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Top 12 Floor and Tile Trends for 2022

New Year, New Floor and Tile Trends! 

Bathroom with wood herringbone floor and botanical tiled walls

Looking for some inspiration to spruce up your home next year? We’ve pulled together the Top 11 Floor and Tiles Trends for 2022 to help you get on your way to the home of your dreams. 

At Grain&Groove we’re always on the hunt for new styles and we’re so excited about all the fun, colourful, sleek and sophisticated trends that are in coming for 2022! Make sure to reach out to us if you see something you like. We’re open for consultations to help you get started on your home renovation journey! 

 

 

 

#1 Botanical & Tropical Inspired Tiles 

Bring nature into your home with Botanical and Tropical inspired tile trends.  

[MetTropical tiles on walls and floor

Adding a touch of outdoors to your bathroom, kitchen splashback or boot room floor with botanical tiles will bring an element of nature and colour into your home.  

With an array to choose from the subtle to the bold, there is a print out there to suit almost everyone. 

 

The vast majority of tropical and botanical tiles available are suitable for walls only so it is worth noting that you will need to check with your tile retailer if you are looking for these patterns to fit the trend to your floor. 

 For a soft and subtle look, choose a light botanical pattern tile with a neutral base colour. This can be paired back to neutral floor choice such as a timber effect tile or a neutral stone effect tile. There you have it, the perfect way to finish off this tropical floor and tile trend!              

#2 Herringbone Flooring  

Herringbone flooring in house entryway

This is one trend that is not going anywhere!  The Herringbone floor trend has without a doubt had a surge in popularity but it is still a timeless classic when it comes to longevity. A well chosen timber floor is an investment.  

When choosing a herringbone floor, it is important to remember a few key points.  

If you have underfloor heating, it is advisable but not essential to choose an engineered herringbone floor over a solid herringbone floor for the best conductivity and efficiency.  

While herringbone floors are not much more expensive than a standard plank format, the fitting costs are higher as it is more labour intensive.  For this reason, many people put herringbone in one room and matching plank flooring throughout the rest of their house. That way you can incorporate a gorgeous herringbone floor trend at a lower cost!

While trends are great, you want your floor to last so don’t cut corners on the things you can’t see. By this, we mean: Make sure your subfloor is completely level prior to fitting and an experience fitter is essential! 

#3 Terrazzo  

Terrazzo tiles on bathroom floor

Terrazzo is one of the biggest tile trends for 2022. The bolder the better! That said, there are more neutral options available which are a good idea for larger open plan spaces. Keep the bold looks for bathroom tiles and floors! 

One of our favourite new tile trends are Terrazzo’s. This Sonar in White also comes in black and grey colour-ways. With so many colours within the tile to choose from, you will find you have plenty of options when it comes to choosing complimentary wall colours and accessories.  

The terrazzo tiles shown above are best paired with strong accessories such as matt black or bronze depending on your scheme. While the more subtle grey terrazzo tile trend looks absolutely amazing with brass fittings! 

 

#4 Beautiful Browns  

Warm brown wood floor in a sitting room

 For a long time now, light oak and dark oak have been the floor trends of the season but now the trend has shifted with a definite 

move towards warm brown toned flooring over light and dark oak.  

Mid toned flooring is the lowest maintenance timber floor colour because it’s forgiving in that dirt doesn’t show up as quickly! Darker floors can show up dust quicker too, for example think of the area around your tv.  

While you don’t want to be a slave to your timber floor, all timber floors come with a bit of maintenance…but that’s the beauty of a natural product, isn’t it? 

 

#5 Classic White tiles 

Classic white tiles displayed on a bathroom wall

Who doesn’t love a classic tile trend?! White tiles are a staple of classic design but it doesn’t have to be boring! More and more, we are seeing white tiles with soft neutral patterns and bevels.  

Use the brick and subway tile trend with your white tile. They come in an abundance of dimensions so they will work in a farmhouse just as well as a city centre penthouse. 

But if timeless classic tile trends are a little too safe for you, why not have a little fun with white chevron tiles. Who’s to say you can’t have fun here with a bit of grout – it could even be yellow!  

 

#6 Handcrafted is the buzzword for 2022

handcrafted timber floor displayed in a sitting room

There is literally nothing nicer underfoot than the feeling of a beautiful timber floor. Even better if it comes from sustainable sources. The grounding feeling of a natural timber floor is something every home should have. It gives a warmth to a home like no other product can do with that handcrafted feel. It’s now wonder then that timber is a floor trend for 2022.

