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Top Tile Trends to Come in 2020

Home renovation enthusiasts have a great deal to be excited about regarding global tile trends for 2020. International tile expos in Italy, Spain, and New Orleans have already showcased (or soon will be) what’s all the rage for the upcoming decade. But if you can’t make it to an expo, here’s what the tile forecast looks like ahead.


Technicolor dots and specks are a modern interpretation of terrazzo. Dappled and speckled tile is both attention-grabbing and inspiring. This style of tile also comes in a variety of scales and patterns, such as geometric speckles and giraffe-style patterns.


While nature never goes out of style, it hasn’t been a focus in tile until now. Upcoming tile collections feature exotic flora and fauna prints. Indeed, beautiful tile greenery, such as vines and palms, bring nature indoors without the required maintenance.


Groovy baby! Spirited 60s and 70s inspired psychedelic ceramic tiles are making a statement in this new decade. Enjoy a trippy flashback to a happier time and get ready to play with geometric-patterned tile.


Low-relief tile refers to sculpture where the figures protrude slightly from the background. Also known as bas-relief (French origination), this type of tile resembles modern ridges or anaglypta wallpaper (paintable textured paper/vinyl wallcoverings).

Low-relief tile provides dynamic visual interest in a modern monochromatic design.


Moving away from minimalism, designers are opting to blend materials for a modern update. Digital printing technology continues to evolve and develop amazing new tile motifs.

This fresh new take on displaying wood-looking and concrete-looking tile gives architects the freedom to experiment. Indeed, mixing natural wood looking tile and concrete or marble and terrazzo offers exciting new industrial design possibilities.


A welcome alternative to depleting precious materials from the earth, new tile technology offers simulated materials. Manufacturers are able to create stunning tile that emulates rare semi-precious stones, such as agate, onyx, and iridescent finishes. The results can be dramatic.

This type of tile is often used in accent walls and master shower surrounds.


You may have already noticed sage green paired with warm terracotta orange turning up in other areas of design, such as fashion. Top palettes at the Italian shows combine these two calming warm and cool colours. Sage and terracotta were primarily showcased in retro-looking geometrics and low-relief dimensions.

Additional trending colours include classic blue and blush pink.
Tile is extremely versatile, durable, and easy to maintain. Furthermore, there is no shortage of exhilarating design inspiration to get your creative ideas flowing.

Links to tile expos:
Italy: Cersaie
Spain: Cevisama
New Orleans: Coverings

Choose your favourite tile trend for 2020 and add new energy and glamour to your bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room. Fashionably new exterior tile can also be incorporated into outdoor living spaces. The experts at City Tile are here to help you find the perfect style to suit your upcoming remodel.