2015 Kitchen and Bathroom Design Trends
 
February 27th, 2015

Every year brings along exciting new design trends and, with so much time being spent in the kitchen, they are one of the best rooms to update with some new features, whether large or small. Let’s look at four kitchen design trends that are going to be big in 2015.

One of the kitchen trends this year will be to add more color and liveliness with cheerful backsplashes, lighting and appliances. Mosaics will be popular for backsplash design, providing beautiful, eye-catching details that add elegance to an otherwise ordinary kitchen.
In 2015, stone and glass mosaics will be trendy, offering alternatives to the usual and expected mosaic designs. Stone mosaics will feature specialty shaped tiles such as ovals, triangles, and hexagons, with glass mosaics displaying rectangular tiles, among other shapes.

Arizona Tile Links Custom Backsplash

Arizona Tile Links Custom Backsplash

Arizona Tile Baroque Paradiso Glass & Sandalus Satin Granite

Arizona Tile Baroque Paradiso Glass & Sandalus Satin Granite

Gray and Neutral Combinations

Gray will continue to be in demand this year, along with neutrals such as taupe and beige. The combination of these colors, such as gray and beige, is going to be a color scheme frequently used in 2015 kitchen designs. Think of mixing these colors for countertops, walls and cabinets to create a light, spacious atmosphere.

Black is going to be on of 2015’s go-to colors in kitchen design. Black is an elegant, sleek choice, especially for those who may be looking to break away from the more traditional brightly colored kitchens.

Selecting black cabinetry or countertops is an easy and simple way to incorporate this classic, sophisticated color into your kitchen.

Textured Materials

Kitchens in 2015 will feature more textured and tactile materials. Natural marble and granite with honed finishes, along with fabricated stones made to replicate raw finishes, will be seen again and again. Incorporating these materials, similar to the Ivory Split 3D Stack Travertine, adds a touch of luxury to any kitchen.

To learn more about kitchen design and how you can incorporate some of these 2015 trends into your kitchen, stop by any of our Arizona Tile locations to speak with one of our professionally trained consultants.

Arizona Tile 3-D Ivory Split Mesh Mount Stack

Arizona Tile 3-D Ivory Split Mesh Mount Stack


2015 Bathroom Design Trends

Along with kitchens, bathrooms are one of the most used rooms in a home and are important to keep up-to-date for both for practicality and style. Here are four bathroom design trends that will be popular in 2015.

Shades of Gray

Yes, white will remain an extremely popular bathroom color choice. However, different shades of gray will be rivaling white this year. The National Kitchen and Bath Association found gray to be the fastest-growing shade for the bathroom.

Gray provides simplicity in a clean, yet more contemporary way, offering more modern appeal.

Arizona Tile Cementine Black and White Porcelain Decos

Arizona Tile Cementine Black and White Porcelain Decos


Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops are going to be big in 2015, being known for having low maintenance, great durability and a large selection of style options. If you’re in the market for a new countertop and thinking of something other than granite, quartz may be just the way to go this year.
If you’re in the market for a new countertop and thinking of something other than granite, quartz may be just the way to go this year.

Arizona Tile Islandia Barbados Chevron Glass & Lyskamm Quartz

Arizona Tile Islandia Barbados Chevron Glass & Lyskamm Quartz


Black Tile

Sleek black tiles will be in demand for those looking to create a bolder look in the bathroom and attain a more minimalist, modern vibe.

Black tile provides a dark, rich ambiance that could be a refreshing change to the more standard light and crisp bathroom décor.

Matte and Semi-Gloss Tiles

Although polished tiles will retain their popularity, bathroom design will move toward using matte and semi-gloss finished tiles this year. Softer, cozier spaces are trending in 2015 and these tiles are the perfect way to add this look and feel to a bathroom.
To learn more about bathroom design and how you can incorporate some of these 2015 trends into your bathroom, stop by any of our Arizona Tile locations to speak with one of our professionally trained consultants.

