Porcelain is the future of high-end interior design
Whether building a new home or renovating your home, it’s important to choose quality materials that are durable, easy to clean and maintain. One that can withstand daily wear and tear, and is not only still affordable, but also much more hygienic than natural materials. This luxurious-looking material takes pride of place in high-end interiors.
Porcelain is a type of ceramic made from refined clay, which is then fired at high temperatures, making it tough. It is a very diverse material that can resemble marble, granite, slate, hardwoods, limestone or other natural materials.
While many might still prefer the use of marble in their kitchen, dining room and floors, the benefit of using porcelain far outweighs that of marble. Marble is a more porous material that absorbs stains and bacteria more easily, making it less wear-resistant and less hygienic.
Kader Mithani, CEO and Founder of Casamia, explained, “In the UAE, we have seen marble and natural stone-look porcelain as key trends in residential and commercial designs. These chic surfaces can be decorated in any way to look sleek, upscale and clean.
“Full-body Italian porcelain slabs in large format and varying thickness allow the porcelain brands offered at Casamia to be installed in a variety of design applications. Unlike other surfaces, these tiles are suitable for contact with food, which means that they are hygienic, stain-resistant, mold-resistant and easy to clean. Porcelain stoneware is insensitive to high temperatures, scratchproof, totally waterproof, and also resistant to UV rays and all kinds of bad weather. We have seen a noticeable year-over-year increase since the pandemic began in china sales. The key customer factors were; resistance to weather conditions and wear, affordability compared to marble and hygiene – a new element in the process of decision-making in interior design.
Mithani provides the reasons why porcelain has become the material of choice for homes across the UAE:
The exceptional qualities of porcelain stoneware in terms of resistance to water and the sun make it an ideal solution for surface coverings for which other materials are not suitable. Historically, it is the preferred solution for exterior applications such as ventilated facades, swimming pools and patios.
Commercial applications such as shopping malls, hospitals, restaurants and airports also favor the material for its durability. Today, the excellent technical and aesthetic performance of porcelain tiles has allowed different applications such as countertops, furniture and home accessories to be explored.
Porcelain is an extremely hard surface that is not prone to etching, staining and other damage that everyday household life can inflict on natural marble, however, it can be produced with comparable beauty, thanks to production technologies at inkjet. Unlike marble or granite, each porcelain slab is uniform. If you opt for a marble look – which is one of the most popular styles of porcelain currently used for kitchens and bathrooms – you can continue a vein across a wide wall or bank of cabinets with matching tiles. to the book for a traditional upscale look.
When choosing porcelain for different areas of your home, you should be aware of its PEI hardness rating – the Porcelain Enamel Institute’s rating, which indicates the hardness of the material. For high traffic areas like kitchen and living room floors or hotel lobbies, it is best to consider porcelain with a PEI of four or five. For four countertops, a PEI rating of three or four is sufficient, and a PEI rating of one or two for walls.
Porcelain tiles are more cost effective than natural products and with a variety of designs available in the market. The buyer pays a fraction of the cost of real stone or wood while achieving the same design aesthetic requirement.
Viruses depend on humidity to stay alive and active. Because porcelain is inorganic, impermeable and water resistant, viruses cannot survive on a porcelain surface. Awareness of this information, coupled with its versatility and beauty, has made porcelain the top choice for high-end finishes this year. It is now considered one of the best, if not the best, material choices to incorporate into post-pandemic interior design projects.
Some manufacturers have gone the extra mile in terms of hygiene, in response to customer demand.
Laminam Tiles, for example, uses bioactive treatments in the manufacture of its products which impart antibacterial and pollutant eradication properties. It also has self-cleaning properties on exterior surfaces, favoring the natural elimination of organic compounds due to the aggression of polluting substances.
Additionally, according to tile industry information resource WhyTile.com, ceramic is considered to have the lowest carbon footprint of all flooring materials, the lowest global warming potential and the most low depletion of fossil fuel resources.