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filtered through. While the varying styles create di erent
looks, all glass tiles must be laid with pure white tile glue.
Laying them with standard tile cement alters the
colour of the mosaics as they are all slightly translucent
and the grey can be seen through, altering the colour
of the mosaic.
TILE TREND FORECAST
The annual Cersaie Tile Fair held in Bologna, Italy, is the
tile world's holy grail, attracting thousands of industry
experts, buyers and manufacturers from the world over
to peer at the latest in design and technology. Tile
retailers Myaree Ceramics always attend Cersaie and
has given us the low down on what we can expect next.
CHANGING COLOURS While most have grown
familiar with cocoa, chocolate and neutral tones available
over the past few years, the colours, they are a changing.
On show was a strong movement toward pastel
colours throughout the home, with tones the likes of
which haven't been over here since the early 90s, and
purples and greens featuring in most collections.
Usually the more striking or unorthodox looks (such
as heavy use of colour) are diluted for Australian retail
-- so while it's unlikely that most people will be tiling
brilliant purple in their bathrooms floor-to-ceiling, expect
to see accents of colour, and pastel tones mixed with
neutrals for on trend looks that are less imposing.
The design approach toward bathrooms and decor
tiles in particular was quite eclectic. On one hand, there
was a lot of colour, often highlighted with intricate,
wallpaper-esque patterns in metallic tones.
On the reverse was a very natural look, and use of
materials that mimic stone, marble and even timber.
TIMBER TILES Yes, timber. While Italy has been
producing wood-look tiles for some years, new
nanotechnology has made for an even more authentic
looking product. Timber-look tiles are incredibly popular
through Europe and are often used in preference to
floorboards as they are harder wearing and considered to
be more ecologically friendly than real timber.
Always wanted floorboards in the kitchen but afraid
of the potential damage? Want to create a home with
perfect flow where the main floors and bathrooms are
all laid in timber? The design solutions presented by
timber-look tiles are numerous -- we predict a big boom in
timber-look tiles throughout Australia in the coming years.
NEW TECHNOLOGY Italian and Spanish manufacturers
are focusing on quality, creating new technologies, and as
always design integrity, as they cannot compete with China's
prices. Their new digital technology and nanotechnology
mimic stone, marble and timber. Gone are the days of
"stone"-look tiles where every piece has the exact same vein
painted on and you can just tell that something isn't quite
right. These new tiles look just like the original article without
the maintenance issues you can get when using natural stone
and timber. One prominent Italian manufacturer, Casa Dolce
Casa, has a fantastic new product made from lava stone.
Not only is it beautiful, but also they have a patented
process to make it non-porous, which means no stains
and products that will last a lifetime.
ECO FRIENDLY As with what seems to be every
industry world wide, tile manufacturers are focused on
sustainable design and manufacturing methods that are
as kind to the environment as possible.
The environmental regulations imposed on Western
Europe are very demanding, so with green design that
includes using recycled materials in the manufacturing
processes, their products not only look great, but they're
looking after the planet.
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