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Viva Valencia

Cevisama is a really good excuse to visit the delightful and visually-exciting city of Valencia. The city really shines in two areas: food and architecture. It is hard to get a bad meal in Valencia; providing you stick to Spanish and Valencian menus. Valencia is also a wonderful city for architecture. The old city offers a taste of historical splendour; while The City of Arts and Sciences is a modernist must. Continue reading Viva Valencia

Bitter Chocolate Limestone by De Ferranti

Bitter Chocolate Limestone

De Ferranti’s Bitter Chocolate Limestone suits both traditional and contemporary interiors. It is typically supplied in tile formats: 400 by 400 by 20mm; honed and pre-sealed. Although rare in large sizes, De Ferranti can also source slab and block to carve basins and form architectural details, such as staircases, friezes and cornicing. Bespoke sizes and finishes are available to order Continue reading Bitter Chocolate Limestone

Weathered Wistfulness

A departure from the soft, romantic effects of the other trends, weathered is a style with staying power. From stones with scratch marks and colored rustic planks to rusted tin tiles and oxidized metals, these tiles mirror an ongoing fascination with unfinished spaces, worn surfaces and vintage effects. Continue reading Weathered Wistfulness

Terrazzo Twist

Dozens of terrazzo-effect tile designs are now available ranging from cement to epoxy terrazzo, traditional to modern colours and glossy to matte finishes. As opposed to traditional terrazzo, which can become very slippery or fade when used outdoors, porcelain offers a durable, versatile and cost effective alternative. Continue reading Terrazzo Twist

Pastel Progression

Moving beyond the celebrity of millenial pink, shades of blush, lavender, sea green and pale yellow can be found in dozens of floor and wall tiles. Less saturated than primary colors, pastels create a light, soft and calming effect, which dovetails with a few other trends from this year from Painterly to Nostalgia. Continue reading Pastel Progression

Painterly Proposals

Everywhere you look there is an overarching softness and romanticism in the design world with gentle curves, washes of colour and the unmistakable touch of an artist’s hand. Continue reading Painterly Proposals

Nostalgia Nuanced

People often look to design for an escape and in this current political climate it’s unsurprising that tile manufacturers are turning to the past to bring people a euphoric boost. Continue reading Nostalgia Nuanced

New Typologies

While some tile manufacturers recreate the look of wood or stone to an impressive degree of realism, others mix different materials or handpick certain characteristics to form a whole new typology. Continue reading New Typologies

Going Global

Designers and brands frequently look to other cultures for inspiration, which are exemplified in this year’s tile introductions. Continue reading Going Global

Earthy Energy

Earth Tones continue to engage and enthuse tile designers. Drawing their main inspiration from natural elements, a wide range of Italian tiles fall into this theme. Colour palettes range from dirt, clay and sand inspired browns; forest, moss and grass-like greens; red and golden tones reminiscent of the sun; and shades of blue to evoke an oceanic feel. This trend has become popular partially due to a revival of 1970s style along with a greater focus on mother nature and its ability to create a sense of natural serenity. Continue reading Earthy Energy

Decoration Deconstructed

Tile companies are constantly seeking new ways to add movement and volume to the flat surface, whether by texture, pattern, or trompe l’oeil effects. Continue reading Decoration Deconstructed

Bountiful Botanicals

While floral designs have been around since decorative tile was invented, botanical is a new trend that reflects two movements in the design industry. The first is a focus on health and wellness and the incorporation of the natural world into interiors. Meanwhile, the influence of tropical modernism has seeped into interiors and product design, shown by the abundance of palm, cacti and other flora-inspired patterns. Continue reading Bountiful Botanicals