The rise of ceramic tiles

by Darren
Johnson Fusion Jnl 7 15

Inkjet printing has resulted in the creation of beautiful, yet versatile and durable ceramic tiles that can be installed in various manners to achieve a specifier’s desired looks.

Not only is beauty a key factor in the décor industry, but people want elements that will suit them as well as their environment while cutting down on care and maintenance too.

Ceramic tiles have become synonymous with creating living spaces that are beautiful, durable and convenient. “They can be used almost everywhere – walls, floors, fireplaces and as an exterior cladding on buildings,” says Richard Nuss, Marketing Manager at Johnson Tiles.

The evolution of Inkjet tiles

The latest development in tile manufacturing is the printing onto ceramic tile bodies by an inkjet machine. Considered to be the most versatile and unique tiles ever made, ceramic inkjet tiles have endless possibilities. The digital inkjet machine prints a photorealistic pattern directly onto the surface of the tile, which means that any artwork or design can be applied.

In line with these advancements, Johnson Tiles now offers the Fusion range of ceramic inkjet tiles. Tiles can be placed side by side and a larger design can be printed across the tile bodies before they are glazed and fired. This allows for the creation of a large illustration if required. “Ceramic inkjet tile offers corporates the opportunity to decorate their office spaces in a unique, yet stylish way while still bringing their corporate identity to life,” says Richard.

Going natural with wood-look tiles

While a polished and high-gloss look is still in demand, matte textures are making a comeback. Wood-look tiles are one way that these textures can be introduced, as they offer the warmth and natural feel of wood on a tile surface.

Other than being cost-effective, convenient and easy to maintain, wood-look tiles also offer the opportunity to look at different formats.  Property owners are now incorporating different sizes and shapes into the floors they lay, even creating geometric patterns. “For an office space, wood-look tiles are great for open-plan areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and patios,” says Richard. “They look good in an entrance hall or reception area and are fantastic for canteens or meeting rooms.”

Trendy Styles

Renovating an office is an investment and, while trying to keep up with the latest trends, it’s important to choose a style that suits the organisation too.

“By adding bold colours and textures, mosaics help to create an edgy and vibrant look for your office,” Richard explains. “They are great for feature walls and floors and they can also finish off an installation that requires that extra bit of polish.”

For a more classic look and feel, grey is the ideal colour. This is considered the colour of the year and is available in numerous shades, making it easy to decorate a space with the use of added features such as bright colours and accessories. The same applies for the timeless combination of black and white.

Geometric patterns don’t apply to wood-look tiles only. Any tiles with geometric patterns are considered popular and can make this space a focal point within the chosen setting. “Geometric patterns give the office space personality,” concludes Richard.

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