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Hot Home Trend: Elongated Tiles

Lengthier styles are adding some contemporary contrasts in kitchen backsplashes and home flooring.

Supersize those tiles—go longer and wider. The look is gaining popularity throughout the home.

Long and linear backsplash tile is offering a modern twist in kitchens, according to the home remodeling website Houzz, which recently listed the trend as one to watch in 2022.

For example, a popular go-to has become white ceramic 4-by-12-inch tile. “The rectangle shape lends a timeless feel while its elongated form gives it a fresh, updated appearance,” Houzz designers note in their 2022 style report. “On Houzz, we see backsplashes with a subtle wavy or crackle glaze finish will add texture, or a herringbone pattern to give even more spin on the design.”

Tiles are getting bigger in the flooring as well. Extra-large tiles can make spaces appear larger, particularly if chosen in lighter colors. Also, larger tiles mean fewer grout lines—less to clean.

But regardless of size, one flooring trend heading out of style: Square tiles, notes in its 2022 flooring trends report. Instead, tile shapes are moving more toward a wood-look plank. The bathroom is the exception where large format tile remains trendy, they note. 

In the main living spaces, longer, wider planks are being favored in making floors appear larger and more open and are becoming a “classic staple,” notes. On the other hand, short, thin planks are starting to look outdated. 

Beyond elongated tiles, watch for more uniquely shaped tile to also enter more flooring choices in 2022. Bold geometric shapes—like in hexagon tiles—are offering a vintage, classic style that is being used in a more contemporary way. expects hexagon tiles to show up in more interiors, particularly in colors like whites, blacks, and grays.

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