Materials & Trends

The Materials & Trends sessions at Coverings 2022 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 2022

Can't-Miss Materials & Trends Sessions at Coverings 2022

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 2022.

Global Tile Trends 2022

Join our annual discussion of international tile experts to learn the latest trends and preview where the tile industry is headed next.  With a focus on wellness and environment, timeless luxury and outdoor living, learn how the latest tile innovative designs, techniques, and materials can transform and inspire. Limitless opportunities abound in the application and installation of tile to create your perfect environment.

Global Tile Trends Floor Tour

Tour Guide: Alena Capra, Industry Ambassador, Coverings, Alena Capra Designs

See the latest trends as featured during the Global Tile Trends session! Led by Alena Capra, Coverings Spokesperson, visit the Coverings show floor to get up close and personal with tile trends in wellness, luxury and outdoor spaces from across the globe as presented to you by our experts from North America, Italy and Spain. Don’t miss this opportunity to not only see but to touch and feel the latest tiles from around the world.

Global Tile Trends Floor Tour

Presenter: Joshua Vermillion, Associate Professor, UNLV School of Architecture

Join Professor Vermillion of UNLV’s School of Architecture as he takes you on a journey through his hands-on course for architecture, interior architecture, and landscape architecture students as they learn how material systems and fabrication inform and guide design decision making.  In this one-of-a-kind course, the students learn by doing, creating and designing directly with tile, working with and learning from tile industry professionals. Through protoyping and building, the students were given the opportunity to test design decisions and understand how to select and specify materials.  Review the expected outcomes, student experience and view the final project which will be unveiled at Coverings 2022. 

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.

Natural Stone Countertops: Considerations for Kitchen and Bath Applications


Natural stone applications can add beauty, character, and value to any living space. By communicating the proper expectations for performance and maintenance requirements, the consumer will gain a better understanding and appreciation for using natural stone in their kitchens and bathrooms.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the physical characteristics and properties of different types of natural stone and how to set proper expectations for their performance as a residential countertop material
  • Understand the fabrication, installation, care and maintenance of granite, marble, quartzite, and soapstone to ensure longevity and consumer satisfaction.
  • Learn what design aesthetics can be achieved with natural stone and why many of today’s trends favor this incredibly versatile, durable, and beautiful material.
  • Discover the value achieved by selecting natural stone over artificial materials for a countertop surface and leave with innovative design ideas for future projects.


Other sessions include:


  • Safety and Performance Issues with Not So Luxurious Vinyl Tile


  • Wellness and Environmental Initiatives – Industry Leadership Collaboration Panel


  • TCNA Product Performance Testing and Tile Industry Standards – Learn How Products Are Tested and What You Need to Know About Industry Standards