Linen Texture Ceramic Tile For Kitchen Floor (Like DalTile's Identity Series)
Tile That Looks Like Wood (Like Arizona Tile's Misingi Suber)
One thing to note is that these types of tiles are rectified, meaning that they are cast in large sheets and then cut down to size. This ensures razor-sharp edges, so that they can be laid super-close to each other. With wood-look tiles, you don't want to have thick grout lines because real wood flooring does not have wide spaces between the boards.
Super-Size Porcelain Tiles for Counters (Like StonePeak's Plane Series)
You read that right. Not laminate, not stone slabs: porcelain tiles. The chief benefit, besides the sheer coolness factor, is that you can tile your counter, floor, or backsplash without those annoying seams all over. This process creates panels for this Plane series that are lightweight and free of any fiberglass backing.
In their catalog, StonePeak states that Plane has the "aesthetic beauty of a natural slab of quarried stone," combined with the durable characteristics of porcelain. What they mean is that, unlike slab stone, you don't need to worry about sealing or staining. As I alluded to above, it's not even close to the thickness of real stone (stone would break if it were as thin as porcelain tile).
Uncut Mosaic Tile For Backsplashes and Walls (Like Hakatai's Cartglass)
Hakatai provides what they term uncut mosaic tiles, explained to me by a company representative as full tile squares within each mesh-backed sheet (as opposed to some mosaic sheets which may have only half tiles). Uncut mosaic tile gives your project more of a chunky, blocky look that resembles an 8-bit game.
Ceramic/Vinyl Hybrid Tile, Perfect for Flooring (Like Armstrong's Alterna)
Yet it doesn't have some of the pesky properties of ceramic, such as grouting (though you can, if you want that look), sealing grout, and hardness. It uses limestone, abundant in the United States, as opposed to dwindling supplies of marble. No, Alterna isn't the most visually exciting floor tile I've seen. But it does a pretty good job of mimicking terracotta, travertine, marble, granite, and other types of popular stones and clays.