The Look: Natural stone may be the rage, but at about one third the cost, ceramic tile can provide a similar look. Large tiles 18 by 18s and 12 by 12s are more popular than smaller ones. In addition to smooth glazed tiles, there are ones that simulate stone. A variety of grout colors also provide different looks.
The Strength: In kitchens and baths, ceramic is more practical than stone because advances in fired-on finishes have made ceramic impenetrable. While chipping does occur, the grout makes tile more forgiving of wear and tear than stone.
The Feel: A hard surface
The Clean up: Damp mopping is best. (Make sure Grout is sealed to prevent stains.)