Spring is fast approaching and with the season comes DIY projects. If this is the year you’re looking to renovate the kitchen, redo the bathroom or enhance a space in your home or out, you may be taking a look at tiles. Tiles have come a long way in recent years, with designs to complement every room and new technology making tiles more resilient, waterproof and easier to take care of.
Queens residents are lucky that they have the most comprehensive vendor in the biz, Tiles Unlimited, to provide them with the widest selection of the most cutting-edge designs and technologies in tiling. They recently returned from Cersaie, one of the tile industry’s biggest annual shows, held annually in Italy.
Here are some of 2016’s top trends coming soon to the Tiles Unlimited showroom.
Playing with the idea of modularity, Italian ceramic companies are designing fragmented patterns on square and rectangular tiles to produce large compositions. By mixing and matching geometric shapes, the tiles pop with vivid, kaleidoscopic effect.
Hit the Bricks
Every year, a shape naturally emerges as a tile industry favorite. Last year was the hexagon; this year is all about brick. From micro to macro, polished to rustic, and designs, ranging from interpretations of old brick walls and brick with mortar spills, to painted brick and marble and wood designs in a brick format.
Drawing inspiration from a time-honored pattern, designers dress up floors and walls with these porcelain masterpieces. From rustic and painted wood looks to resin, brick and stone, Italian companies are producing chevron and herringbone tiles across all scales to create patterns that are easy to install.
Despite the color’s recent rise in popular culture, grey has always been a modern designer’s best friend. And this year an entire spectrum can be found in the latest Italian tile introductions, from cooler slate tones to the blending of greys and beiges. With the addition of texture, chromatic variation and overlaid patterns, these tiles prove that you don’t need color to make a bold design statement.
As technology continually evolves, tile manufacturers are able to create ceramic tiles with three-dimensional folds, wavy ridges, raised geometry and asymmetrical profiles. Fitting these tiles together creates a three-dimensional wall with a seamless sculpted surface that draws the eye.
Tiles continue to get bigger every year, bringing new design possibilities. Thin, large porcelain slabs—which can be used to cover surfaces including countertops and furnishings—are now available in sizes up to 5.25 inches by 10.5 feet.
Whether you’re looking for today’s hottest trends or more traditional offerings, you’ll find it at Tiles Unlimited. Come sit with our expert designers, have a cappuccino and let us help you with your dream project. With more than half a million square feet of tile in stock, you’re sure to find the perfect tile for your project.