Posts tagged ‘modern mosaic tile’

FB Quarterly Photo Contest Winners Announced!!!

Modwalls Facebook Quarterly Photo Contest WINNERS!!! These 3 lucky owners get $50 cash or $100 store credit – and all they had to do was show off their gorgeous tile!!!

Next quarterly contest has officially started!!  Enter your pics now for a chance to be a future winner!  Send your pics to service@modwalls.com and LIKE us on facebook to stay in the loop and place your votes (the most ‘likes’ per pic will win!).

HELPFUL TIPS FOR TAKING THE BEST PICS:  

  • Switch all your lights ON
  • Clear your counters or area of distracting accessories and clutter
  • Clean tile photographs the best – wink wink ;-)
  • Take your pics when it’s daytime – you’ll get better lighting and won’t get any weird glare from dark windows
  • Think like a photographer and ask yourself…what’s the best angle here? 
  • Avoid capturing yourself in the bathroom mirror
  • Don’t rush it!  Wait until your space is completely done so we can all enjoy the results
  • Send us actual size /high resolution images – 300dpi is ideal
  • Have fun with it!!!
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July 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm 1 comment

Did you know that all grouts are NOT created equal?

Seriously…All grouts are not created equal.

More often than not, grout becomes an overlooked element within the tile installation process (why is that btw?).  We believe it’s just as important as finding the tile that’s right for you!  Grout is what seals everything together – literally.  Don’t go through all this time to find the right tile only to not think about what grout you will grout it with.

Since we have the fortunate privilege of chatting daily with wonderful people like yourself about their tile installations, we are in the know as to what people are planning and what they are…well…not.

Grout can either be something that you have to do OR it can be something that makes your tile look even more amazing when it’s complete!  Like we have mentioned in the past, we are extremely passionate about StarGlass Grout paired with most of our modwalls tile.  It’s kinda like the perfect marriage of tile and grout.  And we want to encourage you to specifically ask yourself, “What type & color of grout would look best with this tile [I've selected]?”…and “When is sanded grout most appropriate?”…

Since most of us are visual learners, I had this super cool idea to photograph our ModRocks Recycled Glass Pebbles in both StarGlass Grout and regular sanded grout.  The visual speaks for itself…one is “clearly” better AND it’s better for the environment. :)

Helpful hint = whenever you are installing glass or any translucent tile, the surrounding grout has a major impact on how your tile will appear once installation is complete. 

On the left- Diamond Starglass Grout and on the right is a standard white sanded grout.

Note:  Both of the above images are taken with the same digital camera in the same lighting conditions.

In the application on the left, the StarGlass grout allows light to enter in and through the grout and also the clear glass pebbles – making the whole area appear more illuminated.  The sanded grout application, shown on the above right, does not allow light to flow through the grout and therefore makes the pebbles appear much darker overall.  Same exact pebble tile, but with different grouts.

Here are some other examples of StarGlass Grout paired with our Lush® modwalls tile:

Modwalls Lush Blend installed with Opal StarGlass Grout

Modwalls Rex Ray TYPE White Tile grouted with Diamond StarGlass Grout

Modwalls Lush Glass Subway tile grouted with Diamond StarGlass Grout

Now lets get a little more in-depth on the StarGlass specifics…The actual product description is Translucent Grout for Glass Tile.  

For all you eco-friendly peeps out there, you’ll be happy to know that this product is made from post-consumer recycled glass – a truly revolutionary one-of-a-kind product!

The recycled glass is reduced down to teeny tiny beads (texture totally resembles the consistency of sugar) and is mixed with a translucent urethane binder that allows light to pass through the grout itself. So cool!  This waterproof, stain-proof formula won’t crack or break down over time, emits little to no VOCs, and eliminates jobsite waste since it’s pre-mixed and stored in a resealable container.  StarGlass long lasting, easy-to-use formula provides unmatched stain resistance, ultimate color consistency, crack resistant flexibility, mold/mildew protection and UV stability (aka it won’t yellow over time).  Plus, it comes in these fantastic 15 colors: diamond, onyx, opal, aquamarine, topaz, hematite, jade, amber, moonstone, aventurine, palm wood, citrine, copper, silver, and bronze.

One final benefit we want to be sure to point is how the StarGlass Grout has the ability to minimizes the look of grout lines – if this is your goal. Check out these two kitchen backsplash installations below where both purchased Lush® 3×6 Sky tile, but one kitchen grouted with Aquamarine StarGlass grout and the other with regular sanded grout.  The images truly speak for themselves.

