Tile 101

When shopping for tile, it may become overwhelming as there are so many different types and varieties. There’s hand-made tile, manufactured tile, natural stone tile, and the list goes on. Well, if you’re wondering about the different options there are out there, then you’ve come to the right place! Today we cover the basics of the different types of tile along with some real projects. Let’s go!

Ceramic

Ceramic tile is formed by a mixture of clay through a process of heating and cooling. Ceramic tile can be made into various colors and patterns, with either a gloss or matte finish. It can also be left natural as in the case of terra cotta.

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Porcelain

Porcelain tile is similar to ceramic tile except it is made with finer clay, which makes it denser and less porous through the production process. Porcelain tile too can come in various colors and patterns. Also, this is a good option for indoor and outdoor use.

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Travertine

Travertine is a natural stone from the limestone family. It comes in various sizes along with various natural beige colors. It can also be found in several finishes which make it unique: tumbled, polished, chiseled, and honed.

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Faux Wood

Faux wood is exactly what it sounds like. This can be found in both ceramic and porcelain tile. It’s a great option for high traffic areas that want to protect their flooring, or also in wet areas such as bathrooms. Faux wood has come a long way as it looks very realistic.

Faux Wood

Slate

Slate is a type of stone that has many varying colors. It can range anywhere from orange tones, blue tones, green tones and brown tones. It is a softer stone, so beware when using this in high-traffic areas.

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Marble

As there are several types of marble, the first one that usually comes to mind is white marble. White marble comes from very pure limestone. This is another soft stone, so treatment is recommended in any application such as countertops or flooring. Marble gives your design a nice and classic look!

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Pebbles and Stone

Can’t settle on one material? No worries! Why not mix it up and do a pebbles and stone combination? Mixing materials gives your space interest and adds texture.

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Glass

Glass tile has become very popular as it can come in various colors and textures. It makes for fun design when used as an accent or as the main backsplash tile.

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Metal

Metal is a great way to add that feminine, and masculine touch (depending on color and how you use it) into any design! Here we have it as an accent in a bar area, we love this look!

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