BEYOND THE MARBLE SLAB

by CAROLINA RAMIREZ HERRERA / photography by HOLGER OBENAUS

Whether you are choosing a new floor for your kitchen or bath or deciding what stone to use in your new retail space, finding the perfect tile, marble or stone is always a challenging process. Along with bringing instant warmth and architectural interest to a space, tile and stone are also a stylish way to play with color and texture. And though there are tons of varieties out there to choose from—mosaics, marbles, porcelain and more—most people tend to pick just one style and run with it. But taking the reins and choosing a combination of interesting materials to create a design-forward—and totally unique—pattern is worth the effort.

For over 35 years, Ruben Sorhegui Tile (RST) has been the largest stocking distributor of tile and stone in Southwest Florida, and its team knows a thing or two about finding the perfect material for your space. RST prides itself on sourcing and offering the finest materials available, including carefully selected Italian Calacatta marbles, Greek Thassos marble and handmade terra-cottas unobtainable anywhere else in the United States. Perhaps one of the most unique offerings is its wood-look porcelain tile.

Porcelain tile—for use on floors and walls in any room—has been trending the past few years, as interior designers and homeowners tap into its myriad benefits. More affordable than traditional wood floors, more durable than luxury vinyl and tougher than ceramic tile or natural stone, such as marble or travertine, wood-effect porcelain stoneware won’t stain and it matches all the main design styles for the home. From Scandinavian to ethnic, retro to country, wood-effect porcelain stoneware is an excellent solution that enhances décor, finishes and details. Whether transforming an entire home or updating one wall, by choosing complementary or contrasting patterns an entire room will shine, beyond just its décor.

Mosaics, tiny tiles that come in a variety of materials, including glass, metal and natural stone, are a great way to create décor magic and bring color and texture to any wall in your home. Clients can also find truly unique marble to elevate their projects.

RST has a vast selection of Calacatta marbles—a distinctive Italian marble of whites and golds. Available in both honed and polished finishes, this elegant natural stone is the perfect choice to create stunning vanity tops, tile floors, shower surrounds and backsplashes.

The company’s selection of handmade terra-cottas will transport you back to the age of old Italian villas. As it matures, terra-cotta gains more character and a patina that adds to its appeal.

Open to direct clients, designers and builders alike, Ruben Sorhegui Tile’s 50,000-square-foot warehouse in Naples stocks the latest in new and emerging trends as well as timeless classics, and it ships worldwide.

Carolina Ramirez Herrera is an art- and design-obsessed travel and lifestyle writer, who often contributes to blogs, city guides and lifestyle publications, sharing a page from her little Black Book of personal travels. Based in Miami but usually on a plane, follow her on @Lacarolinda.