Stone-effect porcelain stoneware is a popular solution for those who appreciate the elegant, unpretentious charm of this timeless natural material.
When it comes to flooring and cladding - especially for outdoor areas, terraces and gardens - the solid, compact appearance of natural stone has always been much appreciated.
However, maintenance is an extremely delicate matter: natural stone is a porous material, making it susceptible to absorbing liquids and to becoming easily stained, marked or scratched.
Today, advanced technologies allow us to overcome this issue and provide visually-appealing solutions that are both highly resistant and technically high-performing: one such solution is Florim porcelain stoneware, ideal for recreating stone-effect surfaces, coverings and floors.
The Florim collection
Stone-effect stoneware surfaces offer a wide versatility of use due to the availability of several different thicknesses and sizes, including large flagstones.
Florim porcelain stoneware lends itself to numerous applications in indoor and outdoor environments, such as wall and floor coverings, building facades and furnishings.
Porcelain stoneware's most unique feature is its ability to creatively revisit and rework the chromatic and aesthetic variations of the natural stone it emulates.
Features and benefits
Admirers of the timeless charm of stone surfaces face a difficult choice: which to pick, natural stone or stone-effect porcelain stoneware?
From a technical as well as an aesthetic point of view, stoneware is second to none. Not only does it offer a limitless range of textures designed to revisit the aesthetic effect of natural stone, it also comes with many more practical benefits:
- it's impervious to liquids;
- it's resistent dto stains and scratches;
- it's unaffected by light (even under UV lighting, it does not change colour).
Stone-effect stoneware is also unquestionably more durable and resistant, while the porous nature of natural stone favours the emergence of stains and moulds that can, over time, affect its aesthetic appearance.
Types and uses
It's an ideal material for indoor and outdoor spaces and can be used both on floors and walls.
It's suitable for any room in the home (bathroom, living room, open space, outdoor area and terrace), depending on the combinations and one's personal taste.
The available range replicates the surface and colouring of stone (quartzite, basalt, slate, sedimentary rocks): countless shades of grey, warm brown tones, beiges and whites.
Whether in traditional or modern homes, rustic-looking surfaces will enhance any ambience and fit in well with many different styles. Indeed, nowadays interior design is making ever-increasing use of simple, natural materials capable of conveying a welcoming feel.
Here are some suggestions about the best materials and colours to pair with stone-effect porcelain stoneware:
- In kitchens, a stone floor goes well with neutral-toned furniture: white or grey, depending on the desired effect and, naturally, the ambient light, or else black and brown for a more intimate, mysterious look.
However, it is also possible to successfully match a stone-effect surface with wooden furniture and accessories or even modern steel appliances.
- Living rooms and bedrooms allow for a multitude of possible combinations: to make the best of a grey-toned stone effect you might, for instance, pair it with furniture in a warm shade of red.
- Outdoors - where gardens, terraces and swimming pools are involved - stone-effect flooring is a timeless classic that goes well with lighter-coloured furniture (white or beige) as well as livelier autumn shades of red and orange.