Tile Trends in 2022

Tile Trends in 2022

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By Peter Vann, Director of Ceramique Internationale

Renovation and redecoration remain top priorities post-lockdown –  and tiles have a big role to play in revamp projects.

In recent years kitchen wall tiles have returned to fashion and the current trend is to introduce colour, primarily in the shape of small, oblong tiles in plain strong colours – think greens and blues – usually as cooker splashbacks or in the space between cupboards and worktops. This trend is now being augmented with the use of small square tiles (100 or 150mm), again in strong colours but with shading or texture, as found on Zellige-style tiles.

Flat colour is still regarded as architectural whereas glossier tiles, with texture are used more widely in residential properties.

Continuing with the zellige theme – the worn and aged vintage look remains popular with consumers as it can work well in both traditional and contemporary kitchens.

In the bathroom, the British love of marble tiles continues. Glossy and luxurious designs, mainly in white with grey, gold or black veining, have long been the bathroom tiles of choice. Now, however, matt or satin effect marble tiles are achieving cut-through in the UK market. Another emerging look is onyx-style marble, which is cloudy rather than veined and so creates a less ‘in-your-face’ look.

Patterned floor tiles are on-trend, especially when paired with plain wall tiles, and this is being applied in kitchens, bathrooms and hallways alike. Picture a monochrome or geometric patterned floor with small, plain oblong wall tiles. In addition there is an indication that coloured patterned floors, paired with coloured wall tiles – jades, blues, greens – will soon rival the monochromatic look.

And when it comes to floors in the kitchen and open plan living areas, the use of larger format tiles – 800mm sq, 900mm sq or 600x1200mm sq – is growing. This is because larger tiles are becoming more available and more affordable. Larger tiles in concrete, cement and natural stone effects create a seamless look and can also work well to support the trend for indoor/outdoor areas that enable homeowners to really make the most of their property.

The trend for creating an indoor-outdoor flow continues and the Italian manufacturers in particular are taking this on board now by extending their ranges to include external tiles with clever anti-slip technology that look exactly the same as the indoor tiles. External, anti-slip tiles, have traditionally had heavier texturing – to create grip – but the new generation of exterior tiles are glazed or have a smooth cement effect for a truly seamless look.

Multi-format floors are also something we will see more of and this is being led by the manufacturers who are creating multi-format packs of tiles with bigger sizes of tiles within. For example a pack may now contain a selection of 60x30cm, 60x60cm and 60x120cm – along with, of course, laying pattern suggestions which enable to user to create non-repeating, random designs.

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