Posts Tagged ‘shine’

Tile Water Fountain

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Design and Decorating, Tile

Have you wanted to add a fountain to your landscape but found yourself dissatisfied with your choices? How about designing your own fountain using a circulating pump and some tiles?

The one in this photo is pretty dramatic, so you might want to start with something a bit simpler. Or you could look into landscape architects who have worked on fountains before.

By designing your own fountain or even waterfall using tile, you are unlimited when it comes to colors, styles and mood. Would you like a modern fountain? Consider glass tile or even slate to shine under the water. If you’re leaning toward a more Moorish look, how about adding some figured tiles that show off their rich tones and patterns? A selection of hand-painted Mexican tiles along the edge of a simpler tile or stone choice and you can create a south-of-the border water feature.

Tile is sturdy enough to handle the outdoors and the splash of water. The only thing you may want to do is to make sure the water you use is not too mineral-rich because that can damage the look of the tile.

Tile also comes in all shapes and sizes, and prices! You can have a beautiful fountain by showcasing several more expensive tiles as trim while using a more reasonably-priced tile for the basic structure. And how about a light blue tile at the bottom of a pool to make that water look even more clean and inviting?

Want a fountain that’s unique to your home? Build your own with tile.

Three Things to Consider Before Choosing Modern Flooring

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance, Carpet, Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Hardwood and Laminate

If you are mesmerized, or just plain confused, by all of the flooring choices available for modern homes, you might be ready to give up and just pick something out of frustration. Before you do, consider a few things that can narrow your choices down considerably.

What is your lifestyle?
If you have children or pets, you’ll definitely want to think about the activities that go on in your household on a daily basis. However well behaved they may be, children are prone to accidents. Whether it is spilling a glass of juice or falling on an untied shoe string, the flooring you choose matters. Dogs are also prone to slipping and sliding when they run or maneuver around corners.

Modern décor is infamous for its sleek appearance and along with that, so is the flooring in many homes. Slick flooring materials such as high-shine marble tile and finely finished hardwoods are very often not suitable for a family home, where children need to be comfortable and safe. Instead you might choose a modern style hardwood floor with a matte sealant finish or a textured ceramic tile for better grip.

What is your preference?
Consider your comfort level with differing materials. If you like to hop out of bed and feel the plush softness of a thick carpet underfoot, then you might want to have one of the luxurious modern carpets installed in the bedrooms. There are also many beautiful modern patterned carpets available for the rest of the home.

If you love the look of a sleek floor, you’ll want to take a look at marble or one of the slick ceramics on the market. Rugs add interest and offer comfort in areas where you might want a little more comfort or padding like in the kitchen or bathroom where you might be standing quite a bit.

What is your budget?
You may love the look of real hardwood or slate flooring, but your budget just won’t allow for it. There are plenty of choices in laminate wood flooring and ceramic tile which mimic their costlier look-a-likes. If you know your budget before shopping, then you can go directly to the flooring you can afford and not be swamped by even more choices. Especially ones that don’t fit within your means at the moment.