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Peel-and-Stick Tiles: A Cautionary Tale (Or, I Tried Peel-and-Stick Tiles and They Almost Drove Me Insane)Projects & Improvements
There’s a certain home blogger, who shall remain nameless, who has moved a bunch of times over the past few years — meaning the makeovers just kept coming. In one of her kitchens, she artfully laid faux marble adhesive tiles over an ugly linoleum floor. They weren’t exactly dead ringers for Kim K. solid calacatta marble or anything, but they made a big difference. “The best thing about it,” she wrote, “is that you just peel off the back and stick it down.
May 3, 2019
Square Tile is the New Subway Tile and We’re Not SorryProjects & Improvements
It's just as cheap and available as subway tile, and you're not tired of it yet.
May 3, 2019
Basic, Not Boring: Beautiful Kitchens That Elevate the Humble (& Affordable) White Tile BacksplashProjects & Improvements
White tile — it’s timeless, classic, affordable and looks good in just about any backsplash, regardless of your kitchen or bathroom’s style or size. Its ability to complement any color palette or material selection means you can choose something that will remain classic and flexible for your home’s future. But what can be done to keep it looking fresh and unique?
May 3, 2019
This Genius Tile Trick Is a Game-Changer for Budget BathroomsProjects & Improvements
Believe it or not, an inexpensive box of off-the-shelf tiles can totally transform your floors. There’s no need to go out and by something expensive, when you can easily create visual interest under your feet with a design that feels custom and special — all for very little money. All it takes is your imagination or some inspiration, a little bit of advance planning, and this one simple trick.
May 3, 2019
This Backsplash Trend is A Budget Lover’s Best FriendProjects & Improvements
There is so much beautiful tile in the world. But for those of us on a budget, so much of it just isn’t within reach: most is just way too expensive to use on a whole wall, a floor, or even an entire backsplash. Perhaps this is why we’re noticing more micro backsplashes in the kitchen and bathroom lately. They are a little tiny opportunity to do something fun in a very practical way. And, for each one, a little bit of tile goes a very long way.
May 3, 2019
My 10 Minute, $10 Bathroom TweakProjects & Improvements
You might have already seen my recent bathroom makeover, which I did in the span of a frenzied weekend and shared earlier this week. After all was said and done, I was very happy with how it all turned out. Then, I made one last-minute addition, which was about ten minutes worth of work, and cost less than $10. It made a small, but significant difference nonetheless. And here’s the good news. You can do it too, even if you’re a renter. Can you see the difference?
May 3, 2019
The Dramatic, All-In Way to Make a Major Room StatementProjects & Improvements
I love tile. I might even be a little obsessed with tile. So the fact that tile, even very bold tile, is making a comeback in the bathroom has me very excited. Lately I’ve been noticing an interesting trend in tiled bathrooms: bathrooms with tile on the ceiling. That, my friends, is commitment. Is this something you would do? Or is it all just a little too much?
May 3, 2019
8 Intriguing Kitchen Backsplash Ideas You’ve Never Thought OfProjects & Improvements
Take your kitchen to the next level with a touch of the unexpected.
May 3, 2019
How To Grout a Tile Backsplash Like a ProProjects & Improvements
Grouting tile is as easy as frosting a cake (a very difficult, really pretty cake anyway). If that sounds like it’s above your skill level, hire a professional. But, if you’ve got the can-do spirit, are handy, and pick up a few grout-specific tools for the job, you’re going to be just fine. (FYI, I feel it’s important to note that I actually tiled and grouted this backsplash myself.) Before starting, choose your grout.
May 3, 2019
This Crackle Glaze Tile Trend is Taking Over the Kitchen and BathDesign Ideas
#Ihavethisthingwithtiles, and it’s sort of unfortunate because I’ve never actually picked any of my own. I fell in love with subway tiles nearly a decade ago, and I was crushing hard on those matte patterned cement tiles that popped up a couple years ago. I’m even into faux “wood” larger scale ceramic tiles and teeny tiny, mesh-backed penny tiles. And I’m not mad at a fish scale or arabesque shape either.
