One of the growing trends for 2016 is the return of brick-look porcelain tiles. As the name implies, these are a form of porcelain wall tiles that are designed to look like bricks. These wall tiles offer a stylish alternative that can be used to create loft-inspired environments or otherwise evoke a sense of rustic, country living in your home.
The Big Brick-Look Tile Trend of 2016
Brick-look tiles are making a return in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, finishes, and surfaces. Your porcelain walls can be adorned in cobblestone forms with colourful, painted finishes, heavily textured surfaces, and more. Although most brick-look installations are for walls or backsplashes, 2016 is seeing an uptick in porcelain brick-look tiles becoming part of interior flooring as well. In a way, it's actually surprising this hasn't been popular before—porcelain is already known as a strong, stain-resistant floor tile, and brick has always been a very versatile look. Combining the two to create lofty, painted brick-look floors can offer an amazing retro feel that is coming back in vogue.
Design Element Ideas
Porcelain brick-look offers numerous customization ideas that go far beyond what regular brick can provide. The variety is so great that it can actually be kind of intimidating at first. Fortunately, here are some ideas to help the brainstorming and get that perfect picture in your mind.
- Use smooth, monocoloured brick tiles that allow for a simple eye-pleasing style.
- Try using a mix of shades and/or finishes – some new porcelain brick tile collections are available in ‘weathered look’ or come with ‘graffiti’ art varieties that can be mixed in with solid colours to add character.
- Think about using a brick tiled wall as an accent wall to incorporate into a contemporary design, or frame a focal point like a fireplace.
Benefits of Using Porcelain Tile to Create Modern Brick Interiors
As mentioned above, porcelain is a very durable and resistant material. Unlike true brick, porcelain tile is able to protect against stains, bacteria, odour, and scratches. It is also very easy to clean and spills or messes can be effortlessly cleaned up. This is a noticeable difference from traditional bricks, which are filled with crevices into which debris and dirt can nestle and embed. Choosing porcelain tile benefits you not just in aesthetics and beauty, but it also provides a more hassle-free design so you can enjoy your home instead of worrying about maintaining it.
As a leader in tiling options since 1933, we at Centura Tile have the experience, skill, and supply to bring any vision of beauty to life. Our stock of brick-look porcelain tile is ready to help you embrace the hottest trends and newest styles of 2016. The versatile Bricklane can create either a simple, modern design or a sophisticated vintage look, while our Tribeca tiles are the perfect blend of timeless and contemporary. To learn more about how you can incorporate glass tiles into your home renovations, or how to better maintain your existing flooring, contact us or visit a Centura Tile dealer near you.