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!
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.
Is your granite in need of repair? We discuss DIY advice for granite chips and cracks to keep your countertops looking new. Mees has all the necessary tools to complete minor repair projects and the staff on hand for those times you need a pro.
Granite is a very durable material, but if it happens to chip, a repair is possible taking these DIY steps. First, prep your surface area by taping it off. Then use the same granite aggregate color as the counter stone. Mix the stone powder with clear epoxy to create a paste. Wearing gloves, pat the mixture into the chip. Speed up the curing time with an industrial heat gun which should be pointed six inches aways from the chip. Turn the heat gun on for one minute, and then pat down the paste, repeating multiple times until it is hardened. Make sure the patch is cool and hard before grinding it out.
Whether it’s a hairline crack that occured during installation or a separated crack that is a result of heavy impact, it can be repaired by filling with an acrylic or using a color-matched epoxy to glue the pieces back together. Many times a hairline crack won’t worsen and can be taken care of with a simple sealant. For deeper cracks you’ll want to bring in the pros to help you refinish the countertop and make sure the fix appears even by blending the crack itself with the surrounding surface color and shine.
Looking for granite repair help? Mees specialists have the knowledge, skills, and experience. Call us today at 502-969-5858.
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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