Why Tile is Worth Celebrating

National Tile Day reminds us why this timeless material is as sustainable and durable as ever.

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Verde Verticale, by Francesco de Maio.


If National Tile Day isn’t on your calendar, you might want to mark February 23rd down. In use for centuries all over the world, tile is versatile and virtually timeless, making it worthy of a grand celebration. With endless possibilities in color, finish, size, and pattern, today’s expansive world of tile presents designers with plenty of fresh opportunities for design expression.

“National Tile Day gives the design community a moment to recognize the beauty and practicality of tile. It’s an opportunity for professionals to share why they choose tile and to showcase their favorite projects that incorporate this diverse material across social media,” says Alena Capra, Coverings’ Industry Ambassador and owner of Alena Capra Designs.

National Tile Day comes ahead of another important tile-related event: Coverings—the largest international tile & stone show in North America. To drive awareness and build the national conversation on this dedicated day, Coverings is calling on designers to tag their tile photos with #NationalTileDay, #WhyTile, and #Coverings2018 across all social media on February 23.



What should designers remember when celebrating tile? Start with its practical benefits. Tile is durable and resilient and its longevity makes it one of the most sustainable choices for a finish product. When properly installed, tile will last a lifetime or longer, making it more cost effective in the long-run than materials which must be periodically replaced, such as carpet or laminate flooring. Plus, the naturally renewable resources that make up tile, like clay, sand, and glass, are easily recyclable.


The Strand range, by Vives.


Tile is also a safe and healthy choice for interiors. It doesn’t release any volatile organic compounds into our living spaces, making it ideal for those with chemical sensitivities. Unlike some synthetic finishes, it also doesn’t release toxic chemicals when it is exposed to high temperatures, which can be a major risk during a fire.

Having kicked off the tile conversation with National Tile Day, designers can continue engaging with the latest in tile & stone at Coverings, which will run May 8-11, 2018, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. This year’s edition will feature 1,100+ exhibits as well as many networking opportunities for tile vendors, contractors and designers to connect with one another over the myriad benefits and applications of the material. Registration is open and free for all design professionals. “The newest trends, including matte finishes, metallics, stone or wood look-a-likes, and geometric patterns are all easy to implement with tile,” says Capra. “It is events like the Coverings show that continue to inspire my designs with new tile trends and innovations!”


Luce Feather, by Lunada Bay.


Keita Turner, KT Design Solutions President & Creative Director says, “As a designer who’s attended Coverings, I was amazed to see how the show allows you to compare, source, and specify products under one roof, while creating the perfect venue to discover new companies and meet suppliers and manufacturers in person.”

Those interested in celebrating National Tile Day this Friday, February 23 can participate on social media using the event’s hashtags and can find inspiration online.


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