The living zone contains the rooms of the home where we entertain and share food with people. They are the heart of the home and the core of its entire design scheme, and the choice of materials, colours and furniture is fundamental, because they will define its spirit. For every material effect, the Italgraniti porcelain stoneware collections offer a wide assortment of versatile design solutions: appropriately combined, sizes, shades, finishes, thicknesses and decors are powerful stylistic tools throughout the living area.
An increasingly flexible location, both official and intimate, the living room needs a flooring that combines aesthetic and practical demands. Choosing Italgraniti porcelain stoneware gives access to a wide range of looks able to re-create the most elegant stones, the rarest marbles, the warmest woods and daring looks such as metal and concrete, and the complex set of responses they inspire in us, with astonishing realism. As well as enabling the creation of your favourite style, living room tiles in porcelain stoneware offer a convenient, hard-wearing, easy-clean, hygienic surface.
As elsewhere, the latest interior design trends offer countless examples of the use of porcelain stoneware on walls. A marble effect, for example, will bestow elegance and character on large surfaces which would otherwise look bare. Thanks to the number of sizes available in the catalogue, these walls can be given identity using medium and large-sized tiles, up to thin extra-large slabs: striking, continuous surfaces from floor to ceiling, real interior design solutions. The decors, mosaics and three-dimensional surfaces, with a delicate interplay of light and shade to give walls variety and depth, are also extremely attractive.
Lounge porcelain stoneware: infinite design possibilities
The crossroads between all the other rooms of the home, the lounge is also the place for welcoming relatives and friends: a kind of showcase of the residents’ taste and personality. Living room tiles for the floor and walls are inevitably a central feature in the interior design project. Access to a catalogue with many collections offering a wealth of colours, sizes, finishes and thicknesses is thus fundamental, while the freedom to use an array of hyper-realistic and detailed material effects that can easily be combined together and a shade assortment kept constantly up to date is priceless.
However, the living room is not only the most elegant, most carefully furnished room in the home: it is important for the living area to be designed to combine comfort and convenience, paying great attention to factors such as the size and shape of interiors, the amount of natural daylight and the type of artificial lighting.
One trend has now become clear: the contemporary living room is tending to incorporate the kitchen, and often a small study corner, in one large, multipurpose interior. It can be subdivided into two or three main areas with the aid of architectural features (such as panels, suspended ceilings, differences in level, archways or pillars), or simply by choosing floors with different effects. For example, if you are considering a wood effect porcelain stoneware lounge and an open plan kitchen, the ceramic parquet boards can be combined with a stone or concrete effect, just in the cooking area. This will separate the dining area from the kitchen while conserving the lounge’s open plan character.