Is it time for you to renovate?

New year means a lot of new beginnings or new things, or should we say contemplating again from your overused resolutions. New doesn’t always mean fresh or new as in “new”. Sometimes you can still use your past things and make them look new – that’s what you call renovating. Most homeowners would opt to renovate but renovating takes a lot of time, effort, and well, money. While you can work on minor repairs and home improvements, there will come a time that major renovation is no longer inevitable. You are renovating because you want your home to look pleasing and feel more comfortable. Consider this home renovation a business plan or your special project starting from scratch. After all, don’t be afraid to renovate your space as you go aboard on this adventure wisely. Here are some things to consider when planning for a home renovation.

Plan Smartly

In renovating your space, it’s not all about what you envision first is what you want immediately in your home, you have to plan smartly and that’s the first step. By planning, you have to consider the structure and location of your home and especially the budget. After dealing with the first part comes the materials. Prior to the renovation, you need to keep in mind the paint colors, sample tiles, fabrics and finishes so that you can visualize the outcome of your home. Accomplishing these before the renovation starts can avoid delays and unnecessary and unexpected changes. With these steps, you are aware of what you really picture for your home.

 

Visualize your space

After planning of materials to use for the renovation, next stop is the sourcing of design ideas. From design books to interior decorating shows on televisions and even attending interior design expos, you can get a lot of inspirations from minimalism to maximizing the design, your eyes will be outpoured with excitement. But don’t be drowned with these design inspirations as it will confuse you to what you really visualize for your home. Take a deep breath and decide what you always wanted to see. From color palate to design of your tiles and wallpaper to furniture, list down all the things needed for the renovation. This will guide you to fully utilize the materials and to avoid money and time wastage.

 

Invest in quality materials

Once you’ve listed down everything needed for the renovation, it’s now time to buy the materials for the new look of your home. Always keep in mind to invest in quality materials. Some you will find expensive but in the long run, it is worth the design aesthetic. Also, don’t be tired of doing interior/furniture shop hopping because not everything is in one-stop-shop kind of deal. You start by sourcing first of things you need for the renovation and then compare prices which suits the budget. In that way you’ll learn how to save and invest on materials worth the function for your home in the long run.

Commitment is key

After preparing the materials for the renovation, you can now ask yourself, are you the DIY person or you need some professional help? Whatever your heart desires,always remember to be fully committed to this special project of yours. Either with the help of someone or yourself only, be involved and stick to the plan. There may be some changes along the way but only minor details will occur and it won’t affect the plan. During the renovation, always start with major plans that need more time to renovate then as smooth as it goes, you are now renovating to small details. This will guide you to follow the plan and avoid forgotten steps along the renovation.

Design what you picture

After the beautiful chaos has made in renovating your home, you start now by decorating the new space of yours with things and furniture that will elevate your home to a whole new look. Remember to always consider your wall paint, wallpaper and tiles in decorating your home. This will complement your home like one in the design books or interior design shows and will give a comfortable feeling of your new look at home. With all the details and advice mentioned, one can say that renovating a home takes so much time and that will lead to unfinished business but the other way taught us that along the process comes the fulfillment that you visualize is turning to life and there’s a feeling of satisfaction in it. On the question of “is it time to renovate?” Yes, it is definitely the time to renovate. And to help you choose the best materials on your renovation, visit https://tileexpressshop.com/products/ to know more.

Tile Motif: From minimalist to mixed

Your Tiles alone, can bring out the best out of your home. From flooring to backsplash or wall-covering, your tiles can work in so many ways. But the question is, how do you choose the motif fit for you and your home? In this article, we will guide you through before you purchase. 

You must note that tiles are not all ornate or intricate as you thought it would be because minimalist but elite tiles always make a statement. So if you are  the kind that prefers simple but refreshing vibe on your home, you might want to purchase tiles that are minimally-designed. 

