example of tile variation

Shade Variation

Natural stone has shade variation throughout each piece of tile. As the quarries cut into the stone more the shades will change completely based on what the earth produces.

Carrara White Honed 5 inch Hex tile

But this is also true with variation in porcelain and ceramic tile. To give this tile a more natural look there is variation between every piece. This variation is determined through a “V” rating scale created by the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association.

Tile is made by firing clay at a very high temperature. This leads tile to have variation from batch to batch or dye-lot. It is similarly compared to a cake you bake one day and comparing it to the same baking process a different day. It will be very similar but never exactly the same.

This is also done purposefully to give the tile a more genuine look rather than a carbon copy being spread across a room. It has more character and interest when the tiles slightly differ.

example of tile variation

The CTDA uses a system for porcelain and ceramic tile to determine how much variety one can expect.

V1 means very minimal variation.

V2 is a slightly noticeable variation but generally very similar.

V3 will have a similar color tone but the variety of movement and placement will vary.

V4 is complete variation. Each tile will have a different look, making the final project unique from any other.

It is important to know the “V” rating your tile has so you know what to expect when buying a larger quantity. Most boards are labeled with the rating or you can ask your sales associate for more information.

Encinitas Showroom Remodel

Out With The Old, In With The New…

San Diego Marble Tile’s north county location, located in Encinitas, underwent a full remodel. All different kinds of tile was installed into our showroom to display some of our most beautiful products. When servicing communities such as Oceanside, Solana Beach, Carlsbad, Del Mar, La Jolla, Rancho Santa Fe, and Encinitas San Diego Marble Tile has met the tile needs of these beach communities for years. Styles have changed and this Encinitas store has been ahead of the curve on trends while still maintaining the classic, timeless looks everyone loves.


When entering the showroom you see a decorative tile that acts as a picture frame. This tile is #84-Caprice Chatelet 8×8 framed in black schluter. Decorative tile can add elegance to the high end homes in Rancho Santa Fe or charm to a cozy beach rental in Del Mar. The options are endless for these eye catching tiles.

The showroom from entrance to the back is laid in a large format tile made to look like concrete. The large format tiles are a modern and sleek look when designing a contemporary home. The tile is #8-UNO7888 Unicom Overall Cashmere 24×48. The large format tiles helps a large space look clean with less grout as featured in Torrey Pines and Carlsbad. The concrete look featured in a porcelain tile gives you the look without the maintenance. This is a great option for anyone with dogs, kids, or maintaining day to day life.

Leading up a step we have a stair riser known as #50-FAS001 Studio White Matte with Black Line 8×8. This fun design gives an artistic draw to an otherwise boring step. This stair rises blends into a porcelain wood look tile known as #3-Kora Black 5×40 & 10×40. The mix of large and small widths helps brighten up a dark tile and draws your eyes to an interesting look. This looks of size mixtures has been used in kitchens in Del Mar. We carry a wood look porcelain into another room here. This is known as  #37-PAGHCE/848 Pamesa Greenwich Cenere (Light Taupe) 8×48. This is a lighter color porcelain that is larger. This porcelain wood look varies in faces making it look like real hardwood floor. It holds up to the wear and tear of a beachfront house without the maintenance or fading of hardwood floors.


We are also featuring a larger 9” hexagon pattern on our floor. This Hexagon is in an ivory color that gives a natural but contemporary feeling to a space. This is known as the #37-MCTEIY/9HX Marca Carona Ivory 9” Hex.  

The remodel is still in progress but should be completed within the next three weeks. All of these tiles feature just a small portion of the styles we offer. Anything a person could want in their home they can find here.

Decorative Wall Tile

Decorative Wall Tile

Decorative wall tile in a classic color scheme with mesmerizing design. Add visual texture to your wall with these unique tiles and immerse yourself in an everlasting color combination.

decorative floor tile

Decorative Floor Tile

Decorative floor tiles add an alluring contemporary look to any space. The possibilities you can achieve with these tiles are endless. Take note of how the design is not distracting, but enhancing of the space. The cool look of the decorative tile with the warm look of the wood tile meshes together in a modern look.

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Natural Stone Look

This large format porcelain tile emulates natural stone perfectly. The natural stone look has come a long way in porcelain tile. In just a few years since its introduction, imagery and printing has gotten to the point of fooling even pros.

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Beige Sandstone

Eclectic in style and versatile in use, sandstone look porcelain tiles are great for some commercial, indoor or outdoor use. Sandstone beige offers a natural look made that meets the requirements of modern life, bringing durability and style together.