Top Secrets About Tile in 2020

October 15, 2019

Believe it or not, 2019 is winding down and 2020 is closer than any of us are probably even ready to talk about. After all, Home Depot already has Christmas decor front and center. Plus, people are practically trick or treating already! If it were up to us, we’d say “slow it down, folks!” And instead, let’s talk about our forecast for tile in 2020.

Tile trends for 2020 have been on the Trinity Surfaces team’s radar for a while now. We’ve talked amongst ourselves and even chatted with some of our collaborators about where we think the tile industry will head in 2020, and what types of materials will be dubbed the top surface design for the year. 

Surface design isn’t limited to one prediction. It’s not a one-size-fits-all sort of forecast. There are so many variations within the industry, like color, patterns, and materials- to name a few. We’ve talked a lot about wood look and eco-friendly solutions this year, but will those trends sustain in the coming 365 days? That’s what we’re here to find out!

So, let’s talk about the secret, or secrets, of tile design you need to know for success in 2020.

Color Trends

A top trend to consider for tile in 2020 is color. A few years back, greige was all the rage. Last year, coral made headlines. For 2020, warm and cool neutrals will be the colors to watch. Grey, white, and ivory will be go-to staples for interior designers and builders. We suspect that the draw to these colors is due to the growing attraction to minimalistic interior design. Mixing neutrals with other industrial elements like brass or metal is also something we expect to see a lot of.

Imitating Materials

Some [real] natural stone tile will continue their run of success, but the popularity of stone look is emerging. Along with stone look tile, we expect wood look tile to have its best year yet. Other imitation materials to watch are marble, metal, and concrete. Decorative concrete tile will make a splash in 2020 as well. 

Shapes & Patterns

Although we’ve seen busy flooring and wall tiles get some love in the last two years, 2020 will be the year for bold patterns and shapes. Expect to see creative statements through wall and floor tile in commercial spaces like bathrooms, common areas, and kitchens. Traditional is out and unconventional is in.

Size Matters

Bigger will be better in 2020. Large format tiles will gain momentum as commercial spaces call for more open floor plans and minimalistic style. Whether it’s solids or patterns, large tiles will be largely in demand in 2020. Longer and wider tiles a surefire way to success for interior designers and builders.

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This post was written by Matt Hepner