Johnson Tiles & Material Lab collaborate for Trend Forum

Hosted by Material Lab, the celebrated design resource studio in central London, and featuring guest speakers from our design team, the Tile Trace Trend & Format Forum delivered insights into the latest interior design trends and how they translate into tiling products for today’s commercial interior spaces.

The roundtable discussions took place throughout the day, with the daytime and evening talks both providing valuable and engaging observations about the changing nature of interior design themes. 3 key trends were explored for their ongoing significance for interiors.

Astral Trend Flat Lay


Characterised by opulence, the Astral trend is all about luxury and glamour. Contrasting textures of metallics, lustres and high gloss bring this trend to life, which when paired with rich materials like silks and velvets, create a positive vibe. Astral features a seductive colour palette, focusing on strong, earthy tones balanced with deep indigos and purples. Iridescent shimmer effects add depth and quality to commercial interior spaces.

For tiles, this trend is explored through surface detail to provide texture and structure for interest and value. Pair deep, earthy colours with engaging surface aesthetics for luxury tiles. Our ranges perfect for expressing the Astral trend include Minton Hollins, which features rich colours for a luxurious feel, 1901, a heritage collection that combines a contemporary format with traditional glaze effects and South Bank, an award-winning range showcasing stunning depth of colour.

Serenity Trend Flat Lay


The key focus of the Serenity trend is minimalism and refinement. With strong ‘Japandi’ influences, this trend encourages balance and surface interest. The colour palette for Serenity contains muted tones of classic warm neutrals together with blues and greens, perfect for capturing a tranquil setting. Natural elements with sustainable qualities are introduced with hand-crafted surfaces playing in to create a tactile contrast. This trend is clearly expressed through clean lines for a bright and airy feel.

Johnson Tiles offers a number of collections that explore shape and patterning. Ideal for subtle detailing, creating a focal point to balance interior spaces that tie into the Serenity trend, our collections include Melrose, which offers a rustic structure for a subtle effect, Geo which explores simple abstract shapes for a tactile finish, and Duplet, perfect for creating symmetry through stylish chevrons.

Biophilic Design Trend Flat Lay

Biophilic Design

This is a popular trend throughout all interior spaces, with a desire to have a connection to the outside world at its strongest since the outset of the pandemic. Natural colours, materials and textures are key with tactile qualities central to creating a calming space. Boost positivity and wellbeing with this trend that recognises the importance of nature within such a modern, digital world.

Green tones are hugely important to Biophilic design, with different shades of green able to express different vibes and themes. Try the Richards Green shade from the heritage 1901 range for a regal, traditional setting, or opt for Moss from Milano for a more architectural take to create clean lines. Or try, the Haven and Tuscany ranges to explore Biophilic design from a wider perspective.

The trend presentations were followed by a panel Q&A to allow delegates the opportunity to obtain inspiration and suggestions for live project briefs. Conversations centred around the significance of colour blocking with blue and green shades becoming particularly important. Delegates also touched on the growing desire for artisanal, hand-crafted products like the Kyoto collection that offers textured depth reminiscent of organic raised surfaces.

To find out more about trends that are defining interior spaces, download the latest edition of the Tile Trace here.

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