COVERINGS LEADS NATIONAL TILE DAY CELEBRATION WITH 2019 PRODUCT PREVIEWS & SOCIAL ACTIVATIONS
 
February 12th, 2019

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(ARLINGTON, VA—February 12, 2019) Coverings (coverings.com), the largest international tile & stone exhibition and conference in North America, will honor the beauty and durability of tile this National Tile Day as the February 23 observance enters its third year. The show will showcase inspiring images of tile products and applications, including previews of products that will be unveiled at Coverings 2019, on its social media channels, inviting designers to share their favorite products with the hashtags #NationalTileDay, #Coverings2019 and #WhyTile.   Coverings will kick-off National Tile Day celebrations with the help of influencers attending Coverings 2019, who will share their insights on products and trends starting this month and throughout the duration of Coverings, which takes place April 9-12 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Participating designers and tile lovers include Amber Clore, Ashley Moore, Crystal Nielson, Holly Baker, John McClain, Kirsten Grove, Milton Miller and Sarah Gibson. Leading up to National Tile Day, these influencers will start the celebration of tile, discussing some of their favorite projects and the product’s key benefits such as durability, sustainability, versatility, affordability, and more.   “National Tile Day is an opportunity to reflect on the true impact and advancements of tile – while giving designers a chance to showcase their favorite projects,” said Alena Capra, Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer and Coverings Industry Ambassador. “We are thrilled to spotlight to one of the oldest known building materials, which serves as the foundation of so many designs.”   Celebrating the best of tile’s style and versatility in honor of National Tile Day, Capra has created a 2019 trends forecast. Here’s a look at the patterns, colors, sizes and textures, which will continue to shape the industry:

  • Florals & Leaves: With its pop of personality, florals and leaves are a perfect alternative to wallpaper – especially in commercial spaces seeking durability.
  • Mirror Tile: One of the fastest rising trends, mirrored tile amplifies light and adds personality, with antique or frosted finishes and beveled edges being integrated in particular.
  • Gauged Porcelain Tile Panels/Slabs: Thin tile applications have become more widely used, appearing as cladding on buildings, walls, floors and installed as countertops or other surfacing.
  • Bold Color: While blue remains America’s favorite color, brighter hues are on the rise, as are sophisticated blacks and dark greys as “new neutrals” – particularly in marble-inspired looks.
  • Pattern Play: As wallpaper and patterns regain popularity, the trend has translated to tile – with striking shapes, complex geometric patterns, pop art, graphics and patterned wood options.
  • Large-Format Tile: As production technology continues to evolve, tiles have become larger and larger – with current styles in up to 60” x 120”.

Bringing these latest trends to life, Coverings 2019 will feature an extensive range of product showcases, with highlights including:

