Unexpected Places to Use Tile

Tile is usually thought of as the foundation for a wall or floor and most people only use tile for those two applications. It is also very common to see tile used as an artistic accent or a beautiful backsplash. Lately, we’ve noticed some unexpected and out of the box uses for tile, and would love to share them as a source of inspiration for your next home design project. These ideas will make you think of tile as more than just a functional choice.

Tile As a Headboard
In the bedroom, most think of a headboard as an add-on to the bed frame. The concept of a headboard can also work nicely as more of an abstract feature, in the form of tiling the wall adjacent to the bed. It offers a striking focal point and is an easy way to add drama to your bedroom. Unexpected Surfaces, a 3-dimensional wall tile in several light bending shapes and Generation Brick, a gorgeous brick-look tile are two tile collections that are perfect for use as a headboard.

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Tile As An Accent Rug or Carpeting
Seamlessly integrating patterned tile with flooring can mimic the look of carpeting or an accent rug. This works especially well with patterned tiles laid as the “carpet”, surrounded by a neutral colored tile. Encaustic tiles, with their stunning patterned designs, are ideal for this purpose.

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Tile Your Fireplace
Fireplaces are more than just a functional element. They can become the highlight of a room with some simple tile work. Opt for a textured tile such as our Stoned Immaculate and Another Dimension collections.

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Outdoor Spaces
Porcelain tile have recently come into its own as an outdoor decorating solution. Modern reproduction techniques allow porcelain tiles to look like real wood and stone for use in outdoor spaces, as they are less expensive that stone and wood and are much easier to maintain. Beautiful stone and wood-look porcelain pavers are designed to transform outdoor spaces, including patios, terraces, steps, pathways, gardens, and outdoor dining areas and pool decks. Available in a range of natural colors, these materials are both durable and versatile. Pavers can be placed directly over grass, sand, gravel, or existing flooring, or can be used with spacers or risers.

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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.

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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.

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.

Fashionable Ways to Use Tile

Home Decors and Tiles

Fashion always has new and upcoming trends that everyone wants to follow; and we’re not talking about clothes and shoes. There are always new fashion trends for home decoration as well. Since decorating our homes is a big part of our lives, we always want to keep up with these latest trends. This year, it’s all about using tiles to decorate your homes and making them look as fashionable as you.

Three fashionable ways you can use tile in your Queens or Long Island home

Tiles are not just limited to the bathroom anymore; they are now being used to create stylish interiors for beautiful homes. Here are three of the most fashionable ways you can use them to decorate your home this year:
You can use tiles to make you kitchen look more stylish by installing tiles in natural and subdued colors. This makes the area look more spacious and adds some calmness to your home. Beige, off-whites, greys, and browns are the most popular choices this year.
One of the latest trends is using tiles to add some personality to the rooms in your house. Tiles in bold shades like orange, pink, and green can be added to the walls of a room to create an edgy look. You can even use two or more of these colors to create a color-block.
A popular and fashionable trend in tiles is using them as a backsplash. This trend is a great and affordable way to play up the look of your kitchen. Adding some backsplash to a small area near the kitchen counter or stove can make a huge difference to the monotonous look. Tiles come in different colors, sizes, and shapes that can be customized to create a one-of-a-kind kitchen backsplash.

You can play around with the designs and even incorporate the color-block trend to the backsplash trend. There are endless possibilities to using tiles in your Queens home to make it look more fashionable.