Archive for April, 2017

How To Use Tiles to Enhance Your Bathroom

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If you’re in the process of remodeling your bathroom, no doubt you’re considering what type of tiles you will be installing. Tiling can create emphasis and it is highly functional for the bathroom environment. Did you know that the tile layout is imperative during this process? To get a perfect finish you’ll have to carefully plan the tile layout in your bathroom.

Ensure That Tile Sizes Are Correct
The biggest mistake that homeowners make is if the tile measurements they order are indeed that exact measurement. For instance, most tiles are sold in European size. That means a 12- by 24-inch tile isn’t not a 12 by 24 inch in U.S sizes. In addition, the size could also factor in the grout joint. To ensure accurate sizing you should purchase sample tiles so that you can lay them against your existing flooring.

Take into Account the Details
It’s important to consider the medicine cabinet and lighting fixtures at the beginning of the project. That way before the electrician, plumbers and any other tradesmen come in, the tiles are already measured in these areas. Tile layout around the windows and doors should be done carefully. You’ll want to make sure that the whole assembly around these specific areas are waterproof. Paying attention to the details when laying out your design can ensure that the whole look is polished.

Mix and Match Tiles
Try mixing and matching your tiles to create a bold and unique look. This is a great way to create a focal point in your bathroom’s design. A solid color should take about 70% of the tile design and you can incorporate 30% of the contrasting design.

Need help deciding what type of tile to use in your bathroom? Contact our showroom consultant today.

Backsplashes that Work Best with a Contemporary Kitchen Design

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While backsplashes are great for protecting the walls of your kitchen, they also play their part in adding variety to the room’s design. When working with a kitchen style, it’s important to choose one that complements its features in the best way possible. This post will discuss what backsplashes work best for a contemporary kitchen design. Not to be confused with “modern” style which is based off early 20th century elements, contemporary design is “of the moment”, with features that are popular now in this period. This type of style is always changing as new trends become more fashionable, making it a rather fluid description as this style will mean something new as time goes on.

Contemporary style focuses on clean, angular lines, stainless steel appliances and granite or quartz countertops. With a style as beautiful and as neat as this, the backsplash creates a great opportunity to implement a focal point that will draw the eye, but allow the kitchen’s fixtures to shine.

Ceramic tile is tried and true for being affordable, durable and available in a wide array of colors, shapes and sizes. Try a unique geometric shape in a bright color to make it stand out. If you want to keep it simple with shapes, try patterned tile that will break up all the solid colors that are characteristic of this kitchen style. If you want to keep going with the clean look, subway tile will always be a smart choice. Try arranging it in a chevron or herringbone pattern to keep it interesting.

For something a bit smaller in scale, try penny-style tile or glass mosaic tiles in long strips or small squares. Choose samples that have the same color with different levels of saturation to add depth while keeping with the clean look of the room. If the glass look is too shiny for your liking, there are matte versions available to soften it up.

For a nice contrast, you can also try brick patterned tile or even a textured natural stone backsplash. It will give the kitchen an earthier feeling and be a unique feature that guests will enjoy. Be sure to have any backsplash you choose properly sealed so that you can enjoy its benefits for years to come.