There’s nothing quite like natural stone, particularly when it comes to tiling. Unlike ceramic, which is melded together to form a shape, stone is quarried out of the ground in one great slab. It’s something beautiful that Mother Nature has made, and reluctantly surrendered, then shaped into specific sizes.
Granite, marble, slate, travertine and limestone all fit into this category and have been used traditionally for thousands of years. Each has its own unique qualities (marble is renowned for its timeless beauty, granite for its hardness and slate for its durability), but unlike their composite ceramic cousins are more expensive.
The pedigree of floor tiles, stone boasts a high price tag and, befitting of its elevated status, can be temperamental. Stone is more difficult to lay and requires regular sealing, but its luxurious finish is often the choice of a high-end interior designer.
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If you’re one of the many thousands who love braving the elements every year to choose exactly the right living tree to grace your home interior at Christmas, that’s a tradition worth embracing. If you like the idea of a tree, but would rather not start the new year vacuuming an abundance of needles that seem to snare into your carpet for months on end, there are lots of options for fake Christmas trees as an alternative to the real thing.
If you choose an artificial Christmas tree, there are arguably benefits both in terms of ease and expense. The main plus points are that fake trees can last for decades, so they work out cheaper than paying for a real tree every year (plus the more expensive range come with a guarantee), and a luxury interior designer will be able to identify the best product to suit your venue.
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