If you want to make a splash with your Charlotte bathroom remodeling or new home construction project, one of the easiest ways to make a lasting statement is through tile.

If you want to make a splash with your Charlotte bathroom remodeling or new home construction project, one of the easiest ways to make a lasting statement is through tile. The right tile can update a traditional look, ground a modern space with a touch of lasting style, add a natural tactile element to a minimalist room, or simply inject color and interest.

So, what are the bathroom remodeling and kitchen renovation tile trends designers are seeing as we head into 2020? For the most part, they are seeing updates to traditional favorites that truly make a house your home.

Subway tile continues to be a go-to choice for many due to its lasting style and affordability. But instead of the traditional (and dare we say, boring) white glaze, vibrant colors and varied materials are transforming this look. We love some of the glass subway tiles, either on their own or interspersed with more traditional porcelain tiles for an unexpected pop of shine and color. Lay them vertically or even on an angle for an unexpected twist.

Mosaic tiles also have gotten a facelift. New colors, shapes and styles are worlds away from the traditional, with bold patterns, geometric shapes and pops of red and black taking these pieces to an entirely new dimension. Speaking of which, tiles that have a three-dimensional look through creative use of color, shadow and pattern are all the rage. The perfect fit for a modern bathroom or kitchen or as a playful addition to a teen’s bath, these optical illusion tiles will have you and your guests intrigued.

Natural materials (or tile that mimics the look of natural materials) are everywhere. As kitchens get more minimalistic, these wood-look, stone, quartz, granite or brick tiles add a touch of texture and warmth that some traditionalists might feel is lacking in modern, streamlined spaces.

Creative mixing of tiles – in terms of size, shape, color and material – is a popular choice that allows you to truly customize a space. We’re seeing this primarily in bathroom remodeling, where a smaller scale or the same size floor tile might be integrated into a pattern that runs up part of the shower wall. (Think wood-look plank tiling on the floor that continues up a shower wall flanked by stone tiles and you’ll have an idea of the possibilities.)

Many older kitchens had shelves where backsplashes are today. While they may not have been pretty, they were utilitarian. Thanks to the popularity of open shelving, we’re seeing a more stylish return to this trend with beautiful shelves built above a higher backsplash. (Or shelves built into the backsplash, if the tilework extends up the entire wall.) And of course, the trend of tiling up the entire wall for ease of cleaning and to create a beautiful palette for tile work continues in both kitchen backsplashes and bathroom walls.

No matter which direction your tastes run, there’s a tile trend out there that can help you express your style – beautifully.