From Around the Web – Tile Trend #4: The Luxury of Marble Without the Cost

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Think beyond the block tile. Marble-looking tiles come in a wide range of shapes and patterns – making a luxurious material just that much more engaging – and within reach. Photo Credit: decoist.com

There is nothing quite so elegant and stately as marble.  The classic high-end look of marble is what everyone wants — and now you can have the look of marble in just about every conceivable format but in the affordability of  ceramic or porcelain.

Expect to see “marble” looking tiles on the walls, floor, in mosaics or mixed in with other types of tile media.   This enduring, classic marble look with its white background and grey veining is going to be huge in 2016. When it comes to tile, the marble look is more realistic than ever.

 

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From Around the Web – Tile Trend #3: Brick Makes a Comeback

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White subway tile as a wall covering makes a clean and elegant statement for your bath. Photo Credit: Annelibush.com

Brick-look tile is an easier to maintain option than actual brick and you’ll get the same look and feel. Most brick installations are for the wall. But 2016 will see brick on the floor.

 

Brick-look tile on the floor is a great idea because porcelain is already a proven winner for floors. Just like wood, brick is getting a facelift with some paint. Painted brick has that retro look that is coming back into vogue but it still has a flair of the contemporary.

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Brick doesn’t have to be boring! Think in terms of color (such as grey or black) materials (such as slate-look) and pattern like this visually engaging herringbone. Photo Credit: Houzz.com

 

 

 

Look for tile with graphics, text, and highlights in metallic colors. Aged brick, like the kind you’d find in an old downtown loft, is available in tile and probably the most popular choice in brick-look for 2016.

 

 

 

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Hotel Spending Is Back: Is Your Hotel Ready?

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It’s official! People are traveling again!

While many of us have known for some time that travel is on the uptick, the recent quarterly earnings announcements confirm our own suspicions.

Recent quarterly sales findings in the retail sector have been disappointing, with executives from everyone from Macy’s to Nordstrom to Target reporting anemic sales figures, thanks in large part to the consumer market spending less on clothing.

But if people aren’t spending money on clothes then what are they spending their money on?

The consumer research arm of Thompson Reuters knows the answer: nesting and travel.

Consumers are foregoing clothes and investing in bigger ticket items: cars, homes and experiences – travel.

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The Starwood Hotels group is part of the larger, Marcus Hotels, brand. Image by Royal Contract Lighting (royalcontract.com)

And these figures hold true in earnings reports. Hotel owners Marcus (IHG, Starwood, Hilton, Pfister, Heidel House, Grand Geneva and Timber Ridge), Royal Caribbean Cruises and Boyd Gaming (who owns more than 20 casinos) show earnings growth rates of 344.4%, 185%, and 130% increases respectively.

This also holds true with what we’ve been seeing as of late. The tide is turning from buying “things,” and Millennials, plus the older end of Generation Z (and younger Gen Z who are influencing their Gen X parent’s spending decisions) are flexing their interest in travel.

Is your hotel ready for an influx of guests?

 

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From Around the Web: Tile TREND #2 Smooth Cement-looking Tile

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Cement Looking Tile is elevated from the industrial look to an elegant statement. Photo Credit: Founterior.com

Cement, like wood, isn’t a new idea for floors and walls. But this trend is going to hit its stride in 2016. It’s a look that doesn’t date itself so it’s here to stay. Cement-look tile in 2016 will be softer and warmer, making it suitable for all kinds of design. Concrete isn’t just for modern design anymore. Look for it in warm grey, taupe, and beiges. Concrete-look tiles will begin to be available in many different shapes and sizes in 2016. Mosaic, planks, hex, and large format will become popular. This upgrade elevates cement-looks in design.

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What is Tile “Refinishing”?

Terminology, especially when starting a remodel or renovation, can often be confusing to customers. One common set of terms you will hear people use interchangeably are “refinishing” or “reglazing” in relation to tiles.

There really is no such thing as “reglazing” — it’s a misnomer.  As This Old House once shared in a Q&A, unless you’re planning to “crank up the heat in your bathroom to 2,300 degrees for several hours,” you really don’t “reglaze” bathroom tiles.

