Black and White Tiles, From Ceramic to Natural Stone
From marble to travertine, granite to porcelain, these nine surfacing materials will leave you wanting more
1. Calavena by ABC Worldwide Stone is natural stone (marble or travertine) cut to 5/16ths of an inch. This thinness allows for easy installation and results in savings. ABC Worldwide Stone, NYC, 718-389-8360.
2. Bisazza’s first ceramic collection is Frozen Garden by Marcel Wanders. Frozen Crystal and Frozen Flower (shown) hexagonal black and white tiles are available in diamond and flower shapes, transforming walls into a tactile fabric. Bisazza, NYC, 212-334-7130.
3. For a chic, undulating look, try Urban Archaeology’s Cafe series three-dimensional concave oval-shaped ceramic tile in Metal, a matte glaze. Urban Archaeology, NYC, 212-371-4646
4. Ann Sacks mirrored tile in the Hermitage collection by Martyn Lawrence Bullard was inspired by nature (zebra, leopard, python patterns) and Morocco (Mamounia pattern). Through Best Plumbing Tile & Stone, Stamford, 203-975-9448.
5. Nemo Tile’s Moving tile gives any space a unique pattern play. It replicates the look of encaustic cement tile but with the durability of porcelain. Nemo Tile, NYC, 212-505-0009.
6. Porcelanosa’s XLight through-body oversized porcelain tiles are extra-thin with varying finishes and patterns found on natural stone. Porcelanosa, Greenwich, 203-698-7618.
7. Designed by Giovanni Barbieri, Vallelunga’s Memento porcelain tiles emulate the look and feel of centuries-old marble. Through Galleria Stone, Middletown, 860-346-1923.
9. Silestone/Cosentino’s Ocean Series quartz (shown in Atlantis) features six colors with a wide range of movement, offering a natural aesthetic similar to exotic granite. Through Ring’s End, Wilton, 203-656-7677.
A version of this article appeared in the March 2014 issue of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens with the headline: Gotcha Covered.