Alternatives to premium natural materials you can incorporate into the design of your home, for stylish spaces.
3 August 2017
Text by Louisa Clare Lim
When it comes to designing and renovating a home (or any space, for that matter), who doesn’t love natural materials?
Natural materials, such as wood, stone and crystals, as well as derivations of them, exude a luxury – one that is simple, timeless and pure. Whether it’s because of the beautiful veins of a marble, grains of timber, or glimmer of light on a metal, Mother Nature never gets it wrong and always appeals.
As sought after as they are, natural materials are considered a luxury for the reason that they come with a high price. Obtaining the raw natural resources and turning them into usable materials often requires intensive labour, time-consuming processes and intricate techniques, to name a few factors. So, to many, products made from natural materials are not as accessible.
If you desire the look of natural materials for your home, but don’t exactly have the budget to go premium, you’ll be glad to know that there are alternative materials you can turn to.
Technology and innovation, fuelled by an increasingly design-centric way of life, have spurred the creation of man-made composite materials that emulate natural surfaces, in both look and texture. And there is a plus point – these materials are also designed to be more durable or lower in maintenance than the original thing!
41zero42 Open Luce tiles, from Hafary.
Varese Concrete (Rock finish) Kompac Panel, from KompacPlus.
Ragno Bistrot collection of marble-look tiles, from Rice.
Limestone laminate, from EDL.
Nero Rosso laminate, from EDL.
Ceramica Rondine’s Fori Romani range of Grigio Imperiale and Statuario tiles arranged in a chevron pattern, from Hafary.
Ceramiche Caesar’s Portrait range of tiles, from Hafary.
Marmo Classico laminate from Lamitak.
Atlas Concorde Marvel Pro range of tiles, from Rice.
Colorker Madison Bone tiles, from Hafary.
Ragno Woodgrace Chevron and Woodchoice Chevron, from Rice.
Tundra Caffe tiles, from Hafary.
Dekton Wild Collection Valterra surfacing material, from Cosentino.
Dendron Wood Series New York Teak KompacPanel, from KompacPlus.
Komi Natural tiles, from Hafary.
Legno Hipster Oak laminate, from EDL.
Betonsil Duet Light tiles, from Hafary.
Dekton Wild Collection Makai surfacing material, from Cosentino.
Dendron Wood Series Fiera Oak Elm KompacPanel, from KompacPlus.
Majestic Camphor Light laminate, from Admira.
Ergon Stone Project tiles, from Rice.
Legno Virginia Walnut laminate, from EDL.
Grove Grey tiles, from Hafary.
Dekton Wild Collection Aldem surfacing material, from Cosentino.
Casa Ceramica Ergon Metal Style Revial tiles, from Hafary.
Dekton Trilium surfacing material, from Cosentino.
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