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Texture in Tile & Stone

In nature, texture is one of the great storytellers. From the finely delineated cuts in a stone quarry to the intricate design of a honeycomb or spider’s web, nature’s many innate textures and patterns speak of the lush complexity of the natural world—and challenge interior designers to use texture to tell their own stories throughout any interior space.

Readily available materials such as glass, limestone, marble, ceramics, and wood provide the cunning designer with opportunities to catapult texture in tile and stone to the forefront of any design style. In doing so, they create unique, inviting spaces within a home interior

Join us as we take a look at using stone and tile texture in interior design.

Texture as Key Design Element

When it comes to creating an interior design plan, there are many design concepts and textural element options to consider, including:

  • Color
  • Light
  • Scale
  • Space
  • Shape

But a key design element that too often receives less consideration—or gets left off the list altogether—is texture.

There are few better ways to add depth, visual interest, and flair to any interior space than by incorporating a textural element into the design, especially with tile and stone. From elegant fireplaces faced with the finest natural stones to mosaic tiles that make your kitchen or bathroom a work of art, there is no shortage of compelling options for integrating these natural materials into your design plan. To learn more about the best stone for fireplace designs, visit our blog today. 

Ceramic Tiles 

From the old world to the new, ceramic tiles have graced the floors and walkways of some of civilization’s most revered spaces, from the glazed and colored bricks of Ancient Babylon in the 5th century B.C. to the tiles that decorate the floors, ceilings, walls, pools, and pillars of the iconic Taj Mahal. 

But these time-tested natural materials are no longer reserved exclusively for shahs and emperors. Ceramic tiles have long been introduced into a variety of settings, both domestic and commercial, and to great effect.

For a touch of old-world glamour or a zap of creativity, ceramic tiles are the way to go.

Ceramic tiles laid in classic patterns like herringbone add a visual dynamic to the floors of your kitchen or bathroom, while mixing patterns and tile types can accentuate the natural divisions between areas in spaces with an open modern interior plan. Brick-like tiles in off-set or staggered arrangements can help achieve a modern industrial look, or place classic stone tiles in a grid for something more traditional.

A few of the practical benefits of ceramic tiles include:

  • Durability – Gone are the cracked and chipped tiles you might associate with older architectural examples. Today’s ceramic tile is scratch-resistant, water-proof, and comparable to the hardest materials on the planet—ensuring your space always impresses.
  • Versatility – The plethora of options for texture, color, and shape make ceramic tile uniquely customizable to an array of design sensibilities.

Mosaics

Another ancient craft that’s been reimagined for the modern era, patterned mosaic tiles can add smooth elegance, deep luxury, or set an artistic vibe in any space. From floors to accent walls to backsplashes to simple decor, tile mosaics can be incorporated in various ways throughout a design plan.

Marble mosaic tiles in a variety of patterns and colors allow the talented designer to achieve delicate balances of lightness and darkness, coolness and warmth, and elegance and whimsy. Combining light and dark tiles can set a thoughtful, moody vibe, while classic white marble with a subtle pattern in gold or silver can bring a more homey warmth and charm to a room.1 

Architectural Stone

Architectural stone presents a wealth of opportunities to infuse a design with a sense of classic luxury. The finest natural stones in the world combine with the most sophisticated design trends to make any space a showstopper. 

Bathrooms become palatial retreats when natural stones are incorporated into the design, from wrap-around tub enclosures to polished marble walls and floors. And hand-carved staircases, marble balustrades, and luxurious stone fireplaces allow you to bring a heightened sense of glamour into every corner of your home interior

Natural architectural stones integrate seamlessly with different material like:

  • Glass
  • Tiles
  • Mosaics 

Add Stone and Tile Texture to Your Design with Materials Marketing

Using texture in stone and tile in a design plan can exert a lot of influence over the design’s aesthetic, the distribution of light in the space, and even the space’s temperature. Choosing the right materials, stone or tile installation patterns, and textures can be a delicate and difficult chore. 

At Materials Marketing, our expert design team is here to help you tell the stories you want to tell within texture design. Our natural stones and custom mosaics are from our own quarries, cut, carved, and polished ourselves, ensuring top-notch quality in everything we do.

We’ve been incorporating stones and tiles into interior design plans for 50 years. Our expert design team is knowledgeable, friendly, and standing by to help bring your design dreams to life. Visit one of our showrooms or get in touch today to learn more about an array of topics including navy blue design to an arts and crafts fireplace design.Visit our website today to learn how to incorporate these design elements!

 

Sources: 

  1. TileClub. The Mosaic Tile Picks for 2021 Interior Design Trends. https://www.tileclub.com/blogs/news/the-mosaic-tile-picks-for-2021-interior-design-trends