Versace Marble…A Sneak Peek

 

 

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Coming in September

 

The design house of Versace has long been a pioneer in the world of fashion and it now turns its attention to interior design. The Versace Marble collection has been designed to create a warm, enveloping atmosphere for elegant rooms, giving the space a classic touch that will remain timeless for years to come. This Italian porcelain collection dresses the heart of the home with functional creativity, from the living room to the bedroom. Three large-format sizes, a sophisticated color palette of six shades of rare stones with bright accents of onyx, a wide range of mosaics with an optical effect, special pieces and precious décors, make Versace Marble a collection for new and creative uses, just waiting to be discovered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tile Trends: Urban Industrial

 

 

 

 

Structured, corroded, dented and dulled. Urban Industrial creates a revolutionary metal look that is aggressive and uncompromising. This distinctive collection recalls the anti-slip finish of stage construction materials in a reinterpreted diamond plate texture (Boss finish); while the companion wall tile features the look of erosion caused by water dripping from metal. The collection is equally at home in commercial and residential applications.

Floor tile colors – Blue Boss, Blue Diving, Grey Boss, Grey Diving, Red Boss, Red Diving
Floor tile sizes – 12″ x 12″, 12″ x 24″, 24″ x 24″, 8″ x 48″ (Boss finish only)

Wall tile colors – Drip Blue, Drip Red, Drip White
Wall tile sizes – 4″ x 12″

Trim – Mosaics

The Italian porcelain collection has a matte and textured (Boss colors) finish.

 

 

 

 

Ancient Techniques…Modern Style

Encaustic tile may be a new term to you, but it’s an antique style making a big comeback. These ornate tiles are at once old-fashioned and modern, so here’s how to incorporate this design trend for 2017.

 

Encaustic tiles were all the rage in the Victorian era and even farther back, in the medieval times. Until recently, these ornate tiles had fallen out of favor as unadorned or glazed tiles took their place. The designs are more complicated and the finished tiles heavier from the layers, making the tiles unique but costly.

Contemporary encaustic tiles can have bold graphics in an array of colors or throwbacks to Medieval or Victorian time periods. The ability to create such intricate patterns is a hallmark of this style. Encaustic tiles are endlessly versatile and can fit into any design scheme, making them a new favorite of designers.

Encaustic tile is gorgeous in an entryway where your visitors can admire it. It is also comfortable in bathrooms and kitchens, natural homes for tile. Encaustic tile is even beautiful and useful in a living room. The design element replaces a rug, acts as a focal point, and dogs and kids can do no harm to the tough tiles. Since the design is inlayed, it will not wear away with use, making it perfect for high traffic areas.

 

Why stop at the floor? Encaustic tile is beautiful on walls or backsplashes, too, in bathrooms or kitchens. A geometric backsplash and accent wall take a streamlined kitchen from simple to high-design. Click here to see design ideas for encaustic tiles. With over ½ million square feet of tile in stock, you’ll find the perfect tile for your project at Tiles Unlimited.

Hot Trend – A Perfect Blend of Urban Style and Timeless Appeal

Brick-look tile is hot for walls and backsplashes. Enter Generation Brick and Amsterdam, two new porcelain tile collections made to look like real brick. Unlike traditional bricks, they are durable and easy to clean, making them a practical surface for flooring.

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Both collections are a perfect blend of contemporary style and timeless appeal, with an impressively accurate reproduction of the look and feel of brick. Old world cobblestone streets, industrial chic restaurants and lavish brick buildings are the inspiration for these new brick-look porcelain tile collections. Brick-look tiles were popular in 2016 and are expected to be one of the hottest trends for 2017. We hesitate to use the word trend as their design is timeless.

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We think that the reason brick-look tiles are so popular is because there are so many different possibilities for installation patterns and locations. That is certainly the case with both Generation Brick and Amsterdam. Some of the most popular brick-look tile installations are used for backsplashes, accent walls, fireplace surrounds, covering post and beams and floors.

Generation Brick comes in an array of colors (cream, dark, red, rust, umber) with gorgeous color variation and two sizes (2”x10” & 7”x13”) with a rough surface that feels like real bricks. The collection also includes matching large format floor tiles (13”x13” & 24”x24”).

Amsterdam also offers a variety of color choices (beige, brown, charcoal, fog, multicolor, sunset) and two sizes (2”x10” & 5”x10”). The collection includes stunning mosaics in matching colors as well as matching 12”x24” floor tiles.

Tiles Unlimited offers several porcelain brick-look porcelain tile collections in a wide variety of colors and sizes. Stop in and chat with our expert tile designers, recipient of 107 five-star customer reviews in 2016.

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.

Wood-Look Porcelain Tiles Are Hot and Here To Stay!

Some other trends weren’t so lucky. Remember wood paneling, shag carpet, and avocado-colored appliances? These were the “must have” designs of their era but now they are nothing more than dated decor you’d like to forget.

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Wood floors have been around for centuries and they are more popular than ever so you can rest assured that the look of wood is here to stay. As for tile that looks like wood, technology ensures we can produce a tile that looks so similar to wood you have to look very closely before you can tell the difference. Combine that with the durability and easy maintenance of porcelain tile and you have a winning combination for a floor that will last long into the future.

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Tiles Unlimited, voted Best Tile Store in the 2016 Best of LI competition, carries more than 20 different porcelain wood-look tiles in a range of sizes and colors. Wood-look (sometimes called faux wood tiles) tiles can be used anywhere you would normally install wood floors and in spaces where wood is typically not an option, like a bathrooms or even a shower. You get all the benefits of wood floors without the drawbacks like scratching, chipping, cracking or constant maintenance.

