Top Eight Trends in Floor Tile Design for 2022

By Clare Tattersall

Tile is a natural fit for home interiors, especially in kitchens, bathrooms, entryways, mudrooms and laundry rooms where easy cleanability and durability is a necessity. And like most flooring choices, tile trends are always changing. With the pandemic sparking a sustained, unprecedented wave of home improvement spending, it has become increasingly important for retailers to stay on top of what’s new and in demand in this flooring category. Here are eight of the top tile trends for 2022, forecasted by three leading international tile associations — Ceramics of Italy, the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association and the Tile Council of North America — for the the largest tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, Coverings.

Baroque trend. Tele di Marmo Onyx by Emilceramica.

In the 17th century, the Baroque style dominated European art and architecture, defined by a sense of movement and grandeur. Similarly, these tiles are full of exuberance, particularly when produced on floor to ceiling porcelain slabs. Many tile manufacturers are creating dramatic marble looks with striking colours and heavy veining, while others offer luxurious tiles with gold detailing and reflective surfaces.

Captivating Colours
Three colour palettes that are more pervasive celebrate ceramics, earthy jewel tones and pastels.

The industry is circling back to some intriguing classics from centuries past. These are ceramics that are not trying to mimic anything but instead honour the rich and artisanal history of this material and industry with weathered edges, classic glaze techniques and traditional patterns. This celebration of ceramic roots plays beautifully with preceding trends and is often seen in soft colours like greens with twilight undertones, peachy and chestnut brown terracotta hues, creamy tans, sandy beiges and even Santorini blue.

Because of the pandemic quarantine, people are ready and willing to invite more natural colours into their home. Jewel tones that can be found in nature, including amber, brick, emerald and aquamarine hues, are popular palettes. Leafy greens and rich clay colours are also on-trend, providing grounded connection to the outdoors.

Dovetailing with a ubiquitous feeling of romanticism, ceramic manufacturers are also incorporating pastel colours like sage, mint, rose and sky blue into their collections, which add a soothing and organic effect to interiors.

Crisp and Clean
During this new era of ceramic design, a more delicate approach will run parallel with artisanal textures and organic materials. Smooth compositions, hushed textures and minimalistic patterns will lend a sense of balance. The seeming dissonance in style serves to highlight and praise differences by showcasing unlikely pairings throughout designs and the harmony that can be found.

Crisp and clean trend. Verse by Keraben Grupo.

Shapes Scaled
As last year brought oversized hexagons, 2022 brings various other oversized shapes, such as triangles, diamonds and parallelograms, as well as their counterparts — pocket-sized hexagons and polygons. Configured in eye-catching patterns, these shapes of various scales offer a contemporary twist on a classic design element. They are the perfect complement to standard square and rectangular field tiles.

Polarized Marble
While white marbles still reign supreme, the fierce stone look of the past takes a back seat to the refined spectrum of the marbleized look. This new approach retains the organic variation of a veined stone with an overall aesthetic that is more homogenic with a symphony of texture, finish and effects.

Polarized marble trend. Ravello by Ecoceramic.

Golden Arches
Curvaceous forms of arches and softly rounded rectangles that characterize art deco design find a niche in 2022’s design language. A nod to organic shapes while retaining the straight gridlines of a tile matrix, these curves bring a sense of whimsy and approachability to even the most austere and luxurious aesthetics.

Bas Relief
From rounded edges that simulate ancient stone to low relief that add depth and structure, manufacturers have invested heavily in new technologies this past year to create ceramic and porcelain tiles that break through the third dimension.

Warm Stones
Stone looks are a great way to add natural allure and texture to a space. With the general warming up of colour palettes the past few years, it should only follow that stone looks are also heating up, colour-wise.

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