From geometric patterns to rustic terracotta here are the key tile trends for 2024
Ahead of the Surface Design Show (6-8 February at the Business Design Centre) lets take a look at the tile trends worth looking out for in the coming year.
Fine Lines – The delicacy of fine lines is a distinct tile trends, offering a pleasing yet discreet sense of texture and an interplay with the light, together with the opportunity in some cases to use coloured grout to stylish effect. Decorative wall tiles, in ‘stacked’ formats or 3D extruded reliefs from brands such as Cevica, El Barco, Dune and Tau, enable a range of creative ways to apply this striking look
Faded Elegance – The proud history of Spanish ceramics, from artisanal craftsmanship to the iconic repeating motifs of encaustic tiles, is honoured by new collections that reference this tradition with contemporary ingenuity. The latest designs suggest surfaces that have stood the test of time, with all the charm of distressed effects or the intrigue of barely-there details. This soft, faded beauty also comes with the easy-care durability of modern tile technology, from brands such as Porcelanosa, Decocer, Realonda and Cristacer.
Triangles With A Twist – From nostalgic patterns to eye-catching optical effects, the humble triangle (and variations on the theme) is making its presence felt in tile collections. across handmade aesthetics to contemporary prints, with Adex, Vives and Cevica all shaping up beautifully to this geometric trend.
Terrific Terracotta – The burnt oranges and earthy browns of fired clay are instantly reminiscent of traditional architecture. In fresh yet warm celebrations of this motif, the latest collections breathe new life into terracotta in a variety of tones, textures and typologies. From the zelig formats of Cevica to the suggestion of visible toolwork from Roca and the matt, linear formats of Bestile and Equipe.
From Wall To Floor – The new generations of hi-tech porcelain slabs can not only replicate the look of any material or finish, they can also be applied to any surface, vertical or horizontal. The advantages of installing a robust, high-performance, sustainable product to both wall and floor are both aesthetic and practical, offering cohesive looks and easy maintenance. Specialist manufacturers Arcana, Coverlam and Undefasa have it comprehensively covered.
(Image at top shows New York wall tiles from Cevica)