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    Alternatives to premium natural materials you can incorporate into the design of your home, for stylish spaces.

    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!

     

    #1 STONE

    stylish material alternatives to natural looking surfaces stone

    41zero42 Open Luce tiles, from Hafary.

     

    stylish material alternatives to natural looking surfaces stone

    Varese Concrete (Rock finish) Kompac Panel, from KompacPlus.

     

    stylish material alternatives to natural looking surfaces stone

    Ragno Bistrot collection of marble-look tiles, from Rice.

     

    stylish material alternatives to natural looking surfaces stone

    Limestone laminate, from EDL.

     

    stylish material alternatives to natural looking surfaces stone

    Nero Rosso laminate, from EDL.

     

    stylish material alternatives to natural looking surfaces stone

    Ceramica Rondine’s Fori Romani range of Grigio Imperiale and Statuario tiles arranged in a chevron pattern, from Hafary.

     

    stylish material alternatives to natural looking surfaces stone

    Ceramiche Caesar’s Portrait range of tiles, from Hafary.

     

    stylish material alternatives to natural looking surfaces stone

    Marmo Classico laminate from Lamitak.

     

    stylish material alternatives to natural looking surfaces stone

    Atlas Concorde Marvel Pro range of tiles, from Rice.

     

    stylish material alternatives to natural looking surfaces stone

    Colorker Madison Bone tiles, from Hafary.

     

    #2 WOOD

    stylish material alternatives to natural looking surfaces wood

    Ragno Woodgrace Chevron and Woodchoice Chevron, from Rice.

     

    stylish material alternatives to natural looking surfaces wood

    Tundra Caffe tiles, from Hafary.

     

    stylish material alternatives to natural looking surfaces wood

    Dekton Wild Collection Valterra surfacing material, from Cosentino.

     

    stylish material alternatives to natural looking surfaces wood

    Dendron Wood Series New York Teak KompacPanel, from KompacPlus.

    stylish material alternatives to natural looking surfaces wood

    Komi Natural tiles, from Hafary.

     

    stylish material alternatives to natural looking surfaces wood

    Legno Hipster Oak laminate, from EDL.

     

    stylish material alternatives to natural looking surfaces wood

    Betonsil Duet Light tiles, from Hafary.

     

    stylish material alternatives to natural looking surfaces wood

    Dekton Wild Collection Makai surfacing material, from Cosentino.

     

    stylish material alternatives to natural looking surfaces wood

    Dendron Wood Series Fiera Oak Elm KompacPanel, from KompacPlus.

     

    stylish material alternatives to natural looking surfaces wood

    Majestic Camphor Light laminate, from Admira.

     

    stylish material alternatives to natural looking surfaces wood

    Ergon Stone Project tiles, from Rice.

     

    stylish material alternatives to natural looking surfaces wood

    Legno Virginia Walnut laminate, from EDL.

     

    stylish material alternatives to natural looking surfaces wood

    Grove Grey tiles, from Hafary.

     

    stylish material alternatives to natural looking surfaces wood

    Dekton Wild Collection Aldem surfacing material, from Cosentino.

     

    #3 METAL

    stylish material alternatives to natural looking surfaces metal

    Casa Ceramica Ergon Metal Style Revial tiles, from Hafary.

     

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    Dekton Trilium surfacing material, from Cosentino

     

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