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Posted on June 30, 2014 by Frank John Garcia in Flooring Tile Wood

Coverings 2014: Flooring Convention Series Part 1


Our expert team of flooring specialists headed out to Coverings 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada, with an eye out for what’s hot and what’s not in wall, floor and decorative tiles. Here’s a quick guide to new trends and some classic styles that are making a comeback:


A custom, hand-crafted product just last year, etched Alhambra tiles are back in a big way and are now readily available from Adex and most of the other major manufacturers. Etched Alhambra is a great way to add texture to contemporary monochrome color palettes.

Stretched Hex/Elongated Hex

Once a niche product like Alhambra, stretched and elongated hex tile is also proving to be extremely popular this year. Available in a variety of sizes and colors, glass stretched hex tiles fill bathrooms and kitchens with color and luminous light.


Eternally popular stone tiles seem to be taking a backseat to the more creative offerings this year. Stone has a classic look that never goes out of style, but rather than developing new looks, the manufacturers seem to be taking the position that they can’t improve on perfection.

Glass and Metal

Glass tiles continue to be super hot industry-wide, with the major manufacturers creating tiles of every shape, size and shade under the sun for a variety of uses.  Metallic resin wall tiles were everywhere this year, with manufacturers experimenting with planks and other unusual sizes, promising that metal will likely be one of the hottest looks of the season.



As plankswere only seen in wood lines, now planks are available in all forms of flooring.  As the popularity rises, some manufactures are no longer making square tiles and moving their focus towards rectangular tiles.

Color Trends

In addition to new materials and custom products expanding into standard lines, our designers also noticed a subtle shift in color palettes as consumers drift away from the nearly ubiquitous beige into shades of gray and taupe. At Gulf Tile, our expert tile consultants stay on top of trends so you don’t have to. Stop by our showroom today, and take a look at what the future holds.

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