How Choose the Perfect Bathroom Tile

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When deciding to begin a bathroom remodel, we get excited to explore all the different ideas that can be incorporated. We look at countertops, sinks, cabinets, bathtubs, but most importantly, we look for the perfect tile. Tile is a timeless bathroom remedy that can functionally enhance the aesthetics of the atmosphere. We generate a theme from what we have seen before and have liked. Maybe you saw a rustic design at a restaurant, or perhaps your friends’ house has a simply beautiful, all-white design. While we search through a plethora of Pinterest pins and available options in a store, you begin to form an idea of the direction you want your bathroom design to go. To help you guide you during your decision process, here are our top three rules to follow in choosing the perfect bathroom tile.

Design

The first step is that you will need to select a design style that is meaningful to you. Decide if you want dark or light tiles, ceramic or glass, a lot of character or plain, texturized or smooth. Try not to select more than three tile types in your bathroom. Too many styles can feel busy and chaotic. To make your design feel more uniform, you will want to pick a primary tile and secondary tile. Your other tile choices can be used for trim, accent, and added character throughout the room.

Scale

If you are stuck on the size tile, consider the relative scale. If you select a 12×24, you can use it to accentuate the length of a room. You can use a smaller, more symmetrical option like 12×12 tiles too if your bathroom demands more cuts. A smaller tile will mean fewer cuts around plumbing and furniture. If you go with a larger tile, it can make a small room feel larger. Be careful not to go to big in very small spaces, or it can look strange. A general rule of thumb is to never put larger tiles on the walls than the tiles on the floor.

Maintenance

If you are okay with a little more maintenance, natural stone tiles are great for adding character to a room. However, if you do not want to be spending a ton of time cleaning, ceramic and porcelain are your safest options. Glass can make great for accents or walls but is not a good choice for the ground. Look into some mosaic glass designs to add even more character in your showers or bath.

Picking the perfect tile is fun. It is safest to go with your first instinct. All tiles have character, decide how much you are willing to put in a space. Too many high-designed tiles can clash and make the space look busy. Also, do not forget to consider the maintenance and size you want in your home. With these simple guidelines in mind, you are ready to create your dream oasis bathroom.

How to Create a Modern and Sleek Bathroom Design

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Who does not love the look of a modern and sleek room? Experts say it is time to apply this design concept to the bathroom. The bathroom is a space in the home that is often neglected when it comes to design. The key to creating a sleek look in the bathroom is simplicity. You will want to embrace minimalism with super clean, chic furnishings. Whether your home’s overall style is more rustic or traditional and you want to dabble with a modern style for the bathroom or your whole style is a modernist fantasy, here are some tips for creating the perfect modern bathroom:

Crisp Neutral Colors

The palette of a modern and sleek powder room is very simple. You will need to embrace a lot of crisp neutrals like shades of white, black, charcoal gray and taupe. You will find that most modern bathrooms use less sophisticated materials like wood varieties, nickel, veined stone or porcelain. These materials can be used to accent elements to make a subtle statement rather than overwhelming the space.

If you do not want the space to feel too cold, you can bring in natural touches through warm woods. Be sure to stick to subtle grains in order to preserve the tranquil and clean-lined atmosphere.

Implement Modern Lighting

In order to really make your bathroom look, feel both fresh and clean, bright and modern lighting choices is essential. Use LED or fluorescent bulbs which provide bright, white lighting without creating yellowish undertones. Often, modern light cast a cool glow. Use lighting above the medicine cabinet to keep the walls super bright, which ultimately makes the bathroom look bigger. Modern light fixtures include styles like a pendant or fixtures that are flush with the walls, which create beautifully illuminated spaces.

Minimalist Accessories

Since a modern bathroom embraces a minimalist style, you want to use simple accessories. A frameless mirror will look elegant in such a space especially if it is extended from wall to wall. Use streamlined hardware that originates from one manufacturer that features one solid finish that you can use for the faucet, shower knobs, and towel bar.

What are your thoughts on modern design? We would love to hear your feedback below in the comment section.

