Metallic tiles — floor or wall tiles made to look like copper, bronze, silver, gold, or pewter — are continuing their rise as interior design darlings through 2017. We’ve increasingly seen an upwards trend among homeowners and designers in exploring creative uses of metallic as a contemporary flair in accent walls, backsplashes and more. Increased popularity and demand means that the offerings continue to improve with enhanced richness and sheen, as well as diversity in polishes, colors and styles.
In kitchens — the traditional room we’ve seen metallic backsplashes used — we see diversification across the types of materials used. Brushed and hammered metals are great choices with new metals being introduced all the time. Bathrooms gain a luxurious feel with an accent wall of metallic tiles, included in shower glass or as a backsplash. Mix and match color schemes to punch up the contrast for an eye-catching design.
It’s important to consider how you want the metal to function prior to purchasing your metallic tiles. A metal tile can be selected to optimize aging or changing over time. If you would like to avoid aged or rustic look and preserve shine, then you’ll need to apply a preventative coating or protectant to your metallic area to resist oxidizing and staining. Perhaps you want to brighten the space and opt for the clean luminescence of mother-of-pearl or light gold luminescence. Or you might be going for contrast with an existing bright space with a copper or bronze hue.
“…copper and brass can liven up any kitchen with their unique hues and the added benefit of an “evolving” design; as these metals age, their surfaces will often take on distinct patterns, striations and natural designs that add great style.” – HGTV
Metallic tiles are typically durable, low-maintenance and are also easy to clean. Note that copper does not respond well to abrasive cleaners, pads or acidic substances, but gentle cleansers are fine.