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Tile Look: Urban Contemporary

by Joey Grable
on 10 June 2019
rectified, modern, simple, urban contemporary, a la mode, basalt, urban linear, mid-century

The simplicity of an Urban Contemporary tile keeps a look modern and timeless. Contemporary tiles use clean lines and are typically rectified. A rectified tile is manufactured to have perfect 90-degree edges. All sides are uniform, precise and straight. This precision allows for smaller grout lines which gives a more continuous, refined look. Another advantage to having a rectified tile is the ability to cut the tile in half. A non-rectified tile is unable to be cut in half due their pressed edges with have softer corners. Therefore, if the tile was to be cut in half, the difference in the sides would become very apparent.

Contemporary tiles do not have much color variance between each tile. Additionally, there is not a lot of movement in the design, like there is in a Marble or Travertine look.

alamode mushroom pol room

An example of a contemporary look is our A LA MODE line, which is simple in color. This line comes honed, which is a matte finish, or polished.

basalt sand room

Another example of an urban contemporary tile is Basalt. This porcelain tile has clean lines and bears well with a Cement or Midcentury tile.

If you are wanting to create a smooth, and continuous look then a contemporary tile is perfect for your space. Contemporary looks are extremely popular in commercial spaces, but in recent years have grown in popularity in residential areas as well.