One of the best ways to update your home and increase its value is to remodel the kitchen and/or bath. Usually at the forefront in these areas is tile. An update to outdated tile can take your space from drab to fab, especially with today’s stylish choices in materials, colors, finishes, and patterns. Today we’re going to take a look at what you can do with our newest selections from Lungarno Ceramics.
Lungarno has a wide variety of wall tiles ranging from classic to super unique styles. The Brushstrokes line is a 1” thick wall tile with a beautiful wavy surface. Colors available are latte, rust, and a stunning turquoise blue. Brushstrokes is a unique, vintage tile that feels warm and looks great with contemporary rustic designs that utilize worn textures.
Finish Line features an array of porcelain and mosaic tiles with white, gray, and black color schemes for a unique modern design. On the more simplistic side, Finish Line features subway tiles and thin, interlocking rectangular tiles with a unique subtle texture making them perfect for walls, floors or backsplashes. In mosaic tile, Finish Line has a unique 1”x4” newspaper print wall tile that comes in white, gray, and black. This newspaper print backsplash tile is perfect for modern looks and adds a chic, city feel to your modern space. Finish Line also has hexagon tiles in black and white with beautiful and subtle metallic textures.
Natural Elements is mosaic waterjet wall tile with unique styles and organic looks. This series of tiles comes in a variety of neutral combinations in beige, taupes, gray, and cream. Themed by natural shapes, they are simple, beautiful, and calming. Natural Elements features designs like hexagon leaves, teardrops, lace leaves, chevron, and 3D cubes. These tiles are unique and perfect for neutral spaces with a need for Feng shui.
These are just a few of our favorites from the Lungarno collection. There are many more styles to suit just about any décor and add a fresh, unique flare to your kitchen or bath.
Stop by our showroom today to see our selection, or learn more at lungarnoceramics.com.
Despite growing trends in flooring of all kinds, tile is still a favorite. Tile is not only loved for its durability and classic looks though; it’s keeping up with all the trends and making new ones. Let's take a look at some current and emerging tile trends and features.
For starters, wood-look tiles are here to stay with new looks and tile sizes like 6x36 and 4x28 that are perfect for using in herringbone patterns. Sizes are also getting bigger and better with new sizes like 12x24 and even 24x48! New textures and finishes are adding more style and enhancing the beauty of wood-look tile. Tile is taking on new shapes too with wood look tiles in planks, bricks, and hexagons of all sizes.
Tile doesn’t have to be limited to the floor either. You can take it up the walls to make quite a statement in your space. Tiled walls using large format wood, concrete, or brick make a big impact. New designs and materials in brick, metals, and printed patterns can take a backsplash or accent wall to the next level. The possibilities are endless with these new trends.
We see more and more people gravitating toward a seamless indoor-outdoor look in their homes. Wood-look porcelain tile is perfect for a hardwood look in your space that can flow to an outdoor living area for a seamless, open look with no worries about the weather. Or, if you like a more modern, industrial vibe, consider using concrete tiles in your home, and let them continue outside into an outdoor kitchen or patio.
Tile in the home continues to stand the test of time while evolving with new trends that we love. Next time you have a tile project, don't forget to explore your options and see what’s out there. You can find all the latest tile trends and fashions in our showroom. We’ll be happy to help you find the one that completes your home.
The great outdoors is amazing, especially when you have your own little piece of the outdoors at home. Maybe it's sitting on the patio or balcony reading, fun times by the pool, or a welcoming walkway in a garden or court yard. Either way, it's these outdoor spaces that really bring something extra to our homes. Let's take a look at how to make a welcoming outdoor space and the flooring you can use to do this.
One of the most popular outdoor spaces is the patio. These usually consist of a concrete slab off the house, sometimes with a roof to provide shade. A sliding glass door connecting your living space with your patio will make your living space feel open and add lots of natural light. You can take your patio to another level by continuing your flooring in the home out onto the patio. To do this, though, you will have to choose a floor covering that is suitable to be outdoors.
Floor coverings like hardwood, vinyl, ceramic tile, and carpet are not ideal for outdoor use or in any areas that are not regulated. (Some hard wood can be used outside but requires an extensive of amount of maintenance). If planning on using these kinds of floor coverings, keep in mind they are susceptible to moisture damage and not recommended for outdoor use. Still want to carry your wood or tile flooring outside? Well not to worry. There are several options available.
The WPC flooring category offers wood and stone looks that are perfect for indoor or outdoor spaces, allowing you to continue your look from the inside out. You may love sipping drinks and relaxing on your porch but hate the maintenance that comes with wood. The porch is a prime example of an area WPC wood-look flooring can bring a new look and more comfort to your outdoor space with less maintenance.
