Creative Designs with Kitchen Tiles and Other Tiles

Kitchen TilesKitchen tiles are an item of home design that most homeowners think only belong on the floor, but there are so many more creative ways that they can be used to spruce up not only a kitchen but just about any other room as well. Both kitchen and bathroom tiles can be used as floor tiles and as wall tiles; all one needs a little bit of imagination.

Back splashes or wall splashes have become very popular in modern decor. These are simply empty spaces on any given wall in a room. They are designated specifically for creating a mural-type image in an area usually behind a functional work space. They draw attention away from the room itself and bring focus to that specific area. This technique is sometimes used to create a more eye appealing focal point that draws attention away from functional appliances such as sinks or out-dated furniture or simply as a fresh “pop” of color to brighten the room’s mood.

One of the best things about using tiles is that they are so versatile. Their use is not restricted to just one room, such as the bathroom or kitchen. They can be swapped out in just about any room that one wishes to use them in. The mural-style back splash can be used in place of actual portraits or paintings. One just needs to remember that these are more permanent than those hanging pictures; once they are up and in place, they will be there quite a long time.

Just as with any type of home project, especially a do-it-yourself one, creating back splashes with tiles takes time, effort and knowledge. Experience is not required but it is not as simple as gluing tiles onto a wall. The same can be said for installing them onto the floor. Some people prefer to hire a professional to ensure that the project is completed correctly.

Tiling on floors can be just as creative. The same design ideas can be transferred from the wall to the floor and even though the floor is usually the last thing that people notice, if it “pops” out enough, it will likely become the first. Tiles on the floor do not have to be all one color or design. There are even different textures and sizes of tiles that can be used anywhere throughout a house.

Entrance ways have become another popular area to add a pop of color and “first impression” focal point. When someone firsts walks into a house, they notice the entrance way and everything in the immediate area. This is the area in which most visitors stand and wait, so they often have no choice but to look around and notice the decor and even the floors. This small area can give visitors their first impression of an entire house without them even physically seeing the rest of the home, and just as with a person’s physical appearance, their opinions about the home’s appearance can be made, or broken, in those first impressions.

Dining areas can also be a place to utilize tiles. Empty wall spaces can become decorative areas and even the table itself. The top of a dining room table can be tiled as desired and then given a glossy finishing coat to protect the tile from food, spills, and general use. A large slab of glass can even be installed over the tiling, if a smoother, flatter table top is desired. This same concept can even be taken back into the kitchen areas for the counter tops. Most high-end kitchen counter tops are marble, but if designs or “pops” of color are wanted, the tiles can replace that single-toned counter top.

When thinking about remodeling or rejuvenating a room, the ideas are endless, especially when a versatile item such as tiles are used. What was once aon-use item has become the focalpoint of many home makeovers.

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Installing Tile Outside on a Concrete Porch or Patio

The biggest difference between indoor and outdoor tile installations is that outdoors your installation will be subject to mother nature – in other words, the unexpected. For that reason, it’s critical that you properly take into consideration mandatory expansion joints, moisture considerations, and thermal demands. If you don’t, you will encounter failures.

Given how much variation is possible – based on the project, the location and the materials used – this do it yourself or how to section will highlight what you need to consider so you don’t encounter installation issues. You’ll find an explanation and images highlighting the most common failures below.

As always, follow the Manufacturers’ recommendations for all the products you plan to use in exterior tiling projects.

What Can Happen When You Install Tile Outdoors Improperly

When you don’t take into account expansion joints in an outdoor tile installation, disaster can happen! In this section, we share with you examples of what can happen when you install tile outdoors improperly. All of the images below are of real failures.

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Patio Tiles

Tile is the ideal way to make your outdoor living spaces truly special. Whether remodeling an old landscape or creating a new one from scratch, there are so many types of tile and manufacturers that making a final choice can be more difficult than anticipated. This is why it’s important to use a landscape designer who understands tile and can guide you in selecting the right one for your unique set of criteria.

The most commonly used patio tiles are made of unglazed clay. The better fired it is the harder and more dense the result. Red clay is the most common and others of similar character may be made of white, gray and black clay.

