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Coverings Connected – Day 3 Schedule

Visit our webinar page to access recordings of sessions that took place earlier in the week.

Today we are featuring the following opportunities:

Live Webinars

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT

Application and Specification of Tile for Outdoor Use

Martin Brookes, President, Heritage Marble & Tile and Woody Sanders, President, DW Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting


12:30 – 1:30 p.m. EDT

Acting on the NTCA Culture Survey – Leadership in the Face of COVID-19

Wally Adamchik, President, Firestarter Speaking and Consulting


2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Don’t Let Water Be the Boss: Wet Area Tile Installation

Mark Heinlein, Technical Director, National Tile Contractors Association


On-Demand Content

Coverings Connected on-demand content provides resources specific to the tile & stone industry as well as general business and marketing information.

You can choose sessions most pertinent to your current challenges including: Global Tile Trends, Large Format Tile and Stone Installations, Tips and Apps for Productivity, How to Use the TCNA Handbook, Installation Trends Tour, Influencing the Influencers and so much more. Don’t miss out on all of the complimentary content to help you build your business.

Engage Interviews

Join Irene Williams as she chats with leaders from across the tile industry.

Digital Demo Stage

One of the most popular features at Coverings, we’ve converted the Live Installation Demonstration Stage into a Digital Demonstration Stage with how-to videos and product demonstrations.

Coverings Connected – Day 3 Schedule

Today we are featuring the following opportunities:

Live Webinars
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT
Economics 20/20
Elliot Eisenberg, PhD, Chief Economist, GraphsandLaughs, LLC

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. EDT
Trend Hacks: How to Spot Trends that Will Impact Your Business
James Dion, President and Owner, Dionco, Inc.

On-Demand Content

Coverings Connected on-demand content provides resources specific to the tile & stone industry as well as general business and marketing information.

You can choose sessions most pertinent to your current challenges including: Global Tile Trends, Large Format Tile and Stone Installations, Tips and Apps for Productivity, How to Use the TCNA Handbook, Installation Trends Tour, Influencing the Influencers and so much more. Don’t miss out on all of the complimentary content to help you build your business.

Engage Interviews

Join Irene Williams as she chats with leaders from across the tile industry.

Digital Demo Stage

One of the most popular features at Coverings, we’ve converted the Live Installation Demonstration Stage into a Digital Demonstration Stage with how-to videos and product demonstrations.

Coverings Connected – Day 2 Schedule

Today we are featuring the following opportunities: 
Live Webinars
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT
Knowing Your Rights: Preparing for a Safety Inspection 
Mark Meriaux, Accreditation and Technical Manager, Natural Stone Institute and Jonathan Mitnick, Partner, CCS Stone, Inc. 

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. EDT
Growing Countertop Sales During COVID-19
 GK Naquin, NSI, President, Stone Interiors and Geoffrey Gran, Owner, The Countertop Factory Midwest and Frank Sciarrino, Chief Operating Officer/Managing Partner, Quote Countertops 

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. EDT
Leadership: The Right and Wrong of It (Young Professionals Only) 
Dr. Ashley Prisant, SHRM-CP, President, Square Peg Solutions 

On-Demand Content
Choose from the Top Tile Trends to How To Be Productive to Influencing the Influencers and everything in between

Engage Interviews
Join Irene Williams as she chats with leaders from across the tile industry. 

Digital Demo Stage
One of the most popular features at Coverings, we’ve converted the Live Installation Demonstration Stage into a Digital Demonstration Stage with how-to videos and product demonstrations.

Confindustria Ceramica honors Centura with 2020 North American Distributor Award

(Sassuolo, Italy—April 2020) This year, Ceramics of Italy is pleased to announce Centura Tile as the 2020 recipient of this coveted award. In light of the cancellation of the 2020 Coverings show in New Orleans due to COVID-19, the award was announced today at the virtual press conference on April 20 during Coverings Connected, the digital edition of the show, which will run April 20-23.  

Each year, Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) honors an exemplary North American tile distributor with the prestigious North American Distributor Award. The winner represents a company that not only has a rich history and sells a diverse array of Italian ceramic products but also demonstrates a deep passion and knowledge of their trade and a desire to build awareness around the lasting and superior quality of Italian-made design. Through this dedication, these distributors make the influential presence of Italian ceramic tile in North America what it is today.

