Five Reasons To Consider Open Shelving in Your Kitchen

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If you’re anything like most homeowners, you’re always looking for ways you can refresh and reinvent your space. If you’re planning on updating your kitchen into something modern or contemporary then you may want to consider a cabinet free look. The idea might sound crazy, but it’s a look that is becoming increasingly popular.

What are some of the advantages of an open shelving concept in your kitchen? We are going to give you five reasons why you should consider taking the jump.

  1. More storage options
    Are you always looking for ways to increase your storage options in the kitchen? With the upper cabinets gone, you know have more room for your dish ware and appliances. Narrow and deep cabinetry make it difficult to store larger items and nearly impossible to get them down once you’ve stored them away. Open shelving allows for more space and it’s much easier to reach your items.

  2. Adds a sense of warmth
    The kitchen should feel warm and welcome especially when you have guests over. Open shelving in the kitchen will make visitors feel like they are at home and they won’t feel like they’re being intrusive when they reach for a glass or plate.

  3. Makes the space brighter and larger
    Yes, removing your hunky kitchen cabinetry will make the space feel much brighter and open. Kitchen cabinetry can make the room feel small, dark and closed off. When you remove them, the kitchen walls are able to reflect more sunlight which creates an airy feeling making the space appear much bigger.

  4. Inexpensive
    Who doesn’t like to save money? If you were planning a kitchen remodel you were likely going to be kicking out thousands of dollars for updated cabinetry. Open shelving is the best economic solution that will give you the modern look you’re seeking without cleaning out your pockets.

  5. Simple Cleaning Process
    Kitchen cabinetry requires thoroughly cleaning to remove dust and to prevent mildew from forming. Dust won’t accumulate on the shelving as easily because your dishes are constantly being used. If it does you can simply swipe clean while doing the dishes.

Choosing Bathroom Floors

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Updating your bathrooms can be one of the greatest investments for your home. Whether you are updating it for yourself or a future resale, a bathroom remodel can be a wise investment. The remodeling process will take an extended period of time, but the results are well worth the wait. If you eager to begin your remodeling process, you may have already done some research. From toilets to light fixtures, the decision process will be full of excellent choices. When it comes to flooring, we want to help you make that decision process a little easier. Here is our quick and simple guide for choosing your new bathroom floors:

Best Types of Bathroom Flooring:

Tile. As one of the most popular and versatile options, tile can be a stylish and affordable option for your bathroom floors.

Natural Stone. Natural stone can be a beautiful option for homeowners looking for something different and a little more upscale.

Vinyl. Homeowners love luxury vinyl planking because it has the aesthetics of wood without compromising on water resistance. Both sheet vinyl and luxury vinyl planking come in a variety of color and sizes to match your style preferences.

Things to Consider:

The amount of moisture your bathroom produces will play a big factor into your flooring selection. That is why we do not suggest flooring options like wood or carpet. The types of flooring listed above are the most appropriate choices for your home’s bathrooms.

The color scheme of your bathroom can help you determine the best type of flooring. Take into consideration the color of your walls and fixtures before you make a final decision.

Your budget can affect the type of flooring that you will ultimately choose. Natural stone will be one of the more expensive options while vinyl can be more cost-effective.

Your contractors will give you a general time frame, but delays and unforeseen circumstances can arise. Make sure you give yourself some wiggle room when planning for the remodel.

Our extremely knowledgable staff members are willing to answer any questions you may have. Please call us at (888-TileYou 845-3968) or visit one of showrooms to learn more about your choices. We look forward to working with you.

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.

What’s the Best Flooring for a Kids’ Bathroom?

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If you’re remodeling a bathroom for your kids, you’ve probably put a lot of thought into both the materials and the style. After all, kids can be hard on floors, toilets, and sinks in a bathroom, and you probably want a style that can be both playful and grow with them over time. There are several different options that can make nice choices for a floor in a kids’ bathroom that should be just what you’re looking for.

Mosaic Tiles

One option to consider in a kids’ bath is mosaics. Mosaic tiles are fantastic in these areas for a couple reasons:

• All the many grout lines make the floor non-skid, which is important for young children and spaces where a lot of water may get splashed

• Mosaic tiles can be laid in nearly any shape, color, and pattern so you can create a fun flooring design that is sure to suit your kids’ personalities

Glazed Porcelain

One material to consider for your kids’ bathroom floor is glazed porcelain. It comes in mosaic and larger tiles, and it’s virtually indestructible. It doesn’t scratch or stain and you can wash it with whatever you want, so no worrying about kids who miss the toilet or drop toothpaste everywhere. You can also find it in a variety of colors, so you can make a cobalt blue or mint green penny tile floor or a fun blue and white checkerboard in large tiles to create a playful bath.

Glass

Believe it or not, glass tiles make great floors in kids’ bathrooms. Glass mosaic floors are non-skid and pretty much maintenance free. You can wash them with whatever you’d like, including glass cleaner or vinegar, they’re non porous and are not going to stain or harbor germs. Best of all, they come in a wide range of different fun colors so you can make a floor that is fun for kids now, and that is likely to hold up to their tastes as they grow older, as well, so you won’t have to replace it with something more grown up down the line.

Can I Use Marble in a Steam Shower?

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Steam showers are a popular way to relax at the end of the day. And with those dramatic glass doors framing the shower area, it’s common to want to install something dramatic and beautiful on the walls of the shower as well. And while there are a number of different materials that work well in steam showers from porcelain to glass, marble and other natural stones should be avoided in this area whenever possible.

