How to create a natural style home with porcelain stoneware tiles

March 15, 2023

How to create a natural style home with porcelain stoneware tiles

by Sara Costi

The idea that spaces can influence people’s perceptions and moods isn’t new. Thousands of years ago, Hippocrates wrote “On airs, waters, and places” where he stated that people’s wellbeing is closely linked to the place they live in. And Feng Shui already existed. More recently, disciplines like epigenetics, quantum physics, and neuroarchitecture are lifting the veil on how our environment affects us. Therefore, there’s an invisible link between humans and the space surrounding them. As a result, the home is no longer just a furnished building. Instead, it’s a place that influences those who live in it. Viewing a home like an energy field to which one is connected means opening up to different interpretations of environmentally conscious architecture to create beautiful, salubrious spaces that resonate with the people who live in them, improving their lives and wellbeing.

Flooring: English Wood Galloway

Natural interior design

Nature-inspired elements are the essence of natural interior design, perfect for creating warm, cosy spaces with earthen notes that bring the outdoors in. This design trend is rooted in Alvar Aalto’s organic architecture and is all about warm hues and sustainable materials and fabrics, like cotton, linen, wool, and silk.

Influenced by Scandinavian aesthetics, natural interior design is ideal for those who want to embrace green living and make their home cosy and unique.

Flooring: English Wood Cheshire
Flooring: Geowood Amazique

The natural colour scheme includes warm, muted, restful shades without contrasts or super bright colours.

But the real star of natural interior design is natural light with big white windows to enhance it even more. And, of course, a natural-style home can’t do without plants, flowers, or even just nature-inspired décors and their positive, calming effect.

Coverings: Limpha Coral Rose
Flooring: Geowood Iroko
Flooring: Petra Bianca
Flooring and coverings: Petra Antracite
Flooring: English Wood Dean – Coverings: Supreme Grey
Flooring: Tavolato Grano

Casalgrande Padana tile collections

Stone is a perfect material for a natural-style home. And Casalgrande Padana has a wide range of stone-like tiles that stand out for their sophisticated aesthetics, rich colour palette, and variety of sizes and finishes. Irregular veining, soft, restful neutrals and greys, earthen and sandy notes, and a pleasant texture create exquisite, modern tiles that perfectly replicate the look of the original stone that inspired them. In addition, Casalgrande Padana stone-like porcelain stoneware tiles are made with natural materials and combine stone’s natural charm and the excellent technical features of porcelain stoneware to create perfect floors and walls, both indoors and out.

Flooring: Stile Beige
Coverings: Stile White Smoke
Flooring: Pietra Baugè Beige
Flooring: Chalon Beige

Wood is the natural material par excellence, and Casalgrande Padana’s wood-effect porcelain stoneware tiles give a new edge to this material, replicating the veining, knots, and shades of rare, sought-after types of wood from all over the world.

Flooring: English Wood Dean
Flooring: English Wood Highland
Flooring: Tavolato Sbiancato – Coverings: Limpha Coral Rose
Flooring: Tavolato Marrone Scuro

These stone-effect and wood-effect tiles come in a wide range of colours and formats (from 8.2x25 cm to 120x278 cm and 160x320 cm), making them a functional and versatile solution for interior design. In addition, the outdoor versions with an anti-slip finish (20 mm thick) can be laid on screed with adhesive or dry-laid on sand, gravel, or turf to create elegant spaces and visual continuity between indoors and outdoors.

Interior flooring: Stile White Smoke (natural finish) - Exterior flooring: Stile White Smoke (Grip finish)
Flooring: Petra Sabbia - Coverings: Brickworks Petra Sabbia
Flooring: Petra Sabbia - Coverings: Brickworks Petra Sabbia (Grip finish)

Bios Antibacterial®: maximum hygiene in your domestic spaces

Bios Antibacterial® is Casalgrande Padana’s exclusive silver-based treatment that helps eliminate 99% of bacteria from the tiles’ surfaces. This treatment is incorporated permanently into the porcelain stoneware tiles. Therefore, it’s always active whether there’s light or dark because it doesn’t need UV radiation to be activated. Bios Antibacterial® uses a technology based on silver ions, which removes bacteria and prevents their proliferation by inhibiting their metabolism. Laboratory tests have shown that Bios Antibacterial® can remove 99% of the four main bacterial strains (Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis, Escherichia coli, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa). In addition, Bios Antibacterial® prevents mould, yeasts, and fungi. As a result, spaces are salubrious and pleasing to the eye and nose. The treatment is embedded into the tiles before they are fired, becoming an integral part of them. Unlike other treatments applied once cold after the tiles are fired, Casalgrande Padana’s antibacterial treatment is wear-resistant and remains effective over time.

Bios Self-Cleaning®: the air-purifying porcelain stoneware tiles

Casalgrande Padana’s Bios Self-Cleaning® tiles for façades and ventilated envelopes have self-cleaning properties and reduce nitrogen oxide emissions, which are among the primary air pollutants. This way, Bios Self-Cleaning® helps improve the environmental quality of urban settings. To put things into perspective, using Bios Self-Cleaning® over a façade surface of 150 m2 purifies the air as much as a wooded area as big as a football pitch. It also eliminates the nitrogen oxides emitted by 11 cars throughout the day. Moreover, Bios Self-Cleaning® has all the excellent technical and aesthetic features of porcelain stoneware cladding and drastically reduces cleaning and maintenance. All this translates into significant savings while maintaining the quality and characteristics of the architecture.

Façade cladding: Limpha Helix

Committed to the environment

Casalgrande Padana has always been environmentally conscious and committed to reducing its footprint. That’s why it uses the best technologies, commits to a circular economy, and implements certified process and environmental management policies.

As a result, Casalgrande Padana porcelain stoneware tiles are made through a closed-cycle manufacturing process where sophisticated antipollution equipment allows all the components to be recycled and reused with substantially zero emissions or dispersions: 0% harmful emissions, 100% environmental impact reduction, 99.5% waste recovered, 74% self-produced energy, and 100% environmentally sustainable packaging. This cutting-edge production process focuses on sustainability, scientific research, and the best environmental experiences. It also aims at reducing pollution as much as possible to protect the landscape and territorial balance. This commitment is demonstrated by Casalgrande Padana’s many certifications, including the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and ISO 14001 certifications. But also by the company’s Code of Ethics, which regulates the environmental policies related to its production cycle, and its environmental management system compliant with the EMAS Regulation to improve its environmental performance. Casalgrande Padana has also published an environmental statement validated by the certification body.

Casalgrande Padana porcelain stoneware tiles are made solely with natural raw materials, respecting the planet. Therefore, they are environmentally sustainable and fully recyclable. In addition, they are fire-, frost-, and wear-resistant and withstand flexure, abrasions, stains, weather agents, and temperature fluctuations. As a result, they never change over time. They are also easy to lay and clean.

Flooring: Stile Beige
Flooring and coverings: Stile French Grey
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