In early celebration of National Tile Day (mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 23), and in gearing up for Coverings 2022, which will take place April 5-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, #KBtribechat will feature a very special “Let’s Talk Tile” chat session on Wednesday, January 26 at 2 p.m. EST.
Join peers and contacts from around the globe for this tile-focused Twitter chat to connect with kitchen and bath industry specialists, tile and stone industry experts, designers, architects, builders, contractors, installers, distributors, retailers, media outlet editors, and all types of tile enthusiasts.
KBtribechat’s January 26 session will involve a lively discussion about the benefits and uses of porcelain and ceramic tile for specific applications as well as a look at some of the best and most exciting tile trends. Coverings 2022 event plans and updates will also be part of the chat.
Ceramic tile is one of the most versatile surface materials and innovative design options, with many available shapes, sizes, patterns, colors, and finishes. Yes, tile is beautiful, but it is also one of the healthiest and most hygienic choices available, being naturally resistant to bacteria, dust and other harmful pollutants.
Tile is low-maintenance and easy to clean, with superior performance in kitchens, baths and just about any indoor and outdoor specified location. Unlike many other surface options, ceramic tile offers sustainability benefits including being energy efficient and recyclable. Slip- and fire-resistant, tile provides uncompromising safety without sacrificing style.
Coverings is the preeminent event for the ceramic tile and natural stone industry in North America. Only at Coverings can kitchen and bath professionals, architects, designers, installers, retailers, distributors, fabricators, contractors, and many others from across the world experience the full benefits of tile, trending products, beautiful vignettes, and robust educational programs at no cost. Join this chat and Let’s Talk Tile.
Also, learn more and register at no cost to attend Coverings 2022 at coverings.com.
For more tile information and inspiration, visit whytile.com.
Our #KBtribechat Questions:
Q. 1. #KBtribechat @Coverings: Many K&B and trade pros say tile offers true timeless luxury. Why do you think this is the case? Tweet a tile install pic that shows off timeless luxury.
Q. 2. #KBtribechat @Coverings: Outdoor kitchens and all sorts of alfresco living spaces are growing in popularity these days. What outdoor tile projects have you been a part of recently, or what do you love about tiled outdoor spaces? Pics please!
Q. 3. #KBtribechat @Coverings: If you had to choose, which topic for your 2022 K&B or tile business success keeps you up at night, and why: Installation & Fabrication, Workforce & Profits, or Materials & Trends?
Q. 4. #KBtribechat @Coverings: Time for show and tell. Share a short description and a pic of your favorite tile installation (yours or one you admire) from 2021.
Q. 5. #KBtribechat @Coverings: Health, wellness and environment are top of mind for everyone. Have you talked about the health/hygienic benefits of porcelain and ceramic tile compared to plastic/vinyl materials with your clients/customers? Why or why not?
Q. 6. #KBtribechat @Coverings: What are you seeing as the latest tile trends in sizes, shapes, colors, designs, patterns, themes, etc.? Share pics if you can.
Q. 7. #KBtribechat @Coverings: What was the most innovative, creative or unexpected use of tile you saw or heard about in 2021, or recent years?
Q. 8. #KBtribechat @Coverings: A 3-parter here… What do you love about Las Vegas; what do you love about attending Coverings; and have you registered for #Coverings2022? Go!
In tandem with the annual Coverings Expo, North America’s largest exposition for the tile and stone industry, KBtribechat is partnering with Crossville, Inc. to chat about all the latest trends in tile. Whether you’re in-person at the show in Orlando or logging on from elsewhere in the world, tweet up with us to discuss the timeless yet always-evolving world of tile.
This lively discussion is sure to put you at the forefront of new products, overall design trends, and all that’s taking place in tile industry. In advance of the chat, get your photos ready to share; we want to see your inspired tile designs!
Our KBtribechat Questions:
Q1: What are your favorite tile trends? Q2: Any unique uses/installations of tile? Q3: Are you specifying more tile these days? Q4: Working w/ installers: share your tips! Q5: Show & Tell: Post pics of your tile designs!
Following National Tile Day on February 23, Coverings is excited to host a KBtribechat session on February 24 to continue the discussion about the benefits and use of ceramic tile for specific applications. Ceramic tile is one of the most versatile surface materials and innovative design options, with many available shapes, sizes, patterns, colors, and finishes. Not only is tile beautiful, but it is also one of the healthiest and most hygienic choices available, being naturally resistant to bacteria, dust and other harmful pollutants. It is low-maintenance and easy to clean, with superior performance in kitchens, baths and any specified location. Unlike many other surface options, ceramic tile offers sustainability benefits including being energy efficient and recyclable. Slip- and fire-resistant, tile provides uncompromising safety without sacrificing style.
