Kitchen Floor Tiles

 

Taconic Slate Gold Summit

Taconic Slate Gold Summit

One of the most common areas everyone wants to tile is a Kitchen. Carpet, Laminate, Wood, Vinyl, and Linoleum all seem to go out the door and everyone wants to have ceramic or porcelain tile floors. It is easy to see why with laminate and wood when the warranties that you get with them are sometimes voided when you put them in the kitchen to begin with. Carpet is a bear to try and keep clean when you cook with grease and oil. Vinyl, and linoleum are easy to keep up but they wear faster than a ceramic or porcelain tile.

 

Maltese Porto Cream

Maltese Porto Cream

Now if you are doing your whole house keep the tile the same in the kitchen as you are everywhere else. If you want to accent your kitchen from the rest of your home look at your backsplash or add in a decorative piece or two. Try not to switch tile sizes or tiles in your kitchen because you think the area is too small or because a different tile looks better in one room. Let your house flow from one room to the next if you are doing it all at once.

When you are looking at tile for your kitchen if you are doing it separately from the whole house I would suggest trying to pick the going with a slightly darker grout color after you have picked out your tile. Mostly because you are constantly going to the kitchen and a slightly darker grout color will make it easier to maintain than a lighter color.

 

12x24s for the Bathroom

 

Aventis Cotton and Nut

Aventis Cotton and Nut

One of the new and exciting things that seem to becoming the new popular thing for bathrooms is using the 12x24s on the bathroom walls. And one of the great things is that since we are working with Florida Tile they make trim pieces for all of their series. So any of the 12×24 size tiles by Florida Tile can be used to go up the walls. and if you are building a shower pan for a walk in shower Florida Tile also makes 2×2 that is also available in all of their series. Making it even easier when you are looking and considering remodeling your bathroom.

 

 

Urbanite Stone

Urbanite Stone

But should you go with one of the 12x24s that come from one of our other factories and they do not have a bullnose for that tile specificially what we could do is use a contrasting color to trim the tile out. Or what we could do is take a piece of the 12×12 marble or granite and cut it down to the size you would like and bullnose it so you can have a nice finished looking bathroom when it is done. It also can help give you a nice tie in with your bathroom counters.

But the nice thing is that with Florida Tile and a few of our other factories we buy from we stock the surface bullnose with the 12x24s, 18x18s, and 12x12s we do carry. Unfortunately, not all the factories we buy from make bullnose. But on the ones that do we did bring in the trim pieces for the tile.

Timeless and Classic Medallions

 

Split Polaris Star Square Medallion

Split Polaris Star Square Medallion

Medallions have been made for floors and walls for centuries. Medallions tend to make a classic and beautiful focal point in the dinning room, entrance way down a hallway, or in a bathroom. This timeless art we have had the privilege of continuing is truly inspiring.

Occasionally we will hear from people who think medallions are outdated and old-fashion. But we tend to look at it and say the look is not out dated but what people may find is out dated. The 5/8ths by 5/8ths medallions and the medallions with wide spacing for grout we tend to find for our customers is a turn off. We tend to find that tighter joints and bigger pieces used tend to make our customers happier.

Circle Plasma Star Medallion

Circle Plasma Star Medallion

With our ability of making the medallions here in Las Vegas and allowing our customers of changing the colors to suit their taste and change the size to fit there needs our customers seem to love our creations and love showing them off to their friends. Even when people have bought the same medallion but choose different colors the medallions have a different look and feel to them.

Such timeless pieces of art I cannot see going out of style. But as this year has progressed I have found that our more unique and captivating colors are being used more than the the traditional neutral colors. And when they are done they tend to look even better than the original designs.

Braided Circle Medallion

Braided Circle Medallion

Circle Medallion with Eternal Star

Circle Medallion with Eternal Star

 

 

Popular 12×24 Tiles in Las Vegas

 

Aventis Cotton and Aventis Nut

The New Fashion Trend in Tile is no longer square tiles but rectangles. The most popular is the 12×24 tile size that people are using on their floors. 18x36s and 24x48s are also being used as well. But the easy installation of the 12x24s make it the most dominate size sold today.

