Variations in Tile

Nexa Copper

Nexa Copper

One of the most important things when choosing tile is the variation. Some tiles vary more than others. Some tiles vary subtly and others are more extreme. And choosing the right tile for your home is much easier when take the variations in the tile itself when deciding. One of the ways we try to help in that regard is by putting together displays with the tile and grouted to help in the decision process. Another way we do this is by installing a number of tiles on the showroom floor, in different patterns to help you find the right tile for you and your home. We also have a number of brochures and literature for you to look at and help you decide as well samples you can take home to see how it will look in your home and your lighting.

 

Kerala Mantra

Kerala Mantra

Even when you are choosing a tile with minimal to no variation you can help offset that with various patterns and designs. One of the most common ways to hide minimal and no variation within the tile is to put a medallion or decorative piece every so often. This helps by drawing the eye to different spots or focal points within your home. Helping offset the lack of variation within the tile itself. As well as drawing attention to areas of your house that you want to highlight.

 

 

Mid Century Modern Floors

Kerala Karma

Kerala Karma

One of the new trends is the mid century modern homes. These homes are now using more of the light to medium shades of wood looking tile rather than the darker shades that seems to be more prevalent in other home remodels. These homes can be found in the heart of Las Vegas that are being renovated and refurbished.

While there are those who are trying to go with the looks and styles of the mid century modern looking tiles. There are still those who are going with the wood looking tile. Going for more of the coastal and mid-western feel rather than what was more common to find in our desert clime.  And some of the more daring are going with the more modern larger format tiles that are coming into vogue.

Sequence Breeze

Sequence Breeze

Though many are going with more lighter colors verses the darker colors in many of the newly renovated mid century contemporary homes that are coming on the market as well as those who are staying in their newly remodeled homes. Both of the light wood looking tiles and the larger lighter modern looks are making a big debut with many of the new designs that are coming out in the new selections that the factories are now producing. Adding even more selection and variety to all who are looking at remodeling and building their homes today.

 

Modern and Contemporary Looks

Nexa Iron

Nexa Iron

The Modern and Contemporary looks are making a big splash into the Las Vegas Market this year. One of the new looks is available in not only in the 18×36 inch size but also is blending the high-low effect to give a striking and distinctive metallic look. Giving the look a semi gloss finish that when the light hits it just so it appears shinny without the high maintenance of a high gloss finish. While being available in a variety of sizes many of these new modern and contemporary looks are being done in the style of rectangles verses the standard square looking tiles. And many of the modern and contemporary looks are leaving the light colors and are going for more darker and richer colors.

 

Sequence Vortex

Sequence Vortex

One of the other series that is now being introduced is a modern palette with a traditional look. With the Sequence it is a liner travertine look. But with such light veining and with the richness and darkness in the veining gives this very traditional look a different and more modern appearance. And with the rich contrast in its coloring one can have a very modern and traditional style home. Perfect for those who are wanting to blend and merge the modern and traditional style in their homes.

The Classics are Coming Back

Retroclassique Lily

Retroclassique Lily

The thick body ceramics from the early 1900s are coming back in style. These old school tiles are being used again in kitchen back-splashes and bathroom walls. With these old school style tiles is the blending of the latest high tech in glazes and applications. Allowing for the merger and blending of the latest fashions and trends to go with the refurbishing and designing of these lost eras of time and making them new again. What might be considered imperfections in today’s world of tile is not true with these tiles. The soft rounded corners and edges are done on purpose by the manufacturers trying to revive and revisit this lost era of time.

 

Retroclassique Pewter

Retroclassique Pewter

For the architects and those who are trying to recapture the glory and looks of the Victorian Age, these thick ceramics are essential for kitchens and bathrooms. And if one is looking at blending of the Victorian Age with the modern looks of today. These tiles are a bonus since they are also available in the cool tones we are seeing people going with now in the more modern and contemporary settings. Not being available in only just dark or light greys but in both with the remarkable mixture of dark and light tones in each color palette in each color giving you the best possible to make the right choice for your home.

 

Retroclassique Avocado

Retroclassique Avocado

Retroclassique Mocha

Retroclassique Mocha

 

Vintage Wood Looking Tiles

Alava Lodge

Alava Lodge

Vintage is the new thing in all fashions this year. What was once considered old and out dated is now appearing as the hottest new trends in most fields of fashion. The reclaimed wood looks are becoming one of the most popular woods looks in the market. If you are looking for the reclaimed wood look from a farm or from the industrial revolution, these new wood looks are inspiring. The richness in color coupled with the feel and texture gives you the appearance of real hard wood floors. With the minimal upkeep of tile. With busy schedules, pets, and children the low maintenance and durability of tile makes these the best choice for those who want to have wood floors but don’t have the time, or want to maintain hard wood floors.

