Do you love tile? We do. Intensely. That’s why you’ll find an extensive selection of tile choices when you visit the Classique Floors + Tile showroom.
That’s also why we became very excited when we saw so many wonderful tile products at The International Surface Event (TISE) 2018, the ultimate yearly industry marketplace for floorcovering, stone, and tile industry professionals.
>> Check out Discovering Wood-Inspired Wonders and Intense Patterns at TISE18 for the other items that caught our fancy.
Why We Love Tile: TISE18 Highlights
In this article, I’ll show you the tile products we found particularly interesting and inspiring, organized in the following categories:
- Three-dimensional tile
- Shapes and patterns
- Laser-cut tile patterns
- Subway tile
- Peel and stick stone panels
- Marble looks
These categories build on trends with true staying-power highlighted on this blog (see 7 Tile Trends to Consider for Your Oregon Home).
We’ve noticed textured tile for a while. The dimension is now becoming more pronounced.
The three-dimensionality of this linear sample below is intensely visual, tactile yet also painterly. The dimensions create shadow and focus attention on the raised horizontal lines, which seem alive with movement.
The example below is more geometric. The three-dimensionality of the design plays with light and shadow.
These both create strong, visually active wall statements.
The dimensional examples below are more controlled: frames within a square or rectangular tile, raised brick or other repeat patterns, and repetitive fishtail or lantern patterns.
Tile Shapes and Patterns
Flatten the dimensional ideas above and the tile immediately falls into the shapes and patterns category. Notice the addition of colors. These images are as visually active as the three-dimensional ones above because they aren’t monochrome.
In this fishtail tile wall, four distinct colors alternate. Notice, too, the wood plank pattern on the display’s other wall. Not shown is the floor which also features wood plank tile.
In terms of tile shapes, the hexagon hasn’t disappeared. However, we noticed it being sliced into triangles, as you can see in this playful tile design.
We loved the range of shapes, colors, and patterns in this image below. Notice the range of color combinations in the different patterns which range from hexagons to pencils, pennies, and mosaics. We’ll discuss subway tile in a separate section of this article; however, notice how prominent it is in the display.
This next category is still definitely about shape and pattern. What makes it unique, though, is that the patterns are laser-cut creating more definition and adding more detail to the installation.
Some of these patterns combine solid colors with wood, stone and concrete looks. Others focus on monochromatic patterns in all wood, stone and concrete looks.
The intricacy of the patterns is stunning!
The precision of the cuts accentuates the clean, geometric patterns.
You’ll notice similar patterns repeated in different colors in these images.
In the image below, you see a green-inspired neutral color introduced.
For perspective on the effect of laser-cut patterns, check out this beautiful abstracted leaf pattern.
Subway Tile Galore
I promised you more on subway tile. Here you go!
The subway tile look continues very strong. You’ll see it more elongated dimensions – 2×8 and 2×16 – as well as the more traditional 3×6 size. We loved the combination of shades of grey in the image below and the almost-rustic reflectivity of the glass finish.
In contrast, the examples below have a matte finish. The top three are more uniform in appearance. The bottom three are almost brick-like in their finish.
And, the image below shows you a weathered finish in a 3×12 format.
Notice the rough-hewn quality of the white glass subway tiles below. They aren’t completely uniform; even the finish on the coordinating pencils have a wavy quality to the finish.
Did you notice the subway tiles installed vertically? That’s a very interesting look.
Peel and Stick Ledger Stone
Stone and stone looks are classics. Here, what caught our attention, was super thin peel and stick panels made of narrow stone tiles, that have dimension. This takes the stacked ledger stone concept and makes it an ideal solution for a feature wall, or behind a bed.
The example below has a uniform finish and really shows off the patterns of the stone. Notice how the pieces aren’t all flush.
The example below shows you three different looks in monochromatic stones. In all three, the finish is rougher, adding visual interest to the installation.
And here is an all-over ledger panel in grey that shows off the individual stone pieces.
Marble Looks in Tile
Perhaps the most classic of natural stone looks is marble, and marble interpreted in porcelain tile continues to be an important trend. Thanks to inkjet printing technology, tile can truly do justice to the beauty of marble and its veining. This is particularly effective in larger size tile and in rectangular shapes.
Here’s a close-up view of marble veining.
Although we could easily have included this board in shapes and patterns (notice the triangles), it provides another perspective on the beauty of stone and interpreting stone looks – including marble – in other tile products. Here, too, you see the influence of inkjet printing technology.
Imagine creating a shower design with one of the marble-inspired pebbles on the floor, marble-look porcelain tile on the walls, and decorative touches with these other marble-looking mosaics…
Aren’t you glad we kept following the TISE unicorn? We hope you really love tile now.
Which Are Your Favorite Tile Products from The International Surface Event?
What’s your reaction to these products? Which do you prefer? Can you see using them in your home?
We invite you to visit our Portland, Oregon showroom to explore the many tile options we carry.
Or schedule an in-home job site assessment. Your Classique project consultant will guide you through everything from initial estimate to product selection to final installation, answering all your questions.
You’ll be delighted. We promise.
Thanks for reading,