As the weather cools you may be more inspired to jump on a DIY project. We’ve pulled together a few tips to keep in mind during your next tile DIY. Grab your trowel, tile marker and knee pads, and let’s get going.
Before : Prep the space
Set yourself up for success and get your tools and space ready. Vacuum or sweep up as much left over debris from the floor. Make sure if there are any deep cracks or inconsistencies in the base floor to level them as best as possible to create a more even floor.
During: Take your time
After: Exit gracefully
What tips have helped you when DIY tiling your space? Join in the conversation on social or leave a comment below. Our in-house designers are also here to guide you in your remodel journey and can be reached at one of our showrooms in Louisville or Lexington.
If you’ve been leaf peeping this season, let fall colors inspire your next project. These tiles are inspired by fall but are timeless, no matter what the season.
Keep the fresh feeling of green even throughout fall with sage tile. This tranquil and refreshing color is perfect for creating an oasis like bathroom space.
Which fall color inspires you? Join in the conversation on social or leave a comment below. Our in-house designers are also here to guide you in your remodel journey and can be reached at one of our showrooms in Louisville or Lexington.
Contemplating a remodel? We take a look at classic tile patterns that can stand the test of time as well as the latest tile trends if you’re feeling a bit more daring. Whatever your design personality, there’s sure to be a tile for you.
Know your personal taste. If you are looking for clean, classic lines that will last years, consider a subway pattern. We love the way the floor mimics the backsplash in this layout.
If you’re a bit more adventurous consider going with one of the latest trends. We’re seeing bold contrasts from the darkest darks to the brightest whites. Other trends to consider – extremely large format tiles, like the above, or jewel-toned glass mosaics.
Patterned ceramic tiles are popping up everywhere, and offer a chance to really show off your own unique sense of style.
If your style skews Modern you may want to try a tile pattern with a color gradient or consider a unique layout that really makes a statement.
What’s your design personality? Join in the conversation on social or leave a comment below. Our in-house designers are also here to guide you in your remodel journey and can be reached at one of our showrooms in Louisville or Lexington.
From tabletop gardens to the right color palates, there are a plenty of ways to bring the outdoors in even as the weather turns cold. We take a look at how the right tile choice can help you feel like it’s springtime year-round.
Coordinate your colors.
Look to nature when selecting your color choices for tile from leafy greens to sky blues and earthy browns. We love this green tile that screams “plant life”. It doesn’t hurt that its hexagon pattern also mimics that of a honeycomb.
From mosaics to uniquely-shaped tile patterns, floral is a common theme that shows up frequently in tile. Floral patterns bring an instant playfulness to a room making it feel light and springy even in the depths of winter.
It’s all about texture.
Tile can take on the texture of natural elements like stone or weathered wood. We love these on-trend grey tones as they bring a soft, calming effect to a space.
How do you bring the outdoors in? Tell us on Facebook or in the comments below. If you’re planning a remodel don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our in-house designers for inspiration.
Looking to do something other than paint or wallpaper? Consider a tile accent wall. Most accent walls are the one when you first walk in the room, but not always. Consider where you want the focal point to be and choose the wall you want to draw someone’s eyes. We break down three other considerations when choosing a tiled accent wall.
You want to make sure the repeated decorative design is one you like. Make sure you think about how you want the tile laid. Placing rectangular subway tile upright will create vertical lines and elongate a room, while herringbone, basket weave, or classic offset tile patterns will create a different effect.
Not only does pattern come to play but shape does too. The geometric trend is here to stay. Branch out from the standard square or rectangle. Try an ogee drop, penny, diamond, paseo, or wave. Accent walls are supposed to be fun!
Go much lighter or much darker than the surrounding walls. Create balance and cohesion by incorporating colors in your accent wall in adjacent places. Consider your furniture and tie in additional color with decorative pieces. Other factors include the rooms architecture and natural light. Colors appear differently throughout the day.
Need help choosing a pattern, shape, or color for your accent wall? Our Mees specialists can assess your room and help you with your design vision. We can discuss types of tile options and send you home with samples so you can feel confident about your decision.
From glazed to natural stone, textures are on the rise in the tile world. Looking to add it into your next set of design plans? Check out our overview of a few options that are on trend.
Natural stone isn’t just for the floors. Take this textured trend to your backsplash to add a warm, rustic feel to your kitchen. Natural stone is budget-friendly compared to other materials and each piece is unique. (Photo via Style Me Pretty)
Planning on going bold? Glazed tile is one way to make your space look ultra luxurious. If you want to make an even bigger statement, take it a step further with a jewel-toned color like this beautiful emerald green. Keep in mind, glazed is less prone to staining but is more likely to scratch than unglazed tile, so think about its use case when installing. (Photo via The Jungalow)
Industrial lofts have been trending in the design world for a few years now. If you want to incorporate this design in your home, try adding a brick backsplash to your kitchen. If you’re worried about staining, you may also consider brick veneer which will give you a similar look with an easy clean-up. (Photo via Decor Gold)
Going for a farmhouse style? A basketweave tile adds texture and dimension while allowing your space to remain classic and simple. (Photo via Houzz)
What’s your favorite textured tile trend? Tell us in the comments below or share them with us on Facebook!