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Instructional Video About Installing Tile Outside on a Concrete Porch or Patio

Installing Tile Outside on a Concrete Porch or Patio

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Cost of Outdoor Tile

Every tile project includes its own unique set of conditions that influence cost of construction. Whether it’s a remodel or new construction can have considerable influence on whether there is any surface preparation required prior to laying the tile. In climates that are very wet or where there is winter frost, the quality of the tile and tile setting techniques may require more materials or labor to ensure waterproofing. As always, the ability of the tile setter can also have an influence on the work because a landscape contractor who lays basic quarry tiles may cost far less than a tradesman. For the do-it-yourselfer, pricing may be altered significantly. Find more…

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Tiling tasks & costs There are a few factors that affect the size of your quote for a tiling job if you opt to pay by task. The size of the tile and space can take your floor tiling quote from a budget price of $850 to a premium $3,000. Added extras such as sealing, waterproofing and the preparation of floor bedding are usually included in premium rates so you are getting more for your money.

Kitchen & bathroom tiling – The household bathroom and kitchen are the most likely rooms to be renovated – and more often than not at least one will require tiling to complete the job. The type of room also changes the price with bathrooms fetching a higher price than kitchens. They attract quotes ranging between $800 to $3,000 and $400 to $2,400 respectively.

Feature tiling – For small fiddly jobs like feature tiling and kitchen splashbacks you’ll pay an average of $500-$600. The simpler tasks can cost as little as $150 but if you’re after something a bit fancier you’ll be asked to pay a premium of about $1,600.

Outdoor tiling – Outdoor tiling is the most expensive with quotes usually starting at $1,080 and working their way up to $3,300. Find more…

Outdoor Paving Costs

The cost of pavers is probably going to be your first consideration. When you get retail costs per paver, you’ll find they vary from as low as $3.00 each for a 40mm thick 300X300mm cement paver to $6.00 or more for the same size natural sandstone paver. Find more…

VIDEO: How To Tile Outdoors

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Decorating Tips For Older Homes

Interior design isn’t just about creating a home that looks new and current. It can also be about preserving the past and respecting the character of an older home. If you’re lucky enough to have a house with some time-earned character or an apartment with a certain quirky charm, consider these tips for addressing the issues that need a touch-up while bringing out the best of your home’s past, present and future.

Paint the walls, ceiling and trim one color to hide imperfections. Often some of the first features that make you fall in love with an older home are beautiful molding, trim and door details built during a different era, when finishing touches carried a certain polish and personality. A simple coat of paint, then, is your first step to preserving and highlighting these details. I typically paint the walls, trim and ceiling one color, but with a slightly higher gloss on the trim to subtly call attention to it. With this palette in place, a bold shade like dark gray on the doors makes them architectural standouts.

If your trimwork is in good shape, paint it a neutral contrasting shade. If the existing trim is in great condition and you want to really show it off, a neutral or near-neutral contrasting shade (like a blue-green gray) will make it stand out, while working in every room throughout the home for a sense of consistency. Applying the same color to the ceiling helps to tie the look together as well, for a stately, architectural appeal.

Celebrate stained glass. If you’re lucky enough to have beautiful stained glass windows, simple white walls will let them act as art and color.

Use in-window shades to keep vintage trim exposed. In-window shades, as opposed to hanging drapes, are an excellent way to leave vintage window trim exposed. They also add a slightly modern touch that keeps the look feeling up to date without removing the integrity of the original space.

Use drapery to conceal awkward windows. Older homes often have quirky windows in unusual places, but a full wall of drapery can be the perfect way to subtly clean up the look of the room without completely erasing the windows and blocking all light. Notice how the edge of the room here feels soft and polished even though the windows are a bit high and thin.

Use airy shelving units. Open and airy étagères (shelving units) are a stylish way to add additional storage and display space for collectibles, books and baskets of odds and ends without disturbing or hiding the original architecture with built-ins or big bookcases. Plus, they have a certain gallery-like charm that fits older homes despite feeling like a modern touch.

Embrace simple contemporary furnishings. In general, clean and simple contemporary or modern furnishings are a good tool for bringing a sense of modern life to a traditional home without the two styles feeling like they’re fighting each other. Look for rich textures, clean lines and soft colors without going radically modern or feeling tied to stuffy traditional trappings.

Mix traditional and modern periods. Including some items that feel like they fit the period of the home (even if a design historian might disagree) as well as some modern pieces helps tie the vintage air of a home to everyday life. It also helps make modern essentials like a TV, computer and plush sofa feel more at home if some of the other accessories are more modern as well.

Add pieces that look as if they were weathered outdoors. Another approach is to use pieces and accents that feel inspired by the garden, such as wood with a patina, woven baskets, linen and even vintage house numbers. The soft, rustic vibe naturally suits a well-worn home.