Cellar Char

Cellar Char

The rich and diverse colors that run in many of these new wood looks allows one to mix and match different colors and hues so you can work with more variety, and colors in your home. This is wonderful because it allows one to blend and merger different looks, without the clashing of different looks and styles that would make decorating more difficult in your home. And instead make it more harmonious when you are wanting to blend different looks and themes in your home. As well as allowing you to change your decor in your home without having to change your flooring as well as changing your furnishings.

 

Kerala Mantra

Kerala Mantra

Kerala Karma

Kerala Karma

With Wood Looking Tile Variation is Key

Cellar Tone

Cellar Tone

For many of the people who are looking at wood looking tile, the most important part is that there floor resembles wood. And for that to happen variation is key. With many of the wood looking tiles we are showing the factories have made that their goal. Using high definition and digital printing the images are crisper and cleaner. And with many of the tiles they are varying 70 feet or more before they are repeating. And in some cases even up to 180 feet. With that variation the appearance of these wood looking tiles are more in align with the natural wood floors. But with the durability and strength of tile to stand up to some of the most extreme tests you can perform.

Kerala Mantra

Kerala Mantra

Some of the factories have even gone to the trouble of going to old factories and looking for the reclaimed wood paneling and flooring that one would find in cabins, barns, and else where. To find and capture the looks and feel of some of these wood looking tiles. So at the first glance you think you are looking and walking on real wood floors and not tile. And even after walking, looking, and touching these tiles you are still almost believing that this is not tile but wood you are walking on.

One Size Or Two For Your Wood Looking Floor

Legni Identica - Acacia

Legni Identica – Acacia

One of the new lines we are bringing in is the Legni Identica Series. One of the great features of the Legni Identica is the fact that it comes in two sizes. A 9×36 inch plank and a 6×36 inch plank. Now not everyone is doing a two size two piece wood looking tile in there homes. But one of the great things is that if you are wanting to do something different in your home and are wanting to use the wood looking tile you have the choice of going with the two size wood looking tile planks. And with the wide assortment of colors that are available in the Legni Identica Series you are very likely to find the right color for you and your home.

 

Legni Identica - Teka

Legni Identica – Teka

The popular size people seem to be going with on the wood looking tile and in general for tile is the larger format. Most people are going with a 9×36 inch wood looking plank or a 8×36 wood looking. For example a 9×36 inch plank is going to cover over two times as much area as a 6×24 inch wood plank meaning you will have half the grout lines to clean. Even with a 8×36 inch wood plank you will have half the grout lines as a 6×24. Even the 6×36 inch plank will cover a third more area as the 6×24 meaning you will eliminate grout even going with the smaller 6×36 over the 6×24 standard wood looking tile.

 

Legni Identica - Roble

Legni Identica – Roble

One of the plus sides of going with the two size wood looking tiles is the varying widths. In many of the homes that one goes into and sees a real wood floor one can always see that the planks are varying widths and the lengths as well. With the varying widths one can give there home a more natural look of what a true wood floor would look like, and not just a good copy.

Spirit from ILVA

Spirit - Nirvana

Spirit – Nirvana

One of the newest trends in the tile industry is the melding and fusion of different looks and creating something new. Many of the factories are merging and melding the different limestone and travertine looks in a variety of color palettes. Mixing cool and warm tones with the limestone and travertine looks have given the industry new looks and ideas. But ILVA has taken it one step further and is leading the way in the melding and fusing of wood with stone looks. Mixing the graphics of wood and stone melding them into a unique and inspiring new look. Giving up the notion that melding and fusing different stone looks is the only thing people may want.

Spirit - Bliss

Spirit – Bliss

The Spirit from ILVA is one of these startling new creations. And with this fusion of looks and colors it is captivating. Within the line ILVA took some of the most popular sizes and transformed it to one of the most trend setting material in the market. ILVA produces this line in a variety of sizes such as a 9×36 inch plank to give you a more wood looking appearance. A 18×36  size to give you a more modern and contemporary look. As well as a 12×24 to give you the feel of a traditional modern look if you want something more modern but do not want to give up your traditional roots.

