When it comes to design trends, Chicago interior designer Donna Mondi of Donna Mondi Interior Design is always ahead of the game. She’s a trendsetter, not a trend follower.
We asked Donna, when it comes to tile and stone, what is she currently gravitating towards and what she expects to see more of this year. We also had fellow RNDD Member, Materials Marketing weigh in to recommend products from their line up that would help you make each trend come to life in your own home.
“Hardwood has dominated for the past decade but tile flooring is making a comeback!” – Donna Mondi
In this Contemporary Urban Condo, Donna chose a dramatic, black tile floor for the kitchen and dining room. The result is a clean, modern home with a touch of glam.
Café Noir from Materials Marketing, is a light, chocolate-colored marble, with heavy color range. The warm earthy tones and wide variety of finishes available make this stone highly versatile – perfect for your floors.
“Trends are embracing the European influence of grandeur and elegance.” – Donna Mondi
The soothing color palette of this beautiful bedroom – designed by Donna Mondi – gets a dose of warmth from the stone fireplace which brings a touch of European design influence to a modern space.
This trend is beautifully emulated in Materials Marketing’s exterior elements. Here you’ll find custom door and window surrounds that can be fully customized to your specifications. If your home is more Mediterranean inspired, use a quoin to mimic the old-world appeal of building corners. Whatever you choose, there are a plethora of colors and finishes to make it truly one of a kind.
In this Gold Coast master bathroom – which was awarded Best Bathroom by Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago in 2019 – Donna used a honed Thassos and polished Nero Marquina tile floor laid in a contemporary pattern adding just the right amount to whimsy to this sophisticated room.
“Blending two natural stones in an interesting pattern gave this bathroom the bold, dramatic effect I was going for.” – Donna Mondi
In order to create a similar look for your own bathroom, Materials Marketing recommends combining Nero and Carrara for a striking design. Nero is a bold, black marble with subtle white veining throughout. Carrara is the original, and most sought-after white and grey Italian marble, with medium color range. The classic soft veining is seen in structures and carvings all over the world. For when the best is the only acceptable option.
Modern Marble Surrounds
Nero Marquina marble is a classic, rich black marble with a distinctive white vein pattern. In this Modern Sophisticated Condo designed by Donna (pictured left), Nero takes on a new look with a clean, mitered edge modern fireplace surround.
“The goal of this project was to create a fashion-forward home that was lush and comfortable but with an edge. This dramatic statement piece in the center of the living room helped bring that vision to life.” – Donna Mondi
Left: Design by Donna Mondi Interior Design / Photography by Werner Straube | Right: Photo courtesy of Materials Marketing
The fireplace is the centerpiece of your home and central to the legacy of Materials Marketing. With decades of carving experience and custom designs to draw from, they can modify or create from scratch the perfect addition to your home or project. Their contemporary fireplace surround, in particular, adds a lot of visual depth and a modern edge to this space.
Color and Pattern
“One trend I can get on board with is the comeback of color and pattern in natural stone. The way we used the tile here on the countertops and backsplash added so much depth and interest to this otherwise simple kitchen.” – Donna Mondi
A highly versatile marble, with warm red and pink hues, Breccia Fiore from Materials Marketing, and its medium color range will provide the pop of color your project needs.
About Donna Mondi Interior Design: Donna’s aesthetic is a fusion of European Classicism with American Modernism, along with an element of surprise. Inspired by a long love affair with European architecture and furniture design along with 20th-century American style, Donna’s work is influenced by many different periods including French Moderne, Hollywood Regency, and Mid-Century Modern, to name a few. The firms’ approach is to infuse interiors with elements of different periods and styles to create timeless, unpredictable surroundings. By merging traditional and contemporary style, the end result is interiors with layered textures, avant-garde elements, and cutting-edge styling. dmondiinteriordesign.com
About Materials Marketing: Founded in 1965 and proudly residing in San Antonio, Materials Marketing produces stone and tile for every project. They work closely with residential and commercial architects, home-owners, and designers. As America’s oldest and largest fully integrated stone manufacturer, their abilities can match any design or inspiration. Drawing on decades of experience, combined with expert stone-carvers, Materials Marketing carries on traditions that have existed since ancient Greece. Their high level of craftsmanship demands only the best-quarried stone, ensuring each project represents not only the aesthetics you desire but outlives any fleeting trend. www.materials-marketing.com