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9 Tile Trends We’re Seeing In 2017

There are so many tile options out there, how do you make sense of it all and stay current? We’re here to help. Here’s the top tile trends that were recently seen at Fade Marble & Travertine, Turkey.

3D Walls

With continuously evolving technologies, ceramic tiles are able to be made with three dimensional folds, wavy ridges, raised geometry and asymmetrical profiles. Fitting these tiles together creates a three dimensional wall with a seamless sculpted surface that naturally draws the eye.

Chevron Chic

Drawing inspiration from an age-old pattern, designers will love dressing up floors and walls with these eye-catching porcelains. From rustic and painted wood looks to resin, brick and stone, tile manufacturers are producing chevron and herringbone tiles across all scales to create visually striking patterns that are easy to install.

Along The Right Lines

Endless variations on the most basic and powerful element of design: the line. Thick and thin, vertical and horizontal, straight and intersecting, flat and three dimensional, linear designs are definitely in style with the ability to add depth, movement or focus to a room.

Objet D’art

One trend that’s been embraced is the transformation of tile into objet d’art, from small art pieces to entire wall murals, art tiles are being seen more often.

Soft Spot

There was an overwhelming warmth to the tile introductions this year, lending an undeniable softness to the hard surface. From designs with distressed and tactile effects (sandblasted marble, stripped wood and fabric) to warm shades, watercolor and velvety textures, it was a welcome reprieve from the minimal aesthetic of recent years.


Despite the color’s recent meteoric rise in popular culture, gray has always been a modern designer’s best friend. And this year an entire spectrum can be found in the latest tile introductions, from cooler slate tones to that perfect portmanteau of gray and beige. With the addition of texture, chromatic variation and overlaid patterns, these tiles prove that you don’t need color to make a statement.


Playing with the idea of modularity, tile manufacturers are increasingly producing fragmented patterns on square and rectangular tiles to produce large dynamic compositions. By randomly mixing and matching geometric shapes, the tiles pop with a vivid, kaleidoscopic effect.


Tiles continue to get bigger, bringing a torrent of new design possibilities. Thin, large porcelain slabs – which can be used to cover all manner of surfaces including countertops and furnishings.

Life Aquatic

Conjuring images of Mediterranean life, this marine palette of greens and blues is perfect for a pop of color! From large-format and modern surface effects to more traditional shapes and motifs, these cool colors are bringing a coastal vibe to the interior.


10 Luxurious Ways to Decorate with Travertine in your Interiors

In your home the materials that make up your surroundings are those that captivate you and help you love your home. Travertine is one of those finishes that can be used for countless ways throughout your interiors and looks beautiful regardless of how its used. From bathroom walls and kitchen backsplashes to gracing your outdoor pool deck, you will be surprised how travertine tile can beautify your home. Before you think that travertine is only for floors, think again. Look at these 10 luxurious ways to decorate with this gorgeous stone throughout your interiors.

1. Choosing the right travertine for your room
Travertine is commonly mistaken for marble or limestone but in fact is a form of rock with sedimentary properties and has a beautiful buffed matte finish that can’t be matched by many other natural stone materials. When choosing the right travertine for your room ask a professional what varieties of colors, variegations and application suggestions they recommend. You will be surprised that travertine can be obtained in small mosaic tiles all the way up to large slabs for walls and countertops.

2. Make a grand entrance with travertine tile floors
If you’re looking to add a luxurious aesthetic to your grand foyer, look no further than travertine. Known for its uneven or chiseled qualities, travertine looks gorgeous in traditional and modern homes alike. Whether you choose to place travertine mosaic tiles or use large pavers. There aren’t many floor materials that can create a rustic yet sophisticated look to your entry.

3. Large scale travertine can bring out the drama
If you love a big and bold look to your bathroom why not try travertine in a large scale format? This vein cut travertine tile is sold by the slab and its beauty is enhanced since every slab is unique and designed by nature. If you prefer to keep the travertine confined to one special area of your bathroom, look to the shower, backsplash behind the vanity or in a shower dressing room area. Take a look at this Travertine home in Singapore, what a beautiful way to show off this versatile material.