How to Showcase Your Travels in Your Design

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If you love to travel and have been around the world, you recognize how life-changing it can be. When you return home, you just keep dreaming of the places you have traveled until you slowly come back to reality and once again begin your normal life routines. Just because you are home does not mean you cannot contribute to these oases into your living space. Buying memorabilia specific to place you travel and putting it in your home design can express your love for travel. Here are six spots on earth and souvenirs you should try to keep an eye out for when you travel:

Africa

Taking large continents and making a small list of souvenirs will not encapsulate everything these areas have to offer. Keep your eyes open for similar memorabilia and artifacts to bring home with you. Africa is rich in culture and has so much to offer from Egypt down to South Africa. With such a varying landscape, there are so many treasures to find in these lands. Keep an eye out for African-culture wood carvings. These make beautiful, cultured pieces of artwork for your home. You can also find Tanzanite at a favorable exchange rate in South Africa, so keep a lookout for this alluring blue jewelry. Africa is recognized for some incredible wire art pieces as well. Look in rural areas to try to find wire art ranging from small animals to intricate designs.

Australia

Australia is another large area with so much to offer. It is known for their exchange rate on opal and can be purchased at a fair price. For home décor, you can look into buying an authentic boomerang which was an iconic hunting tool to the aboriginal Australians. Australia also has many fine wines to keep on the lookout. These are great to take back home and keep in your winery. If you can find areas that sell Indigenous art, these make excellent display pieces for your home as well.

North America

Each state in the United States has a unique piece of history or characteristic about them. Without deep diving into every state, you can start something as simple as a coin collection or a mug with each state’s name on it that you traveled. This is a fun, creative way to make your own personal travel checklist and express it in your home. Canada has a lot to offer as well. Keep an eye out for Canadian Maple syrup or even dream catchers. These are a fun thing you can put in your home to show your travels. Canada is also the headquarter to TY Stuffed Animals so make sure to check out some while you are up there.

South America

Textiles are highly exported from South America. Keep an eye out for quality, wool tapestry to hang in your home or handmade musical instruments. Every country has a unique design style in their art and should be explored while visiting. Chullo hats are brightly colored hats made from llama, alpaca, or sheep’s wool and are beautiful to wear or put on display when you return home. With textiles being so affordable in South America, you can purchase woven friendship bracelets and colorful backpacks as gifts. South America will tend to have beautiful, bright colored painting you should look for as well. Also, you should look for their dolls and finger puppets which can be displayed on a bookshelf or mantel when you get home.

South East Asia

Asia is also a historically rich culture. Sticking to the country’s roots is a great way to showcase elements in your home. Silk is highly prominent textile in Asia and is considered extremely luxurious. The pottery and jewelry in Asia are also unique and tailored to their beautiful culture. Explore options to add to your kitchen like ceramic teapots or chopsticks as well while you are there. South East Asia has many countries with very elaborate gowns and dresses which can be purchased as well.

Europe

Europe has many countries with exceptional heritage. Italy is celebrated for its leather goods and is a great place to find high-quality wallets and purses. Romania is known for its exceptional wooden spoon craftmanship and would be a great addition to add to your home. Turkey has highly-renowned coffee whereas Norway is known for its knitted wools. The Netherlands has become known for its Delftware which would look great in any China cabinet. Every country has its own claim to fame and should be researched before going. Try to decide what countries you will be visiting and what items to keep an eye out for when you are there.

There are so many wonderful spots in the world; each country and continent has a unique, rich heritage of beautiful artifacts and modern treasures that we can admire. We cannot encapsulate all these treasures in one post but can give you ideas of what to keep on the lookout while you are there. Happy travels, and be sure to revisit this page after your trip to let us know what you bought.

Transitional Interior Design: A Trendy, Traditional & Modern Home

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The world of design is everchanging; styles evolve and branch off into more tailored categories. Some interior design styles are timeless while others fade away and are just merely a trend. However, it is always something truly magical when two very distinct styles have the opportunity to mesh together into a new style, offering the best of both worlds. Traditional Design and Contemporary Design are prevalent yet very distinctly different styles, and that is where Transitional Design gives them the opportunity to shine together as one design. To better understand Transitional Design, we explored the two main outlets that power this style. Let’s take a look:

Traditional

There is something inspiring about the raw beauty of a Traditional Design. From its classic detailing through wooden trim to the rich, elegant environment it showcases, traditional homes easily highlight the inviting elements of comfort by integrating symmetry, boastful décor, and freedom of color to warm the atmosphere. With endless accessories, this has been a timeless style that balances a dramatic space with a refined yet elegant atmosphere.

