Across the globe, a mere handful of manufacturers in Italy, Spain and the other top producer nations supply the bulk of tiles to the large commercial architectural projects. Manufacturing tiles for shopping centres, corporate offices, airports, railway stations, and swimming pools is a specialised operation. It's not enough to have the expertise to produce tiles in a wide range of formats, surface finishes, colours, and patterns to meet the requirements of the most demanding specifiers; producers must also stay ahead of the design curve so that their products remain relevant to the most demanding clients of all: architects, interior designs, and commercial developers.
We thought that Porcelain Superstore’s customers would be fascinated to learn what one of the leading manufacturers of contract tiles see as the hot tile trends. So here are the thoughts of Casalgrande Padana - one of the leaders in the field - on design, colour, and material trends for 2020 and beyond.
2020 has been the year of social change and new technological needs, that have changed the way we consider our domestic space. With the rise in smart working, for example, homes are no longer simply private spaces dedicated to rest and family, but workspaces too; therefore, they need to be organised and furnished accordingly.
Having a kitchen open to the living room is one of the main reasons for an open space both in restoration and new build projects. The ideal solution is a kitchen with a peninsula, which separates the kitchen area and can be used as a table. This way, the kitchen is not just the place where to cook, but a place where to gather and enjoy everyday life.
Moreover, if the height of the building allows it, why not exploit the vertical space of your home to create a mezzanine floor for the bedroom area. Furnishing a modern open space requires a few simple measures, like wood-effect porcelain stoneware floor tiles: nice and simple furnishing in warm, natural shades.
Open spaces are intended to create more available free space. That’s why it is advisable to choose minimalist furnishings that create a sense of continuity and consistency. For example, you could use large thin tiles to cover worktops, tables, furniture, wardrobes, and partition walls to ensure continuity between the furnishings and the floor.
Industrial interior design style has become very popular over the past few years, especially among the younger generations. This style features cement-effect floors in subtle shades, or antiqued wood-effect strip tiles with minimal joints to ensure greater continuity.
Exposed bricks, beams, ducts and pipes, large windows, rough perimeter walls with light plaster, high ceilings, and mezzanines are other distinctive features. Furnishings usually include recovered objects that emphasise painting and welding imperfections.
Blue is the symbol of calm and silence. It’s the colour of relaxation, peace and emotional balance. It soothes anxiety, and it can even reduce heart rate. According to the principles of feng shui, blue is the colour of water and represents the infinite space of the sky and the sea. It evokes feelings of joy and tenderness and is associated with the circle, the symbol of the eternal motion of the spirit. Blue also promotes introspection and sensitivity. You can create a relaxing yet sophisticated setting in your home by choosing intense blue for some of your walls. Or add blue furnishings, especially if subtle, light and natural shades - such as beige, cream or any nuance of white - are the dominant colours.
Blue adapts to all styles - classic, modern, contemporary, Provencal and rustic - and can be combined with an endless array of materials. Blue has always been widely used in seaside homes, but now it’s becoming increasingly popular in cities too. It elegantly matches light, neutral colours, so it’s no surprise that the combination of blue and white is now a firm favourite in domestic settings, especially for bathroom walls. Classic Blue has even been named the Pantone Colour of the Year and pastel shades from powder pink to light green are coming back strongly in 2020.
A brown wood-effect porcelain stoneware flooring, or the warm shade of the stone-effect flooring resembling Cotto, combined with white and blue are a perfect solution for a bedroom, as shown below. White is the colour for bed sheets and linens, whereas blue, the colour of the sky, is one of the most relaxing colours for a bedroom.
The top 2020 colour trends include powder pink and green - the colour of nature par excellence - with shades ranging from intense woodland green to light sage.
R Evolution Pink
Small gardens, plus climbing and potted plants, are all expressions of Millennials’ need - and not only theirs - to bring nature inside their homes. This led Casalgrande Padana to produce Limpha; a porcelain stoneware tile collection that draws inspiration from climbing plants to transform wall coverings into elements of natural beauty. The wide scope of application, and unmatched technical features (frost-, abrasion-, and wear-resistance, light fastness, and flexural strength), make porcelain stoneware suitable for both interiors and exteriors
Self Cleaning Tiles
Tellingly in this period dominated by the Coronavirus pandemic, today’s tiles have a clear and positive role to play. In the presence of sunlight, Casalgrande Padana’s Bios Self Cleaning technology allows the large format porcelain stoneware tiles from the Limpha collection to reduce air pollutants and decompose dirt deposits, which are washed away from the tiles’ surface by rainwater, thanks to the super-hydrophilicity of the ceramic surface: a beautiful wall that can help improve the quality of life by reducing pollution and improving air quality.
Using Bios Self-Cleaning over a façade surface of 1,000 sq. metres, for instance, purifies as much air as a wooded area the size of a football pitch; and eliminates the equivalent volume of nitrogen oxides that would be emitted by 70 cars in a day.
All Casalgrande Padana porcelain stoneware tile collections are available with the Bios Antibacterial technology. This technology can remove up to 99.99% of the main bacterial strains in confined settings and helps eliminate odours. It’s perfect for any room in the house, from bathrooms to kitchens, where, thanks to large thin tiles, they can be applied to tables and wall units. The benefits of the Bios Antibacterial technology is enhanced in the presence of humidity, which is fertile ground for bacteria.
So when you next purchase a ceramic tile for your home, consider that you are not only buying a beautiful, long lasting, surface finish, but one that has the technical performance and sustainability characteristics to captivate of the world’s leading architects and interior designers.