ILVA is Now In Las Vegas

Spirit - Zen

Spirit – Zen

One of the world’s premiere tile manufacturers in Argentina is coming to Las Vegas. ILVA is highly regarded for there gorgeous and beautiful tiles that they produce. With their high standards for producing and their beautiful selection it is easy to see why so many fall in love with their tile selection. While we will be showing all of their line some of the best items they are producing is the 18×36 inch tiles as well as their wood looking tiles as well. With ILVA they are producing their wood looking tiles in two large sizes. You can get them in a 6×36 and a 9×36 as well. Making it possible to do patterns as well as having a large plank that would work perfectly for your floor.

 

Piombo Alloy

Piombo Alloy

 

One of the other lines ILVA is producing is the more modern and contemporary looks. Not only are they making these lines in a 24×24 inch tile. But they are also producing these lines in 12x24s. Giving one the best options and selection with what modern or contemporary looks in the best and popular sizes that are trending at this moment as well as the more traditional sizes as well.

With their eye for color, size, and design it is easy to see why ILVA is such a popular tile manufacturer overall.

 

Legni Identica - Roble

Legni Identica – Roble

Legni Identica - Teka

Legni Identica – Teka

New Wood Looking Tiles

Kerala Mantra

Kerala Mantra

One of the hard parts after awhile is finding something new and exciting in tile after awhile. But luckily for us, Florida Tile does make it simple for us to see some of the new hot new looks. This U.S.A factory is constantly looking for that hot new look in tile. And with the Kerala series they have changed their looks in wood looking tile. With the Kerala series they are still using high definition technology to make the design and the variation of the tile to be crisp, clean and elegant looking. With this new look the Kerala Series is showing a more dramatic variation in color with their wood appearance giving you a more natural and realistic look. The variation coupled with its satin finish gives the appearance of real wood with the durability and the strength of tile.

Kerala Karma

Kerala Karma

One of the more interesting things that Florida Tile did with this line is they created a mosaic with the Kerala series taking the wood look and forming a 12×12 basket weave mosaic that would be perfect in a number of different settings from bathrooms and beyond. It also adds new dimensions and giving the entire look a different feel and texture that is not typical of your standard wood looking tile.

 

Accenting your Wood Looking Tile

 

Magnolia Burl

Magnolia Burl

We have been working tirelessly with our customers for awhile now with how do you accent your wood looking tile. Not just doing a pattern like a herringbone or off setting the wood, but using a design or accent like we have done with other tiles before. Some of our customers were looking for the old wood working designs that they have seen in older homes with real wood floors. They did not want to use marble and granite to accent their homes but the variation of wood grains and colors instead. Something to compliment and accent their choice of flooring instead of removing the illusion of a wood looking floor.

 

Magnolia Fir with wood looking Roth Star Octagon

Magnolia Fir with wood looking Roth Star Octagon

We tried using wood looking material from all of the factories that we deal with and came up with a few that are the right thickness together as well as the right color combinations. The overall effect when they are done gives even our classic medallions a new feel using wood looking tile.

The wood grain that is these accents helps draw your eye to them as well as giving the depth and contour that one expects from wood. Further adding to the illusion of this being a true wood floor instead of it being a tile that looks like wood. But come on in and see for yourself if you need further convincing.

 

Berkshire Hickory

Berkshire Hickory

Magnolia Mahogany

Magnolia Mahogany

Longer Planks for Wood Looks

 

Magnolia Cherry

Magnolia Cherry

One of the trends in wood looking tile that is becoming prevalent is the longer style planks. The 6 inch by 24 inch is still around and being used. But more and more people are looking at putting the 32 inch, 36 inch, or 40 inch long planks down on the floor. The 32 inch and 36 inch planks tend to have the most success of the longer style of wood looking tile. With the longer size the variation and movement in the glaze can be seen more and give you a more realistic wood looking floor. Some of the factories are even varying the width of the wood looks. Manufacturing different wood looks in 6inch, 7 inch, 8 inch, and 9 inch in the 32 and 36 inch length.

Magnolia Chesnut

Magnolia Chesnut

Some of the designers, and our customers are using the varying width in the larger wood looking tiles together. Using two of the widths with the larger wood planks gives the wood looking tiles a even more realistic look than just the one size by itself.

When we add that with the high definition technology used by some of the factories we have a even wider variation and movement with the two widths and the larger size. Even using the digital printing technology the two various widths still gives the appearance of a very realistic wood looking floor.

Updating your Kitchen

 

Taconic Slate Gold Summit

Taconic Slate Gold Summit

One of the most common upgrades everyone wants to do in their home is the kitchen. Appliances, counter tops, back-splashes, cabinets, flooring, dishes, it seems like the list can go on forever if you let it. But there is hope. If you are building your home the easiest thing you can do is take your flooring and put it underneath your cabinets. The reason you will want to do that is if you decide later on to move your cabinets adding more or removing parts of them you don’t have to redo your floors when all you want to do is change your cabinets.

