If you don’t like blank interior walls, you have a few options to do them up:
Textured Wall Paint
K. K. Stones’ Natural Stone Decor Panels
Funny shiny backlit translucent Italian or some other marble
Thank God, there’s no vitrified tiles for such walls. Well, bathroom walls are done up with vitrified tiles these days. Limit them to bathrooms, please. So far so good.
For blank exterior walls, what do you have? If the walls are under a shade, all of the above may work. But if the walls are exposed to all kinds of elements, these handcrafted stone decor options may feel good.
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For some reason, often, I find such sights of work-in-progress more enchanting.
The great thing about these handcrafted natural stone mosaics is a sense of repetition but with subtle variations. Exact repetitions, as happens in printed vitrified tiles, are recognized instantaneously and are often quite jarring to the eyes.
How is this for your floor? If not indoors, then what about outdoors? Can you appreciate the surface finish of these multi-sided irregular stones?
I’ve observed that plenty of rooms are floored with the same kind of gigantic rectangular slabs of stone or marble, irrespective of the size of surface area to be floored.
Big slabs are faster and may be easier to lay, and therefore quite easily, also quite ugly to look at. The other day I was at someone’s place in Shahibag, Ahmedabad, and they’ve put huge glossy slabs on the walls! Alright!
One measure for those who are getting their interior/exterior design done:
Size of the surface area of the floor / Size of a rectangular slab (or stone piece)
The the greater the result, the better you would feel when the floor is done.
For example, if the room is 15ft * 12ft, and the slab size is 6ft * 2.5ft, it will take just 12 slabs to floor the entire area. Now think if the stone size is 1.5ft * 1.5ft, it will take 80 stone-pieces to floor the area.
Which is a better option? 16 or 80? For your eyes? For your feet? For creative floor surfacing? For the long term?
Builders and building contractors give us orders for supply of truck-load of granite and marble and natural stone. The give us orders based on ‘samples’ that we show them. They approve the sample. By approval of sample, it means that the supplier has to supply the same quality in every slab of granite. What is quality?
What is quality? Is it uniformity?
Can a certain quantity of natural stone be represented through ‘a sample’? How can anyone in the world guarantee adherence of different slabs of granite to one ‘approved sample’?
Is ‘approved sample’ a perfect piece of granite or stone?
In natural stone and granite, you won’t be able to come to any great understanding of quality. Because of its very nature it is impossible to standardize the quality beyond the physical dimensions of slabs or stone. No matter the sample, you are not going to get identical looking granite or stone.
Even if one assumes that slabs and pieces of stone can be sorted and grouped strictly based on certain parameters, the cost of sorting is prohibitive.
Based on the purchase order, when the material ordered reaches the site, the builders and building contractors and their employees at the site engage in ‘quality checking’. The understanding of ‘quality’ is at best vague, unspecified and unclear, but since there is an ‘approved sample’, these clients offer all kinds of reasons to ‘reject’ the material that’s delivered.
Costs of handling natural stone are so high that all such rejections crush the supplier financially.