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How to Use Hexagon Tile to Transform Your Home

Some home décor trends are bound to go by the wayside.

Hexagon tile, however, isn’t likely to fall out of favor anytime soon. The biggest flooring trend of 2017 is here to stay, and it can be used to give any space a chic, nature-inspired look.


Here’s how to get started:

Select a Space.

Hexagon tile is incredibly versatile. It can be equally compelling as a kitchen backsplash or countertops, a bathroom border or across an entire bedroom wall for dramatic effect. Hexagon floor tile seems perfectly at home inside a frameless shower enclosure, in an entryway or down a hallway. The options are endless. The area you select to fill with playful polygons will dictate other factors. Small hexagon tiles are often used in backsplash settings, while larger tiles might be best across the floor. Marble, natural wood, ceramic, glass, porcelain or granite materials can be mixed and matched to fit the design aesthetic of any room. Whether your home is filled with sleek, modern flourishes or an ode to industrial minimalism, there’s a hexagon tile that’s right for you.

Pick your Pattern.

From colorful mosaics to geometric flowers, hexagon tiles allow for some serious creativity. Adding grout to the space between the tiles, for example, can help create texture. By playing with the size of each tile, designers can experiment with building decorative shapes or unique patterns. Borders might consist of a thick swath of wood hexagon tiles against granite ones, black tiles against a white wall or small tiles along the edge of a floor filled with larger polygons. Mix and match hexagon tiles with rectangular tiles or mount them onto a painted wall. Because there are so many style options, it’s hard to overdose on this design trend.

Consider the Color.

It’s important to give as much thought to the color palette as it is to the overall pattern. Hexagon tiles can be used to add a splash of color—big or small—to an otherwise neutral space or to create an optical illusion when mindfully placed alongside compatible shades. Mixing and matching colors will impact the mood: A triadic color scheme-inspired countertop adds playfulness to an airy kitchen; a monochromatic hexagon tile wall makes for a powerful statement piece, particularly when surrounded by muted surfaces.  

Add an Accent.

Hexagons tiles aren’t the only six-sided option. Hexagon shelves, end tables and ottomans are other ways to add this shape to your décor. If you’re not ready to commit to an entire wall, hanging shelves are a low-maintenance compromise. These accent pieces can also be used to draw attention to hexagon tiles and add design consistency within the space. If a grayscale hexagon tile wall gives the room an edginess, a bright-colored hexagon seat is a great statement piece that will keep the space from becoming too moody or dim.

The best way to participate in the hexagon tile trend is to have fun with it. The various materials, sizes and colors mean designers can tap into their wildest imaginations and still build something that fits perfectly within the space. After all, one thing is certain: Hexagons are here to stay.