Tile of Spain, an association of over 125 Spanish tile manufacturers, is forecasting macro trends for 2018 that include monochromatic colors, planks for wood and beyond, well-loved vintage looks, non-rectified edges, encaustic mashups, gauged porcelain (large-format thin tile), and thick pavers in porcelain. When looking at the coming year’s innovations as a whole, the association sees a reverence for clean, honest materials.
Collections are being designed with broad expanses of installations in mind. Tile is not just an accent, it’s literally everywhere—indoors and out. The intentional hyper-distressed look of neglect is beginning to give way to a more refined and stately vintage look with a well-loved and maintained feel. According to Tile of Spain, this year’s ceramics are all about the balance we struggle so hard to find in our daily 21st-century lives.