2024 Ideas to Steal: Floors + Surfaces

From tile to timbers, these surface selections set spaces apart with limitless potential

A Cut Above

Photo by Homecoming Photography

The use of statement-making marble slabs as kitchen backsplashes or waterfall-edge islands isn’t anything particularly new—but the styles, cuts, designs, and installation methods do indeed evolve year over year. One could argue colorful, overly veiny selections with blends of rich tones—like the oversized quartzite center island of this Vela Interior Design and Kenzo Construction kitchen renovation—are topping other counter material trends this year. –Katelyn Bloomquist

A Twist on Tile: Three Trends to Try

Kitchen by Erinn Farrell Design, featuring Mercury Mosaics’ Mid Mod Square tile

Photo by Bethany Birnie

Vibrant Colors

“Clients are embracing boldness [in tile] with vibrant blends and reimagined classic patterns,” says Mercedes Austin, founder and CEO of Mercury Mosaics. And while this lean toward more fun, playful pieces brings personality to a space, she also notes the importance of balancing the vibrant colors with more grounding, neutral tones. She says, “We’re seeing this trend show up in the kitchen and extend to other areas of the home [in] backsplashes and accents.”

Stacked Subway Tile

Subway tile continues its reign as a fan-favorite but with a twist—now being stacked versus offset to achieve a clean, cohesive look. While horizontal stacking closely relates to the traditional brick pattern, vertical stacking is also being incorporated in kitchens and bathrooms, with capabilities of drawing the eye upward and elongating a space.

Earthy Accents

“Tiles that evoke a sense of coziness are very popular at the moment,” Austin says. In her experience, earthy colors in tile design are what bring warm and welcoming feelings to a space. She continues, “Rather than a clean and cold aesthetic, earthy color accents bring a delightful pop of character.” –Elizabeth Roubik

Reviving Rugs

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Social media platforms are buzzing with satisfying (and addicting!) carpet cleaning content. If you’re captivated by these videos and itching for a refresh, revitalize your rugs with the help of these Twin Cities carpet cleaners. –Elizabeth Roubik

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