Hexagonal-shaped tiles are a tried-and-true classic in home design: Patterned tile floors made up of small 1-inch hexagon tiles have been popular in bathrooms since the early 1900s. The same tiny mosaic tiles are still popular in renovated homes today, but in the past few years, larger hexagonal tiles have been in demand as well, a modern twist on an old classic. And in a larger size, are also an increasingly common choice for backsplash or wall tile.
Recently though, we’ve more frequently seen a bold take on the installation of these larger hexagonal tiles show up on Pinterest. Instead of cutting every other hexagonal tile to square off the backsplash with a straight edge (as they did in the photo above), homeowners are leaving the last row of tiles whole so that there is a staggered edge, like this:
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Here’s another example in a deep turquoise hue:
While for a backsplash it’s possible to just end the tile installation wherever you want along the wall, for floor tiling, you have to run one type of flooring up to the walls, a doorway, or into another flooring material at some sort of transition point. The same staggered finish trend is being used with hexagonal tile flooring where it transitions into another area with different flooring. The other flooring type (usually hardwoods or another tile) is cut to fit into the hexagonal edges, creating an uneven, visibly jagged edge where one flooring transitions into another.
Here are a few examples:
This trend is certainly a unique way to install flooring in your home, but is it too permanent of a commitment for what might end up being a fleeting trend? Pinterest users seem to be pretty divided on the subject. While you can tell from how many different pins of the trend are being recirculated how popular it is, some of the comments voice people’s uncertainty.
Someone commented on the pin above: “This is the future shag carpet. No thanks!” Another user commented: “Saw this done on HGTV. Interesting when the rest of the house goes with it. Like matching marble counters. Otherwise, it looks out of place.” Others have pointed out the utility of having tile flooring in a “wet” area, like around the kitchen sink or bathtub, but not having to choose between all tile or all hardwood in a single room.
What do you think of these modern installation trends with hexagonal tile? Are they practical and beautiful, or does it appear unfinished, or altogether too trendy?