Your bath is one of the most private, relaxed and personalized areas in the home. Few interior spaces reflect the signature style of a homeowner more than the bath. An elegantly decorated bathroom flaunts the owner’s fine taste. You don’t need a lavish budget to make your bathroom classy and unique. It can quickly be enhanced with a few modern bathroom accessories and ultra-glamorous fixtures.Read More
Porcelain is one of the most durable and versatile materials known to man, exceeding the strength of granite by 20% or more. Cultures around the world have been making kiln-fired porcelain tiles for more than 5,000 years. Today, the manufacturing process has changed dramatically, but porcelain tiles remain popular for interior and exterior applications ranging from high-end bathrooms and tiled showers to business lobbies and industrial facilities that require flooring and wall surfaces with resistance to chemicals, acids, fire, staining and the most rigorous situations imaginable.Read More
Tiles are versatile and hard wearing. However, there are minor differences between glazed and unglazed porcelain and ceramic tiles. Glazed tiles are not necessarily better than unglazed tiles. In fact, each option has unique attributes that give them the ability to perform in many specialized applications. Unglazed tiles provide full-bodied color and a great non-slip surface that will never fade, scuff or wear off. On the other hand, glazed tiles are sealed with a durable and colorful layer of glass, which makes them a versatile, low maintenance option that can be used anywhere in the home.Read More
Ceramic is seen in many items and has become one of the most popular materials to incorporate into your home. It is an inorganic, nonmetallic solid which is prepared by the action of heat, followed instantly by cooling. At first, ceramics were seen in the form of pottery, either by itself or mixed with other materials, and then hardened in fire.Read More
Decorating your home is a very crucial element to the overall look and feel that it portrays. Incorporating different types of furniture and other home décor fundamentals, will allow you to achieve this look and feel in no time. Whether it is a kitchen, bathroom, living room, or den, these things are what fills out the rooms and gives them their appeal.Read More
Zen-inspired bathrooms incorporating natural pebble tiles have become enormously popular. In 2010, the National Kitchen and Bath Association named Japanese designs one of the year’s top trends.
Although pebble tiles have gained attention recently, this trend dates back thousands of years. The Ancient Greeks were such enthusiastic fans of pebble floors they developed a unique raised-pebble art form more than 8,000 years ago.
In a space where water is an essential element, bringing in other natural details is a logical design choice. The Asian cultures of the Pacific are renowned for their use of natural materials. The tranquil color palette and clean lines of Asian-influenced designs are uniquely suited to the modern bathroom.Read More
Planning is an essential step to creating a tile floor with a pleasing layout. Off-kilter slivers that form troublesome angles along a prominent wall are the result of common layout imperfections that can be solved with the proper planning. The ideal tile layout should feature whole or nearly whole tiles adjoining the threshold and the most prominent focal points. Before you complete your layout, measure your space and determine what size tile will work best. Using the right size tile minimizes waste and reduces the need for cutting and trimming tiles.Read More
Nothing ruins the look of beautiful bathroom tiling more than mold and mildew stains creeping along the grout lines. Fortunately, getting the mold out and keeping it out is easy with a little maintenance and preventative care.
Molds come in many different colors, including yellow, orange, red, green, black, and they’re all pretty repulsive. Mold and its dirty cousin, mildew, appear in the bathroom, particularly along the tub surround and areas that remain damp. These living fungi use water and nutrients in soap scum to survive. Once mold and mildew set in, they leave stains and spores that germinate new colonies.Read More
After years of having your morning coffee in the same old boring kitchen, you know it’s time to give a new look to the social center of your home. While a complete kitchen overhaul can seem daunting (and pricey), adding a tile backsplash is an affordable and efficient way to give your kitchen a facelift in as little as one weekend.
Traditionally, backsplashes consisted of a single row of tile behind the stove or sink to protect walls from moisture and grease. Today, however, this design feature can be used to accent otherwise unnoticed spaces and help set the overall tone of the room. Not only is a tiled backsplash much easier to wipe clean than other surfaces, it will also provide a lasting focal point.Read More
Too often people only think of using glass tile for their kitchen and bathroom projects, but there’s a whole world of possibility waiting just beyond your back door. Whether you’ve been dreaming about installing a pool for years now or the pool you have is due for a makeover, glass tile is ideal for outdoor use.
Glass tile can be used on the entire surface of a pool or spa, or can simply trim the edge to provide an accent. Regardless of whether your pool is small or large, curvy or straight-edged, tiles can be fit to the space.Read More