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granite vs quartz countertops: What you don’t know

In the granite vs quartz countertop debate, every homeowner has a different preference. In this blog, we explain the granite vs quartz countertop factors that you didn’t know about.

How it works:

Quartz:

Quartz is engineered using around 95% quartz and 5% polymer resins to provide the look of stone.

Granite:

“Granite” is actually a catch-all term that includes any stone that can be placed on a countertop except marble, limestone, and soapstone. Real granite actually has a pink tone. All “granites” perform differently because they are not all actual granite. This means they each have their own characteristics in terms of cleaning, usability, structure, and look.

 

Benefits:

Quartz

  • much less upkeep than granite
  • has a perfect surface
  • a wide range of colors to choose from
  • customizable design
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Frosty Carrina Quartz

 

Granite

  • displays more interesting movement in the stone
  • has a veining natural look of stone that people like
  • granite slabs are larger and provide more flexibility for larger countertops
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Dark Granite

 

Common Concerns:

Quartz

  • challenging to truly replicate granite using quartz
  • limited by the size of slabs and requires combining for larger countertops
  • have to make seams inconspicuous when combining slabs

Granite

  • people worry that granite is a dated style
  • it is imperfect and requires fill in areas within it

Trends:

Quartz:

The marble countertop look can be created using quartz to avoid staining issues.

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Pompeii Misterio Quartz

Granite:

Lighter granite colors are trending now.

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White Alaska Granite

There you have it, now you can make the best decision about which material is right for your home. If you have any questions, we would love to help.

View our granite and quartz countertop picks on Pinterest.

7 Beautiful Ways to Use Subway Tile in Your Home

Classic, polished and clean, subway tile is like the “French manicure” of wall tile. In the past decade, subway tile has surged in popularity due to its versatility in complementing any space. When used in combination with starkly different design elements, subway tile allows the rest of the room to “speak” while making a subtle statement itself.
We’ve compiled just a few rooms that inspire us to install subway tiling in our homes. Which look is your favorite?

 

 

The reclaimed wooden elements are the focus of this kitchen when paired with the subway tile backsplash. The tile’s long and narrow sizing creates a unique contemporary look that complements the rustic elements of the room.

 

Photo by KitchenLab Design | Rebekah Zaveloff Interiors – Search traditional kitchen design ideas

 

This kitchen’s tiled walls don’t beg for all the attention, acting as the perfect backdrop to anchor the wooden window trimming and other surrounding traditional elements.

 

Photo by – Discover traditional kitchen design ideas
Complete with a yellow Labrador dog, this space represents a timelessly classic kitchen design. The beveled tile in the backsplash gives the wall some depth, making the white coloring more interesting to the eye. By using a white grout to set the tiles, individual tiles are not differentiated from each other and provide a clean looking design.

 

Photo by AN Builders Pty Ltd – Browse contemporary bathroom photos
Grout color becomes a design element when the tile covers this much of a room’s surface area. To create a uniform look with a highly contrasting black floor, the subway tile was laid in a grey grout. By outlining individual tiles the bathroom boasts a sophisticated minimalist design.

 

Photo by Highmark Builders – Browse traditional bathroom photos
An interesting twist on the traditional look, this shower is lined with elongated subway tiles cut from marble stone. Using tiles made of a material similar to the hexagon flooring gives the bathroom a comprehensive look.

 

Photo by Duet Design Group – Look for transitional bathroom design inspiration
Wondering what to pair with a bold, geometric floor tile? The simplicity of this shower backsplash creates an enduring look that has a modern, exceptional flair.

 

By mix and matching colors and shapes, this shower looks more like a contemporary art museum than a bathroom wall. Tiles made of glass give this shower an unpredictable design twist.

Break the Rules of Tiling with These 3 Bathroom Tile Designs

We are excited to share our latest obsessions in bathroom tile designs. Be bold! Make your bathroom exciting with one of these 3 bathroom themes. Whether you are into vibrant colors, textile patterns, or whimsical styles to enliven your bathroom, we have design ideas to inspire you.

Tiles Inspired by Textile Patterns

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These bathroom designs are oriented around graphic textile patterns from around the world. The tiling patterns shown above are inspired by geometric shapes and designs seen in ancient cultures, like the Aztecs. We find that these striking handmade tiles look great in limited or open-footprint bathrooms as the bold patterns make the room feel larger by expanding the boundaries of the visual space. In a small powder bathroom, these bold patterns will wow your short-term visitors.

