Mar

12

How to Choose Tile for Your Log Home

By Ceramic Design



For the better part of a year, my husband and I have been talking about tiling our kitchen. Our project has stalled because unlike paint, which can be changed on a whim, tile seems so much more permanent—and costly. Frankly, we’re afraid to take the plunge, because with all the tile design options out there, we don’t want to make the wrong decision.

And as Morwenna Brett, author of The Home Decorator’s Tile Bible, will tell you, the tile universe has opened wide, including everything from glass, metal, cork—even leather—to its tried-and-true ceramic and porcelain repertoire. But fear not—she has some tips for incorporating successful tile design in a log home. And thanks to her advice, I think we finally may be ready to dive in.

KEEP IT SIMPLE. Sometimes a natural, neutral tile color is the most beautiful option for a log home and will never look boring or outdated.

MINIMIZE MIXING. According to Morwenna, when creating tile combinations (glazed ceramic with glass, tumbled stone with metallics), less is definitely more. Two distinct types of tile are enough to create interest. Don’t be tempted to mix three or more different materials—the result could look messy.

CONSIDER THE IMPACT OF PATTERNS. In Morwenna’s opinion, just about any tile pattern (see sidebar, right) is log home appropriate. Some designs, like “basket weave” and “pinwheel” impart country flair. Others, like “octagon with dot,” can feel more retro. Combining patterns gives you more of an informal feeling than using a single pattern will. Or think about using some of the new materials, like metallic inserts, hand-painted accent tiles or leather squares in lieu of patterns to add interest.

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Mar

12

Types of Decorative Tiles Flooring designs

By Ceramic Design



One of the fastest growing trends in the flooring, tiles come in various designs, sizes and materials. Numerous brands available in the market make the choice even more complicated.  In this article we will discuss some of the guidelines one should keep in mind before going ahead with the tile flooring.

Types of Decorative Tiles are

Unglazed Tiles

Unglazed tiles are made up of baking clay. Basic color of tiles is orange-red. Now, with the help of upgrade techniques tiles are coming up in more colors but color range is limited from chocolate to ochre. Motted looked tiles are also available in the market.

In unglazed tiles both handmade and machine made with wide range in texture are available. Machine made are harder and durable.

 

Glazed Tiles

Glazed tiles are smoother and have more shine than of unglazed ones. Wide color range with different motifs are now available in market with which one can go for interesting patterns.
Glazed tiles are thin with surface texture range from high gloss to mat and pebbly. Even tiles with rough texture gets prone to slickness when exposed to water, that is why glazed tiles are not preferred to external surfaces.

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Mosaic Tiles

Mosaic tiles are right choice for modernizing your house. The mosaic tiles are durable and are available in different designs and shapes. For those who are looking for variety in color, texture and designs, mosaic tile is a good choice for them. Read more »

Jan

8

Ceramic Tiles

By Ceramic Design



Ceramic tiles have gradually developed through whole flooring industry. These tiles are extensively used as flooring material nowadays. These have certain excellent properties given below.

Ceramic-Tiles

•Strength:
Ceramic floors are extremely strong. They have a breaking strength of about 350-400 kg/cm2.
•Stain free:
Ceramic floors are easiest to clean. They are stain free. They are acid and alkali resistant.
•Scratch resistance:
These tiles have a very high scratch resistance and their hardness is about 6-7 on Moh’s scale (A measure of a mineral hardness and its resistance to scratching).
•Light weight:
Ceramic floors are just 7.5mm thick. This requires a thinner floor sheet than that of mosaic/marble flooring. Read more »

Jan

8

Ceramic Tile Decorating Ideas

By Ceramic Design



Ceramic tiles are tiles made from clay that has been fired, similar to pottery. Typically ceramic tiles also include a glaze and are made into nearly any color. The tile is most commonly used in places like kitchens and bathrooms. When homeowners choose to create their own ceramic tile design, they have a choice between different colors, sizes and styles.
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Plan Colors

  • Because ceramic tiles can come in such an array of shades, homeowners have the freedom to choose between many different colors. The options can overwhelm some homeowners, but it is necessary to remember that colors should always follow style. If homeowners want a cheering kitchen, they should focus on pale fruit colors. A Tuscan kitchen lean more toward ambers and golds, while striking modern designs are made using both very dark and very light tile. Read more »