One of the perks — or hazards, depending on how you look at it — of writing home stories for TODAY.com is learning about all of these cool DIY projects, then getting the itch to do them to my own house.
I recently wrote an article about Smart Tiles, a peel-and-stick gel tile that has been getting rave reviews from customers, and ended up pitching the idea to my husband after becoming obsessed with the concept.
The tiles are a great alternative to real tile backsplashes which can be beautiful, but also très expensive and hard to DIY. Since we’re living in a rental right now, we didn’t want to spend too much time or money on something that we couldn’t take with us when we move. But after seeing all the customer pictures with Smart Tiles in their kitchens, I wanted, needed, had to have them in my own house.
We chose the “Idaho” tiles for our backsplash makeover. (Tip: always order 10 percent extra of anything like this since mistakes do happen in the application process. We had to throw a couple away.)
The pieces are very thin, but feel substantial thanks to small tiles made out of a special gel which give it a 3-D effect. When we got the box, we assumed they had forgotten to send us the rest of them because it was so light. But they were all in there. Continue Reading…
The tiles we see today originate from all over the world. In the UK we see a range of glass floor tiles that come from China and Mexico as well as Italy. Each offer different styles and attributes to please a wide range of customers. Some have clean lines and look sophisticated while others have more of a handmade artesian quality. The design variations are unlimited.
Glass tiles are available in clear, glass with white backing, non- transparent glass (Venetian), harsh glass and also a whole host of numerous styles, shapes and sizes. Some are straight and even in sizing/shapes, while others have a much more random look to them.
Consider exactly what you prefer to see that pleases the eye. If you like refraction style light to bounce off the floor chooses tilesthat are either all clear or clear with a white backing.
Simply want the smoothness of glass however, not the transparency? Choose Venetian glass.
Whichever style, dimension or colour you pick, it should reflect your personal style as well as the setting. If you like strong colours, purple may be a wonderful alternative. If you favour a more monochromatic look, matching the ceramic tile to the bordering decking colours would certainly suit you better.
The majority of typical sizes we view installed in swimming pools are 1″x1″ and 3/4″x 3/4″. Nonetheless, you could use 1″x2″, 3/8″x3/8″ and other dimensions. When considering glass ceramic tiles remember a couple of realities. If you can see-through the ceramic tile you will be able to see the inset bed too. So the white or grey inset will show through as well as change the colour of your ceramic tile accordingly, regardless of grout colour. If you have a see through ceramic tile attempt to keep the grout the exact same shade as the setup materials for consistency of look.
The costs of tiles vary enormously so find a ceramic or glass tilethat fits the budget and don’t forget the extra expenses.
Glass tile costs depend on various factors: Where tile is produced, just how long the transportation takes, and the tile quality. E.G: You can obtain glass tile with real gold specks!
You will need to know how many rooms you are tiling in square feet or square meters before you begin shopping. By doing this when you compare prices you can do a quick computation to see if it is within your budget. If you find a tile you are absolutely crazy about but is outside the budget think about utilising it as an accent just to help costs.
Glass floor tiles are tougher to set up than normal ceramic or porcelain ceramic tile so your labour expense will higher. This is due to the fact that glass floor tiles needs to be sized by hand and in specific shapes to suit locations where a full ceramic tile cannot be used. E.G:In the rounded corner of a pool where the floor meets the wall.
An additional factor to consider is an anti-fracture membrane. This membrane is applied quickly over the mortar bed and gives a little flex for the floor tile. In frost/freeze environments this is a must on ceramic tile bands and specifically any type of tiled locations which are above ground. While these preventive actions add to the initial financial investment it’s an investment for the longer term. Many glass ceramic tile makersinsist that you utilise this product under their product.
It’s a good idea to have a sample sheet for your ceramic tile setter to view when they evaluate your job. This way there are no unexpected surprises..
Not all ceramic tile setters are skilled in glass tile and also not all know just what foundation materials to make use of. Glass is smooth, therefore creating a strong bond for an underwater application is essential. Using the right setting products is important. Ask your ceramic tile setter if they have had experience in using glass tiles in your type of location. Some ceramic tile producer’s, such as Bisazza, offer training certification programs in glass ceramic tile setup.
Most ceramic tiles are available in sheets, usually a 12″ x 12″ square, held together on a mesh backing or a paper/plastic facing. For underwater applications a paper/plastic facing is suitable. With many mesh supports occasionally the adhesive used to stick the mesh to the ceramic tile is not as strong as that used in the production process. This limits the bond of the setting products to the ceramic tile. While mesh is the preferred backing available as well as frequently the more budget-friendly choice, take care to determine whether it agrees with standards for underwater applications. Some ceramic tile distributors/manufacturers have glass ceramic tile on mesh which is assured for pool installation.
When considering where in your swimming pool, whirlpool or waterscape you will want glass tile, think of the functional side.. Glass is extremely slippery so for some places actions it may not be the most effective option. Adding a couple of rows of a non-slip ceramic tile for security can assist. If you are installing glass tile in a whirlpool you will not want a ceramic tile that has sharp edges; resting or leaning your back on these kinds of floor tiles could cut you as grout decays over time. These environments are a lot better matched to a ceramic tile band where people rubbing up against it are not a problem.
Here’s a tile buying guide: http://www.lowes.com/projects/build-and-remodel/tile-flooring-buying-guide/article
One of the easiest ways to make a bold statement in any kitchen is with tiled backsplash. The perfect way to inject color, pattern, and texture into your culinary space, a beautiful backsplash gives a kitchen personality. Keep scrolling to see some of our favorite examples of stunning tile done right, and get inspired to add this unexpected component to your own kitchen.
In a Manhattan Beach show house, patterned tile feels modern thanks to the kitchen’s sleek cabinetry and moody color palette. Chic counter stools and an oversized pendant introduce lighter hues into the otherwise dark-toned space.
A densely patterned, tiled backsplash stands out in this stylish, country-inspired space. We love how the undulating shape in the tile’s pattern is carried over to the floor tile, creating a cohesive look.
We love the combination of colors created with this kitchen’s stunning tile backsplash, bold drapery, and deep-green cabinetry. The fun ikat print on the luxurious drapes soften the bold, geometric backsplash, making the space feel cozy rather than jarring.
Found these really great pieces of contents about tiles with style:
Creative Floors Combining Wood and Ceramic Tile
Kitchens and bathrooms are ideal locations to combine hardwood and ceramic flooring because the materials are durable and easy to match to counters and cabinets. And it looks great! Find out more about this article.
Marble Tiled Shower and Bathroom
New York’s City Club Hotel’s en-suite bathrooms were the inspiration for this masculine shower room. Brown marble tiles sourced from a quarry make for a great reflective surface and the huge mirror adds a feeling of space. Find out more about this article.
Modern Encaustic Tiles
A favourite spotted at Design Junction this September is the fab floor tile collection from Lindsey Lang. Famed for her graphic home textiles, she launched a walls and floors collection in 2012, but has since expanded the range. Find out more about this article.
A Modern Interpretation of Traditional Stone Inlay
Lithos Design aims to change the way you think of stone inlay designs by removing the traditional patterns and transforming them into modern interpretations. The Opus collection, designed by Raffaello Galiotto, explores the classical idea of marble inlay work with a whole new approach to it where they incorporate 25 different types of marble, five patterns, and 12 color ranges for a series of new looks.
Designed for the floor and walls with patterns that can be extended depending on its intended usage. Full of geometric shapes and bold graphic patterns, the Opus collection offers a beautiful, modern look with a bit of a traditional feel. Find out more.
It is always nice to look for tiles with style.