Why is White Subway Tile Popular?

Photo: daltile

Photo: daltile

You can’t watch TV for five minutes without seeing white subway tile in a commercial or on the set of your favorite sitcom. It’s so prevalent that some people are beginning to think that white subway tile will date kitchens and baths from this era.

The beauty of plain white is that it’s versatile. It can be the focus of the room or it can become the background. You can turn it into something unique to your kitchen or bath or you can go with the timeless classic. It suits classic designs just as well as it suits modern designs.

Consider the Material

Subway tile is available in several materials. Ceramic, of course, is the most popular. But if you are looking for something a littlet different, think about natural stone. Marble, limestone, and travertine make a positive impact on your design. The natural veining and graininess create a warmth and texture that elevate it.

Decide on the Finish

Classic subway tile is glossy, but you might want to try something a bit softer depending on the style of your bathroom or kitchen. If you want your tile to be the focal point of the space, gloss can draw attention. If you want to highlight other elements of your space, a softer finish (matte or semi-glossy) might work better.

Keep in mind that the finish you choose should be part of the overall plan for your design. Too much gloss in a space can be overwhelming and serve to make your tile fade into the background. Your tile is only one element that needs to fit into your scheme. Make sure it will play nice with everything else in the room.

Try a White Variation

Pure white makes for a bright, clean space. If you are going for something a little softer, one way to get it is to adjust the color ever so slightly. Creamy whites can change the feeling of your room.

You could stick one toe over the line and go with a tile that’s the slightest bit beige, gray or yellow to introduce a hint of cooling or warming color to the space.

Experiment with Grout

The color of grout you select has a huge impact on how the finished product looks. White grout with white tile makes the tile blend together in harmony—your guests might have to look twice to appreciate the subway design. Black grout will make your subway pattern pop out unmistakably. A gray or beige grout will add a slight accent that will bring out and harmonize the accent colors in your space.

Think through this decision carefully. It’s pretty permanent.

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Does Your Kitchen Look Dated?

Photo: Daltile

Photo: Daltile

Nothing dates your home quite like style trends that ended long ago. To make your space look fresh, try incorporating new kitchen ideas. Here are some tips and ideas to help you get started.

Make a Statement with Your Backsplash

To make a bold statement, go with a backsplash that’s taller than average. Create a statement wall around your sink, or another area of the kitchen you want to emphasize. A wall and counter glazed tile shines and shimmers to reflect light and catch the eye, which is just what you want from a statement wall. A backsplash can serve as more than a material that protects the walls from kitchen splashes. It can also be an artistic element that stands out and adds a special touch.

Add the Simple Beauty of Rustic Style

Rustic charm adds a beautiful touch of warmth to any modern kitchen design. When paired with the gleam of stainless appliances, stone stands out. Luckily, instead of learning masonry, you can get the same gorgeous look with Brickwork tile. This tile looks like individual bricks that have been carefully mortared into place, but it has the easy maintenance of ceramic, cleans up easily, and stands up to wear and tear. Add the beauty of stone to your island, walls, countertops, or all of the above.

Give Your Room More Dimension with Texture

Three-dimensional design always creates a modern look, and a textured backsplash design can add a lot to your space. Metal accents can make your backsplash shine, and the 3-D design brings life and detail to the room. Choose accent tiles that are whimsical, elegant, or simple to express your personal style, and mix and match your tiles to create an amazing overall pattern.

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White: Not Just a Trim Color

Color of the YearWe’ve watched the runways, interior design trends, accessories and lighting for the coming year, and it all points to one look: White Hot.

“It’s clean; it’s pure,” says Shaw color expert Jada McCamy. “It creates a simply refreshing home design that balances our busy lives.”

It’s stunning when paired with black. It makes a classic statement when paired with blue. And new for 2016, whites are showing up as a counterbalance to rich, saturated colors. We’re also seeing entirely white rooms where it’s not just a trim color but the focal point. White Hot is the perfect canvas for almost any color.

Will you be using White Hot in your home next year? In which room?

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How to Select the Floor You Need

Photo: Tarkett

Photo: Tarkett

Choosing a new floor is very exciting. You probably already have some ideas about the style you would like, but the following tips will help ensure you get the floor you want and need.

Floors can be installed over a variety of different surfaces:

  • Concrete, tiles, stone and marble – vinyl, laminate and wood
  • Wooden floor – vinyl, laminate and wood
  • Very short-pile carpet – vinyl, laminate and wood
  • Embossed vinyl – laminate and wood, but must be removed or covered for vinyl
  • Long-pile carpet – must be removed for all new floors

Which Floor for Which Room?

Entrance and Hallway – People coming and going will bring dirt and dampness into your home, putting special demands on this part of the floor. Choose a hard surface that can stand up to moderate dampness and is easy to clean.

