Finding Inspiration

November 24, 2015

We love it when customers come in with photos or art work that they want to draw from when designing their spaces. We had a lovely homeowner and designer in last week, and they brought with them the homeowners favorite vase, which was covered with capiz-like discs, as well as a photo of a bathroom done with beautiful calacatta marble. She wanted to use these as the jumping off point for her master bath redesign. What do you think? Did we create the right combination?


Vase inspired master bath design

Selected materials:
Provenza, Q-Stone, color: Sand
Vallelunga, Calacatta, color: Calacatta
Lunada Bay, Agates, color: Cortona

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Astor Fusion Greys

We’re thrilled to announce the latest and greatest addition to our STOCKED products! Fusion by Astor is just what the name implies – a “fusion” of multiple elements to create a visual sensation. Some will see it as stone, others a slate, and some may find certain colors reminiscent of a concrete look.  Regardless of your interpretation, this tile will make a beautiful statement. Fusion from Astor has a large color variation and each color is named for the range it represents: Darks, Greys, Ochres, and Whites. With 40 “faces” for the 18″x18″ and 25 for the 18″x30″ size, each color presents an extraordinary variety of visual and tactile sensations.


Astor Fusion Darks

With each color having such a wide range, this tile can easily be the star of the room. Able to fit a wide variety of styles, from northwest contemporary to industrial, rustic to traditional (the “whites” range personally reminds me of large exterior facades of old French chateaus!), this tile is sure to be a hit. Come visit one of our showrooms and see it for yourself!

We are looking for a full time (Tuesday-Saturday) designer for our Portland showroom.  If you or someone you know might be interested, email a resume to  Click on the logo below for more information.ut-logo-use-on-color-BLK-backg.png

Before and After

March 12, 2015


Our new kitchen!

Even WE go through remodels and have before and after photos.  Come to our Renton showroom to see our latest pride and joy!  Our showroom staff worked tirelessly on selecting just the right materials for our revamped kitchen, in order to best showcase what many of today’s homeowners are responding to.  We said goodbye to the heavier design of dark granite countertops and copper tile backsplash, and hello to a clean, sleek and refreshing design.

Many of our customers come in without having yet selected their countertop material.  We now offer a wonderful alternative to a standard slab, with Crossville’s Laminam.  For our new kitchen, we selected the Statuario from the iNaturali collection (with a satin finish).  Laminam is a thin, large format porcelain available in 1 meter x 3 meters, with a multitude of colors and finishes.  Benefits to using Laminam vs. standard natural stone slab are less cost, less maintenance, and ease of installation.

Our backsplash material comes from Lunada Bay’s Tozen collection – in the Vanadium Natural 1×4 brick.  (bonus: we stock this as well as many other colors and sizes!)

Have you seen our new PLANK flooring yet?  We selected the Blanchie color from the French Oak collection for this area and are in love with it!

Additionally, we matched our tile selections with cabinets from Cascade Cabinetry in Kent (painted in Sherwin Williams SW7046 Anonymous), painted the wall in Sherwin Williams SW7036 Accessible Beige, and had floating reclaimed shelves custom made to add a bit of texture and warmth.

We can help you create this look – or customize it to suit your taste and lifestyle.  We’ve also created several new concept boards with other backsplash options that would look great in this kitchen.  Come in and check it out!

UT RTN Kitchen2




UT RTN Kitchen1





Our Renton showroom recently installed a floorpad of 41zero42’s Mate, and the votes are in – everyone loves it!  We are stocking two colors, Terra Grigio (a light grey) and Terra Oliva (a beautiful olive green).  To see it in its full splendor, it’s important to see more than one piece – it has a beautiful, subtle range that makes the line so special.  We are stocking four sizes: 12×24, 24×24, 2×2 mosaics, and a fantastic 10×6 Arabesque shape (pictured above).  Also worth noting – this series is rectified and has through body color.

Columns in Large Loft Room


Sonoma Euphoria

December 4, 2014



We’re very excited to be an exclusive dealer of the beautiful new Euphoria line from Sonoma Tile!

Not only does this collection offer some show-stopping colors, but the shapes are pretty fabulous as well.  (We can’t even pick a favorite, we love them all so much!)  Consider using Euphoria on a backsplash, fireplace surround, or as a dramatic feature in a master shower.  The possibilities are limitless!

The stoneware body is created in Sonoma, California, then shipped to Boulder, Colorado for firing and glazing.  The unique glaze is created by a Raku-inspired glass firing process.  This glaze creates an extreme and stunning variation to the tile.  Two finishes are available; crackle and luster.

Euphoria is suitable for interior walls, showers and even pools (except in freeze-thaw areas) and outdoor environments!

The photos, while stunning, simply can’t do this series full justice.  But they give you a taste of the wonderful color palette.  We invite you to stop by any of our showrooms to see these beauties in person.


Autumn Leaves




Mellow Yellow


Reggae Dancing




Summer Breeze


Tres Chic


Thunder Road



Spanish Eyes

Spanish Eyes


Yellow Submarine




Ruby Sky


After Midnight



October Inspiration

October 13, 2014

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Autumn is here!  Don’t you just want to grab a fuzzy throw and sit in front of a fire with a good book?

Those beautiful fall colors are popping up outside, and are begging to be brought into your home!  To show how you can bring outdoor inspiration inside, we’ve pulled some of our favorites here in the Renton showroom:

Plank from United Tile – Hickory & Maple Heritage Collection – Nutmeg
Sonoma Tilemakers – Mosuprema Solo Slivers – Rock Ridge Blend
Edimax – Slaty – Multicolor
Eleganza – Fabrique – Linen
Crossville – Sideview Glass – Gold Matte
Sonoma Tilemakers – Vintners Reserve – Pear and Chocolate
Walker Zanger – Duquesa – Fatima Ambra






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