National Tile Day inspired us to dive deep on an anticipated tile trend for 2019 each week leading up to Coverings ‘19, the most important event for the ceramic tile and natural stone industry in North America! This year, Coverings takes place in Orlando, Florida from April 9 to 12.
So far, we’ve fallen in love with wood-look tile, geometric tiles and pattern play, and dark marble-look tile. This week, gauged porcelain tile panels/slabs for countertops and furniture applications have stolen our hearts.
Gauged porcelain tile panels/slabs are large in size and style impact. To see what we mean, check out the following examples that have made their debut on Instagram.
White Marble-Look Tile Kitchen
We’ll start off in this light and bright kitchen, in which ceramic tile is certainly the star.
Marble-look gauged porcelain tile panels/slabs cover the sides of this sleek kitchen island. To complete the look, even the backsplash sports this pristine design and coordinating tiles grace the floor.
Marble looks are impressive in any space, but particularly effective here, as a consistent tile design for the flooring and kitchen island makes this small space look much larger than it really is.
Cosmic Marble-Look Surfaces
Have we left Earth’s orbit? No, we’re just witnessing the galactic beauty of these gauged porcelain tile panels/slabs.
The different colors of these tile panels send us to the atmospheres of various planets, and the design will bring a dreamy look to any space. Notice how the tile panels are used to create a custom furniture application for the desk that works in accord with the flooring and wall surfaces.
Endless Beauty Kitchen
These tile slabs are so large and have such delicate grout lines that it’s nearly impossible to tell where they begin and end on the floor. The same look covers the kitchen island and backsplash, showing the versatility of tile slabs.
The minimal grout lines and choice of just one tile style combine with the soft moonstone design with matte finish to create a clean and serene look.
Come Home to a Luxury Bath
Your eyes drift toward this hypnotic gray flooring and then up the majestic walls.
These immense tile panels stretch from the floor to the ceiling with no interruption, creating a continuity of style that would be impossible with smaller tiles. Oversized panels like this are pushing the limits of how we design spaces with ceramic tile.
Tile Panels With a Textured Look (and Feel!)
Ceramic tile’s infinite design possibilities allow manufacturers to create just about any tile design, including textured tile. This makes the linen (or fabric) look of these gauged porcelain tile panel/slabs possible. You can add the texture of carpet but have the health benefits and easy care of tile in any room!
Our last highlight brings us to this elegant living room.
The unique cream color, soft veins, and high shine of the marble-look tile panels create a timeless look of luxury. Gauged porcelain tile panels/slabs work well in large rooms, and to create defined areas within those spaces, you can beautifully incorporate accents that design a tile “rug” in your space.
Can’t get enough of these large looks? We can’t either, so we’ve stocked our Design Gallery, Large-Format Tile & Tile Panels/Slabs Pinterest board, and Ceramic Tile Slab Countertops Pinterest board with even more design inspiration for this amazing look.
Check back with our blog for another 2019 tile trend next week!