Hot Home Trend: Go Big With Your Tile

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Supersized tiles are making over more floors, and this may be welcome news to many homeowners. Large format tiles means less grout to clean. The large tile trend may be partially motivated out of function, not just aesthetics.

More homeowners are experimenting with larger tile sizes, whether with porcelain, ceramic, or vinyl flooring.

Tile squares may be about 12 inches or so in most standard kitchen floors. But now sizes up to 24 inches or more are catching on.

Besides the easier-to-clean aspects of this, the larger tile squares often can make a space look bigger. That’s because there are less grout lines breaking up a floor into boxy squares, which leads to the perceptions of elongated spaces. (Another tip from designers in elongating a space with your tile: Be sure to select a grout color that most closely matches the color of your tile. That will also help make your floors look more expansive.)

The larger tile formats are popping up in kitchen flooring and as in bathrooms surrounding the tub or shower. Designers say the larger formats offer a more modern, “clean lines” vibe to a room’s flooring.

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. It dramatically increases the visual impact of the space for sure. I’m seeing this trend more in the new construction builds.

  2. emma

    I love the look of large tiles! They’re so clean and modern looking (and they have the advantage of having less grout to clean, haha!). We’re not in a position to be able to remodel our kitchen yet, but a few years down the road I want to redo it and install a floor similar to that second picture! So pretty!

  3. Large tiles mean less maintenance. The easier to clean, the better!

  4. Looks great both in rustic or high gloss!

  5. Looks good! Minimalist tile creates statement on its own!

  6. The larger tiles have been popular for a while now. They can be quiet dramatic!! I’m noticing the use of larger scale tiles in new construction properties and newly renovated homes.

  7. I absolutely adored the pictures and the way it pulls up the look of the rooms (living space, kitchen or bathroom)
    I totally loved the trend and looks like my floor needs a new renovation.

    Thank you for sharing this. Lovely!

  8. Combining design and efficiency, I like this concept!

  9. I absolutely love these tiles!! great article and some great ideas.

  10. These new tiles are going to be on every floor soon with their mix of modern designs and easy maintenance!

  11. Buyers of today are all about that convenience. With this, they can have the best of both worlds!

  12. These tiles look amazing! I might have to just hire someone to install tile into my home now. I will always keep our carpet cleaners but tile will definitely make for a great presentation just like you showed. Thank you for these great ideas!