May 3, 2019
There’s a Reason Why Tile That Looks Like Wood Is So PopularProjects & Improvements
Love the crisp, clean look of hardwood floors, but know it’s not practical for your space? Or maybe it’s simply out of budget. You could install it anyway (bad idea), you could have a pity party for yourself (no fun), or you could opt for a newly popular style of tile that’s popping up everywhere: porcelain or ceramic “wood” tiles. Why?
May 3, 2019
The Source for Cheap Tile Everybody Should Know AboutProjects & Improvements
If you’ve ever looked into tile prices, you probably know that materials can destroy your renovation budget in no time. My jaw hit the floor when I saw the prices on some of the beautiful tiles popping up in Pinterest. Honestly, who is out there paying 50, 75, or 100 bucks and up, per square foot? (And when the manufacturer website doesn’t even tell you the price, you know the old saying is true—if you have to ask, well, you can’t afford it.
May 3, 2019
Before and After: This Cherry Wood Kitchen Is Now a Riot of Color and PatternProjects & Improvements
If you’re assuming that these early-aughts cherry cabinets are going to be replaced with white ones, you’re correct (but only half correct). This brown-beige-black kitchen now glows with a riot of color and pattern. Reader Jessica Leas’s new kitchen is so amazing. It’s hard for anything to compete with those gloriously ornate Mexican tiles, but for me, the gorgeous green cabinets more than hold their own against them.
May 3, 2019
Before and After: There’s a Lot to Love About This Kitchen MakeunderProjects & Improvements
A couple bought this house on the condition that they’d renovate the kitchen right away, but seven years later, the room was still mocking them, unrenovated. But now they finally have the kitchen they’ve been dreaming of all this time. This amazing renovation is intriguing: The new kitchen isn’t dramatically different from before, and yet it’s so different. Annie Meisel made smart, stylish changes that made a world of difference.
May 3, 2019
Tile Trends You’ll See Lots of in 2019Projects & Improvements
One of the best things about tile is its sheer variety: You can find an option to suit any taste, including the taste that doesn’t like tile much at all (in that case, go for those ceramic planks that look like wood, complete with graining). And in the past few years, tile companies have been seriously upping their game, expanding beyond the rectangles we know and love to unexpected shapes, colors, and finishes.
May 3, 2019
Before and After: See the $24,000 Overhaul of a Small 1970s BathroomProjects & Improvements
This little ’70s bathroom had some serious space limitations, poor ventilation, and failing plumbing. Though its owner admired some of its best features—that teak vanity!—it was time for a functional overhaul and a major makeover.
May 3, 2019
Before & After: This Kitchen’s $7,500 Facelift Was a Smart Use of MoneyProjects & Improvements
When Heather Knight moved into her new home, she had to focus on more urgent repairs and wasn’t able to put as much money into the kitchen as she would’ve liked. While the space was in good shape, it was dark and a little too dated for her tastes. With some pretty clever spending, she pulled off a pretty impactful renovation project.
May 3, 2019
A Renovated 1950s House Is Full of Colorful Tile InspirationTours
Name: Stacy and Ben Location: San Diego, California Size: 2,930 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years, owned It was the enviable views of the ocean and quirky mid-century details that appealed to Ben and Stacy when they bought this house, which hadn’t been renovated since it was built in 1958. Located in a bohemian beachside community in San Diego, the couple was expanding their family and looking for a place to settle where growing kids would feel comfortable for many years to come.
Apr 29, 2019
Before and After: This Is Not a Minimalist, Monochromatic Bathroom MakeoverProjects & Improvements
This master bathroom was perfectly fine, but certainly not in keeping with the rest of Studio DIY’s vibrantly playful, creative, fun, and always-intriguing design sensibility. This one is definitely not a minimalist, monochromatic makeover. Studio DIY turned an ordinary bathroom into something undeniably fabulous. The green tile on its own is utterly glorious, a lush color that would be the statement in many bathrooms.
