Friday, February 24, 2017

Color Palettes We Love

The start of a New Year is the perfect opportunity for fresh beginnings, resolutions and, yes, a brand new look. This year it’s all about the cool colors: Chalk whites, shoreline grays and iceberg blues.
Picture an all-white room, clean, crisp and pure - a blank canvas - and start adding accent colors that will really bring out the room’s personality. After a long and stressful work day, coming home to a calming environment with cool colors can create a relaxed and cozy space that will be easy on the eyes and soul.

How to pick the right accent color is always the big decision, but with the Essentials Collection the choice is really easy. Our Shore Thing tiles can brighten up any room with just a touch of the blue of your dreams. Their cooling tone can be versatile and soothing creating a unified but elegant appearance. Those timeless subway tiles come in various patterns and shapes and can be the perfect backdrop to any environment, adding that extra element of flare.
The blue palette is always a safe and fresh color, but if you really want to give a spin to your room, green is the way to go. Green represents all things natural and has a proven uplifting effect that can brighten up any space. Every room should have something living in it, whether it be plants, flowers, or succulents bring earth-like tones that make the room feel alive and well.

Purple, bold and beautiful. The richness and contrast of purple can create a feminine flare but still stay within the cool color family.

Accenting with the cool colors has become a popular design trend, start the year right with a
clean and relaxing look!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Cement Tiles: An Artisanal Touch

If you're looking for a softer, more artisanal look in your home, you may want to consider cement tiles. Cement tiles give the appearance of a handmade product. And in the case of the tiles you see here, you can get the look of an encaustic tile, which is known for the use of multiple colors of clay within a single tile.

They're a bit different than the typical tiles you see at Mission Stone & Tile. While porcelain tiles gain their strength from firing in a kiln, cement tiles gain their strength from curing. The saturated pigment on these cement tiles ensures that the material will remain beautiful and durable for years to come, while the inherent characteristics will give it a natural patina over time. The tiles will get worn a bit - like your favorite pair of jeans.

Electra Encaustic Cement Tiles are available in Marine Bone (blue) and Steel Grey and can be used on walls and residential floors.

Electra - Steel Grey

Monday, December 19, 2016

Decade-adent: Classic Subway Tiles

Ice White Beveled Subway Tile - Glossy - 3x6
Shag carpeting. Olive green refrigerators. Geometric patterns. Trends come and go. So isn't it delightful when we see a design element that spans decades? The original subway tile is one of few design elements that remains every bit as popular today as it was when it was first invented. And - in the case of the subway tile - that would be the early 1900's.

You probably already know that, as its name suggests, the tile was originally used in subway systems. It became known for its durability, ease of maintenance, low cost and simplicity in design. Today, we find that it complements some of the most beautiful kitchen and bathroom designs in the world.

The original white subway tile is a classic. And with some styles under $2 a square foot, it's one of the most economical ways to give your kitchen or bathroom a makeover.
Snow White - 2x4 Glossy Subway Tile 

Whether you're looking for the classic white subway tile or a new, modern take on the classic subway tile, you can find it here in our Subway Tile Collection.

Get inspired!

Check out today's modern take on the 1900's style in white subway tiles on Pinterest.
Find trends and classic styles in backsplash tiles on Pinterest.

See what Design Milk has to say about subway tile in Design Milk's Article: Tactile Subway Tiles: An Updated Spin on a Design Classic.

And check out this write-up in the New York Times about the original subway tile.

Apartment Therapy also did a wonderful article called A Brief History of Subway Tile.

The Essentials Collection
The Essentials Collection

The Essentials Collection
The Essentials Collection

The Essentials Collection
The Essentials Collection

The Essentials Collection
The Essentials Collection 

The Essentials Collection
The Essentials Collection
Photos courtesy of Leslee Mitchell

Friday, December 16, 2016

Inspiration: Farmhouse Kitchens

Peintes Khazana-Ceramic Floor and Wall Tile
I have to admit - I've spent more time browsing inspiring farmhouse kitchens on Pinterest in the past few months than I've actually spent cooking in my own kitchen. What I love about the farmhouse kitchen is that - in a world of high tech and modern everything - the farmhouse kitchen feels warm, cozy and familiar. A feeling of nostalgia. Of being home. To me, the farmhouse kitchen is synonymous with freshly baked bread and family.

Natural light, natural wood, classic marble, timeless subway tile, soft linens and flowing curtains - all decorative touches that set the stage for an inviting kitchen.

I like seeing a subtle hint of pattern and color in a farmhouse kitchen, which is why I love the Peintes Collection. It's a collection of decorative ceramic tiles with pattern, subtle color and a slightly rustic appearance.

Get inspired. Check out our Farmhouse Kitchen board on Pinterest.

Now - it's time to make some bread.

