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Beauty That Can Withstand Ages – Using Mosaic Tiles To Turn Simple Into Something More Profound

April 12, 2011

It is amazing how they managed to make a mediocre-looking hallway into a fancy-looking simply by replacing your typical granite tile into something more… expressive. In this situation, the mediocre hallway tiles were replaced by mosaic tiles. Its sleek and sophisticated look makes this tile an instant “best buy” for today’s builders. Why pay for a quality tile that costs more than your monthly mortgage, when you can get the best price, at a greatly reduced price.

The luxury homes in Miami made it a point that elegance doesn’t need to be attached to the word pricey, as it is proven yet again that the home of your dreams is just one click away. So if you think you are capable of moving to the next step, then getting a house in Miami Beach is probably the best move for the entire decade. For more information, check out the listings in your area or get in touch with a real estate agent, as they will make the process a breeze.

Different styles influence people from different walks of life, and the same thing applies when it comes to matters that concern design issues. Some of the most artistic people in world will tend to play up the most mundane of concepts in such a way that it can stray away from bordering on being dull and unimpressive.

If you should fancy yourself as one of these people who has a tendency to strike up magnificent ideas in moments where the average person would usually settle for boring old concepts, then surely you must have the luxury of living in a space that is remarkable in its design.

It has been noted that the visible presence of colors and textures in any living space can definitely be one of the best keys in conjuring up emotions of fondness among people who encounter them, and it becomes quite elemental for a designer to find the best possible ways of utilizing these keys so that they work as effectively as possible. There are many mediums that can be considered when it comes to this process, allowing people to decipher the method that they feel is most suitable in going about the ideas that they have envisioned.

Now, instead of focusing on what is not present around the confines of your home, why don’t you start with the floor? After all, the floor is one of the first things that need attention anyway. Sometimes, all you need are decent looking mosaic tiles which are available online or by visiting home improvement centers. With mosaic tiles as an option for improving your home, you will immediately notice the difference and mood of the place just by looking at your house.

Joan Vonnegut

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Taking Care Of Your Marble Tiles — These Tiles Still Need Tender Care Despite Their Strong Nature

March 17, 2011

There are such beautiful qualities to marble floors which make for such a pleasant addition to any home. Of course, there are certain things that you would need to keep in mind in order to ensure these two things: a) keeping the shine alive on the polished surface of the marble, and b) making sure that the material retains its strong durable nature so that you can enjoy your floors for many years ahead.

Marble has always been seen, even in ancient architecture, and the great strength that is evident in the material is something that has remained to be truly impressive over the centuries. One might think that a substance so strong would not need to be taken care of, but that kind of thinking would not only be wrong and quite careless, it would also be a waste of money because — let’s face it — marble isn’t cheap. That is why a lot of people are encouraged to read about marble once they decide to use this material for their own homes. Why? So they can make the most of this excellent material choice.

Despite the tough exterior, people need to understand that the outside part of marble is really quite sensitive, which is why people need to put a bit of work in so that they can retain its original shine throughout the years. Simple contact with sand and dirt are likely to scratch and damage the smooth surface of your marble tiles, which is why doormats are always a smart way to deal with this pesky problem. And if substances as small as sand can leave marks on your marble tiles, what more if you were to drag your couch all the way across the room where you have these marble floors? That is why people should protect the legs of any objects around the house which might leave imprints on the surface of your marble tiles.

As far as wet substances are concerned, there are certain liquids which pose a threat on the shine of your marble tile floors. Examples of these liquids are citric juices such as lemon and orange juice and other fruit drinks, soda beverages, and alcoholic beverages such as wine. When these liquids come into contact with your marble tiles, there is a possibility that these substances may leave a mark on the surface which can be quite obvious to the naked eye.

Despite the fact that marble tiles can be quite sensitive despite their strong and resilient nature, it is important to keep an eye on how these tiles are being utilized just to ensure that they are being used in ways which do not pose a threat on the floors in general.

Joan Vonnegut

Using Glass Mosaic Tiles To Update Your Home — Boring Old Fireplaces Can Benefit From Mosaic Tiles

March 17, 2011

Fireplaces are one of the home features that people can find in locations which are prone to experiencing cold to chilly weather conditions. While not every household has one, those that do find that there is something very enjoyable about having one — especially when the fireplace that they have is one that is particularly appealing to those who should ever sit around it to keep warm.

Most fireplaces are pretty basic in their design. Most are made out of either brick or stone, while others are a bit more modern in their approach as they go by pre-fabricated designs made with sheet metal fire boxes. While these are able to do the trick as far as heating the area up, they may easily grow old-looking and quite dull. People who try to steer clear of having such boring components to their fireplace find that hanging art pieces above the fireplace can spruce up the fireplace area, but that can only do so much because it would merely be one way of diverting the on-looker’s attention from the fireplace itself onto the art which hangs above it. At the end of the day, anyone who were to look back down at the fireplace would still find that the feature is one that is dull and lifeless despite the flames that lick and dance around whenever the fireplace is lit up.

One might wonder how you could possibly upgrade the fireplace so that it would somehow radiate a smart and sensible flair that can definitely bring bursting life into the space where the fireplace is located. One great idea that is not very often used involves having glass mosaic tiles installed to transform the fireplace from being boring to vibrant.

Mosaic tiles have always been a fresh approach to renewing any space that would surely benefit from a new look, and the same thing goes for fireplaces. The best thing about having your fireplace upgraded with the use of mosaic tiles is that the entire room is going to gain aesthetic plus points from the project once it has reached completion.

First of all, you will need to think about how you are to go about the tile installation. Fireplaces with smooth surfaces are easier to work with because the tiles are sure to adhere very well on the existing surfaces. When it comes to the mantle area of the fireplace, glass mosaic tiles make for an excellent choice because of the modern touch that mosaic tiles are able to provide to any surface.

