Decorative Materials Blog

Large Pattern: Ceramic “Wallpaper”

Posted on Sep 24, 2019 in Tile Trends

Some interior design concepts are timeless — and some come and go in waves. Wallpaper definitely belongs in the latter category. While it has seen some significant booms, it spent the early 2000s out of favor among most design enthusiasts. All that is about to change, however, wallpaper is currently making a long-awaited comeback. Large patterns were an especially big deal at 2019 Coverings, where bold and decidedly vibrant looks captivated design enthusiasts.

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Client Feature: Inspire Kitchen Design Studio

Posted on Sep 17, 2019 in Tile Trends

One of the greatest privileges of working in the tile business: collaborating with the region's best and brightest designers. Their passion cannot be denied — nor can their inherent talent.

At Decorative Materials, we're always impressed by Angela Otten of Inspire Kitchen Design Studio. The studio's name fits; we came away feeling deeply inspired when we recently chatted with Angela about her growing company and her new showroom.

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Terrazzo: Making a Long-Awaited Comeback in 2019

Posted on Aug 06, 2019 in Tile Trends

Set foot in any 2019 tile show or convention, and you're bound to see terrazzo. While this marble and cement composite has made its mark for five centuries, it was regarded for several decades purely as a product of the 1970s. That is quickly changing, however, with fresh takes on terrazzo bringing the classic style into the 21st century. Already last year, Italian designers were beginning to dabble in the look. Since then, it has seen a full-on explosion in the tile world. Take a closer look at new or remodeled hotels, restaurants, or even co-working spaces; if they're on-trend, they'll likely include terrazzo flooring.

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International Perspective: The World’s Leading Hotel Lobbies

Posted on Jul 29, 2019 in Tile Trends

No first impression quite delivers like an elegant hotel lobby. This sophisticated space can instantly elevate accommodations, granting the entire structure an upscale feel. Below, we've highlighted a few of the most stunning examples of hotel lobby design — and the integral role tile selection plays in these beautiful spaces:

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Color Trends for 2020

Posted on Jul 18, 2019 in Tile Trends

Jewel tones are hot in 2019, and for good reason: these rich colors deliver instant glamour. That being said, today's most trend forward jewel tone hues look little like traditional takes on this familiar color scheme. Right not, it's all about edgy vibes. Two of the most notable themes in this jewel tone trend: new ideas for incorporating blue and green. Keep reading to learn why we're so obsessed with these specific editions of the jewel tone trend — and why we expect these shades of blue and green to dominate in 2020:

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Artistic Tile: Upping the Ante with Mosaic-Inspired Statement Stones

Posted on Jun 26, 2019 in Tile Trends

At Decorative Materials, we're all about experimenting with bold designs as we integrate fresh new ideas with traditional concepts. We're always on the hunt for new talent, but we also find ourselves returning again and again to a few reliable designers. Chief among them: Artistic Tile, which has long been a favorite among the interior design enthusiasts who frequent our tile showrooms.

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The Most Impressive Tile Designs from Coverings 2019

Posted on Jun 20, 2019 in Tile Trends, luxury tiles

Inspiration abounds in the fast-paced world of interior design. Exciting ideas can be found in virtually every setting imaginable. At industry events, however, these ideas reach a whole new level as they are examined and discussed by those who know design best. This was certainly the case at Coverings 2019, where we observed a myriad of exciting concepts brought to life by the industry's finest.

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How the Right Ceramic Finish Can Transform a Space

Posted on Jun 12, 2019 in Tile Trends

Beautiful, versatile, and highly durable, ceramic tile is a wonderful option for creating a practical and aesthetically pleasing space. Unfortunately, choosing ceramic is just the beginning. Once you've decided to install ceramic tile in your project, you'll need to delve into the details. Their finish will quickly become one of your chief considerations; the same ceramic designs can look and feel completely different depending on whether they are glossy, glazed, textured or matte. What's more, textured finishes can take otherwise ordinary tiles to a whole new level. Below, we highlight the top finishes, as well as considerations worth making as you choose the right finish for your favorite ceramic tiles:

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How It’s Made: The Euphoria Collection

Posted on Apr 24, 2019 in Tile Trends

Sonoma Tilemakers is a top name in the interior design sphere, and for good reason. Boasting 25 years of success, this tile authority has made a name for itself by introducing intriguing style concepts while holding true to some of the world's most cherished traditions. From ceramic to glass, the creative geniuses at Sonoma Tilemakers bring undeniable artistry to their intricate, handcrafted tiles.

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The Creative Genius of Maison Surface

Posted on Apr 18, 2019 in Tile Trends

At Decorative Materials, we're proud to work with some of the world's most innovative designers. We love the unique visions that our favorite designers bring to life — particularly when they infuse classic concepts with new elements. Hence our current enthusiasm for Maison, which has long been regarded as a creative force in the tile industry. Maison's looks draw on a variety of intriguing concepts, bringing fresh ideas to design elements we'd assumed were long forgotten.

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