Break unusual room layouts into zones. Old homes built on quirky lots often have some unusual room layouts, and can have long, narrow spaces that seem hard to work with. Break a rectangle into multiple square zones for better functionality, using area rugs to define zones visually and open-sided furniture like benches to bridge multiple adjoining seating areas.

How to Use an Old Door for Decorating : Home Design Ideas

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Expert Tiling Tips

It might look easy, but anyone who does his job professionally should make it look easy. If you slap tile up on the wall, that’s the look you’ll get—slapped up on the wall. People we know who have tried to do it themselves say to us, “It started off okay, but then it started to get away from me and turned ugly. I’ll never lay tile myself again.”

Last comes the grout. Your beautiful tile has been laid, vacuumed, and cleaned, and you are so happy with your tile choice. Then the masons smear grout all over the tile, and if it’s a dark-colored grout, it can look really bad. But by the end of the day all will be clean again, your tile and grout will be beautiful, and the mess will be gone for good. Your plumber can come now and set your fixtures.

As you wave good-bye to your friendly tile contractor, let’s hope you feel good about your tile choice. After all, you will have to look at it for at least the next 20 years. Which leads to our last piece of advice: Take your time and make sure that you are happy with your choices. Give yourself at least a couple of days to make your choices, and remember that you will have to live with your decision for a very long time.

Tiling Tips

Our top 10 list might not be as good as Letterman’s, but here goes:

10. What kind of sealer and cleaner can I use?

We prefer the Glaze and Seal brands of both. For an area that gets a lot of water, like a shower or a tub surround, you want to use a penetrating sealer. For other areas, like a floor or a kitchen counter, you should use an acrylic water-based sealer. Apply often—usually four times a year. Make sure the area is clean and dry before reapplying a sealer. For a cleaner, don’t buy over-the-counter products. These products clean primarily by acid and are eating your grout every time you use them. Instead, go to your local tile store and buy a neutral cleaner. There is a certain amount of maintenance with tile, but if you keep it clean it will look beautiful for many years.

9. What’s the difference between cement board and mortar bed application?

Cement board is made from aggregated slurry with a layer of fiberglass mesh embedded into each side. It acts like a single unit and is screwed or nailed down. If the walls or the floor it’s being attached to are uneven or out of level or plumb, then the tile work will be out of line by the same amount. A mortar bed application is a solid unit of sand and cement mix that allows you to level out floors or plumb up walls so you can install the tile on a flat, true surface. A mortar bed is a far superior application.

8. What’s the difference between sanded and nonsanded grout?

Nonsanded grout is a cement cream used for tight joints not bigger than 1/8 inch. Sanded grout has an aggregate added to it for larger joints, usually 1/8 inch to 3/8 inch.

7. How can I drill a hole in ceramic tile?

You need to use a masonry bit on your drill. Make sure to triple check where you want the hole because should you misplace it, it will be difficult to reinstall the tile.

6. Is ceramic tile very cold?

Ceramic tile reflects the room temperature and holds on to that temperature for a long time. At times it can be cold. There are products out there that can be installed prior to tile installation that can warm up a floor.

5. Is ceramic tile waterproof?

This is a HUGE misconception. Tile itself is water tolerant and does not decay in water. The glaze on a tile is waterproof. However, the grout joints connecting the tile do allow water transmission. This is where an improper installation can result in a structural problem and a costly replacement. The best thing to do for the grout is to seal it and keep any cracks caulked. Simple maintenance will give your tile long life.

4. Is gloss tile very slippery?

Yes, most anything that is glossy is slippery when wet. You need to bear that in mind if you are putting gloss tile in your bathroom. Also, most gloss tile scratches, so it’s not a good choice for counters or for kitchen or bathroom floors.

3. Do you like my choice of tile and grout?

People ask us this question when they are not quite sure of the choices they made. Remember, you will be looking at the tile for many years to come. If it is already purchased before we get to the job, of course we love it!

2. How much money will it cost?

That depends on several factors: type of installation, type of tile, layout of tile, and type of grout used.

1. When can you start and when will you be done?

If your job is the only job we are doing this year, then right away. But in the real life of construction, there are many factors that affect a job before we even get to the site. Time frames are in constant adjustment. Patience with your tile contractor will make your job go more smoothly.

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Tiling Tips and More

Tiling Tips: Prevent Bathroom Tiles from Tenting

Floors expand and contract with changes in moisture, heat and season. This movement can pull tiles apart creating cracks or push them together so that they pop up or ‘tent’. Proper planning and preparation of the subflooring will help to prevent tenting and cracks in tiled bathroom floors.