A brushed and oiled floor is the most tactile hardwood flooring widely available today. While lacquered floors have their place, what they gain in low maintenance, they can lose in THAT feeling.  

Some of the more handcrafted floors have the softer sap wood taken out to create a gently uneven surface – this is the ultimate in timber flooring! 

Remember if you choose your floor wisely you will love it for a long time! Make sure you run your hand along the grain. Your timber floor was once a tree, it is a natural product so you are not looking for perfection here, you are looking for character! 

#7 Yellow is BACK!

bright yellow bathroom tiles

There is literally no better way to wake up in the morning! That’s a fact – in terms of colour psychology anyway, yellow promotes happiness and optimism.

Yellow tiles are bang on trend for 2022. Yellow works well in a patterned tile to tone it down a tad while still creating impact. Pattern tiles will work well on the floor and the wall. Alternatively you can go for both if you are feeling bold! 

If you do go for this bright tile trend colour, take a look at our inspo pic shown here with the amber tiles – in this case less is more – Colour block tiles are perfect for smaller areas in a bathroom like a tiled shower area, basin or bath splash back.  

 

#8 Large format tiles 

Large format tiles on floor and walls of a sitting room

Large format is anything from an 80×80 tile up to large 120×240 slabs! While the slabs look amazing, not everyone wants them quite so big – including tilers.  

2022 has lots more in store in the more user-friendly size of 120×60. Everything from Marble effect, stone, concrete and terrazzo effect tiles are landing on our shoreline from the finest Italian manufacturers.  

Large format tiles create an uninterrupted flow whether you choose to run them right through an open plan area or a small bathroom.  

With fewer grout lines to break the flow, a well chosen grout colour will make all the difference in creating that clean, sleek, spacious feeling.  

We can’t forget to mention – the larger the tile, the fewer grout the lines has got to be a big win for whoever does the cleaning! 

#9 Light timber flooring 

Light timber flooring in a kitchenAnother floor trend that shows no signs of abating is light timber flooring – everything from light limed to natural raw oak are bang on trend. 

One look at our inspo pic from a recently fitted hardwood timber floor in Dublin’s beautiful Iona Road shows exactly how effortlessly chic a light floor can look!  A light floor like this one can really help brighten a space especially if natural light is at a premium.  

 Some of the surface technology available nowadays is incredible. This floor is actually a lacquered floor (not a hint of a shine!). The innovative technology of this floor is an ultra low maintenance lacquer with the appearance of raw untreated oak. That’s a double win.  

More often than not, there is a reason the price tag is a little higher on some floors so ask questions when you come to buy your timber floor so that you understand the quality, longevity and source of what you are buying. 

#10 Concrete effect tiles 

Concrete slab tiles displayed on the floor

Forget the expense of poured & polished concrete – 2022 is all about the concrete effect tile trend! They come in anything from 80x80mm tiles to 120x240mm slabs.  

A fantastic choice to run through high traffic areas in your home as they don’t demand lots of daily cleaning – let’s be practical here!  

Concrete effect tiles look amazing in a bathroom for an on trend industrial feel. Pair them with quality matt black shower fittings like the attached from Grain & Groove or glam up the look with brass fittings (also shown).  

Slate or anthracite shower trays will also tie in very well with this look as will a mosaic shower floor laser cut from your concrete effect tile. This service is not as pricey as you would think so it’s always worth getting a quote.  

#11 Gradient effect tiles

Pink Gradient tile on a bathroom wall

What’s gorgeous about this tile trend is the amount of combinations you can take from just one gradient tile. These Gradient tiles work well with everything from emerald green, warm cotton and dusk colour options so they are a versatile tile if you are looking for a feature wall tile that will still leave you with colour options. The soft colours of this range are bang on trend for 2022!  

Just look at the Grape and Cord in our inspo pic! This is what we mean by a soft colour from the same range, beautiful…

 

#12 French Chevron flooring

French Chevron Floor in a kitchen

 We couldn’t finish without a nod to this classic. French Chevron floors are a classic that is still growing!   

We have seen a massive growth in chevron floors particularly in contemporary style homes. This floor is just stunning in espresso too so it is always worth asking what other colour options a floor is available in.  

Just like herringbone, chevron flooring requires expert fitting – the devils in the detail! 

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