Whether it’s geometric, mosaic, or intricate patterns, the latest style in tile is always changing in the design world. But have you ever considered grout lines? Adjusting your grout color is an easy and cost efficient way to play around with design. We discuss matching your tile, creating a neutral contrast or choosing color.
Match Grout + Tile
Match your grout to your tile color. For example using white grout with sleek white subway tile is a great choice if you want a fresh and clean look that’s pleasing to the eye.
Choose a neutral contrasting color like off-white, beige or grey against your tile if you want to help define the tile shape. Wider grout lines work best to show off a subtle contrast. It’s a great way to ease into a more contrasting design.
Feeling bold? Choose a colored grout to create a more stark contrast. One idea we love is a matte black subway tile and turquoise grout for a pop of color. Add turquoise accents to tie the room together.
Grout comes in a variety of hues, and bright colors are trending this year. It’s a simple way to spice up your bathroom or kitchen. Looking for advice on the best grout to use in your home? Contact our Mees specialists today. 502-969-5858.
Spring is here which means it’s time for DIY home renovations. Whether it be an outdoor kitchen, your next bathroom floor remodel or a kitchen backsplash, we discuss the hottest home trends this season and how you can begin your next DIY project.
Outdoor Kitchen: Choosing the Best Surfaces
Granite is the number one choice for outdoor kitchen counters as it comes in a wide range of colors and holds up well in the weather. It will not fade due to sun exposure and is resistant to stains and mold when properly sealed. Measure your space, view our selection of granite, and order a slab with the help of our specialists. Don’t forget to install ¾ inch of plywood to the tops of cabinets for support and apply a silicone sealer around the edges before laying granite.
Kitchen Backsplash: More Tile Please
When placing your own tile, take your backsplash to the ceiling. As we see less wall cabinetry and more open shelves and windows in kitchens, ceiling-height backsplashes are becoming more popular. This trend brings reflective qualities to your kitchen making it brighter and creating a focal point. Can’t decide on what kind of tile? View the types of tile we offer at Mees and work with closely with our consultants to find your favorite look.
Bathroom Floors: Make A Statement
This Spring switch up your bathroom with DIY statement flooring. Geometric tiles paired with neutral walls are on trend. View examples of our bathroom tile installations here.
Ready to switch up your space this Spring? Contact Mees consultants and get started today. (502)-969-3838.
Are you ready to tackle a tiling project but don’t know what you need to get started? We discuss the top tile tools for your next DIY project.
To Begin: Chalk Line
Tiling is about straight lines. Fill the tool with chalk powder, shake it up, and unreel the string to the desired length. Snap the string to get a legible blue line as needed. This technique is used to define the tiling area before you begin your DIY project. A laser level line can be used as well.
Trowels are used for laying thinset mortar or mastic. From the mixing bucket to the installation site they provide the right amount of substance to the tile. Trowels come in different sizes and there are two basic types: the v-notch and square-notch.
Finish it off : Grout Float
Every tiling project includes grouting. This process includes filling the spaces in between tiles with freshly mixed grout, and scraping the tiles clean of excess grout. Enter a grout float which will help get the job done. Choose a rubber grout float for walls or floors and don’t forget to take a sponge to the surface for easy clean-up.
Do you have questions about the tools you need for a DIY project? Mees specialists are happy to discuss your project with you. We provide underlayment material, tile, grout, sealers and other tools for need to get the job done! Give us a call at (502)-969-5858.
After deciding granite as the primary stone in your home, it’s time to determine which thickness will complete your look. Typically the industry standard for kitchen granite is 1.25 inches (3 cm), while a granite bathroom vanity is ¾ of an inch (2 cm). We share tips that will help you make the best decision for your next home project.
Thicker granite gives colors and patterns a stronger presence providing a nice focal point in a room. This style works especially well in contemporary and modern rooms. Darker colors are often times easier to find in a thicker variety and are largely popular for kitchen countertops as they can withstand heavy traffic.
Although a thinner stone costs less, there a few things to take into consideration. With a 2cm slab, you must install a plywood underlayment on top of the cabinets for support and decide on a laminate edge style, whereas a thicker granite stone can rest directly on cabinets.
At Mees, no matter what the thickness, the durability will be the same due to proper installation. Need assistance with granite installation or advice on stone thickness for your home? Give us a call at (502)-969-5858.