Contemporary/Modern

On the other hand of classic, there is the new, edgy style: Contemporary Design. While Mid-Century Modern is an era that has come and gone, this is a style that is always adapting to its latest trends. Borrowing the open layout from Mid-Century modern is as far as these can relate. However, contemporary design is mainly influenced by today’s most trending design influencers. Patterns, colors, and styles are always becoming more unique and pushing the limits of design. This is a highly evolving design that can quickly be identified as very awe-inspiring. Modern Design will allow an open layout, and it thrives on sticking minimalistic with its décor and will tend to keep a neutral color palette.

The Balance

You can go three routes when combining the two styles in Transitional Design. First, you can choose to amplify Traditional Style through your home’s architecture, trim, flooring, and color palette. Find elegance and luxury in your home by incorporating woods and classic elements then you can add the sleek, more contemporary designs through furniture, rugs, and décor. Or, you can try to have a modern open layout home. Include contemporary design through the layout of your space but let your furniture incorporate more classic textures and patterns. Lastly, you can try the “even” blend–this is where your home has a little more of an eclectic feel. You let each design shine evenly throughout the space. Putting both Traditional and Modern design into the furniture, layout, and the décor.

When completing a Transitional Design, make sure your room always feels uniform and not unbalanced. Harmony is key when creating Transitional Design. Remember that this is an eclectic blend of sophisticated and new edge. Have fun with it!

Adding a Little “Gloss” to Your Home

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There are a general set of principles that we associate with beauty in an atmosphere. Typically, the art or appearance of something must be positive, symmetrical, and visually pleasing to be considered aesthetic. However, we also take into consideration the “wow” factor. This can be an outlying factor that makes art, a person, or a room seem unique and beautiful. A great eye-catching element to consider adding to your home is gloss. Color can easily be one of the most influential properties in a room. You can amplify its characteristics by adding a sheen to it. Here are several key ways to use gloss in your own design and acquire some of its many benefits:

Accent

Add a layer of visual intensity to the room by incorporating gloss on an accent wall. The shine will make the wall pop and add character to the room. You can even apply the gloss to the ceiling or floor to make add emphasize on the color of your choice. This can allow a little bit of color to make a significant impact on the room’s design.

Add Character

Typically, we turn to color to add character to a room. With gloss, you can add a sheen to a neutral color like white or black. This can take a bland space and help showcase items like furniture. Try using this to transform your home and add life to neutral palette spaces. Adding gloss can easily add a luxurious finish to a contemporary or mid-century modern atmosphere.

Enhance Space

Gloss can enhance your space. Typically, dark colors can make a room feel small and less lit. High gloss can still push light around the room with very dark colors. Think of highly reflective black marble or onyx countertops– this black should make the room feel smaller, yet, with the high gloss finish, the sheen allows light to travel freely throughout the space. This can let you use dark colors without hurting the atmosphere.

Incorporating gloss into your design is an excellent choice. Since colors can be very impactful, you can learn to use them and their hues can help you accentuate your space.

Three Small Bathroom Problems Solved

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Do you feel you like you barely have room to move around in your bathroom? If you are tired of bumping into the sink every time you hang up a towel, it may be time you employ techniques that enable you to increase your sense of space. From smart storage solutions to visually enhancing your space, you can turn a small, awkward bathroom into something comfortable and chic with just a bit of planning.

Problem # 1: Lack of Storage

Is your bathroom vanity cluttered with products? Does it seem like there is no place to store extra towels, toiletries and cleaning supplies? We understand that there is nothing like a clean, streamlined bathroom, but finding space to store those extra items can seem impossible.

The Solution

Steal space from territory that has not been used in the bathroom. This can be the blank walls next to your vanity mirror, the area above your toilet, or corners that go unused. You can even consider building recessed shelving units inside the shower so that you can keep soap and shampoo off the countertops and floors. Also, be sure to use baskets to keep small toiletries and items neat and organized. Lastly, do not forget about the space behind the toilet. Perhaps, you can add some style and storage with a beautiful shelving system or cabinet.

