Places Where a Few Bold Tiles Can Have a Big Effect

Lets play pretend for a second (with a scenario that probably happens to you multiple times a week on Pinterest). You, a person of champagne tastes, have fallen in love with a product or material for a home project that is squarely outside of your beer budget. What’s a guy or gal to do? In the case of tile, you can have your cake and eat it too, by splurging on just a bit of your dream tile to cover a small-ish spot in your home.

Instead of taking your tile from wall to wall and floor to ceiling, apply it to just one (small) spot at a fraction of the cost. You can fill in the rest of the room with a simple, neutral coordinating tile and you’ll still get the impact and style you want from the really nice stuff.

The Floor of the Shower

If you’re tiling a walk in, splurge on something special for just the floor. You can see in this bathroom from M Plus that it has quite the impact on a bathroom.

Bold Tiles

Around a Fireplace

The mantle is another opportunity to use your dream tile, as seen here in this California family home featured on My Domaine. It won’t take a lot to cover several inches around the fireplace and create a focal point for your room that you’ll love. Learn More…

How To Install Floor Tile

Installing a floor tile can be time-consuming work. For those on a busy schedule, it can take a week to get the whole project accomplished. However, the process itself is straightforward and the end result is well worth the effort you put in. Here are some helpful steps on how to install a floor tile:

How To Install Ceramic and Porcelain Floor Tile

Once your surface is prepared, you will need to lay out the tiles on the floor before they are installed. No matter what kind of tile you are installing, the layout procedures will generally be the same. The keys to success in tiling are the guide or layout lines. They show you where to start laying the tile and are arranged so the tile is evenly centered in the room.

Layout lines must be square otherwise you will end up with odd-shaped tiles at the walls. The best way to ensure square lines is to make a floor plan by drawing the walls of the room as accurately as possible on a sheet of grid paper. Be sure to include doorways and floor obstructions such as cabinets and fixtures. Find more…

VIDEO: How To install Ceramic Tiles On A Floor

How To Install Natural Stone Tile Flooring

Make the most of your home by replacing ceramic tile with natural stone tile flooring. The experts show how to remove the old flooring and install the limestone tile to give any room a facelift. Find more…

Installing Floor Tile

Step 1: Surface Preparation

Tile may be installed over most structurally sound substrates, if they are clean, smooth, dry and free of wax, soap scum and grease. Any damaged, loose or uneven areas must be repaired, patched and leveled. Remove any moldings, trim, appliances, etc., which could interfere with installation. Door jambs may be undercut for tile to slip under. Find more…

How to Install Floor Tile

Install cement board first if you’re dealing with just a subfloor. While it’s possible to lay tile directly on plywood subfloor, it’s certainly not recommended. Plywood subfloor won’t bond as surely with thinset as cement board will; neither will it provide as even and stable of a surface for the tile. Find more…

I hope that these procedures will help you in installing properly your floor tiles and will save you more time.