Crossville reveals tile trends

Tile manufacturer Crossville has released its annual Design Trends Look Book, identifying four macro trends that are presently influencing interior design, including accompanying tile collections that answer these trends in interior environments.

The macro trends, researched and compiled by Lindsey Waldrep, VP, Crossville, were developed using a holistic perspective that considered broad societal and fashion influences that are guiding current aesthetics for both commercial and residential design.

Looking at ongoing events in tandem with modern fashion, she identified four notable focus areas present in contemporary design: 1970s-inspired Bright and Bold, 1970s-inspired Bohemian Spirit, Bio-Feel-‘Ya and Touch Points.

“It’s no surprise that design is currently influenced by the natural world, as well as a time period marked by bold style and carefree spirit,” she said. “We’ve been so pent up due to the pandemic that we need avenues that inspire escape, even when we’re staying home.”

Bright and Bold (above)—That ‘70s Show provided not only nostalgia and comfort, but also creativity and play with lots of glossy, bold and bright hues. Style goes prismatic—optimistic in color, eclectic in pattern, liberal in mix of materials.

“This retro-inspired trend is the emboldened flip side of situational negativity,” Waldrep said. “The touch of glam and vivid colors evoke optimism and answer our desire for playfulness and rebellion—which we all need now more than ever.

Bohemian Spirit—The “other side” of the ‘70s style, more earth-inspired with natural elements. This style is fluent, unconventional and comfortable—an idyllic answer to work-from-anywhere sensibilities.

“This trend hearkens to the authenticity and folkloric aesthetic of 1970s bohemian style,” she said. “It comfortably blends unconventional, earthy elements and subtle tones that are ideal for individualistic interpretation.”

Bio-Feel-‘Ya—Much more than just bringing the outdoors in; truly embracing a love for all things natural. Grounded in natural elements, this style converges interiors with the outside environment, creating spaces that are sensory and sincere.

“Biophilia brings representations of the natural world into interior spaces, and it’s increasingly prevalent and important in a society that’s gone virtual,” Waldrep said. “We find connection with nature through  interior products that conjure the outside environment.”

Touch Points—All about texture and tactile experiences. Dimensional handcrafting and the character of touch are key components of experiential spaces.

“This trend brings feeling to design with tactile, tangible components that engage the senses,” she said. “Dimensional and textural materials are welcome contrast to smartphone screens and enhance the full experience of interior spaces.”

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