Don’t be afraid of the dark. This year, deep hues are in vogue — and walls are no exception. The teal colour of these Herringbone Lagoon tiles combines the best of blues and greens. And the hue pairs beautifully with both warm metals and cooler ones. The reflective quality of these high-contrast glass tiles means they change tone in tandem with the light in the room.
Herringbone Lagoon (clear), price upon request, akdo.com.
Pink has never been more wistful. Try it as a neutral, not a hue, for a look that’s soft and airy-fresh. Inspired by mid-century modern architecture, these Radius tiles, designed by Barbara Barry for Ann Sacks, serve up a combination of angles that’s intriguing, not trendy. The tiles are modular, so they can be configured to create a variety of different patterns.
Barbara Barry Radius Field Tile, Hourglass and Wedge in blush gloss, starting at $29.95 USD per square foot, annsacks.com.
No two of these hand-pressed tiles are the same, yet each offers up an urbane combination of shimmer and texture. Made from baked clay, and called Easton Mesa, this tile ensures a dramatic focal point. Try it as a wet bar backsplash, or entryway accent wall. When you define a space with distinctive tile, it serves as both artistry and space. Combine the rugged tile with warm natural materials, such as wood, as shown here. Or, go industrial, adding in utilitarian metals or bright red accents.
Easton Mesa Silver Handmade Subway Tile, $21.60 USD per square foot, tilebar.com.