It is interesting to note how tiles are emulating the look, feel and texture of the paper to find a more respectable place on walls. This year, we saw a lot of patterns & finishes that resembled wallpaper. It seems wallpaper as a product category is going to get serious competition...aha!
In 2016, Surfaces Reporter observed extremes of rustic, vintage & untreated looks in wood. This year similar explorations were observed on stones. The results are thrilling!
Inspired by a classic trend tracked down and revamped by trend hunters, this zigzag pattern is a top trend for ceramic tiles that dress the walls and floors of the trendiest contemporary homes. Versions in single tones or contrasting colours, ‘herringbone’ patterns in gloss, matt or faded finishes are sufficiently versatile to guarantee original settings that never look over the top. That same notion of versatility is further enhanced by the wide choice of sizes.
Bricks are everywhere: natural bricks, colour changing brick patterns, green bricks, stretched bricks, vintage bricks and so much more. It is one of the most prominent trends seen this year.
Tiles are getting larger year after year, bringing exciting & new possibilities for interior design. These outsize, slimline XXL tiles are ideal for covering large surfaces and concealing joints, cleverly creating a sense of continuity. Metallised finishes add the final touch of character to the spaces.
The vintage collection never fails to charm specially when combined with contemporary setup or mixed with other natural designs. This year we saw the vintage going a step further to adapt more primitive patterns.
A versatile mix of textile effects to create settings that exude an innate sense of softness & warmth. The latest collections surprise and delight with eyecatching patterns reminiscent of romantic handcrafted embroidery, piqué fabrics, satin, velvet ethnic prints, patchwork and tweed, enhanced by the gleam of brocades and geometric patterns, creating a sense of flowing harmony.
There was renewed interest in mosaics. Tiled mosaics of various forms were seen. New wavering designs, sun-kissed colours with impeccable sheen, designs that turned heads with the personification of mosaics in various forms formed major attractions for some brands.
The great ‘Wood’ was in full-blown mood even in this year’s collection. Planks were seen everywhere. Colours have turned lighter, subtle and we saw experiments like adding of metallic touch to wood or vintage designs imprinted on wood.
We see the continuation of Mix & Match which earlier was done with 2 or 3 tiles of the same family. Now, designers are experiementing with various settings in a single room in the pinnacle of ceramic tile décor or the perfect combination of wood and stone inspired design. Combination come together to form spaces of irrefutable beauty, turning rooms into cult objects to be admired by anyone looking for art in everyday life and objects.
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