BOLOGNA, ITALY—Nearly 90 Tile of Spain ceramic wall and floor tile manufacturers from Spain recently showcased new collections and innovations in tile at the Cersaie 2014 show here last month.
Thanks to new technologies, Spanish tile reinvents itself this season to create its own style, with details that make each piece something personal and unique, according to Tile of Spain, which represents the 125 manufacturers belonging to The Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER). The latest trends are inspired by the latest decorating and design trends such as vintage styles, mix and match, gradients, subtle reliefs, hexagons, mirrored effects, matte blacks, warm looks, rustic themes, feminine styles and classic elegance.
Vintage styles: Classic formats continue to gain fans. Square 4 in. x 4 in. tiles or rectangular 4 in. x 8 in. tiles in basic colors black or white, grays, or pastels like pink and baby blue, mostly with a gloss finish. The new vintage pieces are octagons connected by inserts with vintage reliefs.
Mix & Match Ceramic: Ceramic tiles are mixed with materials, textures, colors, formats, and graphic motifs to offer unique solutions and different combinations.
Gradients: The quality and variety of the color palette in ceramic tiles allows for the use of this installation style, which goes from a darker to lighter shade or vice versa.
Subtle Reliefs: Tiles with volume are softened by creating a visual game with original details. This slight volumetric accent which is used as a decorative focal point is obtained by the soft finishes of the glossy ceramics, the pink hues and mat pieces.
Hexagons: Floor and wall tiles have entered the world of geometry by bringing back the beehive. The forms and figures that hexagon pieces offer a more contemporary feel.
The New Rustic: Ceramic floor tiles in planks that resemble distressed wood, and in some cases look “worn down” give the sensation of a lived-in space. These pieces are perfect when paired with simple-lined decor and furniture.
Sweet and feminine: This delicate style is obtained by using very light beige and pale rose shades with a sprinkle of small vintage-inspired floral print wall tiles hinting of French country style.