Left – Lush 3×6 Sky with StarGlass Grout and to the right is Lush 3×6 Sky with white sanded grout.

StarGlass also offers benefits of a traditional Urethane grout:

• Pre‐mixed, ready to use
• Excellent chemical, stain and mildew resistance
• Semi‐flexible, low shrinkage and high crack resistance
• No color fading, streaking or shading – Even when wet!
• Fast, easy clean‐up when compared to epoxy and cementgrouts
• Innovative, proprietary coloring system
• Excess product can be saved and used later
• UV stable colors (non‐yellowing)
• Self‐sealing – no sealing required
• Non‐sag formula for vertical surfaces
• Free of BPA (bisphenol‐A) found in epoxy grouts
• Dust‐free mixing
• Fast, easy installation ‐ installs up to 50% faster than othergrouts
• Superior to cement grout
• Contributes to USGBC LEED Credits: MR 4.1 & 4.2(Recycled Content), MR 5.1 & 5.2 (Regional Materials), and EQ, 4.1 (Low‐Emitting Materials).
• Contains over 80% post‐consumer recycled content.

Overall, all these features and benefits are sure to minimize life cycle costs and provide a translucent, three-dimensional, reflective appearance that you can enjoy for years to come!

Where can you use StarGlass grout you ask?  StarGlass Grout can be used on vertical or horizontal surfaces in a variety of interior and exterior installations of ceramic, porcelain, glass, and natural stone tiles in a range of grout joint widths.

When is sanded grout appropriate?

Sanded grout is appropriate in many installations.  I think sanded grout looks great with natural stone, ceramic tile, porcelain tile, etc. – basically any solid tile aka non-translucent.  Below are images of a some modwalls products installed with neutral sanded grout.  As you can see, sanded grout can be used as a design element to add heavy contrast and definition to the tile and/or the pattern.

Example where sanded grout is totally acceptable = with ceramic, porcelain, or other opaque tile products.

Modwalls ModDotz Confetti grouted with a sanded grout

Brio Blend Palisades grouted with a neutral sanded grout

ModDotz shower installed with white sanded grout for high-contrast.

Now what??? :)

It is our hope that you would soak up all this information and spend some time to select the best grout for your tile – whether that be StarGlass Grout or sanded grout!

Have more questions?  Feel free to call or email us with any related or unrelated tile installation questions.

We’d love to help!

Modwalls is making tile modern with colorful and unique designs that are in stock and available for purchase online 24/7 at  modwalls.com.

May 30, 2012 at 4:53 pm 1 comment

Inspired By…

Modwalls ModRocks Recycled Glass Pebbles

“Dew” it aww-natural per modwalls. :)

Our ModRocks™ Recycled Glass Pebbles are an extremely unique, 100% post-consumer recycled glass tile.

These cloudy clear dew-drop-sized pebbles reflect light and  surrounding colors beautifully.  To create this tile, recycled glass is tumbled with low heat until smooth glass pebbles are the result.  The pebbles are then mesh-mounted for easy installation and sold by the square foot for $25.95.  Here’s an amazingly gorgeous installation on our houzz page.

 

May 9, 2012 at 3:34 pm Leave a comment

Inspired By… Love & Dance

The Tango – a dance almost everyone has knowledge of.  Its rhythm is described as incisive, exciting, provocative.

Our Brio® “Tango” 3/4″ mosaic tile is a passionate blend of vibrant red, orange and yellow glass mosaic tiles. This glass tile blend is well suited for any application including kitchen backsplash tile, bathroom tile, floor tile, fireplace tile and pool tile.

Perfect for any excitingly provocative interior and exterior application. ;)

Modwalls Inspired By Brio Blend Tango

This sultry blend is $15.95 per 1.15 square feet.  You can find this and over 20 other Brio® Blends right here.

 

April 27, 2012 at 12:12 pm Leave a comment

American Made Tile

This year we’ve introduced two new tile lines and both are handmade here in the good old U. S. of A!

american made tile by modwalls

We rolled out our revamped website this weekend (yay!), and we have a whole page dedicated to our USA made tile. These collections include our Rex Ray Studio Lush® 4×12 TYPE glass subway tiles and our Clayhaus for modwalls® super fresh ceramic subway tiles and ceramic mosaic “Plus” tiles.

We plan to add many new additions to the American Made Tile collection in the next couple of years, cause we know USA tile is where it’s at!

Check out our American Made Tile page here, and please let us know what you think of our revamped website design!

