When it comes to selecting new surfaces for your kitchen, it’s important to choose the best option for your lifestyle. Before you commit to a particular stone, learn how to care for each. We take a look at what it takes to maintain granite, marble and quartz on a daily basis. .
Wash granite countertops with warm soapy water to remove spills or leftover residue. Avoid harsh or acidic cleaners such as lemon juice, Windex, hydrofluoric acid, vinegar or ammonia which can deteriorate the surface.
Seal your granite once a year. This adds a layer of protection from spills and keeps stone looking new. First clean the countertop, then apply the sealer spray and let it sit on the surface for 30 min. Remove excess spray with a dry towel and don’t place anything on the granite for 6 hours. If that sounds like too much effort you can always call in the pros at Mees to take over.
Like granite, use a mild, non-acidic cleaner. Never use utensils to remove buildup as they scrape the stone, instead try hot water!
Marble is a porous surface, and while beautiful, it requires the most maintenance out of the three stones. Every three to six months you’ll need to apply a marble stone sealer to the clean countertop surface. You should clean in small sections and let the sealer sit for at least 30 min. To see if it is ready, pour a few drops of water on the surface, if the water beads, you’re done!
Quartz is non-porous making it a fairly low maintenance stone. Hot water and a sponge are sufficient for most spills, and just a touch of dish soap will work well on stubborn or greasy spills. Just like granite and marble, you’ll want to avoid using acidic cleaners.
While quartz doesn’t require sealing, it still needs to be handled with care. Use coasters to prevent rings, trivets with hot dishes, and remember to blot spills with a paper towel to avoid spreading any spills.
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As we’re about to ring in the new year, many are wondering what new patterns and colors will be in for 2018. If you’re a new home buyer or renovating a living space, check out these styling ideas. .
Terrazzo is making a comeback next year, and subway tile is taking a backseat. The versatility of this stone makes it perfect for both floors and walls. Its small grains are a change-up from the colorblock tiles we saw trending earlier this year. (Photo via Apartment Therapy)
Mixing and matching asymmetrical placements of patterned designs and solid tile are sure to be a hit. Never boring, this style will keep any room looking fresh. (Photo via Ideal Home)
Hooray for Hexagons
Multicolored hexagons in addition to the “unfinished” tile look create dimension. This shape has been popular in 2017, and we expect it to be just as popular in 2018, whether the size be small or on the larger side. (Photo via Bathroomist)
From classic subway to on-trend hexagon, tile styles are constantly evolving. This fall, we take a look at three tile trends you may want to consider for your next remodel. .
This year we’re thankful for the “slate split face tiles.” These are natural slate strips of different sizes, staggered together to create a rugged space. Not only is this mosaic great for bathrooms or kitchens, but it’s a popular choice for fireplace renovations. (Photo via Walls & Floors)
A Simple Shape
We’re thankful for diamonds, even the ones without bling. The diamond tile is a simple shape that can be arranged to create many different looks, including the ever popular cube. With the right choice of color, diamond tile creates an illusion of depth in even the smallest of rooms. (Photo via Apartment Diet )
A Blue Hue
This holiday season we’re thankful for baby blue. You can’t go wrong with this classic color for bathrooms or kitchens. It has a soft appeal that’s perfect for relaxing in the tub, and it looks great with another trendy tile shape – the fish scale. ( Photo via Apartment Therapy )
There’s nothing better than having a warm, inviting home. As the weather cools we’ve rounded up four ways you can use tile to create a cozier home..
We all love that beautiful bright white subway tile, but sometimes it can come across a bit cold. Solution: Swap out stark white tile for cream to add a touch of warmth. (Photo via @fireclaytile)
Mother of Pearl
Looking for something unique? Mother of Pearl tile brings in tones of tans, greys and golds, creating a look that’s as inviting as it is luxurious. (Photo via Decor Pad)
Vary Your Tile
Having fun with patterns communicates a sense of warmth all in its own. By avoiding a one-dimensional look you can actually add character to a room. We love the idea of using two different tile shapes to frame out your backsplash. (Photo via BHG)
Tile + Wood Accents
Anytime you incorporate mixed finishes you are bound to get a cozier feel. Combine tile with wood accents whether that’s wooden frames in a living room setting or open shelving in your kitchen. (Photo via Sabbe)
What are your secrets for creating a warm, inviting look with tile? Share them with us on Facebook or in the comments below!
When it comes to a DIY tile project, there’s a whole list of dos and don’ts. Want to avoid those scary mishaps? We’ve rounded up three common mistakes that you can be sure to avoid on your next tile project.
