22. January 2015 15:33
In the first part of this series, we talked about hot countertop and cabinetry trends for 2015. But, kitchen design doesn’t stop there! Flooring sets the stage for design; the demand for durable and timeless porcelain tiles is growing, and in many areas of the country, is outpacing hardwood floors because of care, and durability. Backsplashes continue to be where homeowners add their personal flair, and design aesthetic to a kitchen. Graphic backsplashes that incorporate the colors of the flooring, cabinetry, and countertops creates an interconnected and welcoming environment.
Mosaic tile backsplashes are big for 2015! Available in a wide array of natural stone, glass, metal, porcelain tiles, and complementary combinations, you can find the mosaic tile that is just perfect for your kitchen. Linear styles are hot, including subway tiles in stone, glass, or porcelain. Both vertical and horizontal linear tile patterns are popular, however, horizontal remains the most sought after. The beauty with linear mosaic tiles is that you can choose to install them, vertically or horizontally, however you desire. If you are looking for a no grout option, Emperador Splitface can take on an old world charm, or a more modern design, depending on the style of the cabinetry, flooring and countertops. To incorporate the trending gray colors for 2015, a White Quarry Splitface tile backsplash complements the soothing tonal visuals of light gray cabinetry and white countertops while adding texture.
Graphic patterns are definitely on the rise and there is no better way to bring patterns into a kitchen than through the backsplash. Subtle natural stone basket weave or chevron tiles are a great backdrop to blend with more dramatic surfaces. Herringbone tiles, and pencil mosaics featuring a combination of glass, stone, and metal are ideal for kitchen design projects with existing granular styled countertops to add depth, dimension, and a welcoming pattern. Graphic hexagon backsplashes create depth, and dimension, and should be considered a top contender when updating your kitchen. Mochachino Hexagon from MSI perfects blends darker cabinetry and lighter countertops together to create a cohesive look and feel.
Large format porcelain tile floors are hot. With fewer grout lines, they are easier to keep clean, and they can make a smaller kitchen appear larger. Available in a wide array of colors and finishes, the 18x18, 24x24, 16x32 or 18x36 tiles lend themselves to a variety of design aesthetics, from traditional to modern. These larger tiles can create a seamless transition from flooring to wall finishes, giving a room greater depth. Select a matte finish tile like the Pietra Dunes Beige, available in 12x24 and 16x32. This warm and soothing palette for floors and walls creates a timeless backdrop for bold natural stone countertops, one of the other hot kitchen design trends for 2015.
Wood grain porcelain tile flooring continues to take center stage. Hardwood floors are beautiful, but depending upon the climate, and the location indoors, they can be a real challenge to keep beautiful. Their susceptibility to moisture makes them a less than ideal flooring solution for busy kitchens. To meet the demands of consumers, durable, easy to clean, and attractive wood grain porcelain and ceramic tiles have been introduced. Our Sygma Series takes two of the hot trends – wood grain finish, and large format tiles – and brings them together, offering colors from Ice to Ebony. Or try our Redwood Series Natural Porcelain Tiles, featuring an innate wood grain appearance of grays, creams and beiges, sure to add distinction and elegance to any home.
Incorporate some of these exciting new trends into your kitchen; add splashes of color through accessories, countertops, or backsplashes. Consider replacing hardwood floors for durable wood-grain porcelain tile, or perhaps choose a new dynamic granite countertop to add color, texture and interest to your new kitchen. To start envisioning the kitchen of your dreams by incorporating some of 2015’s hottest kitchen design trends, visit http://www.msistone.com/room-scene-visualizer/. Experiment with different cabinetry colors, flooring options, backsplashes, and countertops until you find the right combination of premium surfaces to create your new dream kitchen!
16. January 2015 13:27
Design style is cyclical; what is hot one year cools the next. Fads may come and go, but many hot trends, including countertops, flooring, and cabinetry can sustain the test of time. For 2015, we are seeing many trends, some which will age gracefully through the years, and others, well, may come and go.
