With an enormous variety of size, color, shapes, patterns, finishes and textures available, ceramic tile is an appealing surface choice. It is durable and stain resistant, easy to install and affordable. However, it can be cold and hard and the grout needs to be sealed to prevent staining.
The larger of these two tiles is a handcrafted ceramic art tile from Ann Sacks'
Heath series in frost. The smaller is a rustic 2-inch by 4-inch saxony green tile from the company's Elements series. Both are "stoneware," meaning that they are ceramic tiles made of strong, opaque, non-porous clay fired at a high temperature. The color is baked onto the surface and serves doubly as a glaze to protect the tile from stains.