  • Aparici (Booth 4620), Tango: Inspired by the Art Deco movement of the 20s and 30s, these geometric shapes create sophisticated environments with sensitivity to nostalgia of past eras.
  • Atlas Concorde (Booth 1737), Marvel Edge: Available in three different looks (marble, concrete, and stone) and two finishes (matte and glossy), a new 6mm, 48”x109” format expands the collection.
  • AVA Ceramica (Booth XX), Marmi: Reproducing the textures and veins of marble, the collection spans 12 colors, seven 6mm formats, two 10mm formats and one 127”x64” 12mm format.
  • Ceramica Gomez (Booth 4939), Zante: Zante introduces textures and reliefs which turn ceramic tile into works of art, spanning weathered, high-gloss, volumetric, rugged and embossed finishes.
  • Ceramica Sant’Agostino (Booth 1221), Newdecò: Paying tribute to marble grit floors, NEWDECÒ is available in six colors, 10mm thick square floor and wall tiles and a range of sizes.
  • Cerdisa (Booth 2112), Stonemix: From Burgundy Stone to marble and small fossils, Stonemix is available in five colors (White, Gold, Grey, Antrax, Multicolor), seven formats and two finishes.
  • Cevica (Booth 4639), Manhattan: Bringing functionality and personality to any space, this collection lends an air of avant-garde with straight and simple lines with a pop of color.
  • Crossville (Booth 2600), Reformation: Offered in a quartet of warm-to-cool hues, Reformation’s three large-format plank tile sizes, two mosaic options, and trim package offer unique versatility.
  • Decocer (Booth 4655), Menara: Renowned for its unique, handmade, irregular finish & vibrant glaze, this range cleverly emulates the charm of traditional Zellige tiles.
  • Fiandre (Booth 3609), Maximum Marmi Collection, Sahara Noir: Nothing is more intriguing than black, yet the extraordinary veins make this product recognizable and create plays of light and shadows, which increase in intensity with matte or polished finishes.
  • Florida Tile (Booth 3620), Divinity HDP® Color Body Porcelain: Distinguished by the veining, striations and imperfections of natural stone, this floor and wall tile is available in four colors.
  • Keraben Groupo (Booth 4811), Maranta: Inspired by traditional Mediterranean ceramic, Maranta reproduces their colors and classic shine on 25×70 tiles, with decorative motifs traditional to vintage cement tiles.
  • Lunada Bay Tile (Booth 3600), Custom Glass Mosaic Blend: Lunada Bay’s made-to-order service offers 11 patterns and nearly 70 colors (in multiple finishes) to create a custom glass tile blend.
  • Marca Corona (Booth 1731), Ossidi: Offering a combination of solid colors, beautiful graphics and unique formats, this porcelain stoneware line includes five shades and a variety of graphic effects.
  • Metropolitan Ceramics (Booth 3025), METROBRICK®: The METROBRICK Fast Ship offering features six new blends added to the product line for 2019.
  • Oceanside Glass & Tile (Booth 107), Zoetic: A collection inspired by their nature to find joy, spontaneity, and delight in everyday surroundings, Zoetic is composed of dimensional mosaics.
  • Panaria Ceramica (Booth 2125), Eternity 0.3: Inspired by the aesthetic of marble veining, patterns, shades and designs, the collection is available in two 6mm sizes and four colors.
  • Peronda (Booth 5141), FS Yard: FS Yard’s geometrical pattern brings personality to living spaces. The tile model comes in three colors– black, blue and sage.
  • Realonda (Booth 5422), Riga: Combining colorful patchwork with a traditional Provencal shape, this decorative collection is full of character and available in a range of colors, textures and styles.
  • Sicis (Booth 2131), Vetrite Gem Glass: With glass sheets that capture the beauty of precious stones and lava rocks, these 47″x110″ slabs are available in 6mm and 10mm, in a range of effects.
  • Vitromex (Booth 3124), Brooklyn: Expanding the Brooklyn ceramic wall tile collection with the best features of glossy subway tiles, Vitromex introduces four new colors, offered in a 3”x 10” wall tile and coordinating 3”x 10” bullnose.

To achieve true impact, projects require the best in both tile and installation. Key tools, installation materials, and technology anticipated at Coverings 2019 will include:

  • James Hardie (Booth 3835), HardieBacker® 500 Waterproof Cement Board: The first and only waterproof cement board, this introduction passes ANSI 118.10 for waterproofness and protects tile installation and wall cavities from wall penetration, eliminating the need for added coating.
  • LATICRETE International Inc. (Booth 2641), MULTIMAX™ Lite: The ultimate one-step, non-sag, Large and Heavy Tile mortar for interior and exterior ceramic tile, porcelain tile, glass tile and stone installations, MULTIMAX Lite exceeds the industry’s highest performance standard for a cementitious-based adhesive mortar and can be more easily transported and troweled.
  • Noble Company (Booth 3132), Noble Deck™: One of the only sheet membranes approved for primary waterproofing for exterior applications over occupied spaces, Noble Deck sheet membrane is engineered for outdoor use, providing waterproofing and high-performance crack isolation for thin-bed tile installations.
  • Pearl Abrasive (Booth 3072), Tuscan SeamClip TruSpace: This all-in-one tool, made in the U.S.A. brings tiles into alignment and sets the grout spacing without the need for additional spacers. Clips hold tiles in place until they are set, then are easily snapped off leaving a level tile surface.
  • Protecto Wrap Company (Booth 4029), Protecto Deck™: Protecting roof deck surfaces from costly water damage, this system’s nominal 70 mil membrane and liquid detailing serve as the primary roof deck waterproofing in an installer-friendly application. Its peel-and-stick application with a fabric-top coating makes an excellent bonding surface for latex modified thin-set mortars.
  • TEXRITE (Booth XX), Epoxyplus #372 Starbrite: A new technology for grouts, this product is made with a special aggregate that transfers color from glass tile to grout in a “chameleon-like” manner.
  • The Tile Doctor (Booth 4425), ZHERORisk® Products: This new line of non-toxic, non-corrosive and sustainable products includes introductions like Litokol® Aquamaster Waterproofing, a solvent-free, ready-to-use liquid membrane for waterproofing moist environments; Litokol® Litoelastic EVO, a two-part adhesive for ceramic tiles and natural stone; and Litokol® Epoxy Elite EVO, an acid-resistant epoxy mortar/setting for the installation and grouting of ceramic tiles.