Classic shaped tiles with a textured finish in neutral colors can offer you a soothing and very calming vibe. This design creates a space of visual interest and movement but without using bright or bold colors and minimal-detailing. 

 

 

This tile and wood ensemble beautifully blends together creating an aura of nature. The marble and the wood’s natural texture creates a light textural contrast to the tile that makes it more elegant looking. 

The black tiles with honey-comb like illusion and the accents of gold add glow to the overall look. 

This tile design, on the other hand, proves that less is more especially in the shower area. Tiles that come in different sizes but of the same color palette will make the area larger and open. But if you want to explore on patterned tiles, it could also be as it could add more character to the look. 

This bathroom design looks so spacious and well-lighted and the open-vanity gives out a lot of spaces for stuff appearing uncluttered. It feels calming and refreshing to see the vanity table match with the tile design making it more cohesive and easy on the eyes. 

For many people, mixing and matching tiles is a lot harder than it seems. Any wrong color or design match can cost you a lot especially when you plan to re-do it. It’s a lot of work, isn’t it? Well, that’s where we come in because  we will be giving you tips on how to mix and match the right tiles for your home. 

 

Balance Busy Patterns 

An oblong-mosaic on the backsplash and a large-scale plain tiles will create a space bigger than it seems. A mix of these is easy on the eyes and something you will love. *change photo to one with our products 

 

Pattern with Plain

Remember to restrict your use of patterned tile to one surface – either the wall or the floor. In this picture, a classic hexagonal tiles on the floor is matched with a large-scale oblong wall tiles providing an enhanced glossy background. 

Play with Scale

One of the most important things to remember when balancing tiles is combining large and small scale patterned tiles. You may also combine three designs like this ion the picture. One is the tiny hexagonal tiles on the wall, second the medium sized hexagonal pattern on the basin and large-scale oblong tiles on the floor. The neutral monochromatic palette adds flavor and harmony ion the over-all design. 

Whether it be minimal or mixed, Tile express got you covered. Just look into our myriad of tile designs and we will help you pick the best for your home. Call us today! 

 

2020 Trendy Home Decorations

The start of the new year not only calls for a celebration, but also inspires positive changes within us and the environment around us. 

For homemakers and interior design aficionados, this means reinventing and freshening up your home décor!

Thinking of redecorating your home this new year? Check out our list of 2020 trendy home decorations that you shouldn’t miss!

  1. Classic Blue

Color is an essential element of design. That’s why there’s no doubt that design enthusiasts all around the world are delighted for the announcement of this year’s pantone of the year. The Pantone Color Institute has announced that Pantone 19-4052 or Classic Blue is the pantone of the year 2020! This calm, relaxing, and timeless shade of blue is a delightful choice for many designers for its effortless elegance and simplicity. 

  1. Vintage Décor

As they say in fashion, vintage never gets out of style. This also applies in interior design and would be more apparent this 2020. 

Watch out for the return of traditional detailing from spooled legs to spindles as they are expected to go back on trend for furniture designers this year. However, avoid going overboard in using too much vintage into your home décor, as designers would recommend having them just as accent pieces or focal points to make them stand out and maximize their impact into a room. 

  1. Contrasting Décor

Have you ever wanted to paint your accent wall into a dark/black color? Now’s the perfect time to do it as high contrast colors are the new craze this 2020. Contrary to the all neutral or all white décor that grew popular the past few years, this new year calls for contrast. Go all out with a dark painted accent wall amid a light-colored room or invest in a dark fabric accent chair that would go well with your other light-colored living room furnishing.

  1. Non-white kitchen space

The past decade brought in the rise of all-white kitchen spaces. As we start a new decade this year, designers are expecting to go out of this trend and see more character in kitchen interior design. Lookout for the rise of natural wood furnishings or countertops and color-pop kitchen cabinets!

Getting excited on starting your home renovation this 2020? While it’s nice to keep up with the latest design trends, you should also not forget to invest in quality pieces and go for a trustworthy provider.

