If you think you are done after selecting tile materials, sizes, and patterns, you’re mistaken. The most important detail is selecting a grout joint width, which is the spacing or gap between each tile in the assembly. Why is grout joint width so important? First and foremost, it will prevent tripping and breaking the edge of the tile. By increasing the spacing between the tiles, it reduces the slope of the transition from one tile to the next tile. Shoes are less likely to catch on a tile edge and wheels of carts roll freely over the tile surface.
Plus, grout joint width can make or break a professional looking tile job. When installing wall and floor tiles, installers place plastic spacers between each one to ensure the lines remain uniform. Tile spacers range in size from 1/16 ” to 1/2 ” but finished grout joint widths will vary from 1/16″ to 3/16″. Using the smallest grout possible will increase installation time. Once the tile mortar sets, the installer can remove the spacers but the spacing cannot be changed. Before installing any tile, it’s important to choose the grout width size you want and stick with it! There is really no standard sizing guidelines for grout lines, according to the Tile Council of North America. However, a 1/8″ grout line size is what most interior designers and tile installers prefer since it tends to give a more luxurious look when finished. There are several factors you should consider when selecting a grout width size such as the tile’s size, whether the tile edges are irregular or straight, whether the surface is level, where in the home you’re installing the tile, how much the tiles vary in size, and the aesthetic or look you want to achieve. So, how do you determine what grout joint width you should use for your tile project? Below are some common grout joint sizes to help you select what would work best for you.
Now that you have selected tiles for your kitchen, bathroom, or office design project, think about how you will layout the tiles. What pattern would add visual interest and spice up your shower walls, kitchen backsplash, or floors? There are many patterns to choose from depending on the size of tiles you have selected, if you have one or multiple tile materials, or if you selected one color or multiple colors. Some patterns to think about are herringbone, chevron, checkerboard, brick, diamond, basketweave, pinwheel, and much more. Check out tile pattern ideas below to inspire your design project. When it comes time for the tiler to lay out the tiles, you’ll be confident in the pattern you want and how the end result should look.
Today, there are endless options for bathroom tiles from ceramic to porcelain, glass, limestone, natural stone, travertine, cork, and much more in all kinds of shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns. You can even select porcelain tile that mimic the look of marble, glass, or wood without any worries about sealing the tile to prevent water damage. Or, if you want to make a statement, choose encaustic cement tiles in a fun pattern for your bathroom floor. If you are planning on remodeling your bathroom but aren’t sure which tiles to select, check out these 5 most commonly used tiles below to inspire you.
If you want to add character and charm to your home, consider built-in furniture. Built-ins are more than just simple shelves and wall cabinets. Whether you are building a cozy window seat, an underbed platform, a storage cabinet that custom-fits your bathroom floor plan, or a bookcase, built-ins represent the union of form and function. They should not only be beautiful, but also useful adding both comfort and style to a home’s decor. Built-in furniture makes highly efficient use of a space by maximizing storage options as well as defining spaces in open floor plans by reshaping its boundaries. If you are considering adding built-in furniture custom tailored to your home, remember that it’s a long term commitment. You won’t be able to change it or take it out easily like freestanding furniture, so it’s important they they be well-crafted and thoughtfully designed. However, built-ins that merge seamlessly with your home’s existing style gives your space greater substance and appeal. Below are 5 ideas for built-in furniture that you can add to your home or office space.
This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the SF Decorator Showcase held at 2698 Pacific Avenue. The 11,000 square foot Classical Revival home was built in 1904 by Architects Newsom & Newsom. Each room in the house has been brought to life by the visionary designs of Bay Area interior designers. A common theme that designers explored was not only sharing their personal story and what spoke to their heart, but also an homage to classic and contemporary, a blend of old and new world design, a sense of modern glamour. Dark colors, architectural details, natural stone, wall coverings, and luxurious window treatments was a commonality among many of the designers who sometimes collaborate together. A sense of serenity and calmness flowed from the luxurious bathrooms that was an oasis in it’s own right. Large, bold, contemporary light fixtures were focal points creating a striking statement that caught your eye as you walked into the rooms. There were a lot of unique furnishings, lights, and accessories, some designed by the interior designers themselves which gave each room a distinct flavor and curated feel.
When it comes to the SF Decorator’s Showcase, it’s not always about functionality in the minds of the designers. Designers aren’t limited by practicality, just the inspiration of the story they want to tell and what they want to convey to the world about their creative vision. I say that because every year, I hear the same comments by attendees. The comments are always about how this and that isn’t functional. “There isn’t a filing cabinet in the office!” says one lady. “I don’t think this will hold up in an earthquake” says another woman who looks at a floor to ceiling custom shelving unit displaying bakeware, spices, and ceramics in the kitchen. It’s true, some of the designs aren’t functional and may not work for everyone, but they sure are beautiful!
Each room was exquisite and creative, but if I had to choose a favorite, it would be the library/bibliotheek by Martin Kobus. Walking into the room, it just felt comfortable and relaxing, yet glamorously contemporary. I loved the light fixtures designed by Martin Kobus and the portraits which have been reinvented as one of a kind light boxes printed on silk and lit from within. Loved the dark colors in contrast to the white hearth and textured ceiling, the modular seating upholstered in a cognac colored hide. I have to note that the kitchen designed by Jon De La Cruz, inspired by sea salt and black pepper is also amazing. It is the 2017 House Beautiful Kitchen of the year and it’s obvious why. It’s classic, timeless, and universal. From the custom cabinetry by JWH to the black and white limestone floors by Haussman, to the natural stone countertop by Caesarstone, it’s hard not to love this kitchen! Check out some photos below and let me know which design is your favorite!