Posts Tagged ‘grout’

  • Using Mosaic Tile At Home

    Date: 2013.09.11 | Category: Ideas and Inspiration | Response: 0

    If you’ve been looking for a way to add a little pop of color and texture to virtually any room in your home, mosaic tiles might just do the trick. When used to complement rather than clash, mosaic tiles can have an immediate effect on the overall tone of a room’s design and feel.

    When choosing mosaic tiles for your next design project, think about the room’s intended use, tile size and color. If you start with a design concept, you’ll discover that using mosaic tiles in the design of your home can be simple and straightforward.

    The small tile sizes make them easy to install and place, so have some fun experimenting with design and placement before grouting them down.

    Mosaic Tile

    Bathrooms and showers are perfect places to experiment with mosaic tile. It’s almost impossible to go wrong, actually. Here’s an example of mosaic tile used as a full-length wall and backsplash, as well as accent pieces in the shower enclosure for a sleek, modern look.

    Mosaic Tiles Project
    Geometric patterns work particularly well with mosaic tile and adds some visual interest to monochrome walls. You can mix different shapes and textures to create bold, stunning effects.

    Mosaic Tile Kitchen

    In the kitchen, mosaic tile walls offset the cabinetry and the warm tones of natural wood. The soft colors pair perfectly with the white finish on the cabinetry and brushed steel appliances.

    Mosaic Wall!

    Color, color, color! Brash, funky, and very cool. Big chunky pieces and wide grout lines make quite the statement in this outdoor pool installation, wouldn’t you say?

  • Six Principles of Designing With Tile

    Date: 2013.03.21 | Category: Ideas and Inspiration, Tips and Advice | Response: 0


    Color is always a designer’s best friend. Color choice sets the mood and tone of a room’s design and aesthetic and reflect our lifestyles and sensibilities. Bold to soft e. Do you want to make a modern statement? Use modern color treatments. More traditional? More muted, natural earth tones and pastel colors. Mixing colors in the same room can have an incredibly dramatic effect.
    Colored Tiles

    Direction and Pattern

    A block or grid pattern can be static and sensible; turning the tile to a 45 degree angle in a diagonal pattern can again add interest and the suggestion of movement. From herringbone to basketweaves, insets to more elaborate inlays, even the ubiquitous 4 x 4 inch tile can have a dramatic and sustaining effect on a room’s overall design.
    Tile Pattern


    Choose your grout carefully. There are a variety of grouts available, specific to installation needs. A grout in a contrasting color will emphasize the tile pattern, a grout in a complimentary colors to the tile will emphasize the tile itself.
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    Don’t underestimate the importance of the size of an individual tile itself! The size of the tiles will affect the perception and appreciation of a design. Small tiny 1″x1″ tiles have a much different look than 24″x24″ tiles. The 13″x13″ tile is the ‘standard’ size for tile. Using larger or smaller tiles and combining them will effect the look will achieve. Too large of a tile overpowers the design, as can too small a tile.


    There are decorative tiles available — listellos, corners, insets and mosaics, for example. Create medallions or an area rug look on a floor or build visual interest with horizontal lines of listellos on a wall.
    Decorative mosaic tiled walls in the Mexuar


    You can use various textures together for unique effects. Insetting river stones into heavy grout lines or creating patterns using small pieces of broken and mixed tile, for example, or using rough, rustic textured tile with polished glass tile or a heavily-glazed ceramic.
    tile texture background pattern

  • Choosing The Proper Grout

    Date: 2013.01.22 | Category: Tips and Advice | Response: 0

    For the home DIYer, there are three basic types of grout available, each of which have specific uses and applications. It is important to select the correct grout for your particular installation to cut down on maintenance and potential replacement costs. Grout, properly installed and sealed, will last for the lifetime of your tile.

    Non-sanded (or Unsanded) Grout Specifically made for finer grout lines (less than 1/16″), unsanded grout is especially well suited for use on vertical surfaces as it is stickier than the sanded variety. As unsanded grout cures, it will shrink, so only use it for applications with small grout lines. If you try to fill grout lines that are too large, the grout will shrink enough during curing to pull away from the sides of the tile, leaving gaps.

    Sanded Grout Designed for grout lines 1/8″ and larger, sanded grout has, as the name suggests, been amended with a fine sand to prevent excessive shrinkage during curing and to give more body to the grout. It is the grout of choice for the majority of tile installations. A word of caution if you’re using polished stone tiles like granite, marble, or limestone: sand is an abrasive and could mar the finish during grout installation. Epoxy grout may be a better choice.

    Epoxy Grout Durable, waterproof, and stain-resistant, epoxy grout is the most versatile kind of grout. It can be used in place of both sanded and unsanded grout in nearly every application. The two parts of epoxy grout – the base and the activator – grout must be mixed before application, triggering a chemical reaction. Some brands of epoxy may contain a third part – the pigment – to match the grout to the tile. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions closely when preparing your epoxy grout for application.

    Choosing the proper grout for your installation will prevent problems and headaches down the line.

  • All About Grout

    Date: 2012.04.10 | Category: Custom Tile, Tips and Advice | Response: 0

    Grout, the colored mortar between the tiles, has been drastically improved in recent years. Grout helps hold your tiles in place as well as seals the space between them. It also acts as a frame around the tile and should complement the color of the ceramic tile. Numerous colors are available to coordinate with your tile choice.

    A few things to keep in mind when it comes to grout:

    * The Grout Color. The actual finished grout color in an installation is affected by moisture, temperature and installation techniques. Because of these variables, the installed shade may differ from a showroom sample. Choose grout color to blend rather than match.

    * Proper Maintenance.Today there are grout formulas that contribute to stain and mildew resistance. Good maintenance procedures that remove surface soil always improve the appearance of any ceramic tile installation. For tile cleaning tips click here.

    * Using a Sealant. Improved sealers can assist in keeping the grout at its best.

    * A word of advice for the DIY-er: Grouting can be a difficult task and requires a level of skill to ensure the look of your tile for years to come. When it is properly applied and maintained, your tile will have a fresh look for many, many years. However, even just one wrong move in the application process can cause the grout to crack, become dry, and hold stains for years. Here are some tips for a good grout application. 

  • Glitter Grout

    Date: 2011.11.04 | Category: Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration | Response: 5

    Check out this glitter grout for those that truly want to make a statement! Read about it here.

  • 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.