Tonality of ceramic tiles
It is enough to look around to notice the diversity that surrounds us. Various shapes, textures and colours amaze us at every turn. It applies to trees in a park that are so distinct that it is impossible to find two identical ones, majestic rocks that seawater carves into unique, if fleeting patterns, and old planks in village houses located in Bieszczady Mountains which have gained unique patina over the years. Inspirations that can be found all around us have been converted by the Opoczno designers into new tile patterns.
What has changed over time is not only the technology, but also the tastes and demands of consumers. Over a decade ago, all tiles looked almost identical. Thanks to technological progress, we can now manufacture tiles that not only come in various sizes, but also boast different surface finishes and, most importantly, impress with the sheer diversity of patterns. Visual designs (measured in metres) are superimposed on tiles piece by piece using a digital printer. It is usually done randomly in order to imitate nature. As a result, a unique pattern emerges at the end of the process.
TILES THAT PERFECTLY IMITATE NATURE
Thanks to our visual design, the resulting interiors feel as if they had been crafted of genuine wood, stone or other natural materials. Patterns that perfectly imitate nature make the interior design extremely authentic and spectacular.
In order to facilitate our clients’ choices (depending on whether they are going for a minimalistic interior or something genuinely fresh and unconventional), we have introduced various tonality classes:
V0 TONALITY CLASS
V0 Class - uniform does not necessarily imply boring. V0-designated collections are the so-called monochromes, i.e. the tiles are covered with a single, uniform colour. This solution is the way to go if you want your interiors to be consistent in terms of colour.
The following tile collections are designated as V0: LOVE YOU NAVY, COFFFE FOAM, SELINA, etc.
V1 TONALITY CLASS
V1 Class - minimalism for everyone. V1 tonality class indicates that the collection contains tiles featuring a fairly narrow colour palette. If you envision a toned, calm living space, these are the way to go.
The following tile collections are designated as V1: MARQUINA, ETERNAL, LOVELY PATCHWORK, etc. If you are looking for subdued and minimalistic collections, you are cordially invited to take a peek at this class of products.
V2 tonality class
V2 Class - this class is characterised by a minimal diversity of patterns and a consistent tonality. Sample tiles may boast backgrounds with similar colours, yet differ in subtle ways (i.e. the placement of lines and patterns in marble-imitating collections). This is a fine choice for clients who seek a balance between minimalism and unique interiors.
V2 tonality class - designated Opoczno collections include the following: GRAVA, QUENOS, COSIMA, or CLASSIC OAK CREAM (which is characterised by a delicate tree-ring pattern).
V3 tonality class
V3 Class - something for the bold. V3-designated collections are characterised by a sheer diversity of graphic designs and colours. The saturation and placement of the colours can differ dramatically depending on the tile.
For example, in the case of wood-like milled rock tiles, each unit comes with a different number of knots and scratches. This is an excellent option for clients who aren’t afraid of bold, unique designs. Wood-like V3-class tiles come with differing numbers of knots and diverse colour tones. These include collections such as GRAND WOOD PRIME GREY, PASSION OAK NATURAL, or CLASSIC OAK WARM GREY.
In the case of tiles imitating various rocks, the majority of them boast highly complex patterns characterised by diverse colour saturation, yet are interspersed with more balanced tiles such as STONINGTON.
Other collections, such as the one inspired by labradorite, a rare mineral from the shores of Canada (COLOR CRUSH), are characterised by a variety of colours and their saturation: For example, a Color Crush tile can be mostly bright blue with a touch of brown and navy blue. Other tiles, however, can feature different proportions.
V4 tonality class
V4 Class - a kaleidoscope of design. V4-designated collections are the most diverse of all. Variety is the name of the game - various tiles in the same package can differ in terms of colour, graphic design and surface finishes. This allows us to create an interior that’s truly one of a kind, and which will be a source of unending joy every day.
Do you want to achieve the most satisfying effect? The following should be borne in mind:
- - follow the instructions on the package
- - combine tiles from different packages; remember that tiles are packed at random, which means that one package may contain tiles with a similar tonality (it is of particular importance in the case of higher-tonality class tiles)
- - first of all, arrange the tiles (without applying any adhesive yet) on a dry surface to try out different combinations until you achieve the desired effect
Don’t be afraid to experiment!
- - rectangular rectified tiles can be arranged both horizontally and vertically
- - use different finishes on the same surface; for example, you can add lappato (polished) accents to matt tiles
- - combine wood-like tiles with those imitating natural stone
- - combine different collections of wood-like tiles, e.g. those from the GRANDWOOD series. The resulting combination will be both natural and spectacular.
The term ‘tonal tile’ denotes differences in the design and/or colour palette even within the context of tiles from the same collection.
Senior Quality Specialist