Centura at night

A jury including members of the Confindustria Ceramica Board of Directors and representatives from Italian tile manufacturers carefully deliberated and selected Centura as this year’s winner based on the following criteria: consistency, exemplary service as an Italian tile importer and distributor, a high caliber corporate image, inclination towards Ceramics of Italy products in recognition of their innovative design and technical qualities, and fair trade practices in relation to Italian manufacturers. Centura represents a brand that lives and breathes a dedication to sharing ceramics with North America, coast to coast. Not only do they have many long standing relationships with Italian tile manufacturers that date back up to 30 years, they also plan annual trips with architects and designers to the factories/showrooms of Sassuolo, Italy; host frequent seminars promoting Italian tile; and produce their own publications, Centura Magazine and Centura Outdoor Tile Guide, which feature many Ceramics of Italy brands front and center. While the award will be announced virtually at Coverings Connected, it will be presented in person to Ross Keltie, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, at  Cersaie – the world’s largest international exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings – taking place in Bologna, Italy from September 28-October 2, 2020.

Centura was founded in 1933 in Toronto as Central Supply Company, and changed its name to Centura in the 1980s.

Centura was founded in 1933 in Toronto, Ontario by Don Cowie as Central Supply Company, and then changed to its current name in the 1980s. Since its founding over 80 years ago, Centura now has 13 locations and employs over 550 people across Canada, including Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and Halifax. The company is now co-owned by the Cowie family (Toronto), DelNet family (London) and the Maddalena family (Halifax). They have been carrying Italian products since the 1960s and today, ceramic tile makes up over 65% of the company’s sales.

Building Code Update Gives Designers Flexibility to Use Larger Exterior Adhered Porcelain Tile

TCNA logo

(Anderson, SC) – An update to the International Building Code (IBC) will allow designers to use adhered porcelain tiles as large as 48×48 inches or 36×72 inches on building facades.  The proposed change, driven by the International Masonry Institute (IMI) and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA), was certified by the International Code Council Board of Directors this month and will go into effect in the 2021 IBC.   

Prior to the update, the IBC limited adhered porcelain tile to a maximum of 24 inches on one side and a maximum of 3 square feet per tile. In common tile sizes, that means the largest permissible tiles were 20 inches x 20 inches and 12 inches x 24 inches. Advances in porcelain tile manufacturing have resulted in extremely large and extremely thin tiles, as thin as 1/8 inch, now being widely available. Moreover, tile setting mortar is now more resistant to tensile and shear forces, thanks to advances in polymer- modified Portland cement mortar technology.

The combination of these factors – thinner, lighter tiles and stronger mortars – already allow larger tiles to be successfully adhered to exterior facades. The 2021 IBC will make it possible for designers and builders to specify such without requiring the code variance process. 
 

With this update, designers, building owners, and construction professionals will have more flexibility to select tile as an alternative to precast concrete, metal panels, and other materials for building exteriors, expanding the tile market and work opportunities for qualified tile contractors and installers. 

About Tile Council of North America (TCNA)   TCNA is a trade association representing manufacturers of ceramic tile, tile installation materials, tile equipment, raw materials and other tile-related products. Established in 1945 as the Tile Council of America (TCA), it became the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) in 2003, reflecting its membership expansion to all of North America. 
 

The Tile Council is recognized for its leadership role in facilitating the development of North American and international industry quality standards to benefit tile consumers. Additionally, TCNA regularly conducts independent research and product testing, works with regulatory, trade, and other government agencies, and publishes installation guidelines, tile standards, economic reports, and promotional literature.

About International Masonry Institute (IMI) IMI, the labor-management partnership of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) and its signatory contractors, is committed to growing the market share of work for union contracting companies and their employees.

TCNA and Members Collaborate on Material Ingredient Transparency in Game-Changing Initiative

TCNA logo

(Anderson, SC)– Tile Council of North America (TCNA), the trade association representing producers of ceramic tile, tile installation materials, and related products in North America, announced a transformative collaboration to provide industry-wide material ingredient transparency. This collaboration, covering the ingredients from which ceramic tile and cementitious grouts and mortars are made, will produce a Material Ingredient Guide that includes Certified GreenScreen® Assessments of at least 30 of the raw materials most commonly used by the North American tile industry.  

