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Floor Tiles 101

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Not all floor tiles are created equal. Each type has pros and cons that need to be considered when planning a tiling project. Here are seven popular popular varieties, find the right fit for your flooring needs:

Marble Tile


Real marble tiles have a beautiful, unique look like no other surface, with all their whirling patterns and shade variations. But the same patterns that make marble beautiful can be a real headache to match from tile to tile. To ensure that patterns match, the Marble Institute of America recommends having your contractor lay out the tiles over the entire surface before installing so you can approve the result. All your tiles should come from the same original batch. Marble, like most stone tiles, has high maintenance requirements. It must be sealed and cleaned regularly; for cleaning, use only a mild detergent solution or a product specially designed for marble. Never set your drink down on a marble surface (it will leave a ring), and wipe up any spills immediately, as they can stain or etch marble’s porous surface.

Terrazzo Tile

Terrazzo Tile

Terrazzo is traditionally a flooring material made by exposing marble chips in a bed of concrete and then polishing until smooth. Now, however, you can buy terrazzo in tile form. It’s often used in public buildings because it’s long-lasting and can be refinished repeatedly. Terrazzo is quite slippery and can cause falls, so it may not be a good flooring choice for families with young children or elderly members. Ask your contractor about applying non-slip additives to the surface.

Concrete Tile


Concrete is a tough man-made mix of stone, sand, water and cement. It’s long-lasting, water-shedding, hail-resistant and can be made to mimic the look of other building materials. It can be a good roofing choice for harsh climates. Because it requires specialized tools and knowledge, and because you must ensure that the structure being covered can withstand the weight, concrete tile should be installed by trained professionals only.

Terracotta Tile

Terra Cotta Tile

Terra cotta is one of the oldest tile materials around, dating back before the birth of Christ, when it was sun-dried rather than oven-fired. It’s often used, glazed or unglazed, to create a rustic, weathered look. While high-quality terra cotta will last forever, it’s difficult to assess the quality, even for pros. Buy only from a seller whose reputation you trust, though even then you may encounter problems. For practical uses, it should be sealed, particularly in kitchens.

Porcelain Tile


Actually a subtype of ceramic tile, porcelain bears a perception of high quality, but for residential applications its particular toughness is unnecessary. It’s nonetheless popular in the residential market because the manufacturing process makes for unlimited design potential. The problem is that do-it-yourselfers typically install it with setting material designed for ordinary ceramic tiles, but porcelain’s low porosity means it requires a special compound for setting. Ask the manufacturer—not a salesperson—how to install it.

Ceramic Tile


Ceramic tiles are thin slabs of clay or other inorganic materials, hardened by oven firing and usually coated with some kind of glaze. Ceramic is best known for its durability, with some installations in the ruins of ancient Rome and Egypt still intact. Ceramic tile is a great choice for kitchens and bathrooms because it’s easy to clean and doesn’t harbor germs. It’s manufactured in production runs; because of variation among lots, make sure the caliber number (indicating size) and lot number (indicating color) are the same throughout your order. Ceramic tile is rated from zero to 5 based on hardness. Zero through 2 is suitable for wall tile, 3 is good for most residential uses, and 4 and 5 are hard enough for commercial applications.

Slate Tile


Slate tile is a popular roofing material with an air of prestige and a reputation for longevity. Although individual tiles sometimes crack, an entire roof made of slate probably won’t have to be replaced for 50 years or more. Properly installed, slate also makes dependable flooring. Slate is a metamorphic rock with relatively weak bonds between layers, so tile made from it tends to split along those planes. For an installation to resist damage, it must be set on a solid surface with mortar.

Special thanks to our friends at HGTV for this informative article!

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Tigerwood Porcelain!

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Tigerwood Porcelain is the newest addition to our already distinctive Porcelain Collection. If you have not seen these tiles, be prepared to fall in love! The first thing you need to know about this tile is that it is through-body, making them perfect not only for residential projects but also for commercial projects! The Tigerwood Porcelain comes in a 12″ x 24″ rectangular configuration, with a really cool striped pattern throughout. The best part? Prices start at $8.00 per sq ft delivered! I have attached the 4 colors it is available in and a couple of installation images below!

