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Top Tile Trends for 2016

7 of the most intriguing tile trends from Italy revealed Wondering what kinds of looks will emerge as the top tile trends of 2016? Judging by the tiles on display at the Cersaie ceramic tile exhibition in Bologna, Italy a few months ago, here are some of the looks we can expect to be embraced by top designers in 2016. Chevrons If you keep up with design trends at all, you’ve no doubt already noticed chevrons making an appearance. Laying rectangular tile in a chevron pattern is an excellent way to add a bit of extra visual interest to a tiled wall, floor, or backsplash—especially when the tile...

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Could Cement Tile Replace Your Area Rugs?

In the hands of a bold designer cement tile makes an excellent flooring choice. Tile in general makes an excellent alternative to carpet. However, one particular type of floor tile has recently gained traction among designers as their go-to choice when a bold, patterned floor design is required: cement tile.Many kinds of cement tile are made by hand using old traditional methods, but their look is by no means stuck in the past. Geometric patterns can give a very contemporary look, while more traditional patterns convey a certain elegance.Cement tile can of course be used to cover the entire...

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How to Clean Ceramic Tile Countertops

Ceramic tile countertops are actually easy to clean as long as you choose the right products. These days, most people prefer granite (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) for kitchen and bathroom countertops. However, in some circles other materials such as ceramic tile have been making a comeback.Ceramic tile is an excellent choice for a countertop in a vintage home, or in a design where you want a pop of color for your counters. After all, granite and other natural stone choices are pretty much limited to a neutral, earth-toned palette. If you want a bolder color, the best choice is tile,...

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Why Tile is Better than Wallpaper

Don’t settle for an imitation—use real tiles from Mission Tile West to decorate your walls Lately, a lot of DIY type interior design sites have been recommending using specialty wallpaper to create the look of wall tile. While this may provide a passable imitation of the look you want, you’re actually much better off investing in the real deal by buying wall tile from Mission Tile West.Here are 5 reasons why wall tile is better than wallpaper: Endless Design Options The first reason to opt for real wall tile instead of a wallpaper lookalike is that you simply have more choices. In fact,...

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A Modern Take on Moroccan Tile

Get the look of Moroccan tile without the intense labor Sometimes called Moorish tile or Zellige mosaic tile, Moroccan tile has roots stretching back almost 1,000 years, when this type of tile was produced to adorn the walls, floors, and ceilings of mosques and palaces.The style can range from extremely elaborate designs featuring half a dozen colors and many different tiny tile shapes to more subdued patterns featuring just a couple of shapes and monochromatic colors. Despite its ancient roots, the style can still look surprisingly modern, especially in the right designer’s hands. Traditional...

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