There is something that little bit more special about using natural materials in your interior design. This can really help to create harmonious, welcoming areas that make a house feel more like a home. Stone tiles are a great choice for floor and wall design as they offer an attractive and highly durable finish.
There are many types of stone tiles available and each offers their own benefits. You do need to do your homework and look around at the stone tiles available so that you can pick the right options for your tastes, budget and requirements. Read on to find out more about the common types of stone tiles available.
Marble is a stunning natural material that will bring elegance and sophistication to any home. Marble is hardwearing but you will need to look after it carefully as the surface can be damaged by abrasive or acidic cleaners. Marble stone tiles are ideal for bathrooms, kitchens and conservatories. It is important though to choose unpolished marble for flooring in bathrooms as the polished finish does get very slippery when wet.
If you are looking for something more unusual then quartz can be a great choice. This natural stone can create some lovely sparkly finishes that provides a real impact on rooms. Quartz is very brittle and will chip easily so manufacturers combine this with resin for a stronger, more resistant finish. Quartz is not as hardwearing as other types of stone tiles so it is best to use this for wall tiling and not floor tiling.
Granite is an attractive stone that is also extremely strong and durable. There are originally granite floors in historic castles and buildings dating back hundreds of years that are still going strong.
· Granite is a great choice for flooring tiling because of its durability and is ideal for high traffic areas like hallways and kitchens.
· It is important to choose unpolished tiles as like marble the polished ones can be slippery under foot when wet.
· To maintain granite stone tiles all you need to do is sweep or vacuum them regularly and wipe over now and again with a damp mop and some mild (non-acidic) floor cleaner.
Stone tiles can provide a wonderful sense of natural charm and elegance for your homes. There are lots of different patterns, colours and finishes to choose from so you should find it easy to get the right tiles for your home design.