Adding Backsplash to Your Contemporary Kitchen

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Are you ready to take your kitchen’s decor to the next level? If so, you might want to consider installing a backsplash. The days are gone when the typical backsplashes were boring, unappealing tile pieces or a thin piece of silver behind the stove area. Intricately designed backsplashes, featuring all kinds of colors and patterns, have become increasingly popular in the contemporary kitchen. 
 
While backsplash can add interest to any style of kitchen, it can really benefit a contemporary-style kitchen. With its stark lines and clean contours, this style of kitchen can feel impersonal and lack feeling; therefore, adding a backsplash will bring some character to the area. Once you have decided to incorporate this into your design scheme, here’s how you can successfully execute it:
 
  • Keep The Backsplash Cohesive with Your Design
If you are simply interested in adding just a bit of style but not necessarily making a bold statement, you will want to be sure that your backsplash blends in with the overall decor of your kitchen while adding a bit of pizzazz. The key is to choose an appropriate material and give consideration to how your backsplash tiles are installed. Nowadays, you can have your tile installed in a variety of designs and patterns to help personalize it more towards your taste. 
 
  • Elaborate Design Scheme
If you really want to make your kitchen pop and make a bold statement, you should select an elaborate backsplash design scheme. For instance, if your kitchen features a lot of neutral colors such as white or black, you can install a vibrant red backsplash. The way the field tiles are placed can also create emphasis. 
 
Just because you are decorating a contemporary kitchen, does not mean that you cannot get creative with your design. When selecting a backsplash, be sure to think outside the box. Your unique ideas can lead to a super stylish kitchen. 
 
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How to Survive a Kitchen Remodel

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Unfortunately, life can get a little disrupted during a kitchen remodel. To help you conquer the obstacles of a kitchen remodel, we created a five-step guide for surviving a kitchen remodel. Let us get started!  

How to Survive a Kitchen Remodel

1. Designate a Substitute Kitchen Area.

During the remodel, your kitchen will be out-of-use. You can prepare a makeshift kitchen in a separate area of your house. You want to find an area that is free of any dust and dirt particles caused by the construction. Move a microwave, coffeemaker, conventional oven, and mini fridge into this dust-free area to make your substitute kitchen usable. You will also want to move a small table into the space for preparing and eating meals. Lastly, be sure to only use paper plates and plastic silverware so that you will not need wash dishes. 

2. Prepare for Delays.

Materials will be delivered on different schedules and sometimes there are delays. In order to stay sane, you will want to prepare in advance for unforeseen delays. 

3. Wait until Everything is Delivered.

An expert tip that interior designers want you to know is “wait to begin the remodel until everything is delivered.” That includes your counters, floors, cabinets, etc. If you wait, your contractor will be able to knock the project out faster than if they need to wait around for everything to be delivered separately. 

4. Be Flexible.

Remodels can be frustrating and you need to be prepared that some things may not go as according to plan. Even though you may have hired the best contractor, things can get disrupted, fast. Be flexible and willing to discuss any outcomes with your contractor. They are here to help you through the rough patches in the remodel. 

5. Get a Schedule.

Even though we recommend being flexible, you will want to get a general schedule from your contractor. Ask them to provide you with a schedule to let you know what is happening when. This way you can be aware of the current situation in your kitchen. 

Are you looking for perfect floors for your new kitchen? Look no further! With a great selection at an affordable rate, we can help make your flooring dreams come true. Call us or visit one of our beautiful locations to learn more. 

Five Reasons Why Open Shelving is a Must

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If you are anything like most homeowners, you are always looking for ways you can refresh and reinvent your space. Plus, if you are planning on updating your kitchen into something modern or contemporary, you may want to consider a cabinet-free look. The idea may sound a bit crazy but homeowners are jumping onboard with this super chic and functional trend. 
 
You may be wondering, what are some of the advantages of an open shelving concept in your kitchen? We are giving you five reasons why you should consider taking the jump. Let’s take a look! 
 
Five Reasons Why Open Shelving is a Must
 
1. More Storage Options.
Are you always looking for ways to increase your storage options in the kitchen? With the upper cabinets gone, you now have more room for your dishware and appliances. Narrow and deep cabinetry makes it difficult to store larger items and nearly impossible to get them down once you have stored them. Open shelving allows for more space and is much easier to reach your items.
 
2. Adds a Sense of Warmth.
The kitchen should feel warm and welcoming, especially when you are having over guests. Open shelving in the kitchen will make visitors feel like they are at home, and they will not feel like they are being intrusive when they reach for a glass or plate.
 
3. Makes the Space Brighter and Larger.
Removing your hunky kitchen cabinetry will make the space feel much brighter and open. Kitchen cabinetry can make the room feel small, closed off, and dark. 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 does not like to save money? Open shelving is the best economic solution that will give you the modern look you are 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 will not accumulate on the shelving as easily because your dishes are constantly being used. If it does, you can simply wipe it clean while doing the dishes.
 
Are you convinced on the concept of open shelving? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section. 

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)

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.

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.