Four Tips for Enhancing Your Shower with Tiles

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Designing the perfect bathroom requires that you give attention to two of the most important fixtures in this area; bathtub and shower. While you might be tempted to cut corners and stick to the basics, adding spa like features can make a world of difference. Do you know what else can have a huge impact on the design your home bathroom? Yes, the right tiling in the shower stall and bathtub is essential for further maximizing the overall look.

Selecting the right shower tile isn’t as easy as it may seem. A number of factors come into play when shopping for the perfect tiles. The size and style of the tiles are largely dependent on the shape and size of the area. Here are some tips for picking out the right tile for the bathtub and shower.

  1. Opt for smaller tiles for curves
    If your shower features architectural curves, then it is best that you install small sized tiles. If you’re aiming for a really polished look, smaller tiles will be able to handle the arches and curves without deviating from the design.

  2. Use caution when selecting mosaic tile
    Who doesn’t love mosaic tiles? This is a popular option for the bathroom because it adds style to the area. However, if your plans on using it in the shower or bathtub then you should make sure that there is at least ninety five percent contact from the tile to the backboard. This is important because you don’t want to rely on just glue to keep the tiles intact.

  3. Small or Large Glass Tiles
    Even though glass tiles are trendy they can also be challenging to use. With just a few uses glass tiles can begin to look foggy due to the moisture that gets trapped behind them, This can definitely make the shower look unattractive. Therefore, you should stick to small glass tiles rather than large ones.

  4. Adding A Feature Wall
    If you really want to make your shower stand out consider installing a feature wall. A feature wall will utilize a different tile design from the one you selected to install around the area.

If you need any help with deciding what type of tile is right for your bathroom, contact us or visit us at one of our ten locations and we would love to help you! 888-TileYou (845-3968)

Foods That Help You Clean

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Finding the perfect cleaning solution can become a long and tedious process. There are thousands of cleaners available to homeowners, but only some are effective and safe. Instead of searching through all of the stores, look right in your own home for an impeccable cleaning product. All you have to do is open your pantry doors to discover an array of cleaning products.

Cutting Board Cleaner:
Ingredients: Lemon and Salt
What to do: Wooden cutting boards can become easily stained, but half of a lemon and a pinch of salt will do the trick. Dip a lemon half into a small bowl of salt and begin to scrub the cutting board. Let the combination sit on your cutting board for about 20-25 minutes, then take a wet rag and wipe off. Polish off your cutting board with some mineral oil.
How it works: The salt is tough enough to tackle excess food, and the lemon’s acidic nature will lift any stains. Plus, this amazing combo leaves your cutting board smelling delectably fresh.

A Glass Vase, Bowl or Bottle Cleaner:
Ingredients: White Vinegar and Rice
What to do: Pour 1/2 cup of white vinegar into your glass container with two tablespoons of uncooked rice. Place your hand on top of the opening, then swish the mixture back and forth.
How it works: Rice acts as a rough brush to remove any leftover, stuck residue and vinegar washes away any remaining filth.

Scratched Wood:
Ingredients: A Walnut
What to do: Take a walnut and rub it over any scratched or scuffed areas on wood. Then take a paper towel and wipe off any leftover pieces of walnut.
How it works: The walnut will fill in the areas that were scratched and the process is truly fascinating.

Sticky Mess:
Ingredients: Olive Oil and Baking Soda
What to do: In a small mixing bowl, combine two tablespoons of olive oil with three tablespoons of baking soda. Mix together until the ingredients combine like a paste. Take a small dish cloth and rub away gooey or sticky spots on your glass jars.
How it works: The olive oil and baking soda work together help to lift any sticky residue and stains left behind by stickers.

Have you discovered that some of your pantry’s products serve a double-function? We would love to hear your food cleaning tricks in the comment section below!