For further exploration of tile, design professionals can attend Coverings 2019 at no cost from April 9-12, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The show brings together 1,100 exhibitors representing over 40 countries and will feature the latest in innovations, trends and live demonstrations, as well as a range of educational conference sessions and CEUs.   Learn more about Coverings and opportunities to participate in National Tile Day at coverings.com. # # #     Press Contacts: Caroline Foley CF@sharpthink.com   Jillian Rosone JR@sharpthink.com Sharp Communications 212-829-0002 Coverings Social Media Facebook: facebook.com/CoveringsShow Twitter: @Coverings, #Coverings2019 Pinterest: pinterest.com/Coverings Instagram: instagram.com/CoveringsShow YouTube: youtube.com/TheCoveringsShow LinkedIn: linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=1693367 Google +: google.com/+Coverings Blog: coverings.com/blog     About Coverings Coverings is the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from over 40 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world.   The exposition serves as a valuable resource for continuing education for all segments of the industry, with more than 45 informative, accredited seminars and live demonstration sessions throughout the show, all free of charge. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifies, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers, as well as journalists and bloggers who cover this vital and dynamic industry.   Sponsors of the show are The Ceramic Tile Distributor Association (CTDA), Tile of Spain/Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER),Ceramics of Italy/Confindustria Ceramica, National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA). The show is managed by Taffy Event Strategies, LLC.   Coverings 2019 takes place April 9-12 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. For more information, visit coverings.com or contact Taffy Events, Coverings Show Management, 703-539-5504.


Arizona Tile Fourth Quarter Press Release 2018
 
January 7th, 2019

John Huarte, University of Notre Dame Alumni, Gives Back

It is no secret that Arizona Tile founder, John Huarte, has strong and lasting ties with his alma mater. The shared legacy between John and the University of Notre Dame is one that is so profound, it can still be felt by many, years after the glorious revival of the 1964 Fighting Irish football team. Though his Heisman-winning battle to bring the University’s losing football team to victory has long been fought, his devotion to the University remains true. In November 2018, John along with his wife Eileen had the opportunity to give back to Notre Dame via a gracious donation of $1 million, intended to establish an endowment for grants in aid to student-athletes. Though generous, the gesture is a small way for a gracious graduate to give back to the school he loves most.

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John Huarte accepting Heisman Trophy, 1964

Growing up in a sports-loving family on his father’s citrus farm, John’s appreciation for Notre Dame began at a mere 12 years of age. Listening to Notre Dame radio at the time only heightened his admiration for the University. When his older brother decided to enroll he decided that he too would follow suit.

JHuarte3 Once enrolled at the University, John joined the football team but did not see much playing time. However, upon completion of his first few years and more notably, as a member of the unsuccessful football team, John suffered an injury to his shoulder that would have likely cost him his entire football career. Had he opted for surgery, as was recommended by three different doctors, the fate of John and his beloved team would have most certainly been altered. During his senior year, however, at the recommendation of one more doctor and urged by first-year coach, Ara Parseghian, John decided against surgery, allowing his shoulder to rest instead. This decision bought him time to regain strength and return to the football field, hailing an endless flurry of victories thereafter.

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With the help of his strategically “mined” team, John and Ara led the Fighting Irish to an impressive 9-1 season. At a crossroads where the course of his life could have changed, John found unwavering support and sound advice. The ripple effect of such advice led him to win coveted awards, play on more than five professional football teams, and grow his most beloved prize to date: his family. Now more than 54 years later, the gracious alumni has found the opportunity to give back.

About Arizona Tile

Founded in 1977 in San Diego, California, Arizona Tile has grown into a nationally recognized commercial and residential distributor with more than 25 showrooms throughout eight Western states. Arizona Tile is one of the largest independently-owned importers of stone in the United States, offering more than 230 varieties of granite, travertine, slate, marble, limestone and quartz, plus unique glass mosaics, porcelain tile and other design creations. Founded by John Huarte, former NFL player and Heisman Trophy winner, the company is still family-owned after more than 40 years.

