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TREND WATCH: from Venice, with Love

TREND WATCH: from Venice, with Love

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TREND WATCH: from Venice, with Love

by Silvana Longo

Originating in Italy’s Veneto area over 500 years ago, terrazzo is a composite material of marble chippings set into cement and polished to a super smooth finish. Created as a way to reuse the scrapped rock, this sustainable, speckled mosaic was traditionally used as flooring in Venetian palaces.

It had a moment in the sun in the ’70s but this year, building on the popularity of marble over the last few years, terrazzo offers a more colourful, more playful alternative. And its popularity in the 21st century soars beyond the floor and walls with many decor items popping up inspired by the abstract pattern. It brings texture and interest to fabrics and wallpapers, and these terrazzo-inspired items add a chic Italian vibe to your decor.

1 FLONG RUG, $14.99; ikea.ca

2 Terrazzo MACBOOK CASE, $67.15; etsy.com

3 Indigo Set of 4 Terrazzo COASTERS, $24.50; indigo.ca

4 FINE ART PRINT Bleu Serene, $26.99; etsy.com

5 Velvet PILLOW, Mademoiselle Nathalie, $110.03; etsy.com

6 HANGIVEN MUG, $5.99, patterned; ikea.ca

7 Terrazzo Bath Collection, CANISTER, $38US, LOTION DISPENSER, $38US, SOAP DISH, $28US, TUMBLER, $28US; anthropologie.com

8 Terrazzo White Rectangular SERVING PLATTER, $79.95; cb2.com

9 Terrazzo-print SHOWER CURTAIN, $20; simons.ca

10 Speckled CERAMIC BOWL, $12.99; homesense.ca


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CIOT: Discover Four Key Trends for Interior Surfaces in 2018

CIOT: Discover Four Key Trends for Interior Surfaces in 2018

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CIOT: Discover Four Key Trends for Interior Surfaces in 2018

1. METALLIC FINISHES

Diesel Stage Ceramic Tiles, Metallic Grey colour
Diesel Stage Ceramic Tiles, Metallic Grey colour

With the new popularity of industrial design elements, metallic finishes are getting star billing in homes. There are now ceramic tiles that mimic metallic surfaces like copper, brass, gold, and silver. Paired with a minimalist décor, these unique design statements create wonderful plays of contrasts.

Our Diesel Stage tile collection, with its raw texture and metallic finish, comes in darker, muted hues, for an ultramodern look that wraps you in a whole new ambience.


2. GEOMETRIC SHAPES STILL ON TREND

Trapez Ceramic Tiles, Talco colour
Trapez Ceramic Tiles, Talco colour

Scale Umbrella Ceramic Tiles, White and Metallic colors
Scale Umbrella Ceramic Tiles, White and Metallic colors

This year, the beloved hexagon will slowly be eclipsed by triangular shapes and combination chevron tiles. If you’ve been pondering using repetitive shapes to create fun, playful spaces, this is your chance. The possibilities are really wide open with this trend. Work with a limited range of colours for a simple, neutral space or make a statement with bold, avant garde hues. Subway tiles, which are all the rage, can be lined up into chevrons for added movement.

For a feature wall that really pops, consider our Scale Umbrella collection. The 3D raised pyramid surface plays on shadow and light to great visual effect.


3. TERRAZZO MAKES A COMEBACK

Imperial Venice Ceramic Tiles, Sale e Pepe colour
Imperial Venice Ceramic Tiles, Sale e Pepe colour

Terrazzo and mottled patterns will have major sway in 2018. In subtle hues or with pastel accents, terrazzo in particular will be a popular choice. With its graphical, vintage motif, irregular surfaces, and delicate specks, terrazzo adds a light, airy touch to any room.

Our new Imperial Venice tile collection is based on traditional Venetian terrazzo. It gets the look of marble fragments in cement just right, for a surface that’s truly unique.


4. PATTERNED CEMENT TILES

Cementum15 Ceramic Tiles, Nature patterns
Cementum15 Ceramic Tiles, Nature patterns

Petra Tiles, Mix patterns
Petra Tiles, Mix patterns

Tiles with the look and feel of raw cement in vintage, geometric, and bohemian patterns will continue to be popular. We’ll also be seeing delicately textured monochrome ceramics. Both options are perfect for a floor with real character. Use patterned tiles selectively to mark boundaries (for a reading corner or entrance hall, for example) or to create the illusion of a rug. The bespoke, artisanal effect also makes for a bold, distinctive design element, especially in bathrooms and other confined spaces.

A simple patterned surface still creates a nice effect in an otherwise neutral space. Our Petra collection is an assortment of tiles in muted and beige hues. Combined, they infuse the room with a quiet vibrancy.

 

ABOUT CIOT

Founded in 1950, Ciot is a leading importer, distributor, retailer and transformer of marble, slate, onyx and ceramic tiles. The company, which offers a one-stop-shop concept, owns showrooms in Montreal, Quebec, Brossard, Toronto (3) and Detroit, as well as a business office in New York.

 


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