18x18s and 16x16s are still being sold but the difference is the 12x24s give you a more modern look than the traditional square tiles. The difference between using a 12×24 than the traditional 18×18 is a quarter of a square foot so you are not adding tons of grout to your floor with going with the 12x24s.

 

Urbanite Gild

Urbanite Gild

Many of the more modern looks that are available are only available in the 12×24 format verses the 18×18 or 16×16. Some of them are available in the 20×20 and 24×24 format but not all of them are. So if you are looking for a more modern looking floor the easier selection is in the 12x24s than an any other size.

Even if you decide to go with the more traditional square tiles on the floor. The 12×24 is the most dominate of the tiles being used on the walls. It makes a dramatic statement on the walls as it does on the floor. And compared to the 3x6s 4x4s and the traditional 6x6s that you see on the walls it is stunning to see, and with the fewer grout lines much easier to clean and maintain.

Legend Apollo

Legend Apollo

Las Vegas Tile Importers

 

Thrill Rock

Thrill Rock

One of the nice things about Importing Tile is how much money we can save our customers since we are buying direct from the factory and selling it direct rather than having another mark up between the buyer and the factory. And in Las Vegas there are very few people who are buying direct from the factory. Most of our Material is from the United States but we also bring in other items from Italy, Spain, Brazil, Turkey, and China as well as other countries from around the world.

We bring in only First Quality Material and when you come into our showroom you can see that we strive to show you every possibility that you can think of or imagine. Patterns, designs, concept boards, decorative pieces and medallions abound everywhere you look when you come inside. With Designs, Patterns, Decorative Pieces, and Medallions for every budget.

Urbanite Stone

Urbanite Stone

For us importing the tile to the Las Vegas Valley is a pleasure and a treat. We are always searching and looking for new and interesting items to showcase in our showroom from across the world and what is happily made in the USA. Allowing you to see and feel the difference from across the world in the tile industry.

 

Tile Patterns with Decorative Pieces

 

Grandeur Elegant Amber

Grandeur Elegant Amber

One of the Best things when we are doing tile patterns is how easy it is to use Decorative Pieces with them. Making a Decorative Piece the size of the tile. No cutting or waste is involved when we make our decorative pieces that way when you are laying your tile and they are very easy to install.

The other nice thing is if you are putting a medallion in your home it is very easy for us over at Designer Tile Plus to incorporate the Medallion Design into your Decorative Pieces. Giving your home a nice easy way of keeping everything uniform instead of trying to mix and match designs and looks with your tile.

Tides SandCastle with Plasma Stars

Tides SandCastle with Plasma Stars

To help our Customers we usually try and tell them for their homes to never put the Decorative Pieces no closer than one in sixteen tiles. That way it gives you a better chance of not covering them with furniture when your project is completed. In some homes it may even be better to go one in twenty or more depending on how much furniture you do have.

With just a few of these designs inserted into your floor your home will no longer be the same as other homes it will be as unique as you are.  Because at Designer Tile Plus you can choose the colors, design, and size of all our Medallions and Decorative Pieces, making them truly one of a kind.

Grandeur Rich Honey with Roth Stars

Grandeur Rich Honey with Roth Stars

Las Vegas Tiles with Marble Medallions

 

Calcite Noce 12x24

Calcite Noce 12×24

One of the Great Things we offer at Designer Tile Plus is our Custom Made Medallions that we sell to our customers. We take pride in our medallions and we enjoy seeing them installed in our customers homes. And to help those who are thinking of putting a medallion in their homes we thought to give you a few pointers on how to install them.

Due to the netting that we put on the medallions as we make them the medallions are a hair thicker than your standard 8 millimeter tile. Because of that we suggest you use a half inch notch trowel when spreading your thinset to give a thicker bed for the tile so when you put the medallion in they are the same thickness.

Hole for the medallion

Hole for the medallion

Now there are tiles out there that are thicker than 8 millimeter so you don’t have to use a thicker notch trowel when setting those tiles on your floor with a medallion. and when you are purchasing your medallion you can verify the thickness of the medallion to the tile to make sure which notch trowel you will need to use.

Now at our showroom all our medallions were set after the tile. Meaning we set the tile than centered the medallion to where we wanted it and than traced and cut the hole for the medallion to go. It takes longer but for us it gives a better look in the end. And if you are still on the fence come on down and see 4 of our bigger medallions installed and see if it interests you at all.

