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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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.

New Tiles Breathe New Life into Bathroom

Choosing your bathroom tiles carefully not only helps keep the area clean but also saves future costs if they are attractive and durable. If you wish to attach new tiles in the bathroom since your next door neighbor in Queens has installed latest glass tiles then go ahead but enquire about cost carefully before undertaking that venture. Improving bathroom tile work is an easy job and can be done within a day or two which can breathe new life into the bathroom if wall and floor tiles are in harmony.

Choosing right glass tile for enhancing look of bathroom

There are two kinds of glass tiles namely opaque and translucent which can be used on bathroom’s counter-top or wall which can be ordered online or from your local hardware store. It is best to first see each variety of glass tiles available in markets and take advice about durability of each type depending on usage before deciding on a particular variety that suits your budget. Hardware stores in Queens can help you choose right kind of glass tiles and can also send plumber to fix it in professional manner so the exercise can breathe new life into your bathroom.

Advantage of glass tiles in bathrooms

To give an aesthetic feel to the bathroom, glass tiles are the best as they are resilient against mold and mildew which are common problems and can easily wash off water stains. Best advantage of glass tiles is that if your bathroom gets plenty of natural light then you can be treated to spectacular display of light and color which is impossible with other materials.