A Growing Trend: Matte Black Tile is Back

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A Growing Trend: Matte Black Tile is Back - Architessa

Black is back, and now it's moody and matte. Matte black has surged in popularity in recent years and is now more popular than ever. Matte black tile is an excellent choice for minimalistic spaces that want a touch of sophistication and or moodiness. Matte black tile is versatile beyond moody minimalism and works well for many different aesthetics. At Architessa, we're excited about this refined tile trend. Here, we're naming just a few of our tile collections, including a matte black ceramic, porcelain, or stone. We hope they grow on you.


Aristocrat 2.0

Let's start with an Architessa porcelain tile that offers several options in color and finish: the Aristocrat 2.0 Collection. Available in seven colorways and four finishes, this tile blends durability and style. But, to stay on topic and on-trend, let's look specifically at the darkest color, Anthracite, available in a honed, polished, hammered, and 3D Deco.

Available Colors in Aristocrat 2.0 Collection (sand and taupe have extended lead times). Image Source: Architessa Aristocrat 2.0 Brochure


The color Anthracite shown below from our Aristocrat 2.0 Collection has a range of sizes and mosaics available. One of our favorite finishes is the 3D Decor, keeping with the matte black tile trend. Note that some tiles, like the 12x24, are in stock with Architessa, while the other field sizes and colors are in special order and require a few weeks to receive.

12x24 Aristocrat 2.0 Anthracite Natural 3D Décor Rectified.Image Source


Architessa's Aristocrat 2.0 Collection was used in the Anthracite color in 12x24 or 24x48 in the 3D Decor finish for this bathroom. The zero-entry shower floor paired with the floor-to-ceiling window provides a serene view and brings the outside in. Aristocrat 2.0 White is shown on the right side, giving subtle movement and texture to the face of the tub.  

To view our full Aristocrat Collection, visit our product page or download a datasheet here.


Architessa'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 wood tones on the ceiling and vanity keep the space from feeling cold.

 Architessa'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. Like the bathroom setting above, the white cabinetry creates contrast, while the wood countertops 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 traditionally. Because timeless patterns are stenciled onto a modern cement material, it has become a popular tile option that fits well into several design styles.


Architessa'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 some time 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 on 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.

Architessa's Legend Collection, in the Kuba 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 installation. The interlocking sheets blend seamlessly 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 Architessa; we're happy to make this collection available to you. To see the full Legend Collection, visit the product page here.


BOLTON is one of our newest collections and features both field tile and an 8x8 deco. The collection was designed through the creative eye of Oskar Metsavaht. The below image features BOLTON Posto 8 on the bedroom wall and floor.


From art to design, landscape to geometry - Neotropical is the concept with a contemporary and "carioca" look. A particular path is designed on chromatic compositions. Black and white tones of small stones found on Portuguese boardwalks were translated into close-ups. The pure geometry of the square or sinuosity of the mosaic alters the scale and expands the beauty of famous "Cariocas" sidewalks. 

BOLTON features an 8x8 Neotropical Black Deco that can be used to match the field tile or as the solo tile star of your project.


To see what inspires Architessa and to see other collections we offer, visit our own Instagram page at @Architessa


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