Why You'll Be Seeing Zellige Tiles Everywhere in 2016

It's hard not to love kitchens that take design risks, especially Moroccan Zellige tiles.  Pays off every time!

It's hard not to love kitchens that take design risks, especially Moroccan Zellige tiles.  Pays off every time!

We all love bright and colorful Moroccan tiles but fear that our tastes may not translate well to a NYC brick apartment or a California midcentury modern home.  The good news is you can incorporate Moroccan decor without going all-in.  Zellige tiles are a Moroccan glazed terra cota tile that can be cut into different shapes -- from the most popular shape of square to trellis, or rectangular subway tiles.   Many homes are combining this 1,000 year old Moroccan art form with the minimalist and organic modern movement.

The pearlescent gloss of these Moroccan Zellige tiles make this black kitchen feel a lot more light.  I love how it's also paired with muted neutral butcher blocks.

The pearlescent gloss of these Moroccan Zellige tiles make this black kitchen feel a lot more light.  I love how it's also paired with muted neutral butcher blocks.

For a polished look, try black kitchen backsplash with black and white Moroccan dishware, and muted neutral accents.

For a polished look, try black kitchen backsplash with black and white Moroccan dishware, and muted neutral accents.

The green Zellige tiles on this bright and cheery kitchen help it blend in with nature with a modern organic edge.

The green Zellige tiles on this bright and cheery kitchen help it blend in with nature with a modern organic edge.

Nailed it!  This industrial kitchen keeps it simple with square Zellige tiles in a pearly white.

Nailed it!  This industrial kitchen keeps it simple with square Zellige tiles in a pearly white.

This organic modern kitchen combines a cool earthy island with a creamy white pearlescent Zellige backsplash.

This organic modern kitchen combines a cool earthy island with a creamy white pearlescent Zellige backsplash.

This pearly white kitchen is elegant yet subtle.  And that white gas range is too die for!

This pearly white kitchen is elegant yet subtle.  And that white gas range is too die for!

Need more convincing?  Love the look of this "lived in" kitchen with white square Moroccan Zellige tiles and white open shelves.

Need more convincing?  Love the look of this "lived in" kitchen with white square Moroccan Zellige tiles and white open shelves.

Zellige tiles don't just work for chic and edgy kitchen backsplashes, they're also a great decor idea for bathrooms.  

This all black bathroom with Moroccan Zellige tiles feels sophisticated, modern, and edgy.

This all black bathroom with Moroccan Zellige tiles feels sophisticated, modern, and edgy.

I love the blend of bright Moroccan tiles on the floor of this shower and the white square tiles on the shower wall.

I love the blend of bright Moroccan tiles on the floor of this shower and the white square tiles on the shower wall.

This feels like the kind of bathroom an old glamorous Hollywood movie start like Audrey Hepburn would have in her house.  Black and white is such an elegant combo.

This feels like the kind of bathroom an old glamorous Hollywood movie start like Audrey Hepburn would have in her house.  Black and white is such an elegant combo.

Tom Dixon lighting in an all white bathroom is never a bad idea.  It's so sexy and sophisticated!

Tom Dixon lighting in an all white bathroom is never a bad idea.  It's so sexy and sophisticated!

Zellige tiles can be cut into any shape, including honeycomb and thin herringbone patterns like the one in this greyish white bathroom.

Zellige tiles can be cut into any shape, including honeycomb and thin herringbone patterns like the one in this greyish white bathroom.

Would you be willing to give this new look a try?  Tell us in the comments below.