Your bathroom should be an oasis and reflect your personal style. If you’re looking to remodel your bathroom in 2019, the materials you incorporate can give your space a very different feel. From wood to marble, we take a look at the pros and cons of various building materials.
Marble is a metamorphic rock that’s been used for thousands of years in design and often contains unique veining throughout. On the plus side, marble offers a classic, timeless feel, that brings luxury to any space. Drawbacks of marble can include a higher price point and more work after its installed. Since marble is prone to rust, it does require periodic sealing, however, we think the maintenance is well worth the elegance.
If your remodel is on a budget, tile may be an affordable option for your bathroom makeover. The best part of tile in a bathroom is how durable and resistant to moisture it is, not to mention it’s easy to clean. With so many different colors and patterns to choose from tile can take a small space and make it vibrant and fresh.
If you’re looking to warm up your bathroom or if you want a rustic feel, incorporating wood can be an option. Wood is an underrated material used in bathrooms because of humidity and moisture issues. One solution is to make sure it is properly treated, another is to opt for a porcelain tile that gives the look of wood but is easy to maintain.
What materials are you hoping to incorporate in your next bathroom? Tell us in the comments below and be sure to follow us on social for more design tips and DIY best practices. 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.
Kitchen islands used to be simply a utilitarian extension of your kitchen, but they’ve now become a gathering place, work desk and so much more. Whether you top them with marble, quartz or granite, we take a look at different kitchen designs that are trending.
Holiday season is approaching, do you always get the feeling that there might be too many cooks in the kitchen? The moveable island trend is perfect to rid yourself of that claustrophobic feeling and offers plenty of flexibility. We love the stone top on this kitchen island.
Talk about the hub! People are ditching the idea of a formal dining room and bringing it all directly into the kitchen. Quartz and granite offer a durable option that’s easy to clean even with a crowd making a mess.
This gorgeous marble countertop is a statement piece. The waterfall effect adds a unique seamless look to the kitchen that is sure to impress.
One island isn’t cutting ? Add two! Whether positioned side by side or front and back, the double island trend is becoming more and more popular especially for open concept kitchens.
What kitchen island 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.
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.
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.
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!