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Celebrating Distinctions in Mexican History and Tile

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Mexico is a country whose customs are rich in tradition, be it celebrating a day in history like Cinco de Mayo with an elaborate festival, or hand-crafting Saltillo tile almost the same way today as was done at its conception decades ago.

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Budgeting for a Kitchen Remodel

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So you’re looking to remodel your kitchen. But how much does it cost to renovate a kitchen? Depending on the size of your space and the quality of finishes you’re looking to add, the total can range between $8,000 and $30,000+.

Employee Spotlight: Corporate Trainer Rachelle Bishop

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Genuine, hardworking, fun, knowledgeable — AC’s Corporate Trainer, Rachelle Bishop, is a valuable asset to our company and our clients.

Penny Round Tile Inspiration to Fill Your Home Renovation Idea Bank

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Tax Day. It always goes one of two ways: receiving a refund or owing Uncle Sam a penny or two. If you plan to use your refund on a home renovation project, then Architectural Ceramics is here to fill your idea bank with inspiration.

Interlocking Pattern Ideas to Create a Natural Looking Space

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The standard go-to for laying tile is usually a one third offset or stacked pattern using one size of tile. If you don’t mind getting a bit creative, you can create a beautiful and organic look by using multiple sizes of tiles.

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If Only The Road to the Final Games Were Paved in Tile

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We know in March and April, the NCAA Tournament is played on wood-covered basketball courts; but, wouldn’t it be sweet if the elite teams dribbled and passed the ball to the finals on wood-look tile instead?

4 Ways to Brighten Up Your Kitchen for Spring

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At Architectural Ceramics, we often collaborate with local architects and interior designers to craft well-designed and personalized spaces. When working with Sagatov Design + Build , that meant creating a modern, rustic and bright farmhouse kitchen perfectly suited to their client’s style.

Tile Tour: A Master Bathroom Decked in White

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Fresh white snow on Christmas morning, bright white lights strung over bustling streets, or white champagne bubbles on New Year’s — What classic imagery comes to mind when you think about the holidays?

12 Different Ways to Lay Subway Tile

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It’s Easter weekend. How are you celebrating with friends and family? If you have young children, they’re likely taking part in an Easter egg hunt. If you’re hunting for ways to update your traditional subway tile, then look no further.

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Design Trends: The 2019 PANTONE Color of the Year

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Remember Rose Quartz? That was so 2016. Really. In 2016, PANTONE’s Color of the Year was Rose Quartz 13-1520. Three years later, we’ve come full circle with another pink hue, but now in a much more lively option: Living Coral.

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Just Enough Tile is Not Enough Tile

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You’ve measured your project space and know your total square footage, but there’s more to ordering tile than an accurate take-off. Ordering the bare minimum to cover your square footage is a recipe for disaster.

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Design Trends: Going for Gold

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Happy Holidays! Architectural Ceramics hopes you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends. Now, it’s time to transition from trimming a turkey to trimming the tree. Christmas is almost here! Children everywhere want to spot Santa sliding down the chimney.

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The Great Outdoors: Tile for Outside Applications

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When you first think of landscaping your patio or other outside space, you probably don’t immediately think of tile. But tile is not just for your kitchen or bathroom – there are tons of great tiles for outdoor use.

Avoid Spooky Tile Situations with Advice from AC’s Customer Service Team

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Don’t let tile mistakes haunt your home renovation. With expert advice from Architectural Ceramic’s Customer Service team, you can be prepared throughout your tile purchase and renovation.

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4 Ways to Think Big with Tile in Small Bathrooms

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We all know the phrase, bigger is better. Heck, at Architectural Ceramics, we wrote a blog about it featuring our large-format tile. But, what if you’re not big on space? Inside the District, square footage often comes at a premium.

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Budgeting for a Bathroom Remodel

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Bathrooms are one of the most popular rooms to remodel. The average bathroom budget can cost between $5,000 and $25,000+ depending on a number of factors like size of your space, quality of materials, geographic region, and the number of items being updated.

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AC Tackles Commercial & Residential Tile Projects

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Fantasy drafts, tailgates, watching the game — Football season is a much anticipated time of year. At Architectural Ceramics, we love football almost as much as we love tile.

Going Above & Beyond: Backsplash Tile That Wows

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Thanksgiving. We all know a lot of effort goes into making a meal that typically features turkey. We all spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking in front of our backsplash. While subway tile is a popular option and has it’s place, we’re here to challenge the norm.

Bigger Is Better: Large Format Porcelain Tile

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Go big or go home. OK, we’d love to go through your home. Architectural Ceramic’s put together a small list of some of our large format porcelain tile collections. No matter the type of renovation, we can change the look of your home in a big way. About Porcelain Tile.

Events: Vienna Colormix 2018 with Sherwin Williams

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Thank you to all who joined us for the 2018 Colormix CEU Event in our Vienna showroom in partnership with Sherwin Williams. We took a look at the color trend forecast for 2019 in the form of six fabulous color palettes: Shapeshifter, Wanderer, Aficionado, Enthusiast, Naturalist, and Raconteur.

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Working in Harmony: Tile That Embodies the Principles of Feng Shui

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In today’s fast-paced culture, men and women alike have hectic work and home schedules. As adults, we often over-book ourselves with work, or our kids with school activities and birthday parties. Having a calming space at home to recharge may be more beneficial than we realize.

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Made By Moms, For Moms: Tiled Spaces with a Feminine Touch

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For a lot of mom’s, a simple gesture like a hand-made card, breakfast in bed, or a bouquet of flowers means a lot on Mother’s Day. But what about when she simply wants to get away to pamper herself in a feminine space?