If you’re looking for ways to apply these trends into your home renovation, check out our available tiles and other premium quality products at Tile Express!

 

 

Different Ways to Incorporate Spanish Tiles in Your Home

Our homes are our personal sanctuary. While keeping it comfortable and functional is on the top of our agenda when designing our homes, it is also essential to infuse our personalities through interior design to keep us inspired while taking retreat in our own homes. 

If you’re looking for ways to add in a little personality and keep your home visually exciting, Spanish tiles are the way to go.

Not too sure on how you can incorporate Spanish tiles into your home? Check out our tips below:

 

Kitchen 

 

Tile Express Shop: Fleur Azul Spanish Tile

 

Spanish tiles are a great addition to any kitchen space! With its bright and colorful patterns, they work well when used as a backsplash as they can resist moisture and can easily be cleaned after spills and stains.

Flooring

 

Tile Express Shop: Bella Spanish Tile

 

You’ve probably seen Spanish tiles in a lot of restaurant and hotel floors before. With its unique designs and patterns, they make up for an interesting flooring of choice for both residential and commercial use alike.

Accent Wall

 

Tile Express Shop: Rombo Spanish Tile

An accent wall is a great addition to quickly transform the vibe in any room. With its interesting designs and patterns, Spanish tiles work well as an accent wall on top of the usual bright-painted walls. 

These are just some examples on how you can creatively add Spanish tiles into your space. If you’re excited as much as we do on adding these tiles into your home décor, check-out our Spanish tiles collection at the Tile Express Shop!

The leading source of quality imported tiles in the Philippines, Tile Express offers an extensive collection of floor and wall tiles, mosaics, sanitary wares and other accessories. 

Your one-stop tile shop, Tile Express is the perfect destination for all your tile needs!

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Panton Blue: Color of the Year

Each year brings in new trends and design styles. Pantone is no stranger to this, as each year they unveil a new color to mark a new beginning. This year’s color is Pantone 19-4052 or the Classic Blue. They defined the color as “Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.”

The color gives a timeless and elegant look in its simplicity. Known to our psyches as a restful color, Classic Blue gives off a sense of both peace, serenity, and tranquility. At the same time, its reflective color brings out a sense of resilience.
Each time Pantone rolls out their Color of the Year, it influences both product development and even spending decisions in industries such as fashion, home design and décor, industrial design, and even down to graphic design choices. Been wanting to kick off the new decade with a new, fresh take on your home? Let your home be no stranger to the Pantone’s Color of the Year and give it that 2020 makeover to start the decade right. Here are some ways to incorporate it in your home.

Curtains

If you want to give your home or room that Classic Blue spin, getting your curtains to match the Color of the Year is the cost-effective solution. Without shelling too much money, you can add some of that

calm hue in your home.

Accents

Whether this meaning home accessories such as throw pillows, vases, other coffee table accessories or even accent chairs, having a pop of color is always a good way to go. Classic Blue as the accent color can go well with a variety of home colors.

Tiles

If you think your home needs a complete makeover to start the new decade, then going for a change in your wall accents tiles is a good way to start. Just like the Atlantic mosaics tiles from Tile Express, you can make your bathroom or kitchen stand out with that calm and confident look Classic Blue can give.
Learn more about how Tile Express can help give your home the makeover you deserve at https://tileexpressshop.com/.

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Outdoor Tiles to Match Your Outdoor Decor

Any house’s outdoor space is an integral part of any home as this is a place where families and friends can get together to chill and unwind. That’s why your outdoor space must be one that emits good ambiance and energy. You can easily achieve this through the design of your outdoor space. What exactly are the things you can do to create a fun outdoor space? Here are a few tips.

Green Space

Do you have little children or pets who love to run around the house? An outdoor green space is perfect for you. Place a mini garden or patches of grass to give your space a more earthy and green look. You may also create a small garden path to enhance your green space. The Barcelona Outdoor tile is perfect for a space like this as it is an anti-slip and has a rough texture so you are sure that it is not accident prone especially to children. 

