10 Tile Trends of 2020

Before events were put on hold, Coverings led the fourth annual National Tile Day celebration in January. Now that people have spent a couple of months indoors, many are considering ways to add new life to their homes.

Tile is a timeless design element, as it is both durable and beautiful. While the trends and colors vary throughout the years, tile remains a popular option for flooring and backsplash in residential and commercial design. 

As the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, Coverings gathered with sponsors Ceramics of Italy, Tile Council of North America, and Tile of Spain to report 2020’s top 10 Tile Trends. 

If you’re considering new flooring, check out what’s trending this year:

1. Mixed Color Palettes

Classic blues, blush pinks, sage green, and dusty oranges create a calming environment. 

2. Refined Natural Wood Looks

If you prefer a natural look, wood continues to be prominent in interior design. Digital printing technology has made excellent advances, making it possible for tile to mimic natural wood. 

3. Precious and Gemstone Style Made Sustainable

Precious materials are beloved, but not sustainable. Similar to wood, the evolution of technology allows for tile to look and feel like rare marbles and semi-precious stones. Onyx, agate, and Akoya pearls can all be emulated with tile. 

4. Mixed Geometrics

There’s more to tile than the color and finish. Non-rectangular shapes, including trapezoid, rhombus, and diamond shapes, allow for attractive layouts. 

5. Counter Culture

Flooring, backsplashes, and don’t forget about countertops! Tile is durable and stain-resistant, making it an excellent choice for counters. 

6. Psychedelic

Bright colors and psychedelic patterns will be making a comeback this year. This trend is for the bold!

7. Industrial Chic

Concrete and stone create an industrial vibe. Just like tile that resembles wood or gemstone, this trend can replicate the look of concrete, or add in variations on color and patterns. 

8. Modernized Marble

Ceramic materials, which in the past were inspired by traditional marble design, are being modernized for people who love a contemporary look. 

9. Speckled Surfaces

Technicolor dots and specs, along with modern terrazzo styles, will make an appearance in 2020. 

10. Large-Scale Patterns

Ceramic tiles will be used to create bigger, bolder patterns. 

The versatility of tile allows it to be used in any room, no matter your style. Which of these ten trends are you most likely to bring into your home?

Countertops: Granite vs. Quartz

In addition to appearance, there are several factors to consider when choosing a material for your countertop. A handful of materials can be used for countertops, which offer various aesthetic qualities and functions. Two of the most popular materials used for countertops are granite and quartz.

Having a general understanding of granite and quartz is important. Granite is a 100% natural material. It is mined from quarries, cut and then polished. Quartz countertops are a 95% natural material; the other five percent is binder and color. With this basic makeup in mind, we can compare qualities of both.

Look of Countertops

Granite is slightly more natural looking due to its 100% natural composition. It can be found in a variety of unique colors and patterns. Though not quite as organic in nature, quartz still provides a stone aesthetic. Since it is engineered, quartz may be more easily found to fit a particular color.

Maintenance

Granite is more porous than quartz. For this reason, it requires more maintenance. It is suggested that granite countertops be resealed annually to ensure longevity, while quartz does not need the same care.

Durability

Both granite and quartz are incredibly durable. Because of granite’s porous nature, spilled liquids can cause staining. While quartz will not stain, it can be damaged by excessive heat.

Price

While the cost of granite and quartz are similar, quartz can run slightly more expensive. Based on estimates from HomeAdvisor, the national average cost to buy quartz without installation fees is $75 per square foot, while slab granite can typically be purchased between $40 and $60 per square foot without installation. We suggest getting quotes from two to three professionals, with installation fees factored in, so that you are able to get what you want for the best price.

In deciding between granite and quartz, there is no right or wrong decision. In the end, it comes down to personal preference, and you cannot go wrong with either.

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