Existing programs for material ingredient disclosure, such as the Health Product Declaration and the Declare Label, already provide vehicles for individual manufacturers to report what goes into their products. Building on these efforts, the North American ceramic tile industry’s Material Ingredient Guide will serve as a unified source to better understand the raw materials regularly used by the ceramic tile industry. “We want transparency to be synonymous with ceramic tile,” stated Bill Griese, TCNA’s Director of Standards Development and Sustainability Initiatives.  

“This initiative meshes very well with the industry’s WhyTile.com educational campaign,” stated Dan Marvin, Sr. Vice President of Operations for Ironrock and Chairman of TCNA’s Green Initiative Committee. “The Material Ingredient Guide highlights what we have been advocating for many years–that the naturally-occurring ingredients broadly used by the ceramic tile industry are ones you have heard of, ones you can pronounce, ones you can feel comfortable using in construction and living with day after day.”  

The Material Ingredient Guide, anticipated for completion by Fall 2020, is being authored by Tennessee-based WAP Sustainability Consulting, a leading consortium of sustainability experts who have extensive familiarity with the ceramic tile industry. The guide will build on the industry’s early adoption of transparency programs by seeking to unify and add perspective to the nearly 1,000 existing product transparency documents already created by ceramic tile, mortar, and grout manufacturers. Participating manufacturers will be clearly identified within the Guide and will have the ability to update their products’ proprietary documentation with validated and industry-supported data, making such products eligible for contribution at the highest level to green building programs such as LEED v4.1.  

The outcome of the Material Ingredient Guide will be two-fold. First, the library of GreenScreen® Assessments for the 30+ raw materials most commonly used by the industry will be accessible by participating manufacturers. From this library, manufacturers will be able to compile third party-verified material ingredient disclosures for their products-virtually on demand-when requested by the design community. Second, the Guide will provide manufacturers, specifiers, and designers with the information necessary to fully understand the industry’s material ingredient reporting and capitalize on opportunities for optimization credits in the LEED v4.1 rating system.  

“With this project, it is expected that the North American ceramic tile industry will become responsible for the largest number of third party-verified product ingredient reports in the market,” added Griese.  

Wes Sullens, Director of LEED for the U.S. Green Building Council commented, “The result of this collaboration within the tile industry will push the market forward and spark even greater innovation and consideration for healthier indoor environments. This work provides the marketplace with key information needed by those pursuing LEED green building certification as they select products.”  

“We applaud the TCNA for demonstrating industry leadership in chemical and material health with their sector-wide approach to GreenScreen® Assessments. This is a model for how other industry sectors can effectively pool resources to compile GreenScreen® Benchmark scores of chemicals in their products and optimize products for material health,” remarked Mark Rossi, Executive Director of the non-profit organization, Clean Production Action, and co-founder of GreenScreen®.

About Tile Council of North America (TCNA) TCNA is a trade association representing manufacturers of ceramic tile, tile installation materials, tile equipment, raw materials and other tile-related products. Established in 1945 as the Tile Council of America (TCA), it became the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) in 2003, reflecting its membership expansion to all of North America.   The Tile Council is recognized for its leadership role in facilitating the development of North American and international industry quality standards to benefit tile consumers. Additionally, TCNA regularly conducts independent research and product testing, works with regulatory, trade, and other government agencies, and publishes installation guidelines, tile standards, economic reports, and promotional literature.  

About WAP Sustainability Consulting WAP Sustainability provides clients with the information and tools they need to create credible, measurable and attainable sustainability programs. Services are driven by sound scientific data and an in-depth understanding of each client’s core business. Based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, WAP Sustainability has been helping a global roster of publicly traded, consumer product and building product companies as a sustainability resource for nearly 15 years. Learn more at www.wapsustainability.com.  

About GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals and GreenScreen Certified™ GreenScreen® is a globally recognized tool designed to assess and benchmark chemicals based on hazard.  Companies and governments use GreenScreen® benchmark scores to identify chemicals of concern to human health and the environment, select safer alternatives, and to track and communicate their progress. GreenScreen® criteria and guidance are fully transparent and available for anyone to use.