4. Bring out the nature of your design style
Travertine is a very ancient material dating back generations and was used in many monumental buildings throughout the world. While it has historical connections, it also is used in the most posh and modern homes today. Determine what your style of travertine suits your interiors. From sleek and sexy with very few grout joints in a minimalist backsplash to a traditional layout with chiseled edges, you will have a challenge selecting just one type in your interiors!

5. Tips to remember when choosing travertine
One of the beauties of this gorgeous stone is its varied colors and patterns but one draw back is its ability to scuff and scratch easily. Depending on the surface finish a high polished travertine may resist better than a matte finish. Travertine also can be porous and shouldn’t be used where levels of oil and other liquids can soak into it and stain its beauty. Although just like marble and granite a tile specialist can direct you to what type of travertine stone tile is best for your project.

6. Travertine in your luxurious bathroom
Dating back centuries ago Travertine has become a building material that is tried and true and your bathroom is the perfect place to showcase its versatility. From travertine mosaic tiles on your shower walls to custom tile work patterns, you will love its versatility. Travertine tiles set on a diagonal can give a gorgeous diamond geometry that when coupled with its natural matte finish will transform any shower stall from ordinary to luxurious.

7. Add sophistication to your outdoor home
Travertine can not only beautify your interiors but your outdoor home as well. Whether you are looking for garden pathway stepping stones, making decorative knee walls or you use for swimming pool decking to cool your summer home you will love the versatility. Travertine like many other natural stones can keep its beauty through long summer and winters and will age beautifully with time.

8. Polished travertine can add a luxurious tone
There is an air of luxe detailing when your bring polished travertine into your home and what better way to do it than in an indoor/outdoor room? Large pavers used with thin grout lines give the illusion of a vast vista of travertine as far as the eye can see. Pair it with your favorite outdoor furniture, a summer kitchen and an outdoor fireplace and your home will enjoy the rave reviews from guests in your entertaining spaces.

9. Combining light and dark finishes to add drama
To add a luxurious play between the materials in your home consider pairing lighter tones of travertine against your dark wood cabinetry for a dramatic touch. The contrast between the colors and textures of the finishes can create a kitchen, bathroom or living space that exudes attention. Similarly with your living room and dining room furniture. A killer dining room table or coffee table in rich mahogany wood will look dynamic against a lighter variety travertine floor.

10. Travertine can create a showstopper kitchen
Your kitchen is that one room where you pull out all the stops to showcase the appliances and finishes, and travertine used in kitchen backsplashes, countertops and flooring can wow and party that you are throwing! Look to travertine mosaics for custom details for your stove wall backsplash. Consider enlisting an artisan to create a one-of-a-kind backsplash for your kitchen walls with travertine tile. The options are endless and the ability to redefine your luxurious home with this versatile material is all up to you!

Fade Marble & Travertine readers we’d love to hear how you use travertine in your home. Have any gorgeous applications for us?


Office Decor Idea – Add A Touch Of Marble

You can never have too much help in the organization department of your office. Why not let that organization come in beautiful marble.
From pure marble desk organizers, to marble clocks, to marble inspired notebooks and sticky notes, your entire office can be full of marble to help keep you on track and stylish at the same time.

These marble organizers include spots for resting papers or business cards, are heavy enough to be used as bookends, and the copper bits can hold pens, pencils, greenery, or other small things that would normally be scattered across your desk.

Never miss a meeting again with this super sleek minimal marble wall clock. There’s no question you’ll be on time because you’ll constantly be gazing up at the beautiful circle of marble on your wall.

Turn your laptop into a piece of natural beauty with a marble inspired laptop decal or case. Not only will it protect your computer it’ll also make it completely your own and so stylish.

Lighten up your space in more ways than one. A marble desk lamp will illuminate your office and, if the stone is light in color, it’ll add a brightening effect even when the lamp isn’t turned on.


„Gorgonized“: electric guitars in natural stone

Frank Scheucher achieves „a unique sound and volume“ for his instruments with a body with a thin stone layer

It is Frank Scheucher’s dream that someday someone from the audience will whisper: „That could be a Zerberus.“ That’s the name Scheucher gave his electric guitar label in Germany which presented the „Gorgonized“ collection at the NAMM Trade Fair in Anaheim California.

The name is a portmanteau from Greek mythology in which anyone who looked at the fabulous being instantly petrified.

