1. Walls-any, floor-matt
The most popular are three types of granite tiles: polished, unpolished and lappated. Glossy surfaces have lost the primacy to matte ones in recent years, but they are confidently becoming leaders again. Polished tiles are especially good in small rooms, where they visually expand the space.
It is recommended to make the floor matte – an inverted reflection sometimes creates psychological discomfort. If you need to maintain the interior in a single style, which is important for minimalism or modern classics, choose a collection of tiles with a single pattern, but different types of surface treatment. A good example is the" marble " Supreme series from Ametis by Estima. The floor is finished with a matte material, and the walls and furniture, including the kitchen island, are polished.
2. Two textures instead of one
The trend is a contrasting combination of natural materials or their imitations. The "duet" of wood and stone patterns is very effective: marble, travertine, onyx, depending on the style of the room. It is desirable to enhance the contrast due to the different size and shape of the tile. Large-format "marble" and narrow rectangles "a la parquet board" are just what you need.
Lifehack: Contrasting textures are joined at the inner corners to hide the joints. Usually, niches or protruding elements and the background wall are decorated in different ways.
3. The ideal size is the one where there is less cropping
Large-format tiles are suitable for small rooms, if it is a multiple of the area of the walls and floor. It is aesthetic, creates the illusion of a monolith and is easy to care for. With ceramic granite of standard sizes, it is easier to save on buying and installing, you can afford a diagonal layout, a "herringbone" or with an offset. For a specific room, the option where you have to cut the tile less is better.
The choice of size and shape is also influenced by:
For retro and classic, a fashionable hexagon is ideal, as well as squares or rectangles with a side length of no more than 600 mm. In minimalism, a large format looks better.
The configuration of the room
The more complex it is – the smaller the tile is used to fit into all the kinks.
The pattern of porcelain stoneware
Marble textures and any slabs require large solid surfaces, other materials are more "democratic".
For a concise environment, you need a diverse background in texture and vice versa.
It is undesirable to make floor tiles less than wall tiles – this causes psychological discomfort.
You can select interesting combinations of the shape, size and color of the tile yourself, through 3D visualization. Or buy a ready-made collection, where experienced designers have already done it. Pay attention to the selection of Spectrum porcelain stoneware, which presents bright and atmospheric decor options for different styles.
4. Our goal is a seamless monolith
The interiors are dominated by biophilic design and porcelain stoneware, which accurately copies natural materials. Only massive seams with their ruthless geometry interfere with perception. To narrow the distance between the tiles to 1 – 1.5 mm, a rectified ceramic granite with a chamfer, cut off at the factory, is used. It has a smooth edge and a single caliber, which ensures laying almost closely, as if we are looking at a natural monolith.
Important: the method is not suitable for underfloor heating due to strong temperature changes. Here, the interplate seam should be at least 2 mm, and the deformation gap along the walls should be from 4 to 5 mm.
5. Invisible grout
Tile benefits from bright colored seams, but this technique is not typical for porcelain stoneware. The grout is tinted under the tile, but it is half a ton lighter, then it will really be invisible. The falling shadow eliminates the difference – if it is not taken into account, the seams will appear darker. For porcelain stoneware with a multicolored pattern, the grout is selected, focusing on the prevailing shade.