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35 Years of Inspiring You to Love Where You Live

As The Tile Turns

From a humble station wagon to Colorado’s most stunning tile showrooms.Decorative Materials has certainly come a long way. It’s been an exciting journey – and we’re just getting started. Through multiple decades in a fast-paced – but always inspiring – industry, we’ve consistently kept our passion front and center: capturing the best of Colorado living through exquisite and accessible artistry.

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Seeking Ceramics: The 2023 “Passport to Creativity” Tour

Tile of Spain USA

Tile of Spain USA recently hosted an esteemed group of architects, interior designers and journalists in Valencia, Spain for an educational and ceramic-centric experience on the annual “Passport to Creativity” Tour. During the eleventh edition of this trip, guests received an exclusive look at Spanish tile, not only from a design perspective but a historic and fabrication vantage as well.

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How do I Know What Cement Tiles to Choose?

Granada Tile

Cement tiles have been used in homes and buildings for decades, and for good reason. They are versatile, durable, and come in a variety of colors and patterns. However, not all cement tiles are created equal. Choosing the right manufacturer is important to ensure that you get high-quality tiles that will last for years to come. Here’s what you need to know when selecting cement tiles.

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Cevisama Curiosities: The 70s

Diary of a Tile Addict

We’ve cleared Cevisama ‘s trends, we’ve shared one of our favourite stands, and we’ve grouped together a whole bunch of mini-trends, but now it’s time to begin what you’ve all been waiting for – the Cevisama Curiosities series. This time I’m switching it up, creating ‘families’ of curiosities rather than the free-for-all you’ve grown accustomed to and the first family of this Cevisama season – The 70s.

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TISE 2023 sees attendance increase

Floor Covering News

Las Vegas—A revitalized Mandalay Bay facility, an impressive exhibit hall, education and event lineup and a strong floor covering, stone and tile industry were evident as The International Surface Event (TISE) held here earlier this year. According to show organizers, TISE 2023 experienced a 67% increase in attendance over the 2022 event with double-digit increases over events as far back as pre-2019.

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2023 Tile Trends: Statement Stones

Why Tile

Three weeks remain until Coverings, and we hope you’re getting as excited as we are. To share our enthusiasm and continue our National Tile Day celebration, we’re highlighting yet another 2023 tile trend. This week’s trend: statement stones. What makes a “statement” stone look? In design, we are seeing a significant effort toward individual expression… The post 2023 Tile Trends: Statement Stones appeared first on Why Tile.

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GIO Tile’s New Product Review

Giotile

It’s been a few months since our last new product roundup, and we have a plethora of fabulous new tile collections to share. In our ongoing mission to continue to offer our customers the latest in sophisticated and innovative tile products, we are consistently adding exciting new floor and wall tile collections to the GIO … The post GIO Tile’s New Product Review appeared first on Gio Tile.

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3 Must Have Tiles for Your Commercial Design

Granada Tile

When it comes to commercial design, one of the easiest ways to update your space is by incorporating new tiles. From restaurants to spas and coffee shops, tiles always add an extra layer of charm and character to any commercial space. If you’re looking for inspiration, Granada Tile Company offers a variety of handmade artisan tiles perfect for commercial designs.

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Stonepeak Ceramics Wins Coverings’ Best in Show Award

StonePeak Ceramics Blog

STONEPEAK CERAMICS WINS COVERINGS’ BEST IN SHOW AWARD NEWS Stonepeak Ceramics – Iris Ceramica Group (Booth 2619) secured once again the coveted Best in Show Award at Coverings 2023 with circular booth design that represented the relationship between humanity, the environment, and the company’s long-standing commitment to quality and sustainability.

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New merchandising concepts elevate tile category

Floor Covering News

T he tile category is awash with benefits to the end consumer. However, making the sale can sometimes be laborious for the retail sales associate. With that in mind, tile suppliers are touting new-and-improved merchandising concepts designed to support the sale. Following are the latest in tile merchandising concepts: D altile Daltile’s Statements 2.0 “Showroom Within A Showroom” is the brand’s innovative new point-of-purchase concept designed to simplify the tile selection process for customers

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2023 Tile Trends: Darkening

Why Tile

Are you getting as excited about Coverings as we are? Our review of 2023 tile trends keeps building our anticipation of the show — so let’s check out another! From high-end homes to hospitality interiors, darker hues are being used to give spaces a sense of modern elegance and edginess. Dark interiors can be calming… The post 2023 Tile Trends: Darkening appeared first on Why Tile.

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Sustainable, Coastal-Inspired Ceramic Tiles with a Hand-Made Feel

Rubble Tile

For over 130 years Mosa has been manufacturing tiles using the purest materials and the magic of innovative Dutch design. By embracing the Cradle to Cradle sustainability philosophy and a commitment to design, Mosa has become one of the most innovative tile makers in the.

