Flooring Trends for Fall Renovations

Fall is upon us, and as we begin to hear the crunch of fall leaves under our feet as we walk, it’s time to get home interiors up to date with the new season. Flooring trends change year to year due to homeowners acquiring new tastes and technology allows a larger variety of flooring designs for their remodeling project. Below are some flooring trends for this fall:

Fumed Wood Flooring:

Almost all types of wood flooring undergo some kind of staining to given them the desired final finish. Fumed wood flooring gets its rich color and grain without having to get any sort of staining. Instead, the wood is put through a process called fuming. This involves placing the wood in a chamber where airborne ammonia is then released.

The wood reacts with the ammonia and undergoes a color change. The reaction does not always result in the same changes. The final look depends on a number of factors including: the type of wood, the outside environment, and the atmosphere itself. Generally, fuming gives the wood rich dark tones and enhances the natural grain of the wood. The final look is much more appealing and feels deeper than what you would get with stained wood flooring.

Distressed Wood and Concrete Tiles:

The distressed floor style has been around for quite some time, but has become even more popular just recently. Next year, it is expected to see more homeowners opting for that aged look in their flooring. Distressed flooring undergoes artificial aging and styling processes that give it a slightly worn finish. In preparing distressed wood flooring, carious actions are taken depending on the degree and style of “distress” desired.

The edges of each wood plank are hand scraped, swirl and kerf markings are added to imitate historic wood and the planks are brushed to remove glossing and give them a soft worn texture. If wood flooring isn’t your style, you can opt or the increasingly popular distressed concrete flooring.

The distressed concrete floor style will begin to receive more attention as homeowners begin to look at alternatives to traditional wood flooring. As with distressed wood, distressed concrete goes through artificial processes to minimize the highly polishes look and produce an enhanced worn at patina. Distressed concrete flooring can be integrated into most types of decors but works best in industrial and contemporary home styles.

Give Your Exterior Some Attention

The exterior of your home is the first impression that you are portraying to the world, whether the world be prospective buyers or friends and family stopping by for a visit. Do you want that first impression to have your guests snickering at what your house looks like or would you want them to be drooling over how good your home already looks? There are a ton of exterior paint colors that people are falling in love with that may just be what you’re looking for to give your home an edge up on the curb appeal. Continue reading

The Right Type of Flooring For Pet Friendly Homes

When you’re thinking about remodeling (or even building a new home), your flooring becomes a huge part of the overall design. However, in today’s day and age, pets have become a huge part of people’s families, which may cause some stress when it comes to thinking about flooring options.  The four legged pals that are part of the family will cause wear and tear to the floor, and it will only build up over time. If you can find pet-friendly flooring, it will not only last longer (even with your furry friends running all over it), but it will tie your whole home together. Continue reading

Cleaning Ceramic Floors

With its durability and visual appeal, it’s no wonder ceramic tile is the material of choice. There are ways to maintain it, and keep it looking its best.

Like everything, consistency is key. Taking a broom or vacuum to the ceramic tile weekly is important simply because any sand or dirt particles can take away the amazing shine that was attractive to begin with. Follow this routine by passing a mop using a solution created from detergent and hot water. Sponge mops are not ideal when cleaning a ceramic tile floor. This type of mop shoves the dirt left behind into the grout and darkens its color. Be sure to constantly change out the water being used to mop so as not to leave a dirty film over the tile. Should film end up on the floor, it can be removed by a soft all-purpose cleaner. Avoid extremely harsh chemical based products. Wherever possible, use homemade products to clean the surface. Continue reading

Go Elegant with Eleganza Tiles

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Whether you are looking to add a sense of sophistication, natural or elegance, Eleganza Tiles broad selection of tiles for residential and commercial use offer a wide array of options to inspire homeowners, designers, architects, and builders alike and to bring their real expression and creative energy to life. Continue reading

Remodeling Ideas to Add Style, Flair, and Function to Your Old Kitchen

holden_largeKitchens are the most lived in room in your house and with the right look and feel; it can be a warm, comfortable, stylish, and extremely functional place for everyone to gather. Create the kitchen you love and that you will enjoy spending time in with simple or extravagant remodeling ideas.  Here are some remodeling ideas to help you get started. Continue reading

Bio-Recovered Tile

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Recycled wood is becoming an increasingly popular purchase when designing a home. The flexibility in using recycled wood can give you endless design possibilities. It can be considered elegant or rustic with character and charm. Although the Bio-Recover collection made by Eleganza Tile is not recycled wood, it is a brilliant interpretation of it. It is a porcelain tile that has an antique feel.  It can be used in Tradition, contemporary or even modern design elements.  You can use the beautiful Bio-Recover collection for accent walls in your living room or even the bedroom eliminating the need for a head. The tiles are truly beautiful!