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and as such, families eagerly seek comfortable and beautiful kitchens that are durable, timeless, functional, and easy to maintain. Design trends expand eat-in kitchens, where families can gather together for meals, to do homework, and celebrate with friends and family. Formal dining rooms continue to fade, and many homeowners are expanding their kitchen into dining spaces for that highly desirable open concept floor plan.
Architectural accents including coffered ceilings, textured surfaces, and honed stone premium surfaces add character and visual interest. During a remodeling project, pay attention to lighting; ceiling lights and recessed lighting in task areas, as well as under cabinet lighting help to highlight your kitchen’s beauty, while increasing functionality. It’s all in the details when planning that perfect kitchen!
We are noticing several trends in the kitchen related to color and style. Shaker style cabinet doors remain the most popular. And, it is no wonder as they are easy to keep clean, and they adapt well to a host of design styles from traditional through modern. When it comes to color, painted finishes remain strong; from crisp whites to dove gray and rich espresso wood glazes. For cabinetry, designers are staying style-neutral and using the accents in the room to dictate the design style. A statement island, designed to look like a piece of furniture, with a different color or material of slab, is also catching the eye of many. Crisp white shaker cabinetry with a contrasting island topped with Bordeaux Dream granite, creates a warm, and inviting space.
Granite is still the leading choice for homeowners and homebuyers. And, white granite slabs are definitely “hot”. White marble is beautiful with its natural gray veins, but it does require more maintenance. White granite is available with a variety of vein colors and specks, creating interest and dimension. Alaska White has tones of grays and tans, Galaxy Bordeaux’s white background with dramatic Bordeaux and charcoal grain is distinctive and a great way to add timeless colors in sweeping waves.
Other emerging granite trends for 2015 include dramatic and bold countertops in rich colors. As the largest eye-level horizontal surface in the kitchen, it is easy to understand why designers are taking advantage to add an artistic element in this manner. Desert Dream’s black and rich gold tones lend to both a modern or traditional aesthetic, depending on the choice of cabinetry, accent wall tiles, and flooring. When selecting a stone slab, remember they will last a lifetime; choose one that will easily adapt to future design styles. With over 250 colors available, it should be easy to fall in love with one, or more, of them!
Quartz countertops continue to impress! Their durability, lack of maintenance, and new designs reminiscent of granite and marble, are available in a wide array of colors and patterns. Cabinetry with clean lines, graphic accent walls, and modern accessories are the perfect backdrop for the simplicity of solid color quartz countertops. Arctic White, with its solid bright white appeal, would be the perfect choice for a crisp, clean look. However, relatively new to market are more bolder patterns with swirls and waves in rich colors. These are ideal for homeowners looking to add the look of granite or marble, but desire the low maintenance of quartz.
Granite, soapstone, marble and quartz countertops can serve as a dramatic and artistic element in your kitchen, or have a more subtle presence to let cabinetry, backsplashes, and flooring be the focal point of the room. As interior design continues to evolve with new flooring options, backsplashes, and cabinetry, select the countertop slab that best complements your personal taste but will be flexible throughout the years.
9. January 2015 13:31
Tile has always been a popular building material for flooring, tubs, showers, backsplashes, walls, and countertops. They are durable, easy to clean, and the combination of colors, styles, and shapes give an endless ability to add a unique decorative touch to any room. In the past, consumers have been limited to basic tile sizes but a developing trend in the building and home renovation market is seeing an increased demand for larger tiles. Consumers are actively seeking these larger tiles because of their ability to visually expand a room. The larger the tiles, the fewer the grout lines; this creates a more flowing and cohesive look. As a bonus, the fewer the grout lines, the easier the tile is to clean and maintain!
MSI is at the forefront of this sustainable design trend, offering a wide array of travertine, marble, natural stone, and porcelain tiles in sizes ranging from 6x24 to 18x36, many with coordinating tiles in other sizes. Our tiles are suitable for both commercial and residential properties, for a variety of uses including floors, kitchen and bath backsplashes, countertops, fireplace walls, and shower/tub surrounds.
