Contact: Dimitri Charalambous
San Rafael, CA, April 5, 2022—The design trend to large, thin tiles continues to grow in 2022. And they’re not just for flooring anymore. Architects and de signers are increasingly using them to make dramatic statements on walls in virtually every room in homes, as well as commercial buildings.
“Our customers like the large tiles because they make rooms and hallways feel more spacious, and the fewer grout lines create a clean, modern look,” explained Dimitri Charalambous, president of Apollo Stone Imports. “On walls, they’re a durable alternative to paint or wallpaper. They can look soft and subtle or dramatic, and using them in marble or limestone creates a natural environment that many people want in their homes now.”
A study at Harvard released in February predicted an average increase in home improvement spending of almost 14 percent in 2022. One of the most common choices for homeowners doing remodeling is kitchens, including countertops and backsplashes.
“We see a lot of demand for larger tiles used in backsplashes,” Charalambous said. “Everyone wants a big kitchen, and that’s one way to make a smaller space visually larger.”
Some sources say that fewer grout lines are not only easier to clean but more hygienic because there are fewer crevices for mold, mildew and bacteria to enter. Thinner tiles are lighter weight, so they reduce shipping costs, which have spiked in the last few years.
Apollo Imports offers marble tiles in 3/8”, ½: and 5/8” and some tiles as large as 2’ by 4’. Based in San Rafael, CA, and Athens, Greece, the company provides Greek marble and limestone to wholesalers and distributors in slabs, standard and custom-cut tiles, mosaics and staircases.
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