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HD Expo: Modern Tile Trends for 2012

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified May 22, 2012 01:05 AM
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by Annie May last modified May 21, 2012

I made a quick trip to the HD Expo in Las Vegas last Thursday and even though I only had half a day there I sure did find some pretty amazing new products! I continue to be impressed by the innovative technology of Porcelain tiles. The patterns, textures, and finishes they are coming out with are just incredible. This iGattipardi Collection from Stone Source combines so many of my favorite elements. It looks like hand painted concrete tiles, but because they are made out of porcelain you won't ever have to seal them and you won't have to worry about maintenance.  These bold graphic patterns (above) come in large format 24" x 24" tiles and when installed look more like a graphic art installation than tile! The Vera Rosa tile (above), from FAB Ceramiche looks like a precious vintage wallpaper, but with the durability of a ceramic tile. As you can see, if you still have pink tiles from the 60's, I would hold on to them becuase they're on their way back! Porcelanosa showcased their Sea Silver Tile (above), which is truly unique to the market. It's a porcelain tile with a soft undulating pattern that has been plated in Chrome. It's definitely a showpiece and would look great as an accent in so many applications. Sleek, modern bath lighting is a great accent against modern textured tiles. The  Ona Beige  tile (above) also from Porcelanosa looks and feels exactly like carved stone. Not only is it maintenance free, but a fraction of the price. You have to see this one in person to believe it!    Musicians merging into the design world seems to be the trend. Goccia by Lenny Kravitz for Lea Ceramiche (above) is a beautiful tile collection incorporating texture and movement into the living environment.  This series is only available in black and white, but I'm totally into that!  As I learned from my trip to Milan recently, oxidized metal is about to become very popular in the kitchen and bath world. The Oxy Collection by Mirage (above) takes the look of oxidized metal one step further and incorporates painted steel sheet and  metal oxidation, which allows lived-in corroded matter to define a new aesthetic. The Nolita Collection by Mirage (above) is a gorgeous expression of sophisticated urban style. The look of raw concrete mixed with subtle patterns, like X and O shown here, or bold comic patterns  add a lot of personality to contemporary bathroom design.  Modern chrome accents always have a way of adding elegance to any urban style setting. Image Source: Porcelanosa , FAP Ceramiche , Stone Source ,  Lea Ceramiche ,  Mirage  






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