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Tips and Tricks on Pairing Tiles

Tiles are becoming a popular choice in all areas of the home with the rise in technology creating more sophisticated coverings like wood-effect tiles and stone-effect tiles. The difficulty with all these options is how to make them work together. Because tiling a large space requires a sizable investment, it’s worth getting samples and experimenting how various tiles work together. These tips offer guidance on pairing tiles for the best look.

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The Tile Effect

Finding the right flooring for your home is tough, especially when you have pets and kids running around the house! While many flooring options are available these days tiles have stood the test of time. Hardy, waterproof and easy to maintain, porcelain tiles are fast becoming the material of choice throughout the home. That’s very largely due to advances in inkjet technology, which now offer the ability to create numerous designs, patterns, shapes and sizes.

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Classic Trends: Stone Veneer

Who doesn’t love a rustic, warm living room with the perfect stone veneer to complement their fireplace? This decorative, earthy covering accents many interior and exterior wall coverings.

What is stone veneer you may ask? Well, it is simply a synthetic cladding product that replicates the appearance of natural stone. Stone veneers are low-cost, easy to install and durable, which makes them the perfect candidate to complement your fireplace or any appropriate wall space inside or outside of your home.

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Tile Trends for 2017

This year at Cersaie, a leading flooring tradeshow, tile suppliers revealed the upcoming tile trends for 2017. Fresh styles emerged as materials were combined together in ways never done before. Traditional stone and wood look tiles reached new heights and advancements in technology created some of the largest tile formats ever seen! Marble inspirations were hot at this year’s show as well as textile tiles, which have been holding strong for many years.

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Marble Inspiration

It’s difficult not to notice the rise in popularity we’ve seen for marble. It’s everywhere – floors, walls, countertops, and even in random accessories! It’s always been a favorite here at Tile Solutions and it seems to be a big hit with most of our customers as well. Adding a touch of marble to your home doesn’t mean you have to go all-out and tile the entire room (although who says you can’t – marble is gorgeous!) If your goal is an elegant and classy looking room, marble is sure not to disappoint.

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Improve Your Home With Underfloor Heating

With the cold winter nights coming up, we need to turn up the heat. But are conventional heating systems really the best choice or can you save money and find a better heating solution? Underfloor heating is more efficient that other heating systems and can save energy and reduce your bills.

Low maintenance costs

One of the most popular reasons for choosing underfloor heating is simply because it barely ever requires maintenance after it has been installed. Moreover, most companies offer at least a 25 year guarantee for those rare situations when things get messy.

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How To Upgrade Your Kitchen On A Budget

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home and it’s true! An updated kitchen can make a huge difference in the look of the home as well as the real estate value. And don’t be caught up in the dollar signs, affordable kitchen renovations aren’t just a myth! You definitely can get a gorgeous kitchen in $500, it’s just about being creative and willing to getting your hands dirty. So if you’re tired of your lack-luster kitchen, be assured that investing in your kitchen is a wise decision.

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A Guide to DIY Natural Cleaning Products

With so many cleaning products available in the market, is it possible to keep your family and yourself safe from harsh chemicals? It certainly is. You can clean your house just as effectively with homemade natural cleaning products using ingredients readily available at home! They’re cheaper, improve indoor air quality and are much much safer, especially for children. Everyday products like baking soda (helps break down stains by loosening grime), vinegar (deodorizes, disinfects, and whisks away dirt and grime) , and alcohol (germ eliminator) make for great cleaners. So the next time you want to clean your home, try these simple DIY cleaning products.

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Exterior Siding Options For Your Home

Sick of the plain, old siding on the exterior of your home and looking for ideas? You’re in for a treat! There are plenty of siding options available these days, each offering different levels of durability, ease of installation, and resistance to water. And best of all, you can definitely find something beautiful that falls in your budget!

 

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Why wood grain tile is better than hardwood flooring

Do you love the look of hardwood floors, but hate how easily it scratches and gets damaged? Well, there’s another option out there for you. Wood grain tiles! Advances in the tile industry have made it possible to produce tiles that look exactly like wood but give all the benefits of tile. Tile Solutions has a huge variety of wood tile lines that offer you the beauty and comfort of hardwood but come the high performance qualities of tile.

Here’s why wood look flooring is gaining popularity over traditional hardwood.
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Ideas For Your Bathroom Layout

 

Designing a bathroom can be challenging and quite possibly the reason for a massive headache. Our guide to designing a functional and beautiful bathroom layout will help you achieve the space your family desperately needs.
Whether it’s a remodeling job or a new building, designing the bathroom is one of the most important tasks and requires thorough planning. Think about your needs. How many people will be using the bathroom? Do you need seating space for your daily makeup routine in the bathroom? Do you want a separate shower and bath area? What kind of items will you need to store in the bathroom? There’s a lot you need to think about!