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Fishman Flooring Solutions Celebrates 100 Years of Business Success in 2019
 
January 7th, 2019

 

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BALTIMORE, MD., January 7, 2019 – Fishman Flooring Solutions, a leading distributor of flooring and flooring installation products, will celebrate 100 years of continuous business success in the distribution industry in 2019. By way of contrast, successful companies today typically exist for approximately 15 years.

“Over the next 12 months, we have two important centennial-related goals,” said Bob Wagner, president and CEO of Fishman Flooring Solutions. “First, we want to celebrate the past and current members of the Fishman team, as well as our customers, vendor partners and others who have contributed mightily to the success of the firm over the past 10 decades. Second, we want to identify the most important lessons that have evolved over the course of a century and make certain we continue to apply them to ensure the firm’s success well into the future.”

The company, then known as L. Fishman & Son, first opened its doors in Baltimore in 1919 selling thread and sewing supplies to workrooms. Four years later, the fledgling company became a distributor for the American Thread Company. In 1960, the company began selling carpet installation supplies for the Roberts Company. Its work for Roberts became the foundation for Fishman’s current flooring business. The firm’s name was changed in 2012 to Fishman Flooring Solutions to better reflect the value the company brings to the marketplace. The following year, the company became 100 percent employee owned.

Fishman has invested significant time over the past six months planning its centennial celebration, according to Wagner. Events to celebrate employees, customers, vendors and others have been scheduled throughout the year.

Fishman Flooring Solutions, headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, is the “Solutions Provider” distributor of flooring and flooring installation products. It has approximately 240 employees and 37 branches serving Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. The firm, a division of L. Fishman & Son, Inc., distributes more than 36,000 products for approximately 75 vendor partners. For more information, please go to www.lfishman.com.


Mid America Tile Introduces New Website
 
September 23rd, 2015

Paving the way for the tile and flooring industries, Mid America Tile is thrilled to announce the game-changing new midamericatile.com. As the go-to resource for innovative looks in tile and flooring, Mid America Tile provides exceptional customer service and the best selection in the Chicagoland area. Now you can filter and search for tile by color, size, finish, style, and more—all available to you 24/7 on our brand new mobile-friendly website! Save your favorite products and order samples online from your new online showroom, midamericatile.com. Featuring inspirational installation examples, swatches of each color in a series, packaging details, and technical specifications, midamericatile.com will help you ensure you pick the best materials for all of your projects. With this all-new marketing tool, Mid America Tile continues to be your leading tile and flooring industry resource since 1961.

Visit Mid America's new website.

Visit the new Mid America Tile website.


Established in 1961, Mid America Tile is a wholesale tile distributor and importer specializing in all materials and styles, including ceramic, porcelain, glass, metal, and natural stone tile. Our two showrooms contain the best selections of tile in the Midwest. We import, inventory, and distribute tile for any size project. We have the best knowledge, best service, and deliver the best prices. Our knowledgeable staff works directly with clients to ensure the best product for any budget.

Mid America Tile provides products and solutions to Architects, Designers, Developers, Builders, Contractors and Specialty Floor Covering Dealers involved in Hospitality, Health Care, Education, Residential and Commercial projects. Our tile expertise is used in a wide variety of projects from O’Hare International Airport, to Woodfield Mall, and countless residential projects; from skyscrapers to hotels and luxury private residences.

Everything we do is informed by our core values. While the evolution of design, architecture, and tile technology is constantly in motion, the Mid America Tile set of core values stays the same; we are dedicated, passionate, and reliable. Ownership and accountability from each employee ensures that we exceed our customers’ expectations. Many of our products are sourced locally to support eco-friendly local business. We foster connection to our community of clients, and to the world at large.


Top 10 Uses for Cement Tiles in Restaurants
 
July 13th, 2015

If you’re looking for something special for your restaurant’s walls and flooring that can stand up to high traffic while also being resistant to water, food and drink spills, and environmental damage, take a look at beautiful cement tile. Reminiscent of century-old Encaustic Tiles, cement tiles have been handcrafted by artisans for decades. The designs and colors create a beautiful and durable surface that is more aesthetically appealing than basic cement or drywall, and more durable and eco-friendly than wood or laminate flooring.

At Rustico Tile and Stone, our tiles are made from mineral pigmented Portland cement, are completely customizable, and are perfect for restaurant floors, walls, bars, bathrooms, backsplashes, and even outdoors. Want to learn more? Below are some of our top uses for cement tiles in restaurants!

