2021 tile trends

2021 Tile Trends

National Tile Day was February 23, and you know I tuned in to my favorite design topic!

One of the reasons I love tile is because design possibilities are endless. Different colors, textures, and materials enable you to incorporate tile into any style of home. I always love learning about new tile trends!

To celebrate National Tile Day, Coverings announced the 2021 Tile Design Trends, forecasted by three leading international tile associations: Ceramics of Italy, Tile of Spain, and the Tile Council of North America. 

Keep reading to learn what they are!

Flecked Effect

The flecked effect features floating fragments, or flecks, creating a unique look whether you opt for neutrals or bolder colors. Many options have flecked effects, including chunky to subtle flecks, making it an excellent design for interior or exterior living spaces. 

Gorgeous Greens

We’re all craving a connection to nature – we’re seeing that in all elements of home design, and tile is no exception. Shades of green, from sage to mint to emerald, help bring a bit of the outdoors in.

Soft Textures

To tone down the look of 3D tile, soft textures and light colors create a serene canvas for any room. This creates a more natural look, while still bringing in textures that have grown popular over the past few years. 

High Gloss

This trend is a comeback! Glossy tiles offer an eye-catching shine, making any surface pop. Neutral tones and saturated colors keep a more natural look while adding in shine. 


Large-scale veining in tile is expected to be a big trend in 2021. Tile that mimics the look of marble, with some offering wide, flowing veins, and others with more angular veining. 


Tile sizes seem to be growing every year, and 2021 is no exception. Extra-large ceramic tiles, some up to 10.5 feet in size, are great for flooring and countertops. Bonus: larger tiles mean less grout to clean!


Biophilic design supports cognitive function, physical health, and psychological well-being. With advancements in high definition printing, biophilic tile design incorporates natural and untreated wood looks. 

Large Hexes

Hexagon tiles have been popular over the past couple of years, and now they are getting super-sized. In 2021, hexagon tile, as big as two feet in diameter, creates an eye-catching look. 

Patterned Tile Concrete Lookalikes

Tiles that look like concrete will continue to show up this year, with playful patterns creating a dramatic impact in any space. 

Muted Tones

A muted palette is the final 2021 Tile Trend from Coverings. Soft blues and greens create a soothing environment. People are looking to create more relaxing spaces at home, and muted colors are one way to achieve this. 

Do you have any tile questions? Let me know!