Manufacturers and patrons from around the globe gathered in Las Vegas in April for the 2022 Coverings International Tile and Stone Expertise. Just like the KBIS-IBS pairing two months earlier, this occasion had excessive vitality and a robust array of exhibitors. At almost 18,000, present site visitors from the US and overseas was up 18% in comparison with 2021.

One widespread chorus heard across the expo flooring was ‘We launched this sequence in 2021, however only a few noticed it then.’ The whole lot nearly outdated was new once more. Listed below are a number of the prime fashion, requirements and innovation tendencies to contemplate to your kitchen, bathtub, out of doors residing house and entire home initiatives.

A fast be aware: Wooden-look tiles, which have been so robust lately, have been nonetheless current, however a lot much less so than at previous reveals. Distressed planks and chevrons have been standard on this class. Encaustic types have been additionally fewer and farther between. The geometric style the place they dwell bought a contemporary replace for 2022.


The pandemic has introduced contemporary consideration to the wellness properties of tiles, and lots of manufacturers have responded with new choices and claims. Whereas touting antimicrobial or antibacterial brokers meant to handle well being issues, there was a good quantity of dialog about product claims and helps. To deal with this concern for specifiers, the Tile Council of North America has developed a set of measurements and requirements. Surfaces with these properties will likely be examined for resistance to microorganisms, ease of cleansing and sanitization, and preservation of the end over time. As TCNA famous in its announcement at Coverings, there are a lot of assessments for surfaces, however few have been utilized particularly to ceramic tile. This needs to be extraordinarily useful to architects, designers, contractors, property managers and builders.

One other set of requirements will deal with utilization classes on the place a tile ought to and shouldn’t be put in for optimum slip resistance. The brand new classifications to be included will likely be ID for Inside, Dry; IW for Interiors, Moist; IW+ for Inside Moist Plus; EW for Exterior, Moist and O/G for Oils/Greases.

This may let specifiers know which to make use of for patios, pool decks or powder rooms, youngsters’ bogs or the house owner working a catering enterprise from her kitchen.

Daring and Stunning

Now for the horny stuff…

Daring Stones: One of many largest, boldest and most stunning tendencies at Coverings was the pure stone look, typically proven in outsized slabs. These massive format tiles will not be new, however the choice and manufacturing high quality have significantly elevated. You may scarcely stroll an aisle with out seeing a minimum of one beautiful unique mineral, onyx or marble look. E-book-matching functionality is on the market, too, creating the potential for beautiful backsplashes and bathe surrounds. Gloss was the preferred end.

The daring stone look confirmed up in all of the pavilions this 12 months. Most of the largest, most good-looking slabs originated in Spain and Italy, the place manufacturing methods for these types have been perfected over the previous decade, however they’re beginning to be manufactured within the US, too. It is probably that we’ll be seeing many extra of those choices for partitions and counter tops manufactured right here – as their recognition continues to develop – making this a pure for specifiers searching for home product.

Jewel Tones: Sensible colours additionally trended strongly in Vegas, particularly blues and greens. They have been current in all the most recent shapes and finishes, together with the daring stones famous above, but in addition in shiny mosaics and saturated matte tiles. Golds and rubies softened into geometrics to ship colour with out shouting. Primarily, you may get pleasure from jewel tones with or with out flash, relying in your aesthetic preferences.

Geometrics: Fascinating shapes and patterns have lengthy been a tile pattern, however this era feels extra present. There have been quite a few arches, chevrons, mini stick mosaics, concrete and plaster finishes, and dimensional codecs. You may evoke historical past with sample as many have finished with encaustic tiles for years, however replace it with contemporary, extra trendy patterns. There have been shiny and metallic accents, in addition to monochromatic appears.

Terrazzo: One other retro fashion that bought updates at Coverings, there have been new types, finishes and colours of terrazzo on show that would take this versatile look and switch it into one thing contemporary and enjoyable. It was rendered in black and white and in enjoyable, playful colours and distinctive sample scales, from micro to macro dimensions and shapes.

Biophilia: Natural world cavorted throughout the present flooring in tiles each creative and playful, trendy and retro. You may get tropical, floral or frolic undersea with playful starfish. There have been loads of retro, nature-inspired wallpaper appears, too.

Actually, tile that bears a hanging resemblance to wallpaper – however will go into locations wallpaper will not, like tub and bathe partitions – was a really robust pattern. There have been botanical wall murals as properly, turning tile into artwork however, once more, going into areas that artwork will not enterprise.

Natural Textures: Texture was a giant play this 12 months. Plaster took a historic fashion discovered in lots of older houses and made it simply accessible (and safer) by way of ceramic. One other texture was a refined beaded/stippled look. This could add curiosity to a easy wall tile or add slip resistance to a flooring sequence. Matte neutrals with embossed patterns have been all over the place for the consumer who needs one thing extra refined and trendy amid all of the rocks and roses! Concrete and cement appears additionally continued to pattern for these searching for a extra city or industrial look.

Oxidized Finishes: This was one other persevering with pattern that provides steampunk or gritty fashion to an area. Some manufacturers blended the oxidized look with different particulars – like metallics or geometrics – for extra curiosity. Oxidized finishes could make for a low upkeep search for busy areas and add versatility to a designer’s palette, particularly for a mission searching for a country or dramatic look.

Final Phrases

Ceramic tile continues to be a tremendously standard materials with rising makes use of, like out of doors pavers, exterior cladding, counter tops – even with built-in induction hobs – and wall artwork that gives a wholesome and sustainable useful resource for design professionals. If this can be a materials you end up utilizing in most or your whole initiatives – possibly in new methods – Coverings is unquestionably a worthwhile expedition.

The power to discover surfacing from 30 nations around the globe and not using a passport or jet lag is incomparable. Coverings 2023 will happen on the Orange County Conference Heart in Orlando from April 18 to 23. It is one in all my ‘must-attends,’ so I am going to in all probability be there. Will I see you? ️

Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC is an writer, wellness design guide and NKBA Chapter Presenter. her third guide, Wellness by Design (Simon & Schuster), printed September 1, 2020. Study extra about her Wellness Market displays, books and consulting companies at jamiegold.internet.

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