Granilite: learn more about this trend in architecture and decoration

architectural trend

Have you ever visited an old building and seen on the floor, railing top, window eaves and in other places a coating with colored pieces of stone? Well know that this is granilite.

This material was a trend here in Brazil between the forties and fifties. And it seems to have come back with everything in contemporary architecture, giving more style to home environments – such as the kitchen, bathroom and others. Know more.

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What is Granilite?

If you were looking for a resistant and very beautiful material to enrich and give that retro touch to your home decor, you can bet on granilite.

They even say that it is the “new marble”, but, as we pointed out before, the recipe for its manufacture was already known decades ago. It is a mixture of sand, white cement and mineral fragments – quartz, marble, granite and more.

The charm of granilite, of course, is due to this mixture of colors, resulting from these granules of various types of stones plus the dye mixed with its alloy mass.

The final composition can be more subtle, with small sized pebbles, or more striking, with larger sized pebbles. And the result is environments with a super modern appearance, very colorful and cheerful.

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What are the advantages of granilite?

Because granilite is made up of several different stones, a material of different shades can be achieved with it.

In other words, it is possible to create, with it, floors, countertops, decorative objects and much more in the color or colors that best match the decor proposal – pink, green, blue or other. And, for this very reason, areas covered with this material are the most prominent focal point in the scenarios.

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Granilite still has other advantages for the architecture of homes. This material is extremely durable – a major reason why it is still present in many older homes.

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It also supports the action of water and abrasion well. And finally, it can receive several different finishes – the two main ones are the polished type and the fulget type.

Emphasizing that the different types of granilites must be molded in loco. In its installation, the conditions of the surfaces where the material will be applied must be observed – since it will not be able to correct any existing imperfections.

In general, both types fit well in any area – indoors and dry or polished, outdoors and wet or washed – except those with unevenness, roughness and more.

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What types of granilite?

As already highlighted in the previous topic, the granilite can be finished in the polished way or the fulget way – also called washed.

The first, in this case, has a smoother and shinier appearance – not suitable for wet areas, as it can become very slippery. The second has a more natural appearance, showing the texture of the small stones.

The most common granilite is the one in different colors. But this one can, as well as drawing a lot of attention, very quickly sicken the observer. With this in mind, in many architecture and design proposals, the use of white granilite is suggested instead. It is a granilite with gravel in neutral colors and white binding mass – a solution that can be combined with different styles of decoration.

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In the images presented in this text, we can see several good solutions on the use of granilite in interior decorations.

We see kitchens with sink countertops, wheel benches, islands and peninsulas in granilite slabs, as well as toilet bowls. Floors of rooms and service environments, entire walls or half walls, and other areas covered in the same material.

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You can be sure that granilite is a good material to make decorations prettier. Don’t be afraid that your house may look dated with its use.

In fact, if mixed with the right elements, granilite should contribute to making the property look even more modern. Remembering that contemporaneity combines with various styles, including vintage and retro.

Finally, we learn from the artisanal techniques discovered in the past. Now, we use new technologies to reproduce all of this with much more quality. And so, we can explore them in more creative ways on flat or curved surfaces.

Now, take inspiration from the examples in this text and create a stylish decor for your home using granilite.