Surfaces: Neutral Ground

Marble is still the primary inspiration, but a dynamic range of sophisticated grey tones paired with warm hues and supported by ever-improving eco-friendly technology show that countertops and backsplashes can provide the right balance.

Dekton Onirika | Cosentino

Shown for the first time to the Canadian market at IDS Toronto, this carbon neutral surface collection, designed by Regina-born Nina Magon, mixes the graphic patterns of marble with a more energetic colour palette in Dekton’s arsenal.

Dreamy Collection | Durasein

New for 2022 is the Sun Kissed line which, according to Carolyn Ames Noble, founder of Ames Design Collective, board Chair for ASID National, and who worked on the collection, is an “interpretation of the golden hour, where the quality of light renders warm undertones.” Copper threads are burnished through a field of opaline to achieve this aesthetic.

Inverness | Cambria

The four new designs in this line cap off what was a very healthy year of launches for the quartz surfaces company. Inspired by the forces of nature, the textures of Gold, Bronze, Cobalt and Platinum are intentionally subtle. “There is a slight contrast between the veining and the background—just enough for a real raw look and feel that captures a sense of nature,” says Summer Kath, Cambria’s EVP of design.

Pietra Collection | LX Hausys America

A big player in engineered stone, LX Hausys introduced a myriad of new colours at KBIS 2022 to its already populous collections, including Ombra to the Pietra Collection (itself part of the HIMACS Solid Surface line), characterized by short-flow veins in smoky greys and warm brown patterns reminiscent of volcanic rock.

Living Impressions | Formica Canada

The Québec-based surfacing mainstay launched new additions to their Living Impressions Collection earlier this year. The launch adds 14 organic patterns and modern marbles to the brand’s repertoire with five additional 180fx patterns, nine Formica Laminate designs and one new texture.

Pebbles Collection | Caesarstone

“This year, we truly felt inspired by our need to integrate calm, serene and softness into our homes,” says Ken Williams, president and CEO of Caesarstone, The Americas, hence a palette of warm, grey monochromes laced with softer hues.