Style Tips: Large format or slab tiles mean your design aesthetic is covered

Large format or slab tiles mean your design aesthetic is covered

Slab tiles are the latest trend sweeping through Australian homes, and have been featured heavily on the most recent series of The Block. 

Yes, slab – or large format – tiles are really taking over, both inside and out.

Tiles in this format are extra large and slim. They mirror natural stone’s appearance very well.

Slab tiles are beautiful and practical, opening up new design opportunities for any home. 

And tiles of this size and design have a slender profile and maximum visual impact, making them the perfect choice for exteriors and interiors alike.

Why choose slab or large format tiles?

Using slab tiles instead of traditional tiles has a number of benefits, including:

  • Fewer grout lines to worry about 
  • Easier to clean and maintain
  • They visually expand the room
  • Due to their thin profile, you can lay them straight over your existing floor tiles
  • Greater durability and longevity
  • Using them on multiple surfaces such as exteriors, interiors, floors, walls and fixtures
  • Requires minimal cutting 
  • Generates less wastage than standard-sized tiles

Ideal areas for slab or large format tiles

  • Splashbacks
  • Indoor cladding
  • Outdoor cladding
  • Wet areas
  • Fireplace surrounds
  • Furniture
  • BBQ areas

Large format/slab tile ideas for flooring

slab tile floor

Slab tiles on the floor display incredible aesthetic appeal and are highly resilient, which makes them an excellent choice for the modern home.

Large format/slab tile ideas in the bathroom

Why choose large format tiles?

  • A large format tile trend is on the rise for its countless benefits, unsurpassed flexibility, and maximum visual impact.
  • Their thin and lightweight nature means less cutting and they generate less waste.
  • Compared to rendered walls, slab tiles are a less expensive alternative to marble.
  • The porcelain composition of large format tiles makes them long lasting, maintenance-free and the available colour and finish options increase their design flexibility.
  • Large format tiles will give a smaller room a more spacious appearance and feel, with less grout lines overall, and for larger spaces, such as commercial facades, they can bring a sense of harmony and proportionality.
  • You can get the look and feel of stone without the price, and weight.

Large format/slab tile ideas in the kitchen:

The use of modern porcelain slabs offers a smart upgrade from the porcelain tiles seen in more dated kitchens. The beauty of natural stone can be achieved with innovative products and stone-look slab tiles.

Why use a slab or large format tile benchtop?

Countertop surfaces blend into a seamless design of kitchen tops, vanity tops, and stairs made from one piece of tile.

This is probably because porcelain slabs are lightweight, economical and recyclable.

Because porcelain is non-porous, colour-fast, and heat and stain resistant, it’s suitable for food preparation. And these benefits add an extra level of hygienic protection too.

Additionally, large format tiles have a higher resistance to:

  • Frost
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Mould and fungus 
  • Scratches
  • UV rays

Porcelain slab tiles can be used inside and out. 

But due to their considerable size, large format tiles require specific handling and installation techniques, along with specialised equipment.

Ensure all large format tiles are cut, handled and installed safely by trained professionals. 

How big are slab or large format tiles?

Slab tiles are big – ideal for feature walls, floors, benchtops, facades, and even a porcelain veneer for furniture. But the true beauty of slab tiles lies in their practicality and authenticity.

In summary: Slab or large format tiles

• Extra large size (1600x3200x6mm) available

• Smaller sheets are perfect for floor-to-ceiling bathroom applications (1200x2780x6mm)

• Excellent representation of natural stone

• Can be cut to any size to suit on site

• Does not require sealing

• Can be used near heat/flame

• Stain and mould resistant

• Durable

• Premium, quality Italian-made options

• Made from natural materials

• UV stable – can be used outdoors

• Sustainable, green and environmentally-friendly

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Central Coast Tile And Stone Warehouse is your local specialist at sourcing and supplying quality tile, natural stone, travertine and pool mosaic solutions for renovators, builders and commercial clients across the NSW Central Coast, Sydney, Newcastle and Hunter regions. We help transform any space from average to stunning, saving you time, hassle and – most importantly – money! Contact us today for all your slab tile needs.

Get The Block Look: Inspiring Designs For Your Home

The Inspiring Designs For Your Home From The Block 2021

Oh, we do LOVE The Block!

