Domus’ latest Tile Trend Forecast for 2020/21 includes new and future trends in surface design, focusing on the patterns, shapes, sizes, colours and textures that are set to gain prominence in interior design.
Based on extensive research into wider design, architecture, fashion and lifestyle trends, we have identified six new styles to provide fresh inspiration for designing with tiles. If you would like Domus to deliver the full 40 minute presentation in your studio or would like to arrange a time to see the presentation at one of Domus’ showroom, please email: [email protected].
Characterised by a combination of both retro and futuristic details, the Retro Futuristic surface design trend sees pastel shades, neon hues and iridescent surfaces play a fundamental role in creating other-worldly, fantasy-tinged interiors.
As designers embrace the 1950s and 1960s enthusiasm for technology, this experimental sci-fi inspired trend oozes creative energy, combining classic retro shapes and details with dream-like elements to stimulate feelings of limitless potential.
Materials such as glass mosaics, ceramic glazes and metallic finishes channel an avant-garde vision of the future. As light interacts with the different textures and shapes, iridescent and shiny surfaces give the illusion of an infinite sense of depth to transport us to another galaxy.
The illusion of an infinite sense of depth
As light interacts with the different textures and shapes, iridescent and shiny surfaces give the allusion of an infinite sense of depth to transport us to another galaxy.
Dark and dramatic, Galactic Exploration embraces the mysterious allure of the cosmos and the sky at night. Surfaces have an experimental and sometimes moody aesthetic that radiates luxury, creating a sophisticated cosmic ambience.
These celestial inspired luxe tile designs take inspiration from planetary science and the enchanting, mesmerising images captured of space and the surfaces within it. The colours and patterns of planets and oxidised minerals seen across the galaxy can be seen on tiles and glass mosaics. Other tiles feature the physical texture of rocky surfaces found in space – with deep dark colours, moon-rock textures, swirly patterns, uneven surfaces and metallic finishes and details all prevalent.
Surfaces have an experimental and sometimes moody aesthetic that radiate luxury, creating a sophisticated cosmic ambience.
From classic pillar box red to darker reds and burgundy, the new bold red tones in tile design appear to be an evolution of the terracotta colour trend which has become dominant in recent years. The soft, warm, earthy tones which have now entered the mainstream are making way for stronger, bolder shades.
Recent colour predictions by Pantone see 2020 make way for adventurous and dramatic reds including Chilli Pepper, Biking Red, Fiery Red and Flame Scarlet, with the latter two being prevalent on the London and New York Fashion Week catwalk shows this September, offering a useful steer to which colours are trending with creatives on both sides of the Atlantic. These scroll-stopping shades are associated with passion, energy, warmth and optimism.
Red adds depth and richness and is a perfect warm-spectrum colour to create a lively, sociable atmosphere.
Mixing different materials on single surfaces is indicative of a wider shift in the aesthetic of mainstream design. Large scale patterns and bold, often dramatic combinations of materials and scale reflects the countless styles that now exist alongside each other. Combining different materials, colours and patterns on the same plane offers a dynamic feel along with increased interest and depth. The mix of rich colours and rare marble patterns across surfaces convey an ‘eclectic opulent’ feel–a true maximalist design trend.
New Age Mysticism
New Age Mysticism is a surface design trend characterised by colourful ‘new age’ marbling, mystical-inspired geometric compositions, blurred colour effects and crystal and stone patterns. These eye-catching designs seen across both large and small format tiles define the aesthetics of a new psychedelic interior style and celebrate a miscellany of bright, contrasting colours. On the vast scale of XL-sized porcelain slabs which can cover entire walls, visual textures and patterns acquire a hypnotic, fascinating arrangement with a variegated mixture of colours, some inspired by traditional marbled papers. On small format glazed ceramic tiles, ‘oxide explosion’ finishes and blurred colours offer tie-dye effects to evoke a sense of mysticism on a smaller scale.
Below: Araldica, Les Bijoux Magnum (Coming Soon)
On small format glazed ceramic tiles, ‘oxide explosion’ finishes and blurred colours offer tie-dye effects to evoke a sense of mysticism on a smaller scale.
Dark & Light
Centred around a tonal palette of black, white and grey, the artistic technique of chiaroscuro inspires the design language of the new Dark & Light interior trend. Incorporating a balanced mix of both dark and light tones in the same space creates an elegant and sophisticated design statement as they complement and contrast with each other. In the absence of colour, luxe stone and marble designs add visual theatre to create bold, dramatic interiors, while textured surfaces add a new dimension to tile design. In more minimalist interiors, darker details within pale, light spaces add warmth and character while retaining a clean feel.
Below: Gubi Wall, Black & White Marble (Coming Soon)