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Top 5 Underrated Tile Design Strategies | Raleigh Custom Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Dec 22, 2014 @ 10:12 AM

Top 5 Underrated Tile Design Locations

Raleigh Custom Homes

Below are the top 5 underrated tile design locations - with custom home builder tips on how to integrate tile walls, splashes, ceilings, and surrounds.

Get ideas for your next home - with photos of bathrooms, laundry rooms, and other custom spaces.

1: Tile Bathroom Wall Ideas

Guest and kids bathrooms are a great place to add a splash of color with touches of tile. Because these spaces are generally much smaller than the master suite bathroom, integrating tile will not break the bank.

In this Raleigh custom home, the kid's bathroom features a full wall of tile in soft creams, blues, and turquoises.

Tile Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Pros: Tile walls are durable and easy to clean. Tile designs and colors are limitless, so you can create a truly personal space.

Cons: While tile will resist the wear and tear of use over time, you cannot "repaint" to change the color scheme of your bathroom. If your family plans to grow with your home, you may opt for more subtle tile additions, or less square feet of tile, so you have the option to repaint the surrounding walls to suite lifestyle changes.

Tile Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

In this bathroom, a mini mosaic tile pattern frames the bathroom mirror. This is a Jack and Jill / Buddy Bath design: multiple entrances allow access from two separate bedrooms (to the toilet and tub room) and a hallway (to the vanity room).

Get more ideas for kids' bathrooms, here.

2: Tile Counter Top Ideas

While tile kitchen counter tops haven't made a come back yet, you may be seeing more bathrooms and powder rooms with tile under the sink.

In this Raleigh custom home, a gold vessel sink rests on a metallic mini mosaic tile design.

Tile Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Blue bathroom walls - like this powder room - continue to be a popular paint color choice in Raleigh custom homes.

See 10 powder room layouts for small spaces, here.

3: Tile Laundry Room Back Splash Ideas

Back splashes make a great addition behind any sink - whether in the kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room.

A laundry room tile back splash will protect your walls against water and dirt, and make it easier to keep your space clean.

Tile Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

 A linear mini-tile pattern spans behind this large single bowl laundry room sink.

Tile Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

White brick tile - carried into the laundry room space from the kitchen - spans behind the black granite counter top and white sink.

See home plans with the laundry room next to the master suite, here.

4: Tile Fireplace Ideas

Popular fireplace surround materials can include: brick, concrete, metal, stone, wood, and tile.

In this Raleigh custom home, the fireplace surround is built in the same mini tile as the kitchen backsplash (which extends up the entire sink wall).

Tile Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

(See 85 more Fireplace Design Ideas here.)

5: Tile Ceiling Design Ideas

Alcove tubs - especially those with a barrel vault ceiling - create a relaxing bath experience. 

Top it off with an elegant white tile pattern, and you'll have the perfect place to unwind.

Tile Design Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Mixing mini tile mosaics with over-sized brick tiles can make small (and large) bathroom spaces feel even bigger. Often, it can be more appealing to use a mini mosaic on the floor (rather than walls) for a textured floor and smooth walls.

Raleigh Custom Homes - More Tile Design Ideas

See photos and get tips for your next home, with these tile design strategies, colors, combinations, and placements:

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Tile Tub Surround Ideas

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Top Kitchen Tile Backsplash Ideas | Designer Kitchen Ideas

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Oct 24, 2012 @ 05:10 AM

Top Kitchen Tile Back Splash Ideas

Custom home kitchen tile designs with range inlays

What key design factors can make a kitchen functional, beautiful, and durable? A tile back splash can be both practical, offering easy clean-up, and stunning, as the focal point of your kitchen. 

Top Kitchen Tile Backsplash Ideas | Designer Kitchen Ideas

It's time to get excited about creating your kitchen.  You'll be surprised what tile styles, patterns, and designs you can create - while staying on budget.


Below are four favorite examples of kitchen tile back splashes - each of these custom home kitchens feature a rectangle tile inlay above the range.


Kitchen Tile Back Splash Idea 1: Earthy Appeal - Creating a Warm and Inviting Kitchen

Top Kitchen Tile Backsplash Ideas | Designer Kitchen Ideas In this first custom kitchen design example, hues of brown and hints of tan remind us of soil, rocks, and nature.

The natural tiles blend with medium oak kitchen cabinets, creating a calming color - and texture- combination.

Stainless steel appliances and a gas range bring in a more modern appeal.

The eating bar island allows a more "casual living" style - a major trend in many North Carolina new homes.


Kitchen Tile Back Splash Idea 2: Glossy Subway Tile

Top Kitchen Tile Backsplash Ideas | Designer Kitchen Ideas


This custom kitchen design example uses one of the most popular kitchen tile shapes and materials - 3"x6" ceramic subway tiles.






 Top Kitchen Tile Backsplash Ideas | Designer Kitchen Ideas

 Take a step back and see all this kitchen has to offer:

 - White cabinet pantry (to the right of the refrigerator), paired against an oak island

 - Glass-faced butler's pantry

 - Huge island with raised eating bar

 - Tons of storage and counter space

This one-of-a-kind custom kitchen has it all.      

Kitchen Tile Back Splash Idea 3: Modern Espresso and Traditional Stone

Top Kitchen Tile Backsplash Ideas | Designer Kitchen Ideas


Looking for an even more unique idea?