Office – If keeping your office quiet for concentration and comfort is a top priority, you should consider floors with good acoustic properties. If you expect a lot of visitors, you’ll probably want a tough surface that won’t be easily damaged by office furnishings or heavy use. Floors with anti-static properties can be a wise investment if you use a lot of electrical equipment.

Kitchens –Spills and dropped food and equipment are a fact of life no matter how careful you are as a cook. Choose a floor that not only has good stain and traffic resistance, but that will also stand up to light moisture and repeated cleaning.

Bathrooms –Water makes the bathroom a challenging environment and you must be careful to select a floor that is water-resistant. In addition, for safety you’ll need to be sure that the floor won’t be slippery when it’s damp and that it will be easy to clean.

Bedroom –Your bedroom is often a very personal space so you’ll be looking at a wide range of decorative finishes. Don’t forget that looks are just part of the equation and that you’ll also want to be sure that it’s comfortable and warm for bare feet.

Kid’s Bedroom/Playroom –These bedrooms often have to accommodate a wide variety of play as well as sleep. To cope with active youngsters you’ll need a tough, practical floor that’s comfortable but also easy to look after and clean, and that will also help to keep noise levels down.

Living Room – You need a multi-purpose floor that reflects your style but can stand up to the challenge of a variety of activities. A tough surface that’s easy to clean and look after will reduce the time you need to spend keeping your living room looking good.

No one wants to spend every minute worrying about stains and cleaning. By choosing a floor that suits the area, you’ll cut down on the cleaning and general care you have to provide. You should also select a floor with the best possible surface protection.

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Home Tours Stimulate Creativity

Photo: NARI Atlanta Tour of Remodeled Homes

Photo: NARI Atlanta Tour of Remodeled Homes

Whether you’re planning a major remodel or just want a few ideas to freshen a space, attending a home tour this fall will help get your creative juices flowing. Here are four places to start.

Historic Brookhaven Candlelight Tour of Homes and Gardens

Thursday, Oct. 1 (5:30-8:30 p.m.)

This tour will offer an intimate look into older homes in sought-after Brookhaven, a community located just inside the perimeter.

Cost: $50-$70 (armhc.org/BrookhavenTour)

 

Roswell Woman’s Club home of distinction

Oct. 2-11 (10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; noon-5 p.m. on Sundays)

This new home is a 6,700-square-foot structure with seven bedrooms and nine baths. It was inspired by Old World architecture and materials, including General Shale brick and James Hardie shake siding and cornices.

Cost: $20 (homeofdistinction.com/15Atlanta/index.php)

 

Candler Park Fall Fest Tour of Homes

Sunday, Oct. 4 (Noon-6 p.m.)

You will find an eclectic mix of homes and outdoor spaces, including treehouses and gardens.

Cost: $20 (advance) or $25 (tour day) (fallfest.candlerpark.org/tour-of-homes)

 

NARI Atlanta Tour of Remodeled Homes

Saturday, Oct. 24 (10 a.m-4 p.m.)

Eight private homes transformed throughout Atlanta’s northern suburbs by members of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry Atlanta Chapter will be open to the public. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit CURE Childhood Cancer.

Cost: $20 (advance) or $25 (tour day) (atlantaremodelingtour.com)

What other tours would you add to this list? What’s the best idea you have picked up on a home tour?

Take Care of Glazed Ceramic Tile

Photo: daltile

Photo: daltile

Contaminants and spills on a glazed ceramic tile are, generally, easier to clean than most other unglazed ceramic and porcelain surfaces.

Glazed tile products should be cleaned routinely with an all-purpose, low VOC household or commercial cleaner. The product chosen should also be grout joint cleaning compatible. The type of product may vary depending on the tile application and use. A multipurpose spray cleaner, which removes soap scum, hard water deposits, and mildew designed for every day use, can be used on wall tile areas in residential baths and showers.

The entire area should be cleaned and scrubbed with cleaner solution through the use of a cotton mop, cloth, sponge or non-metallic brush. The entire area should be rinsed with clean water to remove any cleaning solution residue. Remember that you should sweep or vacuum floor areas prior to cleaning to remove any dust or debris. Routine cleaners should never contain hazardous or polluting products including, but not limited to acids or ammonia. Acids can damage the grout and the glazed surface of the tile, and ammonia can discolor the grout.

Unglazed tile should be cleaned routinely with concentrated tile cleaners that have a neutral pH for safe regular use. These cleaners are better suited at removing grease, oils and normal spills from unglazed products. Again these products will vary depending on the application, amount of traffic and the use. The product chosen should also be compatible with cleaning the grout joints at the same time.

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