Over the years, the most famous brands in the world have presented their products at Cersaie in Bologna, Italy – the Worlds largest Tile Fair. A temporary showroom made up of fifteen fully occupied pavilions - equal to 145,000 square metres of surface area and 633 exhibitors. 99 319 visitors attended of which 47 000 were international!
Essentially, for key tile suppliers and retailers across the world, Cersaie is an essential international showcase for European ceramics.
This year, Tile Warehouse was the sole New Zealand tile company attending the four days of Cersaie. This has given our team not just exclusive, first dibs on the best product for next year's ranging but also enables us to establish trends and buy accordingly.
During the fair, companies showcase the products best suited to achieving a vision of integrated architecture that aims to create a synergy between outdoor and indoor spaces to create ultimate environments, illustrate the stylistic features of their collections and share new technologies and materials.
4 Hot Trends to look out for in 2024
After returning from Cersaie Bologna, the Tile Warehouse soucing team have outlined some succinct trend forecasts for 2024.
Here’s what to expect for tiles in the year ahead...
1. Living Spaces in tile - it's HOT!
A HUGE trend worldwide is the use of tile in communal living spaces which will be impacting Kiwi consumer design decisions. Post the pandemic, homeowners are seeking materials and spaces that enhance serenity to create a personal oasis and also finishes that are long-lasting and easily cleaned and maintained. With health and wellness at the forefront for many post-pandemic, the antimicrobial component of tile is also of benefit. The shift is impacting commercial spaces also with many hotels across the globe replacing carpet with tile. That trend can now be seen among homeowners here and abroad, something that real estate pros often tout in listings.
Aside from the long-lasting durability of a tiles surface, Tiles do not permit odours, allergens, moulds or bacteria. As well as this, tile’s natural ingredients do not have harmful chemicals and irritants. There are no VOCs, formaldehyde, phthalates, organotins, or allergens like there are in many other flooring options on the market.
Outdoor kitchens and fireplaces have also become popular post-Covid and the move towards spending more time outdoors.
Not only aesthetically pleasing, but the durability of tile also makes it perfect for enduring outdoor elements. With the advent of technologically advanced materials in outdoor tiles, there is now a myriad of options in 10mm structured tile surfces as well as the increasing popularity of porcelain pavers. Choosing outdoor tiles from the same family and range from internal tiles means continuity from the interior design to the outdoor area – making a smooth and coherent transition between the two parts of a home.
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2. Terrific Terracotta & Travertine
The trends we will see next year are large-format square and rectangular porcelains in calming travertines and terracottas as well as warm soft stone-looks.
Rich, earthy and full of character, Terracotta porcelain tiles emulate the handmade product featuring all of the wonderful authentic, tactile elements making this a popular option. In shades of toasty burnt orange and reddish browns, terracotta tiles bring a real warmth to spaces.
Equally in demand will be Travertine porcelains and ceramics which provide a classic, quality look in the home with earthen textures connecting our natural world.
3. Mix-and-match Matt and Gloss
Usually when we consider mixing and matching tiles, our instinct is to choose the same style, just in differing shades. In 2024, the combination of matt and gloss tiles of the same colour is trending. This creates a unique design with an understated patterned effect where the gloss finish catches light, creating a sense of space and contrasting with neighbouring matt tiles.
4. Decorative Impact
Wallpaper-look, florals, geometrics and textured tile remain huge trends for 2024. These tiles are designed to give the illusion of a wallpapered wall, but with the added durability and practicality of tiles. We are adding to our range with cersaie selections but in the meantime, see our current Wallpaper range below and watch this space for 2024 Designs!
Tiles that look like wallpaper offer a stylish and practical alternative to traditional wallpaper, providing the same aesthetic appeal while also offering added durability in all wet areas and practicality of cleaning.
SENSE: Based on a famous limestone of Greek origin, Sense Exotic beautifully emulates floral paper in a large format, 350x1000mm.
MEDITERRANEA: Mediterranea Tessalado is visually stunning wowing designers and those who covet on-trend style - a popular option for all areas of the home - even bedroom walls.
COLOURFUL: From Spain, Colorful in 300X900mm is available in the beautiful Décor Paimpont (a set of 3) with matching white options.
HELSINKI - a 1000x1000mm format and suitable for walls and floors.
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