Coverings is the preeminent event for the ceramic tile and natural stone industry in North America. Only at Coverings can kitchen and bath professionals, architects, designers, installers, retailers, distributors, fabricators, contractors, and many others from across the world experience the full benefits of tile, trending products, beautiful vignettes, and robust educational programs at no cost.
Coverings 2021 will take place July 7-9, 2021, in the North Hall of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Learn more and register at coverings.com.
For more tile information and inspiration, visit whytile.com.
The February 24 Coverings’ #KBtribechat Questions:
Q1: Did you attend Coverings Connected on #NationalTileDay yesterday, February 23? If so, what was your favorite session, and why?
Q2: What tile trends for 2021 do you anticipate as being most requested among your clients and customers?
Q3: Creating a hygienic environment is more important than ever. How do you educate your clients or customers about all the healthy and hygienic benefits of ceramic tile? #WhyTile
Q4:Twitter poll: What benefits of tile have been most common for your designs, sales and installations in the last year, and why? #WhyTile
Durability Sustainability Health & Hygiene Cost-Efficiency
Q5: Given ceramic tile is available in a variety of shapes and sizes, offering limitless design and installation possibilities, what tile shapes, combinations or patterns do you specify, install or sell the most?
Q6: Aside from its beauty and durability, what are some of the lesser-known benefits that make ceramic tile the smart choice for residential and commercial uses? #WhyTile
Q7: How has COVID-19 affected your business in 2020, and how are you addressing these challenges for 2021?
Q8: Show us the tile or stone project you are most proud of! Go!
Q9: Twitter poll: #Coverings2021 will take place July 7-9 in Orlando, Florida. What are you most looking forward to at this year’s show, and why?
No-Cost Education & CEUs New Products & Trends Live Installation Demos Networking
Q10: Fun Trivia: Where can you see life-size mosaic murals made of ceramic tile, pieces of glass, and bits of gold and silver, depicting the story of “Cinderella?”
Who doesn’t love tile? It’s beautiful, functional, and sustainable. It’s simple to clean and maintain. With proper installation, it will last..and look great..for years to come.
Today, tile is more versatile for even more uses—in kitchens, baths, and beyond. Advancements in manufacturing have resulted in more formats, shapes, thicknesses, and styles for design professionals and homeowners to work with and enjoy in truly unique, stunning applications.
Each year, we typically gather with sponsor Crossville, Inc. to talk tile in conjunction with the annual Coverings Expo, North America’s largest show for the tile and stone industry. Though the expo is canceled this year, the talk of tile is not! We are excited to meet virtually with Crossville—and YOU!—to share inspiration and information on the many ways tile can enhance our spaces. There are so many new products, looks, and options to discuss.
For everyone who joins us, get your photos ready to share! We want to see your tile designs during this fun exchange for our industry. Here is the question guide; get ready to chime in during this special tile talk.
Our KBtribechat Questions:
Q1: Tile trends—what do you love?
Q2: Share your fave tile performance characteristics.
Q3: How are current events guiding your materials selection?
Q4: Tips for working w/ installers for fab installations; do tell!
Q5: Show & Tell: Post pics of your tile designs!
As good timing would have it, our chat tile chat is happening on Earth Day 2020. Crossville will take the opportunity to share some notable news when we gather, so you’ll definitely want to be part of the conversation.
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.
WEWOOD, KERABEN GRUPO – Tile of Spain
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!
Coverings will be sponsoring its second KBtribechat session February 19, 2020, just before National Tile Day, which takes place February 23. Join the conversation!
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?
Ceramic tile performs as an artful expression of both form and function, and its advantages reward design professionals and homeowners alike. Facilitated by modern innovations in manufacturing technology and international influence, tile is one of the most versatile building materials due to its many available sizes, colors, shapes, styles, and patterns. Not to mention, tile is a beautiful material that, because of its natural resistance to bacteria and easy-to-clean properties, performs terrifically in kitchens, baths and most any specified location. Ceramic tile offers benefits like no other covering product, such as being environmentally sound – having zero allergens, zero VOCs, etc. Tile is slip- and fire-resistant, and its inherent thermal mass reduces peak heating and cooling, helping to moderate temperature swings in a home or commercial space.
For kitchen and bath professionals, and architects, designers, installers, retailers, distributors, and many others, the place to see and experience the full benefits of tile is Coverings.
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 event plans already in the works, it is time to register to attend.