Feb 26, 2019
These Bathrooms Make the Case for Matching Your Wall Tiles to Your Floor TilesDesign Ideas
There is nothing quite as luxurious as a stylish bathroom, but sometimes it’s hard to design the small space in a way that makes your eyes pop while simultaneously leaving a lasting impression. There are an infinite number of light fixtures and shower curtains you can choose from, but one way to take your bathroom up a design level is to match your wall tiles to your floor tiles. Does it sound intense? Sure, but have faith and hear me out.
Dec 28, 2018
Before and After: An Affordable, Transformative Fix For an Old Tile FloorProjects & Improvements
This is a near-perfect cozy corner—imagine curling up by that fireplace in that chair, warmed both by the fire and the radiator—but its new owner believed it could be totally perfect. And, indeed, perfection was achieved, thanks to about $150 and a summer of hard work. Here’s a little backstory on this house and its dated floor: Our house was built in 1910 and this particular floor was the only one replaced since.
Nov 11, 2018
10 Unbelievably Bold and Unique Tile Ideas to TryDesign Ideas
Available in a dizzying array of colors, materials, patterns, sizes, and shapes, tiles are the incredibly versatile and durable decor tool that’s been adorning interiors for thousands of years. Whether you’re looking for fresh inspiration or overwhelmed by all the choices available, these 10 one-of-kind rooms narrow in on unbelievably bold and unique looks you can achieve with tile. In Daniel and Diego’s small Buenos Aires, Argentina home, they went BOLD in the bathroom.
Nov 8, 2018
Are Colorful Bathroom Tiles Making a Comeback?Design Ideas
Americans spent the last three or four decades tearing out pretty-in-pastel bathroom tiles. Pale pinks and greens surrounded every toilet, every shower, every sink. After spending decades finding the same shades everywhere, it’s no wonder we grew tired of the trend. But it’s time to break out your mortar and grout: Colorful bathroom tiles are coming back.
Oct 2, 2018
Before and After: This Master Bathroom’s New Floor Tile is Absolutely StunningProjects & Improvements
While this bathroom might not have looked bad at all before, its owner described it as “by far the worst bathroom we’d ever owned,” full of safety, sanitary, practical, and aesthetic issues. Two months later, the only issue with the bathroom is that it’s not mine. This is so stunning. I am an absolute sucker for those starburst tiles—and an equal sucker for vanities that look like (or began their lives as) furniture designed for other rooms of the home.
Jun 19, 2018
Before and After: This Bathroom Has a Great Fix for An Old Tile FloorProjects & Improvements
One of the most fun aspects of these makeover posts is getting to see all the ’80s decor, especially 1980s bathrooms. Here we have a wall-to-wall frameless mirror, wood towel bar and light fixture, orange-y wood in general, and, most importantly, a cream marble seashell sink. Perhaps those will come back into fashion, but for now, it’s gone! Let’s explore how else this bathroom was updated.
Jun 12, 2018
Before and After: This Small Kitchen Got One Big UpgradeProjects & Improvements
This nearly 100-year-old kitchen is part of a South Florida home that was neglected for seven years, during which mold and plants ruled the roost. The next owners got rid of the worst of the damage, and now one ambitious couple is upgrading the home into a super-glam rental property. This makeover was overseen by Lana Katsuras of Happily Curated Chaos. It looks like the cabinets, stove, and countertop are the same, but the new backsplash adds so much beauty and drama.
Jun 7, 2018
7 Gorgeous Marble Backsplashes With An Unforgettable TwistProjects & Improvements
We see a lot of kitchens and bathrooms. We see a lot of marble kitchens and bathrooms. And we see a lot of marble backsplashes in those marble kitchens and bathrooms. But, just when we thought we’d seen every example out there, a clever and beautiful twist started popping up. It’s not a new idea (in fact it’s quite old), but it definitely feels fresh again. If you love marble as a material, but want a unique way to make it your own, check out these examples.
May 13, 2018
Before & After: This 88-Year-Old Bathroom Goes Mad for MarbleProjects & Improvements
The idea of a vintage bathroom sounds very nice, but sometimes the reality is less than appealing. The bathroom in Mary Ann and Frank’s Upper West Side apartment was what Cher Horowitz might call a Monet: “from far away it’s okay, but up close it’s a big ol’ mess.” The bath was completely unchanged since the building was built in 1929, and its age was starting to show, with missing tiles and permanently icky grout.
