Four Ways Subway Tile Can Transform Your Space

 

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The possibilities for installing subway tile are virtually endless because of the diverse selection of products and the new design trends that are emerging every day. Subway tiles are no longer just the classic 3×6 white tiles you grew up with.  Today, you can get subway tile in virtually any color imaginable as well as dozens of different sizes and textures (three dimensional, crackle finish). Here are four ways to use subway tile to accentuate your home. (Click each picture below to see more photos from the collection.)

 

Classic Wall Treatments

The most popular way to use subway tile is for a traditional wall treatment. For an authentic New York look, stick with white, standard sized tiles and slim grout lines or go upscale with a natural stone look like the Marble Expressions collection. This simple design is timeless and creates a uniform finish that requires little maintenance.

 

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Attractive Accents

Whether you are remodeling your bathroom or your kitchen, bright accent tiles draw attention to your existing decor and can provide a great pop. For a more cohesive design, choose an accent color that complements the lighting, furniture, or finishes in the room. One of our favorite collections is The Hamptons that features a larger format (2.5”x10”) and nine cool, clean colors.

 

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Modern Designs

Another emerging trend is using unique or larger sized subway tiles. This modern concept provides additional visual interest and can increase the artistic flair to the room. Our Serenity collection meets both those criteria featuring a large-format 4×12 subway tile and the beauty of natural stone (3 colors) in a contemporary style. The collection also features matching large-format (12×24, 16×32) floor tiles.

 

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Mesmerizing Patterns and Colors

With the variety of subway tiles, it is possible to mix and match different colors, finishes, and textures. This is easiest to do this within the same collection but also possible with different tiles, as long as you pay close attention to the thickness of each tile. Meet Oriental Ceramics, a new wall tile collection rich in colors, format and its metallic-like sheen. The collection also features absolutely stunning mixed-colored mosaics.

 

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In the end, Tiles Unlimited has everything you need to keep up with recent trends such as wood-look tile, tile that looks like bricks or water jet mosaics . If more traditional designs are your thing, we have those too. Our team of tile consultants can provide detailed information to help you choose a product that is perfect for your project.

 

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Create a Stunning Feature Wall

One of our favorite design elements is the “feature wall” and it is becoming one of the hottest trends of 2017. If you’re looking to make a design statement in your home, consider creating a feature wall with tile. No matter which room contains a feature wall, it adds a great deal of depth to the rooms while creating an interesting focal point.

If you are asking what is a feature wall, let us explain. A feature wall is generally one wall or a section of a wall in a room that is different from the other walls, whether the difference be color, texture, size or all of the above.

 

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How to Create a Feature Wall

What we love about the feature wall is that it gives you the opportunity to be totally creative and design “outside the box”. If you aren’t into bold designs, you can always choose to be more conservative and just select a paint color a couple of tones darker than your other walls.

 

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However, since our true passion is tile and stone, we get much more excited about seeing and creating a feature wall with tile and stone. Depending on the tile you choose, you can create a subtle feature wall that is more about texture and a suggestion of pattern, or is bolder if your tile pattern exhibits a lot of shade variation. The wood-look porcelain plank tile look continues to be stronger than ever as a floor tile and as an exciting wall tile for feature walls.

 

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Brick-look tile is also a very popular choice for a feature wall, offering an industrial look with outstanding color variations and texture. As with many of the wood-look tile collections, it’s nearly impossible to tell the difference between real brick and porcelain brick-look tile.

Ready to Create Your Own Feature Wall?

We hope we have inspired you. A feature wall is an easy and effective way to add visual interest to almost any room in your home. With so many product options, creating a feature wall with tile can be great fun. We hope you’ll consider including one. One last tip, any tile can be used on walls even though not all tiles can be used on floors. This means, when creating your special feature wall your options are virtually limitless.

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The design experts at Tiles Unlimited, dual winner in the 2017 Best of the Boro Competition (Best Tile Store & Best Kitchen & Bath Store) stand ready to help you design the feature wall, or any space, of your dreams. Now is the perfect time to visit us as our Semi-Annual Tile Clearance Sale is now in progress. With savings up to 80% off, you won’t find a better time to shop for tile.

