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Design Trends and Ideas

Floating Porcelain Tile Floors 2.0?

One more time?  In February 2012 we wrote about ‘click’ together porcelain tile that did not need to be set in mortar to the subfloor (floating porcelain tile floor). We weren’t fans at that time because it was difficult to snap the pieces together tightly.  Fast-forward seven years and Dal Tile has re-introduced ‘click’ together porcelain tile with a much more promising result.  This next generation click-together porcelain tile is intended as an altenative to conventionally installed porcelain tile and LVT (luxury vinyl tile).  Some advantages and benefits of click together porcelain tile are listed below:

  • No mortar required
  • No wet saw required
  • Score and snap into place
  • Consistent alignment with no lippage
  • No spacers required (automatically spaced to 1/8″)
  • One-step flexible grout (Bostik TruColor recommended – never needs to be sealed!)
  • No special tools required
  • Easy removal for repair or updating
  • Subfloor movement won’t telegraph
  • Greater breaking strength and impact resistance
  • No additional time required for curing
  • Install and grout in the same day – no return trip required

We have samples in the showroom to look at, play with, and borrow.

The Colors of 2020

It’s that time of year again when the color forecasts are revealed for the coming year.  The paint manufacturers usually lead the way.  Sherwin Williams recently annouced that ‘Naval’ (navy blue) is its color of the year for 2020.  SW - Color of the Year 2020 - Naval SW 6244 - slide 2

You see ‘Naval’ paired with carrara marble (white with gray veining) and brass fixtures and accessories in interior design print publications and on on-line platforms.  Color, but not really . . . grounded and calming . . . Benjamin Moore, Pittsburgh, and Behr will all weigh in soon, but the Pantone Color Institute’s color of the year is the benchmark.  The tile world has nodded to blues and navy blues in the last two years so Sherwin Williams choice is not really a surprise.  So let’s wait and see what the coming weeks and months will bring for the new colors in our lives for 2020.

Color is creeping back?

More from my Coverings ’19 visit . . . In addition to very large tiles that are practically indistinguishable from natural stone, another trend I noticed was the introduction of more color and organic patterning in both wall and floor tile. By color, I mean mostly blues and greens. It was refreshing to see because the tile world has been so neutral (grays and beiges) for so long. See some of my colorful show favorties below . . .

Yes, this is porcelain tile

What a day! Yesterday I attended Coverings ’19 in Orlando, Florida. Coverings is one of the world’s largest and most extensive annual tile and stone exhibitions. So, what are some of the latest trends in tile?

Big, bigger . . . Porcelain tile is getting really big – think 48″x48″ and much, much larger. Some tiles are so large, that they can be used as solid surface counter-tops, shower (wall) surrounds, and even cladding for walls.

And, in some instances, these very large pieces of porcelain tile are ‘book-matched’ making them look even more realistic.

More tile trends from Coverings ’19 to talk about so stay tuned . . .

A Well-Received Renovation Proposal

Below is a presentation board I prepared for a to-be-renovated men’s locker room.  The proposal was well received by the members.  I was especially happy with the way the warm gray carpeting complimented the veining of the marbleized wall tile, the hexagon floor tile, the quartz counter tops and the richly colored furnishings.     
Presentation Board for Men's Club Locker Room Renovation

We’ve Got Our “N” Back

3Thank you to the many customers who encouraged us to replace the missing “N” from our 1970s-era sign on the street-side wall of our building.  We did it!  Below we have included an early 2000s photograph of Sarah in front of the sign, a photograph of the sign during the all too long period without the “N,” and a current photograph of the sign with the newly minted “N” in its proper place!  (Finally.)

Learning Every Day

You can learn something new every day.  I was recently in Denver and visited the oldest Denver hotel still in operation: The Oxford on 17th Street, downtown.  I love and appreciate the thoughtfulness, detail, and craftsmanship that went into the 127-year-old hotel.  Below is a photograph of The Oxford’s lobby floor.  The pattern on the tiled floor is a double pinwheel – the first that I have seen.  Back in the day, the craftsmen even used locally-sourced stone .  You will need a fairly large space to pull it off, but in the right space, such a double-pinwheel pattern would make a grand statement.

21st Century Victorian

We love it when our clients share with us!  These photos show a front entry/foyer in a Victorian home in Johnstown, NY.  The owner is on a mission to painstakingly renovate this beautiful home to its former glory and bring into the 21st century.  For the space, she chose Walker Zanger’s Rue de Pierre, a collection of stone tile with a ‘brushed’ surface that is not polished and not honed, but somewhere in between.  The large-scaled white marble octagon and black dot are a nod to an era gone by but very much a part of the here and now.  Thank you so much for sharing!  Keep the project photos coming!



LVT in Your Shed?

It can be done!  When installing luxury vinyl tile (“LVT”) in a three-season room or a shed, you will want to make sure you choose a waterproof product as Stainmaster PetProtect LVF.  You should generally be able to use the glueless version of the product, although you may wish to include glue down any part of the floor that is in direct sunlight.  The optimal temperature range for LVT is generally between 50°F and 100°F.  If you are worried that the room temperature will get outside of this range, you will want: to install the LVT so as to leave an open buffer at the base of each wall and to sectionalize the LVT so that no one section exceeds 500 SF.  The shed shown below measured just under 200 SF.

LVT being installed as shed flooring.



Aging in Place

Yesterday, Sally Carpenter was a guest lecturer at a two-day seminar offered by the Greater Capital Association of Realtors.©  The seminar’s creator – Lisbeth Calandrino of Fabulous Floors magazine – asked Sally to speak at the seminar.  Sally spoke on how to best adapt one’s home to best facilitate “aging in place” and allowing an aging homeowner to stay his or her home for as long as possible.  Among other matters, Sally addressed flooring, kitchen, and bathroom accessibility changes that can greatly improve a home’s livability for seniors.  Sally will be attending the upcoming lecture by Lynda G. Shrager, author of Age in Place: A Guide to Modifying, Organizing and Decluttering Mom and Dad’s Home.  That lecture will be held at The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza at 6 pm on Thursday, May 3rd.     See you there?