Backsplashes used to be a way to keep grease off the walls, but now they’re a major design component to any kitchen. If you’re looking to remodel before the year is out, be sure to check out these trends.
Countertops that go on for days. By using the same color tile or stone on the backsplash as you do on the countertops you can create the effect of countertops that blend directly into the wall, offering a sleek clean look.
What backsplash trend would you most likely be willing to try? 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.
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.
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.
Don’t neglect your outdoor tile, especially if it’s exposed to extreme weather elements. We give a brief overview of techniques to consider so you can enjoy it all summer long.
Tools to Use
For every day maintenance care, we recommend using a stiff bristle outdoor broom, and sweeping once a week. For tackling small stains break out the soft scrub brushes, and for larger, harsh stains consider a power washer, which can be rented at your local hardware store. Just be sure to avoid scratching the tile.
Chemicals for Tile
Whether it’s stone or ceramic, the cleaners you use need to be specifically for your type of outdoor tile. A good rule of thumb is to start with warm water and a soft scrub brush, then move on to a light, non-acidic cleaner if the stain doesn’t budge. If you are still having trouble, consider a 5-to-1 mixture of water and peroxide.
Tackle Grout Cleaning
Grout is notorious for attracting dirt. It’s porus so it can be difficult to clean with a broom or scrub brush, and narrow crevices can be tricky to work around. Use a soft-or medium-bristled toothbrush with your cleaner for those hard to reach places.
Looking for additional tips and tricks to care for outdoor tile? Mees specialists are available to help. Call (505)-969-5858 today!
Looking for the lastest outdoor trends in stone and tile to remodel your backyard? We take a look at three design elements that will take your outdoor space to the next level.
Patterned tile is on the rise indoors and outdoors. These designs make outdoor spaces appear open and interesting, yet personal. Most patterned tiles you’ll see this season include a symmetrical design with a reoccuring shape. We’re especially fond of a Mediterranean style tile that makes a statement, creates warmth and adds a pop of color.
Outdoor fireplaces create a great gathering place for those who like to entertain. Our selection of stone slabs in granite, travertine, limestone, slate or quartzite can be cut to make a stunning custom outdoor fireplace. These natural stones are resistant to heat and are durable in most temperatures.
Say goodbye to boring concrete. Stain resistant and suitable for outdoor installation, porcelain tile with a marble design has become popular. It’s cost effective and still creates an eye-catching, tasteful look to every outdoor living space.
In need of help for your outdoor home renovation? Mees specialists can provide you with advice and necessary tools to complete any summer project.
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.
Selecting the right color scheme for a room can be tricky when you don’t have a particular theme in mind. Whether you’re going for a stark contrast or complementary colors, we break down three granite and cabinet combinations to consider.
For a modern look, choose contrasting counters and cabinets like black granite (Black Galaxy, Black Pearl, or Via Lactea) with white cabinets. These darker stones stand out against white creating an eye-catching contrast.
If your taste leans more toward traditional, pair light oak or maple cabinets with brown-toned granite like Golden Beach, Nettuno Bordeaux, or New Venetian. By combining the brown tones you create a classic, warm, and rustic feel that’s inviting for any guest.
Create a clean, crisp look with whites for your next home renovation. White Taupe, Absolute White, and Alaskan White granite pair well with white cabinets. Plus, an all white palate allows you to play around with pops of color or metallics like brass accents.
Any questions about cabinet and stone combinations? Our design consultants can offer advice that aligns with your style and needs. Visit our showroom in Louisville or Lexington and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for more design tips.
Whether you’re picking out granite for your home remodel or selecting stone for a new build, color selection is important. As one of the largest granite importers in Kentucky we know a thing or two about selecting the right granite slabs. Here are a few things you should consider:
When choosing granite for a room, analyze the lighting. Dark granite is an excellent choice for rooms with a lot of natural light, or if you’re concerned about dirt showing. Speckled stone and lighter granite go well in smaller rooms. Factor in the size of the room with the amount of light. This is important because dark stone can make rooms appear smaller.
Say Yes to Samples
Although small granite samples may not authentically represent the entire granite slab, bring a few to your home and view them against your floors and cabinetry along with the lighting. Bringing a stone into its potential setting is a beneficial way to see how it ties in all elements of a room.
Bring Materials to the Showrooms
Want to know if we carry a certain stone? Check out our array of samples online under “Products” or, better yet, visit our showrooms and talk with a specialist today!