A Simple Twist to a Kitchen Island

I recently came upon this beautiful kitchen photo on Houzz. What I loved the most was the wood plank that the designer ran up on the face of the island. This thoughtful touch added warmth to what otherwise could have been a cold room, and is great way to do something different to the island face instead of standard drywall. Additionally, it’s the same wood that was used on the floor, so you know it’s going to be durable (think of kids and guests feet kicking/scuffing up painted drywall, or a cabinet face). Check out our Classic French Oak or our new Argonne collections from Plank to achieve this look. (Bonus: We stock our Plank product!)


New Product: BrickLane by Marca Corona

BrickLane1We’ve recently introduced several new and exciting additions to our stocking products. One of our (and our customers) favorites is BrickLane by Marca Corona.

One of the great rewards of restoring old buildings is working with surfaces built decades or even hundreds of years ago. BrickLane presents the opportunity to recreate these timeless spaces. The series is inspired by the famous street of the same name in East London, a center of Avant Garde art and fashion. The used brick look of BrickLane is offered in three appealing shades, all rendered in durable porcelain.

BrickLane2BrickLane is available in a standard 3” x 12” brick size, or a wonderful 10” x 8.5” hexagon. The variation and color palette make it remarkably adaptable for anything from traditional to contemporary settings. Whether you are looking for a classic red brick, a warm grey palette, or a cool and clean white – this is an option worth considering.

We love pairing this with a concrete-inspired field tile to create a true industrial look! Try Urban Concrete from Flaviker, or Varese by Eleganza, both available in stock at United Tile. For a warmer look, consider pairing with Plank by United Tile, or Speakeasy, by Crossville, a beautiful wood-inspired plank.

Color Variation

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Royal Mosa 15Thirty, an example of a V-1 shade variation

Color variation is something we discuss with our customers on a regular basis. It’s important to know if the product you’re ordering is going to have a uniform appearance, a subtle color range, or extreme variation.

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Sonoma’s Euphoria collection, V-4

Being familiar and comfortable with color variation is especially important when it comes to dealing with natural stone. No two tiles are exactly the same, no matter how subtle the veining and movement.

As with any tile, especially a V-2 or higher, it is important for your installer to work from multiple boxes, hand blending the pieces to ensure there’s an organic movement to the colors, and avoiding a concentration of colors in one spot.

You will see on our tile boards and samples a note for “variation”, as well as a number, ranging from V-1 to V-4

Visit any of our showrooms for help in selecting the product that’s best suited for your space!

Crossville Moonstruck

MoonstruckHave you seen Moonstruck, one of our newest stocking products? We are in love with it, and so are our customers! Toeing the line between traditional and contemporary, Moonstruck shines on its own, and also pairs beautifully with a wide variety of accents. Available in 12″x24″ as well as 18″x36″, Moonstruck looks stunning on both horizontal and vertical surfaces. Our Renton showroom installed the Gemini color in 18″x36″ on a countertop, paired with another new addition to our stocked products, Oceanside’s Muse Hex in Cosmopolitan.

Moonstruck2This collection has both unpolished and honed finish options, as well as a bullnose. You can see that we simply polished the edge of our countertop installation and it looks great!

Visit our website to see what we’re stocking. And remember, Crossville material ships from Tennessee, so if you see something that’s not in our stock, you can get it within 2 weeks!

UT Brightens Christmas For One Little Girl and Her Family

Let us introduce you to Justice.  She is a beautiful 19-month old little girl who is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation to treat stage-3 kidney cancer.  Through the Children’s Cancer Association, we met Justice, and her 4-year old sister Jaden.Justice
Thanks to the incredible generosity of our United Tile employees in Portland, we provided most of the items on the family’s wish list.  We delivered the presents this morning.  As we spoke with the family, it was evident we had made a real change in their lives, if only for a little while.  In many ways, we received much more than we gave.

Thank you to everyone who bought gifts for the family.  Special thanks to Molly Pedersen and Debee Larsen for their work in coordinating this effort.  Following is the message we received from Justice’s parents.

This year has been really hard on my family and Christmas wasn’t that important and then I got your call.  I never knew people could be so selflessk and tae your time out to help my family.  You guys will never ever know how much this means to us.  I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I am grateful for all of you.  God bless you and Merry Christmas.”

Merry Christmas to all.


Pantone Color of the Year 2016


After the year the world has experienced, the pairing of Rose Quartz and Serenity come as a welcome, soothing choice. We all need a little calm in our lives, right?

When it comes to utilizing these colors in your home, our advice is to go crazy with them….just not with your tile. These colors will make beautiful accents, upholstery fabrics, area rugs, art statements, and more. Let the tile be the canvas that allows you to build your design upon.

Verde 1999 Evoque

Try juxtaposing these sweet colors our Verde 1999 Evoque, which mimics the look of acid washed concrete, swinging the pendulum from cute to edgy.

Vallelunga Calacatta

If your style is more based on elegance, nothing is more-so than marble. We recently brought in Vallelunga Calacatta, a stunning porcelain that is a perfect match for the natural stone, but at a fraction of the cost and lacking the need for maintenance. Ground this light and airy look with some warm wood tones, whether in your flooring (try our Plank!) or casegoods.

Walker Zanger Deco D’Antan

Prefer something playful? We love Walker Zanger’s Deco D’Antan line, and think the patterns would play perfectly with the juvenile colors. Use simple accents, such as a clean subway tile, or warm wood floor, in order to not conflict with the pattern.

How will you use these colors in your home? Or will you use them at all?



New Product Alert: Century Keramos

Century Keramos Sparta, Hexagon

With a gorgeous color palette, great size options, and two finishes to select from, Keramos by Century is sure to be a hit! The design objective of this series was to be in harmony with nature, and Century did an outstanding job of accomplishing this.

Whether you’re looking for dark and dramatic (Sparta), rich and earthy (Attica), light with personality (Lindos), or terra cotta inspired (Creta), Keramos has color options for just about every scenario. And did we mention this product is stocked? Perfect for those projects with a quick turnaround time!

Century Keramos Attica, 24×24

We are in love with the large hexagon – try this on a floor OR a wall for a bit of a statement! Or, pair one of the other sizes with any of our other materials – we love the Creta with Lunada Bay’s Agates in Abruzzo, or Sparta with Crossville’s Yin + Yang in Lotus Blossom.

Come visit one of our showrooms to see these beauties in person.