The all-white bathroom, a classic look throughout the 1990s, has been usurped in the popularity stakes by the warm neutrals and random texture of stone with tile supplier Amber , reporting that each of its stores has experienced an upsurge in sales for stone in bathrooms - both man-made and authentic - with sales of this finish now outstripping those of white tiles.

Ranges such as Graal are deliver the diversity and subtle colour variation that home renovators now favour. A matt glazed porcelain, Graal comes in a variety of sizes - from 333mm and 165mm squares to borders, tozetto and 25mm mosaics - that ensures the entire bathroom can be given a natural stone finish regardless of size or architectural features such as curved walls or decorative inlays.

All tiles in the Graal range feature an authentic aged stone finish, complete with textural undulations and scoring plus colour variation. These tiles can be used on both floor and walls. Colours in the range include Artu, a soft grey; Parsifal, a creamy latte and Avalon, a warm sand.

Because Graal is a matt glazed porcelain tile it is more hardwearing than conventional ceramic tiles and it achieves a more authentic stone finish - making it hard to tell the tile from the original.

Source: Building Products News.