 

Porcelain Tiles or Ceramic Tiles

 

Fontana Terrina Clay

Fontana Terrina Clay

Porcelain Tiles. You hear it everywhere when you are shopping for flooring. This tile is porcelain, that tile is porcelain. It can make a person wonder is everything porcelain and is it better than ceramic tile? The answer is…It depends on the application. Porcelain Tile by the definition in the Flooring Industry is that porcelain tiles are frost resistant and will absorb less than one half of a percent of liquids on the bisque of the tile. The bisque of the tile is in referring to the actual clay of the tile. If you are interested in doing something outdoors porcelain is the way to go. For indoor use there really is no difference between a ceramic tile and a porcelain tile.  You will be better off choosing a tile that you like and that you love to go into your house  whether that is a ceramic or a porcelain tile is up to you.

Braided Medallion

Braided Medallion

If you are worried about chipping the glaze application on the tile you can always check what it is rated for.  Glazes are rated as a I, II, III, IV, or V. I and II deal with wall tiles and decorative trim pieces a manufacturer might be using on the wall and cannot be used on the floor. For your house a Glaze Application of a III or better is suitable for anywhere in your home. For light Commercial projects you need some rating as a IV or better is good. For Heavy Commercial traffic you need to use  a tile with a glaze rating of a V.

But when you are shopping look at the colors you want to go in your house and see if the porcelain tile or the ceramic tile you are looking at has those. That is the more important thing than if the tile is porcelain or ceramic.

Medallions in Las Vegas

 

Split Polaris Star

Split Polaris Star

There has been a surge in the resurgence of medallions in the Las Vegas Valley. Our Modified Kissed Rectangles as well as our new square medallions have been used in remodeling, and with people building and flipping houses. Many of our buyers have come in with a piece of their tile and have had us make it the width of one, two or even three tiles. Than all our customers or their contractors are doing is popping a few tiles up and prepping the floor and installing a medallion in its place. A very simple project for the average do-it-yourselfer, or contractor.

 

Braided Modified Kissed Rectangle

Braided Modified Kissed Rectangle

Circles, Half-Rounds and Octagons are still being made and sold. But our squares and rectangles with the simple ease they have with no cutting them into the existing floor makes them a wonderful thing to install if you don’t want to rip up your floor at all or are worried about cutting the medallion into the floor later on.

If you are in a rush we do have medallions that you can take with you when you come in. But if you have a little bit of time we can make your medallion in the colors of your choice and the size that you truly want and will love.

The turn around on our Medallions from Start to Finish is usually pretty quick. So even at the 11th hour we can sometimes even come in on time.

Modified Elegant Simplicity with Plasma Star

Modified Elegant Simplicity with Plasma Star

Modified Kissed Rectangle Medallion with Roth Star

Modified Kissed Rectangle Medallion with Roth Star

Flooring Stores in Las Vegas

 

Urbanite Stone

Urbanite Stone

As one of the many flooring stores in Las Vegas we like to think of ourselves as innovators and trend setters in our community. When you come into our showroom you can find hundreds of borders designed and grouted to give you a number of selections to choose from. You will not find one or two pieces of tiles together to show you what you are looking at. You will find concepts and different patterns and ideas when you come inside and look around. Weather it is in Porcelain Tiles, Ceramic Tiles, Marble, Granite, Travertine, Glass Tiles, and Limestone we have them to show you how you could use them in your home.

Grandeur Elegant Amber

Grandeur Elegant Amber

Our Custom Made Liners, Medallions, and Decorative Pieces are proudly featured in our displays, and on the floor. We have patterns installed on the floor as well as having a book with pages of different patterns you can choose and do with hundreds of our tiles. We even have our Decorative Pieces made the size of various tiles to show you how easy it is to replace one tile with an accent tile instead of ripping out the whole floor.

Our concept boards featuring tumbled stone, glass, and other mosaic artwork and design are done in twelve inch by eighteen inch boards making it perfect to help show you what a back splash in your kitchen may look like when it is completed.

Other flooring stores may try to sell you on the ideas and concepts that here at Designer Tile Plus we will show you in our showroom already complete. You can see the end result without trying to picture the colors in your head. A much easier process when you are looking at remodeling or building your home.

