“Paints, wallcoverings, carpets, furniture, and the like follow trends to the letter,” says Ryan Fasan, a consultant for the trade group Tile of Spain, “while ceramics tend to interpret them in a more timeless fashion.” So, what are the latest reinterpretations and innovations in tile today? Start clicking.
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Black and White
The classic combination of black and white is gaining steam in the world of ceramic tiles, showing up in a variety of patterns and compositions like these bold stripes. Talk about a focal point!
As tile manufacturing technology improves, the scale and proportions of ceramic tiles continue to grow, with larger square and rectangular formats taking center stage. The Florim Group’s “Industrial” by Floor Gres, for example, reinterprets cement in porcelain slabs as large as 1.2 m. x 3 m.
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“A top kitchen and bath trend is wood-look porcelain,” says principal designer and resident tile and stone expert Maria Sergio of Showcase Baths. “Clients are using it everywhere on walls and floors, plus it can take radiant heat nicely." Today’s wood-inspired tiles come in even more plank sizes, formats, colors, and finishes than real wood.
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Among the key terms influencing current stylistic trends in tile are “well-loved,” “vintage,” and “nostalgic,” according to Fasan. As a result, many of today’s tiles feature artisanal qualities, classic patterns, and rich colors that recall past eras.
Natural elements have great appeal, so it's no surprise that ceramic tiles that look like stone are popular, but they are now taking on new twists with unique formats and fresh tones, such as those in the “Stone Box” collection from Emilceramica.
Mix and Match
Many companies are introducing patchwork collections that allow for tile compositions of varying colors and sizes, with the look of different materials. One such collection, “In-Essence” by Italian manufacturer Provenza, simulates materials ranging from recycled oak to a stone-cement mix, permitting greater self-expression and freedom of design.
Ceramic tiles with aged or organic surfaces are emerging as favorites as more people embrace an eco-conscious attitude and a preference for recycled materials.
High-Tech, High Touch
Manufacturing advancements are yielding a new generation of tiles with futuristic qualities, such as photoluminescence, which allows tiles to glow in the dark, biomimetic structures that enable tiles to clean the air, and high-tech glazes that are warm to the touch. These new features, coupled with the industry's push toward sustainable production, promise a healthier and more comfortable environment indoors and out.
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