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When speaking about a monochromic design we generally think about black or white natural stone tiles that can be used to decorate any room in our home. There is another possibility and that is to use tiles that are in the beige spectrum – anything that is gold, tan, light brown or cream will do miracles for your home décor.  

The advantage of using natural stone tiles in these colours is that there are numerous combinations between the various shades and the different types of stone. Almost all of the natural stones come in one of these nuances, so there is a combination to choose for each room of your house depending on its usage and your preferences. 

Below you will find a great range of tiles in the beige spectrum that you can choose from for your next home renovation project. 

 

Beige and cream marble  

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Marble is an eternal beauty in all its forms and nuances. Black and white marble creations can rule our home and turn it into the most spectacular place, however, there are also the beige and cream nuances of this stone that can steal your heart. The tiles can be used both for interior and exterior projects and will add luxury to your home décor. Here is a list of the most popular marble tiles that come in these shades: 

  • Crema Marfil Select Marble – it is best used for interior floors and walls and can be installed in almost any room of your home. The finish of the tiles can be either honed or polished, depending on your preferences and on its use.  
  • Lunar Shadow Marble – it comes both as polished and honed tiles and its colours vary from beige and cream to gray. It can be used for walls and floors for indoor projects around the house.  
  • St Lucia Marble – these tiles come with polished and honed finishes, so that they can suit more interior projects. You can opt for this marble for any place in your house.  
  • Ottoman Silk Marble – these polished tiles are perfect decoration for interior walls and floors in your home. The shades vary from beige/cream to brown/tan.  
  • Emperador Light Marble – this stone comes only in polished finishing and can be used for walls and floors inside the house.  

 

Gold and yellow limestone  

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Limestone is another natural stone that has many applications around the house. It is often seen in the bathroom or in the kitchen, but its gold and yellow shades are also a perfect addition for an accent wall in your dining room or bedroom. You can choose from: 

  • Sledmere Limestone – the tiles come with a unique tumbled or sandblasted finish and are perfect for those, who prefer warmer colours at their home. It can be found in different sizes, which makes it suitable for both big and small renovations and projects  
  • Golden Beach Limestone – these honed mosaic tiles are perfect for wet rooms and bathrooms and allow your imagination to create different shapes. It combines well with other shades or different types of natural stones.  
  • Nova Gold Limestone – yet another type of honed mosaics that has an array of uses around the house, including wet premises and feature walls.  
  • Napolina Oro – these herringbone polished mosaic tiles are excellent for interior walls and floors.  
  • Gold Blend – this limestone comes in the form of hexagon honed mosaic tiles that are perfect for creating a contemporary setting in any home. An occasional splash of quartz lining makes them suitable for accent walls as well as for amazing flooring solutions.  
  • Golden Fossil Limestone – the tiles come with a tumbled finish and are suitable for both interior and exterior projects. They are good for walls and floors for every room in the house, including wet rooms.  

 

Brown and tanned travertine 

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Travertine is known for its longevity and is associated with bathrooms since the time of the Romans. It comes in various beige nuances but its brown and tanned shades are an exclusive addition to any room in the house. The most popular type is the Moca Noce travertine that can be: 

  • Mocha Noce Honed & Filled – these tiles are a superb option for interior walls and floors. They can be used in any room – from the kitchen to the toilet and will add unique beauty and warmth to your home.  
  •  Mocha Noce Tumbled Travertine – this is another version of the tiles, which has depth of the colour due to the tumbled finish. It will make a good choice for any interior project.  

 

Yellowish granite  

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Granite is popular for its strength and weather resistance in addition to its beauty. The most common colour of this natural stone is gray, however it comes in various shades. One interesting option are the yellowish nuances of the stone. Mainly, there are three types of tiles to choose from: 

  • Sunrise Granite – these tiles give a contemporary look to any indoor and outdoor project. The stone can come in polished, bush hammered or flame textured finish and can be applied in bathrooms, kitchens, living spaces and externally.  
  • Juperana Columbo Granite – these tiles come with a polished finish and are suitable both for interior and exterior projects. They will look stunning both in your kitchen and on your patio.  
  • Shivakasi Ivory Granite – you can choose between polished and letano finish depending on the project you have started. The tiles are perfect for internal and external use.  

 

Glacier cladding in the beige spectrum  

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Glacier cladding is an excellent way to introduce some decorative tiles to your home interior. Depending on the stone, the glacier cladding comes in different nuances and one of the most functional shades are in the beige spectrum. Here you can select between two main options: 

  • Classic Travertine Split Face Glacier – the natural split of the tiles is very suitable for interior walls. It can be used everywhere in the house.  
  • Crema Marfil Marble Split Face Glacier – these tiles are suitable for both walls and floors if used inside the house. An excellent decoration for any space at home.  