Problem # 2: Tiny Blueprint

Are you adding a master bath to your bedroom but find that there is little room to add in a toilet and sink? Do not worry this is a common problem that several homeowners will face.

The Solution

Try expanding the sense of floor space by keeping everything off the floor. Opt for a floating toilet and sink. By suspending these items, it will help make the room feel much bigger. Additionally, keep furniture to the minimum. Furniture and bulky items can create an overwhelming atmosphere. Opt for lightweight, smaller pieces to create a sense of balance in your small space.

Problem # 3: No Room for Separate Shower Stall

Do you want a separate shower enclosure but there is no room? If your home has one main bathroom, you may find that keeping the bathtub is necessary.

The Solution

You can turn that small space between the bathtub and the sink into a shower stall by installing wet-room flooring. Use a frameless shower stall to avoid making a visual interruption, or you can do something traditional by combining the bathtub and shower.

If you are looking for the perfect wet-room flooring, please do not hesitate to call or visit one of our locations. We would love to provide more information to help you create the bathroom of your dreams.

What Colors Should I Use in My Living Room?

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While designing and decorating, you may be wondering “what shade should I paint my living room walls?” When it comes to choosing a hue to paint your living room, it is all about the mood or atmosphere that you are hoping to set for the space. If you want to create a big, bright atmosphere, you will most likely go towards more bright, light colors. On the other hand, if you are interested in a tranquil setting, you may opt for subtle, cool tone colors. With so many different colors to choose from, you are probably having difficulty settling on a hue. To help you find the right shade, we gathered our favorite color schemes and why you should consider choosing them. Let’s take a look!

Neutralize

If you enjoy a more traditional and classic look for a living room, you might want to use a neutral color palette. In a neutral palette, you will embrace colors like black, white, taupe and even grey to create a chic, simple design. You can also warm up the space and add character to a neutral palette by adding wood accents. Using different wood tones in a neutral palette will make the space feel inviting.

Go Moody

Moody and deep hues like navy blue are perfect for creating a stylish oasis. Applying a blue to the walls make the space feel more intimate. This color also makes for a dramatic backdrop with your furniture and wall decorations such as artwork, prints or mirrors. In a living room that uses lots of this deep and dark color, you will want to complete the look with lighter furniture. You may even consider painting the ceiling the same color to create an even more snug atmosphere. It is all about your preference and what mood you are trying to set.

Keep Calm

You can create a super tranquil living room by incorporating colors like greens and light blues and using one of these colors on the walls to create the ultimate soothing feel. You can highlight the look with the upholstery and pillows in muted, neutral tones. Or, when using cool colors in a room, you can complement with darker accessories.

Always a Classic

Of course, you do not have to use a set color in the living room. Painting the walls white allows you to decorate with different patterns and textiles. With white walls, you can also contrast with intense colors like black to create the ultimate effect. The options are truly endless for a white color scheme.

When choosing paint for your home, what colors do you tend to lean more toward each time? We would love to hear your thoughts below in the comment section.

Everything You Need to Know about Wallpaper

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We have said it once, and we will say it again “wallpaper is back!” While many homeowners may be familiar with the rules of wallpaper, others may be mere novices on how to install and purchase it. If you are looking to learn more about buying wallpaper, we are here to help. Listen to our four tips for purchasing wallpaper, and you will be able to transform your space effectively and efficiently.

Tip No 1. Know How Much You Will Need

The amount of wallpaper you will need is determined by the wallpaper’s width; therefore, you will need to calculate how big the wall space is and what the roll of wallpaper’s width is.

  • A pro-tip is to get a little extra wallpaper depending on its width. You do not want to be short 3 inches, but it will be easier if you have 3 inches more than you need.

Tip No. 2: Browse The Metallic Wallpapers

Metallic wallpapers are not only beautiful in appearance, but they open up your space by reflecting light. Plus, metallics are a trendy statement piece that are easy to add into almost any room in your home.

Tip No. 3: Patterned Wallpaper

Patterned wallpaper can be used as a marvelous statement wall. Use the wallpaper on only one wall in your room, and it will create a gorgeous, effortless design. The key is to place the wallpaper on the wall that you want most attention like the wall that holds your bed or the wall that keeps your television.

