Why Tile?

Tile is a very popular finish material that has been around for as long as we can remember. According to experts, the earliest examples of tile were found to be Egyptian, dating all the way back to 4,000 BC. At the time clay, a natural material produced within the Earth was quite easy to find and process. As a result, the first ceramic tiles were created. From there they were hand-painted and often used as a form of decorative art compiled piece by piece to create a beautiful mosaic or mural. Below you can see how the origin of using tile as decoration translates into today’s applications.

Here we used geometric tiles to turn this fireplace into its own work of art, making a simple yet grand statement.

This walk-in shower combines a simple yet sophisticated large tile with a strip of a smaller geometric tile pattern adding a decorative touch while still harmonizing with the neutral tones.

Over the last few years, we have seen an ongoing trend in intricate two-tone tiles which together create a form of art and in this case on a rather unusual surface, the bathroom floor.

We continue to see tile as one of the most common coverings for both interiors and exteriors. This is because of its great versatility and extensive benefits. It is a material that can be applied to floors, walls, furniture, and many other surfaces. When applied and installed correctly tile can last a lifetime. It is very durable, resisting most impacts and scratches. One of its greatest traits is its cleanability and low maintenance. When properly taken care of it does not require harsh chemicals to clean and once sealed does not need to be refinished. Unlike carpeting which harbors things like mold, dirt, and bacteria, tile is the ideal hypoallergenic choice avoiding the collection of common irritants or the requirement of chemical cleaning.

If we haven’t already convinced you to choose tile for your space then let’s talk about its green benefits! Manufacturers of tile are constantly recycling material and water to make new product, sending a minimal amount of leftover material to landfills or wastewater facilities. In addition, tile’s long life span means it does not need to be replaced very often resulting in less waste overall. What’s even greater is that even after installation tile continues to be environmentally friendly and user friendly. Both ceramic and porcelain tile are created from natural resources and do not emit VOCs (volatile organic compounds), ultimately preventing pollution and unhealthy air quality.

With that being said we love using tile in our client’s spaces whether it be to add a fun accent or to provide better functionality and ease of living. We always recommend applying it in high-traffic areas like kitchens, bathrooms, and entertainment zones where cleanability is highly necessary.

In this master bathroom, we took full advantage of cleanability and applied a tile-on tile look. A mix and match of different sized linear tiles in an all-neutral scheme create the interesting layered effect you see here. You almost don’t realize that this entire bathing space is tile because of the design’s subtle variety and placement.

The backsplash in this kitchen also uses a combination of different tiles applied in a linear fashion. The clean-cut line created through the division of classic white subway tiles and neutral tone hexagon tiles turns the stove and hood into a focal point within the kitchen.

So why tile? Aside from the endless maintenance and well-being benefits it has proved to provide, tile has this simplistic yet grand ability to add character into a space. This is easy to accomplish thanks to continuing advancements in manufacturing and design that make tile available in all kinds of shapes, sizes, colors, patterns, and textures.

We at A. Clore Interiors had the privilege of seeing all the newest and exciting tiles by attending this year’s Coverings Tile & Stone Show. Below are some of the top trends we loved!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How To Prepare Your Home For Fall

With each new season comes change. With the approach of fall, the leaves turn colors, the air turns crisp, and flips flops are exchanged for boots and scarves. There are football games on Saturdays, pumpkin lattes in the morning, and bonfires at night. Our temperatures haven’t changed yet, but surely they will soon! Temperatures, activities, and wardrobes aren’t the only things that need to change a bit for fall. Our homes also need to adjust and be prepared for the new season. It’s that time to change up some decor items and gather all back to school supplies. It’s also the time to prepare your home’s exterior and front landscaping for the impending cooler temperatures! If you are eager to embrace the new season, here are a few ways you can prepare your home for fall.

Bring out the blankets.

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You packed up your blankets and cozy throws for spring and summer, but it’s time to bring them back out. Keep a few blankets readily available for family and guests in a nearby basket or tuck them into a storage ottoman for quick access.

Heat up the hearth.

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Fall is perfect for sitting around the fireplace with the family. So before you light your first fire, be sure to freshen your hearth. Throw away your old hearth tools you’ve had for a decade and bring in new ones along with a new fire screen to complement it. It’s also important to have your chimney inspected before you use it again for the first time. Creosote buildup could start a fire in your chimney and could pose a danger to you and your family. Find a reputable company to inspect your chimney!

Spruce up your bedding.

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Those cool and crisp nights are around the corner, so it’s time to adjust your bedding. Add a duvet or a coverlet for extra warmth or a blanket to go over the sheets. A quilted coverlet is an excellent option because they have a cotton fill that provides the extra warmth needed on those cold nights. Additional accent pillows also offer something to snuggle up with.

Refresh your landscaping.

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Before it gets too cold, be sure to trim up your outdoor landscaping. Trim those shrubs and bushes around your front porch and along your front walkways to create a more inviting entrance. Now is the time to also do your fall plantings. It’s always a good idea to plant new trees and shrubs to keep your yard interesting. The weather is cool, and the soil is still warm enough for roots to thrive. You can also plant certain flowers, like pansies, to add additional color to your landscaping. If you have a garden, it’s time to plant your cool season vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, and spinach, so they have enough time to mature before winter comes.

Prepare your doors and windows.

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With spring and part of summer, your windows and doors might have spent a good amount of time open letting the fresh warm air in. Before the cold sweeps in, be sure to check your doors and windows to make sure they are sealed properly to prevent cold air from creeping into your home. For windows, caulk and sealants are options for sealing and insulating. Weather-stripping your doors is a quick and easy way to prevent unnecessary drafts from entering.

We hope you found this helpful in order to prepare your home for the upcoming months! Stay cozy and stay warm!

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