The classic look of stone is one that designers would love to put in many places, but the nature of stone can be limiting. If you’ve been dreaming of a marble kitchen only to be warned that it may not be the best surface for that space, listen up! There are new options available that may allow you to get what you want without raising the alarm.
Using Natural Stone Intelligently
With some common sense and a little knowledge, you’ll be able to make informed decisions about proper stone applications so you’ll have the look you want without the risk.
Polished granite is beautiful on the kitchen island, but manufacturers don’t recommend it for the bathroom floor. Marble might be a great option for the bathroom vanity, but its delicate nature might be in need of constant maintenance in a busy kitchen.
Daltile’s Dignitary (part of the Stone Attaché collection) was inspired by limestone from French quarries. Though Dignitary is a porcelain tile, the veining and fossil layers on the inkjet produced surface look just like real limestone.
Six neutral tones, large sizes (up to 24 x 48), and a 2cm thick paver give you plenty of options no matter how you plan to use the tile. It also comes in three finishes: unpolished, light polished, and textured for more design flexibility.
It’s a stone-look tile that fits in with classic styling, but can also be a great surface for more contemporary designs. It’s a look that works in commercial spaces or residential homes. This enduring look will last as long as the durable porcelain will.
What about outside? You’d think that stone would be right at home in the great outdoors where it came from, but extreme weather may be a threat for stone tile.
On the other hand, a textured granite on the floor can decrease risk. Sealing your marble vanity will save you some maintenance. And a paver or thicker tile will stand up to freezing conditions outdoors. It’s more about picking the right specs than it is about whether or not you can put stone in your favorite locations.
Porcelain tile does a great job for busy families where you need durability, easy clean up, and less maintenance. And with tile available in realistic looking stone visuals, you can get the look of stone with the convenience of porcelain.
Daltile’s new collection, Stone Attaché, is a line of stone-look porcelain tile with everything you are looking for. You can choose from tile that replicates exotic limestone, sandstone, quartzite, and more. Larger formats and abstract mosaics give you design flexibility that fits in your budget. It’s virtually maintenance-free and can go just about anywhere, including the kitchen, bathroom, walls, floors, the patio, and even on the pool.
ONE™ Quartz Surfaces
ONE Quartz is an engineered stone made of 93% quartz. Resin and coloring is added and the result is the ultimate in design flexibility and durability. Quartz is the rising star of the countertop industry. It employs real stone but has high-tech qualities. It is virtually maintenance-free and is as tough as most granite surfaces.
It is available in granite type looks, as well as marble visuals. Quartz can go just about anywhere and continues to look great even in tough circumstances. As demand grows for this product, more styles become available. Look for different finishes and new stone-look offerings in the coming year.
Take a look at your options and make the right choice for you.