Tip No. 4: Let It Be Different

Wallpaper is meant to stand out in a room. Try to find a wallpaper that is different from anything you could find in paint. Take some time to explore all the possibilities by visiting local stores and shopping online. There is a tremendous amount of options out there; you just need to find them.

Now that you have updated your walls, it is time to focus on your floors. We encourage you to browse our online catalog to see a wide selection of beautiful flooring. Once you have an idea of what you want, call us or visit us for more information. 

Fun & Easy Ways to Personalize Your Space

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New homes can be considered blank canvases.  You have the freedom to customize and tailor your space to your desires.  It can seem daunting at first, but the task can be quite rewarding. Adapting your design to express yourself and serve a purpose for your needs is vital. We put together some of the most impactful investments that can quickly add to personalize any space to your taste. Let’s take a look!

Pictures

Pictures can make a powerful statement in a room.  You can choose from a thousand different designs to find one that is tailored to your style.  You can even try alternating them seasonally with holiday décor to keep your home feeling alive and always changing.  First, pick a theme you want your pictures to reflect, and use photos to spruce up empty walls and help rejuvenate a space.

Plants

A great addition to add to any space are plants.   Bring the outdoors inside and add life and energy to an atmosphere.  Plus, adding plants throughout your home can improve air quality.  The green can make a house feel cozier and looks great as well.  You can add fragrance plants to help enhance the smell of your space or even unique, fun ones to express yourself.  Put herbs in your kitchen or flowers in your living room for a tasteful look. Luckily, pants work in any space and can spruce up the life in your room (win, win). 

Rugs

Another cozy addition to your home can be adding rugs.  These can make hard surfaces much cozier and more welcoming.  You can find distinct patterns or incorporate in a natural rug as well.  Rugs can be perfect for setting boundaries in large open spaces as well and divides rooms.  For instance, if you have a home with an open layout, consider putting a rug in the living room or dining room to set a visual boundary.  This simple trick adds character and can enhance your space.

Making your space feel like home is a project worth investing. These tricks can be used more than just at home.  Try using these at your work cubical or even in an apartment.  These are perfect investments to use to help personalize your space.  Do you have tricks you use to spruce up your home quick and easy?  Let us know below in the comment section. 

How to Make The Master Bedroom of Your Dreams

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The master bedroom holds a special place in a homeowner’s heart; shouldn’t its design too? With our top five tips, we hope to help you create the master bedroom of your dreams. Let’s get started!

Five Ways to Make The Master Bedroom of Your Dreams:

Start Fresh.

Before you begin designing, we want you to step into your room with a fresh pair of eyes. Come into the bedroom as if it was your first time entering it. With a fresh outlook, you may be able to see things that you have never noticed. This is a fantastic opportunity to rethink your current design and try something new.

Rearrange.

After you have taken a good look at your room, you may have noticed some things that you want to change. Rearranging your furniture can be a great first step. With a rearrangement, you always want to be aware of the room’s “focal point.” What piece of the room are you trying to bring attention to in the design? Once you have decided on your focal point, you will want to build the design from there. If you feel like you are struggling, it may help to remove all of your furniture from the room and bring it back in one by one.

Embrace a New Color.

Seasons are changing and so is your design. Now is the time to embrace a new color choice for your room. It may be something as simple as your accent color, but it is time to change. If you need inspiration, take a look at some color swatches from a local paint store. Experiment with different hues, shades, and values before you commit.

Simplicity is Key.

A master bedroom is a place for relaxation and tranquility, and an overwhelming design will not accomplish this concept. To help make sure your focus stays on track, we recommend keeping it simple. The simplicity of your bedroom’s design can help to establish a clean working board and a stress-free environment.

Dress it up.

Lastly, it is time to accessorize. A few light decor pieces can transform your master bedroom into the oasis of your dreams. Try to go light with the decor at first then slowly build from there. You can always add more accessories later. 

Is the flooring in your master bedroom in dire need of an update? We would love to help you find the flooring of your dreams. Stop by our one of our beautiful showrooms or give us a call to learn more about our selection, pricing, and offers. Thanks for reading!