Most people don’t think about grout color when it comes to tiling floors, walls, ceiling, or backsplashes. It’s often an overlooked design element as homeowners are primarily concerned with selecting the right tile material, color(s) and size(s). However, grout color is just as important as the tile you choose. It can completely transform the look of a room. Not only will it influence the look of the space, it makes the floor, wall, ceiling, or countertop stronger by bonding the tiles together and preventing the edges of a tile from chipping and cracking. Grout color also affects how much cleaning you’ll have to do. Lighter grout will need to be cleaned more often as it is more likely to show dirt while darker grout does a better job of hiding dirt and stains but are prone to fading and staining from harsh cleaners and direct sunlight. Ask yourself if you want the tile to stand out or do you want to highlight and feature the graphic pattern? To help you choose the right grout color for your tiling project, here are three basic approaches to selecting grout color.
Design: SR Gambrel and Photo: Eric Piasecki
If you are going through a remodel whether it’s your kitchen, bathroom, fireplace, or laundry room, there’s a lot to consider, especially tiles. Are there exposed edges on your kitchen backsplash or shower wall? Will the tile turn corners? Are you considering using decorative tile to give your kitchen or bathroom a classic detailing elevating your space to a high end luxurious look and feel? If so, then chances are you will need tile trim. What are tile trims? Tile trims are used to create a smooth transition between the tile and the wall. It gives you a clean, finished look by creating seamless transitions while hiding mud set and thin set. They are also vital for wet environments to keep water from pooling in corners and also reinforce stress points between the wall and floor by repelling water. So what are the different kind of tile trims out there? I’ll be covering tile trims specifically for smaller sized tiles such as 2 x 4 or 3 x 6 tiles, rather than large format tiles such as 12 x 24 which I’ll talk about in a future blog post. Here are some of the more commonly used tile trims we see today.
A lot of homeowners frequently ask me about selecting lights for their Kitchen peninsula or islands. Should they have one, two, or three lights? What kind of lights should they put there? Pendants, chandeliers, flushmounts, recessed lights, track lights, or multi-light pendants? If pendants, how high should they hang above the peninsula or island? There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to selecting lights for your island or peninsula and what happens is most people select lights that are too small. I recommend getting a larger size (oversize even) to achieve a more high-end and upscale look. Honestly, there really are no rules about how many lights you should have, although the trend in the past has been 3 lights over an island or peninsula. Depending on the size of your island or peninsula, it is really your preference for type of lights and/or number of lights. It’s not common nowadays to see two or even one oversized pendant or chandelier which I prefer over three medium sized lights. An oversized light over a counter creates a focal point that makes a bold statement in your kitchen. It’s a great conversation piece. For islands and peninsulas with deeper counters, you can try linear suspension lights which are energy efficient and offers a more contemporary look if your decor is more on the modern side. With all the thousands of lighting options out there in the market, how do you start? Below are several different kinds of lights to help give you ideas and inspiration so you can make the best decision for yourself.
With the tragic passing of beloved icons Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, it’s more important than ever to find and maintain your happy space not only in your inner world, but also your physical and social surroundings from your home and office to the people you choose to let in your world. Life is hard and challenging enough. There’s a lot of pressure to be someone else other than your authentic, true self. Society teaches us that we should all strive to “succeed” and to chase “Instagram” fame so that you’ll feel important, better about yourself once you have achieved your 15 minutes of fame and success. With everything going on in the external world, it’s extremely challenging to be and remain positive and happy. It takes a lot of continued focus and practice, but once you get in the habit of self awareness, empathy, and shifting your mood, you’ll experience true freedom and happiness. So, how do you do that or where do you start? Here are some things I to reach my happy space that I hope will inspire you to come up with your own ideas so you can find and maintain your own happy space.
Summer has arrived and it’s time to think about how to spruce up your outdoor decor. Whether it’s replacing old furniture, bringing in more color, gardening, or adding landscape lights, it’s a perfect time to start. But, what if you don’t have a backyard or a patio? Not everyone lives in a home that has a backyard or patio. For those of you who don’t have the luxury of having an outdoor space to entertain family or friends or enjoy the benefit of lounging outside to admire the beautiful landscape, you can still bring the decor and fun indoors. You can transform your interior space into an outdoor oasis full of colors, nature, texture, and light. Here are some ideas to bring sound, sight, touch, and smell of the outdoor experience into your very own living space!
Fragrant Flowers & Plants
What’s better than coming home to a relaxing, beautiful, and fragrant home as if you just stepped out in nature? Surround yourself with flowers, plants, succulents, bonsai trees, or cacti and watch your home transform into a lovely garden. Plus, indoor plants are very beneficial and a positive force. They are living organisms that remove pollutants from the air by absorbing gases (such as carbon dioxide) through their leaves and roots. Perhaps that is why when most people take a walk outside or go hiking, it feels so calming and soothing to the soul and instantly lifts the spirit.