Be Inspired: Materials & Trends Sessions at Coverings 2021


Coverings 2021 featured a robust lineup of learning opportunities tile & stone industry professionals could enjoy at no cost both in-person in Orlando and virtually. Organized across three concentrated tracks – Materials & Trends, Workforce & Profits, and Installation & Fabrication – Coverings learning opportunities provide viewers with the relevant information they need to excel in today’s highly competitive tile, stone, and design marketplace. And, sessions at Coverings 2021 were recorded and are now available to watch on-demand.

Let’s first explore the Coverings 2021 Materials & Trends sessions that were designed to inspire, inform, and educate attendees in today’s fast-paced design industry and business climate.

Global Tile Trends

This popular annual discussion of international tile experts reviews the latest tile trends and previews where the tile industry is headed next. Learn all about the most innovative designs, techniques, and materials from patterns to colors to geometry and size. How will these trends transform the application and installation of tile in 2021 and beyond? Get inspired by the limitless opportunities.

Environmental Responsibility and Human Wellness – Hot Topics in Green Building and How the Tile Industry Fits

Green building principles are vastly rooted in resource conservation, climate change awareness, and bio-diversity. Additionally, these principles have expanded to encompass human wellness, including building occupant health, safety, and understanding of products consumed and what they contain. It is important to understand various green building rating systems, codes, standards, regulations, and purchasing requirements and how ceramic tile and related installation materials can meet market demands. When it comes to green building, there is a perpetual endeavor to achieve a perfect balance of environmental responsibility and human wellness without compromising societal needs. This panel dives more deeply into what this means for the ceramic tile industry, including how it is well-positioned with standards and environmental and material ingredient reporting initiatives.

Discovering Nature’s Crossover Colors: Updated Trends in Classics

Tile is a long -lived application so how do colors trends impact that extensive lifespan? How do you select the color? What colors are considered timeless? The answer is that there are classic colors included in a group of hues called crossovers. They are the colors that appear so frequently in natural settings that the human eye becomes accustomed to seeing them in many applications and contexts. They are considered classics, basics, and staples, and, as such, they enjoy a long shelf life.

Designer Talk: Don’t Fake It When You Make It – Reasons to Choose Natural Products

Materials like natural stone, real wood, and tile have a certain allure, but they also face misconceptions related to maintenance and sustainability. Watch this session to learn the benefits of choosing natural materials and dispel the myths surrounding natural building products that will re-energize your project’s connection to nature.

Product Performance Testing – A Behind the Scenes Look at How Products Are Tested for Quality and Performance

The tile industry prides itself in having stringent standards for product quality and performance. Ceramic tile and related installation material suppliers, specifiers, and users regularly rely on laboratory testing to evaluate conformance and ensure that correct products are being used in the correct applications. This session provides a glimpse into the TCNA’s Product Performance Testing Laboratory, including a look at the new trend in testing of products with antimicrobial properties.

Next week, we’ll dive into the Coverings 2021 Workforce & Profits sessions. If you’re looking for ways to grow and manage your business, these sessions are for you!