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Cevisama Curiosities: The 70s

Diary of a Tile Addict

We’ve cleared Cevisama ‘s trends, we’ve shared one of our favourite stands, and we’ve grouped together a whole bunch of mini-trends, but now it’s time to begin what you’ve all been waiting for – the Cevisama Curiosities series. This time I’m switching it up, creating ‘families’ of curiosities rather than the free-for-all you’ve grown accustomed to and the first family of this Cevisama season – The 70s.

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GIO Tile’s New Product Review

Giotile

It’s been a few months since our last new product roundup, and we have a plethora of fabulous new tile collections to share. In our ongoing mission to continue to offer our customers the latest in sophisticated and innovative tile products, we are consistently adding exciting new floor and wall tile collections to the GIO … The post GIO Tile’s New Product Review appeared first on Gio Tile.

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Our Top 10 Concrete Floor Sealers

Onfloor Technology

If you have a concrete floor, you know how important it is to protect and maintain it. From residential garages to commercial warehouses, concrete floors need to be sealed and maintained against moisture, dirt, stains, and other wear-and-tear that can result in cracks and costly repairs. While there are many different sealers available on the market today, we will discuss the best concrete sealers here so that you have all the information necessary to make an educated decision about which to cho

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Flooring software technology providers up the ante at Surfaces

Floor Covering News

L a s V ega s —The 2023 International Surface Event highlighted the vigor with which the flooring industry is facing today. Flooring software technology providers were among those ready to support the industry’s vitality and growing needs in 2023. Following are the latest innovations from the industry’s top software technology providers: Broadlume Broadlume has long been supplying the floor covering industry with essential technologies such as websites and digital marketing tools but is now slig

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2023 Tile Trends: In & Out

Why Tile

Our countdown to Coverings continues with another 2023 tile trend. This week, we’re highlighting not a tile design, but a new type of tile: 2 cm gauged porcelain tile pavers. Increasingly more tile collections are including 2 cm thick pavers to match their thinner indoor counterparts, allowing for indoor-outdoor transitions with stylistic continuity.

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New Textile Pattern Porcelain Collection at Rubble Tile

Rubble Tile

This month, we’re featuring a new collection of textile pattern tiles that offer a modern depth and warmth to any room. Filose, from the tile mavens at AlysEdwards, provides the sophisticated aesthetic benefits of textiles designers love. Textiles in interior applications are gorgeous, but they.

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Geberit is working to protect forests in Tanzania

Ceramics of Italy

Geberit is promoting environmental awareness and working to safeguard resources through sustainable development practices. Ceramic sanitaryware production requires large quantities of resources and energy, while raw materials procurement and finished product transport generate further CO 2 emissions. As part of its commitment to technological innovation, Geberit has adopted a series of measures aimed at reducing the emissions from its energy-intensive production processes.

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We Need More Accessible Housing!

JG Kitchens

One person I wrote about in this week's post couldn't leave her home for almost three years because both entrances had stairs! Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies pointed to the accessibility deficit in its 2023 housing report and noted that more help is needed, especially for millions of people who can't afford to modify their homes. The post We Need More Accessible Housing!

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Ep 121: Material Selection

Life of an Architect

When you think of a building – whatever scale or project type, the items that go to create that building are most frequently associated with the materials that are selected that define the appearance of the building. Brick, glass, wood, and metal are all great choices – but the decision on what to clad your project in goes a long way towards deciding things beyond the appearance. … Welcome to EP 121: Material Selection [Note: If you are reading this via email, click here to access the on-site au

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Laminate enhancements fuel resurgence in 2023

Floor Covering News

T he resurgence of the U.S. laminate flooring category has been well documented. Over the past two years in particular, laminate has sought to recoup market share lost to certain sub-segments of the resilient category (i.e., SPC and WPC) due primarily to supply chain challenges with some popular, imported resilient products. This phenomenon forced specialty retailers and distributors to fill the void with domestically produced laminate flooring.

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2023 Tile Trends: Cemented

Why Tile

It’s our third week celebrating National Tile Day and counting down to Coverings. This is a long-time favorite, so we’ll cut right to the chase: Our third tile trend for 2023 is cemented looks. If you’re getting deja vu, it’s because cement-look tile was trending in 2020 as well. But while 2020’s trend focused on… The post 2023 Tile Trends: Cemented appeared first on Why Tile.

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Developing Metamaterial Concrete for Smart Civil Infrastructure Systems

The A to Z of Building

Concrete is the most commonly used building material and dates back to the Roman Empire. However, engineers from the University of Pittsburgh are attempting to redesign it for the 21st century.