Coverings Announces “Coverings Connected,” A Digital Experience

April 3, 2020 – ARLINGTON, Va. Coverings (coverings.com), the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, today announced a brand-new digital experience called Coverings Connected. The multi-session online event will take place April 20-23, 2020, via coverings.com, to provide attendees with digital access to learning opportunities via live webinars, tile and stone trends presentations, on-demand content, and an online showcase of Coverings tile and stone exhibitors from around the world.

Coverings Connected will further Coverings’ mission to grow the vibrant tile and stone industry and provide selected educational opportunities given the recently canceled Coverings 2020. 

“Our goal is to support Coverings 2020 exhibiting companies by providing them with an opportunity to feature their products and announcements in a digital environment,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, LLC, the event management firm for Coverings. “Similarly, attendees of Coverings Connected will be presented a variety of online offerings, such as live webinars, on-demand content, live chats, and the opportunity to set up appointments with exhibitors.”

Coverings show organizers have learning opportunities for all segments of Coverings attendees. They will cover a range of topics and be presented by notable thought-leaders and leading industry organizations. CEUs will be available for architects and interior designers for selected sessions.

Highlights of the webinar series include, “Innovation: The Key to Success Through Color and Design Trends,” by Leatrice Eiseman, CSA, executive director for the Pantone Color Institute and the Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training; “Acting on the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) Culture Survey – Leadership in the Face of COVID-19,” by Wally Adamchik, president, FireStarter Speaking and Consulting; and “Economics 20/20,” by Elliot Eisenberg, PhD, and economist. 

Attendees of Coverings Connected are also able to engage with 900+ exhibitors through online Exhibitor Galleries and the New Product Showcase. Exhibitor information will be made available during and after the Coverings Connected event dates for attendees to search products, view exhibitor press releases, set appointments, watch exhibitor videos, and learn the latest trends in the industry.

For more information about Coverings Connected and to view the schedule, visit coverings.com.

Homing in on Coverings 2020

In this March issue, we start homing in on Coverings. What a dynamic event this is going to be! Back in New Orleans for the first time in nearly 20 years, Coverings promises to bring all its standard business-boosting features, set among outstanding food, culture, and music in a city that continues to rebuild itself after the major destruction of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. A testament to the city’s ebullient spirit, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival begins April 23 – just as Coverings is coming to a close – so plan to stay for the weekend to enjoy what the city has to offer. For a preview of what Coverings has on tap, read the story in this issue – some favorite features will return with some new events, activities and elements planned. 

Seafood gumbo by Carol Bracey

You read in our February issue about how the NTCA/CTEF partnership is kicking certification into high gear. This month in our Training & Education section, hear from some Industry Evaluators who have gone through the Boot Camp training about their commitment and their outlook for this industry program.

In this month’s One-to-One, Bart Bettiga speaks with two stellar artisans of our industry – Lee Callewaert of Dragonfly Tile & Stone Works and Joshua Nordstrom of Tierra Tile. Gain some insight into their particular approaches to craftsmanship, artistry and the tile industry. 

In our Tile & Stone section, we talk with Becky Serbin about an essential new workshop that NTCA is offering in 2020: The Ins and Outs of Layout. This workshop evolved from observations during the Certified Tile Installer tests – that not all contractors had a working knowledge of accurate layout principles, which created time management issues during the exam. Clearly, this situation would ALSO slow down a day-to-day job, so NTCA decided to address it with the new workshop focus on layout.

Floor warming systems have come a long way since hydronic heating was the only option for creating a cozy floor. And fortunately ceramic and porcelain tiles are excellent finishing materials to use in conjunction with these systems. In our Technical section, read what floor warming manufacturers say contribute to successful electric floor warming system installation. 

Enjoy this issue, the coming of spring – officially arriving on March 19 – and your plans to attend the pre-eminent tile and stone event in North America, complete with Cajun and Creole flair in The Big Easy.

God bless, 

Lesley 
[email protected]

Coverings comes to The Big Easy, April 20-23

Making a return to the Ernest N. Morial Center for the first time in nearly 20 years, Coverings attracts visitors from every facet of the tile and stone industry. Incomparable educational events, networking opportunities, and a chance to see nine miles of the best in new tile and stone product are paired with fabulous food (both in NOLA itself and at many booths of international exhibitors at the show), culture and the 51st New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival running April 23 through May 3. You have every reason to travel to NOLA for bettering your business and packing in a little fun at the same time.

