Top Surface Trends

Selecting a surface is arguably the most crucial aspect of a renovation. Whether it be choosing floors, countertops, walls, fireplaces, or other interior and exterior finishes, the surfaces are often the focal point and the final step in bringing together an entire design scheme. We like to think of it as saving the best for last, as this part comes with endless possibilities, and room to get creative in any design concept while increasing the value of the space.

The Marble Trend:

            During our 30+ years in the surface industry, the most common trend is the marble trend (and no, we’re not being biased!). Specifically, the most selected marble look resides in the Italian Calacatta family. White marble with subtle grey veining remains the most sought-after stone of choice for its ability to fit into practically any design, combined with its recognition around the world for high quality and prestige. Anyone in the design industry can appreciate a perfect block of Italian Calacatta; the whiter the slab, the more exclusive (and more expensive) the choice!


The Engineered Surface Trend:

With the help of advancements in technology over the years, Italian Calacatta (among almost every other stone or design to possibly replicate) is now available in engineered versions. The typical base surface of engineered surfaces is porcelain or quartz, both featuring different surface printing processes while offering the same outcome: the look of natural stone with the benefits of engineered stone (maintenance, installation and price being the major ones). It can be difficult to find an engineered stone surface that has a realistic print, so we recommend going to your most trusted suppliers when sourcing for this type of surface to avoid getting stuck with a poor quality surface. For the ultimate engineered surface, we recommend looking into high-tech engineered surfaces such as Sintered Stones. Thanks to high-tech manufacturing processes, Sintered Surfaces don’t stain, are scratch, heat and fire resistant, and can withstand extreme climate conditions, offering a surface suitable for any aspect of your renovation.

Whether high or low quality, engineered stone surfaces have saturated the market, and we believe this may be one of the leading causes of the major shift in design trends over the last year.


The Terrazzo Trend:

One of the recent biggest shifts was towards the Terrazzo trend. Although we are seeing this trend infiltrate the market heavily over the last year, this trend is actually not new. Terrazzo has been used for centuries dating back to old Italian traditions as a way to create beauty from leftover marble remnants. In later years it became a common surface choice for large commercial projects like airports, schools and malls for its durable qualities and reasonable price points. Eventually, the rise of engineered surfaces replaced the use of Terrazzo, as porcelains offered the same durable qualities with the ability to mimic luxurious natural stones. We didn’t think we would hear the term Terrazzo so often ever again, until the resurgence of the terrazzo took the design industry by storm, turning terrazzo into our #1 most requested product over the last year.


Of course, terrazzo has adapted quickly to keep up with the hype compared to the traditional blends used centuries ago. From custom coloured resin and cement binders, to coloured stone chips and other aggregates such as recycled glass, sea shells, pearl, mirror, ceramic & metal, terrazzo has become a funky way for creative freedom for any renovation while capitalizing on the eco-friendly surface trend.

We hope this article gives a little bit of insight on popular design trends for your renovation, but we also recommend doing some research before getting started. Using social media to find inspiration images and/or seeking professional assistance through a trusted designer or architect is a great place to start. It is also just as important to make sure you do the research in finding a reputable surface supplier that has a good reputation and will make you feel comfortable finding a surface that fits within your design and budget.

By DDA Canada Affiliate Member Marble Trend Ltd.
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