Tile that mimics the look of fabric or linen has been available for a while. but the techniques used to mimic these soft textures has gotten so goodwith 3-D inks and HD printing that you can’t help but be drawn to the subtle textures.
While the diversity of textures, rich palette and relative affordability have contributed to the popularity of wallpapers as a finishing material, the durability can be less than desired. fabric effect tiles are an optimum alternative.
Tile is a great choice for high-traffic and wet areas. Here in Florida humidity is always a concern, so I can see these new textile effect tiles being very popular in cabana houses and vacation homes.
Tile manufacturers have piggy backed on the carpet industry’s growth of solid-colored and distressed tweeds opening the way for textured tiles to lead the way in tile trends for 2017.
There’s a drive for authenticity of appearance from the manufacturers. Tile manufactures can amazingly recreate the twisted fibers of ornate tapestries.
Much more versatile and durable than the real thing, tiles that mimic carpeting are also more sustainable.
Home owners still favor tiles that have a time-worn beauty. This demand has made the matte finishes that are soft not only to the eye but also to the touch most popular. Most of the new textile-effect tiles are being offered in restrained palettes such as grays, rich taupes, denims and smokey greens.
Since wood tile continues to be popular, I’d expect to see textile effect tile mixed-in with distressed wood-look tiles. As the carpet effect tile trend continues to grow the ever popular hexagon tile will lose its top trending position to the chevron shape.