Posts Tagged ‘Subway Tile’

Glass Subway Tile Brightens a Bathroom

Monday, April 15th, 2013

One of the most important rooms in your house is your master bath. You start your day here and you end it here.   So when it comes to deploying your hard earned dollars on giving your bath an update, spend wisely and the investment will pay off handsomely both emotionally and financially if you go to sell your home later on or if it is a rental property.

So first, don’t be afraid of being a little masculine. It is actually more soothing. Second, is if it doesn’t have a ton of natural light ( most don’t) use a glass subway tile in your bathroom to brighten it up.  This versatile product is one of the most popular bathroom products. Subway Glass tile has been used in bathrooms in many ways and the reason it is so popular is it has a reflective component giving it a ton of dimension.

One popular way to use subway tile in a bathroom is in the shower, on the walls, as a backsplash for counters, and even behind and around the toilet.  There are two popular types of  Subway tile that are typically used in the bathroom, glass and ceramic.  While glass is more modern and reflects the colors around it, ceramic is more classic and generally cheaper as well but also prone to scratching and frankly can look cheap so be careful or you could spend a chunk of money on an install that looks like a track home.   Still both are great options for a bathroom and if you are clever and on a budget, you can dress up a basic ceramic subways with glass eye liners and backsplashes.

The Glass Subway Tile Bathroom Backsplash:

Our most popular Subway tile for bathrooms  is our glass ubway tile.  It is a huge trend in bathrooms and looks amazing in almost any space. Our most popular colors for glass subway tile in bathrooms are Blanco ( a true bright white),  Sage Green ( like the images above), and  Ocean Gray.  Glass subway tiles are great for bathrooms because they reflects the light and surrounding colors so it will brighten up and modernize any bathroom space. A subway glass tile bathroom backsplash will brighten up your sink and bring a modern feel to any bathroom. Subway tile bathroom tiles can be used to cozy up a bathroom by using warmer colors like our champagne toast with its warm earthy tones.  If you like a beachy feel effect use something like sage green or ocean gray which are very harmonious with ocean pallets.

Ceramic subway tile  is in many ways truly passe yet was very popular in the 20’s.  Its appeal is it is cheap and so people who restore homes love to use ceramic tile to restore bathrooms. If you are going that route  use a big box store as they have the lowest prices. Quality is an issue so buyer beware when you choose it for use as a primary  subway tile.

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Hawaian Designer Styles for Less

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Interior designer Chuen Yee uses surplus materials, online bargains outlets like and big-box fixtures to accomplish a million-dollar makeover on a St. Louis Heights home.

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 28, 2013

Interior walls and flat ceilings were removed during the remodeling of this St. Louis Heights home, creating a sense of spaciousness inside while also inviting visitors to look out and enjoy the panoramic view of downtown Honolulu.

The rectangular shape of the kitchen cabinets and countertops is accentuated by tile backsplash that designer Chuen Yee found online at
The spacious master bathroom has hotel-standard accents, including an electronic window shade that lets you enjoy the view while bathing.
A bioethanol-fueled fireplace adds color and liveliness to the television nook, but doesn’t bake the screen.

The original structure had dark, small rooms that didn’t take advantage of the view.
Bargain shopping makes a luxurious home makeover more affordable.

Interior designer Chuen Yee and her client knew they had hit the jackpot when they came across a fixer-upper in St. Louis Heights.

The dilapidated, 1950s-era house opened out into a “million-dollar view” of downtown Hono­lulu and the ocean, said Yee, of MCYIA Interior Architecture and Design.

“Before he bought it he brought me here, and I was like, Oh, you have to get this.’ I saw the view and thought it had potential,” she said.

The house itself wasn’t much to speak of. Built on a steep slope, it had the typical-for-the-times flat ceiling and tiny, closed-off spaces for the kitchen and two bedrooms. The house stood on high stilts, with dirt underneath visible through a few slats, but there was no deck. Small windows were poorly positioned, in some cases providing a view “to nowhere,” Yee said. “It didn’t take advantage of any views.”

In what she called a “Tropical Modern Metamorphosis,” Yee transformed the house to take full advantage of the panorama and create a space suitable for entertaining, which were the prime objectives of her client. The house won an award in 2012 from the local chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers.

The total budget for the project was $325,000, but about $200,000 of that went for a major reconstruction project that involved removing interior walls and ceilings, adding structural elements to hold up the roof, building a master bedroom suite on the ground floor and constructing a lanai that towers over the backyard and makes the view feel even more commanding than it really is.

