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!