By the middle of last year, more than 1.5 billion square feet of tile had already been used in the United States, according to a leading industry group, and that number regularly increases. This isn’t terribly surprising. Tile is a durable, low maintenance, versatile and generally affordable building material used indoors and out.
If you’re a homeowner planning to remodel or a building professional planning a new project, chances are you have a number penciled in for tile. Chances are, you also care what it looks like, so that your space is up to date. Where are you getting your style pointers? If you answered Europe, you’re ahead of the game. Some of the most technologically advanced, trend-setting tiles come from Spain and Italy.
Color and Pattern
Bright colors, colorful murals, botanicals and interesting textures were hot this year. Europeans use tile in ways Americans don’t, like feature walls or headboards, for example. This trend might show up here on backsplashes or fireplace surrounds for adventurous clients.
Classic hydraulic looks have made a strong comeback these past few years, and continue to trend. They’re showing up on floors and walls, in both traditional and contemporary spaces these days, especially in eclectic bathrooms.
Cement look has been in for a few years and still going strong. Variations come in color and pattern.
Stone Cold Beauty
You don’t need to invest in natural stone to enjoy its classic beauty any longer. European tile manufacturers have expertly reproduced its dramatic veining in low maintenance porcelain. It can be used in ever-larger slabs, as well, for countertops or shower surrounds. In addition to marble, you’ll also see more rustic, weathered stones for interior or exterior projects.
Wood is another natural material that is well-rendered in tile. We’ve seen it in glossy and matte, textured and smooth. It is not a new trend, but one that continues to attract. Given its ability to look great indoors and out, including on both sides of a sliding glass wall, or in a full bathroom, it’s not surprising that wood-look tile is still a popular choice.
Subway Tile Renewal
Here’s another oldie but goodie that still has strong appeal. You’ll see subway tile now in larger sizes or installed in non-horizontal patterns like herringbone or vertical. You’ll also see dimensional tile, darker grout colors, and mixed finishes for updated looks.
If you didn’t make it to Spain for Cevisama, the also massive Cersaie expo in Bologna, Italy showcases global tile trends every September. Every year Import Tile Center participates in Hospitality Design Show in Mandalay Bay Las Vegas. This year’s expo will be from May 15 to 17. Please use the code below for a complimentary expo pass. See you at the show.
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