by Nelly ReffetAs an interior designer born and bred in France, I have quite often been contacted by potential clients who want me to create a French style for their home. At first, I was dumbfounded. I never knew that “French style” existed, and I certainly didn’t know what people had in mind when they referred to it. I quickly learned that in most cases it meant lots of whitewashed pieces, some antique-looking items, many candles and hurricane lanterns, with the occasional glitzy crystal chandelier, linen towels, cute white lace and silver trays.
As summer comes into its full glory, we thought you might like to see a few tile ideas for sprucing up your outdoor spaces.
Farmhouse, Glass House, True Original and Everything in Between
Six hot home styles are taking over as favorites with staying power. They aren’t just passing fads, but nods to the past and future alike that have enduring and quality style. That style doesn’t stop once you go through the front door. Continue the style in the kitchen, on the patio, and throughout the house.
Tile has always been considered an eco-friendly choice, but today's wide range of styles and materials take green home design to the next level. If you're looking for sustainable, eco-friendly materials for your home, ceramic, porcelain, and glass tile products are great options to consider.
Design-smart homeowners are forever on the hunt for that next special touch that will turn heads and even set trends. But when you're working with permanent floor tile, how far from usual should you venture? As long as your design is timelessly trendy, it's probably within today's boundaries.Savvy six-sided tile options come in a number of sizes, hues, and bold patterns. A focal wall, tub surround, entryway floor, or kitchen backsplash of contemporary hexagonal tile makes a unique impact on your design, and will impress guests. Here are some color pairing ideas and layouts to consider before you get started on your design.
Saddle Brook XT in Oak Trail on the patio
Why not expand the amount of living space you have by making the most of your outside space? When you have the right outdoor patio flooring, you'll want to spend more time outside, and you'll have a beautiful base to build your design off of. Here are some inspirational ideas to help you get started on your design:
Woodbridge in Spruce
Spend five minutes on a home improvement TV channel and you’ll quickly realize that designers speak in terms of design style. This house is French countryside style and that house is classic American style, etc.
We see a lot of showhouse-worthy laundry rooms on Houzz, but reality for most of us is starkly different. Our laundry areas are often tiny, unfinished spaces — no flair, no style, just purely utilitarian. But we can make the tiniest of laundry closets boost our mood while we’re tackling this chore. The answer is to create a more finished look with color.
The Millennial generation has been very influential—influential in design and lifestyle. Their full lifestyles demand a living space that gives them access to their most important priorities like connectivity, healthy activities, and social spaces.