01 of 08
Ceramic Tile Flooring
The term "ceramic tile" refers to any manufactured hard tile made from pressed and fired clay. It can range from relatively soft and porous terra cotta to very hard porcelain tiles made from fine clays fired under very high temperatures. Its hardness and imperviousness to water make ceramic tile an ideal flooring material, from kitchen to bedroom.
Across the various varieties, ceramic floor tiles have the ability to be printed with almost any color, design, pattern, or texture that is imaginable. Today's porcelain floor tiles, for example, can look convincingly like marble, hardwood, metal, or even leather and cork.
Here are some examples of how various types of ceramic tile can be used effectively on floors.Continue to 2 of 8 below.
02 of 08
One of the most popular options for ceramic flooring is to choose a design that mimics a natural material. This allows you to get the beauty of that natural substance while still maintaining the low maintenance, durability, and functionality of ceramic tiling.
In this lovely cottage style dining room, the floor is made of 2 x 12 ceramic tiles printed to look like a deep brown birch hardwood. The rustic reclaimed wood dining table acts as the centerpiece of the room, with a matched cottage style bench and two cream dining chairs complimenting the look.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
03 of 08
Terracotta Tile With Accent
Terracotta is a form of ceramic tile made from a relatively soft red clay fired at moderate temperatures (about 1800 degrees Fahrenheit). Unlike most ceramics, terracotta tiles do not receive a glazed surface treatment. That means that they cannot be printed and are not protected against stains and water damage. Terracotta can be sealed to protect the material against these hazards, but overall, the tiles will be less durable, more prone to damage, and harder to maintain than other types of ceramic tile.
Despite the drawbacks, the appeal of terra cotta is the rich beauty and the natural feel of the material. The colors which are achieved in these tiles have a unique appeal that is complemented by the gently graded texture of their untreated surfaces. For this reason, terracotta flooring is still in high demand, especially in homes striving for an authentic southwestern feel.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
04 of 08
Stone-Look Tile With Quartz Countertops
In this kitchen we see large 16 x 16-inch ceramic tiles printed to look like natural stone in multi colors. Joined by the rich polished hues of the natural quartz countertop, as well as the sleek modern feel of the stainless steel appliances, this creates a kitchen that is rich with visual dynamic tension.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
This entire bathroom has been covered with gorgeous polished porcelain ceramic tiles printed with a multicolored beige travertine pattern. The result is an oasis of comfort and simplicity. The clear glass shower surround allows the look of the stone print to dominate wall to wall, creating a space of that is tranquil but simultaneously dancing with visual beauty.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
06 of 08
Pure White Tile Bathroom
Here, we see the more controlled side of ceramic tile in a bathroom decked out in pure pristine white 12 x 12-inch ceramic floor tiles. The floor is matched with white walls and white painted architectural features to give the environment a distinct clarity. This effect is beautiful in a soft and sophisticated way. Small decorative accessories finish the look, creating a room that has a tidy “shabby chic” look.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
07 of 08
Slate-Look Kitchen Floor
Here we see the ability of ceramic flooring to mimic the seemingly random patterns of natural stone. These tiles have been manufactured to look like multicolored slate, with a mix of golden bursts and cloudy charcoal hues vying for dominance in the surface of each piece. This is offset by bold smoky grout lines that both encase the chaos and frame the beauty of the printed design.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
08 of 08
Multi-Colored Porcelain Bathroom Floor
In this lovely bathroom, large porcelain floor tiles with natural-stone colors anchor a setting that includes many different tile patterns and shapes. The effect is powerful and invigorating, yet not out of control. Decorative accessories and wall hangings accent the room in unique and eye-catching ways.