Yee’s client, an executive at Aulani, a Disney Resort Spa in Ko Olina, wanted a home of similar luxury standards but with a less extravagant budget. Yee was able to accomplish this by mixing and matching surplus material and searching the Internet for special deals, often finding odds and ends that went with custom features.

Yee, in a statement about her approach to the project, said she employed “a monochromatic palette of industrial and organic elements” to create “a balance of yin-yang with a masculine, clean-lined look.”

The cabinetry, for example, is oak stained a dark brown, with custom features such as small niches for flower vases or other knickknacks, and a special drawer for cellphones. That makes them “more like furniture than cabinets,” said Yee, a native of Thailand who specialized in interior design for the hospitality industry before turning to private residences.

Countertops throughout the home are white Caesarstone, a manufactured quartz product known for the purity of its color. While the owner negotiated a deal on the materials and the workmanship for the kitchen, Yee went on the Internet to find material for a suitable backsplash. She found tile patterned in brown, gray and white rectangles, which matched the color and shape of the counter and cabinets from Design For Less.

The bathrooms also feature Caesarstone counters, but those were made of remnants bought at a discount from local stone suppliers. Having the remnants installed in an unusual pattern added a unique touch of luxury, she said. The bathrooms are also tiled in the brown-and-white rectangular pattern, which Yee also found online.

“It’s cheaper on the Internet than here by sometimes half,” said Yee, who recommended Amazon and for specialty tile, for lighting fixtures and and for accessories and furniture. (Be sure to check shipping costs, she said.)

For many other items, such as doors, faucets and light fixtures, big-box hardware stores were adequate, she said. On the ocean side of the house, for example, the owner originally wanted NanaWall folding glass windows that would have created a view unobstructed by posts or frames. Those would have cost up to $30,000.

“That ate too much of the budget, so this is all from Home Depot,” Yee said, motioning to more traditional sliding doors that cost a few hundred dollars each.

The dark flooring is solid wire-brushed and hand-scraped bamboo, which is inexpensive and sustainable yet also adds a touch of natural elegance to the open living room and kitchen, which during the day is filled with light. At night an open fireplace produces a warm ambience ” but it runs on bioethanol and produces no waste and so little heat that it doesn’t affect the flat-screen television mounted on the wall behind it.

Yee’s husband, Michael, an engineer who helped out with some of the structural details of the project, said the renovation shows what can be done with an older home and a bit of savvy from the owner and the designer.

“Ordinarily, a person would come to look at this, and wanting a semi luxurious house, they probably would have torn it down and started anew,he said. “This is really an ingenious way to  have that million-dollar look without spending a million dollars.”

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Coconut Tile

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Coconut tile is modern interiors gone tropical, made from reclaimed coconut shells, low-VOC resins and sustainably harvested wood backer, coconut shell is a naturally anti- decomposition material containing natural resin. Coconut mosaic tile are handmade to high standard by skillful craftsmanship. It has excellent performance, durability and versatility. our newest family of eco-friendly design materials can be used as decorative tiles or panels both horizontally and vertically. Featuring multiple patterns and color combinations and available in light, dark and mixed textures.

Coco mosaic tiles are hand made using coconut shell which is an unutilized industry by product and requires no trees to be cut down, ensuring you are not contributing to the destruction of forests around the world.

This is a new generation of Architectural surface material. The innovation of this beautiful material combines the best of modern technology and nature, giving an opportunity to make a quality sustainable choice that has an E ZERO formaldehyde emissions rating.

Coco mosaic panels are beautiful, extremely durable and strong. So the applications are numerous, even in the most demanding of environments.

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Dark Grout in the bathroom….Pros & Cons!

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

When choosing tiles for the bathroom, shape, color and texture decisions factor in immediately, but one aspect that can strongly impact the final look is often a mere afterthought. Choosing the right grout color can make all the difference, so it’s worth thinking about when planning the overall look of your bathroom.

Using a light colored grout, particularly in conjunction with white tiles, can produce a bright, clean look, but it is a very high maintenance choice. Even with consistent cleaning it is nearly impossible to protect it from staining and discoloration over time. Because of this, dark grout has gained in popularity.

Choosing a grout that is darker in color helps conceal dirt and is less likely to change in color as quickly as a light colored grout. It can also enhance the look of the bathroom, helping light tiles to look even lighter. Dark grout against a light tile can help the look from being too washed out and can help anchor the white and provide some substance to the look.

