04 Nov
by Kennadie McDermott

GUSTO

Pictured here: Gusto Bianco Double Glazed Deco

From lighting to soaking tubs, many elements go into a new bathroom design or renovation. However, nothing brings a room together quite like tile. With so many colors, features, and materials from which to choose, finding the right tile can be a laborious process. With this guide, you can be sure you’re making the best choice for your home – today and for the future.

Quick Tips for Choosing Tile

Before diving into the different types, colors, and styles of tile, be sure to first consider these quick tips when starting your bathroom project.

  • Think about cohesiveness; your bathroom should largely match the same style as the rest of your home, particularly if you plan to sell in the near future.
  • Stay neutral if return on investment is your priority; if you are redoing your bathroom to put your house on the market, sticking to neutral colors can attract more buyers.
  • Think about functionality; some tiles are lovely but are very slippery when wet, increasing the likelihood of injury.
  • Keep your budget in mind. A custom bathroom can be expensive, and spending thousands extra on tile can put you in the hole. Instead, focus on something that looks attractive but still meets your budget.

Material

Tile comes in many different materials, each with its own unique pros and cons. Before moving forward, it’s important to know the details of the types of tile you are considering.

BATCH

Pictured here: BATCH White & Grey 

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tiles are great if you’re redoing a large area and don’t want to spend a lot of money. It comes in the classic white subway tile, but it’s also available in all shapes and sizes, giving homeowners many possibilities to choose from. It’s durable, attractive, and is generally easy to install. These tiles can fit virtually any aesthetic and can be used on the walls, floor, and within the shower. Ceramic does not, however, retain heat well. If you are planning on going with ceramic tile flooring and temperature is an area of concern, you could consider installing radiant floor heating underneath the tile.

Vinyl Tile

Vinyl is a popular material for bathroom floors because it’s inexpensive and practical. It’s highly water-resistant and also insulates well, so it won’t feel cold on your feet. The material has come a long way in recent years and is available in a wide range of colors, styles, and patterns, including options that look similar to stone or wood.

Glass Tile

Unique and elegant, glass tiles can add an upscale look to any bathroom. While they are most popular as a backsplash, glass tiles are actually usable anywhere on the walls, countertops, or in a shower. It usually isn’t a good option for flooring, however, as it’s slipperier than other forms of tile. Glass is great for smaller bathrooms because it will help light bounce around the room.

Stone Tile

Stone tile can provide a rustic, natural feel to any bathroom, offering a warm and inviting atmosphere. While more expensive, stone is beautiful and elegant in virtually any setting. However, stone tile can be higher maintenance than other, more durable forms of tile. It’s more prone to scratches, staining, and cracking, which can lead to higher repair costs. Despite this, it can be a lovely choice for floors, walls, and shower spaces.

Porcelain Tile

Technically a subtype of ceramic tile, porcelain is among the most attractive options available. Porcelain tiles are denser than ceramic, extremely durable and easy to care for, making it a solid choice for most homeowners. Porcelain tile is also one of the best substitutes for natural stone tile, if you are looking for a stone alternative. It is appropriate for use in the shower, on the floors, and on the walls, because the surface absorbs little moisture. Installation of porcelain tile can be challenging, so leaving this project to a pro is recommended.

Parkside Nero

Pictured here: Parkside Nero

Size

From tile averaging one square foot to one square inch, there are plenty of size options to consider. Some prefer the multi-faceted look of many small tiles, while others like the traditional appearance that large tiles can provide. Larger tiles can make a space feel bigger than it truly is – a perk for most bathrooms. However, smaller tile allows for more flexibility, providing a way to add depth and creativity through mosaics and the mixing and matching of colors and materials.

Color Scheme

Most bathrooms are largely neutral in color, adorned in shades of white, gray, and black. However, there is no rule that says a bathroom needs to be subdued. If you prefer louder colors, like blues and reds, these are available for your bathroom. A current trend involves different shades of blue, offering an ocean-like appearance. Homeowners can also choose multiple shades of white and off-white to complement a marble or granite countertop as well.

Pattern and Style

Tile can be uniform in one color, but it can also be used to create works of art. If you are a fan of mosaics, more creative styles, or any other unique look, small tiles in varying shapes and styles may be the right choice for you.

