In Flooring and Tile Trends from Coverings 2014: Patchwork Tile, I promised you that I would next explore with you Hexagon Tile Trends from Coverings 2014.
As a reminder, Coverings took place April 29 through May 2, 2014 in the Las Vegas Convention Center. We observed many interesting trends for floor and wall tile that we're excited to share with you in this series of articles.
Flooring and Tile Trends from Coverings: Hexagon Tile
Yes I said Hexagon! Hexagon tile - or hex tile - is also called honeycomb tile because it reminds you of the shape of a bee's honeycomb. This shape has been around for years in the smaller format and used in bathrooms and kitchens as the 1" hexagon or honeycomb design. Here are examples from Pinterest:
As the Coverings 2014 Press Release on tile trends at the show says,
"Good Things Come in All Shapes and Sizes It’s no longer hip to be square when it comes to tile. Inspired by Roman and Moorish patterns and geometric shapes, a variety of styles beyond the traditional are making a comeback. CR Studio showcased its handcrafted clay tiles including Flying Garlic, an arabesque-style woven pattern encased in bronze. Betona introduced PopArt, a colorful collection of hexagon-shaped tiles, which each contain more than three recycled fluorescent bulbs. 41Zero42 offered a variety of shapes, including its Mate collection of neutrals in a hexagon shape and chevron patterned plank tiles."
Now as tiles are getting bigger so are the hexagons we saw at Coverings 2014. Starting at roughly 8" to 12" in diameter, they were very interesting. What makes these hexagon tiles appealing is the interlocking of the tiles due to the shape.
As with the patchwork tile trend, each factory and country came up with its own interpretation of what makes the hexagon floor tile special.
Coverings Tile Trend: Wood Tile Hexagon
Let's start with the tile wood look hexagon from Italy. This wood tile hexagon came in multiple colors and tri-color design as well.
The item shown above is King Wood Nut. The variation of colors of the wood and the way the wood grains are going in different directions gives this a unique twist on wood and tile.
(You can also get this series in a 6x36 wood plank, 4x14 plank and a 12x24 tile.)
But they didn't stop at just a wood tile hexagon, they introduced at the show their Queen Stone line which includes a stone like hexagon porcelain in four colors and 5 sizes. The sizes include a 12x12, 12x24, 24x24, 4x14 and the hexagon.
Here below is a picture of the Queen Stone Silver in the 24x24 size. Just imagine this pattern in the hexagon and how beautiful this would be on your back patio...
Hexagon in Wall Tile
In addition to hexagon floor tile, we also saw ceramic wall tiles in unique sizes to give you the hexagon shape, while they can be installed like a regular piece of ceramic tile.
These looks are created with color families that we have seen for years like the black and white combo that will never go old. As in the first years of the 20th century, color options on these six-sided tiles were limited to black and white colors. They are also appearing with more color - here, black, white and grey - as well as with random patterns.
These tiles are interlocking and will continue the pattern to create the look of having placed each individual hexagon tile piece on the wall.
Hexagon Wall Tiles with Patterns
Notice in the image below that each hexagon tile has a pattern. These types of ceramic hexagon wall tiles are also available with a design pattern in the tiles. Each hexagon piece has its own character to the design.
This particular piece has many different colors and patterns within that look as if each hexagon tile had been hand painted. With inkjet technology you can create any design on a tile to appeal to any audience.
Hexagon in Glass Tile
The hexagon tile trend even appeared in glass tile where the pops of color made the play on the hexagon shape really fun. Just imagine a bathroom floor done with a through-color glass hexagon floor. Yes, it is a glass, but it has a texture on the glass to prevent it from being so slick.
That said, you still have to watch out: whenever you get water on the floor the surface will become slippery.
Porcelain Hexagon Brick Pavers
Next at Coverings 2014, we observed the hexagon tile shape in pavers!
We loved the idea of having a porcelain brick like-paver for the backyard especially designed in a hexagon shape reminiscent of a brick walkway. Each piece laid separately and interlocked with the other.
Marble Hexagon Floor Tile
Given all this talk about hexagon tile, I thought you might like to see it in action in a home. My husband's cousin just remodeled his grandfather's home which was built in 1970. He updated it with a marble Carrarra hexagon floor in the master bathroom. As you can see, this look both creates a vintage look with a classic feel and yet also looks fresh and contemporary.
To explore more hexagon tile designs, be sure to explore the hexagon tile room scenes on Houzz. Then come back and let me know which you like most.
There are so many design ideas featuring this new tile trend. I'm sure you'll be seeing see this hexagon shape in contemporary as well as vintage designs. What's fun is that you get to pick which one you like the best and have fun with this honeycomb-hexagon trend.
More Hexagon Tile Resources from Coverings 2014
You'll enjoy exploring these resources which describe the hexagon tile trend - as well as others - from Coverings 2014:
- KBTribeChat on Pinterest uncovers the latest in tile from Coverings 2014
- Coverings 2014: Tile Trends from a Tile and Stone Expo refers to reviving old classics
- Coverings 2014 – Top Tile Trends includes the trend in 'newer looks'
- Note the patterns created with hexagon tile in Tile Trends at Coverings 2014
Next in Tile Trends from Coverings 2014: Oooh La La and then there is Glass Mosaic Tile!
What do you think of the Hexagon Tile Trend? How do you see using it in your home? I look forward to your feedback.