Trends always seem to change, but porcelain tiles are here to stay. Designers are working with them in increasingly inventive ways, and advances in printing technology are allowing every boundary to be pushed. Let’s take a look at how designers and architects are putting porcelain tiles and natural stone through their paces.
Everyone secretly loves a little geometry, so it is no surprise that this deco-inspired trend has taken root. Geometric patterns first resurfaced back in 2017, but unlike other trends (rose gold, we’re looking at you), geometric tiles have remained en vogue.
The reason for the enduring popularity is that humans are obsessed with geometric shapes, so this is a rare case of instinct leading the fashion. To get this look right, take a glance at the 1930s. Ideally, keep geometric designs to a minimum for maximum effect. Large format tiles are useful, although smaller tiles can have a powerful impact when artfully arranged.
Porcelain tiles are wonderfully waterproof, light, and versatile. As a result, ambitious wet rooms have become ‘the’ thing to have. When it comes to turning a shower into an experience, designers have pulled out all the stops. Current trends are very much focused on rustic and heritage vibes, with a distinct homage to an outdoor, natural feel.
Due to their lack of clutter and predictable fixtures and fittings, wet rooms have emerged as a blank canvass for designers, and people have been having some serious fun. If you are turning your design credentials in this direction, don’t forget to ask about anti-slip porcelain tile finishes.
Porcelain has many different reflective qualities. These depend upon the choice of colour and finish. As digital printing capabilities grow, these choices expand. One of the flavours of the moment is a soft, smudgy look, which is very forgiving in high-traffic areas. Mauves, lilacs, and greys do very well with a matte finish, and provide a very adaptable backdrop. Equally at home in living spaces and commercial environments, tapering the light is an excellent way of controlling the atmosphere.
Another trend with a nod to history, backlit stone is a stunning addition to today’s design rulebook. To get the backlit look right, opt for a thin stone with high reflectivity. The aim is not to let the light seep out, but to create mesmeric sparkles and reflections.
Onyx is a good choice, but there is a lot of intrigue to be had with stones such as quartz, Labradorite, and even jade. Backlit stone is currently a popular choice for fixtures such as bars and counters, and is becoming increasingly familiar in feature walls and bathrooms. If backlit stone is part of your plan, it’s important to source the correct quality material, so be sure to visit a showroom.
The ‘indoor-outdoor’ experience has been around for a couple of years, but is becoming increasingly prominent. Exciting architecture is continuing to drive the trend of blending the interior with the exterior. Porcelain tiles are not vulnerable to the frost or rain, so are the ideal material for indulging in a bit of continuity.
For this look, it does not really matter whether the inside is taken outside, or vice versa. The point is to have the same theme running throughout the installation. Wood is a familiar friend, but local stone – or its porcelain equivalent – is very much in. To find out which stone is local to your project, check with your supplier.
Design is a fast-paced business. Sometimes it helps to get a glimpse of what’s available. The Kinorigo showroom can show you what’s on offer. Give us a call or send a message to arrange a visit and face to face meeting with one of our stone and porcelain specialists.