Design focus: 7 eye-catching tile trends spotted at Cevisama 2024

InsightFeatures Wed 27th Mar 2024 by Emma Hedges

Design focus: 7 eye-catching tile trends spotted at Cevisama 2024

Design focus: 7 eye-catching tile trends spotted at Cevisama 2024

Feature by Emma Hedges | Wed 27th Mar 2024

Editor of KBBFocus Emma has been writing about design and interiors for over 25 years. A former editor of Essential Kitchen & Bathroom Business magazine, her work has been published in a wide variety of leading trade and consumer titles. More

Cevisama 2024 took place at Feria Valencia from 24th - 28th February and showcased the very best of the Spanish tile industry in terms of design, innovation, quality and inspiration. Emma Hedges went along with Tile of Spain to have a look at the latest trends.

Cevisama, the international trade fair for the Spanish ceramic tile sector, was back at Feria Valencia and this year it was celebrating its 40th anniversary. Figures published on the last day of the fair indicated that the number of trade visitors had already exceeded 70,000, so organisers predict that once the final count is complete, they will be roughly the same number of total visitors as last year's 74,000. Early figures also indicated that there was a 4-point increase in the number of international buyers at this year's show, with most foreign visitors flying in from France, US, UK, Italy and Germany.


1. Raw & Industrial
Ageing and rusting sheet metal lookalikes were back at the show with renewed enthusiasm. Offering the convincingly authentic appearance of natural patina and the effect of growing more beautiful as time passes, these tiles combine elegance with character – an advantage for designers seeking to create a welcoming space. 

Aparici's Steel porcelain tile collection mimics the look of metal sheets degraded by the passage of time, evoking the look of rolled steel. It's available in 100 x 100cm, 50 x 100cm and 60 x 60cm formats

The avant-garde Vulcano collection from Aparici, with its aged sheet metal look and captivating Ice, Rosso and Blend shades, is available in 3 different formats – 50 x 100cm, 100 x 100cm and 60 x 60cm

2. Earthy & Natural
Large formats were all the rage, offering a seamlessness and grout-free appearance that works well for both showering spaces and work surfaces. However, change was afoot and classic black-on-white 'calacatta marble' look tiles were less in evidence among the new products than in previous years. Instead, grittier stone lookalikes, from travertine through to slate and lava rock, were making an entrance, and bringing with them a natural and intriguingly rugged feel.

Peronda's Alchemy Iron is inspired by Grigio Soveraia – a striking grey marble with fine white veins that streak its surface. It comes in 60 x 120cm, 60 x 60cm, 90 x 90cm, and 120 x 120cm formats

Aparici's Lava collection is presented as a conglomerate of stone with harmonious tones – the tiles come in 3 formats: 100 x 100cm, 50 x 100cm and 60 x 60cm

Left: Brown Wash Mosaic Black & Cream Collection by Arcana. Right: Zero Bold Chipper by Vives

3. Touch Wood
The sheer quality of the way in which tiles can imitate natural materials continues to improve, with details becoming more refined and textures more convincing thanks to evolving printing and firing techniques. The latest wood effect products are a case in point – a development that can offer kitchen and bathroom retailers and designers more freedom with their creations. With none of the maintenance headaches of real wood, and extremely strong and hardwearing, it's easy to see how tiles are coming into their own in hardworking, high traffic areas such as kitchens, and places exposed to moisture such as bathrooms.

Undefasa's Alvaral collection aims to capture the essence of Scandinavian wood. It comes in White, Grey and Roble, pictured, in varying decors and formats

Peronda's Verbier floor tile collection features an oak wood pattern and, with its silky feel and non-slip properties, is perfect for a variety of settings, including wet areas. It can be matched with co-ordinating wall tiles if desired

4. The Magic Flute
The fluted trend was everywhere, having made its way onto every stand and virtually every kind of tile, from marble to terrazzo. Of particular interest to bathroom designers is the variety of new fluted wood effect tiles on offer, presenting the ideal way to incorporate the fluted wood look into spaces where humidity can be a problem for the real thing.

Inspired by the natural look and texture of wood, the Poème collection by Keraben features the beauty and warmth of the original material, with all the advantages of porcelain stoneware – it comes in 4 colours, including Roble, shown here

Peronda has created its Verbier Wall tiles to match the Verbier floor tile collection. Available in a 33x100 format, the tiles emulate thin oak wood slats whose zigzagging surface casts small shadows that lend each one rhythm and depth

5. Straight up
The love of the vertical look is an extension of the fluted trend, as well as the current trend for placing subway wall tiles in a vertical stacked laying pattern. Volumetric tiles that take this theme to the next level were making an appearance, with all sorts of intriguing variations and imaginative interpretations that play with light and shadow.

ONA BY DSIGNIO is the latest designer collaboration from Harmony, and is inspired by the way in which waves merge with one another, recreating the harmonious restful appearance of moving water. Each tile measures 12 x 45cm and comes in a choice of White, Mint and Green

The lineal Dynamic collection from Natucer is intended to create rhythm and movement on the wall via the interplay with light

The Vitral wall tile from Equipe comes in 8 soft tones with a matt finish, and 4 intense ones with reactive glazes – they all feature a distinctive 'axis' decor to add interest

6. Terracotta Army
The soft, warm tones of terracotta were enjoying a major resurgence at the show. Blending the trend for earthy and natural hues with a love of all things artisanal, this colour evokes a feelgood sense of nostalgia, and brings sunshine into any interior. 

The Terracotta collection from Keraben features the Concept Barro wall tile, shown right, which harks back to traditional earthenware

Left: The latest collection by Estudi{H}ac for Harmony is inspired by pleats and the accordion-like movement of pleated fabric – it comes in White, Green and Clay, shown here. Right: The Deco Pottery collection of decorative porcelain tiles from Gayafores is inspired by artisanal pottery reinterpreted as a construction element

7. Shades of Green
Another colour that was making an impact at the show was green, in all its different guises and interpretations. As ever, manufacturers were showcasing all sorts of inspiring ways to use it in an interior, varying from a subtle wash approach through to vibrant emerald for something fresh and invigorating.

Background: The 26 x 180cm wood effect Lignum floor tiles from Vives have been given a green tint. Foreground: Realonda's Fluted Travertino Jungle also features a delicate green wash

Apavisa's Reggia collection is inspired by the concept of embracing ageing and imperfections, and offers up an industrial feel. The Green version creates an elegant backdrop to a showering area

Save the date: Next year's Cevisama takes place at Feria Valencia from 24th - 28th February 2025.

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