Tile is typically simple and smooth on the surface, but stamped tiles are also an option. Most common in ceramic and porcelain tile, stamped tile can add texture and complexity to a design.

Before moving forward, be sure to explore inspiration photos and evaluate the options available through local tile retailers. Some bathrooms are a good fit for more nontraditional avenues, and the variations in patterns and style can help you create a look that’s best suited for you.

Final Thoughts on Picking the Perfect Tile

When you want a bathroom that resonates with your own personal style as well as what buyers respond to best, the right tile can bring any room together. From simple white ceramic tile to elegant stone, there are plenty of options out there. Before getting started, be sure you know what you want the overall look to be, how much you’re willing to spend, and the ROI you hope to achieve.

Originally published by Redfin

28 Oct
by Kennadie McDermott

What is the best grout for glass tile?

Choosing a glass tile is an exciting part of the design process. Glass is used to enhance aesthetic by adding color, shine or shape to a space. Don’t let a solid color grout detract from the aesthetic you are trying to achieve – use a specialty Glass Grout which will enhance the glass. Dimension Glass Grout is a premixed, pre-sealed urethane grout that has micro sized, color coated quartz beads mixed within it. Dimension will not scratch the surface of the glass tile and has a unique reflective quality.

This grout sparkles in the light which creates a beautiful installation that is not distracting from the glass but enhances the overall appearance. Dimension does not have to be only used with glass tiles, it is available to add an extra sparkle to any backsplash, wall or floor application.

A bonus is that this product is LEED Friendly! Dimension Glass Grout is made up of 60% recycled glass with an eco-friendly formulation. Dimension is the best grout for eco-friendly installations.

 

 

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21 Oct
by Kennadie McDermott

Get superior color consistency during installation with Bostik TruColor RapidCure pre-mixed urethane stain resistant grout.

Looking for an easier way to install tile? Premixed grout is the best tile grout for many reasons, but one of them being the ease of installment. At Surface Art, we have two premixed grouts, TruColor and Dimension. Both are urethane grouts which contain flexibility, stain resistance, and color consistent throughout each bucket.

What is the difference between TruColor and Dimension? TruColor grout comes in 26 solid colors that will match essentially any tile. Dimension grout is available in 15 colors and has glass micro sized beads imbedded in the urethane to create an extra sparkle when light hits the grout line. This is the best grout for glass tiles because the reflection compliments the glass.

Urethane grouts are slightly more expensive than cement-based or epoxy grouts but make up for the cost with benefits and ease of installation. These premixed, no sealant required grouts have many benefits:

  • Urethane grout can be installed in joints from 1/16in to 1/2in. This grout has a crack resistance formula which allows it to be flexible, even after the grout cures. Urethane grout is great for homes as they settle over the years, boats or RVs.
  • Additionally, there is no sealing required for our urethane grout. This makes installation easier because you do not have to go over it again with a sealer after you are done grouting.
  • Lots of color options – there are over 25 TruColor standard options and Dimensions has 15 color options.

Looking for tips for the best way to install a premixed grout? Watch the video below to find out how simple TruColor and Dimensions are to install: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oj8hcluM8ZA 

14 Oct
by Kennadie McDermott

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A premixed grout is the best grout for tile if you are looking for color consistency and a quicker installation. Premixed grout saves time because you can open a bucket and start grouting immediately. Additionally, every bucket is the exact same color, which allows for complete color consistency throughout your entire project. The downside to a premixed grout is the additional cost which comes from the convenience of not mixing the grout yourself and not needing to adhere a sealant afterward. The shelf life of a premixed grout, once opened, is up to two years – if the grout bucket is sealed properly after each application.

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A powder grout is the best choice if you are looking for a more cost-efficient product that still maintains quality. Powder grout comes in bags which, if stored properly, can be saved for future use. Additionally, it is less expensive than a premixed grout, which is beneficial if you are working with a large amount of tile. A powder grout cures due to a chemical reaction when water is mixed with the powder, which causes it to harden, much like a concrete. There are a couple downsides to powder grout. The first is the grout is porous therefore it is prone to stains if it not sealed after installation and every few years after. Also, since the grout is mixed for each section, there may be slight variations in the color of the grout.

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