Once you know what you want from your bathroom, you’ve got a better idea about the space, number of sinks and size of tub needed.

With this information in mind, you can begin placing key elements in this room – the tub, shower, toilet, sink. We’ve included three popular bathroom designs below to give you inspiration.

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Top 5 Tile Trends For 2016!

It’s reno time! Looking to bring a new look into your home, but you aren’t sure what’s in and what’s not? We’ve got you covered.  Figuring out the right style and design for your home is tough and it doesn’t get any easier with all the products available out there! That’s why we’ve rounded up the top tile trends that are going to take 2016 by storm, with strong emphasis on textures and patterns.

Creative Tile Patterns

Patterns have been popular in the past and they’re making a comeback this year too. Not sure which pattern to go for? A classic herringbone design will add drama to any room. Chevron, basketweave and windmill patterns are some other designs you might want to consider.

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How to pick the grout colour for your tiles?

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When preparing for a kitchen or bathroom renovation many people can spend days picking the right tile. After you’ve picked the right floor or wall tile, it’s important you pick the perfect grout colour to complement your choice in tile.

Why do we use grout?

Grout is an essential part of installing tiles. Grout help ensure the bond together tiles and it prevents the corners of tiles from chipping. For more information about the technical details of grout visit our education centre. Alongside to the practical uses of tiles, grout can also add aesthetics to your home. The colour of grout you choose can help highlight the beautiful tiles in your home.

Choosing the Grout Colour for Your Tiles
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Classic Trends: Stone Veneer

Who doesn’t love a rustic, warm living room with the perfect stone veneer to complement their fireplace? This decorative, earthy covering accents many interior and exterior wall coverings.

What is stone veneer you may ask? Well it is simply a synthetic cladding product that replicates the appearance of natural stone. Stone veneers are low-cost, easy to install and durable, which makes them the perfect candidate to complement your fireplace or any appropriate wall space inside or outside of your home.

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Pencil Rails and Chair Rails in the Home

Pencil and chair rails add a sense of proportion and a refined impression to your home. These pieces are used for both adding another dimension of decoration to your walls as well as protecting them from dings and scratches. They work well in the kitchen, dining room, bathroom or any room you would like to decorate.

Pencil rails are thin strips of material that are generally used to transition between different sizes of tiles or textures. They are also an excellent option for bordering mosaic tiles and other decorative wall pieces. Continue reading “Pencil Rails and Chair Rails in the Home” »

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Subway Tiles

Subway tiles have certainly stood the test of time. Subway tiles became popular over one hundred years ago in the early 1900’s when New York decided to use this tile pattern when decorating the brand new subway system. Today, subway tiles continue to be a popular choice for modern kitchens and bathrooms.

Traditionally, subway tiles were ceramic tiles and 3” x 6” in size, arranged horizontally in a brick pattern. Today in addition to ceramic, they are also made from glass. They’re available in small sizes such as 1” x 3” to large sizes of 6” x 12” and come in a wide variety of vivid colours. People are also using subway tiles in different patterns such as a straight line grid and stacked up vertically along shower walls. Finishes can vary from matte to crackle to glossy. For more tile patterns visit our flooring pattern page.

What makes subway tiles timeless? Staying simple and classic. Looking great because of clean lines, subway tiles are known for being both durable and stain resistant in nature. Continue reading “Subway Tiles” »

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The Modern Faux Wood Tile Trend

fauxwoodFor decades, homeowners have adorned the look of wooden flooring. The rustic brown colour of wood provides a sense of comfort and warmth in many homes. However, in today’s flooring industry, many porcelain tiles are perfectly imitating the appearance of hardwood.

These Faux wood tiles are preferred over organic wood due to their greater durability and simple maintenance. Whereas natural wood tiles are prone to chipping, scratching and stains, their faux wood counterparts can withstand such damage. A simple measure to maintain these tiles would be to frequently sweep with a broom. As a result, faux wood tiles provide homeowners with the advantage of the rustic wooden appearance, minus the hassle of constant maintenance.

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Why Use Tiles for Your Next Home Renovation

When planning a home renovation, choosing the right type of flooring is one of the most important decisions you will have to make. Choosing tiles over carpet or hardwood flooring has a lot of benefits for your home.

Here are some of the key benefits when choosing to buy tile floors for your kitchen or bath renovation.

Durability
Ceramic and porcelain tile surfaces have a much longer life compared to hardwood and carpet flooring.

Fire resistance
They are fireproof. They do not burn nor give off smoke or toxic fumes.

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