A few weeks ago, I stopped into Crossville Studios to snap some photos for this blog.   Naturally, I began speaking with a designer I often work with.  She told me to come back the next day because representatives from Sonoma Tilemakers will be visiting to present new tiles and talk about what to expect in the months to come.  Of course, I came back!

What’s trending in the world of tile?  All types of fun patterns, textures and shapes.  Today’s tile is anything but boring. Take fish scale tile for example.  Not only can you install it straight / horizontally, but look how even more interesting it becomes when you play with different colors and change directions.  This tile generally comes on a mesh. So, if you want to shake things up and do something like the image above it will require your tile installer to cut up the mesh to mix in different colors and change the pattern.  

Textures are all the rage too!  If you’ve been searching online for tile ideas, chances are you’ve noticed many tiles are offering this.  Instead of the traditional arabesque or subway tile, look for one that offers a little more movement. Basket weave, geometric, and natural stone tiles are a popular choice for textured tiles.  It adds an unexpected detail to your kitchen backsplash.

Lately, picket tile has become one of my favorites.  It can offer a clean and simple look or you can mix in a colorful chevron accent for a more bold statement.  This tile shape comes in different sizes. Search for mod picket tile and you’ll see that it’s shorter than the one pictured above.  It’s a fun tile that goes with many different styles.

There are truly unlimited options out there for tile.  If you’re renovating your current kitchen or building a new home, have fun with your tile selections and don’t be afraid of stepping out of your comfort zone!


“The greatest thing about design today is creating what you like.  It can be a combination of so many different things.  Your home is your sanctuary. Don’t be afraid of mixing styles to reflect your own personal space.”

  • Theresa Coey, Managing Partner/ Co-Creative Director at Sonoma Tilemakers