Mar 18, 2018
Before & After: One of The Best $2K Bathroom Makeovers We’ve Ever SeenProjects & Improvements
Wow. This is one of those makeovers that you can’t believe was done on a budget. The results are so impressive, and the new bathroom looks like a million bucks. We shouldn’t be surprised, however, since Kristine has shared some equally impressive DIY projects in the past, including this gorgeous dresser refresh and jaw-dropping cabinet transformation.
Feb 22, 2018
Before and After: The Show-Stopping Magic of Amazing TileProjects & Improvements
Those of you who are absolutely sick of white bathrooms with white floors, white walls, and white fixtures are going to LOVE this renovation. However, all you fans of black sinks are in for some heartbreak . . . This is an astounding makeover! The geometric tile is completely irresistible, and I love the playful choice to apply it to the floor and one wall. The mid-century modern vanity and fascinating tub pop against the blue backdrop; the hues are perfectly complementary.
Feb 12, 2018
These Ultra Trendy Tiles Have Taken Homes by StormProjects & Improvements
There are so many beautiful flooring options out there. One that I’m particularly excited about is wood-look tiles. While still achieving the warm tone that real wood brings to a space, wood-look tiles are made from porcelain that can stand up to moisture in any room in the house. From kitchens to living rooms, bathrooms and beyond, these trendy tiles are a hardy option that will not only look fantastic, but will be able to withstand daily wear and tear for years to come.
Dec 4, 2017
Check Out Oh Joy’s Perfect Pastel Collaboration With Clé TileDesign Ideas
Blogger Joy Cho of Oh Joy! has an irresistible aesthetic that’s playful and full of color. We’re big fans of her Target collections, but her most recent collaboration really cements her designer status: A line of tile for Clé. According to the announcement post on Oh Joy, the collaboration started when Cho was looking to bring tile into her office. That’s when they decided to do a line of custom tiles and then make them available for purchase.
Sep 3, 2017
Rock Your Home with Graphic Tile From Sweden’s Marrakech DesignDesign Ideas
If you don’t already know that I’ve spent the last year and a half building a house, you should check out my posts that have documented the process since last January 2016. As I approach the finish line (move in some furniture next week), I want to use my Fantastic Find slot to showcase some of the remarkable sources and products that I’ve put into the project.
Aug 5, 2017
The Cement Tile Trend is Holding Strong (& We Couldn’t Be Happier)Design Ideas
Some trends stand the test of time for a reason. Case in point: cement tiles. Although they’ve been making waves in the decor scene for a looong while now (historians date some versions back to the 12th Century), these beautiful tiles started to pop up inside the most design-savvy contemporary homes across the globe in recent years in a big way. And it’s not difficult to see why. Along with creating artfully polished displays, cement tiles are crafted from natural materials (i.e.
Jul 12, 2017
On the Rocks: How To Bring the Marble Look Into Every RoomDesign Ideas
The mere mention of marble conjures up the honed surfaces of luxury hotels, iconic landmarks such as the Taj Mahal, and lavish dream kitchens and bathrooms, yet the longstanding stone favorite is making a grand entrance into our homes these days in more affordable ways than just via floor or counter surfaces. Whether splurging for the natural stone itself or opting for the faux look, the trend has never been more attainable to get. Peruse our roundup of marble-ous (see what we did there?
Jul 11, 2017
If You Love Tile Indoors, Wait Until You See It OutdoorsDesign Ideas
Boldly patterned tile is starting to pop up in all sorts of unexpected places - including outdoors.
Jun 25, 2017
Trendspotting: Medallion TilesProjects & Improvements
Though white subway tile still reigns supreme in kitchens and baths, but on the floor, it’s another story. If you can’t help but notice that your Pinterest and Instagram feeds have a lot of medallion-style floor tiles lately, we’re here to tell you that you’re not alone. Studio McGee‘s take on the trend (above) is the focal point of a seriously impressive kitchen makeover (the counters were originally black and very glossy).
