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It is a good idea to use Porcelain on floors and walls?

June 8, 2021

Is it a good idea to use porcelain on floors and walls?

If we talk about porcelain, maybe its only uses that come to mind are pottery or the beautiful white and blue Chinese vases. But something that you may not know is that porcelain has an efficient and functional use as coverings on floors and walls.

A second thing you may think of is a doubt; Porcelain and ceramic are the same?

To answer that, they are not the same, but they are related since the way they are created and their materials are similar. Both are made with clay and baked at higher temperatures. Still, porcelain has a fined grated sand and is treated at a temperature that can sometimes exceed 1300 degrees centigrade; this makes it more resistant and durable, allowing it to be used in various applications. 

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Now that you know the differences between ceramic and porcelain, you have to know the types of porcelain used in floors and walls: Full body porcelain and glazed porcelain.

A simple way to understand the differences is by analyzing the colors. Full-body porcelain is colored by the mineral deposits in the natural clay used in making it or through the addition of other natural pigments to the clay. 

Glazed tiles are subjected to a second process covered in a protective coating of liquid glass. This protective coating allows them to be printed with various designs and colors using inkjet technology.

Although the color is not the only thing that makes them different, each has distinct characteristics that can work for various applications with particular benefits and advantages.

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Full-body porcelain benefits are: 

The hardness of the material.

Because they are cooked at a very high temperature, they are not easy to break with the daily use, even if used in high traffic areas such as shopping malls or offices.

Low water absorption

They are more resistant to climate changes, such as frost, rain, or direct sunlight. In the same way, they are more resistant to scratches; therefore, it generates the hardness that we mentioned earlier. 

Slip-resistant.

Because the color is maintained throughout, the tiles created with this type of porcelain can be made with different finishes, which help prevent slipping.

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Glazed porcelain benefits are: 

Color options

Since the color is injected into the enamel, the options are limitless, allowing the creation of various shades and designing unique patterns. The majority of decorative tile displays and murals use glazed tiles because of their beauty and appeal.

Stain-resilient surface.

The glossy surface created by the glazed enamel allows quick and easy cleaning. Just wipe the stain with a damp cloth, and it can be removed.

Availability.

These tiles are lighter, and their creation process requires less investment, making them ideal for residential use. Due to this, they can be more commercialized and find a greater variety of alternatives.

Returning to the initial question, porcelain is ideal for making tiles. It has many benefits and can be an excellent option for your home or any commercial project, from indoor work to outdoor patios and more. Also, it comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns, perfect for just about any project you’ve got in mind.

So now that you know the many advantages of porcelain, don’t hesitate to let your creativity run wild to give your projects a unique touch.

But don’t worry if this information is a lot; at Galería Marble, we can help you make the decision that best suits your needs and make ​​your design idea come true. 

Key Colors Winter 20-21

December 3, 2020

Key Colors Winter 20-21

Written by Luis Fabián González

As we look forward to 2021, winter is ideal for redecorating things with a new mindset.

Winter is all about harmony, order, and friendly charm. It’s frosty mornings, bright and crisp days, and lovely dark blue nights; winter conveys a feeling ideal for inspiration as shape, form, and color are everywhere. Although in 2020, this statement may be challenging to grasp since this year has continuously challenged us emotionally, the global health pandemic has been in our minds at every moment, making it difficult to have the encouragement to seek inspiration.

Now more than any time, since we spend a lot of time surrounded by four walls, it’s essential to stay in an environment that gives us peace and emotional wellness and creates a safe and cozy haven to retreat.

Confetti (Classical Film Combination)
Confetti (Classical Film Combination)

Looking back at happier, calmer times, neutral brown colors are always soothing as is a color pattern we go back time and time again; they are comforting, adding warmth and depth to a room. They remind us of earth and the natural world reconnecting with the essentials around us. Think snuggling up by a fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate and a blanket. Combine them with shades of greens to create a harmonious organic atmosphere or pair them with rich heritage colors to create a hospitable intensity aura.

CH15 (Café au Lait Combination)
CH15 (Café au Lait Combination)
Axel (Taupe Quartz Combination)
Axel (Taupe Quartz Combination)

Greige (Grey + Beige) is a new versatile color, a neutral that adds a more decadent feel and can work in both cool and warm color schemes. As the outside world tends to get a little cloudy and alarming, having a deep, cozy refuge is ideal. Consider using different tones or shades of the color in crucial living areas to create a truly cohesive feel throughout. You can accessorize and use accent colors to add more interest and character if you prefer or with softer browns, creams, or white to achieve a contemporary and timeless interior.

Swanson Gates (Jute Combination)
Swanson Gates (Jute Combination)
Hubble Lowe (Ivory & Pale Purple Stained Glass)
Hubble Lowe (Ivory & Pale Purple Stained Glass)

A constant in winter palettes have always been blue; ever faithful, it injects vibrancy with a confident shade. Blue injects a message of security, a sensation of total confidence, a sky opening us to a world of possibilities. Paired with wood accents, it emits an air of sophistication, or accompanied by white tiles, it elevates any room into a refreshing and stylish bathing space.

