Textured Tile are the hot trend in home surfacing in 2016.
With the introduction of new production technologies developed in 2015 in Europe, textured tile has come a long way. New production technologies are blending artisan technique with ink jet printing technology to provide looks never before achieved. Tile trends in 2016 are now being dominated by shapes and textures.
Retailers are now stocking an assortment of textures, helping consumers transform their walls into design features. Waves, geometric patterns and floral motifs are all now readily available, each offering retailers and consumers a different look and feel.
There are a number of different ways to achieve texture with a tile, and one that will be of increasing popularity is through replicating the look of organic materials.
Organic elements are going to set the interior design trend in 2016. Think wood and natural stones like marble and slate. Natural materials are defined by their intricate veining and detail, which add to their textural interest. Thanks to 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 textured tile to create sophisticated designs. There is a greater variety of wood looks than ever before, from hand-scraped to high gloss. 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 also 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 textured tile formats.
If you haven’t looked at tile much in the past few years, it’s time to see what you’ve been missing. For a centuries-old industry, the future looks fresh and bright indeed!
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