Style Trends: Textured Tiles

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Recently I’ve been working on several bathroom remodels and a few fireplace remodels/refacing as well. That has me shopping for tiles often. And in spending so much time in tile stores, the reps have been showing me the latest and greatest new things coming into their showrooms. One trend that I am seeing is more and more of is that of textured and 3D tiles. Luxury Interior Design

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Textured tiles are hot and the varieties in shapes, patterns and colors grows every day. These tiles are created with new manufacturing techniques. As the technology continues to improve, the shapes that these tiles can take becomes virtually endless.

These 2 tiles are from Ann Sacks. The first is the Mousharabia collection designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, with a definite historical/Moorish flair. This tile is glazed with a subtle blue over terra cotta. The second tile is the Vincente Wolfe Textures Collection. This tile is a more matte finish, adding to the visible texture. Both tiles really call out to be touched, don’t they?

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These tiles make a beautiful design statement. Even if bold colors or patterns are not for you, a textured tile in a neutral color can add a unique element to your room. The options in textured tiles now range almost as much as regular ol’ flat tiles: traditional to modern, contemporary or historical, an endless range of colors, and textures from glossy and glazed to honed to matte.

Textured and 3D tiles can be used to make a statement on one wall or create an accent in a room, or used en mass, covering the whole room or wall. Check out the beautiful rooms and designs below featuring textured tiles. This should get the inspiration flowing for you.

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Modern Bathroom Design in Boulder Colorado

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Designer Tiles for Bathroom Design

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Batheroom Designer Denver Colorado I just specified this tile below for a bathroom design in Denver. The texture is subtle, but spread over a wall like this makes a beautiful statement. Bathroom Design in Highlands Denver CO

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Based on this display at the ICFF Design Show, the options in textured tiles may be unlimited and this trend may be around for a while. Interior Design Trends

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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What? That’s right it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Beautiful Habitat. Are you dreaming of a beautiful new dining room to host family diners this holiday season?

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Do you want to beautify your living room to better compliment your stunning Christmas tree?

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If you’re thinking of a redecorating project to be complete just in time for the holidays, now is the time to get it started.

I’m already receiving holiday order information from showrooms and manufacturers.

Most custom and semi-custom furniture takes 8-10 weeks to manufacture. Some pieces can take up to 14 weeks. Then you need time for shipping. If you want to have a beautiful new room for the holidays, start now!

In addition to the lead time on furniture, you need a design plan. Whether you create this design plan on your own, or work with an Interior Designer or Decorator, you need time to develop a plan to avoid making purchases that you’ll regret later. If the holidays are your deadline, you must start your project today!

Tips for Preparing your Dining Room for Entertaining

A Design Plan is Essential to Your Decorating Success

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Have you ever been lost? I know I have.  I thought I knew where I was going. I set out, without a map, because, you know, I know where I’m headed. Right until I got myself lost…No Decorating Plan

Why didn’t I get a map? Oh yeah. I was smart enough to get there. What kind of idiot doesn’t know the way to _____? Or, more likely, I was in a hurry and too busy to prepare with a map. I was anxious to get there and skipped my preparation.

You can bet that the next time I set out to a new area I got myself some directions, both from the cell phone and a printed version, in case I had no cell coverage. Smarter the second time around.

Have  a Design Plan

Decorating without a plan is a lot like setting out without directions. You stop into a furniture store or on a website, maybe just to browse or get ideas. Then you start purchasing blindly. Like going without directions, you’ll end up lost, and with a hodge-podge of stuff that kind-of, sort-of works together. And probably a side helping of disappointment.

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We all make mistakes. The key is to learn from them. That’s why you will do better next time you decorate. You need a plan… a map. And the map starts with an honest inventory of your life. Decide what you need and want. Determine your {real} budget and if you can accomplish what you need and want within that budget. It seems so simple, doesn’t it? It is. The key is having the patience to do it right the first time.

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I’ll teach you to be your own client. Listen to yourself and your family and be honest about what works. What’s all this about honesty? Here is an example: I love velvet. It’s rich and luxurious. I have a penchant for glam design in my own home and velvet fits right in. I also have an adorable 60 lb dog, who is allowed all over the furniture. Velvet is an absolute magnet for fur. So, will I change the rules for the dog? No. Do I want to battle the fur on velvet? No. Is a velvet sofa a good choice for me? No. I’ll have to consider another option. Perhaps a velvet ottoman or pillows will be a more practical solution.

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Not planning and assessing your life and needs results in spending money on things that don’t work for you, or that you’ll have to replace sooner than you anticipated.

Let’s get started with your own design plan.  Below is a mini version of the design questionnaire I use with my clients before I start designing or decorating their homes.

  • How long do you plan to stay in this home? This helps you determine how much time and money you really want to put into a redesign. Will you be focused on your long-term comfort or resale value?
  • Who lives in your home and what are their ages? Do you have children that will be off to school soon or an elderly parent living with you and need to incorporate Ageing-in-Place principals?
  • Do you have pets? Think about the finishes you want to install in your home and whether they are adequate for those furry friends in your life.
  • Do you entertain quite a bit? Is your home functional for your entertaining needs?

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  • Write a list of your family’s regular activities. Does Bobby like to do puzzles in the living room, or does Missy like to paint in the kitchen? Defining where you need to make rooms dual purpose or where to relocate these activities help you determine how to best use your space.
  •  Is there enough storage space in your home?
  • What colors do you like? What colors do you dislike? What colors do your family members love and hate?
  • Does everyone in the house have the same design taste? If they are different, have you figured out how you are going to reconcile the differences?

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  • What style do you want for furniture and accessories? Modern, traditional, formal, casual… the list goes on.
  • What is the style of your current home? If your house is very Traditional, but you like Modern styles, how will you bridge the gap?
  • Do you have a favorite piece of furniture or artwork you absolutely love? This could be the perfect starting point for your design.
  • How much are you going to invest in this project? Add an extra 20% to that number to cover the incidentals that always pop up. Is this based on real prices or total guesswork? If you haven’t done the homework to see what items really cost, you may be unable to complete this project once you start or you may have to downgrade your selections.
  • Is anyone in your home a handy person? If so, you may be able to save yourself money if you can do things like painting yourself.

This list is not exhaustive. In fact, I have a 7 page questionnaire that I review with new clients. However, it will get you thinking honestly about your needs and wants in your home. This is the important first step before you make a single purchase.