Porous Stone

Marble is a natural, metamorphic stone made up primarily of calcite. The stone is porous, and can therefore absorb moisture if it comes in contact with it. Because steam is just hot water vapor, it can easily penetrate the many pores on your marble.

At best, this can cause a temporary darkening of the stone as it absorbs the water, then dries out again returning to normal. Unfortunately, however, your water may contain other minerals and substances that over time could build up in and stain your stone, discoloring it.

Some stones also contain minerals and elements that react poorly with moisture over time. Bianco Carrara, for example, a popular white and gray stone, contains iron. In a steam shower, your white marble may begin to rust over time. Green marble, another popular type of stone, contains the mineral serpentine, which causes the marble to spall or to flake when it gets wet, ruining the surface texture of the stone.

Sealing the Stone

Most natural stone used in a shower area should be sealed with a silicone-based impregnating sealer against the moisture. And while this would certainly help in a steam shower, there are still some issues:

  • The sealer does break down over time, sometimes unevenly so you could never be sure your stone was 100% protected
  • The sealer can be unevenly applied, leaving to small gaps in the stone
  • Moisture can penetrate the stone through the grout joints, which can lead to similar problems as if the stone were not sealed at all

So while marble is a beautiful addition to many bathrooms, avoid using it in a steam shower and use a non-porous material instead.

The Best Storage Solution for a Small Bathroom

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The best place to add storage in a small bathroom is behind the toilet. This wall space being utilized will make the bathroom more efficient and accessible. Find out how to achieve this and what to store here.

Cabinets or shelving can be custom built to fill this space. By doing so you can customize the bathroom to fit in with the rest of the finish selections. Toilets typically come out approximately 26”-30”. The space from the wall, over the toilet tank, can be utilized; 12” deep cabinets can be built in this space. If you decide to put custom cabinetry here, make sure to have the installer place it at least 60” off the floor. This keeps free clearance for a person to stand up. We can help you figure out the best layout for your space, as well provide educational advice regarding different products and finishes.

There is a benefit to using shelving in this area. Shelving allows you to use the space, directly behind the toilet. For shelving consider a 7”-8” deep shelf for the area over the toilet tank. Search for shelving that is close to the depth of your toilet tank. This is clear available space that can be utilized. Custom shelving can be quickly built and cost less than custom cabinets.

Items to keep in this extra storage space is toilet paper, clean towels, extra toothpaste and other items that you keep on hand, like soap. Having these items easily to the toilet and the shower; makes this small space more user friendly, thus making the room more efficient.

Adding custom storage to a small bathroom will be attractive to potential buyers, if there comes a time when you intend to sell. Making a small room more useful is an appealing feature to homeowners and buyers. It is always a good idea to make each room in your house more efficient to use. The smaller areas are the most difficult to approach. Adding built-ins or shelving can add a world of difference to any small space, not just a bathroom. Consider this solution for laundry and mud rooms as well.

Healthy Egg Scramble in a Slow Cooker

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This meal comes from a need for quick, easy breakfasts that keep the family away from quick, sugary morning meals. In order to meet these criteria, the best option is to pre-bake healthy breakfast creations that include eggs (protein) and a healthy veggie (here, we use spinach). Spinach is a wonderful vegetable and very easy to using in your cooking. This recipe can be made easily and is fast to warm up in the morning, by using the microwave in short 15-30 second bursts.

What You Need:

12 Eggs

5 Oz. Chopped Spinach

1 Cup Whole Milk

½ Package of Turkey Bacon

12 Oz. Shredded Cheddar

1 Tsp. Salt

1 Tsp. Cracked Black Pepper

Directions:

Grease the bottom of the slow cooker with coconut or olive oil cooking spray. Cook the turkey bacon and chop it up into small pieces. Chop spinach finely.

Whisk eggs in a large mixing bowl and add the milk and salt and pepper. Whisk these ingredients well before adding the spinach, cheddar and turkey bacon.

Add contents to the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Serve with fresh fruit and orange juice.

 

Achieving a White on White Kitchen

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It is no longer considered a faux-pas to decorate a kitchen in many different shades of white. Actually white kitchens are growing in popularity. Find out how to accomplish this clean look in your fresh kitchen remodel!

The key to using different shades of white is to select different white finishes and materials. For example, install white cabinets and pair them with a white marble or quartz countertop. Use white tile for your backsplash, such as white subway tile or white stone with a honed finish. Paint the walls a nice matte white and do not worry about the end result. The key to pulling this off is by using a layering of textures. The different white materials will all have a different texture and different tones, but the white is what will tie all of these different materials together. The various materials will create their own particular palette.

In an all-white kitchen, it generally looks best with a silver or gold metal hardware. Black or oil rubbed bronze can be used but may focus the attention between the white and dark. This will in turn draw too much attention to the hardware. By using a clean gold or silver metal finish, the look is light and bright. The end result ends up being a shimmering touch to a well thought out design rather than one of conflict.

Using mostly white materials and finishes in a kitchen is done by layering different textures and materials. The countertop should have a small amount of veining or subtle flecks of another color. The tile backsplash should contrast with the finish of the countertop. For example, white Carrera marble looks phenomenal with white natural or tumbled stone backsplash. Selecting natural materials in different whites makes it easy to mix and match.

Stainless steel appliances look the best in all-white kitchens. When selecting lighting, keep in mind your hardware selection. Lighting should be of a similar finish as the hardware used. If you would prefer another look, all-glass bulb fixtures look clean and simple in a white kitchen. Remember that the theme pulling together the all-white look is light and bright.