The Bio-Recover collection was created by carefully studying recycled wooden floors and walls. When you walk into a home you see the wear caused by time and the traces left by those that have walked on the floors creating beautiful variations in the wood. That is what is used to recreate the structure of the tile, the grain and color variations of the surfaces. Bio-Recover is developed using the latest HD Inkjet technology in order to accurately capture the natural wear and tear as well as color variation. Bio-Recover is available in 8″x48″ for residential and commercial applications. It is available in Old Walnut, Golden Flame, and Warm Cream. It is chemical stain resistant and very durable.

All Eleganza Tile products meet the ISO standards for manufacture in order to ensure the best quality tile flooring available on the market. From gemstone, contemporary, traditional, classic, wood, and polished style ceramic and porcelain tiles, Eleganza is sure to satisfy all of your decor needs.

If you are interested in placing an order or would like more information from Plumbtile on any item from Eleganza Tile we will be happy to help you at Plumbtile.com or call us at 866-758-6284.

Busby Gilbert Tile Review

eleganza1Busby Gilbert Tile is a handcrafted tile company that prides itself on making each individual piece by hand. This creates variation in color and tone for each tile, which has a wave effect for the finished product. They are stone fired and very durable, lasting generations if cared for correctly. It’s a preferred tile company for professional designers and architects because of their high quality product.

They have glossy and matte in all the colors of the rainbow, plus the option of making them any shape you could desire. They also have relief decos with many designs and pictures to choose from. Would Busby Gilbert be a good company to research and look into?

The Product and Their Reputation

Busby Gilbert has been manufacturing home and kitchen tiles in Van Nuys, California for over 30 years. Their product has been used in many commercial spaces and even movie sets since their inception. Their history involves finding tiles for a rock star’s home and starting a company from that humble beginning.

It seems that they have quite a good reputation in California and have many high profile clients. This is always a good sign for a company. They are also small, which means that they will treat you as more than just another number. You would more than likely have a positive experience with this company, should you choose them for your home project.

Should you go with Busby Gilbert?

They are more expensive than the big box retail option, but are worth the price if you can afford it. It is always a better option to go for the smaller companies, because the product is higher quality and you will have a better experience overall. We say, look into Busy Gilbert and see if they could help you make your dreams come true with their designer flooring tiles.

Brix Tile Review

procelainBrix Tile is an Italian company that produces handmade tile and believes in the power, culture and utility of a good design concept. They seek to complement a room and create an architecture of design in their own product. Their patterns are truly stunning and unique—you would be hard-pressed to find any company that creates tiny microtiles like they do, or rounded tiles that are naturalistic in their asymmetry. Are they a good choice for you? Let’s explore their available options and check out their prices.

Pricing and Designs

Brix can be difficult to find in America, but if you hunt online you can find them sold on certain European tile sites. The cheapest tiles go for around $30-$40 per square meter. They are not cheap, but you get what you pay for; they are designed by world renowned European artisans with extensive education and training.

Some of their kitchen tiles are hand painted with designs, others are more geometric, and a few are asymmetrical and evoke the spirits of nature. Their approach to tile is creative and they are attentive to detail. They are highly regarded and coveted by the public, who crave the kind of atmosphere their designs create for bathrooms designs and public spaces. However, with their price tag they are not always within an everyday person’s budget. If you can afford it, however, we recommend jumping on the opportunity.

Final Assessment

We think that this company is a great choice if you can afford them. Their tiles bring in a European sophistication and sensibility to any bathroom, kitchen, or public space and add much needed interest to a drab old room. A space will be forever interesting with Brix tiles on its floor or walls. The only problem is finding sites where they are sold, but with enough digging, you will be able to discover their entire collection.