We walked through the 18 halls looking at booth after booth displaying the most beautiful designs from traditional through to ultra-modern. Many of the design trends coming through for 2018 are developments of themes seen last year.
Natural stone is still a major tile design theme. The reproduction of the natural materials continues to get better and better as new techniques are employed (such as for re-creating texture, or shimmering colours and patterns).
Abstract geometries were also very evident at the show; designs with triangles, squares, hexagons, or rectangles blended with bright colours producing contemporary bold patterns.
Fusion designs are still on trend, for example combining traditional designs with modern, abstract patterns
The rustic and distressed look has been evident for the last 12-18 months and designs for next year will include mimicking chipped enamels and grated surfaces.
Our three take-aways for 2018 tile designs:
The XL slabs are being produced in ever larger sizes and when decorated with exquisite marble effects have a dramatic impact on any space.
Vintage-style designs inspired by designs from yesteryear - 1950s retro - designs will be a feature of 2018.
New “fabric finishes” – tiles decorated to look like woven fabrics incorporating very fine thread detail.