“Globalization of inspiration” is translating into demand for up-to-the-minute tiling styles. In the UK there is a growing trend towards outsize tiles – 800 x 800 or even 900 x 1200. Anybody visiting international tiling shows will see plenty of evidence of this trend, including porcelain slabs of 1m x 3m in size. There is also a trend towards different shapes of tile – 300 x 600, 200 x 700 and 300 x 500 for instance. The wood-effect look is an important one currently. These tiles give all the aesthetic appearance of timber, but with the durability and hygiene of a modern tiled surface. Meanwhile consumers who want a modern look are going for urban or concrete colourways. Textured wall tiles are also becoming popular, especially for tiling around features, such as splashbacks and fireplaces.
Eurostone & tiles