Utopia    Ideas 28 Mar 2018

Need inspiration? See Julia Kendell’s top five tile trend picks for 2018…


Ahead of this year’s National Tile Week, Julia Kendell is giving us a sneak peek of the top tile trends that will be standing in the spotlight.

“2018 is going to be an exciting year for interiors and not least for ceramic tiles which can be used to create many of the key looks. There are two distinct directions from opulent faded grandeur with a sense of maturity,
to a young and energizing aesthetic incorporating geometrics and angles,” explained Julia.

“Metallics once again take centre-stage with distressed finishes, aged patina and antique brass fitting beautifully into the ‘timeworn’ palette of materials. To complete any lavish interior, think oxidised mirrors, re ned form and antique furniture with mahogany and gilt a must for this look.”

Beautiful brass

From honed honeys to gleaming golds, the warm, welcoming effect given by brass products, surfaces and tiles is applicable to massive variety of different schemes. The metallic’s chameleon-like ability to adapt to different spaces makes it the perfect pick for the bathroom – whether you’re fan of crisp, contemporary and industrial aesthetics or opulent Art Deco schemes, brass will instantly enhance it, adding a depth of texture, colour and warmth.

Julia added: “Offering understated elegance, brass is the perfect warm metallic to create a welcoming and cosy home. Dark colour schemes and moody rooms are lifted by the reflective quality and energy of brass. Plus, it’s the ideal companion to this year’s fabric of choice; luscious velvet. When planning an interior design scheme, choose brass surfaces to accent key areas or de ne the space.”

Edgy industrial

The ever-popular industrial aesthetic reigns supreme again this year, with texture-rich surfaces, that appear akin to the materials seen on busy building sites, cladding the walls and floors of kitchens and bathrooms worldwide. But these raw concrete, brick and metal combinations are being slightly softened for 2018, with softer shapes, subtler lines and a light dusting of luxury additions that will add a warm, feminine edge.

How to achieve it?

“Contrast in depth of colour is key and can be achieved with a monochromatic scheme – think grey tiles mixed with soft, famine accent colours to temper the overall look,” explained Julia.

Texture rich

Moving beyond the want for visual texture, surfaces this year are almost becoming 3D; this extends the effect of the look, targeting not only your visual sense but leaving you wanting to reach out and touch them too. Using these in a bathroom or ensuite will help create a sensual spa-like space, especially if used to clad a floor, as the multi-dimensional, soft-yet-rugged surface will give you a subtle foot massage every time you enter the room. For this look steer towards a neutral palette, and choose tiles that are reminiscent of natural stones, for a scheme which balances spa-sensuality and luxury looks.

The textures to choose…

Julia suggested: “Choose textured wall tiles with waves or ripples, or even honeycomb finishes and look to add light and shade when planning your wall covering. Mix in other natural materials such as leather, timber, slate ad felt. It’s one trend I could never tire of; it simply gets better each year.”