Custom home kitchens can flawlessly integrate traditional stone back splashes with the modern appeals of espresso colored cabinets and stainless steel appliances.

The stone tile gives the kitchen a homey feel, while the appliances add an air of utility.







Kitchen Tile Back Splash Idea 4: Back to Basics - Black and White is ALWAYS In

Top Kitchen Tile Backsplash Ideas | Designer Kitchen Ideas


Black and white kitchens and bathrooms are never out of style. White and black features are both "new age" and "classic" at the same time.

White cabinets can work with any kind of interior, so you don't have to worry about upsetting the flow of your home.

This custom home kitchen, for example, boasts a new take on a classic tradition - stainless steel appliances, earth toned granite counters, and a thin black accent inlay above the range create a clean combination.


Top Kitchen Tile Backsplash Ideas | Designer Kitchen Ideas





What affects the cost of a tile back splash?

The type of tile material (ceramic, glass, stainless steel, etc.) and the labor (dependent on the complexity of the pattern) are two central cost factors.

Have another tile back splash, kitchen design, or custom home trend question?

Ask Andrea, and she'll let you know all the latest in custom home and design/build trends!   Andrea works closely with each Stanton Homes client to help design homes that fit every lifestyle and taste.  Find kitchen style trends on Pinterest.

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Types of Tile: What Kind of Tile Should My New Home Have?

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Jan 06, 2011 @ 08:01 AM

What's The Difference Between Different Types of Tile?

Easy Guide to Choosing Tile for your NC Custom Home

Tile can be found in many different areas of the home. Some custom homes have secondary bathrooms with tile floors and tile tub surrounds with a porcelein or steel tub. Tile floors can be found in kitchens, breakfast rooms, laundry rooms, even occasionally on patios or foyers. Fireplaces are another common place to find tile - a tile hearth and surround gives a polished feel to today's gas fireplaces.

Types of Tile | What Kind of Tile is Best | NC Custom Home BuildersWhat's the best kind of tile to choose? There are many different kinds of tile available today. Ceramic tile is most commonly used, but it's useful to know all the basic tile types.

Ceramic tile is known for its durability, resistance to dampness, affordability, and ease of cleaning. It's safe to walk on when wet. Sealant should be applied every 4 years or so, but when sealant is properly applied tile is very water tolerant - you could even hose it off! Made from slabs of clay, ceramic tile is fired for hardness. Check before using ceramic tile outside - it needs to be extra strong to tolerate expansion and contraction from temperature changes. Glazed or unglazed, smooth or textured, and available in a wide variety of colors and styles, ceramic tile is the builder's choice for most tile floors, walls, or accents.

Types of Tile | What Kind of Tile is Best | NC Custom Home BuildersNatural stone - quarried slate, limestone, flagstone, granite, or marble - can be cut into tiles, even though all of these are better known as full countertop materials. Each has it's own pros and cons - for instance, marble is known for its beauty, but it is expensive, requires a lot of maintenance, and can crack, stain, or mark easily. No wonder they don't let us touch the marble statues at the museum! Slate is noted for its beauty and long life, but it is soft and can split. Granite is durable, dense, and strong, but is mainly formed into basic tiles with few additional options. Natural stone is also one of the most expensive types of tiles, and some materials require more care and sealant due to natural permability. Because these stones are created in nature, no two rooms will ever look the same.

Cement tile is created by pouring cement into molds, then finished by firing or natural drying. Color may be added. A strong sealant must be applied in order for cement tile to resist stains. This type of tile is not as common.

Types of Tile | What Kind of Tile is Best | NC Custom Home BuildersPorcelain tile is made from material similar to that used for ceramic tile, but it is fired at a very high temperature, which makes it denser and more resistant to moisture. It is fine grained and smooth, and can be matte, unglazed, or highly polished. It is stronger and more durable than ceramic tile. As better processes for creating porcelain tile are found, it is becoming less expensive and more common.

Terrazzo - a cement or epoxy base is used, in which stone or marble chips are imbedded. The surface is then highly polished. Terrazzo is known for its unique beauty, style, and permanence, but it is expensive and can be somewhat slick to walk on.

Saltillo (Mexican tile) - these tiles are generally handmade and air dried, thus they are a little softer and less durable, but with a unique look from exposure to elements. When used indoors, the tiles must be sealed - some come sealed from the manufacturers.

Terra Cotta - think of "clay garden pots", and you'll have an idea of the natural rich reds and oranges from the clay base. These tiles are absorbent, and most often used on patios. They must be sealed for indoor use. Be careful, there are wide variations in quality.

Agglomerate - Another textured tile, created by mixing graded marble or granite chips with portlar cement, polyester resin or epoxy.

Types of Tile | What Kind of Tile is Best | NC Custom Home BuildersGlass mosaics - These are becoming very popular. In shades of blue, green, brown or even clear or translucent, glass mosaics provide a unique, if not natural, look. These tiles usually are ¾"x3/4", and come in sheets roughly 12"x12" for application. This look can be expensive, but glass tiles can also be coordinated as medallions or accents with full size ceramic or other tiles.

Choosing Types of Tile for your New Home

A luxurious tile floor, shower, or bathtub surround provides long lasting beauty and durability in any home. Visit tile showrooms for ideas if you're building from the ground up or remodeling, or ask your local builder if they will work with you to provide just what you're looking for.


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