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2019 Design Trends and Porcelain Tile Top Picks for Interiors and Gardens

The industry’s finest have pinpointed the following desirable design choices for 2019: tiles in darker warmer tones, floral tiles and tiles with structured finishes; quartz kitchen countertops and coordinating feature walls; characterful wood flooring and porcelain paving for the garden. It’s clear to see why Porcel-Thin’s tile collection is as popular as ever.

Kitchen design trends 2019

Large open plan kitchen with large cream porcelain floor tiles

Already proven to lend themselves to open-plan kitchens and areas with stylish kitchen islands of various shapes and styles, our thin porcelain tiles are sure to be on interior designers’ and architects’ wish lists this year. According to Houzz, when it comes to kitchen islands, “modifying the shape into something more free-form can open up circulation paths and create more work and storage space”.

We’re looking forward to seeing how our large format porcelain tiles can be used effectively to create more seamless living spaces that connect the inside and outside. The redevelopment of a London home last year showed how roomy and ravishing our light grey contemporary Paris tiles can leave a space and this year’s kitchen designs are set to take this boundary-testing trend even further.

Kitchen floor and connected patio tiled with large format cream porcelain tiles

We’re excited to hear that quartz kitchen countertops are all the rage. This is no surprise though when you consider how fantastic our Agate Rubane Porcelain  and Champagne Onyx Porcelain extra-large format thin porcelain tile slabs – both beautiful bedfellows of the ravishing rock crystal – look as a focal-point. Though, Livingetc says, “industrial finishes such as concrete are still drumming up lots of interest at design shows”.

Taking your design theme countertop to ceiling with a fabulous feature wall or sensational splashback is another trend that has legs. What’s more, when you choose one of our many marvellous mimic stone tiles for your kitchen worktop or feature wall you can rest assured you’ll stay ahead of the crowd with regard to style as well as hygiene, easy care and cost savings.

Large kitchen feature wall created with white book matched porcelain marble tiles

Let’s talk flooring; it’s all about wood and farmhouse charm. A hot topic in 2018, as wood adds so much character and warmth to a space it’s back again in spades this year. According to architects Chris von Eckartsberg and Hans Baldauf: “People are increasingly seeking connections from nature. It creates a welcoming and calming environment, and is a timeless, versatile material we love. We see a growing desire for lighter, airier spaces, and wood is a wonderful material to incorporate to achieve this.” It looks like medium-tone woods, like our Rosewood Effect Antibacterial Tile, are where it’s really at. 

Bathroom design trends 2019

Chic industrial style bathroom featuring a mixture of concrete effect and marble effect porcelain tiles

The industrial look for bathrooms is still hot to trot this year, with hipsters throughout the UK yearning for that way-out warehouse vibe. As reported in House Beautiful, interior designer Emily Henderson Designs Creative Director, Brady Tolbert, comments: “Exposed hardware and piping is coming into the bathroom in a very beautiful way. We used to see it a lot in older and antique homes, but it has come back in a more clean lined and sleek way."

The Porcel-Thin team is sure that our Cemento Structured Concrete Tiles or Tosca Concrete Tiles will add the perfect finishing touch to bathroom walls and floors – sticking to one material can really unify the space and make smaller bathrooms feel bigger. Unlike actual concrete, our concrete-effect porcelain tiles are easy to install and will require minimal maintenance as they’re water-resistant and scratch-resistant, performing well in environments of differing temperatures and humidity.

When it comes to adding a splash of colour to your bathroom, it seems that neutrals are the way to go: “Although colour will certainly be trending this year, so will earthier tones such as chocolate brown – a sound option for those who prefer a more neutral palette… You can also expect matte finishes to compete with glossy this year” – Boca Do Lobo.

Stylish bathroom with light chocolate brown and floral motif large porcelain wall tiles

As reported in Femail, Cindy Fuller, founder of ‘Designs Direct’ foresees a flowery future with floral tiles being a popular choice from wall to floor: “Larger floral patterns will also be huge, excuse the pun”. Porcel-Thin has a lot to offer here with floral fancies, that can bring the serenity of the outdoors inside to your spa-like sanctuary, available in both our Art Tile Collection and Shallow Carving Tile Collection.

Dramatic black and white bathroom with large format engraved enlarged leaf pattern porcelain tiles

Whether combining two of this year’s biggest bathroom design trends by turning to TOSCA Dark Mocha Concrete Effect Tiles, going all-out wood-warmth in the bathroom without the hassle of warping and water-penetration via Pattaya Wood Effect Tiles or making the most of understated neutrals by choosing our Paris Tiles collection, Porcel-Thin has much to lend here.  

Garden design trends 2019

Large sunny patio tiled with aged limestone effect porcelain tiles

Just as we’ve recently seen porcelain tiles used in gardens as paving and for the creation of feature walls and as partitioning to break up outdoor areas into zones, the trend for porcelain tiles outside is expected to continue in 2019. In fact, designer Jon Sims MSGD predicts that porcelain will be used even more in garden design and that this could bring with it a rise of indoor colour being used outdoors.

Dramatic striped patio has been created using light and mid toned large wood effect porcelain tiles

Colour looks to be big news in the contemporary garden and the Porcel-Thin collection’s diverse range of shades, textures and finishes – alongside the capability of our porcelain tiles to stand up to extremes in temperature and water penetration which is key for outdoor use – is set to be the go-to for all designers and architects worth their salt.

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