Whether it is the majestic marble tiles or the many-colored granite tiles, interior designers have not stopped wondering. Ceramic and porcelain tiles too, that are far more affordable, come with clever imitations of wood, cloth, and cement textures. Consider the mesmerizing blends of stone, glass, and metal with their intricate designs.
Tiles have certainly come to stay, compulsorily for exotic floors and often found on walls too. Glance around at the floors and walls of the trendiest malls, airports, and healthcare facilities in the heart of the city. What would probably be witnessed are colorful extravaganzas of natural stone or ceramic tiles of various patterns and dimensions. Larger formats are now the vogue and they give the impression of larger spaces.
It does involve sentiments and déjà vu, but the days of wooden floors and decorative carpets are now gone. What probably lasted for thousands of years has now receded into the pages of history. But why? Wood and carpets were pretty enough and insulated against the cold, but were not so durable or cost effective either. Spills and stains on carpets could be quite destructive. Wood is also susceptible to insects and water and could be damaged by children at play though wood does last and last.
Compare the effort and the expense with natural stone or ceramic tiles! Once installed, there is little to worry about for decades. Wood requires periodic replenishment and carpets do not have a long life either. In terms of attractiveness too, manufacturers and artists have been exploring new frontiers. The tile designs and materials on display truly tempt the imagination. Business premises, particularly have a heyday in creating surroundings that attract customer curiosity.
Tiled floors that last a lifetime
While tile prices are getting more and more affordable along with a great variety of colors and patterns, maintenance is easy. Tiles tolerate heat and cold well and require nothing more than a wipe with soapy water. Spills and stains do not really bother them. If the installation is done well, usually with cement, and the grout and the sealing are applied well, that is it. The usual cleaning would suffice, particularly for spills and splashes.
An infinite variety of materials, colors, and patterns
Which flooring would it be for the residence or business premises? Marble, granite, travertine, slate, limestone, porcelain, quartzite, sandstone, ceramic, onyx and so much more. A wide range of sizes like 12X12, 12X24, 16X16, 16X24 etc. make installation easy and convenient. Special shapes and patterns are available besides the squares and the rectangles.
Bring floors to life and match the tile designs with the walls and ceilings, electronics, furniture and wall hangings! Those striking color schemes may appear simplistic and minimal, but require great effort and skill to work out. Among the trending patterns are black and white or only white and only black. People seem to be tiring of excessively bright color symbolism nowadays in every media form! Conversely, even if everything about the interior is in good shape, but the floor is unattractive, that is a great let down. Floors nowadays do require a lot of attention just like everything else.
Look forward to flashy floors!
Keeping up with emerging trends is certainly exciting. Sandstone, onyx, and limestone floors are not as common as ceramic and porcelain floors. Durability, affordability and attractive patterns are the reasons why ceramics are in such great demand. They will last for ages and bring cool looks like clever imitations of marble too, so precise that it is difficult to make out the difference.
Gimmicks apart, why not go in for the king of natural stone, the marble wonders in a range of mellow shades, truly the stuff of dreams. It is certain that once it is installed, there is no looking back. The marble that has graced churches and palaces for thousands of years is auspicious indeed and a symbol of prosperity.
Slate, quartzite, and travertine have their unique graces too, and many designers and homeowners swear by them. In the choice between natural stone and porcelain that is basically clay, the stone would certainly be more durable in the long run, though more expensive. One way or the other, clever arrangements of colors, designs and materials would ensure esthetic and durable floors to last a lifetime and more.