Thoughts on trends and tile

Today I want to talk about something that’s become ubiquitous: patterned cement tile. I know it’s everywhere and it’s totally trendy, but it’s common in old homes and architecture too, and I just ordered 19 boxes of the stuff for my kitchen.

I have loved pattern for a long time—a minimalist I am not. Here are a few of my favorite rooms showcasing patterned tile:












Grandma's linoleum

The tile I ordered was inspired by gold linoleum in my Grandma’s bathroom (above). I’ve loved her floor for 30 years, so I can’t imagine I’ll tire of it now. That’s why a similar look will appear as my kitchen backsplash in early 2017.

So what are your thoughts on trends? If something is ridiculously popular at the moment, should we steer clear because it’s going to crash and burn? If it’s something traditional that’s experiencing a resurgence (like sunburst mirrors, white walls, or ceramic tile), is it safer to indulge? Or are you from the camp that believes if you love it, just do it? •




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  1. I think it is safe to indulge in the patterned tile. Especially, like you said, you have adored your grandma’s flooring for years, so you will feel the same way about your backsplash. I love your inspiration photos, especially the one with that great peaked window over the sink and the tile over the stoves. You have great taste!


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