Wood Looking Tile with Stairs in Mind

 

Magnolia Cherry

Magnolia Cherry

Lately everyone who seems to be looking for wood looks in tile seems to be doing at least one set of stairs. With Wood Looking tile if you are in search of making the tile look as realistic as possible and you do not want to make it look tacky or to go looking for some wood trim to try and match with your wood looking tile you need bullnose. A surface edge bullnose gives you a nice clean look that matches your tile and gives you a nice rounded edge that is simply perfect when you are going up your stairs. And with Florida Tile one of the benefits is that they make a bullnose with their wood looks. Making them in either a 3×24 or a 4×24 inch piece depending on the series you are looking at.

Berkshire Hickory

Berkshire Hickory

Now as you may go around town you will find that not all wood looks or other tiles come with a bullnose but Florida Tile makes a bullnose with all of their tiles and since they are based out of Louisville, Kentucky, worst case scenerio we can order it and have it within 7 days. In our minds at Designer Tile Plus this is wonderful becasue we are no longer trying to match or coordinate wood looking tiles with something else to go up stairs at all. Now all our customers have to do is pick the wood look they like and if it’s Florida Tile we use the bullnose that comes with it and go up the stairs.

Natura Cayman Red

Natura Cayman Red

Natura Hampton Blonde

Natura Hampton Blonde

Bathroom Designs

 

Cinema Ivory Lace

Cinema Ivory Lace

We have been working with some of our customers on their bathrooms and we thought to take some of the ideas we have done and hopefully help more people designing a bathroom they love.

Everyone it seems does not want the 4×4 white tile they see in their home. Now some of the common things we have seen our customers do is use are 12×12 tiles, 9×18 tiles, 12×24 tiles, or even 18×18 or 20×20 tiles. One of the cool things about carrying Florida Tile is that they do make a surface bullnose with all of their tiles as well as 2×2 if you decide to go with building a shower pan. But what are customers have done is taking the granite color from their counter in the bathroom and having us take the 12×12 cutting it and bullnosing the edge to trim the bathroom walls instead of going with the bullnose that matches the tile. Allowing the Counters and walls to flow even more together.

Quartz Liner

Quartz Liner

One of the other things we have been doing is making a listello or liner to go around the the center of the bathroom walls using the counter top granite as one of the colors in the liner and another color or two to make the liner. Allowing our customers to have a designer quality bathroom without spending a small fortune to do it. With some of our liners it is even possible to add in little decorative pieces on the back and side walls giving you a bathroom that is even more unique.

Elizabeth Design

Elizabeth Design

Las Vegas Listellos

 

Topeka Beige

Topeka Beige

 

Listellos seem to be all the rage today in Las Vegas. Luckily we make them here at Designer Tile Plus. Though we tend to call Listellos, borders or liners here. We create them in marble, granite, travertine, and occasionally even in tile. We try not to make them in porcelain tiles or ceramic tiles because of the occasional chipping you may get when you cut them into small pieces.

One of the great things when we make the listellos, or borders, is the fact that we can change the width or the border with usually retaliative easy. One example of this was we had a customer come in and bought some of our borders to go in a few of her doorways allowing her to break up certain rooms. We were able to expand and shrink the design she choose to fit her needs and her doorways exactly.

Jasper Liner

Jasper Liner

Borders are wonderful for transitioning between flooring, and between different tiles. But if you are doing the projects as you can it may be difficult to use the listellos or borders from Home Depot, or Lowe’s. You may have to travel to three or four stores. Or it may not be available when you are doing the next phase of your project. But here at Designer Tile Plus you are ordering, and buying the design that you want, the colors you want, and the size that you want. You don’t have to wonder if it will work or kind of go with your floor or tile. It will go with your tile and flooring.

 

Emerald Liner

Emerald Liner

Large Tiles For Las Vegas

 

Thrill Frost

Thrill Frost

How big of a tile would you like to have in your home? You may never say those words out loud but you probably have thought something like that when you are thinking of remodeling or building your new home. The hundred dollar wet saw you were looking at buying to do the project yourself can cut tile but how large of a tile can it handle? Probably not that big of a tile. Maybe you can hire someone to install it instead and use the bigger tile instead of installing it yourself, or you can rent a big wet saw instead of buying one.