Dark grout is not without its own set of issues though. While it is not necessary to clean it with the same attention to detail as you would with white grout, it is necessary to wipe it off very regularly. Dark grout can lose its color when cleaned with products that are too harsh or with tools that are too abrasive. Once the color is impacted, it is difficult to bring it back to its original luster.

Using gentle cleaning products and adding a color seal to dark grout can help maintain the color longer.

Source: Apartment Therapy

(Images: 1. Kim & George’s Brooklyn Heights Home Apartment Therapy House Tour 2. Carly & Chip’s Resourceful & Refined Home Apartment Therapy House Tour)

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Malkus Residence, Encinitas CA

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

This contemporary and harmonious home is located in Encinitas CA. This house incorporates the best of contemporary design to create a informal, casual, comfortable and welcoming space. It’s the perfect place for relaxing and enjoying life. The house is designed in modern style and is both a quaint coastal property and a chic contemporary dwelling. I had the opportunity to work with the owner of this beautiful property one on one, together we meticulously hand selected every single surface in the home, from the porcelain used on the floors and walls, glass mosaic backsplahes, Compac Quartz Countertops, stainless steel & glass mosiacs, and the various light fixtures. We wanted to create a simple, streamline design in every space. The interior design is white and clean with subtle blue hues, which is pleasing to the eyes. There is a lot of natural light inside that in combination with a selective amount of furniture makes rooms very airy. We used modern materials, furniture and personal art to make this home a real urban oasis. I have to say it is great working with clients like these, who know exactly what they want but give you creative freedom as a designer. With a contemporary atmosphere that is refined yet down to earth, this property is one of the best projects I have been involved in. The result? A beautiful, modern, calm, contemporary space that is truly breathtaking! Enjoy!

*A second home of similar design is currently under construction on the same property in Encinitas on Neptune Avenue. The house is for sale with an estimated completion date of Spring 2012. For more details, please visit

Mlakus Residence, Dining Room

Malkus Residence, Guest Bathroom (Sage Green 1x2 Glass / Broadway White Porcelain)

Malkus Residence, Jack & Jill Bathroom (Stainless Steel 1x2)

Malkus Residence, Jack & Jill Bathroom (Stainless Steel 1x2)

Malkus Residence, Master Bathroom (Otago Black Marble)

Malkus Residence, Kitchen (Ocean Grey 3x6 Subway)

Malkus Residence, Living Room

Malkus Residence, Fireplace (Linear Broadway White Porcelain)

Malkus Residence, Hall Bathroom (Otago Black Marble)

Malkus Residence, Hallway ( Linear Broadway White Porcelain)

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Small Bathroom Design Ideas

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Just because a bathroom lacks square footage doesn’t mean it can’t be both functional and beautiful. There are many ways to maximize space in a small bathroom and make it unique. If you have a small bathroom in your house, you should focus on the design ideas that will create the illusion of more space. Maximize your bathroom with these tips and ideas for small bathroom spaces.

Glass Enclosures

Glass shower enclosures give the illusion of space in a small bathroom by allowing you to see from one end of the room to the other.

Glass Enclosures

Floating Storage

A floating vanity takes up less space without compromising style. Wicker canisters and concealed cabinet doors keep things organized and clutter-free in this elegant master bath.

Floating Storage

Lengthen The Countertop

Get creative when square footage allows for only a single, small vanity. We recommend extending the countertop material over the toilet to create a shelf. It may only be a place for a box of tissues or container of cotton balls or another decorative item, but it creates the illusion of more surface area.

Lengthen The Countertop

Reflective Quality

Adding a large mirror is a simple solution, but it truly makes such an enormous difference. The goal is to increase the amount of natural light that bounces around the room. By adding one large mirror you create the illusion of a longer wall.

Reflective Quality

Lighten Up The Paint

A lighter and brighter color will always make your small bathroom appear much bigger than if you painted the room using a darker and more intensive color. The color that you choose will most likely convey whether someone sees the bathroom as being large or small.

Lighten Up The Paint

Lighten Up The Paint

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4 Spring Color Schemes For Your Kitchen by Ana Morales

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Spring is the perfect time to give your kitchen a fresh look. From serene classic shades to vivid contemporary hues, I have selected 4 color schemes you’ll want to try this season.

Classic Meets Chic

Black and white will always remain a favorite pairing. They are both sophisticated and dramatic and they compliment any decor.  In this kitchen the black and white  glass mosaic backsplash highlights the dark wood cabinetry with sleek stainless-steel appliances and a crisp white quartz countertop. Giving this kitchen a very classic meets chic look.

