Mar­ble has long been val­ued for its cool­ing prop­er­ties in kitchens

Country Living (UK) - - Decorating -

Moroc­can tiles can bring a daz­zling dose of colour to a kitchen, while en­caus­tic tiles – where the pat­tern is made up of sec­tions of tinted ce­ment – will add beau­ti­ful pat­tern. Porce­lain ver­sions are a good so­lu­tion in low-traf­fic ar­eas.

As a work­sur­face, mar­ble has long been val­ued for its cool­ing prop­er­ties. Now, com­pos­ites made from quartz or min­er­als mixed with a resin can repli­cate the ap­pear­ance of mar­ble or gran­ite, but are more re­sis­tant to stains or scratches. Al­though it’s a man­u­fac­tured product, com­pos­ites still look good along­side more rus­tic ma­te­ri­als, from lime­stone tiles to limed floor­boards.

If you don’t al­ready have warm wooden floor­ing, a slew of engi­neered hard­wood or porce­lain ver­sions now em­u­late the look and feel of real wood, with the ben­e­fit that they are very hard­wear­ing and can be com­bined with un­der­floor heat­ing.

Top right A pale mar­ble up­stand pro­vides an at­trac­tive and prac­ti­cal back­ground for wooden toolsAbove Veined mar­ble has been used to clad an is­land unit, deep up­stands and work­tops in con­trast with warm woodRight Glazed tiles are per­fect for work­tops and splash­backs, in­tro­duc­ing colour and lively pat­tern

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