are some currently popular tile trends in today's remodels:
- Subway Tile
Popular in both kitchens and backsplashes. Some find it quite boring, but the look is too classic to ignore.
- Neutral Colors
Whites, greys, etc. I think this is Chip and Joanna's fault.
- Matte > Glossy
Matte finish tile displays a softer, yet still powerful effect. It's also more reluctant to show smudges.
- Graphic Tile Patterns
The renaissance of these nifty patterned tiles is here! Can we also bring back shants? Just sayin...
- Textured Tile
The picture shows a vanity made out of textured tile. Pretty cool!
- Metallic Finishes
Probably too loud for most, but it fits if it fits.
Hope this helps everyone! Happy Holidays!