Tile Trends Summer 2020

Due to the slow-down of industry and the cancellation of Coverings, and now Cersaie, tile trends are harder to spot. In Feburary we offered Tile Addict’s take on Cevisama, detailing the most notable trends seen throughout the show, with an additional three that were present but slightly less prolific – the patterns and colour palette of 70s retro, 3D tiles with a woven and panelled look, and tiles focused on texture, layout, and zellige. Now we are over halfway through the year it is time to review and refresh our list.

Blue blue marble

One trend we didn’t meantion earlier this year is the ever-present love for natural stones – gemstone styles and marble. The luxury they offer, as well as the neutral palette and elegant veining makes sure that natural stones very rarely go out of style. These stone or marble-effect tiles can encompass the whole colour spectrum, with light pinks, greens, and ambers. But this year’s stand-out tone is blue. Blue marble is a showstopper and its vibrant look is becoming increasingly popular.

Never without wood

The desire for the natural is continued into one of our favourite kinds of tile – wood-looks. We covered the wood-effect offerings at Cevisama, extensively exploring the variety on offer and material combinations created. The increased possibilities of this faux surface are proving year on year that this trend isn’t going anytime soon.

Botanical beauty

Yet another push for the natural is found in the trend for botanical patterns. Last years love for tropical-themed flora hasn’t gone away, but space has been made for decorative vegetation of all kinds. Cutesy chic flowers, organic leaf motifs, and vibrant floral patterns are all proving popular. The 20s trend has brought about a revitalised interest in Art Deco designs, and 70s retro continues to offer funky florals and stylish geometrics.

Spots and speckles

Last year’s contested trend – terrazzo – appears to be shaking the nay-sayers. Speckled stracciatella surfaces are on the up with terrazzo types of all kinds becoming favourite. Spots and dots are also set to be coming along for the ride with the unique variety this style offers.

Bright blues and colourful collections

Another trend of last year set to be on the increase is a love of colour. Green and Classic Blue are the frontrunners for the year, but colours of all kinds and combined with bold patterning are becoming more and more popular.

A new post by Hanna Simpson, Diary of a Tile Addict, July 2020.

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