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Let the Sun Shine!

And let it glow, pool, radiate, sparkle, reflect…

Design artists have turned their attention to the transparency of tiles made of glass, manipulating light within and through facades in living areas. Tiles in particular are suited to this play of light, and selections are more varied and beautiful than ever – arresting patterns, new colors and textures, assorted glazes and finishes from subtle matte to highly polished.

Glass tiles are especially suitable for modern kitchens influenced by stainless steel, and for elegant baths ranging from the boldly dramatic to the softly romantic.

The newest palettes feature nature-inspired colors, from forest to desert. Taupes and browns with a hint of red gratify people’s desire for earthy naturals, with cooler blues and greens inspired to sea and sky. And the trend in white is definitely toward warmer tones like cream and vanilla.

At the same time, chic 30s Deco is back with a bang, with its distinctive black and white accentuated by burst of red.

Depending on the ambience you want to achieve, colors can be bold, bright and beautiful, or soft and serene. Let your imagination run wild.

Varieties of tile are —mosaics, porcelain, ceramic, natural stone, glass and even metal. They come in sizes ranging from 1 inch to 24 inches in width. More and more consumers are gravitating to larger tiles, especially if you have a large home or have an open floor plan. “Rectified” tile is also a new innovation, which features tight butt joints without grout lines.

You can use tiles to create dazzling looks on a wall in a bathroom over the sink. In a bathroom tub surround look for a nickel silver antique satin decorative tile and mix and match glass with metallics for a stunning look.

Tile can be used to create a space that reflects your individual style and taste. Visit your local flooring retailer and check out the tile choices available. It will be enlightening!

Wood Flooring On a Whole New Level

There has been the advent of engineered flooring. These multi-ply floors are more stable and rather easy to install thanks to adaptation of features such a click-together fit. Additionally, because it is only the top layer of the engineered wood plank that is the fashion layer, versus a solid plank, every piece of harvested hardwood species goes much further.
It should also be noted here that many engineered floors present a very thick top layer of décor species sufficient to be recoated or actually refinished. When you visit your local retailer, make sure to ask about this.
Also, there is technology, man’s ability to improve on the attributes of wood, or bring out new depths of character.
We have experienced the return of the hand-scraped European artisan and wire-brushed looks and revisited the look of smoked and lightened wood. We have rediscovered very wide and very long boards and narrow ones, too, for looks ranging from casual and “moderne” to very formal and tailored.
We now have very low-to no- VOC finishes, including some new ones made from soy products. Plus, we have every look under the sun from matte to high gloss to the piano finish and high-gloss Euro oiled finish.
And finishes that make hardwood, already a long-lasting flooring category, even more durable and more beautiful.
One of the truly intriguing and versatile attributes wood presents is the ability to create custom looks merely by the way the wood pieces are arranged on the floor. An unexpected look can be achieved by merely setting by the way the wood pieces are arranged on the floor. An unexpected look can be achieved by merely setting the planks in one room at a five-degree angle. Or try creating a broader around the room or think of an inset of some other flooring, such as tile, or even a pre-manufactured medallion in wood or stone.
Lots of design choice and options with a wood floor…let your imagination go wild.

Luxury Vinyl Tile Is a Great Flooring Product for Your Home or Business

Today, LVT is the fastest growing flooring product for both residential and commercial applications. The reason? Initially due to how many choices, styles and looks were available. However, interest in LVT has really soared, because designers, homeowners and commercial facilities managers love the high quality, high durability, low maintenance, longer lifecycle and simplicity of installation that comes with LVT flooring.

Design options include rich, colorful natural earth tones, stone and ceramic tile and different wood species, that will give the user almost any appearance or feel they can imagine.

LVT utilizes a durable, abrasive resistant wear layer much like that on hardwood flooring. Most brands feature a UV-cured polyurethane coating for scratch resistance. Some brands may also have a second scratch resistant polymer for increased resistance.

LVT is a homeowner’s delight due to its versatility and features that allow it to be used in many residential interiors. Because LVT is almost completely waterproof, it’s an excellent choice for bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens and basements where moisture is a factor. When used in bedrooms, where most homeowners prefer carpet, LVT delivers good indoor air quality characteristics and won’t retain dust or pet dander that carpet will. If someone in your family has allergies this is a great choice!

Commercial and business applications for LVT are widespread. As an example it is widely in healthcare where the benefits and strengths of LVT are very clear. There is an extra wear layer that resists staining and damage from commonly used medical chemicals.

Luxury Vinyl Tile Compared to Laminates

You may be asking yourself…what is the difference between laminate and luxury vinyl tile? Well, both LVT and laminate contain PVC (poly vinyl chlorides); however LVT is far more resistant to damage in addition to being resistant to water and scratches.  LVT is mostly composed of vinyl which in itself provides that high moisture resistance.

In addition, laminates are also noisy when walked on and need to be installed with an underlayment that will reduce noise from foot traffic. LVT, on the other hand, is one of the quietest resilient floorings and it does not require any underlayment.

And from a design and look perspective, due to embossing techniques, LVT has a more realistic appearance than laminate. Because of these differences, you won’t want laminate in a lot of commercial applications.