Rectangular tiles are catching on instead of squares
Old is gold for sure when it comes to tile in the post-WWII era and into the early 1960s. What happened next? With the horrors of war fading from memory, America’s suburbs witnessed mighty home construction. The economy that had been sleeping suddenly grew like an angry tiger. Families were growing up to accommodate the happy new dreams of an American public who had suffered enough from war trouble. You certainly don’t want to give up on the past, do you? Is it any wonder that standard 4 “x4” square tiles still exist widely in the second decade of the 21st century? The porcelain tiles of yesteryear are still going flat out in many homes and will remain in the future.
New age buildings and many contemporary homes have made a change, although not drastic. Forgoing that eternal square, many opt for the rectangular tile. The bathrooms and kitchens are to be covered with rectangular wall and floor tiles. Remodeling is common today as new thinking places a lot of importance on these previously taken for granted sections of the home. Rectangular tiles come in larger dimensions and bring a new slant with current looks in colors and patterns.
The popularity of larger rectangular tiles.
Look at the unified effect created by large rectangular tiles and the many benefits. Larger sizes mean less work on grout lines and a sleeker look. Organize them well and you get a modern, seamless look. Plus, they look so different from the traditional bathrooms of the 1950s in a new lifestyle of spacious and luxurious bathrooms.
They offer a spectacular range of very popular rectangular porcelain stoneware. If you like modern colors and patterns in giant 12 “X24” tiles, bet on the appeal of the Eramosa series. The smooth linear grain is truly exceptional. Neutral colors like beige and gray, silver and white add timeless appeal along with the shape. As you enter a 1950s home, you will likely find bright colors like pinks and greens in kitchens and bathrooms. On the other hand, contemporary tiles break away from those old-fashioned colors and offer neutral tones as the basis for designs. You can install mosaic backsplash tiles in bold or neutral colors depending on your preference or stunning granite countertops. Both would bring charm, interest and depth to small spaces.
Rectangular tiles are also available in the Dimensions series. The appeal of the city is characteristic of these tiles with a range of aspects that blend in with their names. Do you fancy Concrete and Glacier, Graphite and Gray, Khaki and Olive? Combining these mosaics with neutral or bold mosaics would create striking effects.
While standard size wall and floor tiles prevailed in the past, today trends indicate small or large tile dimensions. Tiles containing small squares are also preferred. Use a variety of tile sizes and designs to create more interest. In the past, builders used 4 “x 4” tile with thick grout lines throughout.
You may also like the Focus Series and Loft Series rectangular tiles with somewhat different patterns and colors related to Eramosa and Dimensions. Enjoy matching and mixing colors and designs!
In addition to rectangular porcelain tiles, other materials such as marble are also becoming popular. Rectangular 12 “x 24” marble tiles such as Athens Gray are similar to the Focus series porcelains with elegant horizontal lines. Modern designers have been mixing materials and patterns to create consistent designs from floor to ceiling.
The question remains whether the square is still in fashion. People are not very sure. Rectangular tiles have appeared on the scene in recent years. Square tiles continue to be used in updated designs and colors, and even more so in ceramic, a suitable option for today’s homes. However, the 4 “x4” porcelain tile that served generations is slowly being fired. Say “welcome” to new arrivals in limestone and marble, onyx and quartzite, slate and travertine. You will find charming colors and designs to ignite the imagination.
Choose from the endless variety of brilliant tones and textures, patterns and formats of these materials that add a new sizzling effect. In the meantime, the square would remain in fashion for some time to come.