Coverings 2012 Trends

This year’s show featured lots of products in various shades of whites and neutrals, across multiple textures and shapes. High gloss, sparkling white tile was peppered throughout the show floor, but most tiles in the lighter color family featured whites that mimic shades found in nature.

“Architectural spaces are moving to multi-hued, tonal spaces, particularly in retail and cultural projects,” said tile specialist Ryan Fasan at the Tile of Spain press conference, connecting the trend to fashion forecasts indicating moonstone as the next big influence.

On the floor, we found plenty of examples:

B Side from Refin takes the mesh pattern usually found on the back side of a mosaic sheet and uses glazing and negative space to create texture.


Etic by Atlas Concorde follows the wood trend in a white washed beech look. The textured offering boasts a COF of 0.8 for commercial areas with high traffic like ramps.

Convivium by ABK comes in lighter shades of pressed concrete looks, with subtle geometric floral patterns.

Nova Hex by Bella Vita Tile features positive and negative beveling in elongated hexagons for  wall applications.

Tune Out (left) and Tune In (right) by Lea Ceramiche can be configured in any variation of concave and convex patterns.

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