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A Guide to Bookmatched Surfaces

November 2023

Trends may come and go but...

Trends may come and go but there’s one surface effect that creates instant impact and a memorable mood for walls and floors and that’s bookmatching. The art of bookmatching is essentially where stone slabs are cut from the same block and positioned side by side to create a symmetrical mirror image. Here at Laminam, we’ve taken this trend and given it our sustainable but no less elegant twist with porcelain bookmatching, which is available on a large number of our lightweight, decorative natural porcelain slabs made from up to 60% recycled materials.

What is bookmatching?

Bookmatching is so-called as the finished effect is like looking at an open book. The skill lies in the cutting and installation, matching up the distinctive markings, grains, veins and details of two or more slabs in order to achieve a spectacular and unique feature wall or floor.

Bookmatched porcelain surfaces can be used in kitchens or bathrooms for feature walls and floors, creating a seamless and decorative flow that appears like a work or art. It’s also a statement that is becoming popular for adding glamour and a luxe look to living spaces as well as feature walls and floors in entrances and reception areas within commercial spaces.

Where to use bookmatching?

Our bookmatched porcelain slabs can be used as wall cladding or flooring, creating a mirror image pattern with fully bookmatched intertwining veins. This sophisticated aesthetic looks stunning on a kitchen worktop or table, as well as for a kitchen or bathroom feature wall or splashback. It can also look striking in the living room or an open-plan scheme as a unique porcelain feature or media wall.

Benefits of bookmatching

Bookmatched porcelain Laminam surfaces not only look visually stunning but they are also extremely long-lasting and high-performing, ideal for all areas. With its low porosity, Laminam surfaces are hygienic, stain, scratch, UV and thermal shock resistant as well as easy to clean.

Which Laminam products can be bookmatched?

There’s a wide choice for bookmatched Laminam porcelain surfaces with something to suit every interior and décor. For warm, honey-golden tones, check out the Calacatta Mediceo Bookmatch or Cristallo Gold Bookmatch.

For a traditional marble look, our Statuarietto Bookmatch, Bianco Statuario Venato Bookmatch, Statuario Altissimo Bookmatch, Calacatta Michelangelo Bookmatch and Calacatta Oro Venato Bookmatch all have a similar look to classic white marble. If you want a dramatic style, perfect for the current trend for dark kitchens and bathrooms, our Verde Alpi Bookmatch, Calacatta Black Bookmatch and Sahara Noir Extra Bookmatch have rich, deep green and black tones respectively. So if you’re thinking of planning your next project, be it a wraparound kitchen island or showcase shower wall, consider bookmatched porcelain for a unique and exclusive look and feel that’s guaranteed to add wow factor to your home.

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