Barcelona Gris

Recreational and Garage Space

If you find yourself having a smaller space in which one space has 2 uses, like a recreational area and garage area in one, there are a lot of ways to improve and maximize the space that you have. You can create in one side a mini playground for the children, or a mini outdoor sala set where the adults can hang out, and if you have your car on the other side, just make sure that it is properly covered and protected. You may also use a tile flooring that is suitable for your car and very durable, like the Pave Outdoor Tiles

Bold and Inspired Space

Do you want to feel like you’re visiting an exotic vacation place whenever you go outdoors? Achieve your dream space with the Guijaro Floor/Wall Tiles. This tile is bold and stylish so it will definitely give you “vacation dreams” feels. Pair it with wood/antique furniture and a color garden to finish off the look.

There are so many ways to amp up your outdoor space. Choosing the right tiles is one step closer towards a more fun and harmonious outdoor space. Make sure that you choose the right tile for you! 

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Quirk Up Your Bathroom with Mosaics

Mosaics are as decorative and visually-stunning as they go. This world–class design material is a sure fit for your overall bathroom look for it is a combination of both aesthetics and usefulness. It comes in a myriad of patterns, sizes, colors and materials like ceramic, porcelain or glass, you can choose from. It may sound as a surprise but most mosaic tiles have been hardened in fires making them hypoallergenic and do not contribute to the chemical impurities in the atmosphere. Generally, mosaics are durable and low maintenance. Remember that your bathroom is a canvas and you are the painter so before deciding to purchase mosaics, here’s what you need to know and consider.

Create a Design Plan

Mosaics buying needs a lot of thinking. It is not something that you can do on the spot unless, of course if you are a born tile artist yourself. You need to come up with a concrete plan of how you want your bathroom to look like. Creating a design plan will guide you to choosing the right colors, sizes and styles fitting for you. For instance, if you want to recreate a mountain-vibe or nature themed bathroom, then maybe you can go purchase mosaics with shades of green, brown or yellow. However, if your bathroom is located somewhere dim, then you can choose light- colored designs to brighten it up.

Safe to Use 

Bathrooms are general accident-prone areas. Falling on your back isn’t something that you’d wish to happen, correct? So it is important that not only we consider a beautifully-designed tile but also safe to use. At Tile Express, we can help you choose the right textured tiles for different parts of your bathroom.

Know the Material

As mentioned, there are several types of mosaics such as ceramic, resin, porcelain and glass. These types of mosaics  will surely bring elegance and style up your bathroom to a whole new level.

Size Matters

To answer the uprising argument of many if size really matters, the answer is a triple yes. Especially in choosing the right kind of tile design for you. Manufacturers in Asia often use centimeters instead of inches so the next time you buy a tile, make sure to measure it through centimeters so you won’t gasp over the left behind tiles.

Budget

Mosaics are sometimes expensive but all worth it. It actually depends on the class and materials used. It is also recommended that you always buy at least 5% more tiles that you need because some of them break during the installation due to the construction process, and over time sometimes tiles and mosaics need replacement. For instance, some people leave appliances on the tiles for a long period of time, and the years may cause stains. Once they want to renovate, they notice the stain, and it could be difficult to remove. This is where the extra allowance of tiles come very handy. This way you can get away from the hassle of driving towards the store again, and making sure that you have it on hand when needed. Always make sure to budget correctly so not to compromise your other expenditures.

Build to Last

To keep your tiles beautiful and lasting, clean them regularly with warm water. And avoid doing dirty and messy stuff inside the bathroom like cleaning shoes, painting for project, washing dirty dishes or clothes. Also, dry them up as often as needed. To get the best price and quality, go over our wide range of beautifully-designed but budget friendly mosaics for your bathroom or you may also visit any of our showrooms and we will be happy to tour you around and recreate that dream bathroom you have always dreamed of.