Peintes Khazana-Ceramic Floor and Wall Tile

Peintes- Ornate Ceramic Floor and Wall Tile
Peintes- Ornate Ceramic Floor and Wall Tile

Thursday, December 1, 2016

How To Work with Patterns in Your Home

Patterned Tiles and Wallcoverings are making a comeback, and while many are afraid to take the plunge, the outcome is worth the risk. Working with patterns in your home can be a daunting task, but if you carefully consider these design elements, patterns can take your design to the next level.

Create a custom and designer look with the use of large patterns on the floor or on your walls. Take a look at our Carpet Tile Collection. These are not the commercial “carpet tiles” you see in convention centers. Our Carpet Tiles are in fact Porcelain Tiles that boast modern and geometric designs. 

Perfect for large or small living spaces, create a textural effect on your floor in your living room or bathroom. You can even carry these tiles up the wall in a large space, but we love mixing these tiles with a simplistic look on the floor if applied to the walls. Install one of the three geometric patterns on your bathroom walls and compliment them with a solid 12x24 or larger format on the floor, or go with a uniform porcelain Wood Plank Tile. The neutral and simplistic color palette of our Carpet Tile Collection offers a fresh take as an optional wallcovering or flooring option where you want to bring a unique and textural design element in your space.

When one dominant pattern is present, you want to keep everything else in the space solid or seek out a smaller or larger pattern as an accent. The keyword here is accent. If your flooring is a patterned tile, keep your sofa a solid color and you can accent with a smaller (and similar in style) pattern on a throw pillow. You just don’t want pattern overload. Let the dominant pattern shine, and let smaller items accent and complement your main showpiece. Get excited about pattern play in your home by checking out these three patterns that are perfect in contemporary, modern, or transitional style homes!

Check out the Carpet Tile Collection: Basquette, Funky, and Devore.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Many Shades of Grey: Selecting Grey Finishes

Whether you are renovating your kitchen or bathroom, the many shades of grey are popular choices for your cabinetry, countertops, and tile. You can transform your space and take it from drab to fab with some paint and tile! You can complete a tone on tone look with grey painted cabinets, a grey and white countertop, and grey tile. This subtle look is luxurious and updated, especially when you install a lighter shade of grey tile, or go for a white and grey mosaic!

A medium grey paint is a good choice for your cabinets, and here is a little tip: be sure to sand and prime your cabinets before you start painting! This will save you time and money in the long run. Your paint will easily chip or scrape off if your cabinetry is not properly cleaned, sanded, and primed before you start with your paint color. When you have prepped your cabinets, it should only take one to two coats of the grey paint.

If you have your heart set on a specific grey backsplash, bring the tile sample with you to the paint store. There is nothing worse than coming home with the wrong shade of paint when you are ready to go gung ho and start painting! Grey can be tricky. There are cool greys and there are warm greys. The cooler greys have a bluish undertone, and warmer greys have a brownish undertone. If you love our Carrara mosaics then you will want to select a cool grey paint color, but if you love our Spain Grey Curve Appeal Mosaic, then you will want to select a warmer, taupe grey. Your local paint store would be able to help you select the right shade, but you may want to purchase a couple of test paint samples and bring them home. Paint a few spots of the paint samples on your cabinets and hold your tile sample next to them when the spots are dry.

Lighting plays a big part in how your new paint will look in your space. You can purchase our tile samples online, and play with the many shades of grey paint until you find the right one for your home!

You can buy your SHADES OF GREY HERE.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Cheers to the Classics! Black & White Designs That Take Us Back

A little black dress is always a good choice, just like black and white tiles. You can dress them up or dress them down. They live in upscale lofts downtown, and quaint little kitchens in the country. Black and white tile designs work with so many styles, and we offer these retro inspired looks fit for your Craftsman or contemporary city lifestyle.

Flooring to Bar Countertops, our Hex Appeal Stone Hexagon Mosaic is not only a popular choice, it graces the home of one of Country’s crooners. Luckily for you, you do not have to have a CMA to get your hands on this beauty. This beautiful stone mosaic looks oh so pretty with our Antique Mirror Tiles too! Is there really anything more glamorous? Unwinding after a long day, or getting date night ready would be a joy in this bathroom space!
From mini Hexagons that donned ice cream parlors of the past, to scintillating modern designs that you’ll want to design your whole home around! Our Mini Hexs in Black and White Flowerette Patterns are perfect for bathroom and shower floors, and you can go for an all vintage look with white Subways on the walls. Add a little black pencil liner in your design for a sophisticated and classic look, and black vanities look luxe against all white Subways!

If you love this vintage look, you’ll also love the classic Black and White Basketweave mosaics! Offered in ceramic or natural stone, you can have all the elegance on a budget and ready to ship to your doorstep in about a week! Take a look at our popular and classic Black and White Mosaics, and the hardest thing you’ll have to do is decide which one you like best!

Photos by Alyssa Rosenheck