Whether you’re cutting around an outlet or cutting a curve like this, double check your measurements on any project. Measure twice, cut once and you won’t have to worry about wasted tile. (Photo via DIY Network)
Not using spacers while you’re laying tile results in an uneven, messy finish. Add a couple on each side of the tile to keep things level and looking professional in the end. (Photo via Erin Spain)
Once you’ve laid your tile, you’re in the home stretch, but a common mistake that happens at this point is using too much grout. Create a crisp, clean finish by smearing the grout on in a diagonal pattern, squeegee off the excess, and then use a damp sponge to remove any leftovers. (Photo via Love Grows Wild)
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Over the years stone, especially granite, has become a staple in the kitchen. Why? Because it’s equally as durable as it is beautiful. Take your stone countertops to the next level by pairing them with showstopping tile. See below for some of our favorite inspiration.
Cool + Modern
Love the look of gray and white granite? Pairing it with a sleek glass tile gives your home a modern feel. Finish off the look with stainless steel appliances and silver hardware to continue the cool tones throughout your kitchen. (Photo via@artisansignaturehomes)
Warm + Homey
A warm, cream granite with flecks of earth tones pairs well with white cabinets. Add a brick backsplash, or a tile that mimics brick, to bring the outdoors in. (Photo via @driggers_reed_construction)
Unique + Elegant
A rich classic black and white quartzite countertop paired with a uniquely tiled backsplash adds a sense of modern elegance. We love this mix of herringbone and subway tile as it’s both subtle and eye-catching. (Photo via @homebunch)
Muted + Patterned
If you have your heart set on a patterned tile backsplash, install a muted quartzite like this option. The subtle gray tones pair nicely with the more busy black and white tile. (Photo via @homebunch)
What are your favorite stone and tile combinations in the kitchen? Share them with us on Facebook or in the comments below!
The list of why you should add granite to your home is endless – stain resistant, fade-resistant, and hassle-free to name a few. If you’re thinking about granite in your home, here are four areas to consider.
Having granite countertops in the kitchen is a no-brainer. Not only can you sit hot pots on them, but once you seal them, they’re stain-resistant. This means you don’t have to worry when the tomato sauce splashes or your little one spills juice. (Photo via Houzz)
Mini Wet Bar
A wine fridge and few cabinets are all it takes to turn an empty wall into a mini wet bar. Add a small slab of granite and your wine bar turns elegant instantly. It doesn’t hurt that granite can usually withstand wine spills. (Photo via Home Stratosphere)
Wooden desks get scraped and scratched, and don’t forget about the ring left by your morning cup of joe. Swap out wood for granite for a low-maintenance, but beautiful desk. (Photo via Atkinson Drive)
From toothpaste remnance to makeup spills, bathroom countertops see their fair share of messes. Solution: Add granite countertops to keep your bathroom in tip-top condition. (Photo via Decor Crave)
Tell us how you use granite in your home in the comments below. For even more granite inspiration, check out our Facebook page.
Floors can add that unexpected design element that ties a room together. From large format tiles that create a clean classic look to a herringbone pattern that brings the wow factor, we take a look at the latest in tile floor patterns below.
It’s no secret we’re big fans of the herringbone tile pattern. Instead of laying your traditional rectangular tiles in a staggered format, try this herringbone pattern for modern angle to your laundry room design. (Photo via Refined)
Love the minimalist look? Go for oversized diamond tiles like these that provide clean lines in your bathroom. Don’t be afraid to pair them with varying tile patterns like these white subway tile walls. (Photo via Designed for Life)
Striped Penny Floor
If you’re looking for a way to add a little fun to your design plan, consider black and white penny tiles in a striped pattern. While you may not want to tile your entire kitchen like this, it’s perfect for a jack-and-jill bathroom between the kids’ rooms. (Photo via Lindsey Herod Interiors)
These days, fish scale tiles are all the rage. They’re a playful way to add dimension to your room and are unique enough to create a stand out design. (Photo via Style by Emily Henderson)
Black, white and gray tiles are all you need to create a classic gingham pattern in your house. Used sparingly it can create an eye-catching design. (Photo via The Lettered Cottage)
Gone are the days of basic, white grout. While it goes perfectly with some tile, there’s nothing wrong with thinking outside the grout box and going bold. From black to glitter, we take a peek at the trends between the tiles below.
Want to make a statement? Go for a glamorous feel with glitter or metallic grout. Not only does it bring a unique aspect to your backsplash, but it’ll also help hide dirt and grime. (Photo via @kamigrayinteriors)
Whether you opt for a bright orange or a simple muted blue, colored grout is one way to have your grout serve as a style statement. It’s the perfect way to pair some personality to a neutral tile palette. (Photo via HGTV)
From black stainless appliances to matte black faucets, we’re seeing black and white trend throughout kitchens. White tile with black grout keeps things simplistic while still giving your space a modern flair. (Photo via Katrina Lee Chambers)
What tile trends are you loving? Share them with us in the comments below and follow us on Facebook for more tile inspiration.
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 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 for even more tile ideas.