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Daltile Athena Mosaics Room View (3)Submitted by Annette M. Callari, A.S.I.D.; CMG

Daltile is the largest manufacturer and distributor of ceramic tile and natural stone in the United States, and they have a reputation of product development that is always on the cutting edge of good design. With the announcement of a new line, the Athena Mosaic tile collection, Daltile is sweetening things up a bit. Trends in design continue to gravitate towards contemporary, urban looks that incorporate generous splashes of color. Athena is a clean, sophisticated, glazed porcelain mosaic that features a rainbow of 33 satin-finish colors. The mesh-mounted ½” x ½” mosaics have slightly cushioned edges for that űber-modern look. Applications are limitless—brought to life through your imagination. Create linear works of art for your walls, or colorful borders for your floor. You can even take Athena outdoors to add flavor to your backyard hardscape.

Color options include: Arctic White, Almond, Urban Putty, Elemental Tan, Crisp Linen, Cornsilk, Cypress, Ice Gray, Stone Gray, Spa, Baby Blue, Pepper White, Artisan Brown, Avocado, Black, Galaxy, Camel, Blue Jean, Pebble Tan, Flower Wood, Suede Gray, Navy, Cityline Kohl, Mustard, Gold Coast, Cherry Blossom, Ocean Blue, Aegean, Carnation Pink, Coral Reef, Orange Burst, Wild Lilac and Periwinkle.

In addition to a generous palette of solid colors, Athena boasts eight color blends that randomly mix as many as four complementary colors onto a 12” x 12” mesh-mounted sheet. These color mixes are an excellent way to create fresh harmonies that are pure fun to live with. Athena is suitable for floors, walls, backsplashes and countertops in both residential and commercial settings, as well as exterior walls in freezing and non-freezing climates. Athena mosaics may represent a candy-store range of colors, but the approved applications tell you this tile collection has strength and substance!

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