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Pebble tiles are an amazing detail to add to any environment no matter if you are going for a modern design, colonial style design, or even southwestern style home design. You can add pebble tiles to bathrooms, showers, kitchens, fireplaces, living rooms, or any other area. It’s all a mater of personal taste!
Being creative with your pebble tile will always “raise the volume” in an environment, and will almost always be a centerpiece of the room you choose to put them.
No two sheets of pebbles will be the same considering these are natural stones. Prior to installing your pebble sheets you may want to inspect them and remove any stones that are too different from the rest of the pebbles, and replace them with extra pebbles from one of your sheets. It’s just a matter of personal taste.
It is recommended to seal your pebbles before and after installing the stones. Without sealing the pebbles, the stones may be stained and turn colors after coming into contact with liquids due to the absorbent nature of natural stone. Sealing the stones will prevent them from absorbing liquids, and this should be done every 2 years to keep the stones “healthy”.
Typically pebble tile is found in 3 basic types”
Standard or Basic Pebble Tiles
Standard pebbles tiles are all natural and uncut stones. No modifications have been made.
Sliced Pebble Tiles
These are tiles comprised of the same type of natural pebbles and they have been sliced or cut so that they are all completely level and flat.
Standing Pebble Tile OR Stacked Pebble Tile
These are tiles that are made up of pebbles which are bigger than the first two types, and cut in half with the flat side on the bottom and the rounded side on the face of the tile.
For a wide selection of pebble tiles, visit our store location. We have all types of pebble tiles for a great price.
If you haven’t relaxed in a rustic style home, be sure to take the opportunity the next time it is presented to you. Just be prepared for pure relaxation. Rustic style homes are notorious for giving you that nature feeling cabin experience. If you are one who enjoys spending your free time camping outdoors, fishing, relaxing next to a forest fire, than the rustic style home may be your cup of tea.
What makes the rustic style home unique is its vast variety of different types of wood and stone combinations. As you can see in the images, choosing one type of wood is contrary to what you see in rustic designs. Don’t be afraid to have 2-4 different types of wood types in the environment. For example, in a rustic style home you may see a combination of redwood oak floors, mahogany wood walls, and lumberjack hickory furniture. The inconsistency of wood type is what gives the environment its natural outdoors feeling.
When choosing your wood looking material, you have several different options. Beginning from most expensive to least expensive you have: real wood, laminate, wood looking tiles, and vinyl. All are excellent choices and will achieve the same objective. Although, when choosing your material be sure to research into all the pros and cons of each.
Stone is another staple of the rustic style home. Generally speaking, you are most likely to find stone fireplaces or redbrick for the design of the fireplace. Large stone is most popular, but small stone will do just fine. Stone Slates are an excellent option if your fireplace has already been built with regular drywall. Stone slate installation is similar to that of tile. Simply add a layer of thinset and place the stone slate on top and let it dry. When finished you have what looks like a stone built fireplace.
Again, more wood and stone. Rustic style countertops are either made of wood or granite stone. Any type of wood will work just fine. As far as choosing a stone countertop, generally speaking you will most likely find brown tones as the colors of choice for a rustic style home. Brown tones blend in very well with any type of wood or stone.
A popular tile choice for a rustic style home would be travertine tile. Travertine provides the nature feel given that it has a porous texture and harsh stone look surface. The edges are not smooth which give it more of an outdoors floor look. Travertine typically comes in several shades of brown, which is a perfect for the rustic home.
Here at Bolder Image Floors we have an excellent selection of hardwood material, laminate, vinyl, wood looking tile, and stone slates. We always have a great sale happening and products on clearance. Drop in to see our selection.
Backsplashes come in a variety of tile sizes and styles. Which backsplash material is best to choose all depends on your particular style, what you already have installed in the home, and of course the cost.
A mosaic is a mesh type material with several pieces of tile glued to the mesh. Mosaics are the primary material type used for backsplashes. Mosaics allow you to install several tile pieces in one large chunk as apposed to having to install one tile piece at a time. The mosaic meshes most often come in a 12x12 sheet. The tile sizes glued to the mesh come in a variety of sizes and shapes.
A good rule of thumb when picking colors for each room/space is to stick with 3 colors max. Having more than 3 colors in most cases seem to be too busy for the eye thus resulting in a poor aesthetic layout.
With this in mind, be sure your mosaic matches a color you already have in your environment. If you can find a mosaic that has all the colors you already have in your environment, go with it!
If you are looking to redo your entire environment, one great tip is to start by finding a mosaic with all the colors you want in your environment and use the mosaic as your color template to design the rest of the area.
Larger mosaic tiles (2x4 tiles, 2x2 tiles) are beginning to loose their popularity. These tile sizes seem to just blend in with the rest of the environment rather than attract attention. If this is what you prefer, than a 2x4 or 2x2 tile mosaic will work best for you.