Hexagon 11" (Ceramics - Large Format)
Hexagon 11" (Ceramics - Large Format)
Hexagon 1" (Blue Stained Glass)
Hexagon 1" (Blue Stained Glass)

Among all colors inspired by nature, the shades of green stand out; it’s perfect to create bright accents and add some character to an interior, and at the same time, it encapsulates our desire to treasure our most human qualities. From a design perspective, green is a perfect combination with warm neutral colors creating a perfect harmony.

Subway Tiles (Silver Levigata)
Subway Tiles (Silver Levigata)
Staggered 1cm (Green Stained Glass)
Staggered 1cm (Green Stained Glass)

Remember, if you need any consultation applying these trends in your home, send us an email, and we can help you with specific personal guidance.

Adding Art Deco style to your home

February 20, 2020

How to Add Art Deco to Your Home

Written by Luis Fabian González

The movement that originated in the 1920s represented modernism turned into fashion, is associated with Machine Age materials and bold geometric shapes symbolizing an automotive and industrial feel always looking for that luxurious decadent and glamour.

Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, one of the pioneers of the Art Deco movement said, “Only the very rich can pay for what is new and they alone can make it fashionable. Fashion don’t start among the common people. Along with satisfying a desire for change, fashion’s real purpose is to display wealth”. So, if you are looking for unrestrained wealth and elegance or an undeniably refined yet decadent style, this is for you.

The Art Deco style could be found in fine art as well as furniture, fashion, jewelry, textiles and architecture. There are plenty od distinctive famous buildings that have the look, the Chrysler Building and the Rockefeller Centre are beautiful examples. If you are looking to applying it to interior design have in mind the tree main elements of this style, Geometric shapes, Lavish ornamentation and Industrial aspects.

Tilko (Golden Haze Combination)
Tilko (Golden Haze Combination)
Axel (Iceberg Combination)
Axel (Iceberg Combination)

Start with plenty of metallics; from gold to silver, stainless steel, and chrome, you can also incorporate leather. Try to replicate the advances in modern technology of the 1920s, find materials with strong lines, use crafted luxury items and mass-produced goods, but, in either case, the intention was to create a sleek and antitraditional elegance that symbolized wealth and sophistication.

Make a contrast with exotic wood to accomplish a great effect, rare and dark woods like ebony, walnut, maple and ash were often used for furniture and flooring, allowing natural wood grains to emphasize the light linear quality of his designs. Wood is highly polished, or alternatively it is given a lacquer finish that has an unparalleled glamour. Deluxe materials like marble are also prevalent in rooms of this style with its slick and reflective look for everyday glamour in the home; use these elements to amplify the extravagance and luxurious feel.

Fiocco (Wood Porcelain)
Fiocco (Wood Porcelain)
Sigurd (Iceberg Combination)
Sigurd (Iceberg Combination)

When you think of the Great Gatsby, you instantly remember the use of black, white, silver and gold color themes, there is also a great range of colors that complement these high-shine details like bright, bold and deep yellows, reds, greens, blues and pinks are the most used tones to counterpart deco interiors. Not only rich colors are used, if you are looking for a more toned down or subdue, softer glimpse, creams and beiges can be adopted for a beautiful compliment to the boldness.

Patterns and prints are essential in an Art Deco interior design, they can be added to walls, floors, decoration or upholstered furniture, even with lots of patterns you can be harmonious. Geometric or nature decorative designs are extraordinary illustrations that can be used in so many ways.  Examples of nature patters may include leaves, branches and feathers, you can even go wild with animal prints or be restrain with sunbursts. Emulate the changes of the decade with the mathematical geometric elements of patterns, Art Deco is characterized by trapezoidal, zigzagged, chevron and triangular shapes, stepped or pointed angular edges that are reminiscent of skyscrapers, have in mind precise and clear lines with clean and hard edges, mix shapes and sizes whit spherical forms so you can create an effect of frenzy movement luxurious drama.

Seren ( Electric Braid Combination)
Seren ( Electric Braid Combination)
Ivar (Lighthouse Combination)
Ivar (Lighthouse Combination)

When you are thinking of patterns remember the influences for this movement are ranging from Cubism to Italian Futurism, there were also discoveries being made around the world which heavily influenced the style. The pyramids of Egypt, The tomb of Tutankhamun and various archeological Aztec digs.

If you’re ready to add some Deco details to your space don’t be afraid, whether you incorporate Art Deco from floor to ceiling or just add a chair or side table into the mix, the style is sure to elevate your space. Today’s take on updated art deco style is decidedly playful and modern for a standout look that lend any room an elegant and luxurious feel and can be used everywhere and it guarantees to bring a touch of old-school glamour and flair to your living space.

Montagna (Wood Porcelain)
Montagna (Wood Porcelain)

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