As the industry leader in premium surfaces, MSI continues to be ahead of the curve of what is hot in design trends and customer demand. Our newest introduction within the Pietra Porcelain Tile Series consists of 5 gorgeous colors available with an impressive 16x32 surface area. All offer polished or matte finishes, expanding the selection even more. These large format statement tiles create fewer grout lines and can give smaller rooms the impression of spaciousness. They are easy to maintain and can be used on walls or floors in both residential and commercial applications. MSI is continuing to develop new 16x32, and other large format tile products, as we expect this trend to continue to grow.
Another option for oversized tile includes our line of Capella Porcelain, which is available in both 12x24 and 24x24 sizes. These tiles have the look of old world pavers with rich patinas and a modern flair that will add a rustic feel to any room. This hard wearing line offers large format Cotto Tiles and coordinating Wood Planks that will work together beautifully, or look stunning on their own.
Resembling concrete, our Dimensions Porcelain tile gives an urban edge to any room and comes in a 24x24 tile size. This tile is durable, resistant to moisture, and the nearly seamless finish makes it ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, and high traffic areas. Available in six earth tone colors this minimalistic tile is easy to match with any decor.
The newest trend in large format tiles is here to stay and for good reason. They can turn your kitchen into a gourmet dining area, or your bathroom into a relaxing, upscale spa. Click here for additional styles and sizes available from MSI that are sure create a one-of-a-kind space that will last for years to come.
23. December 2014 10:55
Granite has always been an ideal material choice for both interior and exterior surfaces. Granite countertops provide an extraordinary resistance to damage, are easy to maintain, and the uniqueness of every slab adds an exclusive decorative touch to any room. At MSI, our wide range of colors, patterns, grains, and designs guarantee you will be able to find something you love! To ensure this, we now offer an even wider selection with the introduction of 10 new colors to our granite line. Whether you choose a low, medium, or a high variation, they are all spectacular pieces of natural stone with virtually endless possibilities.
Not Your Traditional Whites
Many people shy away from white countertops because they feel it lacks character. This is simply not true! White granite offers a variety of colored flecks and veins, adding interest to any countertop. Our new Snowfall and Salinas White, for example, have the clean look of white with flecks of black and gray, or if you prefer a little more color, our addition of Crema Light and Nilo River provide an alabaster background with dark browns, light browns, and grays mixed throughout. These new granite slabs are anything but ordinary!
Create A Rustic Look With Earth Tones
Looking for something more conventional? The fresh look of Gran Valle, Giallo Atlantico, Winter White, all offer medium variation with a more distinct pattern. The mixture of browns and grays speckled throughout give it an earthy tone that matches many traditional and contemporary designs. These colors are sure to become among our most popular colors because they work well with so many room designs.
The Look Of Marble With Granite
If the look of marble is more your style, we have that too! The innovative Black Forest, Bordeaux Dream, and Aruba Dream give that high variation look of marble but with increased durability. Their distinct veining and swirls of color throughout are ideal for those who want to make a bold statement with their countertops.
Granite remains one of the most popular surface choices because of its durability, overall elegance, and versatility. It is ideal for countertops but can also be utilized beautifully for backsplashes and walls. Along with our newest introductions, our premium surface granite selection offers over 250 color patterns, all in-stock and ready for prompt delivery. For a closer look at many these granite patterns, use our Kitchen Visualizer Tool which lets you mix and match cabinets, countertops, floor tile and backsplash options to envision the kitchen of your dreams! Need help choosing a countertop edge? We can help with that too! Visit our Countertop Edge Profile Tool, featuring 12 of the most popular profiles and two countertop color choices, to find the right edge for your intended style or purpose!
16. December 2014 12:29
Your kitchen may be the heart of the home, but the bathroom is the workhorse. The vanity surrounding the sink is subjected to the humidity from the shower, splashes of water, cosmetic spills, toothpaste, and an entire host of other things. While it may not get as intense use as your kitchen countertops, these concerns must be taken into account.
There are many options when selecting the right countertop for your bathroom. Choose from many classic natural stone options, like granite, marble, or travertine, or opt for an engineered stone, like quartz, which brings the same beauty with an added benefit of lower maintenance. The goal is to be stylish and timeless, yet durable and able to withstand the unique elements of the bathroom for years to come.