About Arizona Tile

Arizona Tile was founded in 1977, and is the largest independently owned importer of ceramic and porcelain tile, as well as natural stone slabs and tiles in the U.S. We are also proud to offer quartz and recycled glass slabs.

Still family-owned and serving customers for more than 35 years at 25 locations in 7 states, Arizona Tile imports more than 250 varieties of granite, marble, limestone, travertine, slate and onyx. Not only do we stock over 40 series of porcelain and ceramic tile, our relationships with manufacturers allow us to develop new ceramic, porcelain and glass tile lines that are only available at Arizona Tile. Additionally, we offer over 30 colors in quartz and recycled glass slabs.


Statements Tile and Stone Announces the Retirement of Steve Calkins Founder of Statements Tile Retires After More than Four Decades in the Industry
 
February 26th, 2015

Statements Tile and Stone announces the retirement of Steve Calkins, its founder, original president and CEO. Calkins spent his entire career—over forty years—in the tile and floorcovering business. From 1972 to 1995, Calkins led Uniq Distributing, a family-owned distribution company with locations in Seattle, Spokane, Portland and Honolulu.
Steve Calkins founded Statements Tile and Stone in 1997 and quickly grew the company into one of the preeminent tile and stone distribution companies in the Pacific Northwest.
His retirement comes after a successful transition to new ownership under Renato Baldo and Joe Giusti, owners of Vancouver, BC-based Julian Tile. Ryan Calkins will continue to serve as the General Manager and US officer for Statements Tile and Stone. Ryan Calkins notes, “My father is known for his integrity, affability, and devotion to his staff. He is irreplaceable for us, but the foundations he built for this company ensure that we are on solid footing moving forward.”
In retirement, Steve Calkins plans to shave a few strokes off of his handicap, spend a lot more time with his grandchildren, and to stay involved in the industry as the principal owner of Status Ceramics, an artisan tile studio also based in Seattle.


Florida Tile complements Maltese porcelain floor tile with ceramic for walls
 
February 25th, 2015

LEXINGTON, KY – Florida Tile has “turned another corner” with the introduction of MalteseDP ceramic wall tile. The wall tile complements last year’s introduction of MalteseDP Digital Porcelain floor tile, its popularity based on the ability to differentiate from traditional limestone looks via the use of contemporary colors.

According to Marketing Director Sean Cilona, “Through the use of Florida Tile’s proprietary DP-Digital Printing, the entire MalteseDP line presents a superior natural stone look with the high shade variation and graphic resolution in superior-performing tile, both porcelain for floors and ceramic for walls.”

Initially introduced late last spring, MalteseDP porcelain floor tile was inspired by traditional limestone with small characteristic pits and slight veining. “Now,” says Cilona, “we have added the complementary wall tile to complete the line. Effective with this announcement, both products are in stock.”

“From the start, we wanted this MalteseDP to be a nod to the modernist style of mid-century American designers like Phillip Johnson and Charles Eames. The minimalist, yet warm aesthetics of MalteseDP make it the perfect backdrop for the style conscious. A versatile line, at home in a Midwestern suburb, bank lobby, or boutique hotel, the elegant look of limestone coordinates so well with any décor.”

Three earthy colors, Palma Brown, Porto Cream and Roman Grey, are presented in a smooth natural finish for both porcelain floor tiles and ceramic wall tile. Sizes are 12×12, 12×24, 18×18, and 10×13. Decorative accents include a geometric-styled listello, M12 mosaic and full floor and wall bullnose package.

With the exception of select trim, decorative and ceramic pieces, this product line is Made in the USA of at least 40% pre-consumer recycled content, is GREENGUARD Certified and Porcelain Tile Certified, and meets the new DCOF AcuTest requirements to be installed in wet areas.
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Florida Tile is a fully owned subsidiary of Panariagroup, a publicly owned company traded on the Milan Stock Exchange (MILAN: PAN IM). Panariagroup is a leading manufacturer and distributor in over 60 countries around the world with six manufacturing sites in Italy, Portugal and the USA and eight brands positioned in the high-end of the market.


