Guest Post from Natural Stone Institute – Caring for your Natural Stone Surfaces at Home

JG Kitchens

There is no finer artist than Mother Nature. Her gifts of marble, onyx, granite, soapstone and other stones have been justly prized for millennia. Like a mane of glorious locks, natural stone surfaces require care to keep them at their best. So when the Natural Stone Institute offered a guest post on maintaining these materials, I gladly said yes. Caring for Natural Stone in the Kitchen and Bath. Know Your Stone.

Tiles in Disguise: Wood, Brick & Natural Stone Effect Tiles

The London Tile Co.

From natural looking wood to vintage-style distressed brick, there’s no shortage of designs available. These tiles allow you to create the look of natural wood, stone & brick at a fraction of the cost and with little to no maintenance. Browse our range of natural and distressed style wood effect tiles online today. The Morland tiles also have a marble effect design, and there is a matching mosaic tile to help you finish off the look.


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Caring for Natural Stone Countertops

Jack Rosen Custom Kitchens Inc.

Caring For Your New Natural Stone Countertops. Your new natural marble or granite countertop absolutely shines in your kitchen. It adds elegance and style to your decor, and its durability makes natural stone one of the most practical types of countertop materials. Depending on the type of natural stone countertop you’ve had installed, there are ways to care for it so it lasts for many years to come.

Sustainable Stone at Rubble Tile: Indonesian Mini Wave & Mini Hex Mosaics

Rubble Tile

The founders of Zen Paradise, which produces handmade natural stone mosaics, were inspired to start their company during a 1989 surf trip to Indonesia. While traveling from island to island, the vibrant colors and natural beauty of the beachy islands inspired their creative spirit.

NEW ISC Surfaces Natural Stone Collection

ISC Surfaces

Phantasie Gray ISC Surfaces has updated our natural stone tile collection in a major way to reflect changing design trends. Silver Ash Crosscut Stone Types include limestone, travertine, marble, slate, and onyx. Size options feature new sizes such as 12x24, 18x36, 3x9, clipped diamond mosaics, basketweave mosaics, hexagon mosaics, and more. Finishes include polished, honed, brushed and chiseled, and tumbled (finishes vary by stone).

Pebbles Natural Stone Mosaic Collection Extends Florida Tile’s PietraArt Line

CTDA's Tiledealer Blog

LEXINGTON KY ¾ Florida Tile continues to expand its PietraArt stone collection with the introduction of the Pebbles line of natural pebble mosaics for walls and floors. Pebbles is an another extension of our popular and growing PietraArt stone line,” Cilona says. “We First, these mosaics are offered in smooth and naturally rounded surfaces and also standing stones, meaning presented on their edges.

Our Florim USA Ethos Tile Adds the Look of Natural Stone

Conestoga Tile Blog

Source: Conestoga Tile Designed to mimic the appearance of natural stone tile , Florium USA has combined this look with the durability and and strength of porcelain. This makes it easy to use it to create everything from muted backdrops to unique mosaics you’re sure to appreciate. The post Our Florim USA Ethos Tile Adds the Look of Natural Stone appeared first on Conestoga Tile. Beautiful, durable, and reliable.

Penny Round Tile Inspiration to Fill Your Home Renovation Idea Bank

Architectural Ceramics

Our City Hall Collection , includes ceramic subway field tiles, coordinating trims and this penny round mosaic. The mosaic, shown here, is available in either a glossy or matte finish. The 1″x1″ interlocking penny round mosaic from our Kiln & Penny Collection is available in six colorways. Our Tozen Collection features glass mosaics in a wide range of shapes and colors. This special-order natural stone mosaic is worth the wait.

Take It Outside: Outdoor AC Tile Collections

Architectural Ceramics

Through high-definition printing, porcelain tiles can mimic other materials like cement or natural stone that are typical of an outdoor setting. Spaces are trending toward more natural material choices like cement and terracotta tiles. The catch is, that these seemingly low-maintenance natural tiles are a bit high-maintenance because they are only suitable for outdoor use where freezing temperatures aren’t a factor. Natural Stone & Specialty Ceramic.

Subtle Seaside Style: Tile Inspiration & Collections With a Soft Touch

Architectural Ceramics

This time last year, we featured a beach blog about AC’s Naturals Collection whose soft color palette and names are inspired by nature. AC’s Sonoma Tile Maker’s line, the Vihara Collection, color Puka Iridescent, eHex mosaic. The elongated hexagon mosaic is in the color Puka with an Iridescent finish. Below, the Puka color is shown in both finishes and in five mosaic styles. Or visit the Naturals Product Page of our website here.