If you’re looking for mosaics for your bathroom space, you may check out https://tileexpressshop.com/products/

Wood on Wood: Is Having Wood Floor Tiles and Wood Wall Tiles a Good Idea?

Do you want to give your home a classic feel? 

Adding wood tiles to the mix may be an option. Wood tiles are very versatile and can be used in many different ways to spice up your already existing space. Another more important question may be to ask what type of wall style would suit the choice of wooden flooring. 

The answer to this may boil down to preference. 

Wood on Wood 

If you want to channel the cabin or rustic style with plenty of wooden features, then having wooden tiles might be perfect for you. This gives off a cozy feeling. While wood itself is very durable, it can be costly and quite difficult to maintain due to its reaction to external forces such as dampness and humidity, that’s why wood tiles is a good choice as it has the wook look without the hassle of maintaining real wood.

Wood on Color 

However, if you do not like the cabin feel and want more contrast to the design, then plain colors may give it just the perfect accent that you’re looking for. Because there are many styles of wood tiles, there are a variety of matches that can work for wall colors too. Again, it boils down to preference on whether you prefer a bolder and striking room or a subtler or muted look. 

Neutral wall colors are a must. There isn’t much to go wrong with neutral wall colors, as this is the easiest way to make sure that they can coordinate well. Even if your wood tiles may have gray, orange, yellow, or gray undertones, neutral is sure to make them stand out. The good side of having a neutral wall color is that you can let your other accents such as a chair or a curtain have a much bolder color without overpowering the aesthetic of the entire room. White is the safest color among the neutral tones to go for if you want to highlight the wooden tones in the room. An alternative if white is too bright might be ivory or cream. Should you want a richer wall color, you can go for tan or taupe. 

If you’re the type to go more for color, then an analogous color might be the one for you. The key here is choosing an analogous wall color that has similar undertones with the wood style. If the wood has a golden to orange to reddish undertones, then going for a warm-toned wall color will be your best bet. If your wood has some gray or ashy undertones, then a cool color such as blue or green may be the pop of color that you need. 

If you’re looking for something bolder and more dramatic, then going for a contrasting color may be the perfect option. Just the same, you’d need to know the wood’s undertone to find the perfect shade that’s opposite it in the color wheel. If you have wood flowing with orange undertones, then the contrasting colors of blue-gray will work. If your wood flooring has reddish undertones, why not try a green shade to your walls? With every warm color, a cool color must match it. 

With whatever dream design you have in mind for your home, trendy wooden floor tiles are the best match. They can be mixed and matched with different wall styles that can bring out a different personality to your home. Mix and match with the array of wood floor tiles from Tile Express to bring out the best for your home at www.tileexpressshop.com

5 Tips to Create the Perfect Wall Accent

Accent walls are the latest craze in the interior design industry, a sure-fire way to add a little drama and highlight a portion in any room. Designing an accent wall is an exciting project as you have various options to choose from – paint, texture and materials. If you’re looking into quick ways to refresh your home’s interior with an accent wall, here are some tips that you should know:

  • Find the perfect wall

When choosing an accent wall, it is important to highlight the best wall in the room. Walk into the room that you would like to renovate and determine which wall your eyes will focus onto. If you’re finding it hard to choose one, relay the same process to your family members or friends and gather up their opinion on the focal point/wall in the room.

  • Consider the color of the other walls in the room

To make sure that your accent wall stands out, color the rest of your walls with light to medium shades. Neutral tones such as gray or beige are common choices to bring the focus into your accent wall.

  • Choose a wall that will not be obscured

Refrain from obscuring your accent wall by placing big objects such as cabinets and floor to ceiling drapes beside it as this minimizes the wall’s impact.

