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We’ve talked about the flooring trends that we see pop up across the country, but what about here at home? What trends are Kansas City homeowners and home buyers looking for when it comes to tile?
There are more than a few favorite tiling trends that have made their way into the homes of KC residents. We looked at a few of those trends and found out a lot about what matters most to homeowners and buyers in the Heart of the Heartland.
Tile Trends in Kansas City: What You Need to Know
1. We Love Bargains, Almost as Much as We Love BBQ
One thing’s for sure – in Kansas City, we love barbecue. That being said, we also love a good deal.
Both faux hardwood and faux marble tile flooring are great alternatives to the real thing – without the upkeep and enormous price tag. Not surprisingly, both of these trends have made their way into various homes across the city. We have also seen faux hardwood growing in popularity for outdoor use and even in bathrooms.
2. We Hate Being Cold
It can be tough to live in a place that experiences months of temperatures that are below freezing. This is something we can (probably) all agree on especially after our most recent blizzard. It comes as no surprise then, that heated tile is a trend that has been rising in popularity among KC residents.
Playing on the fact that heat rises, this type of heated tile flooring gets your feet warm first, allowing you to feel warmer with the thermostat at lower temperatures. This tile trend is perfect for larger rooms, especially ones with high ceilings.
This is another flooring trend that can go outdoors. You can install heated tile on your patio to make snow and ice removal an absolute breeze.
3. Did We Mention That We Love a Good Deal? Ceramic vs. Porcelain
When it comes to ceramic and porcelain tile, the only noticeable difference is in the price tag. Why is ceramic tile more popular than porcelain? The answer is simple: It’s budget-friendly and looks just as good. To the expert eye ceramic tile is sometimes seen as slightly inferior to porcelain tile in terms of quality, but to the normal homeowner, the differences between these two tile materials are hard to spot.
The bottom line is that although porcelain tile is more expensive to manufacture and is slightly more durable than ceramic. As a rule, tile is a lot more durable than some other types of flooring anyway. That being said, we see no qualms with going for the better deal.
Incoming Trend: Black and White Tile
Black and white tile hasn’t quite made its way back into Kansas City homes, but we anticipate it will soon. With the shift toward classic, retro, and vintage-inspired designs, this ’50s- and ‘60s-inspired look is extremely versatile and works well in various areas of the home.
Whether you’re looking for a drastic diner vibe in your kitchen or a more classic and subtle style in your bathroom, we can’t wait to help you find the right tile for your home!