nature-formed and classic beyond any trend, river rocks could surely be called the first tile.
embedded in grout or left to stand on their own without grout, the repetition of the rounded stones, similarly sized and colored, is a soothing texture visually, as well as underfoot.
river rock (as we like to refer to them at clé- click here to shop) are also referred to as pebble tiles, tropical stones and various other names. they are harvested from nature and mounted on webbing in order to make them easy to install.
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recently, these stones have become a big interior trend with installations ranging from showers, fireplace surrounds, even backsplashes. it's been easy to forget that they are also perfect for the great outdoors. they can easily find a home in fountains, underfoot on pool decks and in your garden's paths or other decorative garden surfaces such as terrace walls.
in white or black they fit perfectly in most surroundings-
for austere belgian spaces- black or white river rocks give an allover texture that has an elegant and simplistic appeal.
for modern spaces- black rocks are a sophisticated surface- masculine and streamlined, while white rocks deliver subtle and textural play that is softer, visually, but packs a powerful artistic punch.
for asian/zen spaces- any spa (or your dream bath project) gets a boost of authenticity with river rocks. it's the can't miss surface in this application.
for outdoor projects- using river rocks in black or white can give your project a look of natural beauty, practicality and contrast. pair those attributes with slip resistance provided by the grout joints and you've got a great finish for outdoors.