Place Tiles in Unique Locations

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We love to play with this popular tile trend by challenging the conventions of where tile can be installed throughout a home. The bathrooms pictured are lively, attention-grabbing, and energizing, which will make any bathroom visitor feel welcome into your home. The designers of these tiles chose to tile all the way up the walls in places that are never exposed to water. Paired with the bright color combinations, this gratuitous tile placement creates much more interesting spaces, moves light around in the area, and adds a unique texture.

Elaborate on Ordinary Tiles

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Our last set of bathroom tile designs features ordinary tiles laid out in clever ways. This technique works well in bathrooms that have open space and use minimal furniture to accentuate these exciting designs. Ordinary made interesting bathroom tiling is the perfect way to infuse spirit into your bathroom without relying on expensive custom tiles. These tiling styles are usually envisioned by designers with a creative eye so don’t hesitate to ask for guidance or do some of your own research on designs.

 

For more bathroom tile designs, check out our Pinterest board!

Posted in Bathroom, Tile

Designer Turn Offs: Bedroom Sets of 2016

As bedroom sets are a hot button issue for our interior designers, we wanted to showcase a selection of bedroom sets where an apparent aspect of the design process went horribly wrong.

 

 Bedroom Sets

Royal Gold Bedroom Set

This ornate bedroom set overplays its opulent style, resulting in a grotesque metallic-looking mess. Does this bed look inviting to you? To me, it looks sharp and uncomfortable.

Bedroom Sets

Bedroom Bliss Bedroom Set

This bedroom set is trying to do way too much by combining an ostentatious appearance with an inflated sense of self-importance. The gold edges each have different shades of reflective surfaces to bewilder potential sleepers. This gold plated design would be better suited for a makeup case. The shabby rug, which is difficult to integrate successfully into any bedroom design, blatantly clashes with the flashy appearance of the bed frame and dressers.

Bedroom Sets

Egyptian Guest Bedroom Set

Unless you are ancient Egyptian king, this is not a bedroom for the modern day individual. I picture this design better fitting in at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas. It’s surprising that any element could feel out of place in this absurd design, but the gritty tan wall above the headboard disrupts the overall color scheme.

Bedroom Sets

Modern Tropical Bedroom Set

Going for a whimsical look, this modern tropical style bedroom feels quite contrived, with the headboard and bed appearing to be two separate entities. The leaf-infused headboard creates a discordant atmosphere with the rest of the room. Brightly disturbing to onlookers, it’s no wonder that this person is likely seeking a quick escape from that godawful headboard.

 

Check out our Pinterest Board for more bedroom sets and to see sources for each bedroom design.

Posted in Bedroom, Furniture

Hardwood Floor Tips

Hardwood floors offer natural beauty, elegance, long-term value, and ease of cleaning. Here’s a list of hardwood floor tips to help you select the appropriate design for any room in your home.

 

  • Make your floor the center of attention: This technique adds depth and dimension to any room with an overall light aesthetic. Use a dark hardwood with subtle variations in graining to contrast bright lighting or light colored walls.

Hardwood Floor Tips

  • Make the room seem more spacious: Use natural colored hardwood in a room with darker walls. Bright hardwoods with less grain are perfect for these interiors and make the room seem more open and inviting.

Hardwood Floor Tips

  • Make a smaller room seem larger: By laying the boards across the width of the room, as seen in the example, you can make a narrow room look wider. This little trick can help you make the most of limited space and welcome visitors into cozy areas.

Hardwood Floor Tips

  • Achieve a hand-crafted appearance: Wire brushed or hand-crafted wood gives a distinctive appearance thanks to character markings and differences in shading.

Hardwood Floor Tips

  • Make a bold statement: Take over the room with orange and red hardwood floor tones by using a vibrant copper or russet toned hardwood. This directs visitors’ attention to the exquisite wood floors while generous lighting and bright walls offset some of the commanding presence of this elegant floor.

Hardwood Floor Tips

  • Use the same species and tone of wood throughout your home: This will make each room appear and feel bigger and provide a cohesive look. You can adjust the width of the planks for individual rooms to achieve different aesthetics.

Hardwood Floor Tips

Equipped with these hardwood floor tips, you’ll be prepared to take charge and get creative with your next floor remodel.

 

 

Posted in Design, Hardwood