Here at Designer Tile Plus we have looked at some of the new lines coming out and they are massive. Just recently we were looking at an 8 inch by 40 inch woodlooking tile. And we were thinking that is big. Than we saw some eighteen inch by thirty six inch tile and we thought they were massive. Than we saw the nineteen by thirty eight inch tile and thought man they cannot go any bigger than that. But the factory

Thrill Rock

Thrill Rock

did go much larger than that. A twenty four inch by forty eight inch tile.

Now these tiles are massive but they are available if you would like them. Some of them are on their way from the factory so they will be awhile before we have samples and boards done of them. But the 18×36 and the 19×38 do come in smaller sizes like the 12×24 and a 13×26 so you can see the variation and color while you think is 18×36 and 19×38 the right size for you…

Tile Designs

urbanite_23805_carbonWhen trying to make your home unique we always try for some kind of concept or design to use. Whether it is modern or traditional the look and feel of your house should make it a home to you. The endless amount of choices that are before you when you start can be intimidating.

When you decide on your flooring you should pick a general tone of color to help keep your home uni-formal. There are many homes that every room is a different tile and set differently. But if you keep the floor uni-formal in design and color the area will appear larger and more inviting. Even if you have small rooms such as bathrooms and laundry rooms keeping the floor with the same pattern and design from one area to the next can change the appearance of a small home to a large one. By choosing dark colors you will make the rooms appear to the eye smaller, and when you use light colors you will make the area appear larger than life. By using a mixture of both you will highlight and accent different areas to make your home truly unique. Come visit our showroom for even more ideas.

urbanite_23835_gild urbanite_23821_stone2

Coverings with Stone and Tile

 

Grandeur Rich Honey

Grandeur Rich Honey

One of the most common things we do at Designer Tile Plus is mix stone with tile. One of the main reasons we usually do that for is to create a focal point and to create a more richer and elegant look. When you look at your home and your neighbors homes, what do you see? You can see travertine, limestone, tile, wood, laminate, parquet, marble, and granite.  But do you see anyone mixing the two together in the floor? Probably not. I can see why you wouldn’t with woods, laminates, and parquet, but why not mix stone with porcelain and ceramic tile…

 

Urbanite Stone

Urbanite Stone

If your regular ceramic and porcelain tile are roughly the same thickness why not mix the two together? Just adding accents or inserts of stone into a ceramic and porcelain tile can add a little bit more depth and movement into a plain floor. It can also help tie everything together and give your home a more designer look. A nice tile pattern can do the same thing rather than the traditional straight lay or diagonal floor you see so much of. And even if you are, or if you want we can, just cutting down a stone to a like a 4×4 and inserting it every 20 or so tiles the look of your home can be truly unique.

If you are going with stone instead of tile instead of cutting up tile to insert into your stone floor a contrasting stone would look just perfect.

Thrill Rock

Thrill Rock

 

Flooring with Trim

 

Urbanite Stone

Urbanite Stone

When we are looking at floor tiles we are not usuallly thinking of what trim pieces may come with it. One of the Best things for having the Florida Tile line is that Florida Tile is based in the United States, but also that Florida Tile makes trim pieces with their tile. So when you have stairs that you would like to do with your floor, or if you would like to take your floor tile and put it on the wall, Florida Tile has the coordinating and matching trim pieces. Even on their wood looks. A handy thing to know when you are searching for your home.

It is one of the unfortunate of things when you are out searching for tile in Las Vegas that most of the tiles you see and find do not have matching trim pieces available. Trim pieces do not sound super important

Tides Sand Castle

Tides Sand Castle

until you have a step down or a couple stairs to do and having sharp edges is not something you want at all.

So wouldn’t it be nice to have matching trim pieces to go with your flooring instead of searching and trying to come close or matching the tone of the tile but not the look. You may not need trim pieces for everywhere in your floor but is it not a nice thing to not have to worry about that when you are choosing your flooring.

And don’t worry if you run short on your trim pieces, everything we bring in from Florida Tile we bring in the surface bullnose for, and if we run short we are only a week away from having more available for you.