The smaller tile sizes on the other hand can create a more “busy” look and are considered to have more “movement”. This is great if you want a more eye-catching backsplash that stands out from the rest of the environment.
Backsplash material most often costs between $7/sf to $13/sf. Expensive mosaic may range between $20/sf to $50/sf. If you are looking for AMAZINIG style and a very unique look, than your most likely going to spend more than $15/sf. As you would expect, good design comes at a high cost. The good thing to keep in mind is that you probably won’t need lots of material to cover your entire backsplash area. So, if you decide to go with an expensive mosaic, the entire project may not cost you too much after all.
If you are looking to transform your fireplace into an eye catching centerpiece, stone veneer slates are an excellent choice. Stone veneers come in a variety of colors and different types of stone. The most common stone veneers are made of quartzite, slate, marble, granite, and travertine.
There are several colors to choose from. One rule of thumb to follow when color coordinating for your environment is to stick with 2-3 colors max in an environment. Otherwise having more than 3 colors mixed within 1 room can become too complicated to work with, and most often becomes too busy for the eye.
Installing stone veneers is no more complicated than installing tile. You can have your tile installer do this project for you, but be sure to work with a professional installer. Give us a call if you would like to have your stone veneer panels professionally installed.
The first detail to notice is the choice of tile size. These particular tiles are 18X18, which is a popular tile size to choose for a bath floor if you are going for a good design. When choosing smaller tile sizes, always be sure to seal your grout to prevent it from changing colors.
Dark tile will always work well with white details. For this particular bath layout, you can see how the walls, and tub have a much lighter tone compared to the flooring. This offset provides good separation, and provides a well balanced environment. Cabinets for this particular layout would need to be a light color. A countertop color to consider for this particular bathroom would be a white or deep dark (same color as the mosaic squares).
One of the details to consider here is the layout of the tiles. To arrange your tiles in a diamond pattern, you must push the corners of each tile against the wall, NOT the sides of the corners against the walls. If you lay the tiles with the sides against the walls, you are left with a checkerboard layout rather than the diamond floor layout you see in the image above. The aesthetic appeal between the diamond layout vs. the checkerboard layout is all a matter of personal taste, and is often dependent on the type of tile you are using. Designing the aesthetics of your floor arrangement is absolutely an art, and must be considered as such in order to establish a quality floor layout that works best for your environment.
If you look closer at the image, you will see a squared space beneath the table where they have brilliantly added 2x2 tiles, and arranged them into a rectangle patch. This type of detail is what adds the extra zest to your floor, and is what we hope you would like to achieve. Adding these extra details takes the floor to a whole new level. These extra steps are usually taken by those with a detail oriented mind.
The “Saturn pattern” is not a conventional term used to refer to the pattern type I am describing, but is a term we use to distinguish these tiles from other similar designs. The trade-mark of the “Saturn pattern” is when two different colors are swirled together as if it was once liquid and mixed only slightly. The entire tile doesn’t need to have swirls across the entire tile, only in certain spots. The pattern will look very similar to the patterns you see when looking at the planet Saturn, hence the name “Saturn pattern”.
When choosing a tile with a Saturn pattern, you will find that the floor does very well at grabbing peoples attention. This could be good or bad, depending on the quality of the tile. If choosing a floor tile with the Saturn pattern, be sure to choose a good quality tile. Marble tile, or polished porcelain tiles look amazing with this pattern. The polished surface brings out every detail in the pattern, and provides a very unique look to the entire floor. When it comes to "busy" tile patterns, the Saturn pattern is at the top of the list for sophisticated floor designs.
One of the most important details to consider when comparing polished tile vs. matte/non-polished tile is the difference in clarity between the two. All details in polished tiles can be seen more clearly, as if the image was taken by a high resolution camera. You will see no pixels, the colors do not blur together, and the color density is much more apparent. With matte/non-polished tiles, many times you can see pixels from the digital layer that is applied to the surface of the tile material. The difference between the two types of tiles is similar to comparing an HDTV image with a standard image. Although, non-polished tile provides a great style and is often a better approach to take. It all depends on the location you wish to place your tile, and your personal taste. Polished tile looks amazing in bathrooms, and modern style kitchens.
Lighter colors in a bathroom create a “clean” and “fresh” feeling environment, which helps keep you’re personal energy up. In the image above you may also notice the tile is polished. Polished material helps brighten up the environment even more so, as it allows light to reflect rather than become absorbed into the material. If the room leading into your bathroom is dark, it may be best to have a lighter bathroom such as the one in the image above. Having color shade transition from one room to the next is a popular trend in custom designed environments. The shift in color provides diversity, and uniqueness to every room.