What’s next for Spanish tile? Trends to watch for at CEVISAMA 2015.
 
February 2nd, 2015

During CEVISAMA 2015 we will get a close look at the new styles and innovations proposed by Tile of Spain ceramic tile manufacturers. The floor and wall ceramic collections exhibited at the show will mark the trends this year.

The broad themes that marked the design of ceramic tiles in recent years remain in 2015, but with upgrades imposed by the decorative demands of the times: innovative formats in size and thickness, more sober and essential colors, rustic-elegant combinations, mix designs, and a resurgence of classical pieces. Ultimately a whole spectrum of trends that run from rustic to refined.

What will we see in CEVISAMA 2015?

Monochromatics
Use of color as an element of continuity between walls and floors, able to create a homogeneous scenario that helps to highlight the presence of other elements of decor and furnishings. Essential, sober and stone pieces in dark tones, usually with a subtle matte finish and discolorations provide a sense of time and naturalness.

Subtle Decorations and Accents
Following the same theme of monochromatic looks, ceramic tile collections introduced are subtly decorated, without great contrasts, to break the uniformity between floor and wall tile. The details, almost blurred, appear randomly placed, to create a harmonious rhythm and a personal touch.

Interpretations of nature
Ceramic tiles reinterpret nature faithfully and offer the largest collections of contemporary wood like materials. Tile leaves the original wood to mutate in a multitude of colors in various graphics which are able to convey the feeling of living space, with all the advantages of the durability of ceramics.

Brights
Superbright tiles that make spaces look sophisticated and elegant, while amplifying the space with light.

Endless decorations
The wide range of decorations and accent pieces featuring Spanish tiles makes it almost impossible to catalog them all! There are so many choices and personalities. 2015 will once again see delicate florals, abstract patterns and geometric motifs.

Square Mosaics
A lot of small pieces of mosaic tile in different shades of the same color range and finished in gloss and matte finishes join to form waves that create a wonderful optical illusion. This tendency to give extra volume to mosaics results in luxurious pieces that enrich the outcome of any project.

Mix & Match
This technique remains a must in 2015! The most traditional ceramic tiles, usually soft and delicate colors, are mixed in the most original way (materials, textures, colors, shapes, or graphic patterns) without losing their natural appeal.

Unicer - Serie Globe. Coating decorated pieces. Set of two pieces Maison Decor Brown (23.5 x 58 cm)

Unicer – Serie Globe. Coating decorated pieces. Set of two pieces Maison Decor Brown (23.5 x 58 cm)


El Molino - Nora Plus Series. Porcelain tile flooring. High brightness (16 x 65 cm)

El Molino – Nora Plus Series. Porcelain tile flooring. High brightness (16 x 65 cm)


Dune Ceramics - Salsa Groove-Series. Mosaic tiles in shades of brown gloss and matte (11.93 x 13.39 cm)

Dune Ceramics – Salsa Groove-Series. Mosaic tiles in shades of brown gloss and matte (11.93 x 13.39 cm)


Cristacer - Serie Violette. Coating decorated pieces. Violette Gray Decor (25 x 40 cm)

Cristacer – Serie Violette. Coating decorated pieces. Violette Gray Decor (25 x 40 cm)


Bestile - Serie Urals. Porcelain tile flooring. Ideas multicolored wood (15 x 60 cm)

Bestile – Serie Urals. Porcelain tile flooring. Ideas multicolored wood (15 x 60 cm)


Azuliber - Serie Soula. Paved stoneware porcelánico. Soula gray (50 x 50 cm). Decor Soula gray (50 x 50 cm)

Azuliber – Serie Soula. Paved stoneware porcelánico. Soula gray (50 x 50 cm). Decor Soula gray (50 x 50 cm)

For more information about Spanish tile, and Tile of Spain manufacturers, follow the blog at tileofspainusa.com.

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