If you’re looking for a striking feature to set your house apart, slate can be a breathtaking option.
This versatile stone has a pleasing matte finish that looks and feels soft to the touch. And while most people associate slate with chalkboard black and deep charcoal grays, it comes in a surprising variety of colors, including terra cotta red, green and chocolate brown.
You can find slate used in indoor and outdoor applications, including rooftops, siding, outdoor walkways, indoor flooring, countertops and more. But since slate is fairly soft and the quality of each slab can vary widely based on its source, it’s important to use the right type of slate for certain applications to prevent chipping, flaking and scratching.
Alternatives to Natural Slate
There’s good news, however, for those who love the look of slate but are turned off by a lot of maintenance: you can find high-quality porcelain and ceramic tiles that beautifully replicate the look and feel of the natural stone that are easy to clean and look great for years to come.
With so many ways to use slate and slate-look tile—where do you begin?
Countertops & Backsplashes
Countertops are popular spots to use slate, but care should be taken to use quality slabs that have been honed so they’re flat and smooth. Faux slate tile with minimal grout lines can be used to achieve the same effect and provides you with extra durability—a better alternative.
As all-white kitchens increasingly start to bring in darker, moodier shades to add splashes of color, you can expect to see more slate in the kitchen in 2018.