 

Mosaics in earthen tones  

 

Mosaics are loved by many for their home renovation or initial décor since they give a lot of freedom and set no limits for the imaginations. Depending on the stone they are made of, mosaic tiles can have different finish and colour. If you want some peace and comfort at your home, we suggest the warm earthen tones that can be found in: 

  • Classico-Giallo-Noce Mix Tumbled – the mosaic tiles are suitable for internal walls and floors for all of the rooms in your home.  
  • Olympus Crème Tumbled – these mosaic tiles can be used for home décor projects both inside and outside to give a warm finish to every project.  
  • Ottoman Silk Polished – these mosaic tiles are good for internal wall and floor decorations. 
  • Premium travertine – these mosaic tiles come in two different finishes: honed & filled and tumbled. They are best used for interior projects all around the house.  
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In our next article dedicated to the monochromatic design, we are going to look at the other eternal colour – white.  

White natural stone tiles are suitable for any premises in the house and are also a good solution for outdoor projects. No matter if you decide to arrange the entire room in white, combine white and black tiles or use white only as an accent here and there, you need to know what kind of natural stone you can find in this colour. No doubt, the first that comes to your mind is marble, and that is logical – the greatest variety of white tiles are marble tiles. There are, however, some other options that you can select from. The most notable ones are limestone and quartzite. 

Below, you will find a brief review of the best white natural stone tiles, their suitable finish and where to use them for great results. 

 

White limestone tiles 

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Limestone is a sedimentary rock, which has a very broad usage. It is mainly popular as a building material and has its place in architecture. Limestone comes mainly in grayish nuances or tan/cream colours, however there is a shade that can be classified in the group of the white natural stone tiles – the Pietra Plano Extra Limestone. These beautiful tiles look in its best with a honed finish. They are suitable for a great range of interior projects and can be used both for floors and walls. The Peitra Plano Extra Limestone can be your choice for a white kitchen or bathroom, and you can also refresh your entrance floor or utility room with it. The tiles are an excellent accent for a dining hall or a living room as well.  

 

White quartzite tiles 

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Quartzite is a metamorphic rock that is formed as a result of tectonic compression from pure quartz sandstone. It has many usage as a decorative stone since it is quite hard and when crushed it can be used even in road construction. Pure quartzite is usually white or gray but due to the presence of iron oxide or other minerals it can be found in various nuances – pink, red, green, yellow, blue and orange.  

When considering decorative white quartzite for your renovation, we suggest the White Quartzite Riven Glacier. These tiles with their uneven riven finish make beautiful accent walls both for interior and exterior projects. The tiles can be also used as a flooring option and will look great in rooms such as the kitchen, dining hall, bathroom and even the bedroom. They are also suitable for high-traffic areas as the hallway, the utility room or the toilet. Even though quartzite is not in the spotlight as other more popular stones like limestone, granite or marble, it won’t let you down if you choose it for your next refurbishing.  

 

White marble tiles  

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Last but not least come the marble tiles. Here you can enjoy great variety of tiles and finishes that can be used both in interior and exterior projects. Having a marble bathroom is a great idea, and why not make it bright and shiny white with some wood accents, for example? The white kitchen is also an eternal classic and having a marble kitchen island is the perfect focal point of this highly-used room.  

There are many types of white marble tiles that you can choose from and no doubt the most famous ones are Carrara and Calacatta marble tiles. Here are a few suggestions, including this all-time favourites: 

  • Calacatta Marble Mosaic 

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Mosaic tiles are a great possibility for stunning walls and floors. Being able to choose between honed and polished Calacatta marble mosaic meand that your options are unlimited. The white base intertwined with delicate grey and gold veining will add glamour to any room. You can use the mosaic tiles as an accent, as a backsplash or have your entire kitchen walls covered with them and imagine that you are living in a fairytale or another epoch.  

  • Caria Luna Tumbled 

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These tumbled marble mosaic tiles are yet another alternative to the more luxurious Calacatta mosaics. The tiles are suitable for interior projects and can be applied both on walls and floors. You can use these white tiles in every room around the house, starting from high-traffic areas as the kitchen and the entrance and moving through the bathroom to the living room and the bedroom.  

  • Italian Carrara Marble 

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Here, you can find many varieties when it comes to the size of the tiles and their finish. Carrara marble is perfect for creating modern and contemporary look to any new project as well as for renovating a timeless classic. No matter what your tiling project is, you can find the right tiles for you. Polished, tumbled or honed, these tiles can be used inside and outside. Add a wow effect to any room by selecting any of these two more specific Carrara marble tiles: 

  1. Italian Carrara Marble Polished Diamond Mosaic 

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2. Italian Carrara Honed Mini Brick Mosaic 

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These mosaic tiles live up to their high-quality reputation and are perfect for feature walling or panels along a great abundance of other uses. 

Carrara marble is a welcomed stone in any room. If you want the perfect solution for your kitchen, bathroom or living room, all you need to do is find your white marble tiles and let your imagination and interior design affection do the rest. 

 

As you can see, there is a great variety of white natural stone tiles that you can use for your next tiling project. No matter if you will opt for a monochromic appearance of your kitchen or bathroom or you will prefer to combine it with other colours, you can relax that you have sufficient options to choose from. The other good news is that you can combine the different stones as well to create an even more stunning effect. Visit our showroom, give us a call or simply get inspired if you need any further assistance in finding the best white tiles for you.  

