A Reader Asks: What is the trend for tiles in a home?

What is the trend..matte, polished, semi-polished porcelain tiles? I like the look of glazed porcelain (travertine look), but I'm concerned it's not popular when we sell our home. – TZ


I often say that you don’t need to please everyone, you just need to please that one homebuyer who likes what you like.

I’ll add two caveats:

  • If you’re in a neighborhood where the perception that only “Brand X” is the mark of quality and you’re using “Brand Y” – you’ve got your work cut out for you to convince buyers (and real estate agents).
  • Trends vary from place to place. For my area, finishes are matte and partial sheen, primarily because we deal with a lot of dust that shows up on glossy finishes. For other areas of the continent, the glossy tiles are cool and sophisticated. In yet another area, no one would choose either one of those because sheen is the only way to go.

If the trend is for more contemporary, there is nothing to say that you can’t have a square-edged porcelain tile instead of chipped edges (which are considered more traditional), and vice-versa.

It’s all in the design. Here’s what I mean – two examples of bathrooms with porcelain/travertine looks:

I want to know where that door goes to...

A tad splashy -- look at the height of that faucet!

Any part of the world might argue for one or the other – all depends on where you live, but I say if you like it and you’ll be there for awhile, have it.

If others have thoughts, they’re welcome to chime in…

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