2023 Tile Trends: In & Out
March 20, 2023 from Ceramic Central Weekly
Our countdown to Coverings continues with another 2023 tile trend.
This week, we’re highlighting not a tile design, but a new type of tile: 2 cm gauged porcelain tile pavers.
Increasingly more tile collections are including 2 cm thick pavers to match their thinner indoor counterparts, allowing for indoor-outdoor transitions with stylistic continuity. Connecting the interior and exterior living spaces this way blurs the line between the built environment and nature and encourages us to make better use of available space.
To further blur the line between indoor and outdoor spaces, we often see tile pavers in biophilic designs and natural looks. These are just a few of our favorites.
Warm Stone Looks
Where better to start than the quintessential natural look: stone-look pavers. As these examples illustrate, warm stone looks are equally at home in your living room and your patio.
Keep in mind that warm stone looks work beautifully in contemporary aesthetics by pairing them with modern furniture (as in the photo above) or take on a more rustic look by pairing them with other natural designs (as in the photo below).
[Related: Get Outside With Our Guide to Outdoor Tile]
Cool Stone Looks
Gray stone-looks are a great option if you want a classic natural look with a cooler vibe.
Imagine a master bathroom oasis that extends to an outdoor nook so you can, say, dry off post-bath in the sun. Or, a poolside retreat with every surface wrapped in the same gorgeous stone look.
Pro tip: Porcelain tile pavers feature the same water resistance as their thinner porcelain counterparts, so you can install them everywhere from your bathroom to your pool deck.
[Related: Not Your Typical Pool Tile]
Terrazzo is both a popular look for tile pavers and an element of another 2023 tile trend, cobbled tile. This versatile style is capable of looking both natural and hyper modern, depending on its colors and scale.
[Related: Explore the Great Outdoor Tile Possibilities]
If your goal is to create a natural but classic look, wood-look tile pavers and 2 cm planks are great options.
While we tend to associate wood looks with the interior parts of the home, the durability and water resistance of porcelain allows you to continue this classic look seamlessly to outdoor living spaces. This continuity ties different areas of the home together for a cohesive, flowing design.
[Related: Biophilic Design and Ceramic Tile]
Here’s another option that incorporates two 2023 tile trends: indoor/outdoor continuity and cement looks. With this combination, urban energy flows uninterrupted from one living space to another.
[Related: Indoor-Outdoor Tile: Your Complete Guide]
Continuing Patterns from Indoors to Out
Create a one-of-a-kind look by incorporating different patterns, shapes and colors into your tile layout. This can not only be decorative, but it can also be effective in helping the flow of traffic and delineating — or in this case joining — different zones of a space.
[Related: 39 Tips for Using Ceramic Tile Outdoors]
Tile Pavers, Spaced and Together
Because of their thickness and durability, porcelain pavers can be installed directly onto outdoor surfaces such as grass, gravel, or sand without the use of grout or adhesives. You can use tile pavers to create walkways (or other unique designs) as extensions of a larger area in your yard. Uniformly spaced pavers (like the ones shown above) make for a neat, contemporary look.
And the best part is, if you ever want to change the layout or design, you can easily move your pavers!
[Related: New 2 cm Gauged Porcelain Tile Paver Specifications Released]
Pave Your Way With Matching Tiles
Do you have indoor and outdoor spaces you could join with a coordinated tile-and-paver collection? Explore more tile paver ideas on our Pinterest. Then be sure to share your project with us on Instagram using #WhyTileStyle!
We still have three 2023 tile trends left to share before Coverings in April. So, be sure to revisit our blog — same time next week.
Are you part of the tile and stone industry? Come see these and more tile paver looks on display at Coverings 2023 from April 18-21 in Orlando, Florida.
Author: Roxanne Morris
Roxanne Morris is the Marketing and Media Relations Manager at the Tile Council of North America America. She writes about tile product development, standards, and design trends for various trade publications. Roxanne is also an editor at WhyTile.com and manages the Why Tile Partner network at Partners.Whytile.com.