TILE WORK AND TILE DISCOUNTS

Set In Stone now offers tile installation and discounts on some of the finest design tiles available.

Dmytri Kalchyk, founder of Set In Stone, expanded his services to include tiling when so many of his customers were pressing him to do tile work. He found himself installing slab marble or quartz walls, fireplace mantels and backsplashes in rooms that owners also needed tile work. “They’d ask if I could do the tiling too, and of course I want to help them with their project,” Kalchyk said.

Kalchyk can install every kind of wall and floor tile and he offers customers discounts over regular retail tile by the same maker.

Tile today is nothing like the bathroom tile of the ‘50s that came in small squares and reached half way up the wall. Today’s homeowners are extending the height of their bathroom tile to the ceiling or nearly to the ceiling. Extending the tile to the ceiling give a modern appeal to the design. Setting tile to be 6-7 ft. high on a wall with a lovely trim edge is more traditional as well as gracious.

Other trends include:

Large format tiles, 2 ft. x 3 ft. square for example, is one of the newest trends in flooring. Dmytri Kalchyk, founder of SetinStoneColorado.com, recommends keeping several extra tiles on hand. “Larger tiles have the propensity to break easier than small tiles.”

Most often the largest size tiles are used in places like living rooms, kitchens, hallways. Kalchyk cautions, “Heavy furniture, for example, can crack a tile.”

Having replacement tiles available extends the longevity of your flooring.

Besides breakage, tiles, just like fabric you might use for drapes or upholstery, are discontinued after a time. It may be a year or two, but the next round of tiles produced could have an entirely different coloring, making a discrete replacement impossible.

Yet another trend is mixing multiple textures of tiles.

Tile on the bathroom floor may be flat pebbles or rock that is cut to be smooth to walk on. The generous grout around a stone mosaic floor gives better traction too, preventing accidental slip-and-fall moments while showering or bathing. The tile on the walls might be a large format tile on the wide side of a set-in tub with smaller complementary tiles on either short end of the bathtub.

The trick to matching tiles so that your bathroom doesn’t end up looking like a tile showroom is to keep the color palette consistent. If you really want to through a POP color into the mix, designers recommend using one tile for the floor and shower walls and then add the stripe of the pop color in the mix around the shower area. You can make one stripe up the short walls or a narrow horizontal stripe all around the three sides. Or consider a recessed and tiled shelf in the shower. Perhaps add two or three at different heights or in a straight line. Tile the back of each recess with a pop color and use muted tile colors on the rest of the walls, floor and tub surround.

Tile is art. So is Kalchyk’s installation method. Schedule an estimate for your residential or office tile today.

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