Have you noticed the connection between tile and fashion? Fabric designs replicated onto porcelain and ceramic tiles offer unique and creative options. Checks, pinstripes, ethnic embroidery, tapestry, and brocade create interesting textural effects. Aboriginal art is an ethnic trend in interior design, and Johnson Tiles collaborated with Aboriginal artists to reproduce their fabric designs onto tile.
Also on trend with the fashion industry is the use of style elements such as organic, rustic, geometric, and metallic and 3D. Whether you prefer tile constructed of metal or porcelain tile made to look like metal, just about any material or finish is available. For that reason, the use of tile has surged in popularity!
Reclaimed wood is more popular than ever, but who has the time to scour the countryside for the perfect century-old barn wood? That’s why wood look-a-like tiles are so desirable. They’re available in both ceramic and porcelain. With wood-look-a-like tile, you can get the look for less and in the dimensions you prefer. And clean-up and maintenance of tile is certainly easier than trying to clean old wood!
What the difference between Porcelain and Ceramic Tile?
Basically, porcelain tile is more durable and better suited for high traffic areas and commercial use. Porcelain tiles are made of very dense clay, which is fired at a much higher temperature for a longer time than ceramic tiles, which removes almost all of the water content. If a porcelain tile is chipped, it isn’t as noticeable because the entire tile is the color of the clay. If a ceramic tile is chipped, the clay color is visible underneath the top glaze.
Ceramic tile is durable, but not as strong as porcelain. Ceramic is porous, meaning ceramic tiles may absorb liquid spills that might cause staining. Ceramic tile is best for areas that will not be subjected to heavy use or harsh conditions such as art mosaics, walls, and kitchen backsplashes. Ceramic tiles should almost always stay indoors, since weather conditions can weaken and crack ceramic tile.
With an increasing focus on the environment, glass recycling is at an all-time high. Despite these efforts, more than half of the glass placed in recycling bins ends up in landfills. As you may know, glass will not break down. In an effort to reduce waste, glass is repurposed for many uses including tiles. Recycled Glass tile gives homeowners the ability to “go green” in style. Recycled glass tiles are made in a broad spectrum of colors as well as shapes, sizes, textures, and designs. Glass has a luminescent quality, making it great for rooms that need more light. Other benefits of glass tiles include durability and use both indoors and outdoors. Glass tiles are non-porous, so they don’t hold water or stains.
Whether used for accents, floors, backsplashes, or as a full room treatment, tile can make a major impact. Tile can be used to define areas of a room, make a seamless transition between rooms, or create a focal point of the room. A space can immediately feel more relaxing or more vibrant. The key to achieving a particular look is choosing the right size, durability, and style of tiles for the space that you are decorating. In our area, there are numerous tile distributors, home, office, kitchen and bath, and flooring showrooms where you can see examples and talk to professionals.
If you’re thinking of adding space or remodeling your home or business, consider using tile to create a unique look that’s compelling— from simple to intricate, soothing to vivid, tile come in countless designs, colors, and materials. If you have questions about the use of tiles or any other project, please Request a Free Consultation or call Popham at 812-479-5850.