Spring has sprung, which means new beginnings are in season. Are you getting the itch to make some design changes around your home? Spring design sounds a lot more fun than spring cleaning to me!

Since the last newsletter, I’ve attended the ASID IP EXPO that showcased industry partner products, the Cambria Quartz Tour in Palm Springs, and events at Hold It contemporary furnishings; Stone Systems tiles, granite, and quartz; Ferguson appliances, fixtures, hardware and lighting; Expressions Home Gallery appliances, fixtures, and hardware; and Pirch appliances, fixtures, and hardware headquarters. Design showrooms are like being in a candy store, since the materials, colors, patterns, and textures are so “flavorful” and the excitement is palpable. I definitely had a sugar high while attending these amazing events!

My recent experiences inspired me to focus this issue on how tiles can impact design. Take a look at the photos, which are from events, showrooms and customer projects; they reflect the use of larger tiles that require less grout — providing a cleaner overall design.

5 Types of Tiles to Create Design

  1. Ceramic and porcelain tiles. Ceramic tiles, made from clay, minerals and water, are fired and glazed to attain their color and look. Porcelain tiles, made from a sand-like material and formed with pressure and heat, offer greater durability and the look of natural stone at a reduced cost. Good for: floors, backsplashes, walls and fireplace surrounds + outdoors (porcelain only).
  2. Natural stone tiles. Natural stone tiles, made from granite, marble, travertine, limestone and slate, offer a rich and sophisticated look and add natural beauty but require additional maintenance. Good for: floors (granite, travertine, and slate) + walls, backsplashes, and fireplace surrounds/hearths.
  3. Glass tiles. Made from silica sand and minerals, decorative glass tiles come in many different sizes and types of class and feature vibrant and attractive colors and patterns. Good for: kitchen and bath backsplashes and decorative shower borders.
  4. Metal tiles. Choose tiles from various metals, or porcelain tiles that have the appearance of metal. Good for: contemporary kitchen backsplashes and fireplace surrounds.
  5. Wood tiles. Choose tiles made from various types of wood, or porcelain tiles that have the appearance of wood at a fraction of the cost. Good for: floors, walls and backsplashes.

Don’t forget that for any type of tile, the grout color will play a significant role in the design. Choosing a matching or contrasting color will change the appearance of the tiles.

If you’re thinking about a new look for spring, schedule a design consultation. There are many fabulous tile stores in San Diego that offer unique designs to update your home or business.

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