Bringing nature home is a lot easier than you’d think. Our Crag Subway Sunset is a subway mosaic made with natural slate. Though the word “slate” is associated with deep gray and black (it used to be used as chalk boards!), it’s far from a plain stone tile- its palette of earth tones, rust, gray, and blue is full of character and adds a rural touch anywhere.
The Crag Subway Sunset is available through the Home Depot
Slate has been used as a building material for centuries- the first recorded instance of its use as a roofing material was in 1287. Time has proven it to hold up well against the elements, keep its dramatic natural beauty and its hardy endurance over time.
This angled shot shows some of the intricate coloring of natural slate.
Something that makes it great for a tile is that it breaks smoothly. It’s a foliated metamorphic rock, meaning it slices in a clean, flat plane when struck by the right instruments. Its fine grain makes it highly slip-resistant and ADA-compliant.
This look is suitable for a lot of different spaces. Check out some applications of slate tile in a modern setting:
I love this because while you’d think a black tile would dominate a space, it doesn’t do that at all. The sunlight and light blue tile temper it beautifully.
Look at how this beautiful, multi-colored tile works with just about any finish! The dark wood pulls from some of the rich tones in the stone, and the metal appliances and fixtures complement the lighter gray slate, pulling everything together wonderfully.
And of course its rugged appeal is the perfect fit for an all-natural feel. Check it out in this cabin:
Here’s a rustic farmhouse-style kitchen that uses the colors and stone very well:
It’s a warm and welcoming look, with a rugged inviting touch. There’s no mistaking that timeless subway shape, but it breaks the mold with its organic appeal, which is anything but urban.
For its versatility, breathtaking color palette, and hardiness, the Crag Subway Sunset is this week’s Tile of the Week. Check it out on HomeDepot.com!
Sources: here, here, and our resident experts.