 

Tuscania Verde

Tuscania Verde

But what if you already have tile or some other flooring done and you don’t have any extra and you want to change out your cabinets. Well here at Designer Tile Plus we specialize in making liners, listellos, and various transition pieces. So we can make your cabinet changing look like it was planned and designed that way.  Trying to match tiles can be very difficult if you are looking at tile that is over a couple years old. Difference in dye lots, calibers, and the fashion of tile can make matching near impossible and very difficult.

But with our helpful and friendly staff we hope to make updating your kitchen an easy and simple process for you.

Kitchen Backsplashes for 2015

 

Silver (Polished Travertine)

Silver (Polished Travertine)

The hottest new looks for kitchen back-splashes for the 2015 season is the 3×6 subway tiles. Glass is still popular but the old fashion thick 3×6 ceramic tiles are making a big splash into the market. Even stone and glass is becoming available in the 3×6 sizes for the back-splash.

The thick subway tiles are the original classic look for kitchen back-splashes. Back when tiles were hand pressed and hand painted. These thicker ceramics are using old fashion technology for making ceramics but using 21st century glaze applications to make a bold new look that is perfect for the traditionalist and the modernist for their kitchen back splash.

Retro Classique Mocha

Retro Classique Mocha

One of the nice things with the thicker body subway tiles is the easy with how you can incorporate stone without the thickness of the stone being substantially thicker than the tile. Allowing you to accent your back splash with pieces of your granite counter top.

Even if you keep it a solid color with no other trim pieces or decorations. The thicker ceramics lend themselves to more depth and variation than the standard subway tiles that are being massed produced in solid colors that you can find so easily at Home Depot and Lowe’s.

 

 

Walk in Shower Ideas

 

Thrill Rock

Thrill Rock

One of the many new and wonderful ideas for tile is the walk in shower. Such a wonderful concept and it eliminates that ugly ring around the tub. It also makes your bathroom wonderfully open and luxurious as well.

If you are thinking of building a walk in shower, or remodeling one the first thing you will need to consider is the shower pan for your walk in shower. Which will mean 2x2s or 3x3s tiles to build your shower pan if you do not want to have pebbles, or other different mosaic tiles to be put in your walk in shower. Why is that you may be wondering? The reason is pretty simple actually. The pitch of your shower pan for your walk in shower needs to allow the water to drain. So you need a tile small enough so you can slope the tile down and have the shower drain properly. Otherwise, you will have drainage issues or a puddle of water that will sit in your walk in shower.

Aventis Cotton and Nut

Aventis Cotton and Nut

Luckily, here at Designer Tile Plus we have 2x2s and 3x3s available in many of the tiles we stock and show in our showroom. We also have surface bullnose in many of the tiles we stock so you can have a beautiful finished clean edge for your shower. With all of this available you will find no need to try and match or find complimentary trim pieces or 2x2s to go with your wall tile. Your walk in shower project can be as easy as any building or remodeling project can be for you.

 

 

Grey Tiles Las Vegas

 

Thrill Frost

Thrill Frost

One of the greatest fashion trends in flooring is grey. Grey tile has made a big splash in the Tile industry and in the Las Vegas area. One of the biggest trend is the 12×24 grey tiles. Even some of the more traditional looks done in grey and the 12×24 size lend themselves to a very modern look. Even the traditional marble look that you get with the Thrill Frost has a very modern look done in the grey and rectangle size. A very rich and classical look that looks very modern and contemporary floor when compared to the traditional square tiles, in the browns and beiges. That have dominated the market for so many years.

 

Maltese Roman Grey

Maltese Roman Grey

One of the newer looks that is becoming popular and is striking when done in the grey tones is the limestone look. A very modern look that can lend itself to any type of decor and can go with a more traditional style of home and can also make the transition to a more modern looking home.

Even wood looking tiles are coming out with more grey tones that lend a very modern look with the ever popular wood looks. Blending the two styles in new and interesting ways and creating even more possibilities for the more modern, or contemporary looking home to choose from.

 

Natura Nantucket Gray

Natura Nantucket Gray

Natura Newport Blue

Natura Newport Blue

Matching Tile with Designs

 

Roth Star

Roth Star

The Medallions and Decorative Pieces that we make over at Designer Tile Plus, we would like to think of as unique. We like to think of  them that way because our customers have a choice in the colors and the size of the Medallions and Decorative Pieces. This allows our customers to match the color and theme of the tile they are using to their designs.  Such as going for a more modern look or going for the more cooler tones such as the greys. Which is very popular right now for the more contemporary or modern looking home. Or going the more traditional colors of beige and browns. Or instead of going with greys or browns you decide you want more color such as red.

