Blue for You

Shades of blue seem to be very popular recently, especially in tile designs. Whether it’s a deep indigo or lighter French blue, we love the way this look is class, yet modern. The blue trend is being used in every type of tile from subway tile to designed porcelain tiles in rooms ranging from laundry rooms to kitchens to bathrooms. Really, this is a trend that can be utilized everywhere. It’s a fun way to get creative! We love seeing new uses of tile, especially ones this beautiful. Try it out on your backsplash, bathroom walls, or floors for some added fun and character!

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Carpet Maintenance

  1. Clean stains immediately: Don’t let a stain set- you have a higher chance of getting the stain out completely if you clean it up promptly. Blot the carpet, don’t rub, and if that doesn’t work with water and dish soap, then try club soda or commercial cleaners.
  2. Vacuum often AND slowly: Vacuum high traffic areas frequently. This will reduce build-up and ensure your carpet stays cleaner longer. Also, vacuuming at a slower speed allows more dirt to be picked up.
  3. Professionally clean the carpet yearly.
  4. Use the appropriate vacuum for your carpet pile. You can set the vacuum at different heights, or in some cases, a rotating brush or beater bar may be necessary.
  5. Use scissors to cut snags- don’t pull on them as this can make them worse.
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Tile Options

Tile isn’t just for your floor, it is being placed in new places as tile evolves into beautiful pieces of art. Here are a few of our favorite new places for tile:

1. Bathroom walls: Tile isn’t just for the shower. Put it behind your sink for added splash protection and a unique look.

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2. Laundry room wall: Laundry rooms are becoming stylish so why not make a statement and put tile behind your washer and dryer. It protects from potential splashes, but also adds beauty and dimension to the space.

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3. Entire house floors: tile comes in a wide variety, even options that look like wood. This array of options and durability makes tile the perfect flooring option for your entire house, not just the bathroom and kitchen.

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Timeless Black and White Tile

There is something about the timeless quality of black and white tile. Though through the years there are new developments and styles, they always remain in style. This concept is great for kitchens, bathrooms, and entry areas. This month, we show our favorite styles starting with some modern adaptions and then detailing some older concepts:

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Outdoor Tile Considerations

DSC_0232If you’re adding a patio to your backyard, tile is a great option for its durability, strength and beauty, but not all tile fits the bill. Below we have a few things to consider to ensure your tile needs are being fulfilled and are safe for outdoor use.

  1. Porcelain tile is a great option because it is non porous, durable, and they come in array of stone and wood appearances.
  2. Natural stones like limestone, slate, flagstone and quartz will also look great and give your backyard a more natural aesthetic. It will cost a bit more, but it is a beautiful and strong option.
  3. Make sure the tile you select is not too slippery, especially if you have a pool.
  4. Consider the color and style of your home and make sure the patio flooring offers a smooth transition.
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Tile Materials

stone tileThough most think of ceramic tile, there are actually many different materials used in tile flooring. Some are more durable and more expensive than others, but all are great flooring options, especially for different spaces.

 

In the more elegant category, there is granite, marble, and porcelain. These will cost a bit more, but make a grand statement. Marble is not as durable for highly traversed areas, but with sealants it can remain strong and beautiful. It is important to know your tile floor care.

 

Slate, travertine, and some ceramic tiles are more everyday options and in the case of travertine and slate, have a more natural look. These are great options for the rustic decor. Ceramic tile has endless options for every style, budget, and room. Find your perfect option today!

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Wood Floor Types

Screen Shot 2017-05-09 at 12.11.03 PMDid you know there are different types of wood flooring? The best hardwood floors are the harder woods like cherry, oak and maple. Other options include bamboo, walnut, ash and mahogany. The more exotic woods cost more, such as teak, jarrah and mesquite woods. Another fun and trendy option thanks to home improvement shows is reclaimed wood. This is salvaged, older wood, and generally costs much less due to the ware and tare, but this is part of the beauty. Researching the best wood for your space and then deciding which looks best with your aesthetic is the best way to decide which kind of wood works for your space!

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Best Spaces for Tile

living room tileWhen most people hear tile floors, they automatically think of bathrooms, however, there are many rooms in a home that would benefit from tile floors.

  1. Entryways: Whether it be a mudroom, your front door, or off your porch, entry ways get dirty thanks to the debris tracked indoors. Tile floors are easy to clean, making them great for all of these areas.
  2. Kitchens: Kitchens are the life of the house. It is where we gather, eat, and cook, so it is going to get messy.
  3. Dining rooms: Same idea as the kitchen, food drops. A nice, dressy tile can really distinguish the space while still being practical.
  4. Living rooms/Bedrooms: Living rooms and bedrooms are meant to be cozy and inviting, so why not have tile floors with a nice area rug for durability and warmth? This is especially nice for homeowners with dogs because dog fur and carpet is a whole different vacuuming debacle.
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Grout Cleaning Strategies

Grout, especially in high traffic areas, can become grimy and change color. Here are a few ways to make sure your grout maintains it’s beauty. Find out which mixture works best for your floors and grout:

  1. Baking soda + Vinegar + Brush is a great way to clean especially for white grout. However, if your floors are a natural stone, make sure the vinegar will not harm the stone. Scrub the grout lines with a brush and then rinse with clean water.
  2. Steam cleaner + Rag is one of the easiest, least damaging ways, assuming you have a steam cleaner. Fill the cleaner according to manufacturers directions, focus on the grout, and then wipe the grout afterwards. This may not work as well on gritty grout
  3. Bleach + Water + Brush is the most heavy-duty way, but¬†could alter tile color. Test a small section before cleaning the entire floors, and if it doesn’t harm the color, scrub with a brush and then rinse with water.
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Mixed-Media Floors

Mixing mediums can add a beautiful element of dimension to your floors. Whether you want to incorporate a design, have a clear divide between spaces, or create a fun pattern, there are endless options to this flooring concept. Wood with a clean, ivory stone or even using contrasting colors provides stunning dimension. Below, we demonstrate a few of the ways this technique can be used throughout your home.

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