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this season’s hottest wall and floor tiles aren’t holding back

by Amy Gross

Patterned tiles, so prevalent in earlier decades in New Mexico in the boldly hued, hand-painted Mexican style, were largely replaced by solid colors, sleek materials, and glossy finishes in recent years. While that neutral look is fabulous, we’re delighted to see a return of patterned tiles, with gorgeous designs and bold geometrics in colors that are soft, muted, vibrant, and fun—and ready to take homes into the next decade of design.

Arto Coachella Collection
Hand-painted and meticulously shaped, the 2C Star CD-C tile is part of Arto’s Coachella Collection. This larger 7 x 7″ tile is made of blonde bisque ceramic (clay) for an authentic hacienda look. Paired with the collection’s matching cross tiles, the Star makes a decorative indoor or outdoor accent for any Mediterranean- or Southwestern-style home.
Architectural Surfaces, Inc. (ASI), asitileandstone.com

Arizona Tile Cementine Retro
With a midcentury modern flair, Arizona Tile’s Retro line starts with intriguing patterns reminiscent of 1970s-era fabrics and finishes in decidedly 21st-century hues. Made of durable porcelain, the Cementine line is ideally suited for a number of uses, from countertops and backsplashes to showers, tub surrounds, and even pools.
Arizona Tile, arizonatile.com

Tabarka Fan Shaped
Tabarka is well known for their delicate, hand-painted patterned tiles, but the studio also offers a stunning portfolio of shaped tiles, including Arabesque, Moroccan, and Tunisian designs. Available to custom design from a wide palette of mix-and-match solid colors, the Fan Shaped terracotta tile is a delightful alternative to the usual squares and rectangles on walls and floors.
Statements In Tile/Lighting/
Kitchens/Flooring,
statementsinsantafe.com

Interceramic Dots Collection
The vibrant, buzzy Dots Collection from Interceramic is certainly not for the faint-hearted. Reminiscent of designs from the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, these fun tiles come in a variety of eye-catching patterns, in rich oranges, golds, and navy blues. If you’re puzzling over how to call attention to an odd or overlooked space, these tiles all but shout, “Look at us!”
Strahle Tile & Granite, strahletilegranite.com

Porcelanosa Antique Blue Wall Tile
With blue and gray currently trending in kitchens and baths, this patchwork wall tile from Porcelanosa will fit right into any new build or remodel. Despite the tile’s random multi-patterning, the hues are muted and subtle, perfect for a statement wall, a shower, or a quiet backsplash.
Allbright & Lockwood, allbrightlockwood.com

Walker Zanger Duquesa Jasmine
Hand-painted on cream backgrounds for instant old-world elegance, Walker Zanger’s Duquesa collection of terracotta and ceramic tiles is ideal for backsplashes and low traffic floor areas. Jasmine (shown here in Ambra; also available in Mezzanotte, a blue palette), is a ceramic tile that feels vintage, but delivers quality that’s 100 percent contemporary.
Stonewood Flooring, stonewoodflooringllc.com