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How To Balance College and Home Life

Kitchen and Residential Design

Are you struggling to figure out how to find a balance between your college life and home life? It can be difficult to juggle both and it's important to find a balance that works for you. In this article, we'll provide some tips on how to balance college and home life. Keep reading to learn more. Schedule home projects ahead of time. If you want to balance college and home life, you may want to schedule home projects ahead of time.

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An Often Overlooked Solution to Prevent Accidental Gun Deaths

JG Kitchens

I was thrilled to learn last week that the piece I’d written for CNN.com in January after a six-year-old Virginia boy grabbed his mom’s gun and shot his teacher was finally going to publish. Guns are now the leading cause of child mortality. That. Should. Not. Be! And it doesn’t have to be, as my […] The post An Often Overlooked Solution to Prevent Accidental Gun Deaths comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consultant and Author.

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Ep 120: Ask the Show – Spring 2023

Life of an Architect

Deficiencies of the Architectural Profession? Best non-architecture source for creative inspiration? When are you going to retire? We answer questions and more on Ep 120: Ask the Show - Spring 2023 The post Ep 120: Ask the Show – Spring 2023 first appeared on Life of an Architect. Continue reading Ep 120: Ask the Show – Spring 2023 at Life of an Architect.

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Emser releases 2023 Trend Report

Floor Covering News

Los Angeles—Emser Tile has released its 2023 Trend Report, highlighting concepts that it says designers will be focused on this year. The report outlines five key areas of design, as well as specific color and format trends to expect. The five design trends to watch for include: Natural Beauty; Style Statement; Textural Movement; Wellness Wonder; and Al Fresco Attitude.

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2023 Tile Trends: Cobbled 

Why Tile

Our celebration of National Tile Day and countdown to Coverings continues with a second 2023 tile trend we’re calling “Cobbled.” This trend represents any tile design that appears to be pieced together. With the same intrigue of a mosaic, we are drawn to cobbled looks for their unique configurations and casual elegance. Here’s why we… The post 2023 Tile Trends: Cobbled appeared first on Why Tile.

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Eco-Friendly Cement for a Greener Future

The A to Z of Building

Concrete is a highly utilized material across the world, and regarding human resources, only water surpasses concrete in terms of its level of consumption. A group of scientists at Rice.

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Tile of Spain Companies Showcase Ground-Breaking Innovations and Trends During the 39th Edition of CEVISAMA

Tile of Spain USA

Tile of Spain manufacturers returned to Valencia, Spain last month for the highly anticipated return of CEVISAMA , the International Fair for Ceramic Tiles and Bathroom Furnishings. This year’s annual event, the first to take place since 2020, was held from February 27 – March 3, 2023 at Feria Valencia, located in Valencia’s center city. Photo Courtesy of Marcos Soria, Feria Valencia STATE OF THE INDUSTRY During the Tile of Spain Press Conference, held on the first day of the fair, Vicente

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Experts Share Advice On Making Homes Safer And More Comfortable For People With Dementia

JG Kitchens

I’m extremely fortunate that neither of my parents suffered from any forms of dementia, but my sister and I are in our 60s now and not immune. I hope we continue unimpaired – and that you and your loved ones do too. Unfortunately, the number of Americans impacted by this condition will nearly triple in […] The post Experts Share Advice On Making Homes Safer And More Comfortable For People With Dementia comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consultant

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IBS/KBIS 2023 Show Recap

Life of an Architect

It has been a minute since we traveled to Las Vegas for the International Builders Show and Kitchen Bath Industry Show, otherwise known as IBS/KBIS. Bob and I make this trip in the first part of February. So I m just now getting to recap the event. The post IBS/KBIS 2023 Show Recap first appeared on Life of an Architect. Continue reading IBS/KBIS 2023 Show Recap at Life of an Architect.

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CTEF to auction off mosaic ‘Wally the Gator’

Floor Covering News

Pendleton, S.C.—The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) will hold an online auction for “Wally the Gator,” the 6 x 4-foot mosaic, alligator-themed mural designed and installed by Joshua Nordstrom of Tierra Tile and Lee Callewaert of Dragonfly Tile and Stone Works from April 1-30, 2023. The work will be on display during Coverings 2023 in Orlando, Fla. , from April 18-21 in the Coverings Lounge in Booth #4209.

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How Long Does it Take Concrete to Dry?

Onfloor Technology

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Starcrete: A High-Strength Extraterrestrial Construction Material

The A to Z of Building

Researchers from the University of Manchester have developed a new material called “StarCrete,” which is made of extra-terrestrial dust, potato starch, and a pinch of salt and can be used.

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Take Wally the Gator Home With You

Ceramic Tile Education Foundation

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