Subway Tile Styles: Endless Options

Today, we’ll cover all the subway tile styles you can choose from. Subway Tile is a super hot trend, but it’s also very timeless. You can’t go wrong with subway tile, but that doesn’t mean you have to go with the classic look. Subway tile styles are endless these days, so you can choose something that fits your personality perfectly! Lets take a look at the options.

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Colored Subway Tile

When you think of subway tile, you typically think of white. However, white is not your only option. Colored subway tile is so popular right now and for good reason, it spices up the kitchen! You can have neutral cabinets and add your pop with a colored subway tile backsplash.
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Glass Subway Tile

Glass subway tile gives a very modern look compared to other subway tile styles. It is clean and fresh and can be found in cool colors like green and charcoal, or in classic white. Glass tends to be a bit more expensive, but it definitly pays it’s weight in style!
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Handcrafted Subway Tile

Handcrafted subway tile is one of the most beautiful subway tile styles! The finish is not completely flat, it has a handcrafted feel, hence the name. The color on the morning fog handcrafted subway tile, with it’s edges lighter than the interior, which you don’t see on mass-manufactured tile often. We have several colors of handcrafted subway tile to choose from, and they’re all gorgeous.

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Large Format Subway Tile

Large format subway tile is a new trend that we’ve been seeing, and it looks great in showers, bath tubs, or kitchen backsplashes! The subway tile featured is a 4×16 compared to your standard 3×6. It goes up quicker but still gives the same classic subway tile look.
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Mini Subway Tile Styles

The mini subway tile styles are exploding! We’ve gotten so many new colors and styles in this miniature 2×4 tile format, so there is a perfect choice for every home! It may not be teeny tiny, but the smaller format is a bit more dramatic, however, it will take even longer to install than regular 3×6.

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Marble Subway Tile

This is such a classy choice! The marble is elegant while the subway tile is classic. This is a timeless look that anyone could appreciate. This greecian marble subway tile is only $5.99/SF, so the price and the look are both incredible!
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Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are the leading provider of Ledge Stone, wall tile and backsplash tile in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!

Written By: Allie Bloyd

The perfect mosaic tile shower combinations

Hi Everyone! Today we’re going to be talking about the best combinations of shower tile and mosaic tile to form the perfect mosaic tile  shower! Some people choose to stick with one tile in their shower, and while that’s ok, I think that adding a mosaic is a perfect way to make it pop!
When deciding to do a mosaic tile shower, the combinations can be endless, and often times leave you feeling confused. What will look the best with my main tile? What will be easy to install if doing this myself? Well today, we’re going to answer those questions for you! We’ll give you a variety of ideas that you can use in your own mosaic tile shower.

Mosaic Tile Shower Combos We Love

1. Satuary Matte 12×24 Tile with Arctic Cloud Glass and Stone Mosaic Tile Shower

This is such a clean, modern look! The Satuary Matte has movement and while the extra large strip of mosaic tile makes this shower one that really stands out! Find these tiles in store!

2. Cafe SS38 Tile and Basketweave Mosaic Tile Shower

This is a very traditional look, but one that many people wouldn’t think would be a great fit together! I love the detail of the basketweave mosaic paired with the simplicity of the tan Cafe tile. These products are in stock and ready to take home!
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3. Eramosa Silver and Highland Park Morning Fog Subway Tile Shower

This shower can be done with the popular Eramosa Silver 12×24 tile and Highland Park Morning fog subway tile. They chose to do two strips in rows of three, which is not what you would typically see, but it looks great! The colors blend so nicely that it is a subtle accent. Find these tiles in stock!
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4. White Marble and White Penny Mosaic Tile Shower

This shower design done by Coates Homes, and boy does it look spectacular! You can achieve this same look with our white marble tile and white penny mosaic! Adding the thick strip of mosaic at the bottom is a different look, but gives the view from the bath tub a little something extra! A very high end and elegant look.
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5. Carrara Marble Subway Tile with Marble Herringbone and Blanco Carrara & Glass Mosaic Tile Shower

This shower is AMAZING! We saw this stunner at Homearama 2016 and it is probably the biggest shower i’ve ever seen. We don’t expect this to be what you’re working with in your home, (If it is, then you lucky dog) but you can take a style cue and use the same or similar tiles to achieve this look in your own shower. Vertical Carrara marble subway tiles or larger marble tiles paired with a marble herringbone and marble interlocking mosaic will really make your shower one to remember! Adding a cool mosaic to your insert is always a great idea, and if your shower is stand alone, go for a fun pattern on the floor!
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6. Legend Blanco and Black and White Pebbles Mosaic Tile Shower

The Legend Blanco tile is one of our best sellers, and for good reason! It looks great on the floor as well as the walls. I recently did my shower in this tile and love the way it turned out! They used a really cool pebble mosaic for a very earthy, nautical look.