Granite is easy to maintain, durable, and can withstand the everyday stress of the bathroom. Looking to make a statement in a powder room or guest bathroom? Fusion is a dramatic multicolor granite with deep bluish grays, creams, and rust tones and is just one of the more than 250 colors we offer.
Looking for something more subdued? Our Emperador Light Marble may suit your taste. While many people shy away from marble, it shouldn’t be immediately discounted for your project; it holds up well in bathrooms, and adds timeless elegance. We carry more than 60 marble choices to satisfy any design aesthetic.
Soapstone is frequently the countertop of choice for laboratories where durability and cleanliness is mandatory. This makes it a perfect choice for many bathrooms. This natural stone is nonporous and can withstand even acidic liquids. It will naturally darken over time, and while it is softer than granite, it never needs sealing.
Another durable natural stone, Quartzite, is distinguishable from other natural stones because of the crystals that produce a sparkling pattern. Sea Pearl slabs have darker veins, with shimmering highlights, perfect to bring character into any bathroom.
Lower Maintenance Options
Quartz is a good alternative for people looking for style and durability for their bathroom vanity. In fact, it resists stains from even nail polish and other cosmetics! Crafted with care to resemble nature’s inherent beauty, or for contemporary style with added flare, design style and choice is up to you.
Venetian Marble is engineered from recycled stone and created to be affordable, durable, and environmentally friendly. Available in 11 colors to choose from; this is a great solution for busy bathrooms where you need as little maintenance as possible.
Both of these lower maintenance options are resistant to scratches and do not require annual sealing; simply, they are designed to last a lifetime without continued care.
Whichever stone surface you select for your bathroom vanity, MSI offers a wide range of coordinating tiles for showers, tub surrounds, and backsplashes, as well as flooring to ensure your bathroom is beautifully finished, from floor, to ceiling. And for more inspiration, you can visit our new Bathroom Visualizer Tool which allows you to mix and match your choice of colors, along with cabinet, floor tile and wall options, to envision the bathroom of your dreams!
10. December 2014 08:09
Fireplaces are much more than just a holding place for a fire. They offer a warm and inviting environment any time of the year. The look of a beautifully finished fireplace will not only give you a cozy environment, but can become the focal point of any room. While there are many options to choose from when designing a fireplace, the use of ledger panels is an excellent way to experience the organic nature of natural stone while bringing in a little bit of the outdoors to the inside of your home.
Whether you are building a new fireplace or just want to enhance the appeal of your existing one, MSI’s natural stacked stone fireplace ledger panels can help you obtain the fireplace of your dreams! They are precision cut and have variant color and changing textures to give the authentic appearance of a beautiful country wall or a gorgeous cliff side, while offering exceptional durability. They are also comprised of modular pieces that streamline the installation process, making them ideal for almost any fireplace.
With an already wide variety of styles and colors to match your tastes and fit within your budget, our newest line of ledger colors, shown below, now gives you an even larger selection to choose from, helping you create a striking statement in your home.
- Brown Wave - Get the look of sandstone but with a more modern sleeker design.
- Canyon Creek – Offered in a grey/rust combination, this is our newest quartzite panel.
- Cordoba Noche – This warm brown travertine has medium variations and is honed for a smoother look.
- Durango Cream – Our most popular beige travertine, now available in a ledger panel.
- Glacial Black – A stunning split face black and white marble with medium variations .
- Gold Rush Pencil And Golden Honey Pencil – These thinner, or “pencil” like, ledgers come in slate and quartzite, respectively.
Which color bests suites your style? Take a look through all the styles using MSI's new visualizer tool. We have a variety of colors that will help you create the perfect space for exceptional living. http://www.msistone.com/ledger-panel-visualizer/
1. December 2014 10:31
We are excited to announce the launch of our new Q Premium Natural Quartz Countertop brochure, now available online here! The use of quartz in manufactured countertops allows us to offer you a wide range of modern colors from sleek and solid contemporary to granular and veining patterns. We have also added 11 new colors, so no matter what your design preference, you are guaranteed to find something that fits your lifestyle and budget.
