Seamless Indoor & Outdoor Spaces

 

 

Porcelain tile is the perfect material for bridging your indoor spaces with the great outdoors. Using the same flooring for your patio as your living room or kitchen creates fluidity and claims a piece of the outdoors as your own, which truly allows you to have your own outdoor living space.

 

Porcelain stone-effect and wood-look tile flooring are great choices because they look luxurious—thanks to the beautiful finishes and color varieties—but it is also extremely practical. Porcelain tile is long-lasting and low-maintenance, and isn’t a material you’ll have to upgrade anytime soon. When designing your seamless inside-outside transition, consider these tile ideas and tile collections.

 

 

Color Variation is Key

 

While there are many different types of stone-look and wood-look flooring options to choose from, picking the right pattern is one of the most important considerations. Think of Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting. Pattern and texture have a way of drawing your eye forward and eliminating elements of separation. For instance, consider going with a wood-look tile chevron pattern that points the eye outside, or a pattern that involves multiple tiles that are different sizes. Porcelain stone-look and wood-look tiles not only lends a sense of authenticity and rustic acuity to outdoor spaces, but their inherent color variations make it an easy choice for matching both indoor and outdoor decor.

 

Go Tropical

 

Add a touch of exotic, tropical style to your indoor and outdoor spaces with Tropics, a new Italian porcelain wood-look tile collection. It gets its inspiration from wood found in the tropics and features outstanding color variations. The collection is equally at home on floor, walls and even outdoors. Featuring four tropical colors (Amber, Blossom, Midnight, Ocean), two sizes (8×47, 12×24), beautiful mosaics and is offered in either a matte or shiny finish.

 

 

Dig Deeper

 

Getting its inspiration from tall, upright stone formations that were erected in ancient times, Archaeology is a porcelain slate-effect collection. When installed outdoors, it becomes an extension of your indoor space (pictured below). The collection is offered in 2 sizes (18×36, 23×23), 3 colors (Antracita, Arena, Gris) but the real star of this collection are the stunning, dimensional wall decors which you can see in the pictures below.

 

 

Made in the Shade

 

Shade Stone is an Italian porcelain stone-effect tile collection that also features gorgeous dimensional wall decors and mosaics. The large-format collection features 3 sizes (12×24, 18×36, 32×32), 5 colors (Almond, Black, Grey, Musk, White) in a matte finish. The 5 natural shades capture the age-old spirit of stone with a modern twist. As you can see in the photos below, installing it outdoors is truly an extension of your indoor space.

 

 

When you’re ready to integrate your outdoor space with your indoor rooms, head on over to Tiles Unlimited. With scores of collections that work indoors as well as outdoors, our expert designers stand ready to help you create the design of your dreams. View more tile collections suitable for outdoor use here.

Hot Trend – Wood-Look Tile in the Bathroom

Looking to make your bathroom unique? Maybe something rustic, yet contemporary? Consider wood-look tile for your bathroom and yes, even your shower.

Real wood presents some major difficulties in the bathroom let alone the shower. In fact, wood in the shower is pretty much unheard of—until now. We’re talking about wood-look porcelain tile in the shower. It gives you a realistic wood-grain look with the natural variations found in hardwood along with the durability and ease of maintenance you simply can’t get with anything but tile.

 

Distinctive Wood collection

 

Tiles Unlimited has more than two-dozen wood-look tile collections that are applicable for use in a bathroom. You can create an unexpected look that you’ll enjoy using every day. Some popular options include our Distinctive Wood collection, available in 8 colors and 3 sizes (mix and match different widths for the most realistic look) with outstanding color variation.  More traditional offerings include our Touch Wood (9 colors) and Wooden Forest (3 colors with some stunning mosaics).  For those wanting the look of wooden planks, our Unusual Wood collection is offered in 6 colors and 5 sizes with planks as long as 67”.

 

Touch Wood collection

 

Tile sizes offer some flexibility in design as well. A traditional plank looks stunning either placed horizontally or vertically. Add an accent tile to dress it up. Large format tiles have become a staple on the floor, but have made their way to the wall so why not put them to work in the shower? As an alternative to the large plank, try a smaller, linear wood-look tile. Playing with the size can transform your shower into a unique, luxury retreat.

Your shower has a job to do. Take some time to consider functionality along with design. You must consider your shower wall and shower floor as two separate things. Any wood-look tile that can withstand a moist environment will perform well on the shower wall, but the floor is a different story.

 

Unusual Wood collection

 

Because of the requirements of the shower floor, mosaics of four inches or smaller should be used with standard drain while linear drains afford you the option of using larger tile. You have to make sure you have the right slope to the drain and larger tiles make that difficult to achieve. The extra grout lines you get when installing a shower floor also give you more slip-resistance—which you need plenty of on the shower floor. Designing a shower that’s anything but ordinary with unexpected materials like wood-look tile for the shower requires a bit of expertise, both in purchasing and installation. Always check manufacturer recommendations to ensure you select an appropriate tile for your shower floor or ask our expert Tile Consultants.

 

Wooden Forest collection

 

While you’re looking at tile for your bathroom, make sure you check out our new line of bathroom fixtures including vanities, freestanding bathtubs, medicine cabinets, mirrors and bath accessories.

Wood-Look Porcelain Tiles Are Hot and Here To Stay!

Some other trends weren’t so lucky. Remember wood paneling, shag carpet, and avocado-colored appliances? These were the “must have” designs of their era but now they are nothing more than dated decor you’d like to forget.

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Wood floors have been around for centuries and they are more popular than ever so you can rest assured that the look of wood is here to stay. As for tile that looks like wood, technology ensures we can produce a tile that looks so similar to wood you have to look very closely before you can tell the difference. Combine that with the durability and easy maintenance of porcelain tile and you have a winning combination for a floor that will last long into the future.

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Tiles Unlimited, voted Best Tile Store in the 2016 Best of LI competition, carries more than 20 different porcelain wood-look tiles in a range of sizes and colors. Wood-look (sometimes called faux wood tiles) tiles can be used anywhere you would normally install wood floors and in spaces where wood is typically not an option, like a bathrooms or even a shower. You get all the benefits of wood floors without the drawbacks like scratching, chipping, cracking or constant maintenance.

Tiles that look like wood come in an array of realistic colors and sizes from 4” to 12” wide and from 18” to 72”in length. You’ll also find many styles of wood such as traditional, reclaimed wood, antique wood, barn wood and distressed wood. Longer wood-look planks allow your floors to resemble hardwood flooring – no one will notice the difference.

Wood-look tile not your thing? Check out our porcelain tile, ceramic tile, subway tile, glass/metal tile and natural stone tile collections by clicking here. With Queens’ largest selection of tile, our expert tile designers will help you realize the project of your dreams.