Above: Antolini’s Corteccia is a soft quartzite from Brazil with a white background and colored veins. Hints of brown, cream and orange in the veins recall a light tree covering with its shades and speckles.
Some of my favorite materials to look at are surface products. From different natural stones to engineered countertops and beautiful mosaic tiles, there are so many varieties and unique pieces that can really give a space personality.
KBTribeChat covered some of these many choices in their recent Twitter chat, so we joined in to find out what the rest of the industry loves about surfaces.
Quartz. This man-made material is composed of resins, polymers and various types of pigments. The combination creates a very durable artificial rock without pores or cracks, making it easy to clean and maintain. We also love that it can be used in a variety of ways, including as shower walls, decorative pieces and fireplace surrounds.
Tile. Ceramic and porcelain tile is made using 100 percent natural materials – clay, feldspar and quartz. Glazed tile offers a surface that cannot be penetrated by odors or other contaminates. Only mild cleaners or even just warm water can clean tile sufficiently while avoiding adding dangerous chemicals to the water system.
Natural Stone. Along with being stunningly beautiful and of course straight from nature, stones like granite or quartzite are also long lasting when they are properly sealed. Clients also like the fact that they are free of petroleum-based ingredients.
Laminates. Made of pressed wood in a printing process, laminates can be designed to simulate the look of many different materials, including natural materials that are unsustainable. Laminates are also naturally resistant to the growth of mold and bacteria, and they can also be treated with special allergen-resistant and anti-bacterial coatings to make them even safer.
Luxury Vinyl Tile. LVT is a hard surface flooring material comprised of 100 percent vinyl, a color or photographic film layer and a protective wear layer. This material can replicate the look and style of different materials, withstand high traffic and is easy to clean and maintain.
These are only a few of the options out there, so be looking out for even more surface choices in our What’s Hot section – coming soon in the January issue of KBB! Also, be sure to join in next week’s KBTribeChat by searching for #kbtribechat on Twitter.