Three D tile , meaning tile that has three dimensions, where several chip surfaces on the face of a sheet of tile are raised above the standard dimensions, creating a three dimensional effect. Typically wall tile is 6-8 mm thick, by adding “chips” that are 10-14 mm thick you create a raised surface and overall a dimensional tile. These can be done in porcelain in large manufactured panels, but in marble they have to be cut and assembled. Glass can be formed in a mold to create a curved surface, and stone can be machined to form a variety of dimensional designs.
The history of three dimensional designs goes back to ancient times through the use of “bas reliefs” on walls. This tradition has carried down to the ages and now are seen in numerous hospitality projects as well as many residences throughout the world.
These designs have become very popular in the last two years. First, high end designers working on hotels and casinos were looking for something beyond flat surfaces. This grew into tile designs being made for the residential consumer. (The image is of Glasstilehome.com New Elevations pattern available in a variety of marbles). Many types of three D tile are now available; some are large panels that are created in porcelain that have wave effects. In Marble, The Elevations Pattern , the sheets can be cut and placed either horizontally or vertically. In glass we use a “Wavy 3D” formed glass with stone accent dots. In “split face “ tile, the hand split marble chips have a natural rough 3D texture.
Popularity of this type of tile is growing rapidly, due to the fact that consumers want more of a high end and unique look to their kitchens, family rooms, or bathrooms. This type of tile can also be used to create a “feature wall” someplace in a residence. Dimensional tile designs can accomplish a unique feature to any room.
From the living room and bedroom to the kitchen and bath, 3D accent wall are making seriously stylish waves in the design world. Whether it’s a grand-gesture wall or a tiny enclave, it’s one of the easiest ways to add architectural detail and value to your home. And we don’t know of a better statement-making way to breathe life into a room. Feeling creative? Invent a custom wall by mixing and matching your favorite 3D tiles.
The areas that Three D can be used are for kitchen backsplashes, accents in bath areas, and feature walls above fireplaces, living, dining and family rooms and some exterior applications.
GTH carries a full line of Three D Products in glass mosaics as well as stone mosaics.