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Color Sense

Always ahead of the curve, esteemed tile and stone brand Artistic Tile says color is key in 2023 and beyond.

Sfera Verde Aurora mosaic by Alison Rose for Artistic Tile

Somewhere between crisp white Carrara and inky black Nero Marquina marbles lies a world of untapped possibility—from verdant greens and oceanic blues to shimmering golds and luscious purples.

Interiors will always have room for black and white but so much can be said for color, even when it’s the canvas of the space, and—yes—even if it’s built in. That means a powder room replete with lilac marble walls, a kitchen with a monolithic marigold onyx island, or a living room with lush green quartzite floors.

Micro Moons black mosaic by Artistic Tile

“Whites and grays have gotten stale, and people want warmth in their life—so these warm tones, these golds and browns, have snuck back into our collection and certainly have influenced it for the next few years to come,” says Zachary Epstein, president and chief product officer at industry-leading tile and stone brand Artistic Tile. “You’ll be seeing a lot of warmer feeling stones.”

Blue Sea quartzite, Bronze Fantasy marble, and Botanic Green quartzite

This spring, Artistic Tile has introduced a selection of stone slabs in a kaleidoscopic array of colors. Blue Sea quartzite features a spectrum of sea-worthy hues, from deep cobalt to pale sky blue. The Tunisian-marble Bronze Fantasy exhibits striking crystalline veins that stretch across a deep cocoa canvas like bolts of lightning. Botanic Green, a magnificent Brazilian quartzite, has a ground of vivid green layered with more subtle hints of red. In their tile collection, a multicolored stone mosaic called Micro Moons features an exuberant mix of red, green, and blue marble circles on a ground of honed Nero Marquina marble.

Sfera Verde Aurora mosaic by Alison Rose for Artistic Tile

Also this spring, in her third collection with Artistic Tile, acclaimed designer Alison Rose introduces Sfera, a playful pattern of multicolored, interlocking circles. One colorway features a radiant green quartzite Verde Aurora grounded in a mix of polished and honed Nero Marquina marble. Rich with color, the vibrant mosaic brings a room to life.

“For my love of color, I celebrate the hues that nature has given us in stone. Even in a tonal colorway, evoking emotion is part of the joy of creating a pattern,” says Alison Rose. “For each and every collection, I curate specific palettes, so each colorway expresses a different voice, infusing energy—some quiet, some bold.”

Lilac marble from Artistic Tile

Wherever your eye falls on the color wheel—whether you find it’s a warm sunburnt orange you love, or a bold, regal purple—the color you do choose, and the way you use it, is a powerful way to express style and personality.

“We’re seeing all these strong colors and warm colors across the full range—from fashion to fabrics to furniture,” explains Jill Cohen, vice president of design at Artistic Tile. “People are really going for color and making bold statements in their homes.”

Tiger Lily onyx from Artistic Tile