Jun 11, 2017
A Look at Blue Bahia Granite (It’s So Beautiful We Can’t Stop Looking)Design Ideas
Last year while shopping with a friend for kitchen countertops, I saw and fell for a small piece of blue-and-white polished stone that reminded me of photos of Earth taken from space. Blue bahia granite, as I learned, is quarried in Brazil and is “legendary for its beauty” (although its “stunning blue colors can be a little hard to incorporate into a kitchen,” at least according to one site).
Apr 8, 2017
Over The Hump: Bathrooms, Kitchen & Dinesen Floors Go DownProjects & Improvements
Welcome to The Stacked Barn project where I lead you through a year-long odyssey that I’ve never been on before: the building of a new house. I’m going to show you how my new home gets built – step by step. Chapter Six is here. This is Chapter Seven. Today I’m going to take you on a very exciting run through the last three or so months. Between December and March the house has really come together and the end is in sight.
Mar 31, 2017
Budget Basics: Our Favorite Vintage Mosaic Floor Tiles for the BathroomProjects & Improvements
We love the look of a vintage-style mosaic tile floor in the bathroom. Like all true design classics, it matches with pretty much anything, and never really goes out of style. Compared to a lot of other options, it’s quite inexpensive — and when it comes to patterns, your choices are almost limitless. Here are some of our favorites. 1. Victorian Basketweave Black and White Porcelain Mosaic Tile, $70.99 for a box of 10 from Overstock 2.
Feb 24, 2017
Terra-cotta: The Old-World Material Making a ComebackDesign Ideas
All things cozy and comforting are coming back, and what you’ll see more of in tile is no exception. Recently, we’ve noticed the design world is warming up to rustic, richly-colored terra-cotta tiles. Timeless, earthy, imperfect—this is everything we want to see right now. When translated from the Latin, “terra cotta” literally means “baked earth.
Jan 22, 2017
The Trick to Surviving a Colorful Vintage Tiled BathroomDesign Ideas
Whether you rent and can’t make any changes or just don’t have the funds to remodel, moving into a home with a vintage bathroom can be a challenge. When that bathroom sports vintage tiles in intense colors, it can be especially puzzling to figure out how to decorate. If the tiles have to stay — and the color palette’s been forced on you, for better or worse — try a trick to making vintage bathrooms work.
Oct 25, 2016
Before & After: Vintage Tile Is Spared in a Modern Bathroom MakeoverProjects & Improvements
When Alyssa and her husband moved in to their Echo Park home seven years ago, they were happy to see a lot of the original details from the 1940s bungalow intact, like this blue tile in the bathroom. Though the tile was charming, the rest of the bathroom was dark and gloomy. Alyssa was able to give the space a whole new modern look with a just few small changes—and keep the charming vintage tile!
Aug 8, 2016
This Wall of Tile is Completely BananasDesign Ideas
I look at lots of pictures of tiles, but I’ve never seen anything quite like this. This totally absurd wall of tile, composed of dishes and vases and spoons and maybe even a few actual tiles, is proof that, with enough determination (and enough grout) you can use pretty much anything as a tile. From afar the wall forms a sort of wild texture: closer examination reveals the individual ’tiles’, in a myriad of shapes and a huge spectrum of colors from blue to green.
Jun 21, 2016
Remodeling Secrets: Tips For Installing Encaustic Cement TileProjects & Improvements
All this week we’re talking about bathroom renovations, starting with Ashley’s recent remodel, and following up with tons of helpful posts about the process! Cement tile is a Pinterest dream come to life. Installing it, however, can be tricky if you don’t plan ahead and do your research. If you’ve laid ceramic tile before, you’re headed in the right direction — but there is still much more to learn before you start.
May 26, 2016
How to Choose the Right Grout for Tile JobsProjects & Improvements
All this week we’re talking about bathroom renovations, starting with Ashley’s recent remodel, and following up with tons of helpful posts about the process! So you’re well under way on your bathroom renovation, but it’s time to choose a grout. While this step may seem unimportant in comparison to the bigger pieces of the renovation, the material and color of the grout can have a huge impact on your bathroom’s design and function.