Every year Coverings gets bigger and better and offers more inspiration, education and opportunity for those in the tile and stone industry. The educational program is completely free, and offers a massive number of sessions (find a schedule of speakers and sessions here: https://bit.ly/2sP1043). There are also products, installation demonstrations, and events to attend. 

Here’s a brief rundown of the event that will take place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center – visit www.coverings.com or stay tuned for the Coverings issue of TileLetter coming to your mailbox in March for more information.

Live Installation Demonstration Stage – These live “how-to” classes offer attendees an up-close look at how top contracting pros handle a variety of challenging tile installations, using a wide variety of new products and techniques to make tile and stone installation more successful. Sponsored by TCNA and NTCA.

Installation & Design Experience (IDE) – Among the aspects of this show feature is a showcase of best practices across a range of tile installations, demonstration of why tile is a great product choice compared to other materials, and information on how to become and find Certified Tile Installers. CTEF will showcase the features and benefits of the Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program and its importance to qualified labor as found in the TCNA Handbook and also contained in the Avitru (formerly ARCOM) MasterSpec for construction specifications. The IDE Lounge will be home to lunch, happy hour, giveaways and a game show in the late afternoon as well as other activities, such as the Brand + Business Building Zone.  

Brand + Business Building Zone – A new complimentary attendee feature for Coverings 2020. Come have a professional headshot taken, create a video pitch for your social media channels and website, and get tips and tricks to amplify your presence and profile across the web and social media for promotion. This is located in the Installation & Design Experience. 

IDE Booth Tours – Make the most of your time with an IDE Booth Tour! Embark on a super-efficient, super-informative guided tour of NTCA sponsor booths – see over 10 booths in one hour. Sign up in the IDE Lounge. 

Tiler EventBot – Another new feature, Tiler, Coverings’ very own EventBot, will be available via attendees’ smartphones to answer any questions about Coverings. 

Educational sessions – Coverings will home in on three key tracks relevant to today’s industry professional: Installation & Fabrication, Workforce & Profits, and Materials & Trends. Coverings’ robust educational offerings span all industry segments, many offering CEUs. And, Coverings provides all learning benefits at no cost. For a full schedule of sessions, visit
https://bit.ly/2sP1043. 

SFA Cage – The Stone Fabricators Alliance will once again be presenting “The Cage,” a dynamic, wet fabrication area contained within the exhibition floor. Sponsors of the SFA will showcase new products that you can try yourself, and members of the SFA will have ongoing “Mini-workshops” where fabricators can get hands-on demonstrations on various fabrication techniques like top polishing, mitering, etc.

Cafe du Monde by Paul Broussard

Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards – celebrate outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile and stone in both residential and commercial projects. Awards will be presented at the annual reception, Monday, April 20, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. All are welcome!

Coverings Rock Stars, An  Emerging Leaders Program – This program recognizes and engages the best and brightest young talent in the tile and stone industry.

New Product Showcase: Don’t miss the New Product Showcase available on the Coverings website and mobile app. Discover the new products and trends exhibitors are bringing to Coverings 2020. Mark your favorites and visit those booths on the show floor.

Show Floor Happy Hours – Relax and network on the show floor from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday through Wednesday. 

Art Tile Courtyard – Visit the TCNA Art Tile Courtyard located in the heart of the Art Tile Village at Coverings 2020 and enjoy beautifully tiled doghouses provided by TCNA members. These decorated doghouses are wonderful displays of creativity using tile. After Coverings, the doghouses will be donated to a local New Orleans pet charity that will be onsite during the show with canine companions.

Quickfire sessions – Experience short, 20-minute single focused presentations on the latest in tile and stone trends and installation. 

Engage Interviews – Learn from one-on-one interviews with trend-setting industry leaders in design and installation
innovation.  

NTCA Awards Night – Join NTCA for its annual Awards Night on Wednesday, April 22 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Immediately after the awards event, NTCA will host a sponsored party till 10 p.m., featuring musical entertainment from NTCA members! 

Coverings Commemorates National Tile Day, Announces 2020 Tile Trends

Coverings 2020’s National Tile Day Begins with Release of Top 10 Tile Trends from Ceramics of Italy, Tile Council of North America and Tile of Spain, Celebrated by Engaging Social Media Activations. 

