Decorative Materials Blog

Recap and Insights from Dialogue in Design

Posted on Aug 23, 2018 in Expert Advice

On July 25th and 26th, Decorative Materials had the pleasure of hosting a short series of Dialogue in Design events at our Edwards and Basalt locations. Presented by the Denver Design Center in partnership with the American Society of Interior Designers, these panel discussions were appropriately named "Designerista's Style Manner."

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Thick Porcelain Tile: The Perfect Solution for Your Patio

Posted on Jul 30, 2018 in Tile Trends, Expert Advice

The good life awaits on your patio. Increasingly viewed as a livable space, a carefully designed patio allows you to embrace the natural world while remaining comfortable.

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Is the Subway Tile Trend Dead?

Posted on Mar 12, 2018 in Insider, Tile Trends, Expert Advice

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From bathrooms to kitchen backsplashes and even commercial settings, subway is the ultimate in ubiquitous tile. Named for the New York City train stations in which they were originally found in the early 1900s, these tiles quickly captured the public's imagination with their revolutionary layout. Since then, they have remained a top choice among a variety of homeowners and designers.

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4 Timeless Tile Designs

Posted on Mar 06, 2018 in Expert Advice, Natural Stone

Whether for future sale or your own personal enjoyment, you're determined to freshen up your home. Like many homeowners, however, time and budget constraints limit the extent to which you can transform your interior aesthetic. A simple tile update could be the solution, but you need a versatile look that will complement your evolving home.

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Client Feature: Donna Guerra

Posted on Dec 11, 2017 in Design, Expert Advice

Seemingly subtle details in modern flooring can make all the difference in sophisticated bathrooms, even when rooms are limited by size or a desire for eco-conscious design. This is especially evident in the recent completion of an ambitious project from Donna Guerra of DG&A Interior Design.Donna Guerra is a valued and founding member of the Decorative Materials Loyalty Club honoring Colorado’s most accomplished trendsetters + design thought leaders. The talented designer applied her passion for mountain-inspired design to the ambitious Aspen Park Project. Tile selection played an integral role in the project. The result? Gorgeous and unique bathrooms featuring clean lines, sophisticated tiles and an airy look that exemplifies simplicity without ever feeling sparse.

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CERSAIE 2017: Trends to Look for in 2018

Posted on Nov 29, 2017 in Tile Trends, Expert Advice

Every year, CERSAIE sets the tone for the hottest trends in the tile industry. The annual event is the tile equivalent of New York Fashion Week; it highlights new concepts bound to take over next season.

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3 Ways to Use Tile Outdoors

Posted on Mar 16, 2017 in Expert Advice, Natural Stone

Whether you are a trade professional or homeowner you can appreciate the importance of patio flooring. A rough or slick concrete patio without tile, no matter how beautifully designed, feels bare and unfinished. Sand and chipped-rock patios give visitors a sense of the patio being separate from the house, but a patio should be an extension of a home's accomplishments inside, thus integrating outdoor living.

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5 Areas to Use Porcelain Tile

Posted on Feb 20, 2017 in Expert Advice

When you hear discussion of porcelain, your first instinct might be to imagine a delicate plate or perhaps a collectible or vintage doll. However, porcelain is surprisingly adaptable and comes in many forms, including those suitable for flooring. A porcelain tile floor gets its start as natural clay and ground sand; the material then undergoes a heat treatment process that eliminates the water and hardens the clay. Porcelain tile flooring is suitable throughout your house, but it is ideally suited to the following five areas.

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Tile Face-Off: Porcelain vs. Ceramic Tile

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 in Expert Advice

Choosing the right tile is an important decision, and there are a number of factors to take into account. For example, you will need to consider the shape and size of your room, how your tile will be used, durability, lighting and, of course, your own personal style. Another consideration is the material from which the tile is made from. The most popular tile materials are porcelain and ceramic, and both offer their own features and benefits. Let's take a look at their attributes and compare those features so that you choose your tiles with confidence.

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Selecting the Best Tiles for Hotel Lobby Design

Posted on Aug 10, 2016 in Design, Expert Advice

It’s no secret that the design of your hotel lobby is one of the most important factors when it comes to determining what impression your establishment will make on its guests and visitors. As a visual statement, hotel lobby design can establish the aesthetic of the entire building, and send a message about the quality and type of service you provide.

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