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7 Versatile Types of Tile for Lasting Style


Large room with fireplace and marble floor 

Versatility is a valuable characteristic in many different areas of life. A versatile employee brings value to a company, a versatile shirt adds value to your closet, and a versatile tile provides value to your home. Versatile tile looks terrific with multiple different interior design schemes, and it stays in style as the years go on. In this blog post, we’ll be talking about seven types of tile that have the prized trait of versatility.

1. Neutral Colored Tile

Color palette 

Tile in neutral colors is highly versatile, especially in comparison to bold colors. If you’re a fan of exciting colors and patterns, you may shy away from tile in neutral shades. But it may be a good strategy for you to choose neutral flooring in favor of selecting eye-catching decorations and other pieces for the room. It’s wise to choose a tile that will mesh with various colors and design styles so that it looks great regardless of the way you want to decorate the rest of the room.

On the other hand, if you choose bold tile, it may initially look fabulous and trendy. But what about in a few years? What if you get sick of the color, or it goes out of style? Bold colors just don’t deliver the same versatility as neutrals.

Neutral colors are the perfect background for shifting color trends. They include white, beige, taupe, cream, gray, brown, and black. Below, find a few of our favorite neutral-colored tile choices.

San Fran Tan White Porcelain Floor Tile
Cappuccino Polished Marble Field Tile 
 San Fran Taupe Porcelain Floor Tile

2. Classic Patterns

 Staircase with herringbone tile on wall

If you love spicing up your interior design with patterns, classic ones like herringbone and simple geometric designs can be very versatile. While some patterns risk looking dated in a few years, understated and subtle ones have more staying power and versatility. This is especially true if you select tiles with traditional patterns in neutral colors.

For example, the herringbone mosaic tile below is an excellent choice. It’s made from beautiful Crema Marfil marble, a type of natural stone from Spain that’s sure to remain in style. We also have the picket-style ceramic tile, which allows for a nice geometric pattern that’s understated and neutral.

Crema Marfil Herringbone Mosaic Tile
 Chanelle Lava Smoke Picket Ceramic Tile

3. White Subway Tile

 Kitchen with white subway tile backsplash

White subway tile is an obvious choice when thinking about versatility. Not only has it been popular for over a century, but it’s a classic choice with character, and it’s easy to clean and maintain. Below, we’ve picked out two slightly different variations of white subway tile. The first is flat with a matte finish, and the second is beveled with a glossy finish for a slightly more eye-catching look.

This type of tile provides the perfect backdrop for any color scheme or interior design choice. It won’t clash with or steal the spotlight from even the boldest decor selections!

Ice White Matte Ceramic Subway Tile
Ice White Beveled Glossy Ceramic Subway Tile 

4. Natural Stone Room with black marble floor

Over the centuries, natural stone has shown that it has true staying power. It’s beautiful and brings with it a sense of luxury. Plus, its neutral, natural colors make it highly versatile. What’s especially great about today’s natural stone tile is that you can go with genuine natural stone and marble or select the more affordable marble-look porcelain or ceramic tile. We’ve chosen two options made from authentic natural stone and two made from porcelain.

Tundra Gray Marble Field Tile
 Honey Onyx Field Tile
Bronze Armani Porcelain Tile
 Calacatta Gold Porcelain Tile

5. Penny Tile

Bathroom with penny tile backsplash 

If you’re looking for a more fun, daring option than traditional tile, then penny tile could be great for you. Penny tile has been around since the early 1900s, and its versatility lies in the classic materials and neutral colors in which it can be found. You can keep penny tile extremely simple in black or white, or you can select a more opulent option like either of the stone penny tiles shown below.

Crema Marfil Penny Round Mosaic Tile
Carrara + Thassos + Black Marble Penny Rounds
Black Penny Round Ceramic Mosaic Tile
White Penny Round Ceramic Mosaic Tile 

6. Hexagon Tile

Hallway with hexagon tile 

Hexagon tile is another versatile yet fun choice. What’s especially cool about hexagon tile is that it mirrors its environment and thus blends with nearly every design style. The key is to choose hexagon tile in neutral shades so that it will look amazing with any other colors you want to put in the room.

Madrid White Hexagon Matte Porcelain Tile
Skye Nero Hexagon Porcelain Tile 
Calacatta Gold Hexagon Marble Mosaic 
Scabos Travertine Hexagon Tumbled Mosaic Tile 

7. Black and White Mosaic Tile
Kitchen with black and white tile

Black and white mosaic tile is truly classic and screams traditional, yet it can be quite modern as well. That’s why it’s so versatile. We’ve handpicked a few different types of black and white mosaic tile below. Each offers harmonic balance whether it’s used in a contemporary, vintage, rustic, or ultra-modern room.

Black and White Hexagon Marble
Wiltz Thassos White & Black Marble 
Thassos White & Black Octave Mosaic 

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