It’s always exciting to see what the new year brings in way of trends, and 2022 does not disappoint. From crisp & clean and golden arches to plaster looks and warm stones, this year’s most important ceramic tile trends are primed for several residential and commercial applications.
The following tile trends were provided by Ceramics of Italy, Tile Council of North America, and Tile of Spain (three of the five owners of Coverings) and are a sneak peek of the newest and trendiest styles that will be showcased in-person at Coverings 2022, April 5-8, 2022, in Las Vegas (click here to register for Coverings at no cost).
2022 Tile Trends
Tele di Marmo Onyx, Emilceramica – Ceramics of Italy
In the 17th century, the Baroque style dominated European art and architecture, defined by a sense of movement and grandeur. Similarly, these tiles are full of exuberance, particularly when produced on floor-to-ceiling porcelain slabs. Many tile manufacturers are producing dramatic marble looks with striking colors and heavy veining while others offer luxurious tiles with gold detailing and reflective surfaces.
Dinamika Travertino, Del Conca – Ceramics of Italy
From rounded edges that simulate ancient stone to low relief that add depth and structure, manufacturers have invested heavily in new technologies this past year to create ceramic and porcelain tiles that break through the third dimension.
There are so many layers of new and trend-setting ceramic tile colors for 2022 that we’ve summarized them into three color palettes:
Argile, Equipe – Tile of Spain
- “Celebrating Ceramics in Color” – The industry is circling back to some intriguing classics from centuries past. These are ceramics that are not trying to mimic anything, instead honoring the rich and artisanal history of this material and industry such as weathered edges, classic glaze techniques and traditional patterns. This celebration of ceramic roots plays beautifully with preceding trends and is often seen in soft color tones like greens with twilight undertones, peachy- and chestnut-brown terra cotta hues, creamy tans, sandy beiges, and even Santorini Blue.
Terralma 1, Portobello America – Tile Council of North America
- “Earthy Jewel Tones” – Because of the pandemic quarantine, the world is ready to invite more natural colors into the home and onto the walls. Jewel tones that can be found in nature, including amber, brick, emerald, and aquamarine hues, are popular palettes for tile in 2022. Leafy greens and rich clay colors give us a grounded connection to the outdoors.
Gatsby, Gigacer – Ceramics of Italy
- “Pastels” – Dovetailing with a ubiquitous feeling of romanticism, ceramic manufacturers are incorporating pastel colors like sage, mint, rose, and sky blue to their collections, which add a soothing and organic effect to interiors. These hues also fit into larger color trends in the industry such as Colors of the Year.
Crisp & Clean
Tokio, Itt Ceramic – Tile of Spain
During this new era of ceramic design, a more delicate approach will run parallel with artisanal textures and organic materials. Smooth compositions, hushed textures and minimalistic patterns will lend a sense of balance. The seeming dissonance in style serves to highlight and praise differences by showcasing unlikely pairings throughout designs and the harmony that can be found.
Manhattan Road, Argenta – Tile of Spain
Curvaceous forms of arches and softly rounded rectangles that characterize art deco design find a niche in 2022’s design language. A nod to organic shapes while retaining the straight gridlines of a tile matrix, these curves bring a sense of whimsy and approachability to even the most austere and luxurious aesthetics.
Gioia, Gardenia Orchidea – Ceramics of Italy
With extra-large sizes and super-thin profiles, ceramic tile is becoming an increasingly attractive alternative to wallpaper. Many manufacturers offer large portfolios of patterns to choose from, including large florals and historical patterns like toile, chinoiserie, and damask, showcasing the artistic capabilities of designers combined with the durable advantages of porcelain.
Plaster 2.0, MILE®stone – Tile Council of North America
Thanks to the current trend toward nature and earthy elements, textured wall treatments are having a resurgence. Most notably, are the textural appearance and subtle color variations that replicate the artistic layering of plaster. Plaster looks bring an immediate warmth and richness to walls as well as an artisanal touch.
Ravello, Ecoceramic – Tile of Spain
While white marbles still reign supreme, the fierce stone look of the past takes a back seat to the refined spectrum of the marbleized look. This new approach retains the organic variation of a veined stone with an overall aesthetic that is more homogenic with a symphony of texture, finish and effects.
Serendipity, Florida Tile – Tile Council of North America
As last year brought oversized hexagons, 2022 brings various, other oversized shapes, such as triangles, diamonds and parallelograms, as well as their counterparts: pocket-sized hexagons and polygons. Configured in eye-catching patterns, these shapes of various scales offer a contemporary twist on a classic design element. They are the perfect complement to standard square and rectangular field tiles.
Habitación, Lamosa – Tile Council of North America
Stone looks are a great way to add natural allure and texture to a space. With the general warming up of color palettes the past few years, it should only follow that stone looks are also heating up, color-wise.
So, there you have it, 2022’s top 10 tile trends. To get a more in-depth look of the trends and to learn why ceramic tile is the optimal material choice for any indoor or outdoor setting, please watch the 2022 tile trends video with Coverings Industry Ambassador Alena Capra and Interior Design Magazine: