Natural Stone

Natural stone isn’t manmade, it’s manufactured by nature which means that no two tiles are identical. Bringing naturally made tile into your home will immediately give any room a unique character that can’t be replicated by other materials.

Types of Natural Stone

Slate Tile: Natural slate has inherent ┬ácolor variations and features natural clefting along the planes of each tile which gives it a unique texture. Extremely durable, it’s often used in outdoor areas such as patios.

Granite Tile has a hardness and beauty that makes it a spectacular choice for not only countertops, but for floors as well. Granite is polished to bring out its natural color and reflective properties. Some granite has an overall consistency with little variation over the tile, while other granite can have dramatic colorful swirls within any given tile.

Travertine tile is a type limestone that has a naturally weathered and aged appearance which makes it indispensable for those who are going for that old world look . The porous nature of travertine makes it more popular for backsplashes rather than floor tile.

Marble Tile: The smooth surface of marble takes a high polish and displays vivid, natural color patterns. Frequently found in bath areas, it is synonymous with classical elegance.

Tumbled Stone Tile: Marble, travertine and other natural stones that are cobbled and distressed to capture the romantic look of stone from centuries past. Its weathered surface and seemingly timeworn edges enhance its color palette.

Shade Variation

One of the distinctive qualities of tile is the fact that they vary in terms of color, shade and tone. The variation can be very low, for a more consistent look, or quite high, resulting in a random appearance.

  • Low: Consistent color within each tile and from tile to tile
  • Medium: Color variation exists within each tile
  • High: Some variation from tile to tile, and within each tile.
  • Random: Considerable variation from tile to tile.


Although the function of grout is to fill the joints between tiles, grout has a lot to contribute to the tiles' design and impact. Whether you choose grout that contrasts or matches your tile (or anything in between) grout choice should be considered when contemplating the overall look of your project. Other things to consider are traffic and how the room is used. For example, light grout may not be a good choice in an entryway or busy kitchen.

Grout Width: Equally as essential to design, it is important to consider how wide or narrow to make the joints between tiles.

Wide Grout Joints: Wider grout lines, or spacing between tiles accentuate each individual tile. This style is considered a bit more casual and is popular for those who favor texture.

Tight Grout Joints: Tight (almost butted) joints allow for greater projection of the natural color and texture of the tiles themselves, and can appear nearly seamless. This look tends to be ideal for more elegant rooms.