The Beauty of Glass Tile

Glass tile beautifies any space, making this material more and more appealing. Glass tile has been a hot trend for a while, and we generally see it in kitchen backsplashes and bathroom showers, but homeowners everywhere are starting to incorporate glass tile in fun, new ways in every room of the house. Don’t be afraid to get creative with color and placement, and remember that nothing is off limits if you really love the way it looks.

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Characteristics of Glass Tile
Glass tile has many wonderful features that make it a great material for a variety of projects from both a visual and practical standpoints. Glass tiles are built to be shatter-resistant, not to mention strong and long lasting. As glass tiles don’t absorb water, they’re popular in areas with high humidity like bathrooms and kitchen backsplashes. Since glass tile surfaces aren’t highly porous, they are very easy to clean.

Glass Tile Installation
One reason why glass tile is so popular is how they reflect and refract light. It’s the characteristic that draws many people to use glass tile. Using ordinary grout with glass tile installations can interfere with the reflection and refraction processes. Tiles Unlimited recommends Dimension grout for optimal glass tile installations.

Dimension grout is designed for use with glass tile but more importantly, the results are stunning. It contains micro glass beads and translucent binders that both reflect and refract light. This creates a unique three-dimensional effect within glass tile installations. Your tile installer will love it because it’s ready-to-use and requires no sealing, saving you both time and money.

It is also recommended that you use thin-set designed for use with glass tile such as Mapei Adesilex P10, saw blades designed to cut glass tile as well as an installer who has experience in installing glass tile.

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Dimension grout (left) vs. ordinary grout (right)
So Many Choices
From mosaics to subway tile, every color you can imagine, glass tile choices are almost limitless. Popular trends combine glass tile with other materials such as natural stone, metal and even materials like pearl. A wide choice of sizes and finishes are also available including the very popular crackled finish. No longer confined to the backsplash, glass tiles are being used for feature walls, borders and even residential floors.

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Besides kitchen and bathrooms, living rooms area great place to incorporate glass tile. Consider using glass tile as a fireplace surround or go bold and use it on a feature wall. In bedrooms, glass tile can be used to create a glass wall behind your bed or use as a border around the room or at chair rail height.

Tiles Unlimited carries a wide range of glass tile in several dozen styles and numerous colors. Let our expert Tile Consultants help you incorporate glass tile in your home today. Whether you’re looking for glass tile or something else, you’ll find inspiration for your tile project here.

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Water Jet Mosaics – Imagination Is The Only Limit

Tiles Unlimited, voted Best Tile Store in Queens, is committed to searching for and offering the latest in tile technology. We are very excited about several new lines of water jet cut mosaics. These intricate designs allow you to express your style and taste like no other tile offerings.

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Mosaic art has been prevalent for centuries, adorning famous architecture all over the world. The centuries old method of mosaics entailed taking tiny pieces of stone, glass, and other materials to create pixelated, impressionistic works reminiscent of Monet. This required physical space and distance to be fully appreciated.

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Water jet machines are the new “mosaic artists” giving a more intimate design to rough, faceless slabs of material. Water jet tiles are formed with high-pressure streams of water (here’s a video of the process) that allow for exact precision to cut ornate patterns that were previously impossible to achieve. Whether your style is edgy or classic or somewhere in between, water jet mosaic tiles will allow you to express your true inner aesthetic, making it all about you.

Once the mosaic tiles have been produced, they are assembled on mesh backing. The advantage of mounting the tiles on mesh is that the mosaic can be cut to different shapes and sizes, permitting customization of the final result and making it easy to cover curved surfaces such as columns, wavy dividers, chairs, rounded edges, etc. as the tiles are mounted on a flexible base.

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With over ½ million square feet of tile in stock, you’ll find the perfect tile for your project at Tiles Unlimited. Whether you’re looking for water jet mosaics, encaustic tile or more traditional offerings, our expert designers, who received 107 five-star reviews in 2016, stand ready to assist you in realizing your design dreams.

