Walking around Italy, John Ryan says you can’t help but notice the massive amounts of natural stone. Using this as inspiration, the tile industry is recreating startlingly realistic stone look tiles. And it’s not just natural stone that the tile industry is using for inspiration; wood-look tiles are continuing to evolve and develop in popularity, as are concrete-look tiles.
In New Zealand, the tile market continues on a similar trajectory with industrial concrete, natural stone and wood-look tiles all popular product for MC Tiles, John says. “What was evident at Cersaie too was the continuing shift towards really large format ceramics. We’re definitely seeing that here too, with people using larger format tiles, particularly as features in their homes.”
Larger format and plank tiles aren’t just reserved for larger spaces though. In fact, it’s sometimes smaller spaces where these can be utilised in the most stunning ways. “Using larger format tiles in areas with limited room such as en suite bathrooms can actually make the space seem much larger than it is,” John says. “Because there are less grout lines and details, you can create these really crisp, clean spaces that are visually beautiful and really increase the feeling of space in what would otherwise be a noticeably small area.”