Birch Tigerwood

Ash Tigerwood

Almond Tigerwood

Black Tigerwood

Birch Tigerwood Installation

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Alexander Estates II

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

If you have a sweet spot for mid century architecture like we do, the you will love Alexander Estates II in Palm Springs, CA. Alexander Estates II stays true to it’s mid century roots in design while delivering a new generation of dwelling better suited for a 21st century lifestyle. This magnificent development is inspired by the original template introduced by The Alexander Building Company in the early 1950’s. This intimate enclave of homes boasting distinctive exteriors & contemporary floorplans, will truly transport you to the 50’s era in a heartbeat. Reinterpreted by renowned architect James Cioffi and the team at Dos Palmas Development, the homes gracefully blend vintage details with contemporary touches. Dos Palmas Development gave us the opportunity to be part of this amazing project. Together we have created amazing kitchen and bathroom installations that boast floor to ceiling glass tile work. Exterior elevations showcase the classic roof lines of Butterfly, Center view, Long Gable and Single Slope. All are complemented with front, side and rear landscape including private saltwater pool and spa. All of this is reason enough to be on the next flight to Palm Springs right? Well, you haven’t even read the best part….Prices start at $400k!!! There are still some properties available, don’t miss a chance to be part of this historical development.
Check out some images of Alexander Estates II below.

Alexander Estates II

Alexander Estates II

Kitchen: Contempo Spa Blend

Kitchen: Stainless 1x1 Mosaic

Master Bath: Manchester Blend

Walk In Shower: Fahrenheit Glass Blend

Master Bath: Smoke Glass & Stainless Blend

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Studio Ten 25

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Shout out to Abbe Fenimore from Studio Ten 25. Its always nice when someone appreciates our products and sales because that what we are trying to do, give people great materials at low prices for their renovations. A little bit about the company: Studio Ten 25 was founded by interior designer Abbe Fenimore in 2007. Abbe’s style is an eclectic balance of vibrant color, a mix of rich materials and a true sense of space. Makes sure to check out her blog which is full of interesting ideas and beautiful color combinations at Also make sure to check out Shop Ten 25, the shop carries everything from accessories to designer furniture. Here is a link to the blog she posted on “Easy Kitchen Updates” where she mentions Design 4 Less products.

Studio Ten 25

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Tips For Amazing Wall & Floor Textures by Ana Morales

Friday, July 30th, 2010

There are many ways to add textural interest to any room on both floors and walls. With all the amazing tile finishes now available, the possibilities are endless! Here a a few looks to inspire your next project!

Un-Neutralize the Neutral

Neutrals are undeniably serene and soothing. To avoid looking bland, neutrals require a design imperative for their survival: texture. In this room the contrast between the neutral porcelain and the dark cabinetry offers a touch of sophisticated style and texture without being overbearing. By using the same porcelain in a different pattern behind the vanity, the color scheme remains neutral but great visual texture is achieved.

Limestone Grey Porcelain Installation

The Layered Look

Texture can be added from top to bottom in a room for dramatic effect. The trick to layering is to stick to the same color scheme when combining different finishes. To achieve this effect, mix smooth finishes with patterned finishes to achieve a unique look. In this bathroom the uniting background color is white, but the sage green flower patterned porcelain on the wall adds amazing texture without being overwhelming.

Deco Silk Porcelain Tile Installation

Get Floored

If you’re a fan of hardwood floors, a wood grain that boasts a lot of gorgeous grain, brings instant texture. The variations in the wood’s natural color will add a lot of personality to a neutral room, while providing a stunning foundation to the room’s furnishings.

Block Wenge Porcelain Tile Installation

Textural Walls

Texture lovers will revel in the effect created by installing woven finish porcelain. The woven porcelain finish is  very earthy and natural, and looks amazing on any surface. This is a great product that can be installed on any wall or floor to add textural interest.

Yakarta Wenge Porcealin Tile Installation

Faux Stone Finishes

Bathrooms can be a showcase for texture.  If you are looking for something that will be classic but with a modern twist, consider using one of the many faux stone porcelain options that are available. Using a porcelain that is made to look like natural stone in a neutral tone, brings installations from flat to fabulous. This option will give you that same visual pop, without breaking the bank.

Ferroker Laton Porcelain Installation

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Irridium Glass Tiles

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

The Irridium Glass Tiles are on sale for $10.00 a square foot with free shipping.  Typically $15.00 a square foot you are getting a 35% discount!  Check out a couple of our design ideas for the Irridium Glass Tile Collection.

Irridium 1x1 Design Ideas

Irridium 1x1 Design Ideas

Irridium 1x4 Design Ideas

Irridium 1x4 Design Ideas

Here the  Irridium glass tiles have been matched with Limestone Olive Porcelain Tile.  To see what these tiles could add to your project you can order a sample below.

(The link to order a sample is in the bottom right hand corner of the product pages.)

Irridium 1×1 Glass Tile

Irridium 1×4 Glass Tile

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