New Marble & Mother of Pearl Mosaics in the Twin Cities

Rubble Tile

They have recently added eight new mosaic patterns to their collection. Chevron & Iris Chevron and Iris are two new mosaic patterns […]. The post New Marble & Mother of Pearl Mosaics in the Twin Cities appeared first on Rubble Tile : Minneapolis Tile Shop and Showroom. New Product backsplash bathroom Bathroom tile marble marble-mosaics mosaic mosaic-tile-minneapolis natural-stone-mosaics residential shower tile Tile Minneapolis tile shop minneapolis wall tile

Getting in Shape: The Skinny on Tile Shapes & Patterns

Architectural Ceramics

When considering large-format square field tile, common sizes are: 12″x12″, 18″x18″, and 24″x24″ Decorative or square accent tiles are most commonly seen in 4″x4″ or 6″x6″ Lastly, square mosaics are often mesh-mounted in a 1″x1″ or 2″x2″ size. As for square mosaics, Architectural Ceramics carries a wide range of options in all material types. Losing weight. It stinks.

Tile Tour: A Master Bathroom Decked in White

Architectural Ceramics

“In this case, I covered everything in tile; some like the floor, was large format tile, while the walls were clad in both subway-sized Thassos and mosaic marble tile, keeping it fresh and light. The collection boasts a wide selection of field tile sizes and meshed mosaics, as well as classically shaped trim pieces like a rounded pencil and chair rail. This sweetly-sized enameled glass mosaic in the off-white color Fizz will add a bit of pop to your tile installation.

How To Choose Your Tile Material

The London Tile Co.

There are 3 materials that you’ll find everyone talking about, ceramic, porcelain and natural stone. Natural Stone. Whether you love clean, cool marble, dark and dramatic Slate, or soft, light Travertine, our selection of Natural Stone Tiles will have something for you. Benefits of Natural Stone Tiles. One of the most obvious benefits of natural stone tiles is their natural beauty. Mosaics.

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Expect the Unexpected from Tile Variation

Architectural Ceramics

The same could be said when considering a handmade ceramic or natural stone, because the variation in the tile’s glaze or veining may surprise you. Architectural Ceramics is here to help you know what type of range, be it subtle or extreme, to expect from ceramic, porcelain and stone; and to know how best to prepare for it. Porcelains too, can be made with a uniform look or to mimic veining found in natural stone. Natural Stone Variation.

Iberian Inspired Limestone

Diary of a Tile Addict

Pedra Azul Natural. Pedra Azul Natural. The subtle beauty of the wavy surface brings elegance and harmony, with natural tones emphasising the organic quality of the design. Pedra Azul Natural.

10 Hot Summer Destinations & Tile Inspirations

Architectural Ceramics

Simply strolling the mosaic-tiled streets while eating a pastel de nata and taking in the sites like beautifully tiled buildings is a treat when vacationing in Lisbon. This hand-chopped and tumbled mosaic pairs two natural stones in black and beige tones, similar to those found in Lisbon. The honed and unfilled natural travertine tile is 16″ wide but varies in length. It’s summer and your vacation is calling.

Tidying Up: How to Clean Up Different Tile Types

Architectural Ceramics

Check out the following tips below, organized into categories, to care for and maintain your porcelain, ceramic, glass or natural stone tile. Machine-made ceramic tile from AC’s Neri Collection , available in small-scale field tile and mosaic sizes. Natural Stone. ” If you prefer to live with a bit of luxury in your life, then natural stone is for you. A marble mosaic from AC’s Brocade Collection.

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Sensational Stone Simulation

Diary of a Tile Addict

The Hard Surfaces & Natural Stone Show is fast approaching. From 30th April to 2nd May 2019, buyers visiting ExCel, London, will be presented with a powerful line up of ceramic, porcelain, conglomerate, ultra compact, and natural stone surface solutions, making this a must-visit event for retailers, distributors, contractors, and specifiers alike. Barriers between natural stone and ceramics in the tile sector have long since broken down.

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Tile with Money in Mind

Architectural Ceramics

Since we’re on the heels of our March Madness: ACI’s Final Four Tile Matchups blog, let’s round out a list in the same main tile types: porcelain, ceramic, glass and natural stone. Shown above, the penny round mosaic in the Petrolio color is on trend with its dark green-blue hue. We’re excited to introduce this collection because of its wide range of classic and geometric mosaics. Pietra Piasentina: Fabric and stone are both natural materials.

5 Ways to Wear White After Memorial Day

Architectural Ceramics

AC’s Candango Collection featuring a dimensional mosaic in Thassos marble. A mosaic sheet in Thassos marble from AC’s Candango Collection. The collection, shown above, features a dimensional mosaic in three natural stone marble choices: Thassos (pictured), Crema and Grigio. The outdoor space shown below is ready for guests to mix and mingle with its mix of natural elements like bamboo, metal and stone along with our Weathered Wood porcelain tile.

