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After attending Cersaie in 2013, Tiles Africa Contracts observed the prominence of a wood theme with wood-looking tiles in all shades, forms and sizes taking centre stage. 3D tiles were also prominent and according to Richard Nuss, Tile Africa’s Marketing Manager, these tiles will make inroads into commercial projects locally.
Noted tile trends:
Larger format tiles – traditional tiles featured modern patterns and evolved to include rectangular tiles with interlocking tiles cleverly fitting together like a puzzle.
A touch of texture – 3D-like tiles with relief finishes and typography design.
Playful optimism – Colourful strips and Andy Warhol-inspired prints on tiles were observed. “We’ve seen this trend applied locally in a chain of supermarkets as a focus wall at the entrance to the shops,” Nuss adds.
Deep in the woods – These tiles create seamless spaces that replicate the warmth of wood, thanks to inkjet technology.
Texture – Text-like patterns on tiles is a recurring trend. Tile Africa Contracts foresees that curved tiles will have a commercial application. Fabric patterns and carpet-looking tiles were also observed.
Colour – Neutral colours remain popular, including the colour grey, which can also be seen with metallic and cement finishes. Colour trends that will feature strongly on the commercial side include various hues of yellow and green, with the yellows featuring grey undertones. Green shades were deep and varied and remain complementary to a natural palette.
For more information on the Tile Africa Contracts Division go to: www.tileafrica.co.za