October 12, 2016
‘Time flies’ as many are fond of saying this time of year. Christmas is almost upon us and for many that entails not just plenty of eating, drinking and merriment but also, hosting. Whilst it’s wonderful getting together with family and friends, it can result in mild panic attacks for those of us looking at tired living spaces and seeing these through the eye of our visitor! So, if you are desperate for a change but don’t want full-on hassle and huge investment, a small change could be the solution. Read our discussion on design idea solutions below and scroll through photo's above for inspiration...
At Tile Warehouse, it's all about Design and Tile Selection made EASY!
Let’s talk Kitchens…
If kitchen walls are tiled, splashing on a coat of paint is not going to do the trick. So why not remove a small section of old tiles behind the stove or sink and create a unique splash back? Tiles are available in all shapes, sizes and colours and that means there are plenty of options to create a bespoke wall covering. For inspiration and the generation of ideas, check out these gorgeous mosaics and decorators…
“Add one striking element to make more of an impact such as patterned, textured or uniquely shaped tiles.”
What you need to know about splash backs...Splash backs should be durable, easy to clean and have a good seal down to the benchtop. Anything goes depending on taste from the most detailed mosaics to full porcelain slab tiles that are three metres long. Aside from selection, an equally important consideration is maintenance. With today's silicone grout, tiles are easy to clean, so long as the right grout is specified. Be wary of tilers offering a t'too good to be true' price as they may be using a cheaper grout that won't wear as well. Always ensure an Epoxy grout is used to ensure a quality result.
If the thought of planning and fitting a bathroom before Christmas fills you with horror, a few simple changes could banish the bathroom blues.
Bathroom tiles are relatively easy and inexpensive to update so they’re the perfect way to introduce a welcome splash of colour or an eye-catching finish. A decorative or bold floor combined with white wall tiles is a fantastic solution if you like the idea of using pattern. Turning things around, a feature wall with plain flooring is equally as effective. Here are some examples to get the creative juices flowing (note: most tiles can be used in both kitchens and bathrooms)…
If you’ve chosen an amazing wall tile and desire a timeless floor to balance your look, the white Carrara marble-look, but in a porcelain tile, is incredibly popular and timeless. The beauty of porcelain tile is that it doesn’t absorb like marble, is maintenance-free and a lot more affordable. It will give you a luxury and glamorous look without the price tag. Tile Warehouse has a number of porcelain tile options in Carrara and Calacatta looks suitable for floors (and walls);
Image: Carrara-look floor tiles
Think outside the Square with Shape and Pattern…From small mosaics, squares and rectangles to circles and bolder hexagons. The worlds your oyster when it comes to tile shape these days thanks to revolutionary manufacturing technology.
Image: Studio White tiles
Get the look with hexagon wall tiles from Tile Warehouse. The success ofhexagonal tiles over recent years is a result of the organic shape that catches the eye.
Images: Panal Hexagons
Keen on a Christmas break project?
Try our all-new Peel and Stick tiles – a Dream come true for DIYers!
At this late stage in the year, it’s great to have a short-term, DIY solution. With that in mind, Tile Warehouse has just introduced ‘Peel and Stick’ tile sheets, an innovative solution to traditional tiling and incredibly simple and quick!
The range currently consists of silver metallic mosaics in hexagon, rectangle and square as well as the ever-popular calacatta look. These are literally a DIYers dream come true! Simply measure, cut to fit, place on a clean, dry, flat surface, apply pressure for 10 seconds and you’re done.
- No adhesives needed
- No grout required
- Fast and simple
- Use in wet areas and even outdoors*
- Low maintenance
- 10 year product warranty
We are seeing many customers who are capable DIYers looking to go over new or existing splash backs, bath surrounds, add a bathroom feature wall and even tile the inside of a boat!
These unique yet quality mosaics, are constructed to be laid without a grout joint and are adhered with 3M technology. This provides a 10 year warranty against individual mosaic pieces delaminating from the adhesive internally and 8 years externally (so long as the mosaics are installed in accordance with the installation guide).
- Kitchen splash backs
- Bath Surrounds
- Bathroom and Ensuite splash backs
- Bathroom feature walls
- Shower Feature walls
- Bars, Cafes, Restaurants
- Motel retrofits
- Portacoms/mobile homes
- Boats where weight is an issue
* When used externally, the product must only be installed in a covered and shaded area. The Warranty becomes void if the product is installed in full sun and exposure to the rain.
For further information and ideas, visit our website www.tilewarehouse.co.nz or pop into one of our 25 stores nationwide so we can assist you with design, functionality and choice. We’d love to help!
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