Nearly 90 Tile of Spain ceramic wall and floor tile manufacturers from Spain recently showcased new collections and innovations in tile at the Cersaie 2014 show in Bologne, Italy. Thanks to new technologies, Spanish tile reinvents itself this season to create its own style, with details that make each piece something personal and unique. Here we take a look at trends from Tile of Spain companies that are inspired by the latest decorating and design trends – vintage styles, mix and match, gradients, subtle reliefs, hexagons, mirrored effects, matte blacks, warm looks, rustic themes, feminine styles, and classic elegance.
New 2014 Tile Trends
Vintage styles: Classic formats continue to gain fans. Square 4×4″ tiles or rectangular 4X8″ tiles in basic colors black or white, grays, or pastels like pink and baby blue, mostly with a gloss finish, provide simplicity and elegance to any space. The new vintage pieces are octagons connected by inserts with vintage reliefs. Their chic high profile creates simple and cozy rooms.
Mix & Match Ceramic: Created from the mash-up phenomenon (re-mix of two previous works to create a third). In this case ceramic tiles are mixed with diversity: materials, textures, colors, formats, and graphic motifs. The object in these projects is to find unique solutions in this coming together of different combinations which before could have never been possible. The versatility of mix and match tiles makes it possible to be used in a living room floor or a kitchen wall, combining them with other materials to give the space a personal touch.
Gradients: The quality and variety of the color palette in ceramic tiles allows for the use of this installation style which goes from a darker to lighter shade or vice versa. The result is unique and personal since darker colors can be used to add energy or warmth to a room. To make the design more complex and interesting installers can play with Zigzag patterns like those seen below from Equipe Ceramicas.
Subtle Reliefs: Tiles with volume are softened by creating a visual game with original details. This slight volumetric accent which is used as a decorative focal point is obtained by the soft finishes of the glossy ceramics, the pink hues and mat pieces. Sometimes the decorating rhythm is altered by a row of decorative tiles with extra large motifs such as flowers, leaves, abstracts, etc. to purposely draw attention.
Hexagons: Floor and wall tiles have entered the world of geometry by bringing back the beehive! The forms and figures that hexagon pieces offer opens up an impressive collection of design possibilities. For a more contemporary feel, add decorative pieces with prints (painted or enameled), like the Modeli series from Tile of Spain manufacturer Natucer, in a random pattern.
Mirror Mirror: Ceramic mosaics become “powerful” in their new combinations of metallics with mirrored effects. When installed in certain walls they can make other elements sparkle, giving the space a most cosmopolitan look.
Matte Black Chic: Black matte pieces add a touch of masculine sophistication to any room. In this case, the Porcelanosa Antique series combines with honey-colored wood and white walls, to contrast textures and colors. The decorative motifs of the black tiles are subtle and barely noticeable.
Cozy: A sure bet on classical pieces but redesigned for a 21st century space. Vitrified rectangular tiles mixed in four different white hues from Cevica give this contemporary space a cozy and traditional feel.
The New Rustic: Ceramic floor tiles in planks that resemble distressed wood, and in some cases look “worn down” give the sensation of a lived-in space. These pieces are perfect when paired with simple-lined decor and furniture.
Sweet and feminine: This delicate style is obtained by using very light beige and pale rose shades with a sprinkle of small vintage-inspired floral print wall tiles hinting of French country style. The gold touches and antique elements such as wall moldings and shelves, emphasize romantic inspiration.
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