The tile industry has several large events each year where it showcases the latest styles and innovations. The most recent one last year was Cersaie, Italy’s annual massive expo in Bologna. It takes place every September, and is hosted by the country’s Ceramics of Italy trade organization. Here are some of the top trends spotted there, heading soon to a tile center near you.
1.Rare and Precious
Tile technology has gotten so sophisticated that manufacturers can now emulate rare stones with their dramatic movement and iridescence. This is a sustainable way to present those precious materials without depleting the earth. The effects are majestic, and often used for master suite shower surrounds and living space accent walls.
2. Bas Relief
It may look like historic anaglypta wallpaper or modern waves or ridges, but dimensional tile is definitely trending. This style offers visual interest in a monochromatic setting.
If you love the look of terrazzo, this style will definitely catch your eye. It’s not limited to that scale, though. You’ll find larger giraffe-type patterns and even geometric speckles. It’s a nod to postmodernism’s resurgence with nature and technology providing inspirations.
Wood-look and concrete-inspired tile have been trending for several years, so it’s not surprising that manufacturers and designers are looking for new ways to present them. Blending material effects – like wood and concrete, wood and fabric or marble and terrazzo – are ways to create a fresh look that may not date a space as easily.
Since we spend so much time indoors, a touch of greenery can add the benefits of biophilia to a room. This year’s tile collections featured vines, fronts, flowers and other flora, rendered in beautiful colors.
6. Top colors
Italians don’t shy away from color! Sage green and warm terracotta orange were the top palettes at the show, both individually and as a warm and cool pair. They were often rendered in retro-modern geometrics and with bas relief dimensionality.
Show-goers got to groove on 60s and 70s psychedelia in ceramic. These encompassed playful geometrics, trippy patterns and happy colors. If you grew up in a household from that era, these could be reminiscent, or just a nostalgic flashback.
Source : Forbes