For this year’s Coverings exhibition, which took place in Las Vegas, the tile trends seen on the showfloor reflect trends we are seeing reverberate across the country and internationally: organic textures, plaster looks, warm stone looks, earthy jewel tones, floor-to-ceiling marble looks, and shapes scaled.
Textures Bring Touchability to Trends
We’ve seen textures develop beyond geometric/angular to qualities that have a handmade look. These more organic textures quite literally feel handmade with uneven surfaces, irregularity and color variegation—whether actually produced by hand, manufactured to resemble handmade tiles, or have textural qualities that look as if made from a natural occurrence.
Handmade Tile Looks
Luxury Trends On-Call
As home improvement projects continue to rise, renovators are incorporating more self-care options that help create home retreats such as statement living rooms, spa-like bathrooms, and structured outdoor spaces. As we have spent more time at home in recent years, self-expression has become a standard of luxury—the ability to create environments that are uniquely comfortable and luxurious within our personal style.
Floor-to-Ceiling Marble Looks
Color Connecting Us to Nature
Colors found in nature are popular on tile palettes for 2022. Hues taken from the desert, forest, and ocean help us bring the outside in, and bridge indoor spaces to outdoor living areas. Nature-inspired colors, especially in sustainable materials such as ceramic tile, help us create environments that are in harmony with the planet.
Earthy Jewel Tones
Warm Stone Looks
We predicted we’d see more color in 2022 tile trends and Coverings ’22 displayed some beautiful new colorways spanning all shapes, textures, and sizes. We also anticipated more colorful marble looks, which held true. We even saw stone and plaster looks incorporate color.
What might we look forward to in 2023? We’re sure sustainable materials will continue to be top of mind. Ceramic tile manufacturers are prepared with material transparency of ceramic tile ingredients through a collaborative industry Material Ingredient Guide and environmental product declarations (EPDs).
Industry-wide EPDs contain an environmental footprint of North American ceramic tile showing a significantly lower impact than the EPD information for flooring comprised of plastic based materials, such as vinyl (LVT and LVP).
The focus on sustainability will continue to influence style trends. As we’ve seen this year with earthy colors and hand-made natural textures, products will continue to evolve that help us create a personal refuge at home.
Of note, standards developments announced at Coverings for 2cm pavers pave the way (excuse the pun) for continued growth of gauged porcelain tile pavers in outdoor living spaces. We saw beautiful new outdoor products this year geared toward patios and decks, pool surrounds, outdoor kitchens, and indoor-outdoor spaces, and we expect Coverings ’23 to incorporate even more options that allow specifiers to carry interior style to the outside seamlessly.
See you this time next year at Coverings ’23, April 18–21, 2023 in Orlando, Florida!