Tiles that look like wood come in an array of realistic colors and sizes from 4” to 12” wide and from 18” to 72”in length. You’ll also find many styles of wood such as traditional, reclaimed wood, antique wood, barn wood and distressed wood. Longer wood-look planks allow your floors to resemble hardwood flooring – no one will notice the difference.

Wood-look tile not your thing? Check out our porcelain tile, ceramic tile, subway tile, glass/metal tile and natural stone tile collections by clicking here. With Queens’ largest selection of tile, our expert tile designers will help you realize the project of your dreams.

What is Tile Floor Warming?

Radiant heating is fast becoming one of the most popular heating solutions for homeowners in the United States. Homeowners in Queens are constantly preoccupied with reducing their electricity usages and electric bills, always looking for new ways to save on energy usage. Radiant heating ticks all the right boxes.

There are typically two kinds of radiant heating solutions available in the current marketplace. The first of these is dry-system radiant tubing that uses electric powered tubes that lie between the floor and plywood layers underneath. The second is a hydronic radiant heating system that uses looped tubes to pump water underneath the floor. A boiler or another form of water heater heats the water itself.

Conserve energy with radiant heating
The amazing thing about radiant heating systems is that it is possible to integrate features like solar heaters into their mechanisms. Hydronic radiant heating systems can use solar heaters placed on the roof of a house to heat up the water that flows through the tubing underneath the floor. While there are still improvements to be made with regard to solar heating, it is still considered a far more sustainable way than other forms.

Experience improved comfort levels
While some individuals may be satisfied with traditional heating systems, the truth is that there is nothing better than waking up and walking on a floor that is already heated. Individuals can enjoy the experience knowing that the tile floor warming system is not only working efficiently, but reducing their total energy usage as well.”

Floor Tile Cleaning in Queens

How to Clean Mosaic Floor Tiles

Mosaic floor tiles are a popular choice amongst most new homeowners as they are unique, diverse and stylish. However, they are prone to grime settlement and can become very dirty if not cleaned regularly. With small everyday practices, you can maintain your mosaic floors just like new. A good way to maintain your Queens home’s mosaic floor tile setting is vacuum cleaning. In many cases, dust and grime settles between the tiles and can look worse when you use a broom or brush. Vacuum cleaning can effectively remove this dust and dislodge particles.

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Thorough cleaning with soap and acid

Mosaic floors can be easily cleaned with soap solution and thorough scrubbing. You can use any standard detergent or soap and scrub difficult areas with a toothbrush. After you have cleaned the floor tile with soap solution, wash it off with water. After it has dried, you can apply wax polish and buff it with a clean piece of cloth. You can also use acid in a 1:80 ratio with water and clean the mosaic floor. It is important to ensure that acid is being used in small quantities as you could risk damaging the surface of the mosaic.

Simple home remedies for mosaic floors

You can use baking soda to clean your mosaic floor tiles. Mix baking soda in a bucket of water and let it settle on the mosaic floor for about 15-20 minutes. Use a toothbrush to scrub difficult areas till they are clean and rinse it thoroughly with warm water. You can use a sponge that is dipped in the solution to apply it to the floor.

Types Of Porcelain Tiles

Porcelain tiles come in two basic types: glazed porcelain tiles and through-bodied porcelain tiles. These two types differ from each other on the basis of their respective compositions, appearances, performances and practical use.

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Through-bodied porcelain tiles are very rigid and dense in nature. They are made out of a mixture of sand, clay and other minerals. They are one of the prime choices in making countertops, floors and walls. That is because of their fashionable appearance and resistance to scratching and chipping. These types of tiles are also a good choice for floors because of their slip-resistant nature (unless, they have been polished). This uniformly colored tile is a common choice in commercial and Queens and Long Island residential installations. It is also favored where resistance to slipping is a priority.

Glazed porcelain tiles, on the other hand, are strong and non-porous tiles that are used for its stain resistant surface. Glazed tiles are almost entirely made out of porcelain with a glaze applied to its surface. These tiles are capable of carrying the most beautiful colors and are capable of being decorated and designed in the most intricate ways. Most decorative tile displays and murals use this kind of tiles on them. Although glazed porcelain tiles are pretty strong, they are not recommended for commercial installations. Rather they are limited to Queens and Long Island residential use.

If you are looking for a large variety of glazed porcelain tiles and/or through-bodied tiles in the vicinity of Queens or Long Island, look no further than Tiles Unlimited. Your needs are guaranteed to be met.

How to Restore your Lobby with Beautiful Tile Designs

A lobby design can make or break the favorable impression of your home or office. The entryway can be made beautiful in any number of ways. Whether you need to restore your lobby or beautify it using accent tile, murals & medallions; it is possible with the help of professional tile services. Residents of Queens who need to restore their lobbies using accent tile, murals & medallions or any other way can call Tiles Unlimited for their exceptional professional opinion and services.

The market is flooded with excellent accent tile; murals & medallions designs and these can be used in a number of ways to restore a lobby.

Accent tiles

Accent tiles can be used on the floor as well as the lobby walls to create some beautiful patterns. Think new when using accent tiles as there is no use using them in just tried and tested ways. You can buy your accent tiles to match with the house dècor or give your lobby a unique spin by keeping the accent tiles totally different from the other elements in the house.

Murals

Murals can be used to add unique elements to a lobby. When restoring a lobby, think of murals on the ceiling as well as on a single wall. You don”t necessarily need to use it but if you can, murals can redefine a space beyond imagination.

Medallions

Do not restrict medallions to ceilings. You can also add them to walls and create unique patterns to go with your accent tiles. Try different shapes, sizes and colors or use them with mirrors.