Tile is beautiful outdoors, whether it's on a patio, porch, walkway, or poolside. When opting for tile outdoors, stone or ceramics are not ideal because they absorb too much moisture. Stone and ceramic tile is also susceptible to cracking and breaking when the temperatures rise and fall. However, slip-resistant porcelain tile that is rated for outdoor use is perfect. Slate is also a great choice for outdoor spaces. When properly sealed, this natural stone is a champion of beauty and durability. Keep in mind that using larger-sized tiles can make your space feel bigger, and wood-look tile will add texture and warmth.
So, when looking to expand your home to the outdoors, remember to keep the space open to allow the outdoors in. Think outside the box when it comes to the walkways and floors. Remember the maintenance that will be needed for the flooring you choose and be sure to pick a floor covering that is not only beautiful but durable and meets your needs.
Today’s tile is rising to new heights with variations in style, textures, shapes, and more. While traditional tile looks like travertine remain popular, hardwood looks, metals, and many other materials are emerging. Let's take a look at some classic tile designs and some of the trends for 2017.
Wood-look tile is taking over the tile market. Darker, rich looks remain popular to get the look of hardwood without the maintenance, but a whitewashed look has also made its way onto the design scene. The whitewashed look is very versatile. It goes perfectly with streamlined, contemporary designs for a clean, fresh look, but it’s also great for coastal and even rustic motifs. If you’re working with a smaller space, lighter colors and clean lines will make your space feel more open.
Wood-look tile has also taken over the bathroom, allowing you to have the look of wood with the durability of tile in areas with high moisture exposure. Long plank wood-look tile that continues to a tub surround or into the walk-in shower makes for a clean, flowing design. Take your décor up a notch by pairing wood-look tile with other materials such as glass or marble.
Designers still love the clean, simple look of Scandinavian style wood floors, and a popular wood-look that tile will take on this year is larch wood—a lighter wood look popular in the United Kingdom. Gray wood-look continues in popularity. It comes in many different tones or mixed with browns and beiges, matching well with many styles.
Tiles are also coming in many different shapes and sizes now. Daltile is introducing a 4” x 28” size tile that's perfect for a herringbone pattern. Daltile even has larger tiles, some 60 inches long. Hexagonal subway tile floors have reemerged in bathrooms, and the black and white patterns still make for a clean, open look. However, if you have a large bathroom, you may want to avoid using smaller patterned tiles that cover the whole floor. This can cause the space to feel busy and take away from the look of your bathroom.
In 2016, brick and subway tiles became all the rage for focal walls, backsplashes, and bathrooms, and they are still popular today. For brick walls, you don't have to have actual bricks to get the look you want. Tile can be found in brick styles and brick-shaped subway tiles. If you’re looking for an industrial, modern style, try a brick-look tile backsplash or focal wall with concrete and metal-look tile floors. Metal-look tile comes in more color options than just stainless, such as gun metal and pewter. Metal-look tile is more authentic but also offers styles you can't get anywhere else, like metal-influenced concrete looks. Pairing brick and metal tiles is a great way to accomplish an industrial, rustic style.
This year is shaping up beautifully for tile lovers. Brands such as Emser, Daltile, Marazzi, American Olean, and more continue to roll out new styles and designs. Stop by our showroom to browse our selection of in-stock and special-order tile and imagine the possibilities!
The rustic look is a very popular décor style and for good reason. The look feels homey and welcoming with an aged style. You don't have to live on a farm or in a cabin in the woods to have a beautiful, rustic home. Follow these design tips to bring this style into any space.
Garage sales and thrift stores are great places for finding furniture and treasures that can be repurposed. You can easily turn an old window into a picture frame or even a table top with a new coat of paint, some sanding, and a little hardware. For more window ideas click HERE. Find an older-looking piece, such as a dresser, and paint it a creamy white or beige, and then stand it down to create a gently-worn look. If you prefer a pop of color, you can use just about any color you like if used correctly. The most important thing to do when using a bright color such as red or turquoise is to sand off some of the color, making it look worn. For more inspiration, click HERE. A little paint and a sander make it easy to turn something into a beautiful rustic piece.
Other rustic touches are old clocks and woven baskets for storage. Textures are another quality of the rustic look, like old metal, rope, burlap and maybe one of the most important, wood. Another key component is the color pallet: creamy whites, beiges, and browns are the primary colors of the rustic look. If you’re looking for even more projects and décor ideas, check out our Farmhouse Pinterest Board.
Your floors will be an important factor to your rustic-style home. There are a variety of rustic, weathered looks available in hardwood, LVT, WPC, tile and laminate. The color of wood flooring you will use depends a lot on the color of wood used in the furniture in your home. Do you want to coordinate or contrast? Many hard surface floorings come with aged features like wire brushing and distressing in any color from black to blonde. In addition, there are many selections in rustic, wood-look tile that make it difficult to tell tile from wood.
