Pictured here is a feature wall created using Bluetta bookmatched porcelain tiles that are sold by Lapicida, the stone and tile specialist in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Director Jason Cherrington says: “There’s no denying the benefits of investing in new generation porcelain tiles. Today’s surfaces are technically brilliant, come at good price points and offer a multitude of authentic finishes, including natural stone, marble and wood effects.
“Porcelains are not without their weaknesses, though. The edges of the tiles are thin and when it comes to steps and stair treads, the ability to mix porcelains with natural stone is really important.
“Our clients often choose a combination of surfaces – combining natural and man-made, to achieve the look and finish they are searching for.
“Large format tiles are becoming more sought after, especially those designed with a lot of veining. The larger the format, the easier it is to match the vein and achieve a more realistic, natural looking pattern.
“Trend-wise, Lapicida has introduced some fantastic bookmatch and quartermatch [porcelain] styles to its collection. These products look incredibly like the real thing… and are proving extremely popular as customers seek products combining the wow factor with both practical and cost consideration.
“We call it ‘decorating with stone’.”