Six top trends for Italian tiles in 2021

Six top trends for Italian tiles in 2021

February 2021

The Ceramics of Italy 2020 Fall/Winter Tile Trend Report celebrated the tireless work by Italian manufacturers towards the end of last year to produce what is being billed as the sector’s most innovative and artistic batch of ceramic and porcelain tile products yet.  Here TSJ shines the spotlight on some of the overarching themes that link these new design directions together.

Despite the cancellation of Cersaie and other design trade shows in 2020, Italian manufacturers continued to work tirelessly over the last few months of the year to produce their most innovative and artistic batch of ceramic and porcelain tile products yet.

The Ceramics of Italy 2020 Fall/Winter Tile Trend Report celebrated their work by highlighting some of the overarching themes linking them all together.

From cozy Autumnal tones and soothing Blue-Green shades, to the playful spirit of Confetti-effect tiles and bold Deco patterns, this year’s design trends are all about tapping into emotions and inspiring optimism, tranquility, and joy: something we could all use a bit more of this year.

Nothing dazzles like a bag full of confetti, which is the same effect that these tiles have on interior spaces. Whether the designs are a kaleidoscope of colours or floating fragments of shapes, the patterns lend a burst of energy to floors and walls.

Even speckled stone and ancient flooring techniques like Venetian terrazzo can add an interesting layer of perceived texture and help develop a cohesive, contemporary design. This trend works especially well on extra-large tiles that minimize grout lines and allow the pattern to shine.

Autumn is historically a season of transition and one where nature is the main protagonist. As temperatures drop, leaves start to change colour, apples and pumpkins are harvested, and fires dot the landscape of countless backyards.

This year Italian manufacturers were clearly inspired by the effects of Fall with motifs and colours that conjure the feeling of a crisp autumn day or cozy night by the fire. Organic hues like earthy browns, golden yellows, and burgundy reds are a few autumnal examples, alongside tiles with natural effects like wood and stone in a warm palette.

Collection names - such as Matter and Husk - and colourways like Autumn further solidify this trend.

Art deco is a classic trend that never really goes out of style. Characterized by bold geometric shapes and decadent details, deco tiles feature chevron patterns, arches of contrasting marble, and scallops full of colour.
Traditional deco style leans toward striking contrasts, juxtaposing dark shades against light. Others offer bold geometric shapes in monochrome palettes to create a powerful yet subdued statement.

High gloss
Glossy tiles are making a comeback, allowing floors and walls to pop with perfectly smooth surfaces and beautiful shine.

Glossy finishes are also a good option for areas that need to be cleaned often - from splashbacks and showers to lobby floors and exterior walls - offering a way to add both flair and durability to the built environment.

In some collections, light and reflection are the main features, allowing designers to accentuate architectural features and construct chic environments full of drama. However, most tile lines offer a variety of finishes, ranging from ultra-matte to high gloss, which can be used concurrently to create a perception of depth and eye-catching texture.

With blue and green dominating this year - emerald was touted as designers’ go-to colour and classic blue was Pantone’s colour of the year - it should be no surprise that this tertiary colour is king among many new Italian ranges.

Colour trends reflect the overall emotions and mood of society and according to colour theorists, blue-green combines the tranquil effects of blue with the optimistic feeling of green, which is much needed in these uncertain times. Hues of blue-green also have strong associations with water, from the turquoise of glacial lakes to the aquamarine water of the Mediterranean Sea, that can help people find peace of mind without travelling.

Concrete is a ubiquitous building material that has allowed creative architectural expression since ancient times. The Romans used it to build the dome of the Pantheon nearly 2,000 years ago. Modernists used it to create load-bearing columns that would make their buildings appear lighter.

Long admired for its strength and beauty, concrete continues to serve as a muse for architects as well as manufacturers. From the industrial look of Béton brut to the charm of encaustic cement, these Italian tile collections can be used for all types of surface applications, both indoors and out.

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