Contempo Spa Blend Glass Mosaic Backsplash.

Warm Comfort

In this installation we have chosen a black polished pebble as the backsplash, which brings a natural element into the design. The black pebble backsplash ideally compliments the neutral black / tan granite countertop and the warm wood cabinetry.  The result is a warm and inviting, yet still contemporary space.

Vivid Black Polished Pebble Tile Backsplash.

Bright and Clean

Bright hues are an ideal way to add life to a neutral kitchen. In this installation we have selected a light blue subway tile as the backsplash to contrast the crisp white cabinetry and complement the gray quartz countertop. The result is a very bright and fresh space.

3" x 6" Ocean Grey Subway Glass Tile Backsplash.

Energizing Appeal

Jewel tones, like the ones in this backsplash, really pop when paired with dark cabinetry. By combining dark wood and white cabinetry with a neutral beige quartz contertop, the backsplash colors are further enhanced.  The result is a very fun and contemporary space.

Henna Fusion 12" x 12" Glass Mosaic Backsplash.

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“Restaurant quality kitchen, without breaking the bank!” by Ana Morales

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

If you want a restaurant-quality kitchen without breaking the bank, here are a few designer tips. Professional-grade appliances,  a low-maintenance floor and back splash make creating your dream kitchen a cinch. A big factor in your design are the materials you use, tile is an easy way to make any space unique. I have attached a few images of a color palette that I feel is perfect for achieving this look. The palette is refined, contemporary and clean. This palette is a combination of glass, stainless steel and porcelain.  Combining these different textures will help you create an amazing installation. The crisp white glass in combination with the cool stainless steel and patterned porcelain really help set a hip restaurant vibe in your kitchen. I love the idea of  the subtle checkered pattern on the porcelain for the kitchen floor. The pattern is a great way of combining the different gray and white tones you will be using in the other materials, it adds visual interest without being overwhelming.  The glass & stainless tiles are a perfect choice for your back splash area, get creative with the combination of these materials.  I have attached a few images of a kitchen project that served as the inspiration for this color palette.  I love what was done with the stainless steel tile above the stove area. So go ahead, get creative and give your kitchen new life!

Color Palette: Blanco Glass Subway Tile, Stainless Steel Tile, Contempo Graphite Porcelain.

Amazing back splash achieved by combining Blanco Subway Tile & Stainless Steel Tile.

The large 12" x 24" Porcelain Tiles are a great way of bringing all the colors together and they are low maintenance!

Restaurant quality kitchen in the comfort of your own home!

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Looking for a twist on Subway Tile?

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Try installing it vertically.  Seen here with the Blanco 3×6 glass tile.

Blanco Subway Tile Kitchen Installation

Blanco Subway Tile Kitchen Installation

Blanco Subway Tile Kitchen Backsplash

Blanco Subway Tile Kitchen Backsplash

Another vertical option.  Stainless Steel 1×2.

Stainless Steel 1x2 Wall Tile Installation

Stainless Steel 1x2 Wall Tile Installation

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Cutting the 3×6 Subway Tiles

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

If you are looking for a great kitchen design idea or bathroom idea, Subway Glass Tiles are a great choice.  They are a classic shape but the look is updated with a glass finish keeping your home interior current without over doing it.   Below is an example of  Ocean Grey 3×6 being used for a kitchen tile backsplash.

Ocean Grey 3x6 Kitchen Backsplash

Ocean Grey 3x6 Kitchen Backsplash

One of the great things about the 3×6 subway glass tiles is that they are 8mm thick which adds a lot of depth to the glass and in turn your  glass tile installation.  However the thickness of the subway glass tiles can be tricky when it comes to cutting them.   We get calls from time to time about either the glass or the polyurethane back chipping when the subway tile is being cut to fit odd spaces.  But there are some really easy steps to take to ensure you get a clean easy cut for your wall tile installation.

To start you will need a wet saw with a diamond blade.  Make sure to use a brand new blade for the best results.  On the cutting board lay the subway tile face down with the white polyurethane backing face up.  Cut half way through the depth of the tile and then flip the subway tile over (glass side face up) and finish cutting all the way through.

Following these tips will minimize the amount of chipping on both the glass and the backing.  While not all chipping is preventable when cutting any glass tile this really helps!

For more detailed information on installation visit our installation guide on The Glass Mosaic Outlet.

Installation Guidelines

About Glass also has a great picture essay on the process.

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