Web designer Josh Byers
says, "The proper and subtle use of texture takes a design from being flat and dead to noticeable and alive." While Byers was referring to a different kind of design when he said this, this concept applies just as well to interior design. Texture is one of the 5 basic elements of interior design. It is the tactile and visual characteristic of a surface, so it can be hard, soft, smooth, rough, shiny, matte, etc. All surfaces have texture, but it is the proper combination of various textures that makes a design balanced, sophisticated and interesting.
A popular way to achieve textural depth in kitchens, baths, entryways and other living spaces is with natural stone tiles that are modified to have a three dimensional effect. This type of textural rather than colorful mosaic adds a visually engaging aspect to interiors that cannot go unnoticed. Rather than simply viewing interiors, 3-D tiles allow you to experience interiors. In this way, 3-D mosaics are ideal for creating inviting environments in homes, restaurants, retailers and other commercial businesses.
Take a look at a few stunning examples of 3-D natural stone tile mosaics, and also notice how other design elements are used to enhance and interact with the tile, for example lighting.
1) By DNM Architect via Houzz
2) By Mark Brand Architecture via Houzz
3) By Garret Cord Werner via Houzz
4) By Leib Designs via Houzz