You could say it's the wave of the future: textured porcelain and ceramic tiles represent a hot current trend in tile. A rippling wave effect echos organic elements such as waterfalls or striated rock formations in a sleek, contemporary fashion.
Most of these 3D tiles are monochromatic; available in a simple white, gray, cream, or black. However, more lines are becoming available that mimic the look of vein-cut travertine or limestone with a linear pattern and a soft, undulating surface texture.
Patterns range from a pillow-like quilt effect to a curvaceous arabesque lantern pattern, from crocodile-skin hexagons to leafy veins.
The majority of 3D textured tile lines come in large format tiles, usually 12x24". This allows for few grout lines and a clean look.
Since these tiles are intended as decorative accents, they're more expensive than most regular porcelain or ceramic tiles, but they are less expensive than the majority of glass mosaics and other decorative tile options. Most range from $8 to $15 per square foot, however some designer lines, including hand-carved limestone and marble tiles, are above $50 per square foot.
Where to Use Them
Due to the dramatic relief patterns, most of these tiles are for wall use only, but some are durable enough for a floor installation.
100% recycled, these dramatic panels have the warmth and character of reclaimed barn wood and work with most design styles.
Stacked stone panels, also known as ledger stone, are a great way to introduce natural color and texture. Whether you have a rustic cabin or a modern home, this is a timeless design choice.