Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Getting the Most out of the Deco Dots


We may be a little biased, but we love the Saybrook Vibrant Deco Dots collection on Limestone. 

We're pretty positive that other people feel this way too because if you scroll through our Pinterest page, the Deco Dots collection is still our most popular pin and has been saved thousands of times. Without any customization, these beauties come in sets of 16 individual 1x1 tiles on Limestone that make perfect accents around your home.  


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Photo Courtesy of StoneImpressions

What people might not know is that the design possibilities are almost endless with these tiles, and the option to customize the Deco Dots is always available. We get many calls from clients and designers asking if it is possible to use just one of the patterns in the collection or to order the patterns in different sizes and stone types- and the answer is yes! We love seeing the Deco Dots used in creative ways that we have never seen before. So if you love these classic tiles but have no idea how to use them in your space, we will give you some ideas to get your creative juices flowing. 


Repeat One Pattern

When you look closely at the set of 16 mini-patterns of the Saybrook Vibrant collection, you realize how unique and beautiful each tile is. Maybe one pattern stands out to yo,u and you would love to repeat it over a stove or on the floor- we love this idea. Below is an example of using one of the designs to accentuate your space.  

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Photo Courtesy of StoneImpressions

Enlarge the Sets 

If you love each of the patterns in the Saybrook set but wish they were a little bit bigger, that's no problem. As you can see in the backsplash below, the designer ordered each pattern as 6x6 tiles to make the designs more striking. We have also seen designers order the Deco Dots as large as an 18x18.


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Photo Courtesy of Big Sky Design


Use as Subtle Accents 

If you want to bring color and a little bit of change to your home without undergoing a full-on home renovation, try using the Deco Dots as mosaics in a space. Strategically scattering them around a floor or backsplash will create a simple yet elegant focal point.    

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Photo Courtesy of StoneImpressions

These ideas are only starting points to help you plan your next design. When you start brainstorming about what you can create with the Saybrook Deco Dot collection, you almost can't stop! 

The Bristol Deco Dots Collection 

If you love the Saybrook Deco Dots but also love the look of white marble, we have recently added the Bristol Deco Dots collection on Carrara to our line.  The designs are similar and the same "rules" apply for the Bristol collection.

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Photo Courtesy of StoneImpressions

Again, you have the option to enlarge any of the patterns you see in this collection. Below you will see some of the designs from the Bristol Collection as 6x6 tiles. 




Photo courtesy of Wayne Tile


Whether you choose the Saybrook Vibrant or Bristol Deco Dots collection, you will be creating a timeless design in your home.  

Brainstorming time!   











Monday, August 8, 2016

5 Unique Spaces to Dress up with Tile



     When we are lucky enough to receive pictures from completed installations, we are always in awe of the different ways clients use our tiles in their homes.  We are now seeing our patterned tiles used as center pieces on shower walls, rugs on bathroom floors, decorative stair risers, borders around fireplaces, and even on home bars.  While we love a classic kitchen backsplash, it is always fun to see our tiles end up in spaces we never expect! 

     Decorating your home should be a fun, creative process and a way to make your space personalized.  Using decorative tiles around your home is one way that you can take a plain space and completely transform it into your own vision.  Below we will show you 5 unique places to dress up with tile.

      1.) Shower Walls or Bath 

  Your bathroom should be your sanctuary.  It is where you spend your time getting ready in the morning and where you relax after a long day at work.  Whether you prefer taking a soothing bath or a shower to wind down, you should be surrounded by something that is beautiful and a design that you envisioned!  Try adding a shower wall or bath backsplash like the ones below to personalize your bathroom experience. 


Photo courtesy of Charmean Neithart Interiors
Pattern is "Watermark


Photo courtesy of MCA Systems 
Mural is "Portella

   
      2.) Floor Rug  

  Probably one of the most innovative things we’ve seen designers do is create a permanent “rug” in their client’s bathroom or kitchen.  Adding a tile rug to your home will definitely catch the eyes of all your guests and is much easier to clean!  


Photo Courtesy of Taylor Design Studio
Pattern is "Lena" from Artisan Stone Tile collection



Photo courtesy of Mod Bazaar, designed by McCullough Tile and Stone
Mural is "Ganado Red"


            3.)    Stair Risers

   Adding decorative stair risers to your home is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways of adding color and flare to your home.  It is such a simple addition to your house, but will make your staircase completely customized.  


Photo courtesy of Black Band Design
Pattern is "Lena" from the Artisan Stone Tile collection



Photo courtesy of StoneImpressions
Pattern is "Madagascar


            4.)    Fire Place 

  Like stair risers, adding a border around your fireplace can be a quick but impactful way of customizing this space.  Even though it might seem like you’re not doing much, this simple addition to your fireplace  that will create a unique and eye-catching focal point in the room. 



Photo courtesy of Tile Matters
Pattern is "Minore


Photo courtesy of Ashley Avila Photography
Pattern is "Zurich"

       
      5.)    Home Bar

  Black Band Design recently renovated a Southern CA home and we were amazed at the before and after shots. What really caught our eye was the home bar they redesigned.  We hope that this is a trend that continues!



