Cementing The Latest Trend In Design: Cement Tile

Architectural Ceramics

Manufactured in the mid-nineteenth century to cover floors with novel designs, bold colors, and to withstand footprints and the passage of time. A technique that uses a mold to make designs in many colors and a press to harden the tiles without requiring heat. Wait…Cement Can Be Tile?

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Creating Custom Designs with Homemade, Handpainted Terracotta Tiles

Architectural Ceramics

March 2016 – Rockville, MD – There are few things more exciting for designers and homeowners than being able to customize their projects exactly the way they want it! Pick a pattern and/or design. A sales designer can show you each option, including new or added colors.

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The Importance of Contrast in Interior Design (Plus, How to Make It Work for You)

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Contrast is an essential component of any interior design project. Image: Ann Lowengart Interiors Interior design buffs know how important a room’s first impression can be. This is the back-to-basics primer you need to take your designs to the next level.

Hospitality Design: Designing Hotels for Millennials


It has been forecasted that 24 percent of millennials plan to take more overnight trips in 2015 and this means hoteliers and designers must hone a millennial mindset. Understanding how millennials think and act is key to understanding how to design for them.

Low Maintenance Backyard Design Concepts

Trendir Magazine

Designing the perfect backyard can take some time as there are hundreds of different concepts that are currently trending. However, one trend that has yet to get out of style is having a low maintenance design concept.

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Tiled Stair Riser Design Picks

Tile Talk

Nothing adds more curb appeal, sense of personal style, and a real design punch than using decorative tiles on stair risers. Quarter-design patterns can be used to add geometric interest to the design. By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile.

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Rules to Pull Off a Successful Eclectic Design (Without it Feeling Overwhelming)

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Eclectic design is all about limitless expression. Image: Rikki Snyder Eclectic design is kind of hard to get a handle on, isn’t it? In a style that’s defined by mixing and matching, you literally have the ability to create any design you can dream up.

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Top 2016 Design Trends You Need To Know

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

As 2015 comes to a close, the question on most design fanatics’ minds is: “What’s next?” Which design trends will be popping up everywhere in the coming months? We have compiled a list of what we predict will be the biggest 2016 design trends.

Why Our Brains Love Symmetry in Design

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

We all know an example of good interior design when we see it. Have you ever wondered why that ability seems to come to us so instinctually, even though we may not be professional interior designers? Image Via: Terrat Elms Interior Design. Image Via: Moeski Design Agency.

Design in a Day

Life of an Architect

I have asked him to guest write on my site several times without success, but I finally had a topic that suited him … Schematic Design and “Design in a Day” Douglas Burke (aka: architectrunnerguy) Lives in Annapolis, MD.

52 Stunningly Scandinavian Interior Designs

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Known for its simplicity, function, and connection to the outdoors, the appeal and possibility of Scandinavian design has spread it all over the world. Image: Bask Interiors Fishscale tile is the new tile-style of modern Nordic design-lovers.

15 Home Design Trends That Rocked 2016

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Yet like any other, it brought new home trends that we saw go from the homes of prominent designers to our own abodes. Here’s a look back at all of the trends we saw influencing our own homes and design styles in 2016. Perfect for interior design lovers and mermaids alike.

Modern Tile Designs for Your Kitchen

Making Tile Modern

The handmade quality of the square and subway tile designs in the Kiln collection are also at home in a traditional or transitional home décor. If you don’t see your perfect mosaic tile blend, you can design your own and we’ll make it for you.

10 Exterior Design Lessons That Everyone Should Know

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

There are some basic exterior design lessons that everyone should know about. Designing the exterior of a home can be a complicated process of color choices, materials, balancing shape and lines— it is not a job for novice designers. Image Source: Design Guild Homes.

The Top 8 Design Trends For 2016

The Ace of Space

We had top design talent from around the country in attendance and, of course, the showrooms were all decked out in high style, dressed in their Southern “Sunday best.” I have to say AtlantasMart this year was one of the best.

Avente Tile Talk: Interview with Nutmeg Designs

Tile Talk

Interview with Nutmeg Designs. Today Im excited to share an interview with Margaret Almon of Nutmeg Designs. Card & Thank you Bill Buyok received from Nutmeg Designs. House Numbers 1670 by Nutmeg Designs. Garden Sign in Blue and Orange by Nutmeg Designs. design.

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Decorative Tile in Commercial Design

Tile Talk

Surprisingly, I''ve discovered some stunning uses of decorative tile in commercial design on the storefronts and facades of many buildings that pay homage to this state''s romance with tile during the early 1900s. Spanish and Moorish designs influence the border patterns along this storefront.

Avente Tile Talk: Islamic Star Patterns in Tile Design

Tile Talk

Islamic Star Patterns in Tile Design. Dating back to as early as the 7th century the Islamic Arts have influenced an array of cultures and societies, such as the notable geometric designs in their tile work. backsplash designs. bathroom design. design. design ideas.

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5 Design Resolutions for 2016 to Make Today

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

We’ve put together five design resolutions to help you get your home’s design just right in 2016. Image: Design Opera 2. Mocha, vanilla, cappuccino and latte are great coffee drinks, but boring furniture and design colors. Image: Ownby Design 3.

Edgy Design

KB Culture

Valencia-based Mut Design devised this collection of ceramic tiles after studying the way light plays off fish scales; they noted that color tends to seep and shimmer across the surface in an irregular, ripply kind of movement.

