Tiling Trends and Design in 2016

Tiling Trends and Design in 2016.

The tile industry is at an exciting crossroads.  New production technologies are blending artisan technique with ink jet printing technology to provide looks never before achieved.

Textured hexagonal tile set 2016 tiling trends.
Textured hexagonal tile set 2016 tiling trends.

Tiling  trends in 2015 were  dominated by hexagonal shapes and textures.  Those trends continue into 2016.

Using ceramic and cement tile, thin formats and ink jet printer techniques, we now have wood-look, stone-look, and cement tile designs infused on porcelain tile. The look of wood, stone, metal, and pattern are being subtly blended onto tile to create sophisticated designs. The major supplies of these new products are the state-of-the-art factories of Spain and Italy.

The rest of the world’s tile manufacturers are scrambling to catch the trend and get a piece of the action.

Italian companies are able to create ceramic tiles with three dimensional folds, raised geometry and asymmetrical profiles. Fitting these tiles together creates a three dimensional wall with a seamless sculpted surface that draws the eye.

Tiling Trends in Shapes.

There is a strong trend to add interest to classic geometric shapes with texture and relief. The popular hexagon shape is getting reinterpreted with concave reliefs; Concave drops create the look of leather and add richness with relief texture; Gold hexagons create a luxury look with a classic shape. Hexagons tile formats are hot – as small mosaics, in elongated forms, bold colors, and in relief formats.

Tiling Trends in Textures.

Textile influences are also growing with the emphasis of textured surfaces. Pins and Needles is a line completely inspired by fabrics, lace, and textile. The cast cement line is available in almost any color. I love this line in its classic look on white.

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If you want to plan a bathroom or kitchen redesign with the hottest  trends in the tile industry, pay attention to color in 2016.   For the first time Pantone introduces two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity as the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016. Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation.

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