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Eddie B., Owner, New Metro Tile Company in Los Angeles, CA.Thanks for stopping by our Tile Blog. We hope you enjoy looking over our tile-related articles, posts, news, updates, and tips. Drop by our Los Angeles tile showroom. We would love to show you what’s new and hear about your latest tile project!

Eddie Bermudez (“Eddie B.”), Owner, New Metro Tile Company

Eddie Bermudez in Los Angeles, CA on Houzz

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Floor Tile Patterns

When it comes to designing tile patterns for the floor there are some important things to consider. We like Debbie Sniderʼs article, 10 Tile Patterns to Showcase Your Floor, Houzz, November 25, 2011, as a starting point because it can quickly help get you oriented toward a a nice array of floor tile pattern options.

If you have a strong design sense or lean toward a particular tile layout pattern, thatʼs great. When you check out Debbie Sniderʼs article., you never know — you might get some ideas that could sway you toward a different pattern!

Here are a few other things to consider in putting together your floor tile design:

  • Consider the floor size, what its practical purpose is, and whether you want that area to look larger, more intimate, or have the floor be a focal point for the roomʼs design.
  • The size and scale of the floor tile itself may determine some of the pattern choices.
    (For example, very large-scale tile may determine more simplicity and will likely not
    work so well with a smaller scale herringbone-type pattern — unless that pattern is already a part of the tile’s motif. Also, there are many variants of tile shapes such as round, oval, or other shapes of tile that will also effect the type of layout pattern).
  • Get tile samples and try out the patterns youʼre considering to see which ones work best in your space.

For tile layout ideas that are not specific to floors check out Tile Layouts – How to Choose the Best One.

We invite you to visit our Los Angeles tile showroom or call us with any questions you may have. We’re here to help!

Kitchen and Bathroom Tile Ideas

It is always good to toss around some new ideas, suggestions, and different ways of looking at tile. Houzz, in the article 13 Tile Ideas You’ll Want to See by , February 1, 2018, has done just that. Whether a DIY or a seasoned professional, here are some great ideas to spark your creativity and imagination for tile layouts and designs for the kitchen or bathroom.

And when you’re ready to browse the outstanding selection of tile we have for your project — visit our wonderful tile showroom at New Metro Tile in Los Angeles. We’ll be happy to assist you in any way we can!

Tile Design – Personal Expression and Whimsy

We love the spirit of personal expression in tile. That’s why we enjoyed the Houzz article, “Sometimes Tile Can Be Downright Entertaining” by Becky Harris, January 17, 2018.

In her article, Becky gives insight into the level of whimsy and creativity possible in making a tile design “your own”. Your personal style doesn’t always have to follow convention or a particular style. It can simply be amusing or meaningful to just you!

If you find yourself inspired to seek out the wondrous array of tile designs and choices that would tickle and delight you, then we encourage you to run with it. Whether you seek entertainment, whimsy, or perhaps something more conventional from your tile design and tile accents (i.e. borders, frames, liners, murals, accent tile pieces, fruits, flowers, sea creatures, etc.) we wholeheartedly support you in fulfilling your vision.

The whole idea of creating an enjoyable environment with tile is what New Metro Tile Company’s philosophy is based on. So, when the mood strikes, or the budget allows for you to pursue your next tile project — drop by our extensive Los Angeles tile showroom and explore the possibilities! We’re here to help.

Check out the Houzz tile article here:

 

Tile Layouts – How to Choose the Best One

When our customers purchase tile they often know what they like but don’t always know how to coordinate the look. When designing a tile project the layout is very important. It can determine the final result, and even the size of the tiles you might choose to work with.

We really like this article on Houzz, “How to Choose the Right Tile Layout” by Yanic Simard. It is a great primer on things to consider when choosing the right tile layout for your project.

We hope you take a moment to check it out.

A Tile Wetroom Vs A Tile Shower

Thinking outside the shower ‘box’, so to speak, is the wetroom. The concept is simple, open, and is, in effect, universal design at it’s bathroom best. We enjoy the concept because the wetroom is usually barrier-free, appeals to many different design palettes, and works for folks of any age. Check out this great article we found on Houzz by Jason Ball about wetrooms!

 

 

Budget Tile Tricks

Our customers are often interested in saving money, yet no one wants to compromise on great looks or quality. When it comes to budget, here are some great tips and tricks to get outstanding results with your tile projects.

