Tile Trends We’re Seeing In Luxury Homes In 2021

Tile is a ubiquitous home accent that shouldn’t be overlooked. From floors to kitchen backsplashes and bathrooms, just about every home has tile somewhere. There’s a good reason for this. Tile is equally practical and decorative, with a seemingly endless number of styles and options available. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to do tile. 

So how does tile look best? Here are some of the best tile trends we’ve been seeing in some of the top luxury homes on the market. 

One of a Kind Penthouse | Dubai Downtown Views

Marble tiling is considered a classic look. In this Dubai penthouse, cream-colored marble gives the living space a clean, refined look. (Driven Properties)


Marle flooring is always a timeless choice. While it must be properly maintained, there is nothing quite like it, especially as seen at this one-of-a-kind penthouse with downtown views in Dubai. The cream-colored marble tile gives this jawdropping home a traditional yet warm feel. Better yet, marble is a high-quality natural stone that will last for years to come with proper maintenance. 

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Silver hardware and lighting provide the perfect complement to Carerra marble surfaces in this Paris, France, apartment. (Groupe Mercure)

Carerra Marble

Carerra marble is a popular option for countertops as well as bathroom tile. It looks great in different style homes from traditional to contemporary and modern. This was most certainly the right choice for the bathroom in this beautiful apartment in Paris. It especially complements the silver hardware, giving this city bathroom a chic, classic look.

luxurious carerra marble fireplace inside a dubai apartment

Carerra marble is also a popular finish for fireplaces. In this Dubai penthouse, the Carerra marble fireplace serves as the centerpiece. (Driven Properties)

Carerra marble tiles are also ideal for fireplace mantles, as seen in this luxurious home at One at Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. Seamlessly grouted, there’s practically a wall of Carerra marble in the living room. It is the perfect accent for this spacious room and multi-million dollar view.

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The dark floor tiles even have a border, elevating the look of the bathroom overall. (Driven Properties)

Brown Marble

While lighter colored marbles have been a major trend in recent years, dark marbles like brown marbles are making a comeback. The brown marble in this beautiful duplex penthouse at Dorchester Collection Dubai, Business Bay, is a great example of dark marble in a bathroom done right. The dark floor tiles even have a border, elevating the look of the bathroom overall. The marble continues to the wall with a built-in shelf, perfect for holding extra soap, lotion, and other toiletries. All of this coordinates sophisticatedly with the cream-colored sinks. 

kitchen with subway tile inside a luxury home at 127 N Bowling Green Way

Subway tile is a great way to enhance a space, as seen inside this East Coast-inspired Brentwood home. (Hilton & Hyland)

Subway Tiles

Subway tiles have been one of the biggest tile trends of the past decade and it’s unlikely to change any time soon. The white subway tiles in this East Coast-inspired home in the tony Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles are a great example of how this type of tile enhances a space. These subway tiles have a thick, almost 3D-like texture, while the white grout gives them an overall seamless look perfect for this traditional-looking kitchen.

white subway tile in a bathroom

Subway tile also makes for a clean look in the bathroom. (Hilton & Hyland)

This tile is by no means the only example of how subway tile can look. There are thinner subway tiles that are also a common choice for backsplashes. There are also smaller subway tiles in various colors, such as black and grey with different finishes like matte and high gloss. Another thing to keep in mind is that subway tiles aren’t just for the kitchen; they’re an excellent choice for bathrooms as well.  


Neutral colors have a minimalist look that is versatile in every room. (Driven Properties)

Neutral Colors

Not sure what color tile to choose for your bathroom? It’s impossible to go wrong with a neutral. The bathroom in this luxurious Dubai apartment completely exemplifies this. It is designed with neutral tiles in different textures. The bathroom floor and wall tiles have a minimalist look that is versatile enough to work in just about any space. The stone tiles on the wall of the shower have a highly textured, modern look. These two types of tile bring all the bathroom elements together to create a clean, contemporary look. 

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Beige tiles offer a break from the crisp white interior of this residence overlooking a marina in Dubai. (Driven Properties)

Contrasting Bathroom Tiles

Contrasting bathroom tiles are another trend, as seen here in this three-bedroom home at Bulgari Resort and Residences, Jumeirah in Dubai. The neutral wall tiles create a calming spa-like atmosphere, while the dark floor tiles give the bathroom a clean, modern look overall. It also complements the vanity. So, if you’re trying to decide between dark and light bathroom tiles, know you don’t have to. When it comes to tile, you can have it all.

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I am a writer, design expert, host of the podcast Bougie Adjacent, and comedic performer. I am absolutely fascinated by all aspects of décor and design. It once took me six months to choose a soap dispenser and I can’t even remember what it looked like. I like bright prints, southern exposure and any location you can call a “village or town.” There are currently over 100 episodes of House Hunters on my DVR.