Grandeur Rich Honey

Grandeur Rich Honey

Berkshire Olive

Berkshire Olive

Tile Flooring

 

Paramount Ultima

Paramount Ultima

We all think about how to improve and what we would like to add or put in our homes constantly. That new couch you saw, or that new appliance that you just have to have. In flooring it seems like there is more to choose from everyday. You have vinyl, laminate, parquet, hardwood, carpet, marble, travertine, porcelain, ceramic, quarry tile, stained concrete, the list seems endless to say the least. And with tile all the difference in colors and designs and patterns it is almost enough to make you crazy. Or at least throw your hands up in despair just walking into another floor covering store. It is enough to make you wonder how many forms of cream, beige, tan and every other color that is possible can be seen or imagined.

 

Calcite noce 12x24One Key piece of advice when you are looking at flooring whether in tile or not start off with a general color or look you want. Once you narrow down the color start adding slowly what you want more of until  you are thinking to yourself you are being too picky. As you slowly add more details in what you want in your floor the selection gets narrower and narrower. Once the selection is down to two or three than the fun begins. Than you can say OK I want a tile I can do a pattern with on the floor, or I want to keep it simple and just go with a basic install. Do you want a decorative piece to go every so often in your house or do you want a medallion? Why not do both and have the same design for both?

Braided 12x24

Braided 12×24

Here at Designer Tile Plus we are making these medallions and decorative pieces so what we can do is make it so the colors are the same, and the design is the same. Not only that but what we can also do is make the decorative pieces the same size as the tile so you will have a true custom designer look. Designer Looks and Designs at Outlet Prices.

 

Should You Go With Tile?

 

Grandeur Rich Honey

Grandeur Rich Honey

When looking at remodeling or buying a home we all wonder what should be installed in the floor. Sometimes what comes standard in a home is not what you want. Or with remodeling you are tired with what is down, or it is in need to be replaced. With carpet, laminate, vinyl, wood, parquet floors, porcelain tiles, ceramic tiles, marble, travertine, limestone, slate, and granite. The combinations and choices are endless. And we haven’t even looked at decorative pieces, medallions, or accents, or paint, or even new furniture.

 

For myself living in a desert that has windy days I prefer to go with tile. Tile is much easier to clean when dealing with all the dust being blown around. Another benefit is my pets cannot pee  and leave that awful smell as they do with carpet. The finishes on woods, laminates, and parquet floors always seem to get scratched from my pets nails, and little kids dragging their feet. While I have seen nice vinyls around all of them seem to be priced right around what I can buy ceramic or porcelain tiles for. Installation costs seem to run the same, so since tile can last longer than vinyl with so much wear and tear I end up with tile floors.

Fontana Terrina Clay

Fontana Terrina Clay

With tile I can choose different looks, colors and sizes. I can have a low maintenance floor that is easy to maintain and keep clean. I don’t have to worry about people spilling and staining anything. I can keep my floor and never have to worry about replacing it because of wear and tear. I can have a classy, elegant looking floor that is timeless, and beautiful.

Floor Decor in Las Vegas

 

Paramount Ultima

Paramount Ultima

The mission for most of us is to decorate our homes in our style and taste that makes everyone say “WOW” when they walk into our homes. One of the biggest areas we have to decorate is the floor. Sure most people can walk into a home and see the different colors you painted on the walls and the pictures hanging up there. But as we all know it is rare for anyone to walk into someone’s home and look at their floor and the way it is is decorated and say “WOW”.

Here at Designer Tile Plus we specialize in Floor Decor looks. The way you envision seeing your home looking like. Whatever your budget we can make it so when you are finished with your flooring it looks like that “WOW” floor. Our highly trained staff will help you with choosing the right colors, patterns, and designs so your floor decor look is just as unique as you are.

Double Star Octagon

Double Star Octagon

No more looking like your neighbors home or just the same house as the everyone else on the block. Today is the day when people walk into your home they see that your home is no long the same as everyone else’s. Today they see your home as an extension of yourself. They see that your floor is the “WOW” floor, and the latest of fashion and design. Your Floor Decor look is just waiting for you to come on down and see what everyone is talking about. That Designer Quality at Outlet Prices for the Las Vegas Valley is here at Designer Tile Plus. With all the Decorative Pieces, trim pieces, medallions , and flooring patterns you can possibly want or need.

Legend Olypmic

Legend Olypmic

Thrill Rock

Thrill Rock