August, 2017

Back to Basics: AC’s Ceramic Tile Collections

Architectural Ceramics

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.

How to Seal Cement Tile Grout

Granada Tile

Cement tiles are handmade artisan products renowned for their amazing array of design possibilities and unmatched durability when compared to other tiles. Like all concrete and natural stone, cement tiles are porous.

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Back To The Future in 2017, Tile Trends Part 2

Tile of Spain USA

This is part 2 of a two-part series To view part one of Back To The Future in 2017, click here. Spanish ceramic tile is the ultimate tool for architects and designers to create spaces that will withstand the passing of time.

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Porcelain Paving Patio Edging Ideas

The London Tile Co.

Porcelain is quickly becoming one of the most popular material choices for patios and terraces; whether this is due to its hardwearing and long-lasting properties or the range of stylish colours and styles available we’re not sure – most likely a combination of both.

Outdoors to Indoors: How to integrate your indoor flooring to your outdoor living

As The Tile Turns

Home design can be an incredibly rewarding field. As a designer, your goal is to see that look of wonder and satisfaction when your client sees your complete design as a perfect reflection of their ideal living space.

Avente Tile Launches New Website and Blog

Tile Talk

By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Welcome! I'm pleased to announce that our blog and website have moved to a new hosting platform that is responsive and mobile ready. It's been a big effort with all "hands on deck" here at Avente Tile.

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Switching Gears: AC’s Mosaic Tile Collection

Architectural Ceramics

Summer is nearly over. As a result, families find themselves switching gears from vacation mode to getting back to the grind with school and work. While kids are stocking up on school supplies, adults are taking stock of their upcoming projects for the second half of the year.

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“Two Homes In Oropesa” Wins Tile of Spain Award in Architecture

Tile of Spain USA

A panel of renowned architects recently awarded winners in the 15th annual Tile of Spain Awards , presented by ASCER. The first place award in the Architecture category was presented to ‘Two Homes in Oropesa” (Toledo, Spain) by Paredes Pedrosa Architects.

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September Featured Tiles: Marl & Burnt Oak

The London Tile Co.

After another typically British summer, switching between heatwaves and downpours, September is here and with it brings thoughts of crisp autumn days and our new Featured Tiles. This month we have two very different, but both fantastic, tile ranges to show you – read on to find out more. Burnt Oak. Inspired by the worn and charred hearths of cosy country fireplaces, each tile in the Burnt Oak range has a slightly different design to help create a natural look.

Bold Tile Design

As The Tile Turns

When it comes to incorporating tile into your home, there are endless possibilities. Tile gives you the opportunity to add color, texture and beauty that are just not possible with other mediums. Many people, however, opt for very simple designs.

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Bathroom Sample Photos From Tile Shop

How to Floor Tile

I like to see displays of tile in bathroom. It appears there is a lot of Marble and more metal trim these days and I have made my opinion known about these products.

Switching Gears: AC’s Mosaic Tile Collection

Architectural Ceramics

Summer is nearly over. As a result, families find themselves switching gears from vacation mode to getting back to the grind with school and work. While kids are stocking up on school supplies, adults are taking stock of their upcoming projects for the second half of the year.

How Outdoor Floor Tiles Can Upgrade Your Backyard

Granada Tile

Upgrading the backyard and turning it into the favorite place to relax, unwind, entertain friends and family, and play with the kids is something many homeowners have on their dream to-do lists.

Ceramic Tile – A Solid Bet for Young Architects

Tile of Spain USA

T he use of ceramic in construction dates all the way back to 30,000 BC, when clay mortars were used to hold a structure made of branches and canes together. Although we’ve come a long way from branch houses, ceramics are still constantly evolving. New technologies have made ceramic tiles one of the most innovative architectural materials available today, and the youngest generation of architects is jumping on board.

Aging in Place Tips from The Forward

JG Kitchens

This is my latest piece on aging in place for a 103-year-old publication, The Forward. As you’ll see when you click the link , it addresses the “aging in place” subject from a Biblical perspective: “Thou shalt honor thy mother and father.”

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August Featured Tiles: Chatsworth & Lyra

The London Tile Co.

Summer is in full swing and despite the up and down weather we are having a great time enjoying our new external tile display garden. Every month we like to pick two tile ranges and tell you about them in a bit more detail, and give you a 10% discount too. This is valid online and in any of our showrooms, so read on if you’d like to know more. Chatsworth. First up we have the Chatsworth range, which is a traditional looking tile that comes as a modular pack of six tiles.

WEBINAR: Capillary Passive Drainage for Exterior Tiling Installations

The Pulse: Ardex Americas

Join us on August 22 at 1:00 pm Central Daylight (2:00 pm ET) time for a one-hour educational webinar. Exterior tile and stone installations are becoming more popular and requiring the use of specialized installation materials to handle the tough demands of tiling outside.

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These 15 Basement Bar Ideas Are Perfect For the “Man Cave”

Trendir Magazine

Is your beau creating a macho escape for himself – and the buds – down below? These 15 basement bar ideas are perfect for the “man cave” in your home. Of course, everyone will eventually get to enjoy the space when any kind of entertaining needs come to call.

