Elements of industrial style have been sneaking into interior design over the last several years and now the trend is here full force. Concrete is one of the easiest ways to introduce the industrial look into your space.
Though it’s the material you probably think of for driveways and patios, don’t write it off. It’s very versatile and can be very elegant in industrial-influenced designs. Porcelain concrete look tile makes getting this look simple, both for installation and maintenance.
Why Concrete Makes for Great Design
- Can go on floors, walls, countertops
Concrete’s neutral grey color and subtle variation plus its ability to be stained make it one of the most interesting industrial palettes.
Concrete can be stamped and add any type of texture you desire. That versatility can be replicated in porcelain tile as well with high-tech ink jet printing. It adds visual texture without the roughness of actual texture.
Great for floors, walls, and countertops, concrete is an element that is easy to carry through the whole design as a foundation or accent, especially in open floor plans. Take a look at Daltile’s extra-large porcelain surfaces for industrial design. Panoramic Industrial Selection collection is perfect for countertops or very large walls and floors where fewer grout lines or seams are ideal.
Wouldn’t you like to have the help of your flooring materials in keeping your home cool or warm? Concrete is a champ for retaining temperature—and porcelain concrete tile is even better! You probably think of concrete and tile as cold underfoot, but if you add some under-floor heating, your floors can become an efficient addition to your home.
Why Porcelain Concrete Tile Is Better than Concrete
- More durable
- Easier maintenance and installation
- Healthier: no VOCs
Porcelain tile is well known for its durability. It is non-porous so there are no concerns with moisture seepage as there can be with concrete. Tile is stronger than concrete, by far! Concrete can chip and crack and porcelain is much more resistant to breakage than concrete.
While concrete may require special care, tile is pretty simple to clean. Plain soap and water is all it takes to keep tile looking its best. You never have to worry about how frequently you clean your tile either. Tile installation needs only a clean, level surface and mortar to begin installation. You’ll also eliminate extra steps of stamping, staining, and sealing since the tile comes ready to go.
Concrete has minimal VOCs but add to that release agents, stains, sealers and the level goes up considerably. Tile has NO VOCs. NO off-gassing. It’s one of the healthiest and most sustainable materials available. Learn more about healthy tile.
Porcelain Concrete Tile Style
The best thing about concrete-look tile is the selection of colors, textures, sizes, and shapes. Here are a few favorites for your consideration.
This office space features Chord 24 x 24 tiles in classic concrete color, Forte Grey. If you look closely, you’ll notice the chevron textured decorative tile that defines the seating area.
This beautiful kitchen features ceramic Koncrete in Grey on the floor. An accent tile on the backsplash connects the floor and wall plus adds a geometric textured pattern in Cool Catena.
Hot, yet timeless trend, encaustic tile is traditionally made from concrete. Quartetto is porcelain but has the same gorgeous colors and patterns with added durability. Available in eight beautiful colors and eight different patterns for the ultimate in design flexibility.
Ironcraft displays a brushed concrete texture with an overlay of oxidized metals for a metallic concrete finish. Unlike concrete, tile designers can creatively combine the looks of different materials for unique style.
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