5 tile trends for 2019

Distressed finishes, geometric designs and three-dimensional surfaces were some of the big looks for tile on display recently at The International Surface Event in Las Vegas. The annual trade show highlights new products for the tile, stone and floor coverings industries. Here are five tile trends seen at the January 2019 event.

1. Weathered Surfaces
Many exhibits featured tiles that combined contemporary designs with distressed, weathered finishes, a look that has been gaining in popularity. The design seen here, from Emser Tile’s Rhapsody collection, has the worn finish and modern floral and diagonal patterns that exemplify the trend. “Rustic modern tends to be a huge trend,” says Crista Tekstra, senior brand manager at Emser. “We continue to see modern but distressed looks and patterns.”


Here’s a look at Rhapsody’s floral pattern. The collection consists of 13-inch-square white, black, neutral, floral and diagonal-pattern glazed porcelain tiles that can be mixed and matched to create unique patterns on walls and floors.


Pera Tile takes on the weathered or distressed look in its Village line, which offers a solid white tile and three patterned tiles in blue or black that are 6 inches square. The Caleta blue tile is paired here with the solid white tile.

2. A Medley of Shapes
The tile collections seen at the event included diverse shapes and colors. Daltile’s new Color Wheel collection has rectangular field tiles as well as mosaics in herringbone, hexagonal and lattice-weave shapes. The wall seen here is tiled with the collection’s herringbone mosaics.


Tiles in the Color Wheel line can be combined for one-of-a-kind wall designs. This photo shows how the collection’s hexagonal mosaics can “drip into” linear tiles for a custom look. Color Wheel tiles will be available this spring.


The new Waterwood line from American Olean features faux-oak planks and matching hexagonal mosaic tile. The weathered-wood look of the tile was inspired by the water-soaked wood pillars in the waterways of Venice. This photo shows the collection’s oak-like planks laid in a chevron pattern on the floor and faux white oak planks on the wall.


Here’s a close-up of the Waterwood collection’s weathered white and brown faux-oak planks and hexagonal mosaic tiles. The mosaic tiles come in shades of weathered wood that match the shades of the planks. The Waterwood collection will be available in the spring.

3. New Takes on Texture
More tiles are showing up with three-dimensional or etched surfaces, making them textured and touchable. Daltile’s Vintage Metals line emulates industrial Victorian-era metallic ceiling tiles. The collection includes four 4-inch-square tile designs; a mosaic fan shape, seen here; and an arabesque-shape tile that is shown below. Color options are whitewashed titanium, iron or bronze, and surface options are plain or patterned.


“It’s taking that very industrial Victorian design and adding a subtle shift, with integrated design and patterns to scale it back,” says Amber Leigh Martinson, director of marketing at Daltile. The metallic tiles have the flexibility to be used as a wall detail, as a backsplash or behind a stove, she says.


Marazzi’s glossy Nu_Tempo tiles combine flat and raised surfaces for a multitextured design. Flat square tiles and those with raised arches and “web” surfaces are interspersed with hexagonal mosaics.


Nu_Tempo’s Navajo Blue web-style tile adds texture to an accent wall.


Here’s a close-up of a flat tile inlaid with tiles that have a raised webbed surface, from the Nu_Tempo line.

4. Muted Palettes
Subdued patterns were popular in many collections at the show. Daltile’s faux-encaustic and floral porcelain tile, called Modern Hearth, is a contemporary take on the popular patterned style. “Last year we saw encaustics come in very strong, with their bright patterns. This year we’re seeing that they’re still very prevalent in style and design but in a more muted, subtle color,” says Daltile’s Martinson. The new Reverie collection from Arizona Tile features encaustic-style porcelain tiles in muted tones. The photo here shows Reverie 9 tiles on the floor and Reverie 10 tiles on the wall.

Here’s a close-up look at the Reverie 9 tiles. The collection offers 12 patterned tiles and four solid-colored tiles, all measuring 8 inches square. The line will be available in the spring.

5. New Geometrics
The tile industry is awash in fresh takes on geometric patterns, from soft whimsical arabesques to large-format hexagons and cubes. The new Revalia line from Daltile has kaleidoscopic mosaics, as on the wall shown here, as well as rectangles and geometric fan shapes.

These rectangular tiles from Daltile’s Revalia line are beveled and rippled — a new twist on subway tiles. They are mosaics offered in two sizes — the beveled tiles are 2 by 6 inches and the rippled tiles are 2 by 10 inches. The Revalia line will be available in the spring.

The wavy lines of Emser’s Myth tile series combine whimsy with geometry, a growing trend, says Emser’s Tekstra. “We’re still seeing geometric patterns. And texture, color and any kind of multidimensionality is where we’re seeing trends emerging,” she says.

Original article: https://www.houzz.com/magazine/5-trends-for-tile-in-2019-stsetivw-vs~118246278

Written by Julie Sheer

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