Floor Tile, Wall Tile, and Countertops
Tile isn’t just for the floor. Fantastic colors, textures, and shapes are making tile a whole new ball game. So go ahead and cover your home in tile and solid natural stone surfaces. You won’t be sorry you did.
You already know how great tile is on the floor. You probably also know that you have more options than ever with tile flooring. Say goodbye to the classic 12 x 12 and indulge your kitchen with these new comers to the floor tile world.
Anything larger than 15 x 15 is considered large format. 18 x 18 is commonplace now, but with each passing year, tiles get larger and larger. Don’t be surprised if you find tiles in excess of 36 inches.
Linear and Plank
These long tiles mimic wooden planks. They come in widths from a few inches up to eight inches and lengths up to 48 inches. They give you new options for floor tile patterns that you may not have considered before.
Tile is mimicking all kinds of materials these days: wood, fabric, cement, stone, and more. You get all the benefits of durable and versatile tile with the look of the hottest materials.
From the backsplash to an accent wall, tile is a fabulous way to cover your walls. It’s mor
e durable than wallpaper or paint and oh so easy to clean. The colors, shapes, and textures in wall tile are constantly evolving with the trends so you’ll always have a timeless, yet trendy option for your bathroom remodel.
Mosaic has been popular on the wall for millennia. It’s not only a smart choice for backsplashes, but a stunning design element in many homes. Think outside the mosaic box with shaped natural stone tiles or delicately patterned glass 1 x 1s.
Subway tile is still a favorite for kitchens and baths but it’s starting to show up in other places too. Look for subway tile in bigger sizes and in different materials. Consider shaking up the traditional pattern by taking the tile vertical or using different colors to create stripes.
A solid wall of tile is beautiful, but you can also add a point of interest with tile accents. Put in a tile chair rail or baseboard for a hint of style.
Tile makes a great countertop surface. Also consider stone slab on the countertop for a more seamless look. Natural stone comes in many types, colors, and finishes.
Granite is the favored natural stone for the kitchen and bathroom. It is extremely hard and looks great for decades with minimal care. It comes in hundreds of colors and several different finishes to complete your design.
Tile and Stone on the Island
A current trend for the kitchen island is to extend the countertop material down the sides of the island. You can also use tile or stone slab as a covering for the back of cabinets on the island.
Whether you use tile or slab, finish the countertop with a graceful edge. You can select an edge for your slab before it goes to fabrication. For tile, you can select classic edges like bullnose or go with something more unique.