How to Care for Natural Stone

Decorative Materials

Stone selection may be our forte at Decorative Materials, but we know that the journey doesn’t end after you’ve discovered the perfect natural stone surface. First, you need to know how to clean natural stone. How do you remove hard water stains from natural stone?

Porcelain Paving Vs. Natural Stone

The London Tile Co.

It goes without saying that all paving materials will have pros and cons, but with porcelain fast becoming the material of choice for patios we wanted to see how it compares to another popular material: natural stone. The most common types of natural stone used for paving are sandstone, granite, slate and limestone – all of which have a beautiful natural look. NATURAL STONE. Natural material. Naturally textured but can become slippery.


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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. Marble and granite have long been popular for countertops, shower surrounds and floor tiles. 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.

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

The London Tile Co.

Tiles have been a traditional covering for walls and floors for hundreds of years, and while many interior trends have come and gone, tiles are still one of the most popular choices for kitchens and bathrooms. The latest innovations in the tile manufacturing industry mean that tiles are more popular than ever, thanks to the designs available and the benefits they provide over other materials. Wood Effect Tiles. Brick Effect Tiles. Marble Effect Tiles.

Bring Natural Stone Tile Flooring into Your Bedroom

Conestoga Tile Blog

Natural stone tile bedroom flooring is as durable as it is beautiful. Ideally suited for both traditional and modern design schemes, stone tile is an investment that will return considerable dividends as the years pass by. Source: Houzz When using natural stone tile, it is a good idea to balance it with soft touches throughout the room. As with all natural stone tile products, you will want to seal it.

How to Keep Natural Stone Countertops Beautiful

CUSTOM Insights Blog

The versatility and beauty of marble, limestone, travertine, granite and other natural stone countertops make them extremely popular in kitchens around the country. Grease, wine, coffee, various sauces and other seemingly harmless food and beverages can actually have lasting and costly consequences if the proper precautions aren’t taken to protect and care for your natural stone countertops, which are a significant investment to any kitchen.

#FlexBoneFriday: Natural Stone & Tile Gallery

The Pulse: Ardex Americas

Tile installer Rob Fauvergue used a complete ARDEX Tile and Stone Installation Systems solution for renovating the showroom floor of Natural Stone & Tile Gallery in Indiana! ARDEX X 78™ MICROTEC® Semi-Pourable Tile and Stone Mortar, ARDEX UI 720™ FLEXBONE® Floating Uncoupling Membrane, and ARDEX FL™ Rapid Set, Flexible, Sanded Grout were all used.

Medieval Flooring & Encaustic Tile

Architectural Ceramics

The image above shows the tiled floor of Winchester Cathedral , which boasts the largest area of original medieval tiles in the United Kingdom! Come with us back in time to learn a few quick facts about medieval flooring, from stone to encaustic! Quick History of Tile in Medieval England. Ceramic floor tile first started to appear in medieval England in the thirteenth century. The famous Tring Tiles , located at the British Museum.

Global Tile Inspiration

Decorative Materials

At Decorative Materials, we appreciate local tiles but are also in awe of the international styles that have held strong – both literally and aesthetically speaking – through the generations. Chances are, you see historically relevant or culturally diverse tiles on a daily basis.

Our Florim USA Ethos Tile Adds the Look of Natural Stone

Conestoga Tile Blog

That’s the only way to describe Florim USA Ethos porcelain tile and we’re pleased to include it within our inventory. 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. Available in beige, grey, or noce, the installation of this tile brings your bathrooms, kitchens, and entryways to life in a way that few other tile options can.

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. Finishes include polished, honed, brushed and chiseled, and tumbled (finishes vary by stone). To see these beautiful natural stones in person, please visit The Gallery at ISC Surfaces in Kansas City or St.

Take It Outside: Outdoor AC Tile Collections

Architectural Ceramics

Check out a few Architectural Ceramics tile collections, suitable for outdoor use, that have you covered under foot and under water. The Ins and Outs of Outdoor Tile. What type of tile can be used outdoors? Whether using tile under foot on a balcony, your pool deck, or in the pool itself, outdoor tiles come in a few varieties. While all types of tile can be used outside, it’s important to note they may not be suitable for all types of environments.

Feeling Groovy with Dimensional Tile

Architectural Ceramics

Because we are in the business of selling tile however, we want to know how you feel about a cool, up-and-coming trend: dimensional tile. Here, we’re featuring just some of the dimensional tile collections available through Architectural Ceramics. Breeze through each one; from natural stone and cement, to ceramic and glass, we offer dimensional tile in a range of material types. Want to learn more about natural stone as a tile material?

New Ravenna Celebrates 30 Years

Decorative Materials

We were thrilled to explore this remarkable town and discover the sights and sounds that inspire these talented tile artisans. Insider Design Stone Natural Stone Product luxury tiles

Top 4 Interior Design Styles in Ski Towns

Decorative Materials

Colorado’s most impressive natural features power not only our top recreational pursuits, but also, the eye-catching designs that accompany them. Nowhere is this more evident than in our state’s most popular ski towns.