  • Refrain from overly matching everything

While it’s important to choose colors and palettes that works well with your accent wall, it is also essential to refrain from matching your accent wall color to the rest of the space. If you’re working with a blue accent wall, avoid choosing a blue couch, but choose a complementary color to balance out the room.

  • Don’t limit yourself to just paint

A common misconception about accent walls is that you’re only limited to play around with paint colors. Contrary to this, amazing wall accents can be made from a wide variety of materials, wallpapers and textures. Mosaic and tile accent walls work well as it gives you a variety of textures and colors to choose from. Whether you’re going for a modern, industrial or legant look, consider amplifying your accent wall with premium quality tiles and mosaics from Tile Express Shop. 

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Wood-Flooring Vs. Wood-Like Tiles: Pros and Cons

There is nothing like the mood and aesthetic that wood flooring can evoke. 

While hardwood flooring may not be for everyone, there is another alternative which can also offer a similar aesthetic but with different properties. This is where wood-like tiles come into the picture. Wood-like tiles are tiles that look like wood from afar. Up close you can see that they are of a different material, whether it be ceramic or porcelain. 

While seemingly alike, these tiles are actually very different and we will break down the pros and cons of wood flooring and wood-like tiles to help determine what the right kind of flooring it is you need. 

Wood Flooring

One of the first pros that comes with wood flooring is its durability. If treated with proper care regularly, you can find that it can last for years in good condition. It needs the occasional sanding to refinish it every few years or so to maintain its appearance well. Just like most flooring, it needs to be protected from grit, moisture, and pet’s claws to keep the quality. 

Another pro is that it is slip resistant. These hardwood floorings can come with anti-slip ratings and are comparatively less prone to slips when wet compared to ceramic and porcelain. This makes it friendly for kids, elderly and even pets. 

However hardwood flooring comes with its share of cons. One of this is its tendency to expand or shrink depending on the weather, since water and humidity can negatively affect the wood. This makes it unideal for those who live near the coast or the tropics. In addition to that, since wood expands to heat via thermal expansion, the wood can either bend, swell, or shrink. Both humidity and heat can also lead to discoloration in the wood flooring. 

One of the prominent things about wood flooring is its cost. While the cost can vary with the wood type you intend to install, it is more difficult to install wood flooring and would need help from a professional in order to properly have it installed. 

Though wood flooring looks classic and great, there are limitations such as the color of the wood. They only come in shades of brown. There are more options for the texture should you like to have it matte, hand-scraped, pre-finished and the like. 

Wood-Like Flooring

Tile Express Molave Pardo

Whereas wood flooring is known for its heftier price, wood-like floorings which come in either ceramic or porcelain are known to be the cheaper option, if you are in a tighter budget. These are also easier to install and can even be installed by yourself should you decide to do it on your own. 

These tiles can also withstand even extreme weather conditions as long as there are expansion joints placed in the tile area to give them ample room. This means that this can be the perfect option for those opting for a wooden floor look even in hot or humid climates, without all the hassle that comes with maintaining and keeping hardwood flooring. These wood looking porcelain and ceramic tiles also can last a very long time due to its durability and good quality. 

This is also the better option for pet owners. Tile does not accumulate allergens in a way hardwood can and tiles can handle paw scratches from our animal companions better than wood can. While hardwood can also be considered an easy floor to clean due to the availability of special hardwood floor cleaners in stores, ceramic and porcelain tiles can be cleaned with the most standard cleaning solutions. Coming into contact with water often should not be a big problem as well. 

One of the advantages of tile is in the variety of options for both ceramic and porcelain. There is a range of options in size, shape, shade, and texture. This flexibility can mean a wider variety of designs and aesthetics can suit rooms with ‘wood-like’ flooring. 

With this laid out, hopefully you are one step closer to picking the right flooring for your home refurbishment. At Tile Express, you can design the home of your dreams with our range of wood-like tiles to choose from! Choose from our designs here at  https://tileexpressshop.com/product-category/tiles/wood-tiles/

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