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10 Design Lessons You Can Learn From Scandinavian Interiors

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Scandinavian design is modern and minimalist with plenty of natural views. Image Source: Jeffers Design Group. You may be surprised to hear that the beauty of the Scandinavian design movement wasn’t fully recognized until the 1950′s. Image Source: Baan Design.

Tile of Spain reveals global design trends and innovation at CEVISAMA 2016

Tile of Spain USA

Spain has grown its tile exports, further solidifying their leadership position at the forefront of technology and design. Spanish ceramic tile exports grew by 6%, continuing to make Tile of Spain Europe’s leading ceramic tile producer – and the second largest exporter of tile worldwide.

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Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest – The Big Winners

Life of an Architect

In September of last year, I found myself in Scottsdale, Arizona, attending the Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest Summit and Gala. This has been a wonderfully enlightening journey and I am grateful to have been a part of something this big and impactful to the kitchen design community.

Office Design Trends: GIO Looks at the Changing Work Environment


Work environments are changing–and those who design and furnish offices are striving to keep pace. Over the last decade, we’ve seen a major evolution in office space design as companies migrate toward more open, flexible, and communicative workspaces.

Avente Tile Talk: Italian Made: Fashionable Tile, Design

Tile Talk

Italian Made: Fashionable Tile, Design. The Italians are famous for their design sense. From the clothing and accessories they design to their timeless architecture and art work, and of course their legendary sports cars. Azulej" by Mutina designed by Patricia Urquiola.

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Sunny Side In: Sunroom Design Trends and Tips

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

They embrace several styles and may include French doors that open to a deck or patio, and vinyl, wood, brick or aluminum around windows that, in many designs, span floor to ceiling. Their interior design can be as lavish or minimal as you desire. Sunroom Design Tips Abbe Fenimore , owner and principal designer at studio ten 25 , offers these suggestions for creating the perfect sunroom for your home. Ideas conservatory design tips design trends solarium sunroom

10 Ways to Add Color Into Your Bathroom Design

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Here are 10 easy ways to add color into your bathroom design, while still leaving the space feeling clean and put together. Consider using candles, baskets or decorative display shelves to really drive your design home.

10 Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes in Interior Design

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

What most of us don’t understand is that interior design takes a very keen and knowledgeable eye. Interior designers understand how color, lighting, room size, scale, and placement all affect how items look in a room and dictates whether they will make or break a room design.

Avente Tile Talk: Tile Fireplace Design Tips

Tile Talk

Tile Fireplace Design Tips. Today I will share three tips that can help you achieve the best design for your tiled fireplace. Design Rule #1 for Tiled Fireplaces: What’s your style? Just because you love a tile doesnt mean it will work with the design and flow of your home.

Why You Should Use Natural Materials In Your Design

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Image Via: Palm Design Group. As people add more organically-farmed whole foods into their diets and start to DIY chemical-free versions of household products, taking a similar approach to interior design is the next logical step. Image Via: Staprans Design.

Six favorite kitchen and bath design trends

JG Kitchens

This week, I’m going to focus on my six favorite kitchen and bath design trends. You can see their influence in design styles – glass-front appliances, thin countertops, sleek curves and glossy neutrals. It’s hard to believe I’ve been publishing this blog for six years!

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Made In the USA: AC Tile Lines Made in America

Architectural Ceramics

It’s there that Eden and her husband have active roles in the design and business side of things. ” Today, after 20 years of designing glass mosaics, Allison Eden Studios is expanding their artistry.

Fashion + Tile Design Collide

As The Tile Turns

In any industry, there are trends that come and go — just like fashion — and tile design is no different. Because tiles are a base material, like textiles that make up larger functional pieces, we often see significant overlap and borrowing in the fashion and interior design industries.

Custom Glass Mosaics for the Win!

Architectural Ceramics

January 2016 – Rockville, MD – There’s nothing we love more than fun and exciting custom designs! New Ravenna knocked it out of the park when they partnered with Architectural Ceramic’s designer, Yuvinka Deugarte, to design this glass mosaic. .

How to Add Modern Elements to Your Landscape Design

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Your landscape design is the perfect avenue to state your personal style, telling others what they should expect to see inside your home. These same design principles should be applied to your exterior landscape as well. Best Of design Landscape modern

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Modern Cottage Design Flaunting an Inverted Floor-Plan

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Modern cottage design can make you rethink your perspective on solitude. On the outside, the modern cottage design showcases dark frames on the windows, while the interiors are bright and cheery with matching white frames on windows.

10 Ways to Add Japanese Style to Your Interior Design

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Yes, peaceful simplicity surrounds the modest designs of Japanese culture. Thousands of years steeped in tradition have influenced Japan’s architecture and interior design aesthetic, resulting in a serene and very cultural interior design.

Creative Bathroom Tile Design on a Budget

As The Tile Turns

Is it time to upgrade your bathroom? Follow this detailed guide for getting creative, even while on a budget

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GIO Looks at Geometry in Design


In both commercial and residential design, geometric shapes have been a strong trend the past couple of years. From textiles and accent furniture to lighting and tile design, geometric shapes are prominent, and the trend shows no sign of waning. Why Do We Love Geometric Shapes?

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How Your Interior Design Is Influencing Your Subconscious

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Tailor your design so it pleases your body and mind. Image Via: Jessica Helgerson Interior Design. An area that’s not always taken into consideration is the philological effect of interior design on your subconscious. Your design choices unconsciously show your personality.