Locally Sourced Tile and Stone: Colorado’s Hidden Treasures

Decorative Materials

We’re continually amazed by the pristine stones and tiles produced so close to home – and we’re excited to share this local talent with the interior design community. Insider Design Stone Natural Stone Product Sustainability

Tidying Up: How to Clean Up Different Tile Types

Architectural Ceramics

While we can’t help you clean out your closet by purging, thanking, or folding your clothes, Architectural Ceramics can help you clean your tile floor or backsplash. Check out the following tips below, organized into categories, to care for and maintain your porcelain, ceramic, glass or natural stone tile. Simply put, when it comes to porcelain tile, the care and maintenance required is almost none. Use soap and water to clean the tile.

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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.

10 Hot Summer Destinations & Tile Inspirations

Architectural Ceramics

Come globe trotting with us to beautiful vacation spots, home and abroad, that offer endless design and tile inspiration. While sites like offers suggestions of where to go with their article, the Top 10 Most Searched Summer Destinations , at Architectural Ceramics, we’ve come up with our own 10 cities, as well as tile collections inspired by each popular place. The dimensional ceramic tile is available in two main shapes, Elle and Tear.

Tile with Money in Mind

Architectural Ceramics

So take a break from crunching the numbers, and take a look at a few tile examples from Architectural Ceramics that have cash in mind. We’re hoping you’ll file one or two ideas away to use on a tile renovation after a tax refund comes your way. It goes without saying, when we thinking of tile that reminds us of money, penny round tile is the first thing that comes to mind. The penny round tile shown above is in a matte finish and the color Copper.

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. According to Florida Tile Marketing Director Sean Cilona, “Memories of wading barefoot in a pond or stream and the feel of soft pebbles underfoot are the inspiration for this new line.”. Pebbles is an another extension of our popular and growing PietraArt stone line,” Cilona says. “We

Spa-Like Design: Creating an Oasis in the Home

Decorative Materials

How Natural Stone And Porcelain Can Promote Spa-Like Tranquility. Design Natural StoneNothing rejuvenates quite like a trip to the spa. Massages and fluffy bathrobes are wonderful, of course, but spa-based pampering goes far beyond these trademark treatments and amenities.

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. Dive in with us, as AC looks toward tile collections that lend themselves to a subtle seaside style. The tile’s iridescent shine reminds us of a polished pearl. AC’s Sonoma Tile Maker’s line, the Vihara Collection, color Puka Iridescent, eHex mosaic. Or visit the Naturals Product Page of our website here.

Tile Tour: A Master Bathroom Decked in White

Architectural Ceramics

The end result is a space that will have you dreaming of a white Christmas, or for some white tile for your next renovation. For her client’s master bathroom, she kept the tile selection classic and timeless by using white marble from our Thassos Collection. Interior Design by Mary Douglas Drysdale, featuring AC tile. Interior Design by Mary Douglas Drysdale, featuring AC tile. ” Interior Design by Mary Douglas Drysdale, featuring AC tile.

How To Choose Your Tile Material

The London Tile Co.

If you’re considering updating your kitchen or bathroom, or any other room in your house, have you put any thought into which tile material you’re going to use? If you haven’t we’re here to give you some advice about the different types of tile. We know that the choice can be a little overwhelming when it comes to deciding, so why not narrow it down by knowing which material you want for your tiles. Benefits of Ceramic Tiles. Natural Stone.

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How to Beautify your Interiors with Natural Stone Ideas


Trying to bring more natural and organic finishes into your home? Natural stone ideas by far one of the easiest choices as it adds durability in granite countertops, texture in stone pavers in your front entry and beauty to your marble shower walls. For decades natural stone has been the choice of interior designers, architects, and contractors as a go-to finish for the kitchen, bathrooms, fireplace enclosures and more.

TSJ Launches “The Specifier's Guide to Ceramic Tiles and Calibrated Natural Stone”

The A to Z of Building

A new, annual ceramic and natural stone resource, for interior designers and construction professionals, has been launched in the UK. Produced by leading business-to-business magazine Tile & Stone

Factories that Focus on Sustainability

Decorative Materials

Sustainable Design Takes Center Stage at These Eco-Friendly Tile Factories. Natural Stone luxury tiles SustainabilityThere’s far more to interior design than simple aesthetic preferences.

A Clean Slate: How Rough Slate Can Have a Clean Aesthetic

Architectural Ceramics

At Architectural Ceramics, we’ve prepared a quick read for you about natural slate, and our client spaces and collections that feature it. Slate’s Natural Element. Before we jump into examples of slate tiles, let’s look at slate as a natural material. What is natural slate? Natural slate on a mountainside near the Mosel River in Rhineland, Germany. Slate tile with a natural cleft or rough texture.

