Coverings unveils top 10 tile trends for 2024

Coverings, North America’s largest and premier international tile and Stone Exhibition and conference, has unveiled the top 10 tile trends for 2024 in celebration of National Tile Day.

The release of the trendsetting tile styles commemorates National Tile Day, Feb. 23, 2024, and the
timeless role ceramic tile plays in architecture, design and installation around the world. The official
industry holiday shines an important spotlight on the sustainability, durability and beauty – among many other benefits – of ceramic tile in residential, commercial, hospitality, industrial, indoor and outdoor design. Coverings 2024’s top tile trends offer a sneak peek of the mesmeric product exhibits being planned for this year’s show, happening April 22-25, 2024, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

This year’s lineup of in-vogue tile trends was identified by Coverings’ three leading sponsors and
international tile associations – Ceramics of Italy/Confindustria Ceramica, Ceramic Tile Manufacturers
Association of Spain (ASCER)/Tile of Spain and Tile Council of North America (TCNA) – to showcase the most in-demand and fashionable tile designs from the global tile market. Alena Capra, owner of Alena Capra Designs, Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer and Coverings spokesperson, collaborated with the tile associations to forecast the 2024 tile trends.

“The Coverings 2024 tile trends deliver a fresh perspective on ceramic tile’s versatility and beauty, providing architects, designers and other tile professionals with a groundbreaking reimagination of tile’s unified functional and aesthetic possibilities,” said Capra. “National Tile Day, however, is not just about getting a first look at the cutting-edge trends shaping design; it is also about uniting industry professionals from around the world for a collective tribute to the timeless artistry and long-enduring benefits that ceramic tile brings to our creative endeavours.”

Capra and a panel of tile industry insiders will showcase and discuss the diverse range of this year’s tile trends at Coverings 2024 during the “Global Tile Trends” presentation, which will take place April 22, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT. The live session will provide attendees with a detailed exploration of the newest tile trends with stunning photography from an expansive range of indoor and outdoor tile applications. The following 10 tile trends of 2024:


With tile being a historically integral part of buildings, it is no surprise that architecture
is a muse for tile manufacturers. Ceramic brands are partnering with industry designer heavyweights to
put their creative stamps on the classic material, while others are inspired by historic buildings and architectural details, from stained glass to Byzantine cut mosaics.

Beyond Realism

When texture, sheen and reflectivity with colour can be digitally manipulated, it is not only possible to recreate anything through ceramics, it is also easy. Modern tile production is at a stage where artistic expression knows no bounds, even when taking on a natural reproduction. The layers of detail that are possible with printing techniques evoke truly visceral experiences. The ability to create fine variances in decorative adornments allows a ceramicist to play with the characteristics of different
substances or introduce other elements of interest in tile.

Contempo Concrete

To complement the raw beauty of contemporary architecture, designers are giving us fresh interpretations of modern cement in porcelain format. Exquisitely coloured and perfectly
sized aggregates give these designs a handcrafted concrete look and feel. Beautifully brutalist and
understatedly elegant, these creative concrete looks embody modernity, sophistication and the bustling
tapestry of urban living.

Organic Grandeur

Innovative glazing technology paired with inspiration from rare natural materials give us surfaces so stunning, that you’ll lose your gaze in them. Enhancing effects of light and reflectivity are reproduced in luminous finishes, giving the beauty and depth of marble with the durability of porcelain in
colour ranges wider than those of natural stone.

Porcelain Panels Panache

The world is witnessing and embracing the availability of production-ready versions of full-body porcelain panels. This achievement signifies a momentous milestone as it fulfils a longstanding request from fabricators and specifiers since the mainstream adoption and installation of large-format tiles. These full-body pieces offer the remarkable qualities of heat, stain and scratch resistance while being sustainable and free from toxic chemicals.

What’s more, manufacturers are turning up the volume on this trend with the look, style and allure of natural stone, spanning many collections mimicking the world’s rarest marble and showcasing evocative amalgamations with bright colours and luminous veins. Distinguishing them from vying materials is their capacity to be worked with, using traditional fabrication techniques, making them a cost-effective and versatile choice for exceptional architecture and design applications.

Seeking Balance

When balance and complementary interactions are fleeting, tile makers look to the birthplace of yin-yang and wabi-sabi for inspiration. While we see ample textile designs translated into ceramic renditions, there is one standout repeated by many this year, “stick mosaics.” Manufacturers are
offering their take on this classic Japanese porcelain style, enhancing new lines with gracefully flowing
pottery glazes. The appeal of fragmented pieces lies in the delicate interplay between precise straight
lines and the gracefully undulating imperfect charm of the coatings.

Set in Stone

These looks draw inspiration from the magnificent beauty of the Earth’s ancient geological past. Masterpieces of nature, like limestone, bluestone and slate, are represented with such precision and include characteristics like veining, coal lines and visible fossils. The visual richness of their textures, nuances and details are maintained and paired with the practicality of ceramic.

Tactile Renaissance

Tile manufacturers are wholeheartedly embracing the infusion of rich textures throughout new ceramic collections. As architects and designers explore a growing interest in outfitting built environments in raw and rugged materials, the incorporation of tangible surfaces enables one to adequately interact with and navigate a space. Tiles impressed with deep grooves, subtle fluting, billowing curves and scored strokes are meant to be experienced both visually and physically.

The Third Dimension

Ceramic tile companies are looking to the third dimension as the next frontier of design. New collections feature a plethora of 3D tiles from fluted and protruding surfaces to reliefs with explosive patterns. As manufacturers work toward producing tiles that look and feel like natural stone, marble prints are now paired with low-relief veining for an incredibly realistic appearance.

Trompe L’oeil

From misty forests to overlapping sheets of corrugated metal, tile manufacturers are
producing a range of mind-blowing optical illusion effects on porcelain. Given the technical benefits of
porcelain, designers can use these digitally printed tiles to their advantage, creating a shower that
appears to be enclosed by billowy drapes or the floors of a spa covered in grooved wood-look planks.

The top 10 ceramic tile trends, and many others, will be on display throughout Coverings 2024, offering attendees the opportunity to experience North America’s largest international tile and stone exposition and conference. For more information and to register for Coverings 2024 at no cost, visit

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