Expanded Selection Makes Finding The Right Color Easy
In order to meet the demands of our customers, we have recently introduced some new light, neutral tones. If you love the look of marble but desire a countertop with easier maintenance, try Cashmere Carrara or Glacier White. If you prefer something more contemporary, Frost White may be your preferred choice. These new colors fit well with both traditional and contemporary designs. With their clean, fresh look, they are sure to brighten up any kitchen!
For those who favor something with a little more color, Ash Gray, Hazelwood, and Boletus may be more your style. These medium colored neutrals will fit in with any design to provide a welcoming, rustic feel.
Finally, if you are looking for the elegance of a dark colored countertop, the marble look of Mocato Brown and the natural stone look of Bedrock are a great choice! These deep tones, when paired with lighter cabinets, can give your kitchen a timeless appearance.
Not sure what color will work for you? Check out our Kitchen Visualizer or Bathroom Visualizer tools where you can mix and match countertops, cabinets, backsplashes, and flooring and envision the space of your dreams!
Why Choose Q Premium Natural Quartz Countertops?
Q Premium Natural Quartz is a natural quartz surface made by an optimal fusion of more than 90% quartz and resin materials. The result is a surface that is exceptionally resilient to scratches, stains, and bacteria. It does not require sealing, re-polishing, or reconditioning. Keeping your Q countertop clean is easy. Simply wipe it down with warm water and a mild detergent. They are also environmentally sustainable and come with our Residential Lifetime Warranty. If you are looking for the perfect countertops for your kitchen or bathroom, Q Premium Quartz countertops are the answer!
25. November 2014 07:44
What if you could combine the beauty and warmth of old-world terracotta – or the rustic elegance of hardwood – with the durability and easy maintenance of porcelain tile? The Capella Porcelain Collection does just that.
Builders and homeowners are choosing porcelain tile options for flooring, backsplashes, countertops and other applications for good reason – it's extremely durable and is resistant to scratching, staining, and moisture damage. Above all, it is easy to keep clean and needs very little maintenance. There is no need to polish or wax it, seal it, or scrub it with more than just a damp mop.
Out of the benefits of porcelain the Capella Collection was born - a premium surface uniting the beauty of cotto and hardwood with the durability of porcelain! Hardwood floors and cotto tiles add tons of character and warmth to a room, but may not always be a practical or viable solution, especially for water prone areas. But with Capella, you can have it all! From the kitchen, to the bath, to all those high traffic areas, we’ve got you covered.
Not only does the Capella Collection offer exceptional durability, it also comes in 2 patterns and 4 color choices to suit your style. Choose the Clay or the lighter Sand and Talc cotto-look tiles in a large-scale grid pattern, or the rectangular Silt tiles which look great staggered. These tiles are full of old-world character and stunning color variation throughout, allowing them to enhance any type of décor. Pair them up with wood-look Capella porcelain tiles in dark-hued Java, medium-brown shades of Ash or Stable, or the light and refined Birch and you will have beautiful, durable porcelain options that work well either alone or together to create a unique look that will last for years to come.
12. November 2014 08:38
Accentuating your home’s distinctive features with natural stone surfaces has never been easier! Entry halls, fireplace surrounds, as well as backsplashes and the walls, floors and countertops of your kitchen and bath can be quickly remade into a striking space with some creativity and a talented installation team. Contemporary and traditional styles alike can be transformed with the innovative use of unique patterns, accents, and colors that will turn your home into the envy of the neighborhood.
Bold Looks for Floors & Walls
Let’s start from the floor and work our way up. Hardwood floors were all the rage, for many years. And while they do bring the essence of nature into your home, they are simply not as durable as tile flooring. One of the most dramatic ways to update any interior space, is by swapping out your hardwood floors for tile. Before you think of the simplistic square tiles laid in a grid format, imagine a floor with true character that reflects your creativity.
