Feature Article /
Apr 15, 2019

18 Standout Tile Looks from the 2019 Coverings Show

Saloni Brilliant Ceramic

Saloni's Brilliant graphic (back wall) is a playful take on a geometric mosaic. See it up close below.

The 2019 Coverings was full of opposing forces—large-format slabs next to tiny mosaics, and bold graphics paired with hyperrealistic wood and concrete effects. 

The 30th anniversary of the free trade show for the tile and stone industry, the largest of its kind in North America, took Orlando by storm. More than 1,100 exhibitors from more than 40 countries filled the South and North halls of the Orange County Convention Center. Coverings is co-owned by Ceramics of Italy, the Tile Council of North America, Tile of Spain, the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association, and the National Tile Contractors Association.

The show floor featured many breathtaking displays of what technology can do for the ceramics industry, from extremely large slabs (the largest we saw was more than 5 feet by 10 feet) to unbelievably realistic renditions of wood and stone looks created with digital printing.

Slabs have been growing larger for a number of years, but this year the expansion of large slab options seemed to coincide with a resurgence in small-format tiles, specifically in bold colors and geometric prints. These smaller formats are a great place to mix and match, and manufacturers are providing patterns and solids, neutrals and colors, and even wood, concrete, and stone looks within the same collections.

Natural looks also went geometric, with several manufacturers featuring creative patterns in different shades of wood, or even wood mixed with concrete or other materials within the same tile. In addition, the consumer desire for nature-inspired looks moved beyond wood and stone this year to include digital floral prints in bold colors. 

Overall, the show brought incredible variety, a good reminder that if you can dream it, you can probably design it in tile. Check out 18 of our favorite looks from the show below.

 

Ceramich Fioranese concrete look tile

1. Ceramica FioraneseDot

Colorker Amazonia tile

2. Colorker GroupAmazonia

Fiandre Maximun Marmi Sahara Noir

3. Fiandre, Maximum Marmi Sahara Noir

Marca Corona Lagom chevron tiles

4. Marca CoronaLagom

Sicis Vetrite glass tile Lagoon

5. SicisVetrite Lagoon

Aparici Gatsby tile

6. ApariciGatsby Collection

Naxos Shiny tile mosaic

7. Fincibec, Naxos Shiny

 

Florida Tile Excursion

8. Florida Tile, Excursion, Sequoia and Badlands (top), Rainier and Sequoia (bottom)

Harmony Dash blue tile

9. HarmonyDash by Raw Color

Saloni Brilliant ceramic tile

10. SaloniBrilliant

Realonda Ivy relief tile in teal and mist

11. Realonda, Ivy relief in teal and mist

Cotto D'Este Wonderwall in Dream pattern

12. Cotto D’Este, Wonderwall in Dream

Fanal Heritage series, walnut with terrazzo

13. Fanal, Heritage Series Walnut with terrazzo

Iris Diesel glass block tile

14. IrisDiesel Glass Block

Vives resort collection Osaka multicolor

15. Vives, Resort Collection Osaka Multicolor

Stonepeak Plane 2.0 Cobra

16. Stonepeak, Plane 2.0 Cobra

Lamosa Zephyros ceramic tile

17. Lamosa, Zephyros

ABK Group Flaviker rebel in white

18. Flaviker, Rebel

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