Ask the expert: tiling trends

Mar 17, 2017 | Home Improvement, Trends

Beautiful design is all about the details. Slick tiling can transform any area into a beautiful setting, in the process adding value to a home. Retail display manager of Tile Africa Liza Watermeyer says that the finer details are appealing because they allow for the creation of individual, bespoke looks in a home or workplace. These are four tiling trends:

Outdoor areas

Natural stone and stone-, cement- and wood-look tiles are key trends. Porcelain products can withstand weather variations. Slip-resistant tiles are a must.


Bathrooms are featuring interesting combinations of field tiles (larger, usually floor tiles) mixed with smaller options and big patterns. The future is all about texture: mosaic, 3D, prints, patterns or metallic foil details. Colours are getting darker with brown and black featured across all styles.


Glazed ceramics such as metro and brick-shaped tiles in interesting materials – glass, cement, wood, stone – add versatility to kitchen aesthetics, whether futuristic, vintage, industrial or naturally beautiful. With the lines blurred between the living room and kitchen, fittings and furnishings need to be agile.

Living rooms

Large format (1,200mm by 600mm), rectangle porcelain tiles are a popular floor application. Other formats to consider are 600mm by 600mm and 800mm by 800mm in matt, gloss and lapatto surfaces. Mix looks and sizes with marble, cement, stone and wood-look planks.