Tile—it’s functional art for our homes. Today, tile is more versatile and beautiful than ever thanks to advancing manufacturing technology and global design influences. There are so many styles, colors, sizes, shapes, and patterns to choose from for our interior spaces. Tile’s visual appeal and performance capabilities really shine in kitchens and baths, making it a staple surfacing choice for homeowners and design professionals alike.
The annual Coverings Expo is North America’s largest exposition for the tile and stone industry. Hundreds of exhibitors from across the globe converge to display miles of tiles to tens of thousands of show attendees who are excited to experience the latest and greatest.
To keep you at the forefront of new products and all that’s happening in tile industry, we’re once again hosting our weekly #KBTribeChat from the Crossville, Inc. booth on Coverings show floor. If you’ll be in Orlando for the show, please join us in person to tweet up with friends at booth 2600. If you can’t attend the show, join us online for the chat and discover what’s new and inspiring in the world of tile!
For everyone who’s part of this tile-focused chat, get your photos ready! We want to see your tile designs during this special conversation for our industry!
Our KBtribechat Questions:
Q1: Latest tile trends—share!
Q2: Any innovations compelling you to spec more tile?
Tile, one of the most beloved surfaces across the centuries, is having a heyday! Now more than ever, people are clamoring for tile’s undeniable style—and its performance, as well. As we see interior design trends become more bold and a bit audacious, there’s plenty of tile to fall in line. From looks that harken to art deco’s roots to options that speak to the grand scale and deep colors of the old Dutch masters, today’s tile products are running the gamut of aesthetics, form, and function. Tile is increasingly specified in commercial and residential spaces, and thanks to advancements in the material, it’s being used in more plentiful and unique applications.
The annual Coverings Expo is North America’s largest exposition for the tile and stone industry. One a thousand exhibitors from across the globe converge to display miles of tiles to tens of thousands of show attendees who are excited to experience the latest and greatest.
Because we’re focused on bringing our design community together to stay apprised of new products and latest, greatest news, we’re once again hosting our weekly #KBTribeChat from the Crossville, Inc. booth on Coverings show floor this year. If you’ll be in Atlanta for the show, please join us in person to tweet up with friends at booth 7654. If you won’t be able to attend the show, join us online for the chat and discover what’s new and inspiring in the world of tile!
For all who are participating, get your tile photos ready! We want to see your favorite projects featuring tile, as well as pics of your favorite new products. We’ll share these and so much more during this special conversation for our industry!
Our KBtribechat questions:
Q1: Name the hottest new tile trends you’re loving.
Q2: How is tile fitting into emerging design trends?
Q3: Bold color/pattern for lasting surfaces like tile: yes/no/why?
Q4: Any common issues/priorities in spec’ing tile?
Q5: Show & tell of your favorite tile installations!
Tile consumption in the U.S. is on the rise. As market demand is growing, so are the creative options that tile makers are offering. That means it’s high time for our tribe to talk tile style and share insights on how you’re working with this beloved material in your projects.
Join us as we assemble with the very tile-minded Arpi Nalbandian (aka @tileometry) and Irene Williams (aka @tiletuesday and @crossvilleinc) to chat about trends and the ins and outs of tile use, selection, and installation. Best of all, we’re carving plenty of time for you to show and tell us about your favorite projects with tile—so be sure to have images ready to share!
Here’s a look at our discussion guide for the conversation:
• Why do you spec tile? Look—performance—sustainability—etc?
• What tile styles are tops w/ you & clients (color—size—look)?
• Spec’ing more tile lately? If yes, why? If no, what’s spec’ed instead?
• Name your top tile suppliers/makers. Why?
• Do you have a fave installer? Tell how design & installation work together.
• Your best tile installs—show & tell!
About our co-hosts for this KBtribechat:
Arpi Nalbandian is a writer, editor, blogger, and social media consultant who is passionate about tile, design, and architecture. With more than 20 years of editorial experience in the flooring industry, she brings a unique feel and perspective to her articles thanks to her many years of travel and personal experiences.
She is the owner and founder of Tileometry, a regular contributor to Avente Tile’s “Tile Talk” blog, Associate Editor/Social Media Director for ProInstaller magazine, and associate editor for Premier Flooring Retailer magazine.
Irene Williams is a marketing and PR pro who’s spent the better part of two decades representing manufacturers in the interior design and home products industry. She’s known best in the design community as the voice behind Crossville, Inc., U.S. maker of sustainable tile collections. Her clients know her as the owner/principal of Msg2Mkt, LLC —a digital marketing and PR agency. Today, she’s also having a blast on Instagram as @tiletuesday where she’s Instablogging about tile trends the world over.
Follow her as TileTuesday on Instagram and Twitter: @tiletuesday.
Connect with her professionally on LinkedIn