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|Posted on February 26, 2014 at 8:29 AM||comments (204)|
We are ready and waiting for Spring at Phoenix Professionals! These past couple of days had temperatures in the 70's which started us thinking about your spring projects that you have been planning all winter. We have been planning and preparing too! This Winter we were invited to a Schluter Seminar in South Florida. We had 2 great days of learning and training to install Schluter's underlayment for Crack Suppression and also their Waterproofing System. If you have not looked into this for your Spring project, now is the time. Check out www.schluter.com for additional information and then come to us for a "certified installation" of their products. Happy St. Patty's Day!!!
|Posted on October 8, 2013 at 12:08 PM||comments (121)|
Professionals agree that larger tiles can enhance smaller spaces. With so many to choose from, it is an "Easy to Maintain" choice for remodelers everywhere.
SIZE No longer manufactured strictly in 12-inch or smaller squares, floor tiles can be found in squares and rectangles of 12, 16, 18 and 24 inches. With the possible exception of 24-inch tiles, professionals generally agree that large tiles convey a sense of greater space even in small rooms. Less interruption of the flooring surface with grout lines, they suggest, conveys a sense of larger space. Small tiles and increased grout lines can create a floor that looks busy or fussy. To increase the visual expanse of a floor, designers suggest that you use grout the same or nearly the same color as the tile
COLOR While many designers assert that light colors convey a sense of greater space than dark tiles, the impact of floor color will depend on colors used throughout the room. According to the World Floor Covering Association, the light/large equation is purely mythical. Experiment with colors to see what works best in your decorating scheme. Like an accent wall in a vivid color, a strong contrast in color and tone between the floor and the rest of the room can make space seem constricted or cramped. A possible compromise might be to use very small colored accent tiles at the corner junctions of neutral ones. The larger the tile, the longer the distance the eye travels from one accent to the next.
SHAPE Mixing square and rectangular tiles in the same color and texture provides subtle visual variety without drastically affecting the sense of space. Constructing a seemingly random pattern of various tile sizes takes some skill but will expand visual space more effectively than creating borders or edgings. You may wish to see professional help in mixing sizes, so that all tiles are of the same thickness or caliber.
ORIENTATION One of the most effective strategies for using large tiles in small spaces is to lay tile diagonally. A diamond pattern, rather than a checkerboard, prevents the viewer from measuring space in tiles down vs. tiles across. The only limit to diagonal patterns is a room with many alcoves, doorways or other interruptions of wall space. A room with frequently interrupted wall space presents many challenges to laying tile diagonally. It may also impose limitations on using very large tiles. A floor with many partial or cut-down tiles looks constricted rather than spacious.
|Posted on September 18, 2013 at 3:23 PM||comments (33)|
As we move towards the fall months here in Florida, many are looking to renovate their existing kitchens and bathrooms. Although, White Kitchens and baths are still popular, I am seeing a little more color emerge here and there. A client yesterday has asked me to remove her " all white bathroom", and she selected a medium tone gold travertine walls with a dark "wood look" plank tile floor, and her vanity is ebony. I am excited about this project, finally something bold! The point is that everyone has their own personal style. Scan websites or visit showrooms to discover your inspiration for your next project! Happy Hunting!
|Posted on August 20, 2013 at 9:55 AM||comments (26)|
Trends...???.... What does that actually mean? Well it's plain definition is: A general direction in which something is developing or changing. This could mean the use of new products or...the re-use of old ones, in a new way. As I bounce through web pages,, I see many differences in opinions about what is the new Trends for Kitchens today. ie..is stainless in or out?? Glass Tile, colored appliances, farm house sinks???
What I recommend to my clients is to sit down and look at several different styles. Go to web sites like: Houzz.com, homeportfolio.com, kitchens.com, and find the style of kitchens that you like. Then try to visualize that kitchen in your space. If it works,then you are over half way there.....Next, is to work with someone who can find those key elements of style that you like, in your budget (very important), and to put them together in your dream kitchen. Now you are the Trend Setter!!!