For over 35 years, tens of thousands of people have descended on Bologna, Italy to attend Cersaie (pronounced chur-SIGH), one of the largest trade shows of Italian tile. Like many events this year, Cersaie was cancelled due to the pandemic, but that hasn’t stopped Italian manufacturers from releasing new products that push the boundaries of versatility and design in the world of ceramics.
Unlike the more somber tone the world has taken on in 2020, the realm of Italian tile is looking quite cheery, with trends focusing on the natural, colorful, and playful. In terms of color palette, Italian manufacturers were inspired by autumn, focusing on organic hues like earthy browns, golden yellows, and burgundy reds, as well as the Pantone color of the year, classic blue. As for finishes, high gloss tiles have made a comeback this year, offering a good option for surfaces that need frequent cleaning and for adding drama to a space. Trends for patterns also looked distinctly playful, emphasizing the whimsical spontaneity of confetti and the bold geometric patterns of Art Deco. We’ve collected some of our favorites to inspire your next project. Ciao!