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  • Writer's pictureCherine Spagnolo

5 Trends for Tile in 2019

See what’s on the horizon for tile colors, patterns and shapes, as seen at The International Surface Event.

Distressed finishes, geometric designs and three-dimensional surfaces were some of the big looks for tile on display at The International Surface Event in Las Vegas. The annual trade show highlights new products for the tile, stone and floor coverings industries. Here are five tile trends seen at the 2019 event.

1. Weathered Surfaces Many exhibits featured tiles that combined contemporary designs with distressed, weathered finishes, a look that has been gaining in popularity. The design seen here, has the worn finish and modern floral and diagonal patterns that exemplify the trend. Rustic meets modern continues to be a huge trend.

Here’s a look at Rhapsody’s floral pattern. The collection consists of 13-inch-square white, black, neutral, floral and diagonal-pattern glazed porcelain tiles that can be mixed and matched to create unique patterns on walls and floors.

2. A Medley of Shapes The tile collections seen at the event included diverse shapes and colors. Daltile’s new Color Wheel collection has rectangular field tiles as well as mosaics in herringbone, hexagonal and lattice-weave shapes. The wall seen here is tiled with the collection’s herringbone mosaics.

Faux-oak planks and matching hexagonal mosaic tile are also trending this year. The weathered-wood look of the tile was inspired by the water-soaked wood pillars in the waterways of Venice. This photo shows the collection’s oak-like planks laid in a chevron pattern on the floor and faux white oak planks on the wall.

3. New Takes on Texture More tiles are showing up with three-dimensional or etched surfaces, making them textured and touchable.

The metallic tiles have the flexibility to be used as a wall detail, backsplash or behind a stove, she says.

Here’s a close-up of another example of a flat tile inlaid with tiles that have a raised webbed surface.

4. Muted Palettes  Subdued patterns were popular in many collections at the show.

The new Reverie collection from Arizona Tile features encaustic-style porcelain tiles in muted tones. The photo here shows Reverie 9 tiles on the floor and Reverie 10 tiles on the wall.

Here’s a close-up look at the Reverie 9 tiles. The collection offers 12 patterned tiles and four solid-colored tiles, all measuring 8 inches square. The line is new this spring.

5. New Geometrics The tile industry is awash in fresh takes on geometric patterns, from soft whimsical arabesques to large-format hexagons and cubes.

These rectangular tiles from Daltile’s Revalia line are beveled and rippled — a new twist on subway tiles. They are mosaics offered in two sizes — the beveled tiles are 2 by 6 inches and the rippled tiles are 2 by 10 inches.

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