Tile flooring trends for Westchester County NY

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Trends in Tile Flooring for Westchester County

1. Natural Stone or Natural Stone look.

tile flooring trends - porcelain with natural stone lookIn Westchester County, customers are moving away from shiny/glossy towards a more tumbled natural stone look. Whether it's a shiny ceramic tile or a polished granite/marble, shiny glossy tiles are challenging to maintain. They show dirt and water spots. They also require more maintenance (including sealing). A natural look, especially porcelains that look like natural stone are visually more appealing and practical as they hide the dirt with the color and texture variation. They are also easier to clean and easier to maintain since you don't need to seal them as you do with natural stone.  

 

 

 

2. Larger format tiles

  Tile flooring trends - large size porcelain tileLarge sizes make the space look larger. At a minimum, you should be using 12 x 12 tiles. But, if your space is larger, an 18 x 18 can look very impressive and for extremely large spaces, 24 x 24 can have a big bold look. Another benefit with larger size tiles is that there is less grout to clean. (By the way, thinner grout lines are in style too...and easier to clean and the grout lasts longer).    

 

 

3. Brick shaped tiles, Brick Lay style and linear patterns

Brick lay tile flooring trendsThe rectangular shape is so stylish for Westchester homes. You'll see it in large entryways and kitchens. This trend started in upscale NYC buildings and it's stunning. More and more tiles are being made that are 12 x 24 and this longer size/shape elongates your space and makes it look larger. I also love to mirror this pattern in kitchen backsplashes with a subway tile - either a classic white or tumbled/honed natural stone. Again, this makes the space look larger helping to enhance the granite and the cabinets and the shape consistency brings the kitchen together.

 

 

 

linear flooring tile trendsAlso, I've been seeing more and more linear patterns. Sometimes, this is in the tile design, sometimes this comes in the form of a border where there are long rectangular shapes. They look sharp and have an elongated effect on the floor (or walls). Sometimes, with the linear patterns in the tile, it allow you to add more visual intrigue by quarter-turning the tiles at a 90 angle.  

 

 

 

4. Tile that looks like hardwood

Porcelain tiles that look like hardwood are so fashionable. They tend to be a tile flooring trends - tile flooring that looks like hardwoodbit more expensive, but they give the place a real modern look. They are practical for those who want the look of hardwood in the kitchen, entry or powder room, but want something that is waterproof.  

 

 

 

 

 

5. Gray tile and a concrete look

Gray slate like tile flooringGray has been the hot color for the last several years. It's neutral and stylish (and incidentally, it helps hide the dirt which is a similar color). Grays, metallic looks and industrial concrete styles are clean and modern. Now, these colors are evolving into hardwood and carpet as well, but this stylish trend started with tile flooring. These colors also work well in kitchens with stainless steel appliances and brushed nickel hardware, and work incredibly well with white cabinets.

Additional info on Tile Flooring- Ceramic/Porcelain/Natural Stone

Tile flooring that looks like hardwood.

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Bob Ratliff
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Hello Debbie, I'm glad that natural stone flooring is in style, of course I like the shinny Tuscan Travertine however it does show streaks and dirt quicker. I've also noticed that many of our Austin Builders are using the Italian Porcelain flooring. Very interesting to see where our flooring is heading, thanks for sharing.

Apr 21, 2013 08:08 PM #1
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Debbie Gartner
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Bob - Thanks so much.  Travertine is very popular here, too, but people tend to like it honed, not polished.

Apr 21, 2013 08:12 PM #2
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Debbie.... what a great post to keep everyone updated on the latest trends in tile flooring.... suggested...

Apr 21, 2013 08:22 PM #3
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Debbie Gartner
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Barbara - thank you so much.  This post was in response to my discovery yesterday.

Valerie - Yes, tile work can be expensive, especially when you need to rip it out and smooth the floor before reinstalling.

Apr 21, 2013 08:41 PM #5
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Debbie, Hope the change helps get you where you want to be in the search engines and a great article too. So informative. Good Luck!

Apr 21, 2013 09:12 PM #6
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Debbie Gartner
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Bobbie - Thank you so much.  Yes, I think this is better and expanded vs. original. 

Apr 21, 2013 09:32 PM #7
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Debbie lots of good information here on Tile Floors.  I have always liked the natural stone look.

Apr 21, 2013 09:59 PM #8
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Debbie- as always chock full of good information!  I too had to suggest this.  This is the kind of good content we all need here.  BTW.. .I love the grey look. 

Apr 22, 2013 12:51 AM #9
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Jane Peters
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As usual, you offer terrific advice on flooring, this time tiles.  I am finding tiling becomig more and more popular lately and I love the look.

Apr 22, 2013 03:36 AM #10
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George - Thank you so much.  Yes, the natural stone look is amazing.

Kathy - Thank you so much.  Yes, gray looks so sharp.

Jane - So glad to hear that.  Yes, in your area, tile is everywhere.

Apr 22, 2013 08:39 PM #11
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Debbie, I am seeing that in my area too and really like the way it looks. Do you think the trend will swing back the other way in a year or two?

Apr 23, 2013 07:45 AM #12
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Debbie - excellent overview of the trends you are seeing in the world of tile flooring -- I am especially fond of the tile that looks like hardwood floors that I've been seeing in some of the newer constructiion homes/condos and high-end renovations.   

Apr 23, 2013 10:08 AM #13
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Debbie Gartner
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Debbie - Good question, but I don't think so because a) in general people like things that are/look more natural and the trend towards green will not go away and b) these are more practical and easier to maintain. It will be hard to break both those underlying trends.

Michael - Thank you, and yes, those look really stylish and chic. And, for sure they are in higher end places - homes and restaurants.

Apr 23, 2013 12:37 PM #14
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Laura Cerrano
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Stone flooring is unique all over again with every time I see it. :)

 

Love and light,

Laura

Apr 23, 2013 01:36 PM #15
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Debbie, you are the expert on all types of flooring. The trend in tile flooring has a lot of options. Good info and G+'d.

Apr 23, 2013 10:33 PM #16
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Great to know what the trends are - I'm partial to natural stone myself.

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Apr 27, 2013 11:10 AM #18
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Debbie Gartner
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Laura - So true!

Kat - Yes, natural stone is wonderful.

Kathy - Oh cool. Thank you so much!

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Dear Debbie -

You always contribute wonderful ideas. Great timing for me in Atlanta! Have a Client talking about a new Kitchen. Will send her the link. Got here from Kathy's weekly! (Wow - sounds a bit rushed ...)

Have a happy day -
Lynn

 

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