Choosing Tile: Durable, Versatile Porcelain

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Looking for a versatile, durable and easy-to-maintain tile? Consider using ceramic. Porcelain tile is ceramic that has been dry pressed into molds under high pressure and fired at an extremely higher temperature. This procedure makes it a very compact and strong substance. It comes glazed and unglazed in a wide range of colors and sizes. Most are suitable for walls, floors and business applications. (Before making your final selection, be sure to learn what the recommended usage is for every tile you are considering.) Have a look at some of the fascinating new options available today.

Prestige Custom Building & Construction, Inc..

This large format 12″x24″ tile has a linear, fabric-like design. It is used here to cover the walls and flooring, providing soothing visual feel in a minimalist bath. Coordinating mosaic tiles wrap the shower and curb flooring. Matchstick stone mosaic on the characteristic wall adds lightness and tactual feel into the space.

New Urban Home Builders

This is some 12″x24″ rectangular wall tile gray and rust tones with a beautiful metallic finish. This tile appears to be rectified, so the borders are precisely cut in the factory. Rectified tile can be set very close together, leading to tight grout joints.


A 24″x24″ almost-black tile grounds that the floor and contrasts dramatically with the white ceramic subway tile. The checkerboard towels replicate the large contrast in this kids’ bath. Red accents add pops of colour.

Mahoney Architects & Interiors

Were you aware that classic white hexagonal tile is ceramic? It is thinner than normal flooring tile and includes a net backing for ease of installation.

Harrell Remodeling, Inc..

Porcelain tile allows you get the stone look without having to worry about applying sealer. (It is still a fantastic idea to seal the grout, though, to reduce staining.) This glistening tile has colour variation designed to seem like travertine. A subtle layout is created using 18″x18″ and 2″x2″ accent tiles.

Giulietti Schouten Architects

Rectangular tile at a herringbone pattern creates a striking charcoal gray floor. Does not this tile seem like wood planks? The red glass accent tiles pick up the bright red custom glass backsplash above the cooktop.

Giulietti Schouten Architects

Here’s a view from another angle.

Schnarr Craftsmen Inc

This 12″x12″ slate-look tile has blue-gray and rust tones in it. I really like the way the persimmon walls pull out the orange at the tile.

Laura Bielecki

In a contemporary bath, the walls are coated with tan ceramic tile in an offset pattern. This tile is created with rectangular bits of varying lengths and widths and comes in sheets that easily fit together like a puzzle.

Lazzari USA – a brand of Foppapedretti

This glazed ceramic tile looks like terracotta. Crossville has a similar tile named Color Blox, which has a color body.

Marlene Wangenheim AKBD, CAPS, Allied Member ASID

This flooring tile layout can be created with 6″x6″ and 12″x12″ or 8″x8″ and 16″x16″ tiles. A similar tile using a gentle rustic look is available from Casa dolce Casa.

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