Posts Tagged ‘bathroom tile’

  • Bathroom Tile Inspiration

    Date: 2011.12.20 | Category: Bathrooms, Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration | Response: 0

    The bathroom continues to receive increased attention in many homes as homeowners seek to create a tranquil, personal space. This retreat-like atmosphere is very desirable and can be created in endless ways. Not to mention, a bathroom remodel using tile is an investment that will add value to your home. (Read our previous post here for tips on creating a spa-like atmosphere in your bathroom.)

    Here are a few photos of gorgeous bathroom retreats to spark your inspiration:

    Image courtesy Ceramic Tileworks

    image courtesy Ceramic Tileworks

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    image by Garretson Tile Company

    image by Garretson Tile Company

    image courtesy of Trendir Modern Interiors


  • How to Regrout Tile

    Date: 2011.04.01 | Category: Tips and Advice | Response: 1

    Perhaps the tile in your home is looking a little worn. You probably don’t need an entire new set of tile, but a regrouting can do the job to give your tile a fresh look and fill in the cracks. Not to mention, cracking and chipped grout allows water to seep under the tile, which can cause a lot of damage. Regrouting will save you money in the long run!

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    This job can be done by professionals or at home with the proper equipment and materials. Here is a helpful video from Martha Stewart and Home Depot that gives you step by step instructions and great information on the process of regrouting.

  • Tile Art

    Date: 2011.03.30 | Category: Ideas and Inspiration | Response: 0

    We recently read a blog post from The New York Times about turning art into abstract tile designs for your home! The intricate details and interesting ideas are so fun…

    image courtesy New York Times

    image courtesy New York Times

    Read the entire article here.

  • Welcome, Spring!

    Date: 2011.03.28 | Category: Bathrooms, Ideas and Inspiration | Response: 0

    The official start of spring has finally arrived despite the chilly temperatures in Gettysburg, PA. The coming of spring means it’s time for some spring cleaning and giving your home the face-lift it needs after the cold winter months.

    We recently wrote a post on glass tile. One room where this type of tile is particularly conducive: the bathroom!

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    Since glass tile is so versatile it can literally work ANYWHERE in a bathroom- walls, vanity tops, back splashes, and floors! Also, many times glass tile is made from recycled glass bottles and jars making it an eco-friendly option for your home.

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    Another great feature about glass tile is that it’s resistant to moisture and temperature changes. (Perfect for inside the shower and bathtub area.) Glass tile is also extremely easy to keep clean with a mop and some simple glass window cleaner!

  • Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    Date: 2011.03.18 | Category: Ideas and Inspiration | Response: 0

    GREEN is a beautiful option for tile, don’t you think?

    Have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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  • New Uses for Lemons- Clean Your Tile!

    Date: 2011.02.22 | Category: Bathrooms, Tips and Advice | Response: 0

    This morning on the CBS Early Show, Sarah Humphreys the executive editor of Real Simple Magazine, talked about new uses for lemons! The clip is definitely worth watching and I couldn’t resist sharing one of their tips with you on our blog. Lemons have so many uses beyond food and one of those uses is as a natural tile cleaner! It is a  non-toxic and child- friendly way to clean the mildew from your grout.

    Still from the CBS Early Show Clip

    Watch the clip!

  • Linear Tile

    Date: 2010.12.17 | Category: Bathrooms, Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration, Kitchens, Tips and Advice | Response: 0

    A big trend in tile right now is the use of linear tile. Linear tile gives a really nice effect especially when used for kitchen backsplashes and bathrooms, but the effect can be used virtually anywhere. The different varieties and finishes that are available allows you to create a unique, contemporary look for your home. In addition to their contemporary look, these tiles can be effectively used to visually elongate a space vertically or horizontally depending on what you would like to achieve.

    Vertical tile in the bathroom in a stunning white. (image courtesy of

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    Really unique and beautiful pattern (image courtesy of

    Theses tiles from Daltile have detailed linear graining and high shade variation. This works nicely on the floor and on walls. (image courtesy of

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  • How Durable is Ceramic Tile?

    Date: 2010.11.05 | Category: Bathrooms, Custom Tile, Tips and Advice | Response: 0

    One of our bathroom projects

    When choosing to go with ceramic tile in the home, a commonly asked question is – “Well, how durable is it?”

    Ceramic tile properly installed, should last the life of your home with minimum care. Tile will not show wear when used on walls; unglazed floor tile also will not show wear. Glazed floor tile is dependent on the durability of the glaze and body and the amount of traffic to which it is subjected.

    Most manufacturers do classify the durability of their ceramic tile. Here is a guide for you to follow:

    Rating – 0: Walls only
    Rating – 1: Light traffic (residential bathroom floors) and counter tops
    Rating – 2: Medium-Light Traffic (residential interior floors except kitchens, stairs, landings and entrance ways.)
    Rating – 3: Medium-Heavy Traffic (all residential areas and commercial areas with similar traffic)
    Rating – 4: Heavy Traffic (all residential and most commercial)
    Rating – 5: Heaviest Duty Traffic (all residential and commercial areas)

  • Create a Relaxing Spa Atmosphere in your Bathroom

    Date: 2010.09.30 | Category: Bathrooms, Ideas and Inspiration, Tips and Advice | Response: 0

    Today is a gray, rainy day in Gettysburg, PA. A great day to talk about creating a spa atmosphere in the bathroom. If you’re out in this rain, you more than likely just want to curl up at home and relax! There are many ways to transform your bathroom into an oasis for relaxation and rejuvenation!

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    1. De-clutter. Nothing inhibits a relaxing atmosphere more than clutter! You want this space to be simple and clean, not busy and overbearing. Take the time to get rid of items you no longer need, organize the items you do, and start with a clean slate.

    2. Choose muted, soft colors. As in the photo above, they chose tile with a very soft, earthy color. Soothing colors will work best for creating your spa bathroom. Look for blues, greens, beiges, tans, and white.

    3. The right lighting: Natural light is always best, so take advantage of your windows. If that is not an option opt for soft lighting fixtures or vanity lamps -nothing too bright or harsh. You may even want to invest in a dimmer switch.

    4. Spa tubs: If you really want to create a spa experience, look at investing in a spa tub or jacuzzi.This is an upgrade that will add worth to your home and allow you to enjoy immensely! Jacuzzi tubs come in so many sizes, styles and prices to fit what is best for you.

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    Garretson Tile Company

    5. Add accessories. Strategically placed candles set a relaxing ambiance very quickly. You may want to look for bamboo and other “earthy accessories” to give the room interest, yet remain serene and light. An idea might be to get glass hurricane vases and fill with pebbles and seashells.

    6. Use all of your senses. Now that you have the look of your bathroom, be conscious about the aromas and your comfort! Lavender and chamomile are lovely scents that promote relaxation. Also, look for soft, terry towels or robes. All of your senses add to the spa experience!

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