Trend predictions: porcelain tiles for your home
We recently attended an annual exhibition of ceramic and porcelain tiles: Cevisama 2015, in Valencia.
Cevisama showcases emerging style themes and innovation from the world of ceramic and porcelain tiles and with that insight in mind we've compiled what we believe to be the key trends for homes.
Porcelain tiles inspired by nature
Whilst wood, slate and stone-effect porcelain tiles have been part of our collection for some time now, at Cevisama last month we saw an astounding increase in how realistic these products have become, and so we predict that the popularity of porcelain tiles which replicate natural materials is only set to rise. Adding character and interest to interiors, whilst offering homeowners a low maintenance, durable surface, these porcelain tiles are ideal for use with underfloor heating systems. Sophisticated production techniques have seen a marked improvement in the surface finish of wood, stone and marble-effect porcelain tiles, which will enhance any room in the home - many ranges can be used indoors and out.
Besides those porcelain tiles which resemble natural materials, there was also a notable presence of floral motifs and geometric organic-inspired themes. Given a modern or abstract twist, this is something that we feel might start to grow in demand.
Large scale porcelain tiles
Large format porcelain tiles for both walls and floors have become increasingly popular - they lend a sleek and contemporary feel to bathrooms, kitchens and open plan living spaces. However, a super-sized version of what we term as 'large format' was present at Cevisama, with dimensions rising to 3m x 1m and between 4-10mm thick. For reasons of practicality we don't envisage that products with such huge dimensions will become standard in the majority of homes but the slim profile and durability of these larger porcelain tiles means that we can expect to see more diverse designs and finishes becoming available and this will also influence their application, for example across worktops and so on.
Porcelain tiles in hexagonal forms
Hexagonal mosaic porcelain tiles, either custom cut or pressed, were used to create a real statement for feature walls. We can see this shape growing in popularity, especially for spa-inspired bathrooms or wet rooms and also for splashbacks in kitchens.
Colour and texture trends for porcelain tiles
In terms of colour, Cevisama saw subtle and sophisticated neutral porcelain tiles as the enduring theme, along with fail-safe monochromatic schemes. This palette was enhanced and refreshed with accents of glowing neon and other bright colours. Mesh-mounted textured glass and metallic-finish mosaics were evident and there was also a distinct contrast in the use of extremely matt surfaces paired with shiny glazes and finishes.
Porcelain tiles for a stylish home
With five prestigious showrooms across the south east of England, and as leading UK distributors of ceramic and porcelain tiles, we like to stay abreast of interior design trends as this forms the basis of the outstanding stock collection which our customers enjoy.
We offer a selection of ceramic, glass and porcelain tiles from prestigious international manufacturers in addition to a range of stylish natural slate products.
If you're looking for inspiration, visit one of our showrooms - located in Addlestone, Amersham, Ashtead, Folkestone and Wimbledon - or take a look at our online brochure. Our friendly team are only a phone call away, should you wish to find out more about our range of ceramic and porcelain tiles - please call and speak to a member of the team on 0208 397 6284.