Concrete-effect tiles have evolved beyond the minimalist, masculine look, reports TSJ’s Editor, Joe Simpson.
Concrete-effect floor and walls tiles are nothing new. Indeed, when the minimalist aesthetic held sway, masculine, urban-edged, cement coloured floor tiles were all the rage and were a prominent feature of Cersaie and other exhibitions aimed at architects and interior designers.
Today, however, concrete-effect floor tiles are not afraid to show their softer side. The results include modern uber-cool distressed-faced tiles; chalky-look stucco effects; various care-worn decors; fresh neutral greys of different intensity; polished and semi-polished surface treatments (often combined to great effect); and narrow plank formats with visible shuttering recalling the Brutalist architecture of the last century; the list goes on.
In fact, today’s concrete-effect floor and wall tiles are displaying all the versatility and creative potential of the ubiquitous construction material from which they draw inspiration.