Tile Color Trends for 2016

Black and white tiled bathroom.

The colors we use in the home affect us in so many ways both visually and emotionally, so it’s no surprise we spend valuable time and effort when it comes to selecting the colors we use in our bathrooms, kitchens, and other living spaces. Tiles are an easy way to add color as well as being a permanent fixture and a long-term investment, so it’s especially important to ensure we get it right the first time.

Pantone Rose Quartz and Serenity

Pantone color swatches.

In the fashion industry, style and color trends change from season to season, and if you pay attention you will notice that the tile industry follows suit with popular colors you see on the runway, which pop up in tile collections soon after. However, color trends are not solely dictated by what's happening in the fashion scene. They're also influenced by the predictions set by Pantone, a color expert body that annually forecasts the "color of the year." This decision filters through to all design industries including textiles, interior products, architecture, and art, and is either picked up or rejected. This year Pantone announced two colors rather than the usual single selection. The colors predicted to make it big in 2016 are ‘Serenity’ blue and ‘Rose Quartz’ pink. Both are soft pastel hues that we think will be successful in the tile industry in 2016.


Gray tile.

Tiles in all shades of grey will continue to be popular in 2016, but instead of being used to cover all surfaces including floors and walls, they will be used as a backdrop, allowing interesting feature tiles in similar colors to be the star of the show.

Nature-inspired Colors

A gray colored tile bathroom.

The Calacatta and Carrara marble trend continues to be an all-time favorite, but in 2016 rustic nature-inspired colors that reinterpret stone and terrazzo will also be popular. These colors are timeless and will look as good today as they will in years to come. Brighter colors can be easily added to your space by the way of countertop accessories, towels, and flowers.


Pastel tile on a wall.

Tiles in soft neutrals and pastel colors are becoming increasingly popular and the trend will continue through 2016 as tile manufacturers release new and interesting collections based on this style. Feature tiles in geometric forms continue to reign supreme and when teamed with this enduring color theme create the ultimate impact.


A classic black and white bathroom.

Nothing screams sophistication and class more than a simple yet elegant black and white space. The possibilities can be endless with these two neutrals, but with careful planning this look can be either one that creates a statement or one that is soothing and calm.

Kate Fuller is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator with Perini Tiles, a supplier of beautiful tiles and bathroom and kitchen design consultation, based in Melbourne Australia.

Photos courtesy of Pantone and Perini Tiles.