Tuesday, July 11, 2017

5 Fast and Simple Renovation Ideas

     Summer has just begun which means it's time to kick those summer renovations into high gear!  If you're like us (and most of the population), you might be itching to start a new project on your home but have no idea where to start or what to redo.  While we love Instagram and all the pretty squares we see on it, it can be a little overwhelming when using it as inspiration and research for a design project--there is just too much!  So we've rounded up 5 summer renovation ideas that will make big statements without the pains of an exhausting home remodel. 

  1. Power Room Pick-me-up
If diving into a full-on master bath renovation is too overwhelming, try starting with a powder room or guest bathroom.  Redoing the tile in one of these rooms will be much quicker and will require less product.  We love when designers use a bold statement tile like the one below to create an eye-catching backsplash behind the sink.  

Karia Pattern from AST collection; Design by Tile Elements in Orange County, CA
Tile was used in a Berk Properties Home

2.  Kitchen Quickie 

Adding a backsplash behind your kitchen stove is another small project idea that will go a long way in your home.  You can keep the costs and renovation time down while making a creative statement in the best part of the house.  As you can see in the project below, an 18x36 decorative backslpash with liners can make a kitchen customized and unique. 

Pattern is Charmed from the StoneImpressions' collection
Design by Normandy Remodeling

3.  Surprisingly Simple Shower Niche

It doesn't matter how small that niche in your shower is--pop a few tiles in there and you have transformed your shower! This technique is especially effective if you have a plain looking bathroom and will grab your attention every time you walk in your shower.  

Pattern is Porto from the AST collection

4.  Border Up! 

When in doubt, put a border around it!  Not only does this save you costs on material, it also reduces install time.  Don't be afraid to go bold with colors and patterns on this one.  We love seeing this style in bathrooms and also in entry-ways.  

Pattern is Baku
Design by International Materials of Design in Overland Park, KS

5.  Bring the Heat 

While we love the long summer days in the sun, we also can't deny a cozy couch hang in front of the burning fireplace.  Adding decorative tiles around the fireplace is growing trend that is surprisingly simple and doesn't require much material.  

Pattern is Lena from the AST Collection

"Renovation" is a long word but it doesn't need to be a long process.  When starting out on a home reno, we think the simpler the better.  Happy renovating! 

Monday, April 17, 2017

What we saw at Coverings 2017

If you didn't make it to Coverings this year, we asked 3 of our designers to round up the most popular designs and styles they saw at the trade show and what they heard from other designers about upcoming tile trends.  It's no surprise that the timeless, all-white marble look is here to stay, but our designers also noticed new colors and finishes that look like they are going to be a big hit in 2017. Here is what they saw this year:

1. Large Format Tiles with a Faux Finish 

While walking through the Coverings booths, our designers said that there was a noticeable presence of large format tiles with faux finishes such as wood and porcelain.  We have been really enjoying the use of bright colors in furniture and decor, so we can see why this neutral tile trend is on the rise in homes.  
Image courtesy of MSI Stone

2. Clean Lines with Solid Colors 

The use of tiles with symmetrical and dark, solid lines is a style that our designers saw a lot of this year.  This style is perfect for a room that needs an eye-catching focal point.

Our new "Waterways" Pattern which is a part of the  Artisan Stone Tile collection

3. Gold/Metallics 

This color trend was surprising to us, but we heard from many designers that the use of gold and other metallic colors are going to be very popular this year.  
Two of our newest patterns, on top is "Morocco" and on the bottom is "Parasol"
Photo courtesy of Houzz

4.  Carved Stone, Etched Tile

Texture, texture, texture!  What we heard from designer after designer is how much they love seeing the texture in a piece of tile.  When walking around Coverings, it was also very clear to our designers that more companies are starting to create lines which feature texturized patterns and designs.  
Photo courtesy of Ann Sacks
5. Grey and White Tones

We think it's safe to say that the "all-white" look is a style that is staying put in the interior design world, and we aren't complaining.  What we heard from designers at the show is that they like seeing decorative tiles with soft grey and white tones to keep a room clean while also adding a pattern.  

Our new pattern, Sadie, from the Artisan Stone Tile collection

Photo courtesy of Spinnaker Development

We want to know what tile trends you think are going to hold up in 2017!  Our 3 designers came back from Coverings inspired and ready to create.  

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Installation Contest Giveaway!

It is finally time to announce our first ever "Giveaway!"  To show our appreciation for all of the work and creativity you put into your designs, we will be starting a 4 month long Installation Shot contest beginning January 1st!  
  • The 4 month contest begins January 1st, 2017 and will close April 30th, 2017.  
  • In order to be considered for the giveaway, please submit original images of StoneImpressions or Artisan Stone Tile installs to hilary@stoneimpressions.com.
  • Photo entry in the contest grants StoneImpressions the rights to use and reproduce the submitted images. 
  • We will also be giving away a $100 gift card to West Elm to a winner from each month, so do not wait until the end to enter! 
  • The winning installation shot will be judged on quality of the image and overall design.  At the end of the 4 months, winner receives a new

For any questions, don't hesitate to email hilary@stoneimpressions.com.  We look forward to seeing your designs!