What to Know Before Beginning a Bathroom Project

This is a great Houzz article if you’re thinking about doing a project any time soon. Informative tips that are right on the money. Check it out!

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New Product: Sant’Agostino Shadebox

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SHADEBOX is a stunning collection of three separate series that all work impeccably together to create one style.

SHADELINES is a porcelain body with irregular lines on the surface, creating a wavy and three-dimensional motion.  This provides a relief resin effect.  This is offered in a 12×24 size in five colors.

SHADEWOOD is a porcelain wood look with a metropolitan flavor, resulting in refined and essential beauty.  In addition to the 6×48 size in the same five colors as Shadelines, there is a 12×48 size that incorporates all five colors in a chevron look.

SHADEBRICK is a glazed ceramic in a 3×12 size.  While Shadelines and Shadewood are fairly monochromatic, SHADEBRICK provides the color variation often found in a hand-made tile.  It is offered in four colors.

These series can be used alone or together.  The combinations leading to an elegant urban style are endless with SHADEBOX.

 

 

 

Tile Design Trends

There’s been a lot of talk of “Design Trends” around here lately.  Kelley Stratton, our Director of Showrooms, gave a great presentation to one of our dealers and their customers last week – and we have Feras Irikat from Lunada Bay coming to give a CEU presentation on the same topic in our Portland and Seattle showrooms at the end of the month (you won’t want to miss those!)

Here is what we are seeing trending right now.

SUBWAY
While we still see plenty of the classic white 3×6 subway tiles, this category has certainly grown.  It now includes color, longer lineal sizes, and glass options.  We are seeing playful layouts as well as contrasting grout colors to enhance an installation.  The different possibilities allow this to be a great option for traditional or modern décor.

HANDMADE
These hand-painted tiles are influenced by Spanish and Moroccan cultures – as well as the Arts & Crafts movement.  Some have a terra cotta body.  This can also include artisanal tiles, which typically have a non-uniform appearance and slightly irregular edges.  They are often inspired by European cafes and feature glazes with a wide color range, crackled glazes, or an antiqued look.

WHITE
White is hot!  Some find white to be sterile, but when paired with warm materials, it can be both trendy and timeless.  You can easily make it more unique with interesting patterns, textures and materials.  White marbles continue to be an extremely popular choice – particularly in kitchens and bathrooms!

PATTERNS
We are loving the textural and geometric options that are available now.  It is easy to add visual interest by using one color and using a fun shape – or go big with a bold geometric shape!  There are so many ways to play with shape and color while still achieving a classic look.

DARK AND DRAMATIC
While white seems to please the majority of our customers, we have seen a resurgence in dark and moody colors, particularly in matte finishes.

PORCELAIN WOOD PLANKS
This category has grown tremendously, and shows no signs of slowing down.  Technology has advanced to a point where most people can’t even tell if these porcelain options are real or not!  Whether you prefer rustic, modern, or somewhere in between – if you want the look of wood without the wear and maintenance, porcelain is a great option.

ENCAUSTIC INSPIRED
Ready to make a statement?  This look has been around for centuries, but has recently seen a huge resurgence.  Just be sure to pair these bold graphic tiles with something more muted so you don’t overdo it!

GLASS
For nearly 10 years, customers have been coming in and asking if glass is too “trendy”.  Well, the fact that they have been asking for that long pretty much answers the question for us!  Glass can be subtle, beautiful, and timeless.  And is definitely a look that is here to stay!

Come visit one of our showrooms to see more ideas like these!

 

Budget & Style Collection

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We are pleased to present our new “Budget & Style Collection” featuring designer looks at a buget friendly price point.   We have sourced these products from around the world to bring you the best options, without sacrificing design.  It includes the following series:

VitrA – Uptown
VitrA – Midtown
VitrA – Oxidan
Eleganza – Fabrique
Eleganza – Neutra
Eleganza – Varese
Crossville – Ready To Wear
Crossville – Basalt
Crossville – Gotham
Bellavita – Metro

For more information, pricing or samples of any of these series, contact your local United Tile sales representative.

New Product Update – Laticrete StoneTech Surface Care

SW1115_StoneCare08We are pleased to offer a new line of high-quality sealers and cleaners from Laticrete called StoneTech.  This complete line of products will allow you to protect, clean and transform tile surfaces to ensure the beauty of your installation lasts for years to come.  These products will replace the items we previously carried from Miracle Sealants.

The new products include:ST Enhancer Sealer_Gallon_ns

  • StoneTech Bulletproof Sealer
  • StoneTech Heavy Duty Sealer
  • StoneTech Enhancer
  • StoneTech Advanced Grout Sealer (aerosol)
  • StoneTech Klenzall (concentrated)
  • StoneTech Stone & Tile Cleaner (concentrated)
  • StoneTech Revitalizer Citrus Cleaner & Protector

For those looking for crossovers to our old Miracle Sealants products, they are as follows:

StoneTech Bulletproof Sealer —> MS 511 Porous Plus
StoneTech Heavy Duty Sealer —> MS 511 H2O Plus/Impregnator
StoneTech Enhancer —> MS Seal & Enhance
StoneTech Advanced Grout Sealer (Aerosol) —> MS 511 Spray On Aerosol
StoneTech Klenzall —> MS Porcelain & Ceramic Tile Cleaner
StoneTech Stone & Tile Cleaner —> MS Tile & Stone Cleaner
StoneTech Revitalizer Citrus Cleaner & Protector —> MS Kleen & Reseal

StoneTech is in stock now at United Tile.  Stop by one of our showrooms, contact your United Tile sales representative, or visit our website (http://www.unitedtile.com) for more information on these new sealers and cleaners.

 

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!)

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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.