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. The good news is, when it comes to tile variation, there are ways to avoid the unexpected. 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. V3 tiles are those with moderate variation.

Penny Round Tile Inspiration to Fill Your Home Renovation Idea Bank

Architectural Ceramics

We searched Instagram for penny round tile inspiration and found more than the two options that filing your taxes yields you. Using #pennyrounds yields 5,078 results and counting, most of which are tile. Our City Hall Collection , includes ceramic subway field tiles, coordinating trims and this penny round mosaic. What makes our Kiln & Penny Collection unique, is that the tile is made of a porcelain body instead of a ceramic one. Tax Day.

4 Ways to Think Big with Tile in Small Bathrooms

Architectural Ceramics

Heck, at Architectural Ceramics, we wrote a blog about it featuring our large-format tile. For those of you looking to maximize every inch in your home, check out our tips on how to think big with tile in small bathrooms. The glass tile, from our Batik Collection , reaches from wall-to-wall and from the vanity top to the ceiling. The dark rich tones of the natural wood vanity work well with the rich fabric-like texture of the tile.

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Sealed with a Kiss: Hexagon Kiss Dipped Tile

Architectural Ceramics

I think we can all agree that hexagon tiles aren’t going away any time soon. Sealed with a kiss, this special order tile is headed straight from our heart to yours. Because lead times for special order tile vary from vendor to vendor, please contact an AC sales associate for an estimated wait-time. Let’s get to know the Kiss Dip Hexagon tile collection a little better, along with its vendor, Encore Ceramics.

Getting in Shape: The Skinny on Tile Shapes & Patterns

Architectural Ceramics

At Architectural Ceramics, we’ve done a little exercise of our own to come up with some of our favorite tile shapes and patterns. Let’s get the skinny on a few tile shapes and patterns, and see how clients used them. Tile Shapes & Patterns. Navigating your way through the numerous tile shapes and patterns out there is an almost impossible task, but don’t sweat it. When paired with sizing options, square tile has several common combinations.

Iberian Inspired Limestone

Diary of a Tile Addict

Thankfully Diary of a Tile Addict can also do a little to help, and we have opened up our site to known and trusted tile brands, providing one FREE post over April, May, and June. Pedra Azul Natural. Pedra Azul Natural. Pedra Azul Natural.

March Madness: ACI’s Final Four Tile Matchups

Architectural Ceramics

With the final four games this weekend, Architectural Ceramics put together our own final four match ups, and it’s just what you’d expect: tile. ACI employees filled out tile brackets and the results are in. Download your own 2018 Tile Bracket here. Let’s see how your tile picks compare to a few of our own; and which material, porcelain, ceramic, glass or stone is favored to take it all. Tile Stats By Type. Natural Stone.

Divine Italian Innovation: Porcelain Pavers

Decorative Materials

Design Natural Stone Product PaversOutdoor Porcelain Design: Why Pavers Are Taking Over. When you imagine a modern outdoor living space, what do you picture? Pergolas and rope lights might come to mind, but what about flooring?

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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Week of December 14th, 2020 – Game & Entertainment Rooms

Architectural Ceramics

Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is always happy to help advise on tile design. Visit one of our DC, MD, or VA tile showrooms for a free tile design consultation. Top 5 Design Posts of the Week.

Week of January 18th, 2021 — Our Favorite Projects

Architectural Ceramics

The kitchen featured above showcases one of our favorite tiles, the backsplash is Walker Zanger’s Duquesa collection in the gorgeous mezzanotte colorway, available for any interested buyer on our website. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is always happy to help advise on tile design.

Soft and Stonelike

Diary of a Tile Addict

Committed to providing the best solutions for floors, walls, worktops, and steps, they take inspiration from nature to create comforting and calming products for the home. Soft, subtle textures, and a choice of three different reliefs, these 300mm by 600mm formats offer a gentle style of stone. The calming colour options are on the neutral side, greige and creams highlight the delicate patterns and make the tiles truly stonelike. Living Ceramics takes surfaces very seriously.

5 Ways to Wear White After Memorial Day

Architectural Ceramics

Now that Memorial Day Weekend is here, it’s time to kick off the unofficial start of summer with 5 tile collections, available with Architectural Ceramics of course, that feature white in a big way. No matter your style, you’re sure to find the right fit for your residential or commercial tile project. The collection, shown above, features a dimensional mosaic in three natural stone marble choices: Thassos (pictured), Crema and Grigio. In tile, we say yes!

Laying a Travertine Marble Tile Floor Successfully

Tile Excellence

Laying a travertine marble tile floor seamlessly (i.e., do-it-yourself project grout home improvement laying a travertine marble tile floor mortar natural stone thin-set thinest til floor tile travertine marble tile travertine tile installation without grout) is a skill that you can easily develop. Only a little bit of knowledge, a few tools, patience, and diligence are required to complete this job successfully.