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A professional tile and bath refinisher can breathe life into your bathroom! Photo Credit: homerenovations.about.com

The real term is a process called “refinishing,” but can also be called “resurfacing” or “surface restoration.”  Many customers will call it “re-glazing:” they think you are re-glazing because the tiles look so shiny and new after the refinishing process is complete. Yes, your tiles look amazing by the time we’re done, but really, we aren’t re-glazing your tiles.

Refinishing is an affordable and faster alternative to remodeling – especially when you are happy with your existing bathroom configuration and your tiles are in good shape. In short, refinishing is a multi-step process of applying layered coats of primer and pigmented acrylic urethane. Once that’s done, we buff the surface area until it shines like a freshly glazed tile.

You can refinish surface tiles as well as your bathroom fixtures – provided they are in good shape. Porcelain, fiberglass and cast iron items are usually good candidates for refinishing.

While refinishing may seem like it can work miracles – and in the right situations we can – it is not a miracle worker. The raw materials – tiles, baths, etc – themselves need to be in good shape. If your fixtures are cracked or severely pitted, you may want to replace your items.  *See our decision-making guide article on how to determine if refinishing is a viable alternative for your situation.

 

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From Around the Web: Tile Trend #1 – The Look of Wood with the Convenience of Tile

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Wood tile is going to be everywhere! Photo Credit: Daltile.com

The Wood-looking tile trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. If anything, the trend is going to get bigger as the products available improve. Look for these variations in the trend:

  • Layout – not only in planking but also in patterns such as herringbone
  • Reclaimed wood – the weathered, distressed “authentic look” is bigger than ever.
  • Painted – coming up on the horizon, look for whitewashing!
  • Cross Grain – rather than showing a wood grain running length-wise, think of seeing the rings of grained wood in your tiles.

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Refinish or Remodel Your Guest Baths?

Renovations can be exciting opportunities. But they can also wreak havoc on your budget –as well as impact your room revenues – if not handled well.

Let’s face it – your bath and floor tiles take a beating. Hundreds – sometimes thousands of guests can pass through your rooms year after year for 5, 6 sometimes 7 years before your next renovation. But how do you remodel or renovate your hotel without breaking the bank?

One of the fastest, most economical, efficient ways to renovate is actually to refinish (rather than replacing) your tile work.

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How are your tiles holding up? Photo Credit: jovialmonk.co.uk

Here are some things to think through when you’re deciding whether to refinish your guest baths or to “go all in” with total renovation:

Are the baths in “good shape” whereas other parts of the rooms are in serious need of help? For example, sometimes refinishing (rather than totally gutting and remodeling) the bath is just “enough” – thus allowing funds to be directed towards furnishings or soft goods purchases

Are the baths “ok” – structurally still good – but have seen better days? It’s sometimes enough to get your rooms just enough of the “sprucing up” needed to get by until the next major renovation. One way to trim your budget without substantially diminishing the look of “luxury” or visual appeal is to refinish the tiles you currently have.

Are the tiles, themselves, in good shape – but could use a facelift? Refinishing can allow you to change colors – even textures such as a stone or wood look – of your tiles, as well as bring back the luster of new tile. When done professionally, refinished surfaces will have the same luster as they did when they were originally installed and are often under warranty.

Refinishing isn’t appropriate in all situations. But a reputable professional will give you an honest assessment of your situation by looking at the condition and quality of your tiles and grout, noting any cracks and chips – and if they can be repaired well enough for refinishing.

Refinishing your tile areas can’t take away all of your renovation pains, but it can shorten project timelines as well as lighten the impact room revenue losses.

 

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From Around The Web – Sensible Sustainability: The New Standard for Hotels

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Leeds Certification is one of the most popular green building certification programs used world wide. Photo Credit: BDCNetwork.com

There’s pressure on the hospitality market to incorporate sustainability into their hotel design and renovation projects.  “KA’s Davies contends that LEED is “an aspirational goal.” He says that the most insightful developers and the best projects first devise a number of sustainability strategies, and that LEED is a second step to see how those aspirations measure up. Only then, he says, can adjustments be made to assess whether the hotel’s design and construction can be stretched to a higher level of efficiency and sustainability.” Read More…

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