Five Ways Maximize Storage in Your Kitchen

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Are you struggling to keep the clutter in your kitchen under control? If you find that you still need space after tidying up and discarding items that you no longer need, then it’s time to get creative with your storage solutions. Most of us spend a lot of time in our kitchen each day. Therefore, you’ll want to find ways to create storage space that is functional and efficient. Here are some storage ideas you can implement into your kitchen.

Find Ways To Use the Space Available
We all take advantage of our cabinetry, but what about the space below? You can consider installing small shelves into the little space below your lower cabinetry. Flat drawers are an ideal storage location for cooking utensils and baking sheets.

When searching for ways to add more storage options in your kitchen, you should look for ways to maximize the available space, or make what little space that you do have more efficient. The side of the cabinet may be the perfect spot to install shelving units or you can add a pot rail to an empty wall.

What about the storage space under the sink? This area is usually dedicated to dish detergent and other cleaning supplies. You can maximize the space by purchasing an organizer. The right organizer can create additional storage options. Organizers come in different sizes and tiers.

Organize the Kitchen Counter
It’s so easy for the kitchen counter to become swamped with cookbooks, utensils, dishes and small appliances. Organize this area by purchasing an over the sink drying dish rack. You can use the dish racks to store the dishes that you use every day so that you can store your more expensive dishes in the cabinets. Install a solid spice to rack to hold your cookbooks if you don’t want to use your scarce counter space for your cookbooks.

Add More Shelving
Try to squeeze in more shelving wherever you can. Consider the walls near the sink. Yes, a few floating shelves on the side of the cabinet or on the sides of the window above the sink can hold some of the items that your cabinets can’t, like the salt and pepper shakers or the coffee maker.

Happy National Tile Day!

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Why Tile? Here are 4 reasons why tile is always a good choice for your home!

1) It’s a stunning addition to any room in your home! Tile is gorgeous and so versatile with endless design options for every style!

2) Tile is healthy. Tile does not host mold, germs, dust mites or bacteria, which means cleaner and safer air in your home.

3) Tile is cost effective. When you consider the expected life cycle of tile, it is a low cost choice for you and your family!

4) Tile is always a choice you can feel good about! Ceramic and porcelain tile do not emit volatile organic compounds and are created with naturally occurring clay and minerals.

Adding Light to a Dark Room

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Who doesn’t love waking up to a room beaming in sunlight? Unfortunately, there’s always that one room in the house that looks drab and feels uninviting due to the lack of light. Yes, getting some light into that dark room is necessary so that it looks appealing, and has just the right amount of warmth you need to feel comfortable and cozy.

Not everyone has the option of making structural changes to add bring natural light into a room. Rest assured, that you can achieve the desired effect without having to launch an expensive renovation project by adding in additional windows. You can brighten up a dark room by using a variety of techniques.

Make The Most Out of Natural Light
Start off by making the most out of the natural lighting that the room does get. You can do this by adding mirrors to the room. Yes, we know that mirrors can make a room appear bigger, but it can also reflects light all around the space. Try installing a large mirror or mirrored tiles directly across the windows in the room. The mirror will reflect the light from the window and cast it all about the room.

You can also maximize natural light by opting for sheer curtains as opposed to dark curtains and heavy drapes. Such window treatments can eat up sunlight. Sheer curtains allows the sun to stream right through the room without any barriers.

Layering Artificial Lighting
Of course, adding in artificial lighting seems like the most logical solution to brightening a dark room. While you may already have a central or overhead lighting fixture you should add additional lighting to the space. Use accent lighting such as strip LED lights in the dark corners and towards the back of the room if you’re working with a large space. Don’t forget task lighting!

Switch out dull bulbs and opt for the highest recommended wattage. Steer clear from frosted and dark lamp shades because they can engulf artificial lighting.

Evenly Distribute Visual Weight
It sounds more complicated than it actually is. Dark and heavy furniture can swallow up the lighting in a place. Therefore you want to steer towards light and airy furniture that allows you to see through to the floor. You should clear out any clutter and unnecessary furniture.

Tax Back Sale Going On Now!

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4 Days To Save Sale!!

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