The power of ceramic tile from Spain: 10 trends seen at CERSAIE 2016

Oct 7, 2016

Miami, FL, October 2016 – 94 Tile of Spain companies showcased their latest ceramic tile innovations and collections at CERSAIE 2016, recently held in Bologna, Italy. Long tradition, experience and knowledge have made the ceramic tile industry in Spain highly competitive and dynamic, enabling Spain to sell their ceramic products worldwide.


Here we take a look at trends from Tile of Spain companies that are inspired by the latest decorating and design trends – exotics, fragmented designs, brick patterns, chevrons, lines, art objects, textile inspiration, grays, aquatic life, and large format tiles.

Trends spotted at CERSAIE 2016 include:


Tropical styles are once again gaining ground in the design world. An almost basic white tile is combined with an exuberance of color and the freshness of a detailed mural complete with illustrations of exotic plants and birds of colorful plumage. Fresh styles from companies such as Mainzu give spaces an air of happiness and idyllic sense.

Mainzu. Livorno Blanco (8X8) and Mural Sonata (8X8)

Mainzu. Livorno Blanco (8X8) and Mural Sonata (8X8)

Toying with the idea of modules, Tile of Spain companies have designed patterns that come together by pairing different shaped ceramic tiles. The combination of geometric forms creates a lived-in effect and kaleidoscope layout, such as the Firle Gris collection by Vives Ceramica.

Brick patterns become a key format
This year, brick-style ceramics were a favorite at CERSAIE. From micro to macro, glossy to rustic, or the reinvention of classic mortar and brick walls, these styles imitating natural brick look were popular among companies like Geotiles.

In the right direction / Lines
In 2016, the most basic of decorating elements, lines, comes back in endless variations. Vertical or horizontal, continuous or interrupted, and flat or relief, line designs are back and patterns like Saloni Integra series showcase it in all its splendor. This design is ideal to add depth or flow to walls where tile is the main attraction.

Saloni. Integra Series. Linear Model (16X47)

Saloni. Integra Series. Linear Model (16X47)

Inspired by an old tradition brought back by trend hunters, ceramic floor and wall tiles are installed in a zig-zag pattern in homes for a modern twist. Set in a monochromatic way or contrasting in a herringbone pattern, companies such as Roca Ceramica use various finishes and formats to create an original pattern without being overpowering.

Art Objects 
This trend transforms ceramic tiles into unique pieces to turn spaces in works of art. This design integrates architectural pieces, resulting in sophisticated spaces without excessive décor though never neglecting details. These contemporary pieces, such as Harmony by Peronda, are the perfect complement for a one-of-a-kind design.

Harmony by Peronda. Signatue Series. Model Bowl (5X5)

Harmony by Peronda. Signatue Series. Model Bowl (5X5)

Gray Scale 
While the use of color in decorative trends has increased, grays have always been a designer’s best friend. The newest designs from Tile of Spain span the spectrum of tones starting with cooler grays, like the Bluestone Series by Porcelanosa, and go from slate tones to softer grays and beiges. By adding texture and superimposed tones these tiles have an organic feel, proof that color is not always necessary to convey style.

Aquatic Life
The marine palette of blues and greens is a perfect way to add a touch of color. Tile of Spain companies such as Keros Ceramica, exhibit a cooler color spectrum reminiscent of the sea and aquatic life.

Keros Ceramica. Color: Aguamarina (8X20)

Keros Ceramica. Color: Aguamarina (8X20)

Large format tiles
Ceramic tiles continue to grow year after year and in parallel, bring new possibilities for design. Thin, but very large ceramic tiles like those found from Levantina can be used to cover large surfaces and achieve continuity when installed in a rectified manner.


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About Tile of Spain
In Spain, tile makers labor as they have for centuries – pushing their passion for design and innovation to new levels of artisanship. With one of the purest and strongest domestic clays available, Spanish manufacturers have an unparalleled ability to make the end product more diverse. From rustic handmade forms; to technical facades that cool buildings and clean the air; to the impossibly slim, sustainable recycled and ink jet masterpieces that fire the imagination. The Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER) is the private organization whose primary objective is to support Spain’s ceramic tile manufacturers and the industry as a whole by stewarding and promoting the Tile of Spain brand worldwide. A strong global leader, the ceramic tile industry of Spain comprises 125 manufacturers concentrated primarily in the province of Castellón. For more about tile produced in Spain, contact Tile of Spain Center at the Trade Commission of Spain, 2655 Le Jeune Road, Suite 1114, Coral Gables, FL  33134. Call 305-446-4387 or visit


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