Decorative stone tiles are a beautiful, functional, reliable and durable finishing material, with which you can create an exclusive stylish design in any room.
Decorating your own home or office with decorative tiles made of stone is not just a tribute to fashion, it is an excellent opportunity to furnish an interior that will always look expensive and luxurious, but at the same time inspire peace, evoke positive emotions.
Great looks malachite, marble, granite, sawn into layers, but it is not affordable for a simple man in the street. An excellent substitute for a natural material is a tile for natural stone, which, according to its technical and aesthetic characteristics, is no worse than a natural counterpart.
Advantages of a tile under a natural stone:
- Simple processing and installation.
- Favorable ratio of quality and price. The cost of finishing the walls and floor with artificial stone is available for buyers with any income.
- Environmentally friendly: the material does not contain and does not emit substances hazardous to humans and the environment.
- Rich selection of colors, patterns, textures.
- Long service life.
The tile under an artificial stone is made from plaster and ceramics. There is a mass of varieties of this finishing material, differing in the method of manufacture and appearance.
Ceramic tiles for interior decoration
The most popular material today for laying on walls and floors is ceramic tiles under stone. It is successfully used in arranging the corridor, dining room, kitchen, bathroom and living room, characterized by excellent performance characteristics that are maintained throughout the entire period of use.
Ceramic (tiled) decorative tiles for stone are produced in a wide range, with patterns on the surface, displaying the smallest shades and irregularities, cracks and fractures of the vein, the smoothness of transitions from one color to another and the porosity of natural material. Such a tile can radiate warmth and comfort, or create a strict interior, bring a touch of romance and lift the mood, be colorful and cheerful, calm or muted tones, hide the disadvantages of the room and highlight its advantages.
Features of ceramic tiles:
- Laying on the wall and floor without the involvement of specialists.
- It is not afraid of exposure to high and low temperatures, their differences, therefore it can be used in unheated premises and on the street.
- Good resistance to high humidity.
- It has high strength and wear resistance.
- Does not absorb dirt and odors.
- Does not lose color over time.
- Maintains integrity under mechanical loads.
- Not afraid of aggressive chemicals that are contained in detergents, which ensures easy and quick cleaning.
- Ceramic interior tiles are well combined with any other finishing materials, both artificial and natural.
- Does not burn and does not support burning.
- Low weight, compared with natural stone.
The tile is made of a mixture of clay and quartz sand with the addition of other ingredients to impart strength, color and other characteristics. The finished mass is molded, fired, glazed or remains rough. There are several technologies for the production of ceramic tiles, and therefore the finishing material is different with some differences in properties and field of use.
Types of ceramic tiles
Such tiles are glazed and unglazed tiles; It is used as a facing material for the walls and floor of the kitchen, bathroom, pool and other rooms with a high level of humidity.
Floor tiles under the stone with zero moisture absorption and the complete absence of microcracks, used for interior decoration of the house, and also fit on the terrace, porch and even used for finishing paths in the yard.
It is made of red clay, therefore it has a beautiful natural color, it is not covered with glaze, tiles are used for the floor in the hallway and the hallway, such tiles are good for the kitchen and other rooms.
Material with a bright painted surface. Especially good tile on a marbled wall; it is better to lay it without observing the pattern and across the wall, choose large slabs to minimize the number of seams. This coating will create an incredible visual effect in the room, a kind of fabulous atmosphere that can be enhanced with the help of artificial light.
The trend in recent years is ceramic tiles under the stone for interior decoration with a 3D effect.
With it, you can reproduce the trendy interior in any style, up to the classic design. In the latter case, a bright contrasting background is created against which traditional things and furniture will look even more canonical.
A unique look to the interior will give tiles under a wild stone. Natural analog is not suitable for interior decoration, as traumatic for humans and unhygienic. Artificial material completely imitates natural, but has excellent performance properties. The tile has a rough surface, therefore it is suitable for laying on the floor in rooms with high traffic and humidity, in particular, in the kitchen, in the corridor, in the bathroom.
Gypsum tile under the stone in the interior of the house
High quality imitation of natural stone is a tile of plaster. The material is made of gypsum polymer mass, it has a low frost resistance, because such a stone tile can only be used for interior work.
Gypsum tile properties:
- Light weight.
- Hygroscopic - able to regulate the level of humidity in the room, that is, to absorb excess moisture and excrete it if the air is too dry.
- Thin-layer material, thanks to which gypsum tiles under the stone can be laid even in small apartments, saving precious centimeters of space.
- Gypsum is a natural material, which determines its environmental friendliness.
- Does not fade under the rays of ultraviolet.
- It has heat and sound insulation properties.
- Fire resistant
Gypsum wall tiles under the stone stacked easily and quickly, easy to process, which eliminates the cost of craftsmen and temporary loss. But we must remember that the material is different plasticity, softness and brittleness, because you need to work with him carefully.
The disadvantages of gypsum tiles should be attributed to the need for a special water-repellent coating, as with excessive moisture the material can be deformed. Because of this, tile for stone walls is not recommended for use in the bathroom and in the kitchen, but it is quite suitable for the corridor and the hall. In addition, the relief surface accumulates dust, so it is necessary to varnish it to facilitate cleaning.
The use of tiles under the natural stone in the interior
A tile under stone can be presented in a variety of variations, and it is not necessary to close the entire wall, it will be more original to lay the material only on its part, highlighting the structural elements of the interior.
A good option would be to finish the working area of the kitchen, staircases, protruding elements (pilasters and columns). The tile under a natural stone will make the living room more lively and stylish if you decorate the door and window openings with it, place behind the sofa, revet the fireplace and the “living corner” zone. The most important thing is not to overdo it, covering all walls and ceilings with tiles, turning the room into a dwelling's dwelling, but this option also has its place and will be very original for restaurants and bars.
Stone in the interior is always beautiful, but to create a truly unique house or apartment, office or cafe, it is recommended to use the services of a designer who will select the tile for the artificial stone in accordance with the dimensions and style of the room.