Scheucher’s new electric guitars implement exclusive stone types or semiprecious stone for the guitar’s body. Some seven years were invested in experimentation with optimal weight. By now Gorgonized guitars weigh from 2.8 to 3.5 kg, as much or as little as conventional electric guitars.

Of course the main component of the instruments is noble wood upon which Scheucher applied a 5 mm layer of ultra-thin stone reinforced by a fiberglass mesh. The stone in conjunction with the wood chambers produce „a unique sound and volume“, he says. 

In his own words:
* „Whereas the sound waves run along the length of the wood grain, sound waves spread in all directions on stone surfaces. On the stone surface, sound therefore is carried much more regularly and for a longer time after the sting has been strummed, or as the experts would say, produces a nicer Sustain‘.

* In constructing the instrument, I took care to ensure that the bridge and strings are mounted directly on the stone surface. This ensures a quick and strong resonance of the body after strumming, or in technical terms a ‘quick attack’.“

Another particularity is the guitars general resistance to feedback, stone’s resistance to scratches and its availability in a wide variety of colors and structures. „This makes each guitar unique and the best part: no varnish or color stain is needed.“

Even if natural stone is an unusual material for building electric guitars, the designer of Gorgonized instruments moves in well-known circles. The models are reminiscent of Fender’s Stratocaster leaning toward Rickenbacker.

But in his company dubbed hellhound Scheucher has also created most extravagant shapes. Nowadays he argues: „New material and extreme shapes? My guitarists should have pulled out.“

To make guitarists fall in love with their instruments, Scheucher places great emphasis on detail: controls bear the same stone inlay as the guitar body.


Marble quarries ‘chase’ flamingos from Burdur

The mountains around Yarışlı Lake in the southern province of Burdur, which is home to many bird species including flamingos, have been invaded by marble quarries. Flamingos that take shelter in the lake every year did not come this year because of the marble quarries, which surround the half of the lake.

Marble quarries surround almost all the mountains in Burdur’s Tefenni, Karaman and Yeşilova districts and cause damage to the area’s resources, including water and agriculture. They also pose as a threat for many migratory birds such as egrets and white-headed ducks as well as flamingos.

Yarışlı Lake, where bird observers and trekking groups organize visits, used to host thousands of flamingos every year in April. But in recent years, marble quarries have become active on the mountains around half of the lake.

For the first time this year, flamingos, like many other birds, did not migrate to the lake because of the activity of construction equipment, dynamite explosions, dust and noise pollution.

Engineer and founder of the trekking group Patika, Nusret Yakışıklı said flamingos, which pass through Anatolia on their migration between Africa and Siberia, normally make the lake their home for nearly for a month every year.

“In the past, the Mediterranean region had a place called ‘Lakes Area’ en route between the [provinces of] western Muğla to central Anatolian Konya. But over the last 50 years, 90 percent of lakes dried up in the name of development and reconstruction,” he said.

The last shelter for birds

Noting that Yarışlı Lake was the “last” shelter for dozens of local birds as well as migratory birds, Yakışıklı said, “This lake has something that other lakes do not have: alkaline water. What is this? Lots of bird species can only live and produce in alkaline water due to their ecology. This lake, located between Salda and Burdur lakes, is a fragile and living one. Just like the forests, streams and seas, lakes have an ecosystem, too. Contrary to belief, lake ecosystems are very precious living environments. In this sense, Yarışlı Lake is the last shelter for birds to take a breath, rest and accumulate energy during their long migratory road.”

He added that right next to the lake, dozens of marble quarries had opened in the last three to five years and new ones were still being opened.

“Yarışlı Lake is fed by two sources. One is its own water source to its south but there is a marble quarry on top of each water source. Besides a lack of reason, [the location of these quarries] is the sign of bribes, sneaky jobs and greediness.”

Yakışıklı said rainwater was the second source for the bowl-shaped lake.

“The side walls of this bowl are full of marble quarries. When it rains, the marble dust is carried to the lake and trickles down to the bottom of the lake. It creates a concrete effect in the lake. The living species in the lake, fish, water bugs, frogs, algae, microscopic creatures and flies, die because the lake water becomes like dead water in a jar. Its ecology is destroyed. Then birds cannot find food in the lake,” he explained.

He said the birds have also abstained from entering the water and looked for food around the lake, which has turned into an off white color because of the marble dust.




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