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Take It Outside: Outdoor AC Tile Collections

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Whether you’re barbecuing near our Baltimore showroom, or you’re fixin’ to go grillin’ closer to our Atlanta showroom; summer is made for poolside meals on an outdoor patio.

5 AC Tile Collections with a Fall Feeling

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Pumpkin-spiced lattes, chunky knit blankets, falling leaves — Fall has finally arrived and there’s nothing better than the taste of nutmeg, the feel of soft wool, or the sound of crunching leaves underfoot.

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Community: Architectural Ceramics Proudly Supports Shepherd’s Table

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Architectural Ceramics attended Shepherd’s Table’s Fall fundraiser Infused with Love: An Evening at the Pearl on October 4 th , 2018 to support their mission of providing services to those in need within the community.

A Growing Trend: Matte Black Tile is Back

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In the month of November, we’re thankful for Thanksgiving feasts, Black Friday sales, and the ‘Movember’ trend where men grow a mustache to bring awareness to men’s health.

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

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If April showers bring May flowers, then Architectural Ceramic’s brings you a twist on the classic rhyme. Instead of flowers, let’s talk showers and shower tile. From the ground up, we’ll see what goes under and over shower floors and walls.

Surge: AC’s Glass-Inspired Ceramic

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During the month of March, we all feel a sudden surge run through our bodies, that sends us running to the party store for shamrock cut-outs, leprechaun hats and the like. So if you like St. Patrick’s Day and the color green, then you’re in luck with our Surge Collection.

Subtle Seaside Style: Tile Inspiration & Collections With a Soft Touch

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Summer is here. The beach is calling. This time last year, we featured a beach blog about AC’s Naturals Collection whose soft color palette and names are inspired by nature. Architectural Ceramics is at it again, this time with a focus on sea shells and mother of pearl as inspiration.

A Recap: 2018 Coverings Tile & Stone Show

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// by Betty Sullivan //. Every year, Architectural Ceramics travels to the Coverings Tile & Stone Show to discover new products, meet new industry allies, and strengthen our vendor & customer relationships.

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Back to Basics: AC’s Ceramic Tile Collections

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It’s that time of year, when kids to go back to school. We can’t scroll through our Facebook news feeds without seeing a tiny person holding a chalkboard sign with their name and grade on it.

Sealed with a Kiss: Hexagon Kiss Dipped Tile

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I think we can all agree that hexagon tiles aren’t going away any time soon. At Architectural Ceramics, we heart hexagons. From ceramic and porcelain to glass and marble, we have plenty of hexagon types to choose from.

Made In the USA: AC Tile Lines Made in America

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Because of the our nation’s Independence Day, the month of July is all about America. We take time off to visit family, take part in parades, and take a moment to reflect on our nation’s history that allows us today’s freedoms. We’re proud to be an American.

Getting in Shape: The Skinny on Tile Shapes & Patterns

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Losing weight. It stinks. Many of us use the New Year to kick off a new exercise plan. At Architectural Ceramics, we’ve done a little exercise of our own to come up with some of our favorite tile shapes and patterns.

Summer Blockbusters: New AC Tile Collections

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Lights, camera, action! Just like movies released this time of year hope to be the blockbuster hit of the summer, Architectural Ceramics recently launched a few new tile collections that we hope will be a hit among clients like you.

Some Like It Hot: In-Floor Heating Options

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Headquartered in Rockville, Maryland just outside the DC-metropolitan area, Architectural Ceramics is familiar with chilly temperatures in winter. Before the weather gets cold or you complete your next tile project, consider using in-floor heating as a way to keep your toes warm during these next few months. Because of our vendor partnerships with Laticrete and Schluter, AC offers multiple types of in-floor heating options.

Tile with Money in Mind

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The deadline is here. We’re all holding our wallets and our breath in anticipation of (cue the diabolical laugh) Tax Day. We all know that preparing and filing taxes is taxing.

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‘Tis the Season for Trimming Tile Edges

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Tis’ the season for trimming the tree, making a list, and checking it twice. Whether you’re hanging the last ornament on your Blue Spruce or sprucing up your home for the holidays with a renovation, small details make a space feel complete.

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A Clean Slate: How Rough Slate Can Have a Clean Aesthetic

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Notebooks, pencils, backpacks — August is a time when school supplies hit the shelves; and parents and kids alike stock up to prepare for the new year. Parents get their clean house back, and kids get to start off the new school year with a clean slate.

Trick or Treat: Trade Tips for a Sweet Install

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We all know the phrase: trick or treat! On Halloween, candy is the sweet reward after going house to house in our best robot or superhero costume. When it comes to tile in our homes, we all want a sweet looking space. If the renovation is done poorly, however, the result can be scary.

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Celebrating Women’s History Month: Women in Architecture

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Tile is what we do, but without architecture there would be no buildings to tile. This Women’s History Month, we salute the women who blazed the trail in the architecture industry. Marion Mahony Griffin February 14, 1871 – August 10, 1961.

Expect the Unexpected from Tile Variation

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Friday the 13th before Halloween — If you’re superstitious, you’re avoiding bad luck by way of black cats, cracks in the sidewalk, and broken mirrors. On a day like today, you might expect the unexpected.

Ready for Resale: Tips on Getting Ready to Sell Your Home

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Rockville, MD – May 26, 2017 – Ready to renovate for resale? It’s that time of year: you’re already done with your spring-cleaning, and the weather is warming up for summer.

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