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How to Achieve a Luxurious Look with Marble-Effect Floor Tiles


This is a guest blog by Dear Designer

Marble is one of the oldest and most beautiful of stones and has been used on floors since the Ancient Roman and Greek times. Probably before that. But did you know that it started out as sand on the sea floor and is the result of the crushing of shellfish and other creatures who died hundreds of millions of years ago? Me neither.

It's no wonder then, that marble flooring is now considered the epitome of luxury, and reserved for high-end residential homes, exclusive hotels and prestigious public buildings. And a starring role in most of my dreams!

Marmori White Marble Floor Tiles

Pictured: Marmori Calacatta White Matt & Marmori Calacatta White Polished 

But as a result of advanced technology and modern printing methods, you can now replicate the look with realistic looking marble-effect floor tiles.

Made from hard-wearing porcelain, the tiles capture the veining and colours of real marble and are then mechanically cut after the firing process. This cutting process creates a precise edge which further adds to the effect of a continuous slab of stone.

Grey Marble Nebula Floor Tiles Nebula

Pictured: Nebula Grey Gloss, Nebula White Gloss, Nebula Grey Semi Polished, Nebula Grey Decor Gloss

All of the benefits and no compromise

Marble-effect floor tiles are more durable than the real thing. They are scratch resistant too which means that even in high traffic areas your floor will not look worn over time as real marble has a tendency to do. They are practically maintenance free. Real natural stone, marble and travertine needs regular sealing and filling to continue looking it's best. Whereas, marble-effect tiles just need an initial sealing which is just for extra protection.

Marble effect floor tiles are amazingly realistic looking. Your friends will not be able to tell the difference, due to all that advanced technology and science stuff. They are affordable; just a fraction of the price of the real thing. And, this is important: you won't be plundering the planet of her natural resources.

Pink Bathroom Marble Marmori  Floor Tiles

Pictured: Kingston White Matt & Kingston White Brillo

In the home

While it's true that a beautiful, veined marble floor immediately makes you think of Hollywood glamour and/or wandering around a hushed art gallery, it's a practical choice for the home. Kitchens and bathrooms particularly will benefit from an easy to clean and practical marble-effect tile (worries about slipping will be alleviated by choosing a tile with a textured rather than smooth surface). And even hallways and living areas look extra elegant when marble is used. The current trend for open plan living is crying out for a continuous, light-reflecting and beautiful floor.

Grey Bathroom Tundra Sky Marble Floor Tiles

Pictured: Tundra Sky Grey Gloss, Tundra Sky Grey Semi Polished, Tundra Sky Grey 3D Decor Gloss


Get the look: Elegant and Glamorous


Create a bathroom that is pure escapism with the Kingston White Matt Tile, touches of gold, pink and crystal.
Elegant and Glamorous Accessories and Finishes Moodboard
- Aged Metal Diamond Planters, £99, Audenza
- Pimlico Bathroom Wall Light, £45, Garden Trading
- Pale Pink & Gold Glass Jar, £20, Ella James
- Bathtub Full of Roses Poster, £12.95, Desenio
- Toba Bathroom Set, £95, Oka UK
- Wall Mounted Wire Basket, £50, Cox & Cox
- Tooting Tissue Box Cover, £40, Initially London
- Marin Wall Mirror, £180, Sweetpea & Willow
- Traditional Basin And Washstand, £239.99, Big Bathroom
-  ShopCrystal Cut Style Glass Soap Dispenser, £16, Cult Furniture
- 100g Oblong Soap-Jasmin, £2.95, Live, Laugh, Love
- Pink Egyptian Cotton Towels, Julian Charles




Get the look: Raw and Industrial

The Nebula Grey Semi Polished Tile could form the basis of a stunning industrial style kitchen. Add distressed metals and concrete, and then soften the look with accents of copper and supple leather.


- Newgate The Luggage Galvanised Wall Clock, £59, Cuckooland
- Linen Tablecloth - Tumbled Grey, £90, Chalk Pink Linen Co
- Magni Large Leather Handles with Knurled Knobs, £16.99, Dowsing & Reynolds
- Kitchen Tap – Black, £89.99, Dowsing & Reynolds
- Distressed Copper Pendant Light, £115, Vincent & Barn
- Faux Tillandsia Potted Plant, £34, Audenza
- Chemex 3-6 Cup Coffee Maker, £42.50, Coffee & Cloth
- Boston Metal Dining Chair, £99, Cult Furniture
- Industrial Kitchen Galvanised Metal Salt and Pepper Shakers, Kitchencraft
- Chai Tea Glass Set, £34.50, Mint & May
- Pour Over Coffee Poster, £8.95,
Desenio
- Concrete Tray Rectangular, £18, 
Hudson Home


Get the look: Sleek and Modern


Slightly masculine but oh, so contemporary. Brushed steel, angular shapes and touches of black would complement the B&W Star Semi Polished Floor Tile in a sleek and modern bathroom.

Sleek and Modern Interiors Mood Board
- Adagio IP44 Bathroom Wall Light, £67.20, Dar Lighting Group
- Cape Cod Collection Bath, Duravit
- Charcoal Egyptian Cotton Towels, Julian Charles
- White Pull Cord Switch with Black Pull, £32.99, Dowsing & Reynolds
- Grey Stoneware Soap Dispenser and Tumbler Set, £49.90, Beaumonde
- Earl of East Shinrin-Yoku Bath Salts, £24,
Objects and Finds
- Stainless Steel Cup - 2 Pack, £16, The Find Store
- Orchid Arrangement, £120, Sweetpea & Willow
- Tivoli Open Toe Wrap Over Adjustable Waffle Slipper, £20, 
The Fine Cotton Company
- Three Round Hooks, £40, Cox & Cox
- Black Smudge Art Print, £20, Abstract House
- Eichholtz Arno Mirror, £1750, Sweetpea & Willow 


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