When designing your rustic home, don't be afraid to bargain hunt and break out the sander. Keep your colors rustic by giving the surface a worn look. Find flooring with distressed features and a color that complements your décor. Before long, you’ll have your whole design put together and can enjoy the farmhouse life!
Tile and laminate are very popular and durable flooring choices for active homes. However, they must be taken care of properly for them to last. Following these tips and any additional manufacturer instructions can help increase the life and beauty of your floors.
Tile is often mistakenly thought of as waterproof; however, it is a strong material and will last a long time if cared for correctly. For general maintenance, sweep or vacuum the tile regularly to remove any loose dirt or grit. When a deeper cleaning is required, mop with water and an added tile cleaning solution. Be sure to follow up with a rinse using fresh water; this keeps the cleaner from building up or leaving a film. It’s not recommended that you use any cleaners that are oil based or have a wax polish as these can cause a film to build up.
Never use cleaners containing acid or bleach for routine maintenance. Don’t use harsh cleaning tools such as steel wool or scouring pads that contain metals. These can scratch and damage your tile. Also, be careful not to use ammonia because this can discolor your grout. Make sure you don't clean your tile for about a week after installation so the grout will have time to set. After installation, grout joints should be treated with silicone to insure they do not chip.
Laminate is a great choice for active homes because it has superior scratch and stain resistance. Laminate is not indestructible though and does require regular maintenance. Dirt that goes unattended can be very abrasive to any floor, and laminate is no exception. For routine maintenance, just use your vacuum cleaner. Make sure to use the hard surface setting on your vacuum and turn off the beater bar.
For both tile and laminate, an excellent cleaning solution is Bona Hard Surface Cleaner. Bona cleaner is easy to use and effective. Bona Kemi Pro Series Hard Surface Cleaner is a Greenguard Certified solution with pH balanced formulation to thoroughly clean grout, laminate, and stone surfaces without dulling finishes. It's also non-toxic, so it safely cleans hard surfaces without leaving behind any residue. Even though the Professional cleaners from Bona Kemi are more aggressive than the original strength Bona cleaners, it is safe for use around children and pets.
If you ever have problems or questions about caring for your floor, consult your flooring specialist or the manufacturer’s instructions. With proper care, you can keep your floors sparkling and looking fresh for years to come.
Contrary to popular belief, any kind of stone, ceramic, or porcelain tile isn’t waterproof, and neither is grout or mortar. If tile is installed in an area with heavy moisture, like the shower, it can take in moisture and develop mold and mildew. This is one reason why you can't install tile directly on your shower form. You need a shower bed. Let’s look at the traditional mud bed versus the Schluter Shower System.
Mud beds have been used for a long time, and they have some pros and cons. With the mud bed method, you can build your shower any size you want, but installation can be complicated and requires a lot more materials than Schluter shower kits. Cement board is generally used as backing and is relatively heavy and often harder to install. When forming the shower bed, a slope toward the shower drain must be made. If your installer doesn’t form the slope well enough, you can have issues like water collection and leakage, leading to mold and even rotting.
Schluter shower kits completely waterproof your space and are much simpler to install. The Schluter System uses Kerdi, a thin polyurethane sheet that's bonded between two sheets of polyester fleece, known as backing. Kerdi is much lighter and easier to handle when installing than cement board backing. The best thing about Kerdi is that when water soaks through your tile and mortar, it hits the Kerdi backing and slides right down to the drain. This keeps water from building up and causing mold and damage. With the Schluter System, you can customize your shower to any size with the Kerdi-Shower St fabricated foam tray. This tray has its own slope, leaving little room for installer error.
While the Schluter Shower System is more expensive than the mud bed method, it’s less expensive than replacing your shower in a few years because of water damage. Using the Schluter System will protect your investment and keep your bathroom beautiful.
Tiling has been around for a long time, dating back as early as 4700 BC. It's definitely not new to home décor, but it’s grown tremendously in style options and application. With digital glazing, the styles of tile are almost endless, anything from natural stone to hardwood or even custom patterns. Besides styles and colors, common options when picking tile are ceramic or porcelain. What's the difference?
The materials that make up ceramic and porcelain are basically the same. Both are commonly made from clay, sand, and a mineral called feldspar. Once those materials are in the right consistency, they go on to be extruded or pressed, digitally glazed, and then fired in a kiln to solidify the finished form. Within this process is where porcelain differs. The clay used is more refined and purified. It's fired at a higher temperature and greater pressure, resulting in a denser, harder material than ceramic.
No tile is waterproof, but because of porcelain being harder and denser than ceramic, it absorbs less water. Most true porcelains have a 0.5% moisture absorption rate. Ceramic tile’s moisture absorption rate can be anywhere between 3% to 7%. Because of this difference, ceramic can’t be used as an outdoor tile like porcelain can.
All in all, porcelain is stronger and better protected from moisture, so it may be a better option for your home. Take into consideration the traffic levels and exposure to moisture your floor will encounter before making your final decision.