Natural Inspiration for Your HomeLee Johnson
The use of natural materials in the home is a hugely popular décor idea that appears to be standing the test of time within the interior design world. Natural materials are ideal for bringing a little warmth and beauty to your home. So, when looking for something to add appeal to your walls and floors in your home, you can’t beat the timeless design of natural stone tiles.
Of course, different types of natural stone have their own unique charm and character. With this in mind, as a leading online tile supplier, we’ve put together a quick guide to some of the most common natural stone tile varieties and how you can use these to the best effect in your home.
Whether you are looking for a dark and sleek tone or a spacious and light space, you will find a marble tile to suit your needs. For example, if bright and airy is something you are seeking, within our Ca Pietra tiles collection, we have beautiful honed marble tiles, which add instant sophistication to a room. This porous stone is gorgeous and elegant, making it a great option for formal areas. Marble also possesses a natural luxury appeal, ideal for giving the rooms in your home a more opulent feel. These tiles can come in a vast selection of colours and styles, which makes them a perfect addition to most aesthetics and décor.
Marble is a durable tile, often lasting decades after installation. Even in high-traffic areas, they will remain in excellent condition. However, it’s worth noting that marble can be prone to stains and scratches, requiring a little more care and attention than other natural stone varieties. So, choosing this as a flooring option may need more maintenance than superficial cleaning.
Slate can be used as a durable flooring material or add texture to your walls. This durable material is highly durable and resistant to stains and scratches, which offers the perfect option for high-traffic areas or areas such as the dining room without worrying that the tiles will become damaged over time. These tiles also provide a natural rustic vibe to any space in your home, making them an ideal feature for both kitchens and bathrooms.
Slate is the forever tile within the interior design sector, as these tiles can have a life span of 150 to 200 years. However, if you choose a softer slate, you can expect lesser longevity, but they will still provide 75 years of stunning appeal. These tiles come in shades of blue and grey depending on where they were quarried, so if a dark texture does not fit your home, there are many other options. For example, our BELLACASA Slate Gris tiles could offer the perfect solution for that industrial city chic vibe within your home without being overpowering your space with dark shades.
Granite tiles are a hugely popular choice and very much in demand. The natural beauty of granite will upgrade spaces with ease. As the most burdensome natural stone available, granite is particularly hard-wearing. As such, granite can be a sublime option for your home’s busy footfall and hectic areas. Granite tiles are also available in a wide range of beautiful colours to offer personal and unique appearances.
Installing granite tiles offers many benefits, such as ease of maintenance. Unlike other natural tiles, granite is naturally repellent to water, making it much harder to stain and easier to clean without making the tile vulnerable. Luxury stores and busy workplaces often use them to provide durable flooring. Granite is also a high-end material, which could even add significant value to your property and is potentially why most homeowners choose granite for their floor tiles or even as a statement piece for their walls.
Travertine is a limestone formed in hot springs and limestone caves to create a beautiful sedimentary rock. Travertine tiles are available in a variety of rich and earthy tones and can bring a touch of charm to any home. Given that these tiles are made from natural stone, they’re also unique, and no two tiles are the same.
Travertine has a matte finish and is typically used in areas of the home such as kitchens, bathrooms and hallways for a traditional yet cosy aesthetic. Many travertine tiles, such as our Original Style tiles within the Earthworks collection, have usually been tumbled to offer softened edges, mellowed shades and an antique, worn finish. These tiles look ideal in countryside kitchens and offer a durable flooring option.
As a natural stone, this material has been used for hundreds of years and for a good reason too. Firstly the durability of the material. The pyramids, built over 4000 years ago, were erected using limestone, so if you’re considering a hard-wearing option, limestone is the ideal material. Like other natural stone tiles, this material comes in various colours depending on where they were quarried. This makes them very versatile and can be used throughout the home in multiple ways.
Most of the time, homeowners will choose limestone tiles to create a harmonious and tranquil room. Their natural appeal and light shades can offer a spa-like aesthetic and, therefore, would be perfect for bathrooms to give a sense of relaxation.
Finding the Right Tiles for Your Home
If you’re looking for stone tiles, then here at Kendal Tile and Stone, we’re suppliers of a fantastic range of tile products, including a vast array of beautiful, natural stone tiles. As stockists of high-profile brands, including Villeroy and Boch tiles, we’re on hand to help you find suitable tiles.
For more information about our range of tile products, please don’t hesitate to contact us today by calling us at 01539 741155, and a friendly team member will be happy to help you with your enquiries.