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Playful palettes and gleeful geometry

May 2017

The Spanish tile industry comes together once a year in Valencia to share all that is beautiful, inventive and designed to perform in the world of ceramics. An impressive heritage and a renowned spirit of innovation, combined with a commitment to quality and sustainability, means there is always much to celebrate.

The industry continues to grow impressively both at home and abroad, and the UK is one of the most appreciative markets for Spanish ingenuity with tiles.  At this year’s Cevisama fair a number of key themes and fresh ideas emerged.

Triangles Galore
The language of geometry has a timeless beauty, and the simplicity of the triangle allows for striking effects, whether used as a detail or to build a dramatic pattern. Tiles and triangles are a match made in design heaven and Spanish manufacturers are finding multiple ways to make the most of this durable and versatile shape.

Playful Pastels
The soft elegance of pastel shades has a perennial appeal, creating a calm yet uplifting ambience when applied to interior design. Advances in tile technology mean that any colour or texture is possible these days and several manufacturers from Spain have embraced a more playful tone for new collections.

Tunnel Vision
Combining optical illusion with 3D textures, the visual motif of the tunnel shape is a recurring theme in some recent tile designs. Drawing in the eye with a touch of intrigue, this effect appears on a range of options for wall tiles from Spain, and allows for either subtle accents or pure visual drama.

A Touch of Terrazzo
A classic look in Mediterranean flooring, the terrazzo effect conjures up a sense of relaxed style while also being an eminently practical and forgiving choice. Now, however, the new terrazzo comes with a twist … discreet shapes, metallic outlines and unusual colour choices have been added to the mix by brands reinventing a heritage look.

Sketch Book Beauty
The hand-drawn impression is a key theme in several  new Spanish tile collections, with a sense of the artisan’s own personality sketched into a durable design. Chalk, pencil and paintbrush each seem to have been creatively at work in a variety of tile choices for use either over a large scale or as a feature section.

Retro Chic
Interlocking curving shapes and mid-century patterns and palettes have been given a modern edge … several manufacturers are offering a touch of nostalgia in an inspiring range of options for creating the freshest of schemes. In flat or relief, matt or glazed, neutral or colourful, these tiles come with all the quality to be expected of Spanish brands.

Line Dancing
Whether as the subtlest suggestion, or as more visibly linear ridges, a number of new tile collections from Spain embrace a motif of fine lines.  Running closely parallel or criss-crossing at angles, this textured effect can add a hint of fascination to otherwise neutral schemes, and works wonderfully well over a large expanse of wall.

Flora and Fauna
Nature figures strongly in the latest ceramics, with an exotic interplay of birds, flowers, plants and wildlife; all in a riot of joyful colour.  When a strong design impact is desired, these new patterns can play a starring role, whether used in full mural form or as a highlight effect.

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