2020’s Top 10 Tile Trends


Each year brings new tile & stone trends, and 2020 is no exception! Alena Capra, Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer and Coverings Industry Ambassador, teamed up with Coverings’ sponsors – Ceramics of Italy, Tile Council of North America and Tile of Spain – to identify and celebrate the Top 10 Tile Trends for 2020. From modernized marble-style applications and large-scale patterns, to wood-look and speckled surfaces, this year’s most important tile trends are primed for a number of residential and commercial designs. Keep reading – and watching – to learn all about them.

1. Mixed Color Palettes

Consumers are currently crazy for Pantone color of the year Classic Blue, blush pinks, sage green, and dusty orange hues for a calming look.

Wide & Style ABK, Art ShapesWide & Style ABK, Art Shapes – Ceramics of Italy

Krea Deep Sea, Portobello America – Tile Council of North America

2. Refined Natural Wood Looks

Thanks to evolving digital printing technology and innovations in ink and fit technology, mimicking natural wood remains popular in 2020.

Timewood, Sant’Agostino – Ceramics of Italy


3. Precious- and Gemstone-style Made Sustainable

From designs emulating rare marbles and semi-precious stones, such as onyx and agate, to tiles with an iridescent finish reminiscent of Akoya pearls, precious material styles are set to make a splash in the tile industry in 2020.

Nolita, Vallelunga & Co. – Ceramics of Italy

Agata Atena, Fiandre – Tile Council of North America

4. Non-Rectangular / Mixed Geometrics

Trapezoid, rhombus and diamond-shaped tiles allow for more interesting layouts than simple grids and running bonds.

Cortina Rectified, Interceramic USA – Tile Council of North America

Cortina Rectified, Interceramic USA – Tile Council of North America

5. Counter Culture

The durability and stain-resistance of porcelain make it an excellent countertop choice, which is why this type of gauged porcelain’s expanding applications will continue to be a 2020 favorite.

Bravado, American Wonder Porcelain – Tile Council of North America

Porcelain Countertops, Crossville – Tile Council of North America

6. Psychedelic

Expect bright, psychedelic colors, playful geometries and trippy patterns galore this year!

Paprica, Marca Corona – Ceramics of Italy

Oro di, Ce. Vi Ceramica Vietrese – Ceramics of Italy

7. Industrial Chic

Concrete- and stone-look tile options enrich environments with a chic artfulness while opening the door to endless, unique style choices.

TAPISO, ALAPLANA – Tile of Spain

KARAKTER, DUNE – Tile of Spain

8. Modernized Marble

Traditional-inspired ceramic materials, such as emulated marble, have been modernized to adapt to today’s contemporary styles.

Onice Fantastico, Del Conca – Tile Council of North America

Fluid, APAVISA – Tile of Spain

9. Speckled Surfaces

This trend features technicolor dots and specks, and modern interpretations of terrazzo in 2020.

Overcome, Leonardo – Ceramics of Italy

Medley, Ergon – Ceramics of Italy

10. Large-Scale Patterns

We will see a shift towards ceramic tiles with big, bold patterns that instantly catch the eye this year.



Want to learn more about these trends and preview where the industry is headed next? How will these trends transform the application and installation of tile? Hear from three tile experts as they dive deeper into the 2020 global tile trends.