Natural Stone Tile Types: What You Need to Know

Natural Stone Tile Types: What You Need to Know

In this blog post, we’ll explore many of the natural stone tile types offered at Discover gorgeous marble, limestone, and travertine options fit for a variety of indoor applications!

Before choosing natural stone tile for your next home renovation project, we highly recommend reading our blog post explaining everything you need to know about installing it: 8 Things to Know Before You Install Natural Stone Tile.

You’ll also want to learn about how to properly care for natural stone, as its maintenance requirements are different from porcelain and ceramic tile. Check out our blog post on the topic here: How to Clean and Maintain Your Tile.

What Is Natural Stone Tile?

As one of the most popular and time-tested building materials in the world, natural stone tile has been featured in legendary architectural structures as well as been used as a truly enduring flooring material.

Natural stone’s primary quality is that it’s natural rather than synthetic. Instead of being man-made, it’s made up of natural minerals condensed into solid rocks by a combination of pressure and heat. This rock is then quarried from around the globe before being cut into blocks, and then slabs, before it is shaped into tiles. 

Some of the world’s most notable quarries are located in China, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Canada, the US, and India. Each location has its own unique environment that creates a different variety of textures, colors, and patterns in the stone.

Common types of natural stone tile include granite, marble, travertine, limestone, sandstone, and basalt.

Benefits of Natural Stone Tile

One of the primary benefits of natural stone tile is its unique beauty. As natural stone is created by the earth, each and every tile is truly one of a kind.

Stone tiles are generally considered to be eco-friendly and sustainable, as well as non-polluting. 

Natural stone can even add value to your home. It’s considered a luxurious, elegant material that elevates any space.

Considerations for Natural Stone Tile

Natural stone tile usually needs to be installed by experts, and it also requires more maintenance than porcelain or ceramic tile. For instance, since it’s typically porous, most types of natural stone need to be sealed on a regular basis. 

In addition, certain kinds of natural stone can be easily scratched or chipped, so it’s important to consider the application you have in mind as you decide the right type of natural stone tile for the project. 

It may go without saying that natural stone tile tends to be the most expensive tile type. As it’s natural rather than synthetic and goes through a long process to become a finished product, it may not be surprising that natural stone comes with a high price tag. However, natural stone is often worth the investment, as it’s beautiful, durable, and adds value to your home.

Bianco Dolomite

This medium-variation marble comes from Turkey and features a low-contrast blend of pale gray and arctic white. Bianco Dolomite fits well into nearly any color scheme and can be used on both walls and floors, as well as in both residential and commercial environments.

Bianco Dolomite 12x24 Premium Field Tile

Calacatta Gold

Calacatta Gold marble comes from Italy and is frequently in high demand thanks to its luxurious look, which has added sophistication and elegance to beautiful homes for centuries. It consists of white marble with soft gray and gold veining. It looks fantastic when paired with white, black, or gray and can be used on walls and floors.

Calacatta Gold Large Basketweave Marble Mosaic

Calacatta Cressa

Calacatta Cressa is a classic choice with white natural marble studded with taupe and gray veining. It originates from China and is suitable for floor and wall applications. Thanks to its neutral tones, it can mesh with many other colors.

Calacatta Cressa (Asian Statuary) 4x12 Subway Tile

Cappuccino Cream

Just like a cappuccino coffee, Cappuccino marble is smooth and rich in appearance. It features a background of deep beige marble accented with warm, inviting hints of bronze. Cappuccino Cream marble tiles come from Turkey and are perfect for walls and floors. The tile selection we’ve highlighted below makes an especially lovely kitchen backsplash with its small subway tile mosaic pattern.

Cappuccino 1x2 Brick Marble Mosaic

Carrara White

You’ll find subtle, distinctive patterns in Carrara White marble. It’s a classic white marble with primarily gray veining that sometimes has a slight gold tint, which adds dimension to this beautiful natural stone. It originates from Italy and is suitable for floor and wall use, including application as a shower tile, as you can see below.

Carrara White 4x12 Subway Tile

Crema Marfil

At first glance, you may only notice the creamy beige background of Crema Marfil marble, which comes from Spain and is classified as a limestone. However, if you take a closer look, you’ll see that it also contains white, cinnamon, gold-tinted beige, and yellow veining. With its pale yet warm color, it’s adaptable to many different projects on both walls and floors. This type of marble has even been used for exterior cladding in architectural projects!

Crema Marfil 12x12 Field Tile

Emperador Dark

If you prefer deep, rich colors to light neutrals, then Emperador Dark may be the choice for you! Originating from Spain, it mixes striking browns and grays and can be used on walls and floors, as well as both residential and commercial applications, for a powerful design statement.

Emperador Dark 12x12 Marble Field Tile

Honey Onyx

Looking for a natural stone tile that brings a sense of sunshine into your home? Honey Onyx, which comes from China, is truly radiant with its yellow, gold, and orange tones. Add luminosity to floors and walls with this bright marble. 

Honey Onyx 2” Hexagon Mosaic

Nero Marquina

Nero Marquina comes from Northern Spain and features a distinctive shade of black with a fine grain and white veining. Add a touch of glamour to your walls or floors with the tile option below, which contains a mixture of marble and gold brass for gorgeous contrast.

Glam Nero Marquina + Gold Brass Hexagon Mosaic

Statuario White

This rare Italian marble has a striking appearance with its distinct gold and gray veining that creates bold patterns. As seen in the photo below, this type of natural stone tile can be used on both walls and floors. 

Statuario White 12x24 Marble Field Tile

Scabos Travertine

The warm shades found in Scabos Travertine tile add a welcoming sense of comfort to any room. The base hue of this natural stone tile is an even-toned gold, and it’s accentuated by swirling deposits of diffused red, orange, cream, gold, brown, and dark gray. The tile pictured below, originating from Turkey, is suitable for wall use only and would make a stunning fireplace surround.

Scabos Travertine 2x4 Split-Faced Mosaic Tile

Tundra Gray

Cloudy gray, pewter, frosty cream, and gunmetal combine to form Tundra Gray marble, which comes from quarries in Turkey. Just as its name implies, Tundra Gray natural stone tile calls to mind wide-open frozen expanses and brings with it a sense of lightness and airiness that can make rooms seem larger. It can be used for floor and wall applications.

Tundra Gray Marble 18x18 Field Tile

Thassos White

Thassos White marble comes from quarries on the Greek Island of Thassos and has the brilliant crystalline shade of refined sugar. This timeless marble can refresh any space with its bright, airy appearance, and it’s suitable for floors and walls (as well as showers, which you can see in the photo below).

Thassos 3x6 Beveled Subway Tile

White Onyx

This White Onyx tile originates from Pakistan and can be used on floors and walls. It can even be installed outdoors in climates where freezing doesn’t occur. Its icy white background contains gold and gray veining for a uniquely beautiful appearance.

White Onyx Cross Cut 12x12 Field Tile

Find the Natural Stone Tile of Your Dreams at!

At, we have a vast collection of natural stone tiles to choose from, as well as look-alike porcelain tiles that perfectly imitate the appearance of natural stone. Take a look through our full product collection here, or visit our blog for more information and inspiration!

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