Due to its low purchase price and high degree of versatility, "subway tile has been hugely popular the last few years," Maykut says. If the trend hangs around in 2017, Maykut continues, "We're likely to see homeowners setting subway tile in unique patterns" to give fresh energy to a look that's starting to lose its luster. But while enthusiasm for subway tile may have dulled a bit, Maykut thinks that large-format tile, already popular in Europe, stands poised to become "the next big thing" in the bathroom. For one, oversize tile means fewer grout lines and, by extension, easier cleaning. Plus, when installed as flooring, large-format tile helps modestly sized rooms appear larger than they are.