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The Ebell of Los Angeles Is A Treasure of Fez Cement Tiles

Granada Tile

A popular space for weddings and parties, we’re flattered to learn that the venue’s main room has a floor of Granada Tile’s Fez cement tiles in black and white creating a stunning backdrop for any event. Bring the beauty of cement tiles into your home or commercial space.

Architectural Graphics 101 – Wall Types

Life of an Architect

Architectural Graphics 101 is back and today we are talking about wall types, a topic so sexy that I don’t know how anybody is going to make it all the way through this post without having to take a shower.

Aqua Mix Non-Cement Grout Haze Remover from Custom Building Products

CUSTOM Insights Blog

Custom Building Products recently strengthened its line of award-winning Aqua Mix tile and stone care products with a focus on grout haze prevention and removal.

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

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. Contrast is an essential component of any interior design project.

The Art of Putting Pieces Together: Fabulous Mosaics

The Pulse: Ardex Americas

Self-taught artist Fabrice Allen composes stunning tile and glass mosaics. He started this lion with a statue made from a resin mold. All of the mirror glass [pieces] were hand cut from big sheets to the small pieces you see on the finished product,” he explains.

Home Bar Ideas for a Modern Entertainment Space

Trendir Magazine

If you love putting together new drinks and entertaining family and friends than having a home bar should be on your next to-do list. Nothing screams entertainment quite like having a home bar. Before you begin customizing your home bar you want to figure out exactly where you want it.

Interior Designer Kari McIntosh Choses Granada Tile For Her Home

Granada Tile

In the laundry room of her home in San Mateo, California, designer Kari McIntosh Dawdy of Kari McIntosh Design , uses Granada Tile’s Lille cement tiles in grey and white to add a wash of fun and pattern to the otherwise white room.

Designing a Small Bathroom

Conestoga Tile Blog

Do you have a small bathroom but big dreams for it? Tiny bathrooms are very common in older homes and homeowners have taken a stand. Having a small bathroom does not mean your design dreams need to be put on hold. We want to help you maximize the potential of your small bathroom with four easy tips.

Live Your Colors with Modwalls Tile

Making Tile Modern

Shop Modwalls Tile Sale. Guess what? All of our in stock Lush glass subway tile is on sale at up to 45% off of retail. Registered trade accounts will get your standard discount in addition to the sale price. What’s not to love about that? tilelove #moderntile #glasstile #subwaytile #freshtile.

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Here’s How to Incorporate the 2017 Copper Trend into Your Interiors

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. Copper is truly the hot metal in 2017.

Glamour by Florida Tile Features Striking 3-D Wall Tiles in White & Metallics

ISC Surfaces

Mirror Pyramid 14x39 White Diamond 9x18 Glamour is an unique line that pairs elegant white porcelain tile with three-dimensional ceramic wall tiles in white and metallics.

15 Glass Backsplash Ideas To Spark Your Renovation Ideas

Trendir Magazine

Glass backsplashes are beautiful in a variety of areas around the home. It’s innovative and modern, and fits well into both kitchen spaces as well as the bathroom. Check out these 15 glass backsplash ideas and allow them to spark some ideas for your home’s renovation or redesign.

VersaLite Stone® Veneer – Cut the Cost, Add Flexibility

The Tile Doctor

Let’s face it, purchasing and installing natural stone can be incredibly expensive and time-consuming. Then there is the process of finding and hiring of a qualified installer. The weight of the stone is a large issue, because it becomes so hard to transport and allows for no flexibility, Material - Tile, Natural Stone, Marble

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Are You Ready to Update Your Bathroom?

Conestoga Tile Blog

First, look around your space. What are the dominant features of this room? Most would say the shower and bathtub. Updating to a tub or shower would be a way make large changes, even though you might be tempted to stay with the fundamentals.

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Live Your Colors with Modwalls Tile

Making Tile Modern

We love this Mosaic tiled powder room! It’s our Brio City Sunshine tile blend which will also work well on floors and shower walls. In stock now @modwallstile. shoponline #moderntile #mosaics #freshtile #colortile.

Refurbished Stone House in Portugal Unveils Modern Interiors

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

Rehabilitating a century-old stone construction of 400 square meters (4,305 square feet) was a challenging task for the team at AR Studio Architects. The Eira House , located in the city of Vale de Cambra, Portugal, was completely refurbished, without compromising its original architecture features.

Serentina Glass & Stone Mosaics from American Olean

ISC Surfaces

Serentina Zen Herringbone Serentina by American Olean is a mosaics collection crafted with eye-catching glass and stone. It features striking geometric designs in three versatile patterns and six unique color blends.

15 Pool Designs To Check Out Before Deciding On Your Own

Trendir Magazine

Are you thinking about getting a pool put in your own backyard? Before diving into that big decision, here are 15 pool designs to check out first! From smaller to larger – and deeper – there are lots of things – and shapes – to consider before taking the plunge.

GIO Tile’s Top 10 Instagrams of All Time


Who doesn’t enjoy the plethora of visual treats available on Instagram? Scroll through this beloved social platform, and you’ll find mesmerizing photos of anything that interests you, from beautiful landscapes and sunsets, to adorable puppies, kittens, and babies, and lots of food and drink. And lots and lots of architecture and interiors. Instagram, which launched … Design Trends Tile Trends