1. Open up a room. Much like well-placed mirrors give the illusion of space, decorative cement tiles create the illusion of openness in small areas of a restaurant. Try placing our beautiful tile on angled walls and backsplashes to give the perception of more space. You’ll add instant height to the room along with an aesthetically pleasing décor.

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2. Create beautiful backsplashes. With cement tile you can create a striking pattern that is unique to your restaurant’s personality. Try a Mayan-inspired mosaic, a deeply vibrant color mix, or maybe a monochromatic tile scheme. Transform boring walls into beautiful artwork with a design that’s all your own!

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3. Generate a mood. Every color and shape creates a specific feeling. If you’re going for modern style with clean lines in an upscale coffee shop or bar, try installing neutral tiles in a geometric pattern. For a European feel at a bistro or Mediterranean restaurant, add some hexagonal tiles with a more antiquated color story. For a fancy and polished look, try a Japanese wave pattern or even combine pristine white and light tan for a polished finish.

4. Make it yours. Customize your own tile. Pick a design. Pick your colors and voila – it’s customized. Experiment with different colors and shapes to create the ambiance you want for your restaurant. Cement tiles come in almost every color in the spectrum, in different kinds of patterns, and in all types of shapes. You’re sure to find the right one for you!

5. Craft a focal point. When you install a gorgeous mosaic pattern or a richly colorful tile, it can become a beautiful focal point in your restaurant. Rather than hanging a picture on the wall, why not think about adding tile instead? Or create a striking fireplace element by outlining it in customizable tiles that nobody else will be able to replicate. Try decorating a niche with tiles on the interior side to create an artistic space.

6. Take it outside. Exterior design is just as important as interior design, and cement tiles are perfect for outdoor eating and waiting areas. The tiles can be sealed which gives them UV protection, water-resistance, and scratch-resistance, and are much more beautiful than concrete.

7. Match your tiles to your menu. Create a unified theme by matching your tiles to your menus! Geometric patterns and sleek, sharp lines speak to Modernism. Rustic terra cotta tiles invite a cultured, world-traveled diner. Spanish-style cement tiles compliment Mexican food restaurants, adding an authentic feel to the space. Bright colors of Moroccan tile designs accentuate the ambiance of many ethnic food restaurants.

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8. Build a sexy bathroom. Continue the visual story of your restaurant into its bathrooms by installing matching tile on the walls or floors. Your customers can wash up in a luxurious environment with a crimson colored tile, or step into a beautiful resort-like setting with light blues and greens.

9. Create an otherworldly experience. Take your guests back in time or instantly transport them to the other side of the globe with thoughtfully installed tile. Victorian designs can bring a long forgotten era back to life, while Moroccan designs can create a Spanish or Bohemian flare that offers customers a glimpse of another place and culture.

10. Inspire your design. The right tile design and color palette can add the perfect finishing touch to your overall restaurant style. You can pick the color and shape that matches your furniture and color scheme, or you can even use the tile as a basis for your overall design and go from there.

While cuisine may be the primary reason for guests to visit an establishment, it is the subtle design elements that entice them to continue their restaurant dining experiences. At Rustico Tile and Stone, our eco-friendly and sealable cement tiles are a unique way for restaurant owners to communicate visually with their customers.

Portland cement tiles and UV protecting/water-resistant sealers are available for purchase at Rustico Tile & Stone in Austin, TX.

Rustico Tile and Stone is the leading distributor of authentic Mexican tile and stone products for consumers around the world, with a customer base encompassing national floor retail stores, architects, designers, builders, and residential and commercial buyers. For more information about product offerings, price and shipping details, or general inquiries, visit http://www.saltillotileconnection.com. Rustico Tile and Stone is offering generous price discounts throughout the summer in celebration of its 10th year anniversary in business.


Facebook Updates for Businesses
 
April 15th, 2015

This year, Facebook grew to a mind-boggling 3 billion views per day, and 53% of these views came from posts that were shared by users. But as the platform constantly adjusts to this growth, it can be difficult to keep up with the changes and updates.

Facebook’s developer conference took place recently and included several big announcements. These announcements included future improvements to existing applications and exciting new features inside of Facebook. Do you know about all of them?

