Porcelain: the future of luxury interior design for your home

(MENAFN- A Communications) Whether you are building a new home or renovating your home, it is important to choose high quality materials that are durable, easy to clean and maintain, can withstand daily wear and tear and not not only affordable, but more hygienic than natural materials. This luxury material shines a light when it comes to luxury home interiors.

Porcelain is a type of ceramic made from refined clay, which is then baked at high temperatures, making it very durable. It is a very versatile material that can be made to look like marble, granite, slate, hardwood, limestone or any other natural material. While many may still be tempted to use marble in the kitchen, dining room and floor, the benefits of using porcelain far outweigh the benefits of marble. Marble is a more porous material that makes it easier to absorb stains and bacteria, making it less resistant to wear and tear and less hygienic.

Kadir Mithani, CEO and founder of Kazmia, explained: “In the UAE, we saw natural marble and porcelain as the hottest trends in both residential and commercial designs. These elegant counters can be designed in any way to give a sleek, luxurious and clean look.
“The large format, full-round, Italian-made ceramic plates of different thicknesses allow the brands of porcelain offered at Kazmia to be installed in various design applications. Unlike other surfaces, these plates are suitable for food contact, which means they are hygienic, stain-resistant and mildew-resistant. And easy to clean. Porcelain stoneware is not affected by high temperatures, scratches and completely water resistant, and it also resists UV rays and all kinds of weather. We have seen a remarkable increase year-on-year since the “The most important customer factors were: Flexibility in the face of weather conditions and wear and tear, affordability compared to marble and neatness – a new element in the interior design decision-making process.”

Methani gives reasons why porcelain has become the preferred material for homes across the UAE:

steadfastness
The outstanding properties of porcelain tiles as resistant to water and sun damage, make it an ideal solution for surface coatings that do not fit other materials. Historically, it was the preferred solution for outdoor applications such as ventilated facades, swimming pools and patios. Commercial applications such as shopping malls, hospitals, restaurants and airports also prefer the material for its durability. Today, the excellent technical performance and aesthetics of porcelain tiles have made it possible to explore various applications such as table tops, furniture and home accessories.
Porcelain is a very hard surface that is not susceptible to pits, stains and other damage that everyday home life can cause natural marble, but it can be manufactured with similar beauty, thanks to inkjet production techniques. Unlike marble or granite, each porcelain slab is uniform. If you choose a marble look — one of the most popular porcelain styles used today in kitchens and bathrooms — you will be able to follow the vein through a wide wall or a matching bookshelf dashboard for a luxurious, traditional look.
When choosing porcelain for different areas of your home, one thing to be aware of is the PEI hardness rating – the Porcelain Enamel Institute rating, which indicates how hard a material is. For high traffic areas such as kitchen floors, lounge or hotel lobbies, it is best to use porcelain with a PEI of four or five. Four worksheets are sufficient with a PEI rating of three or four, and a PEI rating of one or two for walls.

Cost effectiveness
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 aesthetic design requirements.

the health
Viruses depend on moisture to stay alive and active. Because porcelain is inorganic, impermeable and waterproof, viruses cannot survive on the surface of porcelain. Awareness of this information, coupled with its versatility and beauty, has made porcelain the best choice for high-end finishes this year. It is now cited as one of the best, if not most, material choices incorporated into post-pandemic interior design projects.
Some manufacturers have gone the extra mile in terms of hygiene, responding to customer demand. For example, Laminam Tiles use bioactive treatments when they manufacture their products that give bacteria and contaminants eliminating properties. It also has self-cleaning properties on external surfaces, which promotes the natural elimination of organic compounds due to the aggressiveness of pollutants.
In addition, according to the information source for the tile industry WhyTile.com, ceramics have the lowest carbon footprint of any earth material, the lowest global warming potential, and the lowest depletion of fossil fuel resources.

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