4 Ways to Think Big with Tile in Small Bathrooms

Architectural Ceramics

The dark rich tones of the natural wood vanity work well with the rich fabric-like texture of the tile. Our City Hall Collection features the 4″x12″ field tile shown above, as well as a 3″x6″ subway tile, a penny round mosaic, and coordinating trims like a pencil liner and base molding. The collection features the penny round mosaic, shown to the right, as well as a 3″x12″ field tile and quarter round for making transitions at an outside corner.

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Stunning New Mosaics

The Tile Shop

We just added some stunning new mosaic mixes to our collection! They feature a blend of stainless steel, mother of pearl, natural stone and glass. CORAL SPRINGS MOSAIC: PALM HARBOR MOSAIC: DAYTONA BEACH MOSAIC: I can''t wait to use these in our stores!! The first two are the Coral Springs and Palm Harbor mixes. The Palm Harbor is a bit more expensive due to the rare black onyx.what a showpiece!

Surge: AC’s Glass-Inspired Ceramic

Architectural Ceramics

Tatami: Our Tatami Collection features marble mosaics with soft color and texture. One of those mosaic options, mixes in Ming Green marble. Perfect Pebble: Nature is always full of the color green, like a forest full of trees. Our Pebble Collection brings a bit of the outside world in as an interlocking meshed mosaic. To see how this Java Grey blend pebble mosaic was used on a fireplace, visit our blog entry Keeping Warm with Fireplace Tile.

Quantum Of Quartz

Diary of a Tile Addict

The Hard Surfaces & Natural Stone Show is fast approaching. From 30th April to 2nd May 2019, buyers visiting ExCel, London, will be presented with a powerful line up of ceramic, porcelain, conglomerate, ultra compact, and natural stone surface solutions, making this a must-visit event for retailers, distributors, contractors, and specifiers alike. Barriers between natural stone and ceramics in the tile sector have long since broken down.

Sealed with a Kiss: Hexagon Kiss Dipped Tile

Architectural Ceramics

″ and 6″ mosaics. This natural stone product, made of volcanic rock, is available in large format field tiles like 16″x16″ and 12″x24″ or mosaics like a 1″ and 3″ hexagon. Our in-stock Calacatta Chablis Collection is a natural stone, similar to our Bianco Venatino Collection, that includes several field sizes, as well as mosaic and trim options.

Think Outside the Box: Rethinking the Square Shower Niche

Architectural Ceramics

For the soft grey stone look of the other shower, try our Swiss Alps Collection , featuring a similar soft grey marble. In the shower, the small-scale hexagon marble mosaic tile wraps from the vertical accent wall onto the wall above the shower ledge. The hex mosaic and the ledge flow effortlessly from the shower to above the floating vanity where it creates needed storage space. To browse our range of products online, visit our website using the Stone Product filter.

Modern Mosaics

Conestoga Tile Blog

Mosaic is defined as a picture or pattern produced by arranging together small colored pieces of hard material, such as stone, tile, or glass. The durability of tile can be seen through the sheer number of surviving mosaic art even through 2300 years! . Mosaic patterns are a beautiful way to add visual interest in the kitchen or bathroom either on the floor or the wall. Take, for example, this Florim USA Iced Rocks mosaic pattern.

4 Ways To Use a Mosaic Tile Border

The London Tile Co.

we love mosaic tiles. From non-slip wet room floors, to dazzling kitchen splashbacks, mosaic tiles have a range of uses in kitchens and bathrooms. One of the most popular uses for mosaic tiles is as a border or feature strip, so we’ve put together four ways you can use them in your home. If you want to add colour to your bathroom or kitchen without overdoing it, a bright glass mosaic tile is a great choice. Mosaic Edge Border. At The London Tile Co.

Keeping Warm with Fireplace Tile

Architectural Ceramics

Just like natural travertine tile would have a range of color variation, our porcelain does the same. The collection is also available in a range of sizes, from a large format 24″48″ field tile to a mesh-mounted 2″x2″ straight-stack mosaic. A natural stone option with a twist, the Perfect Pebble Collection from our vendor Island Stone , gives a natural look other than marble that’s perfect for a fireplace.

Marrying Tradition to Technology

Diary of a Tile Addict

The Natural Stone Show 2019 will run at ExCel London from 30th April to 2nd May. This year’s Natural Stone Show will be joined at ExCeL, London, by a new sister show: Hard Surfaces. From 30th April to 2nd May 2019, buyers will be presented with a powerful line up of ceramic, porcelain, conglomerate, ultra compact, and natural stone surface solutions, making this a must-visit event for retailers, distributors, contractors, and specifiers alike.