ARLINGTON, Va. – Feb.12, 2020 – Coverings (coverings.com), the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, today announced the fourth annual  National Tile Day celebration scheduled for Feb. 23, 2020. Brand-new, inspiring imagery of creative tile designs, installations and applications will be shared across Coverings’ social media channels in observance of the holiday. Social media fans and followers are invited to take part in the National Tile Day discussion, using the hashtags #NationalTileDay, #Coverings2020 and #WhyTile. 

ELLE Collection WOW Design – Tile of Spain
WEWOOD, KERABEN GRUPO – Tile of Spain

Members and enthusiasts of the tile and design industries can celebrate National Tile Day 2020 by tuning into Coverings’ KBtribechat Twitter chat Feb. 19, 2020, at 2 p.m. EST and watching Architectural Record’s Facebook Live Tile Trends session with Coverings’ ambassador Alena Capra Feb. 23, 2020, at 11 a.m. Other ways to engage include viewing Interior Design’s Facebook Live Tile Trends interview with Capra Feb. 23, 2020, at 1 p.m. and interacting with the tile community on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, using the three National Tile Day hashtags.

Grey Beauty, Fiandre – Tile Council of North America
Cortina Rectified, Interceramic USA – Tile Council of North America

“National Tile Day is an incredible way to spotlight a timeless element of architecture and design that connects members of the tile community and its supporting industries,” said Alena Capra, Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer and Coverings Industry Ambassador. “This National Tile Day, we are excited to share with everyone the progress and importance of one of the most practical and beautiful building materials through some highly engaging and unique social media activations and programs.” 

Porcelain Countertops, Crossville – Tile Council of North America
Oro di, Ce. Vi Ceramica Vietrese – Ceramics of Italy

Capra and Coverings’ sponsors Ceramics of Italy, Tile Council of North America and Tile of Spain collaborated to gather and report this year’s top 10 Tile Trends for 2020, in an effort to celebrate tile’s aesthetic elements, durability and versatility for National Tile Day. The following tile trends are a precursor to the nine miles of tile to be seen at Coverings 2020, April 20-23, in New Orleans. 

GRUNGE, PERONDA GROUP – Tile of Spain
Fluid, APAVISA – Tile of Spain
  1. Mixed Color Palettes: Consumers are currently crazy for Pantone color of the year Classic Blue, blush pinks, sage green, and dusty orange hues for a calming look. 
  2. Refined Natural Wood Looks: Thanks to evolving digital printing technology and innovations in ink and fit technology, mimicking natural wood remains popular in 2020.
  3. Precious- and Gemstone-style Made Sustainable: From designs emulating rare marbles and semi-precious stones, such as onyx and agate, to tiles with an iridescent finish reminiscent of Akoya pearls, precious material styles are set to make a splash in the tile industry in 2020.
  4. Non-Rectangular / Mixed Geometrics: Trapezoid, rhombus and diamond-shaped tiles allow for more interesting layouts than simple grids and running bonds.
  5. Counter Culture: The durability and stain-resistance of porcelain make it an excellent countertop choice, which is why this type of gauged porcelain’s expanding applications will continue to be a 2020 favorite.  
  6. Psychedelic: Expect bright, psychedelic colors, playful geometries and trippy patterns galore this year!
  7. Industrial Chic: Concrete- and stone-look tile options enrich environments with a chic artfulness while opening the door to endless, unique style choices.
  8. Modernized Marble: Traditional-inspired ceramic materials, such as emulated marble, have been modernized to adapt to today’s contemporary styles.
  9. Speckled Surfaces: This trend features technicolor dots and specks, and modern interpretations of terrazzo in 2020.
  10. Large-Scale Patterns: We will see a shift towards ceramic tiles with big, bold patterns that instantly catch the eye this year.
Terrazzo MaxiMini, Fioranese – Ceramics of Italy
VERSAILLES NATURAL-HERMITAGE, MAINZU – Tile of Spain

For in-person looks and examples of each trend, as well as the opportunity to experience the nine miles of tile and stone, network with more than 26,000 colleagues, choose from more than 50 educational opportunities, participate in brand-new business-building workshops, and more at no cost, attendees can register for Coverings 2020 today by visiting coverings.com.


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