Whether you’re planning a bathroom overhaul, a kitchen remodel or simply want to upgrade your splashbacks, tiles are an integral part of the process. We love the cool, contemporary feel of a metro tile, but why not go bold and try something different? We got the insider info on what’s going to be hot for 2023. 

Never has the choice for encaustic, porcelain, ceramic and stone tiles been so great. The textures and prints are endless; colours are limitless. You can even create your own designs on sites like Mosaic Factory. But what should we be looking for to embrace the freshest look? According to the experts, we need to go big. Powerful, impactful patterns are where it’s at. “The addition of a pattern or design, be it with a whole floor, complete wall, or simply the addition of an eye-catching tiled splashback, fills a room with an individual and unique flair – ideal to coordinate textures and furnishings for an overall inviting look,” says Chris Gulson-Brooke, Founder of Maitland & Poate. 

As for colours, notable mentions go to the blue, green shade, jade – fresh and calming – and the gorgeous warm tones of pink, ochre and terracotta. There’s also an increased sense of drama with high gloss finishes. “Tiles are beautiful pieces of art on their own and have the power to utterly transform a room. Using tiles as a kitchen splashback is an exquisite way of displaying and accentuating their pattern, texture, and glaze,” suggests Diane Hyde, Marketing Manager at Craven Dunnill & Co. 

Before you buy, make sure you order a sample, especially if shopping online. You want to be sure it fits your decor. Secondly, always order extra tiles to allow for damage or error. Now you’re one step closer to your perfect bathroom for those home spa days or the glossy kitchen to start entertaining without embarrassment. Simply read on to shop the insiders’ top four trends for next season…



“Bold colours and larger scale patterns are set to continue to be popular and in demand into 2023. Homeowners are wanting to add their own personality and style to their homes, stepping away from the greys and subtle colour combinations to add a more vibrant, inspired colour palette,” reports Chris Gulson-Brooke, Founder of Maitland & Poate. “Both reclaimed vintage tiles or handcrafted new cement tiles provide wonderful elements of interest into a room and allow either a timeless understated heritage feel or contemporary pop of colour.” 


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“Jade is a calm and relaxing shade, with on-trend tones of pale blue and green inspired by the gemstone. It can be tranquil or bold, depending on how it is used, and can work well as the lead colour in a bedroom or bathroom. The hue has an air of coastal chic about it and pairs well with neutrals and terracotta for an understated scheme.” says Ruth Webber, Creative Director at Bert & May


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“Highly reflective gloss tiles are a great way to create a sense of space and openness,” says Diane Hyde, Marketing Manager at Craven Dunnill & Co. “Bringing texture up onto the walls through tiles adds tactility and allows light to beautifully reflect off the glazes, bringing vitality to a room.” 


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“Soft pinks and pastel shades that introduce colour without overwhelming a space are always successful in bathrooms. When we designed our Irregular collection with Bert & May, we chose to combine muted pink and yellow forms on a neutral off-white background to create a design that feels modern and fresh but also timeless.” says Clara Ewart, Head of Design at Kitesgrove.


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