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Ceramic Tile Trends 2016


TISE west 2016
The International Surface Event of 2016

Ceramic Tile Trends 2016

Today’s tiles are much different than when I first got into the trade. Gone are the 4 inch white ceramic tiles that were in every home. Tile has come a long way and it looks like it has much further to go. Here’s the overall ceramic tile trends that I saw from attending two trade shows in January of this year, (TISE and KBIS).


Tile is still getting bigger

For example, take these 6 foot long wood porcelain tiles (sigh). Emser Reclaim series


wood porcelain tile
6 foot tall porcelain wood tiles from Emser


See my post: More tips for installing wood look tile flooring

Wood Porcelain Tile

Speaking of wood look floor tile these are still as popular as ever. They seem to be getting more distressed looking as you can see here:
Daltile Yorkwood Manor


Wood look tile
Daltile Yorkwood Manor


See my post:  Wood plank tile floors: What you need to know

Brick Tiles

The rustic distressed look is also evident with the showing of brick tiles at the convention. It’s about time brick makes a comeback. The brick tile photos below are all from Daltile.


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Brick seems to be gaining in popularity


brick hex tile
From Daltile


Tile Patterns

There were a lot of Herringbone tile patterns and Chevron patterns on display.
A chevron tile pattern in distressed porcelain planks from Emser


chevron tile pattern
A chevron tile pattern from Emser tile

Geometric Shapes

In addition to these design patterns were geometric tile shapes. For example here you see hex tiles (left), lantern tiles (middle) and wave tiles (right) all from Bedrosians.



geometric ceramic tile trends
Geometric shaped tiles from Bedrosians


Also from Bedrosians we see linear, hex, lantern, and chevron patterns in this Carrara marble


carrara tile mosaic shapes
Carrara tile from Bedrosians


Below is the hex shape again but in an encaustic tile look. This one from Eleganza


encaustic hex tile
Hex shapes from Eleganza


And from Emser


encaustic tile hex
Encaustic looking Hex tile from Emser


Show Favorites

My favorite from the show was stretching the limits of geometry. I don’t even know how one would describe the mosaics here. They are from a company called Onyx Tile. Their website isn’t fully running yet as of this writing.


ceramic tile trends 2016
Tile by Onyx


Tile by Onyx
What do you call this? Surfboards? Tile by Onyx


3D Tiles

And finally, tile isn’t just flat anymore. 3D tile is catching on. One of the more interesting displays I saw was this called Urban Concrete from Eleganza. I wouldn’t want this stuff in a shower but it makes for a really interesting wall.


Urban Concrete by Eleganza 3D tile
Urban Concrete by Eleganza


I always like to see what I’ll be in for when it comes to tile installations. These ceramic tile trends confirm that the future is bright for the world of tile.


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