Tile Trend – Industrial Spaces…Warm Minimalism…Fresh Elegance

Love the look of exposed brick, ductwork, and metal? Wish you lived in a trendy downtown loft? The rise of industrial design may be the single biggest reason that tiles that mimic the look of concrete have entered the mainstream. Whether they’re honed or polished, they telegraph industrial chic like few other materials can.

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Concrete is the very definition of the industrial look. Polished and colored concrete-like tiles are finding their way into more than just industrial style designs. Softening the industrial style a bit makes it right at home with your family. Add a rug. Include throw pillows. Get overstuffed furniture. Bring in softer art—like one of the impressionists—to balance the industrial with the cushier home and family parts.

Contrasting Elements is an Italian porcelain stoneware collection. Going beyond the traditional boundaries between ancient and modern, this new collection skillfully combines the age-old stones that for centuries have graced the floors of prestigious European homes with sections of worn concrete, almost as though to represent the process of aging and maintenance performed on existing surfaces. The result is a fascinating interplay of elements and layers capable of interacting with contemporary architecture.

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This rich palette of colors (bronze, cream, ecru, gray and smoke), finishes and modular sizes (4×12, 12×24, 24×24, 12×48, 24×48) yields original wall and floor layouts. The collection is enhanced by exquisite decors, inserts, borders, mosaic and trimming elements. It is equally suitable for bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms, public spaces and even outdoor spaces.

Whatever your style – industrial chic, traditional or more modern – the design experts at Tiles Unlimited are ready to help you design your dream space. We invite you to our state-of-the-art showroom to see why Tiles Unlimited was voted Best Tile Store in the 2016 Best of Long Island and the 2017 Best of the Boro competitions.

A Guide to Choosing Mosaic Tiles

Using tiles creatively is an excellent method of modernizing the look of your home, especially your bathroom, kitchen or living room floors. The fact is you can use tiles to simply add texture and color to the decor of nearly any room in your home. The possibilities offered by tiles are practically endless and when used correctly, tiles have the potential to make any space more vibrant and inviting.

One easy way to add more excitement or a feature to your renovation is by incorporating mosaic tiles. The most important aspect of using mosaic tiles lies in choosing the right color and size for the space you intend to decorate.

Once you understand the impact of these basic elements, you will be surprised to discover that choosing mosaic tiles for your home is something you can do yourself. Installing mosaic tile is a project that can be tackled by DIY renovators across all levels of experience.

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Diverse and Versatile

Mosaic tiles are very diverse in colors, patterns, textures, shapes and sizes. These types of tiles are incredibly versatile meaning you can easily customize them to suit your tiling preferences and design style. This makes them the ideal choice if you are a bathroom or kitchen remodeling aficionado wanting to add some extra flair to your home.

When selecting your ideal tile pattern, remember to always be aware of the area you wish to add mosaics – is it an entire area or simply a feature strip? You may opt to go for tiles of different shapes to create cool designs and patterns within the area you are tiling.

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Broad Design Choice

The next very important stage in the selection process is to decide the tiles design you wish to use. Mosaic tiles come in various patterns and textures and of course different price points. Among the most popular and highly recommended is the patterned mosaic tile option. The designs and color choices are almost endless, which makes finding your perfect mosaic tile that bit more exciting.

As you choose your ideal mosaic tiles, ensure that you look at the aspect of tile porosity and durability. This is particularly important if you intend to use them on floors, in wet areas and in high traffic areas.

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Suitable Places for Mosaic Tiles

Bathrooms and showers make ideal locations to begin playing around or experimenting with mosaic tiles within your home. Mosaic tiles can instantly enhance the life of your bathroom with just a feature strip or a whole wall and then complimenting with neutral tiles to amplify the WOW factor of the mosaic.

Another great place to experiment with mosaic tiles is the kitchen. Your kitchen is an excellent place for trying eye-catching tile backsplashes or areas around your sink and main cooking areas. Don’t forget to research tile porosity due to the presence of water within your kitchen and whether or not the tile requires sealing.

The Bottom Line

Decorating with mosaic tiles is a relatively easy and can be a cost effective way to enhance the tiled areas within your home that are often overlooked when renovating. If you have any questions with tile selection or would like some guidance on style then the expert design team at Tiles Unlimited is always happy to help.