Written by Naomi in Marqet Blog on May 17, 2018 This year’s Coverings showed both new and established trends. Here, part one of our round-up from this year’s show. LaFence’s fresh take on wood look tile mixes effortlessly with classic and graphic patterns. Patchwork tiles from Keros show last years trend is still holding strong. This look is great on entryway floors or on a backsplash. A bathroom and outdoor kitchen clad in Keraben surfaces show the everyday consumer how to effectively use these their tiles for the most impact. Ken Mason’s eponymous tile groupings highlight his penchant for the fresh and unexpected. High lacquer small and large format surfaces use natural wood as the basis of inspiration. A wall of new colors mimicking natural stone takes over the walls of Gruppo Romani. Florim’s “outdoor” kitchen uses their materials on every surface, from countertops to tables to flooring. Fincibec creates rustic, cool bathroom environments that can easily be recreated at home. Fap’s new line of tiles mimics a nubby, grasscloth wallpaper, adding warmth to any interior. Add a little glitz to the bar area with Equipe’s 3D gold metallic triangles. Emil Groupe’s parquet inspired tiles offer a modern take on this classic style. Shapes by Dune, shows just how transformative color can be in altering the style of any like materials. Coem Ceramiche’s plays with lines using their various color ways to create a dynamic “striped” surface for wall or flooring. For those that long for pattern, Cevica answers with an unusual mix of styles and colors. K2, Ceramiche Koepe, small format tile, shows a range of textures and colors in organically inspired motifs. Ceramic Vogue’s confetti comes in a range of color combinations that work perfectly in a shower surround. Oxidation, a trend we saw a couple of markets ago, still held true this year with Sant’Agostino’s small format tiles. While their New Deco line provided a fresh take on terrazzo inspired surfaces. Casa Ceramiche’s colorful and artful designs long to be displayed on a huge panel or in an outdoor setting. Feel as if you’re always at a resort with Bati Orient’s globally inspired mosaics and tiles. Paired with an eclectic mix of wash basins they truly inspire design creativity. Ape Group plays with graphics in both subtle grays and whites, then moves into classic blues with a Moorish point of view. Aparici’s delicate motifs offer a retro-inspired look, while their unexpected tattoo like dog adds an unexpected shot of whimsy. The ever popular Hexagon shape gets a graphic, textural update with fabric motifs done in metallics. ABK’s “stitched” overcalled pattern has the look of patchwork cowhide and leather. 41Zero42 uses a range of pale neutrals and whites to create texture in contemporary settings.