We’re always impressed with the combination of tile and stone used in the builds, particularly in the kitchens, bathrooms, laundries and outdoor spaces.

This season has delivered some bold choices and impressive combinations. 

We especially liked the use of white kit kat tiles in Ronnie and Georgia’s ensuites. We explored this style in one of our recent blogs.

At Tile & Stone Warehouse, we can work with you to recreate the look of any room from the new series of The Block, simply by matching and ordering the exact same tile and stone combinations for all your home projects.

To ensure we have the most on-trend styles available for you, we are constantly updating what we offer in our range – including those you see on The Block

This includes a choice of polished, stone, timber, concrete, sandstone and marble-look porcelain tiles. Our most popular types of tile include white bathroom tiles, subway tiles, patterned tiles, porcelain tiles and pool mosaic tiles.

Our tiles are available in a great variety of sizes, including square 300x300mm tiles, to rectangular 1200x200mm tiles, but we encourage you to call or visit our West Gosford showroom to explore the complete range of tile sizes, patterns and colours.

As renovation specialists, Tile & Stone Warehouse knows how to find the best quality tile and stone for every customer. 

That’s why we’ve hand-sourced every square inch of tile and stone in our warehouse. 

During your visit to our showroom, we can help you find the right style, suggest the best design solutions, and provide a price on the spot.

Visit our showroom today or contact us on 0490 147 277.

Now, let’s take a look at some of the room creations.

The Block: Kitchens

Kirsty and Jesse’s country-meets-Hamptons kitchen really wowed the judges, and it’s what won them the kitchen reveal challenge. Those subway tiles on the splashback are a classic feature and you can explore the wide range at our showroom.

Ronnie and Georgia made excellent use of Caesarstone for the benchtops in their kitchen, with judge Neale dubbing it “impeccable” in style and “the new classic!” See some of our other stone options here.

Mitch and Mark’s kitchen was stunning too. A unique use of the Calacatta Maximus Caesarstone and the long island bench was only let down by the lack of a pantry. 

Tanya and Vito surprised again with their huge custom benchtop, pink cabinetry and a hidden butler’s pantry. A clean and character-filled design all round.

Josh and Luke’s kitchen featured black and white cabinetry. There wasn’t as much here from a tile and stone perspective, particularly as they went for a timber benchtop.

The Block: Bathrooms

Mitch and Mark’s vibrant feature tiles helped them create a truly stunning bathroom, and it’s no surprise they won the challenge for that week.

The soft tones of the finger tiles and accent tiles pop superbly against the brass fittings of Ronnie and Georgia’s bathroom.

Kirsty and Jesse’s coastal chic bathroom looked beautiful thanks to the blue tilework in the shower against the crisp white tiles and blue sink. Their powder room also turned out to be a full-sized bathroom too!

Tanya and Vito’s unique style and Moroccan feel was accented by the bold chocolate brown feature wall.

Josh and Luke’s dark and spacious bathroom didn’t wow the judges, but we liked it. The tilework is easy-on-the-eye, stylish, forgiving and is the perfect complement to that bathtub. 

Just look at that beautiful tilework! 

Mitch and Mark created a fabulous marble master ensuite. 

Tanya and Vito really went for colour in their ensuite and it worked for us!

Josh and Luke did well on the master ensuite room reveal, just pipped by Ronnie and Georgia – and we like the choice of tiles here.

Kirsty and Jesse’s master ensuite went Hamptons-style, blended with a touch of Colonial. And we really love those blue accent tiles.

The Block: Laundries And Wet Areas

All images: Channel 9, The Block Shop.

Jesse and Kirsty created a functional laundry with tiled splashbacks. 

Meanwhile, Ronnie and Georgia’s laundry ticked all the boxes, Mitch and Mark’s laundry with garage access offered a mudroom, while Tanya and Vito’s laundry space had Shaynna smiling. Josh and Luke’s laundry was one of the best rooms the twins presented.

These should be more than enough ideas to inspire your next build or renovation project!

The Block: Outdoor Spaces

Coming soon! Bookmark this page and check back for more updates.

We are local specialists at sourcing and supplying quality tile, natural stone, travertine and pool mosaic solutions for renovators, builders and commercial clients across the Central Coast, Sydney, Newcastle and Hunter regions. Contact us today to get The Block look you like.