Bold Mosaics from Marazzi

ISC Surfaces

Midpark Mosaics Shadow Trapezoid Midpark MosaicsNatural stones and multi-surfaced porcelain create striking dimensional wall art that can be used as full-sized pieces or cut into accent strips Colors: Bark, Cloud, Rainstorm, Sandbox, Shadow Porcelain & Stone Mosaics: Square (2” x Random), Rectangle (3” x Random), Trapezoid (1” x Random) For more information about Marazzi's products, please visit their website here.

How To Use Mosaic Tiles In Your Kitchen

The London Tile Co.

Mosaic tiles have been popular for millennia, and more recently we’ve started using them in our homes – but are we using them to their full potential? The ancient Greeks and Romans used to depict stories in their mosaics, yet over the centuries we’ve demoted the teeny-tiles to a single border in a bathroom. Now, using mosaics as borders is not a bad thing, but we have some ideas on how to use them to make your kitchen more exciting.

Wetrooms and Colour Combinations

Diary of a Tile Addict

The Hard Surfaces & Natural Stone Show is fast approaching. From 30th April to 2nd May 2019, buyers will be presented at ExCel, London with a powerful line up of ceramic, porcelain, conglomerate, ultra-compact, and natural stone surface solutions, making this a must-visit event for retailers, distributors, contractors, and specifiers alike. Barriers between natural stone and ceramics in the tile sector have long since broken down.

Carrara or Carrara Look?

H.Winter Showroom Blog

I know we have done several posts about the advantages and disadvantages of stone tiles in the past.but let''s take another look at a current favorite: carrara. We have excellent carrara looking porcelain tiles, that give you the feel of natural stone without the maintenance of sealing. To protect the beauty of natural stone we recommend sealing the stone''s surface every 1-5 years dependent on where it is installed. Marble Mosaics Incredible!

How to Install Pebble Mosaic Tile


Pebble mosaic tile is one of the most popular tile backsplashes for natural bathroom walls, kitchens and feature walls. Today’s DIY project is for those of you who want the nature inspired look of pebbles on your wall, backsplash, or floor. This can be achieved with beautiful pebble mosaic tile. See how transforming your space with pebble mosaic tile could be easier than you think. How to Install Pebble Mosaic Tile.

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You’ll Love the Look of Bati Orient Quartzite and Slate Mosaics

Conestoga Tile Blog

Combining Bati Orient Quartzite and Slate mosaic tile together creates a stunning visual impact within your home. It looks fabulous when paired with natural stone tile installations and provides just the right amount of color to be noticed, but not overwhelming. Bati Orient Quartzite and Slate mosaic tile is something you have to see in person to understand how beautiful it is.

Made By Moms, For Moms: Tiled Spaces with a Feminine Touch

Architectural Ceramics

Design and photo credit via Aidan Design, featuring AC’s Estreslla shell mosaic backsplash. ACI’s Estrella Grande oval shell mosaic. Pictured above, the 2012 DC Design House features Aidan Design’s work, and Architectural Ceramic’s mother-of-pearl oval mosaic. This glossy shell mosaic takes an otherwise masculine kitchen and gives it a womanly touch. To view this, or other shell mosaics, visit one of our DC-metro area showroom locations.

A wildlife walk with Gary Drostle

Diary of a Tile Addict

In particular, a notable contribution from this mosaic artist is present in Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in California. The ground floor is, naturally, the home of the California seashore. Crab and mussels mosaic. Shoal of mackerel mosaic. Using terrazzo to mimic the sand and sea, he designed ten unique wildlife mosaics to be dispersed throughout the floor. Tide pool mosaic. Tide pool mosaic stairway wrap. Burl outcrop mosaic.

The Rich Hues & Varied Tones of Rubble Tile’s New Porcelain Collections

Rubble Tile

Variations in tone, shade, and hue are some of the most prominent features of natural stone tile. We’re excited to introduce two new porcelain tile collections by Mediterranea that use color variation to replicate the beauty of natural stone. And the most sought after.

Employee Spotlight: Commercial Sales Manager David Arabe

Architectural Ceramics

David: There are a lot of great ones, but I love our new Stone Run Collection. Stone Run Collection in the color Dark in all three finishes: the vanity wall in Minimal (slight variation), the floors in Martellata (stone-like variation), and the shower wall in Rullata (flamed texture). Calacatta Chablis Collection in the 4″ hexagon natural stone mosaic.

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Trick or Treat: Trade Tips for a Sweet Install

Architectural Ceramics

It’s no secret that natural stone has natural variation. speaks to a scary common client question: can natural stone can be hand-picked? “If you are ordering marble, limestone, or any natural stone, be prepared to go with flow. Literally, the flow of the veining, color variation, and natural striations will vary,” Vallefuoco says. “If you can embrace the shade variation, you know the trick !”

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The London Tile Co.

Natural Stone Mosaics require sealing with a tile sealer. Check out our range of tile sealing and cleaning products available to order online. Advice DIY Tiling Tips