Coverings is the world's largest and most important tile and stone trade show, and it's the perfect place to see the latest and greatest in tile trends. Whether you’re a contractor who specializes in Miami bathroom remodels or you handle huge commercial contracts, the event has plenty of offer.
As we discussed last year, it’s an essential trip for us here at D&B Tile, since it gives us the opportunity to ensure we’re staying on the cutting edge of the industry. It also gives us a chance to connect with people who care as deeply about tile as we do.
This year's show is no exception, with a wide variety of beautiful and innovative tiles and trends on display.
2023 Tile Trends
One of the things we were very excited to see at Coverings 2023 was the use of large format tiles. These tiles are typically 12 inches or larger, and they can create a dramatic and stylish look in any room. Large format tiles are available in a variety of materials, including porcelain, ceramic, and stone.
If you're looking for something a little more artisanal and unique, you might want to check out the handmade tiles at Coverings 2023. These tiles are made by skilled craftspeople, and they offer a one-of-a-kind look that you won't find anywhere else. Handmade tiles are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, so you can find the perfect tiles to add a touch of personality to your home.
Of course, as we’ve covered previously on this blog, handmade tiles also inspire mass-produced tile. Homeowners looking for the personalization of handmade craftsmanship but the convenience of mass-production can often find something that’s right for their needs.
No matter what your style is, you're sure to find fantastic tiles at Coverings 2023. Our friends at WhyTile also went over some of the trends on display in 2023, which include:
- Undulated tile
- Cobbled tile
- Cemented tile
- In & Out tile
- Statement stones
As they put it, 2023 has been all about “the human element” being added to design. Perfection isn’t the goal designers are pursuing this year. Instead, they’re more focused on chasing the serenity that can be found in natural beauty.
Here were some of the most popular panels at Coverings 2023, which allowed us to share our enthusiasm with our peers in the industry:
- Global Tile Trends 2023
- State of the Stone Industry
- LATICRETE® Events
- Handcrafted Tile Can Be More Than a Backsplash
- Why Tile: Ceramic Tile's Sustainability Story
- 2023 Coverings Installation and Design (CID) Awards Ceremony & Reception
Along with helping us understand where the industry’s tastes are currently at, it was also a great chance to talk about some of the things that we care about the most: finding new ways to use tile, finding new reasons to use tile, and also seeing some of the latest innovations that partners like LATICRETE® have been working on.
Congratulations to Atlas Concorde
We want to give a special shoutout this year to Atlas Concorde for winning 2023’s CTDA Distributor of the Year Award!
This award is given out annually to the distributor who added incredible value to the industry, as defined by the following metrics:
- Product Shipment
As you can see, there’s a lot involved in getting this award, and you have to excel in a variety of different ways to be recognized. It’s a stunning accomplishment to be chosen for this award by CTDA’s Distributor members, and we couldn’t be prouder of Atlas Concorde’s accomplishment!
Things to Do at Coverings 2023
- The Coverings Stages were a popular destination for attendees looking to learn about the latest trends and innovations in the tile and stone industry. The stages featured live demonstrations, educational sessions, and product showcases.
- The Coverings Design Center was another popular destination for attendees looking for inspiration. The design center featured a variety of tile and stone exhibits, as well as a design library with books and magazines on tile and stone design.
- The Coverings Marketplace was a great place to find the latest tile and stone products from around the world. The marketplace featured a wide variety of products, from large format porcelain tiles to natural stone slabs.
- The Coverings Education Program offered a variety of educational opportunities for attendees, from introductory courses to advanced workshops. The program covered a wide range of topics, from tile installation to tile design.
- The Coverings Networking Events were a great way to meet new people and learn about the latest trends in the tile and stone industry. The events included receptions, dinners, and educational seminars.
If you’re working in the tile industry and you didn’t make it to the event this year, we encourage you to come next year. And if we did get a chance to say hi, thank you for making the event even better!
Coverings is one of the best opportunities we have for scouting out new tile and understanding what’s going on in the industry. When you visit any of our stores to get porcelain in Miami, you can rest assured knowing you’re looking at the best, most innovative tile available on the market today.
Who Typically Attends Coverings?
Every year, 20,000 people attend Coverings. Even more stunning, 86% of these attendees have purchasing power.
This can likely be traced to the fact that Coverings is attended by a range of industry figures. 45.2% of attendees are distributors, which is why it’s such a great spot for us to scout for new products at our stores.
Along with distributors, there are retailers, architects, designers, contractors, installers, manufacturers, and more. Regardless of your reason for being in the industry, if you love tile and stone, Coverings will have plenty to offer you!
Coverings is one of our favorite times of year, so it likely comes as no surprise that we had a plan prepared to help everyone get the best out of the event! We had three different buses: one in Miami, one in Sunrise, and one in Delray.
They left anywhere from 6 a.m. to 7:30, based on how close they were to our destination. We had breakfast on that bus and then arrived at Orlando by 10 a.m. Once we got there, we took group pictures to commemorate the event! We also got our badges and raffle tickets.
At that point, we were able to enjoy the event itself, taking a look at all the exhibitions and panels that we’d come there for. As always, we’re excited about the state of the industry and excited to continue debuting cutting-edge tile at our store.
The raffle was held at 4:30, and after we got our dinner and got back on the bus. All in all, we had a spectacular time.
We want to thank everyone who came up on the ride with us. We've been in this industry for generations, and every year we’re thankful for the support that’s shown by the people who care about tile as much as we do.
If you’d like to see all the fun we got up to, make sure to take a look at the pictures we posted.
Thank You To Our Sponsors
Of course, we wouldn’t have been able to make such a strong showing at Coverings 2023 if not for our incredible sponsors. Thank you to all of the following businesses for making the show such a success for us:
- Protecto Wrap®
- Atlas Concorde
- Portobello America
- Jeffrey Court
- American Olean®
- KTL Ceramica
- Wonder Porcelain™
- Primo Tools™
- Surface Shop
What If I Missed Coverings 2023?
Not everyone’s able to make it out to Coverings every year. Luckily, you can get an idea of some of the things that were discussed by checking out the Coverings blog!
There you’ll be able to sample the podcasts recorded in The Podcast Studio! You can also learn more about the 2023 Coverings Rockstars and the 2023 CID Award Winners!
Of course, now’s also a good time to get more information about Coverings 2024 to ensure you don’t miss that one!
When Is Coverings 2024?
Coverings 2024 will run from April 22-25, 2024 at the George World Congress Center. If you’re curious to learn more about the event, including who will be exhibiting there and when it will officially open, you can do so on the Coverings website.
That’s also a great place to go if you’re looking to book a hotel ahead of time. As always, we’re excited to see everyone there next year!
Need Tile for Bathroom Remodeling in Miami?
You’ve come to the right place. At D&B Tile, we’re committed to helping people get the perfect tile for their project. We’ve been in this business for generations, and over that time, we’ve been proud to consistently partner with only the finest suppliers.
Have any questions about what we can do for you? Would you like to speak with a tile expert? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us today. We’re excited to speak with you!