Tile TrendsA bar with green vertical tiles on an island and vertical orange/brown tiles on the the back wall.

As we explore trends in our lead up to Coverings 2024, the allure of earth tones for interior design marks a “down to earth” tile style that has both traditional roots and contemporary fashion. From Mediterranean villas to modern urban lofts, tiles in earthy hues infuse spaces with cozy elegance.

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Terra Cotta

Large-format terra cotta-look panels with a burnt amber tone fit beautifully with a contrasting neutral floor and gray accent wall to glow up this minimalist space. Pair XXL slabs with mosaic squares in the shower to create depth and texture.

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Deep Green

Leafy-green, vertically-stacked subway tiles with verdant punches of plant life bring an earthy element to this cafe. The undulated surface of these contemporary green tiles makes the light dance off the bar and backsplash. A patterned tile floor pulls together the rest of the elements in this space without overpowering.

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Earthy Palette

If you want a natural vibe, but also some graphic appeal, keeping an earthy palette will serve you well. These pressed tile designs provide an elevated mid-century modern aesthetic, while also maintaining the warmth and cozy ambiance you’d want in a guest bath.

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Quarry Squares

Quarry tiles are prized for their strength and durability in high traffic areas, such as commercial kitchens and areas that may have heavy equipment, such as breweries. Typically unglazed, quarry tiles have an inherently earthy aesthetic because they are made from a mixture of natural ingredients including clays, shales and feldspar. The ratio of these ingredients can determine the color of a quarry tile. Tiles with a base of shale generally have a red or brown color. Tiles with a base of clay typically have a gray or beige color.

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Stone-look tile has a timeless appearance. This year introduces us to a broader range of earth tones, such as oceanic teal, olive green, and rusty reds, all of which run through this varitone slate-look tile.

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Geo Texture

The geometric texture in these hexagonal tiles bring a modern flare to this otherwise bohemian bathroom. With a variegated terra cotta coloring, this flooring showcases a range of natural brown tones, and the linear indentations add layers of visual and tactile interest.

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Heaven on Earth

These earthy tiles can help create your own cozy oasis. Watch for more on the horizon as we continue highlighting tile trends the next few weeks anticipating what we’ll see at Coverings, April 22 to 25 in Atlanta.

Where to Buy Tile

Your next steps are simple:

  • Use the search tool at the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA) to find a ceramic tile showroom in your area for a more individual, one-on-one shopping, design and education experience, or visit a home improvement or flooring retailer.
  • For specific products and installation-related materials, you can consult the product locator of the Tile Council of North America (TCNA).
  • Download our Tile Buying Guide below to share with your contractor or designer or bring with you to the showroom. Having these tips handy will make it that much easier to shop for your tile.