Bathroom envy

Bathroom envy

This bathroom is a great example of how good porcelain tiles can be at mimicking marble. The latter has to be quarried and once installed you have to seal it and look after it. Porcelain tiles, on the other hand, look after themselves

Organisations such as Friends of the Earth urge us avoid natural materials that have to be mined or quarried because both of the latter cause environmental degradation. Porcelain production is far less damaging because clay deposits tend to be much closer to the surface and clay, the raw ingredient of tiles, is abundant in many parts of the world. Porcelain tiles do require a lot of energy to manufacture as they have to be fired at very high temperatures, but once made they can last forever and need little in the way of maintenance. And the good news is that manufacturers - in this case Porcelain Tiles - have perfected the art of imitation so well that well, who needs the real thing. Pictured above: interior designer Paul Warren used calacatta marble-look tiles for the master bathroom in this house in Sheen.

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