tile design trends

Just as grey is popular in paint and cabinetry, so too is it favored in tile, according to the experts. “Greys and whites continue to be popular choices for both floor and wall tiles,” says Dale Wigden of Louisville Tile. In addition, homeowners are moving away from “flat” wall tile and are requesting more dimensional formats, Wigden says. “They’re looking for bevels and interesting shapes like arabesques and penny rounds. For floor tiles they like larger planks and oblong sizes, often in realistic wood and natural stone looks, which have become better and better due to advances in digital glaze …

Readers Favorites Awards 2016 Announced

Readers Favorites Awards 2016 Readers of Nashville House & Home & Garden™ have cast their votes for their 2016 favorites—their favorite designers, builders, landscapers, and “little known” stores, just to name a few. If you’re looking for a service provider and aren’t sure who to choose, try one of our winners—they’ve received the stamp of approval from readers of the Nashville House & Home & Garden™.

Green Interiors: Don’t Forget Tile

Going Green? Don’t Forget About Tile Whether you are an owner or builder, you have probably been inundated by information about the vast number of eco-friendly home products available today. Planning to repaint a room? You better consider the number of VOC’s in that can. Selecting plumbing fixtures for your new master bathroom? I hope that showerhead is classified as low-flow. These are all good tips to remember when building or remodeling. With all of the “greenwashing” going on these days, some companies are spending more time and money promoting their sustainable products than actually implementing green practices. So who is …

January/February 2014 Cover

About the Cover Back splashes have become an essential part of kitchen design, ranging from neutral colors to a bright splash of radiance. Subway tiles remain popular, but designers are finding new ways to express a homeowners personality through    textures, colors, and design. Photo courtesy  Merrilatt Cabinets.

Green Design: Keeping the Nashville Charm

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Green Design: Keeping the Nashville Charm Nashville and the surrounding communities are full of historic areas that are reemerging, being redeveloped, and changing at an incredibly rapid rate. Attracting people to these areas are the charm of their structures, walk-ability, and accessibility. Preserving these existing structures, both residentially and commercially, maintains the character and history of our most popular neighborhoods while demonstrating age-old sustainability.   In addition to charm and history, what makes a structure worth saving? History buffs might consider an old house to be historic because of who occupied it at one time during its long life. Others might …

Time for Tile

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time for tile In addition to large format tiles which can now be used almost anywhere due to increased availability and improved installation materials and methods, homeowners are also able to select from porcelain tile closely resembling almost any natural product, according to Amy Balsimo of Louisville Tile of Nashville. “Thanks to high definition and digital printing, porcelain can be anything one can dream of—hardwood, travertine, slate, or intricately patterned,” Balsimo says. “Another interesting trend is the use of ‘fabric’ look tiles and metallic effects for contemporary or transitional tastes.” Sarah Higdon of Renaissance Tile & Bath agrees. “If you can imagine it, …

Don’t Be Overwhelmed by Green Design Choices

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Green Design: Overwhelmed? Don’t Be! To many homeowners, the idea of using green building products can seem overwhelming. They see the multitude of options and potential expense, wondering, “How much is too much? How much is too little?” My job is to convince homeowners that using green building materials doesn’t have to be overwhelming at all! Green construction is an exciting frontier, filled with constant innovation and changes. As we locate new ways to renew waste and redevelop dated building systems, the world of “green design” will continue to be at the forefront of sustainable practices. Because there are so …

Exploring Green Interiors – Thrifty Upcycling for Kitchen

Exploring Green Interiors try thrifty up-cycling of your kitchen for the holidays As the summer draws to an end and the weather slowly turns cooler, kids are returning to school and the holidays are creeping ever closer. It is during this time of year that our office is typically bombarded with a flurry of clients anxious to plan and execute a redesign, to be ready just in time for the family gatherings the holiday season brings. Still in the midst of a tough economy, not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to completely renovate their homes. So I have …