As far as choosing the glass mosaic tile you are going to use, it is as simple as checking with your local tile distributor to find out what colors and styles they have so that you can decide which one you feel is going to work harmoniously with your overall design.

Joan Vonnegut

How to Maintain the Shine of Your Marble Tile Flooring

March 12, 2011

People want to have an attractive home which can make them feel relax after a long and busy day. Another reason why people want to have an appealing home is to attract guests and others.

Yes, people usually see to it that there homes are attractive enough to please others. Due to these, they make sure to have a beautiful and clean home. Using marble tiles for your flooring can make an elegant and appealing home. But you have to make sure it is place properly, so you have to hire a professional to make sure it is properly placed.

There are heaps of different marble tiles so you just simply choose the one that best fit your home. In order to add the aesthetic value, you have to pick marble tiles that match your home’s style and design. Marble tiles vary from sizes, shapes, textures and pattern, so just use your creativity in selecting the right one for your home.

Marble tiles are not cheap, they are quite expensive, but your money is worth it because it can definitely make a home beautiful, elegant and aside from that it can last for long period of time. So in order to maintain the beauty and shine of your marble tile flooring, you need to clean it and take good care of it.

You need to know all the tools you need and prepare them. Mop, vacuum cleaner, clean cloth and neutral cleaning solution are the tools that you need in cleaning and maintaining your marble tile flooring. There are lots of cleaning solutions out there but you need to pick the right one for your marble tile flooring. Marble tiles are permeable and sensitive, so you need to pick one which is not acidic and do not have neutral PH.

You need to clean your marble tile flooring, remove the dust by using the vacuum cleaning. As soon as the marble tile flooring is free from dust, you can put the cleaning solution then mop it. Mop the whole marble tile flooring, as soon as you’re done, check out if there are still some wet areas and wipe them dry. To make your marble tile flooring looks shiny, polish it.

It is better to maintain the cleanliness of your flooring everyday by taking care of it. You do not need to do the process everyday; all you have to do is prevent it from stains or dirt. Marble tiles can be damaged with high level of acids, so you have to make sure that your marble tile flooring is away from any acidic substances such as vinegar, orange juices and so on.

If in case some acidic substances are pored in your marble tile flooring, clean it right away with soft, clean cloth and cleaning solution. If water is spilled, clean it right away to prevent water stains.

Marble tile flooring can make a home attractive and beautiful, so you have to maintain it and take good care of it so to continually give shine and beauty to one’s home.

Eliza Maledevic Ayson

Should You Bleach Your Marble Tile Flooring?

March 12, 2011

Marble is a type of natural stone that historically has been popular in most flooring applications, and no other natural stone enhances a home or offices’ formal, elegant and soft look that marble creates.

Historically, marble was commonly installed in hallways, ballrooms, dining areas and foyers, although it can be effectively applied in almost any room. The lighter marble floor types are most effective for flooring, although colored tiles also can make an excellent design statement, as with patterned or mosaic styles.

Marble Tiles Add A Rustic Feel to Homes And Buildings

In bigger houses homes and offices, marble floor tiles add to a stately feel. Marble steps also add a famously regal element. Marble tiles installed in a fireplace are an excellent way to add formality to an architectural element that is often considered rustic.

For those who crave more extravagant designs, there are even exquisitely-carved marble hearths and mantles and entire fireplace surrounds. The end resulting of fire and sculptured stone surely would make an elegantly bold statement.

The Use Of Tumbled Marble Tiles Has Grown Lately

The recent popularity of “tumbled marble” has significantly increased, as these rustic-looking tiles have a rough finish, and often have little pits full of crystal, and an uneven edge which is usually rounded at the corners. These types are available in many sizes and are popular for backsplashes, showers, and flooring. The hand-carved design provides an effective method of counteracting the formal air which marble typically brings to different types of rooms.

Marble Has A Penchant For Staining When Used Outdoors

For outdoor use, marble usually does not fare as well as granite. Because it can easily be stained and dissolved by water, which may wreck the integrity of a fine polish, polished marble usually has a limited outdoor lifespan.

However, as with the Parthenon and a host of other ancient Roman and Greek buildings and structures, which are still standing two thousand years later, marble still is definitely a durable material. The bright, creamy appearance of marble often changes, when weathered, into an aged, rustic look. For many homeowners, this can add a stately charm to a home’s exterior, and outdoor marble is a popular choice for that reason.

Materials That Could Damage Marble Floors

For those who install these types of tiles at home, it would be wise to take note that some types of liquid or food which contain acid and spilled on marble floors could etch, or leave a dull mark on marble surface.

Among these are carbonated beverages, lemon juice, orange juice, cranberry juice, apple juice, tomato, wine, etc. The dull stain may either be as large as a coin or could spread over several tiles. Another major contributor of stains and etch marks are cleaning agents, or detergents which contain acid.

Examples of these are tile cleaners, vinegar, Ajax and others . Since, marble tiles are porous and can easily be discolored by spills from food, sitting pots, metal furniture legs, oil, ink, water damage, extra care should be observed when carrying liquids or food with high acid contents. In addition to chemicals that contain acid, there are also other mixtures that have high alkaline or bleach content, which may be damaging to marble floors, and make it lose its luster and elegance.

Tap water could also have a negative effect on these tiles. As we know, tap water could contains high chlorine, salt, magnesium and potassium levels. When water is regularly utilized to clean marble floors, it could ruin certain these by causing pitting, spalling and yellowing. It is vital for individuals to protect the floor by using a premium sealer.

Vanessa Arellano Doctor