A Growing Trend: Matte Black Tile is Back

A Growing Trend: Matte Black Tile is Back - Architessa

In the month of November, we're thankful for Thanksgiving feasts, Black Friday sales, and the 'Movember' trend where men grow a mustache to bring awareness to men's health. In case shopping at midnight or facial hair aren't your thing, there's another trend that's growing attention: matte black tile. At Architectural Ceramics, we're excited for this sophisticated tile trend. Black is back and now it's moody and matte. Here, we're naming just a few of our tile collections that include a matte black ceramic, porcelain or stone. We hope they grow on you.


Let's start with an Architectural Ceramic porcelain tile that offers several options: the Aristocrat Collection. Available in five colorways, this tile blends durability and style. But, to stay on topic and on trend, let's look specifically at the darkest color called Anthracite that is available in a matte black natural finish. The color Antracite, shown above from our Aristocrat Collection, has a range of sizes and mosaics even in one colorway: a lapatto polished finish, a natural matte finish, and in some cases a bocciardato textured finish. Here, the dark matte options are in keeping with the matte black tile trend. Note that some tiles, like the 12x24 are in-stock* with AC, while the other field sizes and mosaics are special order and require a wait time to receive them.
AC's Aristocrat Collection in the Anthracite Strip Mosaic
For this kitchen backsplash, AC's Aristocrat Collection was used in the Anthracite Strip mosaic in a matte black and cream. The staggered mosaic, installed horizontally, gives subtle movement to the lines of the cabinetry above and below it. To view our full Aristocrat Collection, visit our product page or download a datasheet here.


AC's Basalt collection, featuring the 12"x12" field tile
Our next matte black option, the Basalt Collection is just erupting with a range of options for your next project. This natural stone product, made of volcanic rock, is available in large format field tiles like 16"x16" or 12"x24" and mosaics like a 1" or 3" hexagon. In this bathroom setting, contrast is key. The white tile looks clean and bright against the matte black floor and shower door frame. The dark grout ties the space together. The warm tones of the wood on the ceiling and vanity keep the space from feeling cold.
AC's Basalt Collection, featuring the 5"x12" field tile in a herringbone pattern
Whether considering a hexagon or herringbone pattern, geometric shapes are on trend. Here, a kitchen remodel uses the Basalt Collection in the 5"x12" field tile in a herringbone pattern. The matte black natural stone tile grounds the space. Similar to the bathroom setting above, here the white cabinetry creates contrast while the wood counter tops on the perimeter walls and wood stools at the island add warmth. To view our full Basalt Collection, visit our product page here.


Like the worn black cobble-stoned streets of Florence, Italy our Florence Collection features the on-trend matte black in a traditional way. Because timeless patterns are stenciled onto a modern cement material, it has become a popular tile option that fits well into several design styles.
AC's Florence Collection, cement tile with natural pigment
This 8"x8" cement tile is handmade and painted with natural pigments. Customizable in various patterns and color combinations, this special order tile takes a bit of a wait period to make it uniquely yours. To see what our clients have done with cement tile, visit the Projects tab of our Houzz page. With cement tile featured on multiple projects of our Houzz Project page, it's no secret that cement tile is also on trend. This matte black painted cement tile knocks out two trends with one blow. If you weren't aware of the cement tile craze, then you must not be fixed to your TV like the rest of us watching Chip and Joanna on Fixer Upper. Shiplap anyone? For more on cement tile, read our blog entry, Cementing the Latest Trend in Design: Cement Tile.


If you consider yourself a traditionalist with a twist, look to our Legend Collection. The Kuba pattern has an eclectic and tribal feel that mixes matte black and off-white stones.
AC's Legend Collection, in the Kumba pattern, Nero Marquina and Calacatta Tia tumbled marble
The image above from our vendor New Ravenna Tile's Instagram page, shows designer and owner Sara Baldwin's feet and the Kuba mosaic during the installation process. The interlocking sheets blend seamlessly together for an overall look that could blend with multiple design aesthetics. The Legend Collection is made up of five other mosaic patterns along with the Kuba mosaic. The hand-chopped mosaics are assembled in New Ravenna's home-base of Virginia. Close to home for Architectural Ceramics, we're happy to make this collection available to you. To see the full Legend Collection, visit the product page here. To see what inspires AC or to see other collections we offer, visit our own Instagram page at @architecturalceramics. For further questions about our collections, or to place a tile order, please contact Want weekly updates about Architectural Ceramics and our product lines? Join our newsletterhere.

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