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February, 2017

 

Trendy Tiles

This year, tiles are moveing towards becoming more durable and the industry is adopting technology to enhance its production techniques and style quotient.

have been used in buildings since the ninth century BC. Their long-lasting nature results in a lower consumption of resources in the long term, and thus lower environmental impact. Unlike other materials that need to be replaced over time, once installed, tiles will last a lifetime. While the material itself is nothing new, the constant innovations in the materials used and the changing style of tiles keeps designers and home enthusiasts on the lookout for tiles with the best longevity, style and economic viability.
WHY CHOOSE TILE?
Be it vitrified tiles,glazed, ceramics,they all are open to unlimited design and customization possibilities. “You can mix colours, textures, patterns, shapes and styles to make every installation unique. Get


the look of wood, natural stone, wallpaper, even delicate fabrics, but with the durability of tile,” says Ragini Sharma, architect,+owner R design studio. Furthermore, thanks to their.

durability and designs, this year they are slated to be a top choice world over. “This year, we’ll see designers and trends that will encompass the expansion of the outdoor living realm to the fusion of tech and design accumulating into an awe-inspiring and ultimately exciting year for design,” said Karen Kang, National Director, Interior Design Show, Canada. According to IDS, mixed materials continue their domination in 2017. Floors, ceilings, and surface areas will be adorned with interesting materials, tiles, and patterns to create an eyecatching statement. Designers will play with strategically placed tiles mixing into other patterns to create an unconventional focal point.

TILES GO DIGITAL
Digital printing is a method of printing using digital techniques in which data and images are printed directly from a computer onto tile. The familiar digital printer (also referred to as an ink-jet printer) used in homes and offices for printing documents and photo-quality images employs the digital printing technique. According to Estelle Davis from Design Quaterly, “Ink jet-printing is a non-impact printing technology. It uses droplets of ink jetted from a small aperture to a specified position on a surface to create an image. Four colours – cyan, magenta, yellow and black (CMYK) – are combined in various ways to create virtually any colour required. This technology has now evolved to allow this same printing process to be used on ceramic and porcelain tile. Using an ink-jet printing machine and four specially designed inks, the technology is used to create an unlimited number of highquality patterns and decorations, with fewer materials, less waste and less development and production time than conventional processes. This digital printing process turns photographs, artwork, designs, logos or virtually any image into elaborately decorated wall or floor coverings.

3D-PRINTED TILES
You can also get 3D print tiles for your floors and as statement walls. These can infuse a lot of life into any space and the technology helps make your home personal and interesting. However, according to Artur Peredyryev, Managing Director, Imperial Interiors Dubai, who specialise in 3D print tiles, there are some pointers to follow for such tiles so that the tiles do not make your spaces appear smaller. ”If your bathroom is small in size, then be careful when choosing a colour scheme. In this case, it would be wiser to choose colours that are not too bright because the already small room will seem even smaller. When making small

bathrooms, choose a panoramic image tile that will visually expand the space. Do not choose a tile with a large pattern since they also reduce the space visually. But if your bathroom is a large enough area, then you can safely experiment with colours and accessories.

TILE DESIGNS DOMINATING 2017
CERSAIE, the international exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings, revealed some exciting tile and stone trends that are emerging in the home décor industry.

TRIBAL AND ORGANIC PRINTS
Over the last few years, global migration has blurred cultural lines, bringing together people from all four corners of the world to share their traditional designs and styles. As a result, tribal influences have been scattered around the world. The tribal prints that have already become popular on clothing and home fabrics are beginning to make an appearance on tiles. You can now extend the tribal aspects of your home décor into the tiles on your walls or floor.

LARGE FORMAT TILE AND CERAMIC SLABS
The largest porcelain slabs on the market just keep getting bigger and bigger. Today, the largest slabs available measure 63 x 126 inches. Two years ago, tiles measuring 24" x 48" x 3/8" were considered oversized, but now they have become the norm. Most When planning your bathroom, make sure the flooring tiles are wear-proof. PHOTO COURTESY: TABLETZ CHOCO DO NOT CHOOSE A TILE WITH A LARGE PATTERN SINCE THEY ALSO REDUCE THE SPACE VISUALLY. www.DezignGenie.com CW Interiors | February 2017 | 43 manufacturers are producing tiles of this size, giving everyone the ability to decorate their homes and other spaces with wide expanses of tile. Large format tiles are available in a multitude of colours, including stone and wood grain replicas. You can choose large format tiles to cut down on grout lines and joints between tiles, which creates a cleaner look. This effect works very well with tiles that feature natural stone or wood patterns, where too many right-angled lines can spoil the naturalistic effect.

RETURN TO NATURAL STONE
Many manufacturers are going one step further than simply using stone effects on their tiles. They’re manufacturing tiles from natural stone, evoking the passions that consumers and home décor experts alike have for natural materials. When wildly innovative porcelain technologies started to dominate, tile manufacturers were able to create porcelain products that replicated the look of natural materials such as stone and wood. However, manufacturers have never completely lost their passion for stone. Although porcelain tiles with wood and stone effects can look very attractive, they don’t have the authenticity of natural stone. While the tile industry is seeing a shift towards the use of technology in terms of its making and production, it is also taking inspiration from nature. British designer Ted Baker has a new collection of painted tiles with lush florals and chinoiserie rendered in rich hues on sleek glass and this is a clear indication that tiles are moving from being just a building material to a serious style addition, that can help enhance any space. Kitchen floors see the most wear and tear so make sure you opt for a sturdy material that can stand the test of time. PHOTO COURTESY: EVOK

manufacturers are producing tiles of this size, giving everyone the ability to decorate their homes and other spaces with wide expanses of tile. Large format tiles are available in a multitude of colours, including stone and wood grain replicas. You can choose large format tiles to cut down on grout lines and joints between tiles, which creates a cleaner look. This effect works very well with tiles that feature natural stone or wood patterns, where too many right-angled lines can spoil the naturalistic effect.

 

RETURN TO NATURAL STONE

Many manufacturers are going one step further than simply using stone effects on their tiles. They’re manufacturing tiles from natural stone, evoking the passions that consumers and home décor experts alike have for natural materials. When wildly innovative porcelain technologies started to dominate, tile manufacturers were able to create porcelain products that replicated the look of natural materials such as stone and wood. However, manufacturers have never completely lost their passion for stone. Although porcelain tiles with wood and stone effects can look very attractive, they don’t have the authenticity of natural stone. While the tile industry is seeing a shift towards the use of technology in terms of its making and production, it is also taking inspiration from nature. British designer Ted Baker has a new collection of painted tiles with lush florals and chinoiserie rendered in rich hues on sleek glass and this is a clear indication that tiles are moving from being just a building material to a serious style addition, that can help enhance any space.