A dark-gray color palette
Fairly consistent throughout, with only slight shade variation
A highly durable stone
Ideal for use on flooring in high traffic areas of the home
Honed finish for a subtle contemporary design
Basalt is a famously reliable stone, both in terms of design and durability. It is a simple dark gray, with a relatively consistent color throughout. There may be a slight shade difference within each tile, adding to its natural stone effect. There is no evidence of pattern or veining, making it an ideal stone for those who want uniformity.
Its hardwearing nature comes from its geology. As an igneous rock, Basalt is formed when hot magma bursts through the earth's crust and cools rapidly. This facilitates the forming of small crystals throughout the stone, creating the effect of a mid-sized grain. Whilst it is naturally porous, due to its tiny holes, once the stone is sealed it becomes fairly stain resistant and incredibly durable. This makes it ideal for use in almost any area of the home, including bathrooms where water is likely to occur and high-traffic areas such as hallways and kitchens. Basalt can even be used for exterior applications such as garden patios and walls.
The tile has a honed finish, created by grinding down the stone to a beautifully smooth, flat surface. Where some stones are polished creating a high-maintenance, high shine, a honed finish is left with its natural matte effect. This creates a subtle contemporary look which blends in with its environment.
It's a great finish in terms of practicality for two reasons. A honed finish has a lower slip-resistance making it ideal for flooring in family environments where the risk of skids and falls is increased.
Secondly, it's a durable finish, requiring a low-level of maintenance. A honed finish only needs a regular clean to keep it looking its best. In fact, wear and tear only adds to the stone's natural look and feel.
If there was only one word to describe Dark Basalt it would be 'versatility'. Its subtle and consistent coloring means it blends seamlessly with its surroundings, suiting almost any design from the traditional to the ultra-modern. The soft gray works with almost any color palette and means textiles can take the lead in terms of pattern and design.
Far from being the focal point of your interior, Dark Basalt allows you to create a room design around accessories, soft furnishings, and exciting colored walls. It acts as the perfect backdrop, allowing you to take the spotlight. Or if you're looking for something a subtle and sophisticated, pair it with fresh white walls and subtle charcoal colored towels and accessories.