Top Surface Materials for the Home


December 20, 2011 | BY Asia Tatler

We give you our picks of our favourite surface materials to consider when decorating at home

When decorating a home, materials and the texture of different surfaces can contribute a lot to the mood and feeling of a room in addition to lighting and colour. From rich, gorgeous woods to glam, shimmering tiles, the surface materials you choose can make or break a room. We take a look at some of the most stunning products around town.


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The Memories range by Elitis offers a beguiling range of wallpapers, ranging from designs inspired by African wild animals to subtle blocks of colour. The Totem line pictured brings a touch of heritage and sophistication to the bedroom, and the muted brown and white hues suit most room décors and styles. Available at Goodrich Global.

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Wall & Deco offers beautiful wallpaper designs – with a twist. Each of the fresh, original designs is flexible in its make-up, and can be custom-made to fit the different sizes and shapes of the various home spaces. In this way, everything from wall fixtures to structural considerations can be accounted for. Available at Fabricsmith Curtains Limited.

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The new wallcoverings by Maya Romanoff will add a touch of glamour to your home. The Gilded Cloth and True Croc ranges are unapologetically bold – Gilded Cloth plays with high-intensity colour and texture, while True Croc mimics the elegance of crocodile leather, but is 100 percent paper, with a latex topcoat for an easy-to-clean surface.

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The Stonewashed collection by Boen offers wooden floorboards in a variety of shades, from the gleaming grey hues of the Oak Crystal range to the shimmering white of Oak Pearl. The collection is available in 10 stylish colours and each of the boards is treated with natural oil on the surface, for a natural, luxurious feel.

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Looking for natural wood with the durability of an engineered material? Quick Step brings us the best of both worlds with its new Parquet collection. The flooring combines three layers of real wood with seven layers of protective lacquer for a high level of stability and durability. The collection is available in three ranges: Palazzo, Castello and Villa.

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New York artists Brad Davis and Janis Provisor figured out a way to blend the age-old tradition of silk weaving with contemporary designs and colours. The result is a carpet collection that features the soft, refined sheen of 100-percent hand-knotted Dandong silk, along with the contemporary, edgy look of abstract, painting-like designs.

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Infuse a beautiful sense of nostalgia into your living room with the Harvest rug collection by Stepevi. The patchwork rugs combine a variety of vintage Anatolian designs, dyed in hues that range from vibrant brights to subtle neutrals. The teal rug, pictured here, injects warmth and character into the room and balances the grey stone and minimalist décor.

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Kitchen and Bathroom

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Staron, a series of 100 percent acrylic solid surfaces by Samsung, is a great material for the modern kitchen. Staron’s high density means that the surface is resistant to everyday wear and tear and the colours remains consistent over the years. The material can be crafted easily through thermoforming, but is still non-porous enough so that bacteria, mould and moisture don’t penetrate the surface.

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Aesthetics and functionality are no longer mutually exclusive when it comes to countertop materials. Formica Stone features a chic, sleek surface ideal for interior design needs, but it’s also resilient and hygienic enough to withstand daily wear and tear in the kitchen. The easy-to-clean surface is resistant to scratches, high temperatures, as well as acidic and alkaline substances.

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Dress up your bathroom with the Malacassa tile collection from Fired Earth Tiles. The high-impact, affordable range uses recycled glass at varying levels, depending on the choice of colourway. The iridescent Glacier, Oasis and Spa colourways are ideal for a high-shine, glamorous bathroom, while matt Green Marine, Monsoon and Ocean Blue offer a more muted, sophisticated look.