Facebook Messenger is a text feature used inside of Facebook or as a separate application, and is available on mobile devices. Messenger will be updated with the following:
* Payments can now be sent and accepted through Messenger.
* This application can now be embedded on any website and used as a chat feature.
* Individuals can contact a business through Messenger and the experience will be the same as contacting a friend through the application.
* Customers can track interactions with business such as delivery date, package location or customer service updates.
* Interactions through Messenger will result in the company’s posts listing higher up in the customer’s Facebook feed.
* Greater amounts of data will be available for the company if a customer contacts them through Messenger (for example, past orders, age, gender, FB preferences…)

Currently, video posts are the best way to communicate with fans on Facebook. These posts receive the most views, shares and feedback rates along with the highest preference from Facebook’s algorithms to place higher on the feed of individual fans. The changes to Facebook Video include:
* Facebook videos can now be embedded on websites, whether they belong to the
* Any videos can be embedded by anyone – whether they own the video or not.
* Videos on Facebook now have a size limit of 1.5Gb.
* Videos can be scheduled to go live at specific times and be taken down at specific future dates.
* Video data is still accessible when taken off of live feed (accessible by owner).
* Video can be restricted to certain groups (divided by age, gender, location…).
* A Call-to-Action can be added to the end of a video that will pull the user to any page, even one not connected to Facebook.
* Uploads can now be resumed if cut off during the upload process.
* Bulk uploading is now available even if all videos will not be published simultaneously.
* Live feeds can be published on Facebook feeds.

Facebook is constantly changing. Keeping up with all of these modifications can be a tough job, but hopefully the items listed above will help!

Special thanks to Creating Your Space for this informative guest blog. Shannon Vogel of Creating Your Space is a tile industry staple and has presented well received webinars for CTDA and sessions at TSP. Visit their website for more information about marketing and social media in the tile industry: www.creatingyourspace.com


Choosing the Best Countertop for Your Kitchen
 
April 2nd, 2015

When remodeling or upgrading your kitchen, one of the biggest decisions you’ll make is choosing a
countertop material. With so many choices available, it can be a daunting task!
With some materials being nearly maintenance-free and others requiring a lot of care, it’s important to understand the pros and cons of each material in order to determine the best choice for your lifestyle. Below is some information on five great options for kitchen countertops to help you select one that’s right for you.

Granite is one of the most popular choices for kitchen countertops. With its great combination of style and durability, it’s easy to understand why! It comes in a wide range of colors and patterns, is stain-resistant and stands up well against the normal kitchen-related wear and tear, such as heat and knife nicks. Although granite doesn’t require much maintenance on a daily basis, it does need to be sealed once in a while in order to maintain its stain resistance. And since it’s heavy, sturdy cabinets are necessary to support the weight.

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Pictured: Alaska granite; Calacatta Gold marble

Marble is one of the most elegant and sophisticated looking natural stones, making it another frequently chosen material for kitchen countertops. After several years, marble takes on a patina, a look that many people love. It’s also highly resistant to heat and breakage. With monthly cleaning and sealing, marble can be very resilient.

Quartz countertops, made in a vast amount of colors, are aesthetically pleasing while being highly durable. And since they’re nonporous, you don’t need to worry about sealing them!
Unlike natural-stone slabs, which are mined, quartz slabs are engineered in a factory. A good alternative to stone, they provide the beauty of stone without the maintenance requirements.

Soapstone is becoming a more popular choice for kitchen countertops, likely due to the subtle beauty and simple feel it provides as compared to other materials. Similar to marble, it acquires a patina over time. One of the more high-maintenance materials, it needs to be oiled regularly. And, since it doesn’t fare so well against knife scratches and nicks, it can crack, resulting in an expensive fix. A large benefit, however, is soapstone’s resistance to stains. If you’re a coffee lover or wine aficionado, this is definitely a material you’ll want to consider!

Both ceramic and porcelain tile are inexpensive, easy to install and clean, and come in seemingly endless color and design options, making them suitable for just about any kitchen style. Tile is sturdy and does well with heat, sharp knives and stains. One of the greatest advantages of tile is that it’s fairly easy to replace in the event some tiles chip or crack.

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Grey Soapstone Honed Slab Pictured: Lyskamm Italian-made quartz; Grey Soapstone Honed

About Arizona Tile
Founded in 1977 in San Diego, California, Arizona Tile has grown into a nationally recognized commercial and residential distributor with more than 25 showrooms throughout seven Western states. Arizona Tile is one of the largest independently-owned importers of stone in the United States, offering more than 230 varieties of granite, travertine, onyx, slate, marble, limestone and quartz, plus medallions, porcelain tile and other design creations. Founded by John Huarte, former NFL player and Heisman Trophy winner, the company is still family-owned after more than 35 years.


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.


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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