May 26, 2016
Get a Classic Black & White Checkered Floor on Any BudgetProjects & Improvements
There’s a reason that black and white checkered floors pop up again and again, and that’s because they’re so versatile, straddling the line between casual and elegant, or classic and modern. They can look retro, Parisian, kitschy or crisp. They are also possible with a wide range of budgets.
Mar 7, 2016
Perfect Bathrooms That Play With Pattern Like a Pro
Combining multiple patterns makes for interesting and layered spaces, and one of the more fun parts of pulling together a room — once you’re comfortable with doing it. It’s creative work in part, but there are also some guidelines to make it easier for us non-professionals. These bathrooms can teach us all the art of mixing it up.
Feb 26, 2016
Before & After: A Tile Swap Breathes New Life Into A Fireplace
I recently remodeled my kitchen and had leftover subway tiles. I decided to use the remaining tiles to redo my fireplace which I had been wanting to refinish completely since I moved in four years ago. I also wanted to remove the tiles on the floor, but we didn’t think the hardwood carried through since other units who had redone their fireplace told us that theirs did not.
Nov 15, 2015
Before You Remodel: 6 Tile Trends You Should Know
I have see the future of tile and it makes me want to renovate my bathroom or kitchen…again. At Cersaie last month, which is *the* bath and tile show, I had a chance to see lots and lots and lots of examples of what’s next in that world. Here are some of the trends I saw: As technology improves, ceramic tile makers find new methods to create tile that looks and feels like completely different material.
Oct 26, 2015
Before & After: Dad’s Collection Turned Patterned Penny Tile Floor
Amanda’s late father collected over 10,000 pennies in his lifetime. She turned those cents into a gorgeous patterned floor inspired by Paris. From Amanda: Ever since visiting Parisian cafes, we’ve always had a thing for hex or penny-tiled floors. It just so happens that my late father left a collection of over 10,000 actual pennies. Four years ago, I started packing my carry-on full of them each time flew across the country to visit my Mom.
Apr 23, 2015
Before & After: Megan’s Modern & Mexican Tile Small Bathroom Mix
Megan’s bathroom was already kind of sweet and simple — perfectly serviceable. But as the only bathroom in her and her husband’s 1930s Sonoma house, they felt it should be a little more spectacular. So they mixed their styles to create a still-simple and sweet but definitely more bold bathroom. From Megan: Our 1930s Sonoma home has only one bathroom and so it had to be spectacular!
Apr 12, 2014
DIY Renovation Project Guidelines: Should I Use Grout or Caulk?
I learned a lot by working on my first bathroom remodel. One of biggest was where and when to use grout versus caulk. Grouting and caulking, although very similar, serve different purposes and shouldn’t be substituted for one another. Follow these guidelines and get it right every time.
Apr 10, 2014
Before & After: Butterscotch Bathroom Tile Gets an Inexpensive Update
After researching relatively simple and inexpensive ways to update my bathroom’s hideous ‘butterscotch’ tiles, my partner and I thought we’d give adhesive linoleum tiles a go because they’re cheap, impactful (in classic black and white squares), relatively simple to install yourself, and super quick (versus not being able to use the facilities for a few days!).
Feb 6, 2013
Nickel Tile Floor! A DIY Bathroom Renovation
This project was completed by some regular readers from Seattle: “In March 2010, I came upon the ever-popular Penny Tile floor post on your site. At the time, we were in the process of renovating our 1950s rambler and I was unsuccessful in finding a contractor to complete a concrete overlay (thin-set concrete) design on our master bathroom floor.
Aug 24, 2011
Tips for Choosing Grout: Tiled Bathroom & Kitchen Floors
When tiling a kitchen or bathroom floor many people spend days agonizing over the choice of tiles: What kind of tile (e.g., ceramic or glass); what shape (e.g., hex or penny round); and what color (neutral or colorful). Selecting the grout that will divide and frame the tiles is often a mere afterthought. But grout deserves more attention and respect… … says David Goodman, a tile contractor for This Old House.
May 17, 2011
Inside a Flavor Paper's Innovative Wallpaper Factory
Inside a Flavor Paper's Innovative Wallpaper Factory
Jun 15, 2018