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Marble Flooring and Other Signature Elements of Contemporary Design

Posted by Daltile Team on Oct 21, 2015 8:30:00 PM

Fluid and fresh, contemporary design is focused on balance. It often includes color palettes made up of similar tones and features bright accent walls, which all work together to give a space rounded lines and design clarity. It perfectly walks the line between formal and functional to give any home a comfortable feel. Here's all you need to know about successfully creating a contemporary design.

Start by Choosing the Right Materials

Achieving a contemporary style in your home may sound easy, but it requires the ability to match understated design with subtle touches of sophistication to pull it off properly. Conduct plenty of research and work with an interior design professional to gather and translate your needs into your plans. Start by choosing materials that will help to highlight your contemporary design aspirations. This can be a big commitment, so it may be necessary to front-load some time and money to get it just right. Remember that a good contemporary design often starts with a great color palette that allows you to build around it with your materials, such as flooring and accessory pieces. Marble flooring works perfectly within a contemporary genre because of its lighter color and strong visual impact. The same can be said of limestone, slate, and other natural flooring materials.

Marble Collection in First Snow Elegance in 12 x 12 and 12 x 24 on the walls and floor

Go with Natural Stone Tile for a Modern Look

When it comes to choosing flooring options for your contemporary space, natural stone can be a great option. The natural stone flooring category encompasses a wealth of materials that are mined from quarries.

The stone is then cut down to tile size and given a finish to create a radiant effect.
Natural stone offers a high degree of variation and is available in a wide range of colors, allowing you to find the perfect option to achieve your design dreams. Each and every tile is slightly different, which guarantees that floors crafted from a natural material are one-of-a-kind. From the rich, renaissance look of marble, to the darker, rustic tones of slate flooring, the beauty of stone is varied and versatile enough to fit in with any style of contemporary decor.

  • If you want an elegant, sophisticated design that's still modern, consider incorporating marble flooring into various rooms throughout your home. Marble tile is known for its heavy veining, and it comes in an array of shades and designs to suit any decor. Marble tile will also last a lifetime if it's cared for properly. As with most stone tiles, you'll want to seal marble to prevent damage.
  • Limestone is another contemporary natural stone material that is available in a wide spectrum of gray, white, beige, and other natural tones. With distinctive flecks and granular patterns, it can add an instant touch of elegance to any room. For example, a limestone floor can transform a simple bathroom into a luxurious, contemporary at-home spa.
  • If you love the look of natural stone, but prefer a glazed ceramic tile, the Marble Falls line rivals the exquisite details that are often found in nature. Produced with Reveal Imaging technology, this line offers crisp graphics and wide pattern variation with delicate veining that will draw the eye again and again. These glossy floor, wall, and mosaic tiles are offered in a neutral color palette and a variety of sizes. All options will help to add a luxurious feel to any contemporary space. If you like this line, try going with a field tile for your floor and a complementary smaller wall tile option. Pair this look with a white porcelain sink and plenty of natural sunlight to give your room a bright, up-to-date design.

Opt for Wood-Look Tiles to Keep Your Space Looking Current

Another flooring option that meets contemporary design standards is wood-look tile. The Timber Glen line, for instance, will allow you to add the rustic, contemporary character of wood but with the qualities of reliable porcelain tile. After recently adding a sixth color option to its existing five hues, this line adds warmth and richness to any space. For classic character and radiant beauty, this material option more than makes the cut, giving you timeless design and quality materials.

The Timber Glen Contemporary collection adds a modern, more stylized twist. Capturing the look of rich wood planking in five exquisite tones, this porcelain tile exudes modern elegance with an elegant fashion sense. Choose from a variety of shades to match your specific contemporary design needs.

Timber Glen in Cocoa 6 x 24 on the floor

Finalize Your Design with the Latest Accessories

Contemporary spaces can be even more modernized through the incorporation of natural fabrics such as silk, wool, linen, and cotton. These elements are inherently neutral in tone, and offer texture and visual appeal. Lighting is also a major part of contemporary style, and is used as an artistic statement that helps bring rooms together. Consider adding floor and table lamps that feature sleek metallic finishes, or introducing color to an otherwise understated space with bright lamp shades that add an unexpected touch to your space. Finish off your space by drawing attention to your art and accessories with recessed or track lighting. This will immediately make your space feel more contemporary.

When looking for the perfect combination of form and function for a bathroom, carefully consider the bath accessories you choose. Go with updated traditional shelving in cast metal or stone, which will match any style and come in finishes that range from white gloss to oil-rubbed bronze. Daltile offers products in these complementary finishes, and many are permanently sealed with Q-Seal, which protects against stains and abrasions. Their sleek designs feature a lip around the edge to prevent items from slipping off the shelves, and a drainage hole to keep liquids from collecting.

If you're aiming to create a contemporary design, start by choosing modern materials, such as marble flooring or crisp limestone countertops, that will look appealing and clean. Then add pops of color, an accent wall, or decorative artwork to help bring your tile flooring and other base materials to life. Opt for glossy finishes to produce contemporary design excellence, and don't forget the small details, including lighting and up-to-date furniture.

For more contemporary inspiration, check out the design gallery and start planning your next project today.

Topics: Wood Look Tile, Stone

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