Versace Marble…A Sneak Peek

 

 

A Tiles Unlimited Exclusive
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.

 

 

 

 

Hot Trend – Wood-Look Tile in the Bathroom

Looking to make your bathroom unique? Maybe something rustic, yet contemporary? Consider wood-look tile for your bathroom and yes, even your shower.

Real wood presents some major difficulties in the bathroom let alone the shower. In fact, wood in the shower is pretty much unheard of—until now. We’re talking about wood-look porcelain tile in the shower. It gives you a realistic wood-grain look with the natural variations found in hardwood along with the durability and ease of maintenance you simply can’t get with anything but tile.

 

Distinctive Wood collection

 

Tiles Unlimited has more than two-dozen wood-look tile collections that are applicable for use in a bathroom. You can create an unexpected look that you’ll enjoy using every day. Some popular options include our Distinctive Wood collection, available in 8 colors and 3 sizes (mix and match different widths for the most realistic look) with outstanding color variation.  More traditional offerings include our Touch Wood (9 colors) and Wooden Forest (3 colors with some stunning mosaics).  For those wanting the look of wooden planks, our Unusual Wood collection is offered in 6 colors and 5 sizes with planks as long as 67”.

 

Touch Wood collection

 

Tile sizes offer some flexibility in design as well. A traditional plank looks stunning either placed horizontally or vertically. Add an accent tile to dress it up. Large format tiles have become a staple on the floor, but have made their way to the wall so why not put them to work in the shower? As an alternative to the large plank, try a smaller, linear wood-look tile. Playing with the size can transform your shower into a unique, luxury retreat.

Your shower has a job to do. Take some time to consider functionality along with design. You must consider your shower wall and shower floor as two separate things. Any wood-look tile that can withstand a moist environment will perform well on the shower wall, but the floor is a different story.

 

Unusual Wood collection

 

Because of the requirements of the shower floor, mosaics of four inches or smaller should be used with standard drain while linear drains afford you the option of using larger tile. You have to make sure you have the right slope to the drain and larger tiles make that difficult to achieve. The extra grout lines you get when installing a shower floor also give you more slip-resistance—which you need plenty of on the shower floor. Designing a shower that’s anything but ordinary with unexpected materials like wood-look tile for the shower requires a bit of expertise, both in purchasing and installation. Always check manufacturer recommendations to ensure you select an appropriate tile for your shower floor or ask our expert Tile Consultants.

 

Wooden Forest collection

 

While you’re looking at tile for your bathroom, make sure you check out our new line of bathroom fixtures including vanities, freestanding bathtubs, medicine cabinets, mirrors and bath accessories.

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.

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 Are Rectified Tiles?

If you have recently purchased a property in Queens, or are looking to conduct renovations on your home, one of the ways to boost your home’s aesthetic vale is to integrate rectified tiles. Rectified tiles are typically made from ceramic or porcelain materials. These tiles are unique in that they are mechanically engineered to meet precise measurements. As such, any single rectified tile will have the same dimensions as another.

The uniformity and precision that is unique to rectified tiles, has made them extremely popular among contractors and homeowners within Queens. One of the most common problems that renovators face when conducting tiling projects is integrating tiles, keeping in mind, the amount they expand and contract. With tiles that have varying dimensions, it can be quite difficult to ascertain the shrinkage and expansion factor. With rectified tiles though, this is no longer a problem. However, keep in mind that rectified tiles are only in uniform in terms of their square dimensions, and not their thickness.

When to use rectified tiles?

If you are considering integrating rectified tiles onto your property, it is important to take two factors into consideration. The first of these relates to the grout joints on a tile. With rectified tiles, grout joints are extremely small, giving your floor a smooth and continuous surface. The second factor to consider is the size of tiles required. It is unlikely that you will find rectified tiles with dimensions lesser than 12” x 12”. More often than not, rectified tiles are used on larger surface areas, rather than small spaces.

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.