Grandeur Elegant Amber

Grandeur Elegant Amber

Changing the colors of the Decorative Pieces and Medallions to better suit the colors of the tile will give a better flow and allow for them to stand out better on the floor as you flow throughout the house. Using accents in the brown and beige colors will stand out in a grey floor but probably not in the way you would like.

When we change the colors on the Medallions and Decorative Pieces the different colors and the placement of them will give the whole design a different feel and look. and before we send the medallion or the decorative pieces out to your home we let you come in and take a look at them and give your final approval. Allowing you one last chance to change the colors before they leave and make their way to your house to be installed.

Accenting Your Tile Floors

 

Eternal Star Decorative Piece

Eternal Star Decorative Piece

The biggest space besides your walls in your home is the floor. And a sea of floor tile on your floor can be overwhelming for anyone to consider. Such a large area with only one color or design can be boring and uninteresting. But it does not have to be this way. Putting in Decorative Pieces, using liners, and listellos are a great and effective way of adding depth and interest into your floor at a very minimal cost. Allowing you to accent and draw attention to areas of your house such as going down your hall, or highlighting your new dining room table.

 

Tuscania Verde

Tuscania Verde

With a liner or a listello you can give the appearance to a throw rug on your floor that is simple and elegant. And if you change the way the tile is set you can do away with trying to keep the grout lines matching up on both sides of the liner or listello.

Putting in a Decorative Piece occasionally when you are doing your floor can sound like a tall order if you are worried about cutting the corners and putting the decorative piece and getting them all squared up. But luckily we make them so we have the capability of making them the same size of the tile. So no cutting is required at all. Just leave the space open and put the decorative piece in place of the tile.

Grandeur Rich Honey with Roth Stars

Grandeur Rich Honey with Roth Stars

Grandeur Elegant Amber with Stephanos

Grandeur Elegant Amber with Stephanos

Las Vegas Wall Tiles

 

Gallant Carrara

Gallant Carrara

One of the many things that is easy to remodel in your home is the bathroom. Whether in stone, ceramic, or procelain tiles the difference between the really nice tiles and the cheap tiles is only a couple hundred dollars. But the difference in the completed project between the cheap and the expensive is dramatic.  The hard part is when you are doing the walls in tile is finding a finishing piece such as a bullnose instead of having the raw edge of the tile showing or the raw edge of the stone. Giving your bathroom an unfinished look when you are done tiling your bathroom walls.

 

 

Botticino Classico

Botticino Classico

But as luck would have it at Designer Tile Plus we have trim pieces such as bullnose available in our wall tiles and floor tiles that we stock at our store in our warehouse. And we are set up to bullnose our stone and re-polish it so it looks perfect when it is installed. Even if you do not want to bullnose your stone we can flat polish the stone so you don’t have a raw edge and it looks finished when you are done with the walls.

But if you are thinking of dressing up your bathroom even more you can always trim out your wall tiles with contrasting colors or taking your granite or marble counter top and seeing if it comes in a 12×12 and  cutting it into 2, 3, or 4 inch strips and bullnosing the edge and trimming your wall tile out that way. If you would like to see more ideas come on down to our showroom at 6290 South Pecos Road Suite 100 in Las Vegas, Nevada and see what else you may want to consider for your bathroom.

Designer Tile Plus Showroom 2.0

 

Medallion Wall

Medallion Wall

We have been remodeling our showroom and perfecting it for our customers to help them with the design and remodeling process in there own homes. We have patterns and designs installed throughout our showroom to help show our customers what is possible in the world of tile and stone.

Loose pieces will be rare and hard to fine in our showroom. Many of our displays are done in grouted boards so you can see what it will look like in your home as well as the variation and range of the tile. You will also see different decorative pieces, medallions, liners, and listellos installed in a variety of colors and shapes.

Showroom 2If you are looking for something simple for a rental or something extraordinary for a custom home we have it in our showroom ready for inspection. We have one of the largest collections of glass tile in Las Vegas, as well as a huge selection of 12x24s in stock and on display. We also carry surface bullnose in many of the tiles we stock if you are thinking about remodeling your bathroom.

And if you are looking at doing something for your back splash you can look at our concept boards for different ideas and patterns. If you are looking for 4x4s, 3x6s, 4x16s, glass tiles, or moasics we have them proudly done in different ways so you can custom make your backsplash or use one of the many different patterns or designs we have to show you.

Concepts Boards Display Showroom