Tile That Never Goes Out of Style

Tile That Never Goes Out of Style

Trends come and go, but some types of tile retain their style, no matter how many years have gone by. If you’d like to invest in tile that will look just as fashionable as ever regardless of the passage of time, this blog post is for you.

Characteristics of Classic Tile That Never Loses Its Style

Whether you’re interested in installing new tile flooring, a backsplash, a shower surround, or an accent wall, there are several factors that can increase your tile’s staying power when it comes to looking stylish.

When choosing tile for your next home renovation project, try to check at least one, if not several, of the following boxes:

  • Neutral shades, like black, white, beige, tan, and gray
  • Classic patterns and designs, like black and white checkerboard and herringbone
  • Natural stone or porcelain and ceramic lookalikes
  • Hexagon-shaped and other geometric tiles
  • Traditional shapes and sizes, such as subway tile and penny round tile
  • Wood-look tile, since hardwood floors are always in style

Selecting tile with these classic elements ensures that it won’t look dated, even as time passes. Plus, when you choose classic tile, rather than tile that comes in bright colors or striking patterns, you leave room for the rest of your interior design choices, such as paint colors and decor pieces (which are usually easier and cheaper to replace), to shift with the trends.

Below, discover some of our top picks for classic tile, many of which fall under several of the categories listed above.

Marble and Natural Stone Tile of All Kinds

You really can’t go wrong with classic natural stone tile, which has been used in interior design for thousands of years. Plus, natural stone automatically comes in neutral shades that can easily be paired with nearly any color scheme. Here are a few of our favorites. 

Our Nero Marquina 24x24 Marble Tile comes from Marquina, Basque Country in northern Spain. Its gorgeous black color with white veining looks beautiful in any space.

Nero Marquina 24x24 Marble Tile

This Crema Marfil 12x12 Field Tile is a type of limestone that also hails from Spain and features a creamy beige shade with soft yellow, white, cinnamon, and goldish-beige veining.

Crema Marfil 12x12 Field Tile 

White tile is always a safe choice for interior design, and our Bianco Dolomite 12x12 Field Tile, which comes from Turkey, contains a low-contrast blend of arctic white and pale gray for a little bit of visual intrigue.

Bianco Dolomite 12x12 Field Tile

With its smooth, rich color, you might love Cappuccino 12x12 Marble Tile just as much as your morning coffee.

Cappuccino 12x12 Marble Tile

Herringbone Tile

We’re huge fans of herringbone tile, and we’re not the only ones–it’s been widely used for flooring for almost 500 years! You can check out our Tile Type Spotlight on herringbone here to learn everything you need to know about incorporating this tile style into your interior design.

Natural stone herringbone mosaics in varying sizes are perfect for backsplashes and other small tile projects.

Calacatta Gold 1x3 Herringbone Mosaic

Scabos Travertine 1x2 Tumbled Herringbone Mosaic

Carrara White Bardiglio 1x4 Herringbone Mosaic

Carrara White Bardiglio 1x4 Herringbone Mosaic


This Simple Antique White Skinny Herringbone Ceramic Mosaic features a mini herringbone pattern that’s timeless and visually appealing.

 Simple Antique White Skinny Herringbone Ceramic Mosaic

Black and White Checkerboard Tile

This pattern is thought to have been around since 1500 BC, and it became especially popular during the Renaissance. Since then, it’s been a mainstay of interior design, and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon!

Pair these two Marrakech tiles together for a classic checkerboard pattern, or choose black and white marble tiles for a more upscale aesthetic.

Marrakech Pure Black 8x8 Porcelain Tile 

Marrakech Pure White 8x8 Porcelain Tile

Hexagon Tile

While hexagon tile hasn’t been popular for quite as long as some of the other tile types discussed in this article, it first gained prominence in the 1920s and has been an interior design favorite ever since.

Hexagon tiles come in all sorts of sizes, materials, and colors, bringing plenty of personality to your interior design.

 Italian Bianco Carrara White Hexagon Mosaic Tile
Scabos Travertine 2” Tumbled Hexagon Mosaic Tile 
San Fran Biscuit 7x8 Hexagon Ceramic Tile 

Carrara White and Blue Elongated Hexagon Marble Mosaic Tile

Subway Tile

Since the late 1800s, subway tile has been a go-to style, although there are now tons of variations that differ from the original three-inch by six-inch white tiles.

If you love glitz and glamour, then our Calacatta Gold 3x6 Marble Tile is amazing for creating a luxury aesthetic.

Calacatta Gold 3x6 Marble Tile 

The Zellige collection contains elongated subway tiles in a variety of neutral shades. Mix things up by installing them vertically rather than horizontally or stacking them rather than staggering them.

 Zellige Light Gray 2x16 Ceramic Tile
 Zellige Dark Gray 2x16 Ceramic Tile
Our Timeless Ice White 3x12 Ceramic Tile elevates the classic subway tile with its refined appearance.
 Timeless Ice White 3x12 Ceramic Tile

Penny Round Tile

Since the early 1900s, penny round tiles have frequently been used in bathrooms and other spaces. The standard size of penny round tiles is ¾” in diameter (the same size as a penny!), but today, you’ll find plenty of variety in size, which can allow for added creativity.

It’s hard to get more classic than our Simple Black and White Penny Round Ceramic Mosaic Tile, with its distinctive, traditional design.

Simple Black and White Penny Round Ceramic Mosaic Tile

We love these larger penny round mosaic tiles for a unique take on this style.
 Simple White Large Penny Round Ceramic Mosaic Tile
Simple Black Large Penny Round Ceramic Mosaic Tile 
Made of volcanic rock, this Black Basalt Penny Round Mosaic Tile is a rich charcoal gray that pairs nicely with a wide range of color schemes.

Black Basalt Penny Round Mosaic Tile

Wood-Look Tile

While hardwood flooring may go as far back as the early 1600s, its popularity amped up as the Industrial Revolution took hold. While wood-look porcelain tile is a much newer development, it can almost perfectly replicate the look of beautiful hardwood at a much lower price point. Below, find a few of our favorites from the Fresno and Forever collections.

 Fresno Almond 8x48 Porcelain Tile
 Fresno Oak 8x48 Porcelain Tile
Forever Chestnut 8x48 Porcelain Tile 
Forever Chestnut 8x48 Porcelain Tile

Find Tile That Will Last the Test of Time at Tilezz.com!

At Tilezz.com, we have a wide tile selection that can satisfy any and all style preferences. Plus, we make it simple to shop for tile online thanks to our fast delivery, insured shipments, and easy returns. You can scroll through our product line here, or visit our blog for interior design inspiration, DIY installation instructions, and more.

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