This great article, 6 Budget Tile Tricks That Deliver a High-End Look by Jennifer Ott is posted on Houzz. We really like her article because she covers many useful points that we often suggest to our clients who visit our tile showroom here in Los Angeles.

 

New Metro Tile Company has also put out a couple of tile videos of our own that have great tips and tricks for the budget-minded.

VIDEO: Tile On A Budget – 1920s, 1930s, 1940s style Bathroom.

Carmen Segat, our in-house designer explains how to put together a beautiful vintage (1920s, 30s, 40s) black and white tile bathroom on a budget.

VIDEO: Shower Tile Design – How to Mix Ceramic Tile with Marble.

In this video I walk you through how to save money by using ceramic tile (that looks like marble) with real marble accents in a shower design to dramatically lower the total cost of a shower that still looks like real marble.

Feel free to drop by our Los Angeles tile showroom and check out our beautiful tile selection!

My best,

Eddie B.

Tile Backsplashes – So Many Choices!

In the world of tile backsplashes the choices are many. Choosing a direction for selecting a tile backsplash is worth a significant amount of thought and attention.

We applaud Sam Ferris of Tukasa Creations in Corpus Christi, Tx, who wrote an outstanding article about this very topic. It is called “Battle of the Backsplashes: Glass Mosaics vs. Natural Stone“, Sam Ferris, October 22, 2016, Houzz.com.

In this article Sam makes a number of useful and significant points regarding types of material (primarily glass tile mosaics and stone tile), their pros and cons, cleaning concerns, dazzle effect (impact on resale value), and much more, We are certain the information in the article will help many people understand more about tile backsplash materials when designing for and/or purchasing these materials.

We have included a slideshow of Sam’s Houzz article in our post below and hope you enjoy checking it out. If you can, take some time to read the full article on Houzz. And, as always, if you have any further questions about backsplash tile, whether for the kitchen or the bathroom, tub or shower, call us. Or drop in and browse our showroom’s great selection of backsplash tiles.

 

Sincerely,

Eddie B.

 

 

Tile with Universal Design in Mind

We really appreciate what goes into designing a bathroom or a shower at New Metro Tile Company and enjoy the progress that has been made in the area of Universal Design. That is why we enjoyed this article so much on HGTV.com by Wendy A. Jordan, “Univeral Design Showers: Safety and Luxury.

In this article Ms. Jordan talks about walk-in (aka curbless or barrier-free) showers. She lays out some really solid basic principles to consider when designing for a Universal shower.

We agree that Universal Design can benefit everyone and add to the enjoyment and ease-of-use of any type of bathroom space. It opens up so many options in both design and comfort, and, when combined with newer hardware items like linear (bar) shower drains, the possibilities really open up even more.

We want to bring this to our clients’ attention since some folks may not be aware of Universal Design and it’s many benefits. It it good to know about, so when you get ready to tile or remodel your bathroom or shower area you can perhaps incorporate some of these concepts into your design as you see fit.

Check out our Houzz Ideabook on Linear (bar) Drains (see slideshow below). There are some nice Universal Design bathroom and shower ideas in here, and if you’re not familiar with linear drains you can see those too.

Residential Redesign South Pasadena, CA

We are often inspired to see what our customers do with the tile they purchase from us. We were recently delighted to see what Maggie Chou Bell did in designing a contemporary residential makeover for a light and airy home perched on a South Pasadena hillside.

Maggie kept a contemporary palette to keep an open, light feel to this home. She used the natural light, views and surrounding foliage to play off some of her decorative choices .

Check out the project photos on Houzz to see the featured kitchen, bathroom, and fireplace tile used in this project. Each of the project photos offers information about tile names and manufacturers used by Maggie in her redesign. All tiles for this project were purchased at New Metro Tile Company, Los Angeles.

You can also find additional photos of Maggie’s South Pasadena property on Maggie’s website.

If you have a moment, review us on Houzz. Thanks!

CALL FOR PHOTOS – NEW METRO TILE COMPANY CUSTOMERS!

Do you have some great photos of a completed tile project that you’re proud of and wouldn’t mind sharing? If so, we would love to post your photos to our online gallery.

Please send them via email to our webmaster with:

  • a brief description of your project
  • area of town your project is in

Thanks!
Eddie B.

New Metro Tile Company

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