National Tile Day Sparks Inspiration

Tile flooring complements wood ceiling beams to create a sense of linearity and perspective while offering a highly durable solution for highly trafficked areas of any project. Photography courtesy of Ceramics of Italy/Ceramiche Piemme. 

is going above and beyond to bring attention to tile,a widely versatile, durable, and long-lasting material. To gear up for the largest stone and tile show in North America, Coverings is bringing back on February 23. Simply tag your tile photos with #NationalTileDay, #WhyTile, and #Coverings2018 to participate.


“National Tile Day is rooted in a desire to celebrate the many great benefits tile has to offer as a material,” explains Alena Capra, industry ambassador for Coverings. “We’re encouraging the architecture and design community to get inspired by tile.”

A cool-toned hexagonal pattern brings visual fun to a restaurant, and when installed correctly can last a lifetime without needing replacing. Photography courtesy of Tile of Spain/Onix. 

There’s a lot to be inspired by, too. Designers have been pushing the capabilities of tile in recent years, thanks to the expansion of digital printing and better processing techniques. According to Capra, some major trends to look out for include:

- 3-D tile work, which adds flair and dimension to otherwise ordinary walls

- Textile, stone, and wood-inspired products, which combine the visual appeal of these materials with tile’s ease of maintenance and environmentally friendly characteristics

- Black and white tile, a classic combination updated to include digitally printed images and one-of-a-kind designs

The mix of beige, textured, and patterned tiles make this residential bathroom feel light and airy, as well as luxurious. Photography courtesy of TCNA/Florida Tile. 

National Tile Day serves as a precursor for , held this year in Atlanta from May 8-11. The show covers all the major products, trends, and innovations in the tile and stone industry within the past year, and will host more than 1,100 exhibits, 45+ sessions (some with CEUs), and a multitude of professional networking opportunities.

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