February 19 at #KBtribechat – Tile Trends

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Coverings 2020

Precious Material Style Tile

Nolita, Vallelunga & Co. – Ceramics of Italy

What makes a tile trend, a trend? By Coverings standards, a trend arises when a certain tile pattern, color, or look transcends any design style in particular, and is sourced and specified by architects, designers, contractors, and installers for a range of diverse projects. In an effort to celebrate tile’s aesthetic elements, durability, versatility, and timelessness for National Tile Day (Feb. 23rd), Coverings’ ambassador Alena Capra, alongside Coverings’ sponsors Ceramics of Italy, Tile Council of North America, and Tile of Spain, have compiled this year’s top 10 tile trends for 2020. The following tile trends are only a small taste of what you can find in the nine miles of tile at Coverings 2020:

1.) Mixed Color Palettes: Consumers are currently crazy for Pantone color of the year Classic Blue, and also blush pinks, sage green and dusty orange hues are used for a calming look.
2.) Refined Natural Wood Looks: Thanks to evolving digital printing technology and innovations in ink and fit technology, mimicking natural wood remains popular in 2020.
3.) Precious- and Gemstone-style Made Sustainable: From designs emulating rare marbles and semi-precious stones, such as onyx and agate, to tiles with an iridescent finish reminiscent of Akoya pearls, precious material styles are set to make a splash in the tile industry in 2020.
4.) Non-Rectangular / Mixed Geometrics: Trapezoid, rhombus and diamond-shaped tiles allow for more interesting layouts than simple grids and running bonds.
5.) Counter Culture: The durability and stain-resistance of porcelain make it an excellent countertop choice, which is why this type of gauged porcelain’s expanding applications will continue to be a 2020 favorite.
6.) Psychedelic: Expect bright, psychedelic colors, playful geometries and trippy patterns galore this year!
7.) Industrial Chic: Concrete- and stone-look tile options enrich environments with a chic artfulness while opening the door to endless, unique style choices.
8.) Modernized Marble: Traditional-inspired ceramic materials, such as emulated marble, have been modernized to adapt to today’s contemporary styles.
9.) Speckled Surfaces: This trend features technicolor dots and specks, and modern interpretations of terrazzo in 2020.
10.) Large-Scale Patterns: We will see a shift towards ceramic tiles with big, bold patterns that instantly catch the eye this year.

Wood Look Tile Trend


For kitchen and bath professionals, and architects, designers, installers, retailers, distributors, and many others, keeping abreast of current trends is essential when specifying tile for their clients’ homes.

Coverings is the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, which annually attracts exhibitors and attendees from across the world who are eager to experience nine miles of tile, beautiful ceramic tile and natural stone vignettes, and vast education programs. Coverings 2020 will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, for the first time in more than 20 years, and take place April 20-23, 2020, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. With the event only two months away, now is the time to register to attend!

Register and attend at no cost: Learn more at coverings.com.

Twitter handle: @Coverings

Hashtag: #Coverings2020

Coverings will be sponsoring its second KBtribechat session February 19, 2020, just before National Tile Day, which takes place February 23. Join the conversation!

Non Rectangular Tile Trend

Cortina Rectified, Interceramic USA – Tile Council of North America


Our Questions for KBtribechat, February 19, 2020, 2-3 p.m. ET:

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q1: Precious gemstone-look tile is already making an impact in 2020. What is your ideal space to use this type of tile?

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q2: Twitter poll: Mixed color palettes are set to make a splash in the tile industry in 2020. Which color trend are you most excited about? A.) Sage Green & Dusty Orange B.) PANTONE Classic Blue C.) Pretty Pinks

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q3: Trippy, asymmetric and colorful patterns are trending as psychedelic influences make a design impact on the tile industry in 2020. To you, what makes a tile installation “psychedelic?”

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q4: Wood-look tile continues to be one of the top tile trends in 2020! What are some of your favorite applications of this trend?

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q5: Share a photo of your favorite tile design or installation recently announced or completed using the #NationalTileDay hashtag! Go!

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q6: This year, we see non-rectangular geometric shaped tile as a trend sure to make an impression on any space in which it is used. What are some of your favorite non-rectangular geometric tile shapes to use?

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q7: The durability and stain-resistance of porcelain makes it an excellent countertop choice, and obvious trend for 2020. Where else do you like to use gauged porcelain?

#KBtribechat @Coverings Q8: Of all the tile trends we discussed during today’s #KBTribechat conversation, what have been your favorites? Why? Are there others?

Psychedelic Tile Trend

Paprica, Marca Corona – Ceramics of Italy

Here’s where you’ll find the Hashtracking Transcript for this KBtribechat.

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