When choosing design materials, homeowners and interior designers naturally prioritise the look and decorative
effect they seek to achieve. That is unquestionably why, despite their cost and performance advantages, earlier stone effect replica tiles had limited
market appeal. Modern inkjet technology now controls the high-definition printing of sophisticated digital reproductions of natural patterns and textures
which capture and replicate nuanced images in astounding detail. Specific advances include: the deployment of a far broader colour palette; the evolution
of vivid, super-authentic colours; printing right to the very edge, even where the tiling is distressed; subtle variation of colour intensity to recreate
natural highlights; huge graphic variations to recreate the dynamics of natural images.
Superior performance advantages
As well as their much-enhanced visual appearance, stone effect wall tiles also bring all the practical advantages of porcelain. So whereas natural stone
surfaces have to be sealed after installation to avoid staining and water penetration, porcelain tiling is naturally waterproof and non-staining. This
makes stone effect tiling an excellent choice for damper environments such as kitchens and bathrooms. In addition, porcelain tiling, like many natural
stones, is extremely hard-wearing, and thus can be freely used in busy home areas where, alongside their good looks, their easy-clean properties and
durability make them a sound investment.
An extended palette
Not only does modern stone effect tiling simulate the essence of the natural material with a pleasing authenticity, in some situations it can even surpass
the utility of the natural product. Whereas the colour range of natural stone is limited by nature’s resources, simulated stone can extend this ‘natural
palette’ to include some extra shades. This allows the homeowner some additional colour matching options to achieve certain interior effects.
Realistic shades of limestone and basalt
The Indigenous collection of stone effect wall tiles offers some beautifully realistic basalt and limestone shades:
Azul Bateig is a stunning tile which captures the tone and texture
of earth-grey limestone with a bluish tinge. And if a darker tone is required, Basalt Anthracite has some colour variation and veining to give a slate-like lustre which is reminiscent of a cool-blue seam of coal.
Jerusalem Limestone is a wonderful simulation of the texture and colouring of a time-worn flagstone. The sumptuous design uses a rich mix of cream, pale gold and pale pink colours
with some blurred light-grey detailing. Meanwhile, San Vincente is an altogether darker limestone textured image which is a fine replica of this ‘moon grey’ limestone. A close look at the detail of the San
Vincente design enables you to appreciate how the features of a fine, dark-grey limestone with a slightly porous surface speckled with quartz
have been exquisitely captured.