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The concept of sustainability has entered almost every aspect of our life. We try to establish and grow our businesses in a sustainable manner, support local and international sustainability initiatives and naturally think of a sustainable architectural environment. In line with that, the ideas of green building and sustainable architecture have emerged.  

Both ideas support the effort to build in a way that has a minimum negative impact on nature, using recyclable and renewable materials, while at the same time this reduces the construction costs. There are many sustainable materials that have entered the market in the last few years and offer innovative solutions. However, there is the ultimate sustainable material that has been in use for centuries now and has proven its qualities – natural stone. Let’s have a look at the options of sustainable building and why natural stone is one of the best options you can choose from.  

 

Types of sustainable materials 

When we are talking about sustainable materials, we need to differentiate between three main types depending on their usage. Thus, we have: 

  • Sustainable building materials – in this category we can include natural materials as stone and wood, as well as a great variety of newer solutions, such as sustainable concrete, solar tiles or wool bricks. The latter are developed by Spanish and Scottish researchers by adding wool and a special polymer extracted from seaweed to the brick clay. The bricks made in this way turn out to be extremely suitable for the wet weather in Britain.  
  • Sustainable isolation materials – the idea is to have completely reusable and recyclable materials, such as cellulose, which do not generate waste but are extremely efficient at the same time.  
  • Sustainable paints, wood treatment or sealants – the move here is towards natural substances that do not harm the ozone layer and don’t contain any chemical products.  

The best way of all is to combine the three types of materials in order to achieve your ultimate goal of green building.  

 

Why natural stone is sustainable? 

Building in a sustainable and nature-friendly way requires some planning in advance and a few additional arrangements, however the pay-back in a long term is worth all the efforts. Besides, using natural stone is an easy way to stay in line with the idea of green building while at the same time have a beautiful and long-lasting final product. This is due to the intrinsic qualities of stones like marble, travertine, granite or limestone. In addition to that, the Natural Stone Council has developed a series of best practices concerning stone extraction, transportation and other activities that can help in achieving sustainability. It has also presented a few case studies and compiled a series of life-cycle datasets that promote the usage of natural stone. Here are the main ones. 

Natural stone features  

As a product of mother nature, stones are earth-friendly. Besides, they possess a series of qualities that make them a preferred material for both interior and exterior designs. The most important features of natural stone are: 

  • Long life-cycle 
  • Durability 
  • Resistance  
  • Recyclability 
  • Great variety of usage options 
  • Attractiveness 
  • Abundance of colours and shades 
  • Easy to maintain  

When you combine all of the above with the fact that natural stone is abundant in nature, you can easily realize why it is such a preferred material. The best proof of natural stone qualities are the numerous buildings made of natural stone in ancient times that still amaze us with their glory: The Great Pyramids, The Coliseum, Taj Mahal, etc.  

In addition to that most of the quarries of natural stone are in exploitation for centuries now and still there is sufficient stone to serve us for centuries to come. One such example are the famous Carrara marble quarries. 

 

Best practices 

When the above-listed qualities of natural stone are combined with the best practices for their extraction and transportation, the desired effect of sustainability can be easily achieved. The following guidance documents were prepared by the Natural Stone Council to help the industry achieve its ultimate goal for green building and sustainable architecture in all its stages.  

  • Best Practice: Water Consumption, Treatment, and Reuse 
  • Best Practice: Site Maintenance and Quarry Closure 
  • Best Practice: Solid Waste Management 
  • Best Practice: Transportation 

 

Case studies 

In addition to the best practices, the Natural Stone Council has developed a set of case studies, which outline different qualities and possible usage of natural stone.  

  • Case Study: Application of Green Building Certification Programs to Natural Stone 
  • Case Study: Durability of Stone Flooring in High Traffic Areas 
  • Case Study: The Use of Reclaimed Stone in Building Construction 
  • Case Study: Solar Reflectance of Natural Stone 

All of the information above makes it easier to realize why natural stone tiles are the best solution both for large-scale and small projects at industrial or residential level.  

 

4 main benefits of sustainable design  

Sustainable design and the usage of natural stone for institutional, commercial and residential projects has many benefits for both the environment and the population as end users. All of the advantages can be combined into four main groups: 

  1. Reduction of energy use by 245 to 50% 
  2. Reduction of CO2 emissions by 33% to 39% 
  3. Reduction of water usage by 40% on average 
  4. Reduction of solid waste by the astonishing 70% 

The integration of natural stone both for interior and exterior solutions not only helps for the achievement of the above-mentioned benefits but also adds beauty and longevity to the buildings. The good news is, that natural stone is not only a classic material but it is also cost-efficient. While in the past it was considered a luxurious and expensive option, now it is quite affordable. You can browse through a great range of natural stone tiles and check the sales offered in order to get the most suitable stone for your project.  

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