Materials & Trends

The Materials & Trends sessions at Coverings 2021 focus on the breathtaking world of tile & stone. Get the latest updates on tile & stone trends and design from around the globe which will inspire you to sell, specify, and install.


Can't-Miss Materials & Trends Sessions at Coverings 2021

Coverings’ education keeps attendees current in today’s highly competitive marketplace. Plus, many sessions offer complimentary CEUs. Join us for these exciting NEW sessions at Coverings 2021.

Global Tile Trends

Join our always popular annual discussion of international tile experts to learn the latest tile trends and preview 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.

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.

Discovering Nature’s Crossover Colors: Updated Trends in Classics

The question about color that always arises in your industry is:  Tile is a long -lived application so how do color 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. This illustrated talk by Leatrice Eiseman will give you a macro view of how the classics and crossovers can help you in the selection, application, marketing, design and presentation of color. 

Designer Talk: Why Natural Stone?

Join us as a group of design professionals discuss why they chose natural stone as a building material. Learn tips on how to choose and specify the correct natural stone for your application. Come away with a plan to build natural stone into your design repertoire.

Environmental Responsibility, Human Wellness, Resilience—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. Increasingly, designers and specifiers are seeking technical information about products pursuant to these principles, from both a standards conformance and environmental and material ingredient transparency standpoint. 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. Certainly, the materials we choose and design choices we make are important. This panel will dive 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.