April 24, 2012 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

Ceram-mixed

We love a tile blend.

It’s kind of our “thing,” and for years we’ve been stocking rockin’ tile blends in our Brio® vitreous glass tile line, our Lush® glass tile line, our ModDotz™ porcelain penny round tile collection, and we’ve been offering custom tile blends with our Brio® tile so our fabulous customers can create the tile blend of their dreams.

We recently launched our first ceramic tile collection and we’ve been so thrilled that the majority of our customers have choose to create blends!

Our 2×8 ceramic subway tiles are sold by the square foot and our customers can purchase as many square feet as they’d like. We have seven colors in-stock and any talented tile installer can turn those individual colors into a completely custom ceramic tile blend.

We also carry ceramic “Plus” Mosaic tiles and we offer a “Regulated Mix” of the three colors we stock. This unique blend has been hot hot HOT with our retail customers and designers alike.

Take a look at the sweet installation photos we’ve received so far:

modwalls Plus Mosaic ceramic tile blend Regulated Mix

A funky-cool kitchen with our ceramic Plus Mosaic "Regulated Mix."

modwalls 2x8 ceramic tile from At Home magazine

This gorgeous kitchen with all 7 colors of our 2x8 ceramic tiles was featured in At Home in Arkansas magazine.

A bathroom with modwalls 2x8 ceramic tile Brine, Milk and Licorice matte

A bathroom with modwalls 2x8 ceramic tile Brine, Milk and Licorice matte.

The bathroom with modwalls 2x8 ceramic tile Brine, Milk and Licorice matte

Fish eye view of the bathroom with modwalls 2x8 ceramic tile Brine, Milk and Licorice matte.

Mixer + modwalls 2x8 ceramic tile blend

This little mixer looks adorable against this kitchen backsplash with modwalls 2x8 ceramic tile colors Splash, Milk, Brine, Wheatgrass, Zest, Cookie and Licorice Matte.

Adorable kitchen backsplash with modwalls 2x8 ceramic tile blend.

One happy kitchen backsplash with modwalls 2x8 ceramic tile blend.

modwalls Ceramic Plus Mosaic unique ceramic tile blend

Another view of the super unique Plus Mosaic "Regulated Mix" ceramic tile blend kitchen backsplash.

So what do you think… are ceramic tile blends your new favorite?!

April 17, 2012 at 1:39 pm 4 comments

Hello, Playhouse

modwallsdesignernotes:

modwalls tile + Playhouse Design Group = A match made in design heaven

Originally posted on Modwalls Designer Notes:

Playhouse Design Group logo

Holy moly, we are pumped about this Designer Spotlight! We’re talking crazy excited, doing a happy-dance, jump-kick-into-the-splits type of feeling.  And why, you ask?  Well, that would be because of the super sleek set of photos we received from ultra-cool Playhouse Design Group out of Seattle,Washington.  Scroll down and let your eyes feast on the majesty.  Warning: These delicious photos will stuff you with delight; you’ll need to walk it off afterward.

Homes by Playhouse Design Group.

Homes by Playhouse Design Group.

Modwalls Lush 1x1 Wasabi glass tile

Modwalls® Lush® 1x1 Wasabi tile on the kitchen backsplash installed with black grout; its a totally unexpected choice that ties in the countertop and bar perfectly.

You would think after being in the biz this long, and having already built a rockin’ tile gallery, that we might not have the same enthusiasm we used to for tile photos. Well, the truth is that even if we are a little jaded at times, this work is entirely different. Playhouse Design Group has created original, inspiring spaces executed with the highest-quality craftsmanship.  The finished product is gorgeous, genuinely unique and has left us…

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April 13, 2012 at 1:50 pm 1 comment

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Modwalls' mission is to provide both our retail and trade customers a modern and colorful alternative to what is available in most tile and hardware stores, as well as a very personal online buying experience.

We've been designing modern tile collections and selling them online since 2005. The latest modwalls® designs range from gorgeous glass tiles in a wide variety of colors, sizes and finishes to glazed porcelain penny rounds, modern glazed ceramics, and sustainable cork, recycled pebble tile and bamboo mosaics. Our collaboration with fine artist Rex Ray has resulted in the signature Rex Ray Studio for modwalls American Made glass and soon to be ceramic tile collections.

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Co-Founder and Creative Director of modwalls.com, a designer of modern tile with an online showroom at www.modwalls.com. Modwalls are colorful tile designs with a uniquely modern sensibility in a wide range of materials.

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