Once a design of the past, laying tiles in a herringbone pattern is making a comeback throughout the design world. With our Botanica Porcelain Tile (shown below), you can have the look of hardwood floors, without all of the maintenance. When laid in an interesting, non-linear pattern, your space can be immediately transformed.
Another design trend for flooring is to use mosaics or complementary tiles as an inlay for accent. For example, you can create a dynamic entry space in the shape of a rug or medallion by mixing patterns, colors and textures. For hallways, a combination of mosaics and tiles can create the illusion of a carpet runner, leading your guests into the heart of your home.
Let’s not overlook the opportunity to add drama to your entry hall’s accent wall! You can echo the color and pattern from the floor, or you can create something uniquely yours with stone ledger panels for an earthy natural feel, with mosaics for a contemporary splash of color and texture, or with complementary porcelain tiles for a continuous flow of design.
For another unique way to bring together both your horizontal and vertical spaces, consider using coordinating tiles of the same tone and texture for walls and flooring. Perhaps you like the look and feel of 6x40 planks on an accent wall that is grounded by 12x24 tiles on the floor like our Capella tile line (shown above). Or perhaps, you would prefer the 6x40 planks laid in a herringbone pattern on the walls, with the larger tiles on the floor. Your options are truly endless!
3. November 2014 14:09
You have many options when it comes to choosing a material for paving your patio, pool deck, walkway or other outdoor living space. Travertine pavers should be at the top of your list, for many reasons — they are practical, beautiful, durable and work well with any decorating style from rustic to contemporary. And unlike many hardscaping options available on the market today, the beauty of travertine will only improve with age.
Travertine is a natural rock, similar to limestone and marble. It's been used as a building material since ancient times; many of the famous landmarks such as the Roman Colosseum were constructed by travertine. This beautiful and durable natural stone is about 50 million years old and has many qualities that make it an exceptional choice for any project. Its unique composition allows for natural expansion and contraction in varying temperatures, making it resistant to the freezing/thawing cycle that can damage concrete and other materials. In fact, this premium surface is two to three times stronger than concrete… and more aesthetically pleasing as well.
The All-Weather Option
One of travertine's most appealing properties is its ability to stay cool to the touch even under extreme temperatures. This makes it perfect for installations anywhere it might be in contact with bare feet, such as a pool or spa deck or backyard patio. Our Tuscany Riviera Tumbled Paver, shown below, is one of the many popular travertine options for pool decks, not only because it stays cool but also because it's a non-slip surface even when wet. It will not grow mold, does not react to chlorine or other common pool chemicals, and comes in a wide variety of edging/coping options to create a finished, integrated design.
If you're in a cold-weather climate, you know how tough it can be to keep your outdoor surfaces from cracking and otherwise disintegrating through seasons of freezing and thawing. Repairs are often visible and unsightly. Travertine resists such damage, but even if you do need to replace one tile or a whole section, the natural color variation helps it blend in. After your new tile is installed, chances are you won't even be able to tell where the repair was made.
Ease of Maintenance
All natural stone products have benefits, and appropriate uses. Travertine is superior for many outdoor living applications because it is extremely easy to maintain. Like our Tuscany Scabas Paver, as seen below, these tiles do not require sealing and do not absorb dirt, so cleaning only takes minutes, with no scrubbing. Travertine pavers are not prone to discoloration, do not support mold growth and their color will not fade. In fact, many people believe that travertine's beauty only improves with the passage of time.
The Perfect Choice
Travertine pavers are the perfect choice for pool decks, patios, walkways, and other landscape applications. Because they are available in many sizes, these natural stone products can be used to create any shape your design application requires — gently meandering natural walkways and garden paths, curved patio edges, or a more formal layout. Select from an almost endless amount of patterns to suit contemporary style, formal, casual or rustic styles. Its natural color variation creates a beautiful end result every time, regardless of the application.
Your choice of travertine pavers for your outdoor living spaces will certainly provide a handsome return on your investment in terms of beauty and durability. For more information as well as some design inspiration, click here to watch this video which covers MSI's line of natural stone pavers and copings.