A beautiful medium gray with a hint of a blue undertone, Silver Blue has that classic slate look with a unique contemporary flair. Blue is a fairly rare hue in the natural stone world, appearing on only a small number of materials. But, as cool tones make an increased appearance in modern interior design, it's clear to see why Silver Blue slate is becoming an incredibly popular choice. It has a fairly consistent coloring, with only minimal variation in shade throughout, making it a reliable choice.
Slate is ideal for a variety of locations because of its ability to resist wear and tear. It makes a great flooring tile for kitchens, bathrooms, and hallways but can even be used for external applications. It is a fine-grained stone and therefore is slightly porous. Depending on your choice of application, you may wish to seal your tiles to protect them from stains. This is more important for internal locations where a sleek effect is often required. Sealing your slate will also enhance its coloring, lifting each tile to its full potential
These stones have a natural cleft face; a textured finish created by the earth's tempestuous ways. Slate is formed by the compression of shale and mudstone, which causes these naturally soft stones to harden. It organically forms into layers, so it can be cleaved along its fault lines, creating perfect slabs for tiling. A natural cleft face is the stone's original texture; therefore, it is highly irregular.
This is an incredibly popular finish for a number of reasons. Firstly, it retains the tile's natural texture giving a rustic and rugged effect to your design. It's also one of the best value for money. Not only is its initial price very reasonable, but it's also low-maintenance and long-lasting. Its irregularity means that wear and tear will not deteriorate the stone's design. A regular clean and sealant top up are sufficient for keeping the stone's desirable effects.
These tiles also have a natural back. They are totally ungauged and therefore will require careful installation in order to create a level surface. Both sides of the tile are suitable for becoming the stone's upper face, so there is an increased choice depending on which color and texture you prefer.
Silver Blue slate flooring looks great a part of a modern kitchen design, creating the perfect contrast for smooth matte kitchen cupboards and countertops. For a sleek, up-to-the-minute style, pair it with crisp white walls and a black granite countertop. This is a universally popular, timeless look that will always be in fashion.
But don't let our suggestions restrict you, Silver Blue slate can be used for walls in bathrooms and kitchens, patios and porches, or for features such as fireplace surrounds.