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The Hottest Trends in Tile

July 20, 2015 1:12 am

(BPT) - New designs, styles and technologies are making tile the most versatile and accessible flooring material in homes today. Whether tiling up a wall or carrying tile throughout the home, builders, designers and homeowners are thinking outside the box when it comes to this trend, says The Tile Shop, purveyor of tile and natural stone at more than 100 retail showrooms across the country.

"Tile has always been durable and easy to maintain," says Kevin McDaniel of The Tile Shop. "Tile has a long lifespan and classic good looks, making it a favorite flooring of choice wherever homeowners need a floor material that's both practical and beautiful. Even more design options are available now, making tile a smart floor surface in virtually any room of the home."

If you’re thinking of renovating your home, McDaniel suggests incorporating some of the hottest trends in tile, such as:

Rustic, Real Wood - Many of the larger-format, faux wood tiles mimic the look of real hardwood floors. Less expensive and more durable than real wood, these tile floors are practical yet beautiful choices for active households with children and pets. Details evoke the character of real wood, right down to the nails.

"Rustic faux wood is making a huge splash because of its warm, earthy coloring and unusual time-worn finishes such as aged paint, a finish hard to achieve with real wood. I foresee it continuing to be a very popular design trend," McDaniel says.

Longer Planks - While standard square tile sizes will always have their place in home decor, rectangular tiles - otherwise known as planks - are gaining popularity. New 12-by-24-inch tiles are ideal in bathrooms and 6-by-36-inch tiles or 8-inch by 8-feet planks (often in wood-grained looks) are a favorite for living areas.

"Using longer planks can help smaller spaces look larger, and create an appealing consistency across multiple rooms," says McDaniel. "While consumers may be familiar with traditional tile shapes such as square or hexagon, these longer tiles offer exciting new design flexibility."

Poured Concrete - While concrete is a trendy design material right now, it's not practical for every household or application. New tile styles create the look of poured or stained concrete at a fraction of the cost, and with all the durability, versatility and ease associated with tile. Tile options range from long rectangular 8-by-18-inch or 12-by-24-inch planks to 18-by-18-inch squares. Tiles are rectified (the edge is cut completely straight) and grout joints are very narrow to create the look of seamless concrete.

Heated Floors - While heated floors were once a luxury option for homeowners, they're becoming increasingly mainstream. Tile lends itself to radiant heat beneath the floor. Some retailers, including The Tile Shop, carry thermostats to control the heated floor.

High-Contrast Grout
- Using a high-contrast grout color can make the floor pop, and it's a tactic that works well with mosaic designs. Choosing the right grout color is just as important as the tile you select. Also popular is the concept of mosaic designs that mimic an area rug within a larger section of tile flooring and create the look of custom art within the floor.

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10 Ways to Guarantee a Returned Security Deposit

July 17, 2015 1:09 am

(Family Features) Moving out of a rental home or apartment often unveils inevitable wear-and-tear from living in the space. What can be even more challenging is restoring the rental to its original condition in order to get your security deposit back.

Before paying professional handymen and cleaning services for repairs, there are several areas you can address on your own. "Do-it-yourself projects and repairs don't have to be overwhelming or require paid professionals," says PrettyHandyGirl.com blogger Brittany Bailey. "All it takes is the right tools and a boost of confidence to DIY your rental to tip-top condition."

Bailey recommends these 10 tips for repairing minor damages.

1. Allow fresh air to circulate through the space by opening windows for as long as possible and using exhaust fans while cleaning.

2. Clean garbage disposal blades and freshen the drain by placing a few pieces of lemon peels in the garbage disposal and running water as you turn it on.

3. Patch small holes and cracks with spackle or putty to ensure a smooth finish.

4. Paint walls back to their original color and use blue painter's tape to avoid splashing color on your trim and baseboards.

5. Tackle scuff marks and wall stains without sprays or cleaners by using an erasing pad and water to gently buff away dirt and residue.

6. Lift carpet stains by creating a homemade cleaner using dishwashing liquid, white vinegar, water and baking soda.

7. Fill mild scratches and hide blemishes on laminate countertops by using color-matched repair pens.

8. Get rid of tough stains on kitchen surfaces with nail polish remover on a clean white rag and gently scrub surfaces. (Be sure to test a small area before taking on the entire surface.)

9. Leave on good terms with the landlord by taking out trash and cleaning as much as possible once all your belongings are packed away.

10. Stick around for the move-out inspection and confirm with the landlord when you can expect to receive your security deposit.

Source: 3mdiy.com

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