Tiling Tips

Don’t couple all the membranes underneath the tile. Leaving membranes uncoupled will allow for expansion and movement.

If your bathroom gets a lot of direct sunlight, use lighter, smaller tiles. Large, darkly colored tiles absorb more heat and this causes more movement. More grouting with smaller tiles also allow for movement without cracking or tenting. Read more…

Most Common Tiling Problems

Tiling is not as easy as it seems. Using inferior or incorrect tiling products, lack of tiling experience and price cutting just to get the job, frequently leads to tiling problems that emerge weeks or months later. The result – tiles falling off the wall, buckling floor tiles, cracks, water and moifture accumulating behind the tiles, cracking grout, hollow sound under the tiles and many more symptoms of a botched job.

We have listed some of the most common mistakes made on tiling jobs by inexperienced tiling contractors. Read more…

VIDEO: How to Plan the Layout of a Shower

Factors That Affect Tiling Costs

Like many other building and renovation jobs, tiling costs depend on several factors. On the average, tiling jobs in Australia are priced at $50 per square metre, but this is just a rough estimate. Quick and easy kitchen tiling jobs cost only $42 per square metre, while complicated floor tiling jobs with premium rates can add up to a total of over $2300.

Knowing what goes into the computation of your tiling job can help you understand and evaluate quotes much better. Here are some of the major factors that affect tiling costs. Read more…

Advantages Of Tiling Your Kitchen Flooring

In case you’re planning a complete kitchen renovation, then one of your biggest concerns is what flooring to select. Hardware floors have always been a good choice for the kitchen, especially since you can select a type of solid or engineered wood to match your counters. While undoubtedly a stylish choice, hardwood flooring is rather expensive; keep in mind that you’ll need to hire a professional for the installation.

If you spend most of your budget on flooring, you’ll have little left for acquiring fashionable and functional countertops. If your renovation project is on a tight budget, then installing tile flooring in the kitchen is a far better alternative. Read more…

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Kitchen Floor Tiles

A kitchen is supposedly the only place in your house that can have several types of tiles, and they all are added to your kitchen just to add the beauty of it. When choosing a specific tile for your kitchen, always remember the location where it will get installed. Glossy tiles are mostly used on walls, but are not considered as a good idea for the flooring of your kitchen. Tiles selected for the floor of kitchens should be safe to walk on whereas glossy floor in your kitchen could be unsafe while walking. Here are different types of tiles for kitchen:

Slate

They are durable, slip resistant, as well as stain resistant. These features make slate tiles an ideal choice for the kitchen flooring. The only drawback faced in them is color choices offered by them are very limited. Usually they are available in grey, rust, green, charcoal, or in a mix of all these colors.

Quarry Stone

These are elegant looking tiles and can be considered by people, who are lucky enough to have large and spacious kitchens. Installing them requires a lot of hard work, dedication, and focus of personnel. But once they are installed they turn out to be extremely durable.

Granite Tiles for Kitchen Floors

They are completely stain resistant. The only drawback of granite tiles is that their surface could get scratched easily or become dull with regular usage. This makes them to require very high maintenance, as they have to be cleared and mopped on daily basis.

Bamboo Tiles for Kitchen Floor

People who cannot afford hardwood can opt for bamboo tiles. They cost less than the other types of tiles used for kitchen flooring. Bamboo tiles are also environment friendly. They are durable, easy to clean and above all they are moisture resistant. They also give a very stylish and sophisticated look.

Linoleum

They come in a variety of colors, textures, styles, shapes and sizes. They give visual appearance as that of wood and quarry stone but those are charged at high prices if compared to linoleum. Their installation charges are very less compared to wood and quarry stone.

Porcelain

They come under the type of ceramic materials. They are extremely hard, strong, and durable. They are well resistant to stains and environmental hazards. Being available in variety of shapes, colors, and designs it is the best option for kitchen floors as well as counter tops. For those of you who want to lend a completely different look to your kitchen, they must opt for Saltillo tiles which are the best option.

Saltillo Tiles

They are Mexican in style, and they give a classy look to your kitchen. Learn more about Saltillo Tile.

Travertine Tiles

One more option if travertine, composed limestone and comes in colors such as gold and ivory.
In the end, whatever type of tiles you choose for your kitchen floor, make it sure that the design matches with the overall decor of your kitchen. While choosing the color, always go for lighter shades, as these make kitchen look airy and spacious.

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