Photos courtesy of Black Band Design
Pattern is "Lena" from the Artisan Stone Tile collection


     Renovating and designing your home can seem like a daunting and difficult process in the beginning with the endless ways you can customize your home and make it your dream palace.  Don’t stress yourself out too much when choosing what to change and redesign, the most important part of making over your space is that it is what you had envisioned and something you created!  




Thursday, August 27, 2015

Old Favorites; New Colors!


While you always have the ability to customize colors on any of our StoneImpressions designs, we love to add new ones for our favorite designs to offer even more range and possibilities! 

Take a look at just some of the new colors that are now "standard" for a few of our best-selling designs, but be sure to check our website for current color choices on all of our patterns!
Altalena Pattern 
With so many possibilities for this design, it was hard to limit ourselves to only 4 new colors! 

                                 Azul                                                     Graphite

                              Rust                                                                    Berry
 Marseille Pattern, Listellos & Corners
We are loving the new "Matte Blue" color collection in our popular Marseille line! Shown here on Thassos, the richness of this navy blue really shine through!
Cortina Pattern 
 Added to the Cortina Collection, this new "Grigio" color really adds a modern touch to this beautiful pattern.
                    Cortina Leaf Pattern - Grigio                             Cortina Vine Pattern - Grigio
Nicolo Pattern
                              Cobalt                                                       Veridian

 Soft, yet vibrant, the new "Cobalt" and "Veridian" additions to the Nicolo Collection provide the perfect accents of color to this intricate pattern.



Holland Pattern


Reviving an old favorite, the Holland Pattern, this new "Blue-Grey" color scheme features cool colors in a playful pattern. The perfect amount of charm for any kitchen!
Blue-Grey
What old favorites would you like to see revitalized with new color options?

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Pattern Tiles: A Perfect Choice for Your Fireplace


Image found on Pinterest through http://www.houseandgarden.co.uk
 
       Choosing a pattern tile for a fireplace surround can be a unique way to add a bit of personal style to any home. This relatively unconventional use of a pattern allows the homeowner or designer to add an element of surprise to the centerpiece feature of a room.
 
Image found on Pinterest through domainehome.com
 
       Originally, pattern tiles were mostly seen in Spanish style designs on floors, walls, counters, and fireplaces. This growing trend is now spans across all genres of design; from the old world Spanish to the sleek contemporary lines of a modern style home. With the small scale of most fireplaces today, these features provide us a great opportunity to be bold with our style and add that little something extra to our homes."
 
Image found on Pinterest through domainehome.com
       Both StoneImpressions and Artisan Stone Tile lines offer plenty of options of patterns to achieve this look. You can see our designs at www.stoneimpressions.com and www.artisanstonetile.com. For and up close and personal look at our product, use the showroom locator on our website to find your closest tile dealer carrying our products!


The Interlude pattern shown in Taupe on Carrara stone from StoneImpressions
 
       Also, check out our Pinterest board for more pictures of great pattern install fireplaces!
https://www.pinterest.com/stoneimp/pattern-fireplaces/
 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Series Episode III: Ellipse's Three Choices



Ellipse Collection
Ellipse Kitchen Backsplash

The Ellipse collection has a total of three color schemes: Chrome Grey as featured in the above kitchen backsplash, Noire Black, and Azure Blue. Ellipse’s embossed texture and continuum of diamond to circular shapes moves the pattern outside of each 12” x 12” tile and integrates the pattern on a larger scale. As you can see from the backsplash, Ellipse stretches from counter-top to cabinets without missing a beat.


Ellipse Collection
Ellipse Noire Black




Ellipse Noire Black is bold and glossy which creates strong definitive artwork for your home.




Ellipse Collection
Ellipse Azure Blue
  


 





Ellipse Azure Blue is a subtle matte suitable for bringing out light and soothing colors.














Ellipse comes on a large 12" x 12" Carrara stone. Come check out the Ellipse collection here or visit ArtisanStoneTile.com to see the rest of our collections.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Designworks with Drew: Creating Patterns with Custom Color

One of the greatest things about our product is that it can all be customized in nearly limitless ways! In a special new series, Drew, our go-to guy for all things custom, will discuss current or past favorite custom projects to give our readers a glimpse into his process!

On this job for Tile Market of Vero Beach, Florida, our client requested to change the colors of the Artisan Stone Tile Lena pattern using the colors seen in one of our StoneImpressions Clermont murals.

 
     Lena Pattern                                           Clermont Mural in Azul

The way I decided to approach this project was to take the Lena pattern and make four versions of it; one of each of the four colors that I sampled from the Clermont mural, and then I layered the different versions on top of each other.



I then applied "masks" to each of the layers so that each layer only showed the portion of each color that I wanted to be visible. This is also a helpful approach because if the client changes which areas they want colored a certain way, I simply have to reapply the masks differently, rather than redo the design.

Lastly, the client requested that some of the blank areas get filled in with some additional color, which I then added on top of the 4 layers, resulting in the finished product printed on our Durango tile:

 
Lena Pattern Original Color  &   Lena Pattern Custom Color


Using the same process, I recently did a similar custom color job for Mission Tile West in South Pasadena, California. This customer was interested in changing the colors of the Caprice Pattern to incorporate both gold and grey:

        Caprice Pattern in Carbon         Caprice Pattern in Custom Colors


-Drew

Custom colors can be done on any of our patterns! Colors may be pulled from our designs, matched to paint chips, fabrics, etc., or custom created based on a client's needs!