At last we get to enter a new year, with new possibilities and hopes, and also new tile trends. In our top 10 tile trends for 2021 we look at floor tiles for all areas of design – from kitchen to living areas, to public spaces.
For the last 10 years, tiles have been the go to selection for designers. The reason? Technological advancements have taken tile design into a new dimension – where wood, concrete and natural stone can be replicated with precision and detail, for a fraction of the cost and with a higher level of longevity and sustainability. Tile designs keep getting more creative, and at Meraki Ceramics we aim to remain at the forefront of this creativity by providing the widest range of high quality porcelain and ceramic products for our clients to enhance projects in a cost efficient way.
As we prepare to enter 2021, we are excited about the prospects that lie ahead in bringing our tiles to projects across the Middle East. The following 10 tile trends give a flavour of what we expect our clients to be looking for as 2021 comes along.
1. WOOD-EFFECT TILES
Without question, the hottest tile trend of 2020, and one of our best-selling ranges, was wood-effect tiles. The look and feel of porcelain wood-effect just keeps getting more advanced and true to life. Now we are seeing the boundaries pushed further with new looks such as distressed, antique, wirebrushed and handscraped. They all come with their own unique character and in fact within each product line we are able to offer at least three variations within a single colour to really replicate the individuality of wooden planks.
Looking at handscraped wood-effect tiles, which we also refer to as rustic wood-effect, we notice the high variation between pieces, with a common denominator of long and ingrained scrapes that really enhance the authenticity of this style. The imperfections are what make this style truly exceptional and real, as the artificial scrapes appear to expose the wood below. Exceptional, and sure to be exceptionally popular though 2021 and beyond.
Wirebrushed wood-effect is more subtle, with less extensive and visible scrapes than the aforementioned handscraped wood-effect option. It presents a smoother, less imperfect tile choice, but with the same level of authenticity.
Distressed wood-effect tiles are very similar to handscraped, but the difference is their antique feel. These tiles look like they have a story to tell, often incorporating features such as burns, holes, knots and scrapes to bring character and soul to a design.
Each of these options have their place. They present a warmth and kind of rustic charm that is in huge demand for interior design right now. All of the elegance of real wood, with none of the maintenance. It’s what dreams are made of.
2. WHITE-WASHED WOOD-EFFECT TILES
White-washed wood-effect tiles are one of the standout looks for 2021. It’s a style that originated as a trend in California; its appeal is now far more widespread than the sunshine state. White-washed wood-effect tiles infuse interiors with a beachy, chilled out vibe, showing a worn appearance, but with darker shades visible from beneath the white. White-washed wood-effect tiles add brightness and the illusion of space to interiors, whilst also making the room feel more relaxed.
3. STONE-EFFECT TILES
Stone-effect will always make an appearance in these lists, primarily because there are so many ranges, so many varieties, and they replicate all types of stone quite magnificently. Particularly popular in kitchens and bathrooms, the demand for travertine, limestone and of course marble-effect options continues to go from strength to strength; these are timeless classics that will never go out of style. For clean elegance that presents a natural beauty and precise detailing so close to its natural cousin, stone-effect is the option of choice for many, and it will stay that way for years to come.
4. MARBLE-EFFECT TILES
It would be remiss not to give marble-effect tiles a mention of their own. They remain a top three seller for Meraki Ceramics, and marble itself has been a stalwart of architecture and interior design for centuries. These days all marble types are catered for in the form of porcelain marble-effect tiles, from Negro Marquina and Crema Marfil, to Dark Emperador and of course Calacutta. The reason for the popularity of porcelain effect tiles that replicate some of the world’s most historically exclusive marbles relates to the price and the general maintenance. However, it is also the detail and the advancement of the printing techniques used to create these tiles that has advanced so much in recent years. The appearance has now been mastered, and when you combine this with the durability and cost savings, it’s clear to understand why marble-effect tiles take their rightful place in this list.
5. CONCRETE-EFFECT TILES
Concrete-effect tiles have worked their way in to the forefront of interior design over the course of the last few years. Driven by the resurgence of the industrial look embraced by many, concrete-effect tiles are everywhere. There is a cool, sleekness to concrete-effect porcelain tiles, and they suit the trendy loft-style apartment look in a way that is yet to be matched. Will this trend last? It’s hard to say, but for now, concrete-effect tiles remain firmly on the wishlist of designers across the world.
6. ENCAUSTIC TILES
Encaustic tiles are hand-crafted, ornate pieces that epitomise craft and artistry. Needless to say, they come at a cost, and so we have created a range of cost efficient, carefully detailed replicas that provide the same sense of craftmanship for those that want detail and boldness filled with colour and quirks of design. Some of the most popular options within these Encaustic ranges are Mediterranean, Victoria and more oblique options.
7. DECORATIVE TILES
Decorative tiles, while not to everyone’s taste, are experiencing something of a resurgence right now. Art Deco options in particular we have found to be extremely popular, especially with the amount of bars and hotels popping up that choose to embrace the first half of the twentieth century with their theme.
What the decorative option gives is the chance to be creative, to be bold and courageous – something that can never be discouraged. Within this category, Moroccan tiles are also quite popular right now, with mosaic options and handcrafted styles the perfect choice for feature walls in the Middle East.
8. BACK TO BLACK
Now it’s back to black. Although it never really left. Black is the ideal accent colour – moody, dark, chic, and complementary to basically everything else. Black floors are going to be everywhere in 2021, and probably in a variety of shapes too, such as hexagons for example.
We’ve also seen a lot of interest in creating a black and white chess board style within some quarters. And who could argue with that? It’s a classic.
9. THE COLOUR OF THE YEAR – GREY
Grey was one of two colours chosen by the experts at Pantone as “Colour of the Year” for 2021. And so it follows that many will embrace grey that might have thought it a touch trite previously. Whether they will embrace yellow in the same way (the second choice for colour of the year), remains to be seen. Grey comes in all styles – wood, stone and concrete, and we see the colour being particularly popular in kitchens throughout 2021.
Grey gives a nice neutral backdrop from which to build a great design, but unlike beige, cream or white, it is cool, sophisticated and certainly sleek.
10. LARGE FORMAT TILES
Large format tiles are everywhere now, and we’ve seen the demand for bigger tiles grow and grow through the course of this year. They make rooms look bigger, there are of course less grout lines which is always a bonus, and they are capitalising on the preference of so many right now for tiles that are not square, but rectangular (wood-effect planks being the perfect example of this new wave). We’ve seen huge demand for large-format tiles, particularly with clients working on lobby spaces in hotels and residential towers.