7. White Subway Tile and Colored Pennies Mosaic Tile Shower

What a fun shower! Subway tile is a favorite choice for any project because of it’s versatility. It will coordinate with any accent tile, and style of room, any color scheme. They have taken this tile to a new level by adding the colorful penny mosaic! I love the multiple strips of varying heights. It gives it a very carefree vibe.
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8. Ivory and 1×1 Glass Mosaic Tile Shower

This shower is modern, yet traditional, with a little bit of fun! The creamy Ivory tile pairs perfectly with the neutral colored 1×1 mosaic! The rest of this bathroom is grey, so it really ties the two colors together. Mosaic is a great way to make your look cohesive. Find both of these tiles in store!
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9.  4×16 White Subway Tile with Silver Grey Mixed Glass Mosaic Tile

This shower really makes a statement! The 4×16 subway tile is a hot item right now and I love the way it looks. It gives you the same feel as a traditional subway tile but mixes it up a bit. This mosaic tile is high impact! The silver, grey and black make it a very modern feel.
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Which is your favorite mosaic tile shower combination? Do you have pictures of your own shower to share? Post them in the comments! Thanks for reading, and if you have any additional questions about tile showers, don’t hesitate to ask!


Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are one of the leading providers of bathroom vanities, floor tile, backsplash tile, and cabinet hardware in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!

Written By: Allie Bloyd

DIY: Tips For Laying Floor Tile

Today, I’m going to teach you all about laying floor tile. Laying floor tile can be a different experience for those laying large format tile vs. smaller tile, or laying in big spaces vs. small spaces, but ultimately, the steps should be very similar. I hope it’s helpful!
First, we need to be prepared. That means having all the materials so that you don’t have to run out and get them mid project, because lets face it, that’s the worst.

Below are a few things (and resources) you’ll need for laying floor tile:

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1st: Prep Your Surface & For Tile Type!

This is very important. Inspect flatness before you begin. Is your surface clean and dry? Do you need a leveling compound? Take the time to repair anything that is damaged or uneven before you start. We took out old tile, so there was some dried mortar on the floor for me. I took my chisel and mallet and chiseled it up before I started. I took a shop vac and vacuumed everything up very well.
Make sure baseboards and moulding is off, check out your door jambs to make sure that the tile has enough space under it. If not, you will need to trim. It’s always better to identify this BEFORE you start as opposed to after.
If you are laying large format tile, do research on the unique challenges you may encounter. I laid large format tile in this bathroom, so I had to buy a mortar for large format tile (any tile over 15″ on any side), I decided on a tile leveling system (awesome by the way) to prevent lippage. Click here to learn what to think about before using large format tile.

2nd: Lay it out before you lay it

To make sure your layout works, you want to do a dry layout first. This is when you lay out all your tile and you’re happy with the way that it looks, how big your grout lines will be, get an idea of where cuts will be on certain tiles, and any other issues you may encounter.
It’s important not to simply follow the walls to get a straight layout. Many walls are not level, and if you are following the wall, you could end up with a crooked first row, making all of your subsequent tile crooked as well. Mark the center point of each of the walls in the room. Next, snap chalk lines between the center points of opposite walls to pinpoint the center of the room. Make any necessary adjustments to ensure that the intersection creates perfect squares. Starting at the center point, lay a row of loose tiles along the center lines in both directions, using tile spacers as you go to for even grout joints. Once you reach the walls, you’ll need to cut tiles for a proper fit.
I didn’t take pictures of my dry layout, but it worked out very well and I was able to use this to go ahead and cut a lot of my tile!

3rd: Time to Tile

I used premixed adhesive, so I didn’t need to worry about how much I mixed going in. This is why I like it. It won’t dry up. If you run into complications and can’t finish right away, you’re not wasting. Using the flat side of your trowel (see above to make sure you’re using the right size for your tile) lay down your adhesive on the wall farthest from the door. When laying floor tile, you want to make sure you work from back of room to the front, because you will not be able to walk on the tile once it’s laid to get out of the room. This may seem like common sense, but not everyone realizes this until it’s too late!
When laying floor tile, I put adhesive down one row at a time. I make sure I come out at least an inch or two so that on my next row, I can easily see the thickness of the mortar that was used and can use the same amount. Using the notched side of our trowel, comb in the ridges. This removes excess and gives you a uniform surface. You can go ahead and make all cuts for that row based on your dry layout or cut as you go. Make sure that when cutting out for a toilet flange, you measure your toilet’s width so you know how wide your cut can be.
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Make sure you “butter” the back of your tile when laying floor tile. This is rubbing a thin layer of mortar on the back of your tile in addition to the mortar on the floor. This ensures a better hold. I have made the mistake of not doing it in the past and found several loose tiles. When I use this method, they adhere. If you are using a tile leveling system (see how to video above), set them as you go from one tile to the next, along with your spacers.
Always start at the center of the row and work your way out. This gives you a better end result. If you’re doing a brick pattern, your second row should start in the center of your first row’s center tile. This gives you the perfect brick pattern! Press tiles in firmly or use your leveling block and mallet. With the tile leveling system, you don’t really have to worry about the leveling block because they are going to lock your tiles in place.

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Make sure you remove any excess mortar around the toilet flange after setting.

Continue your pattern of laying floor tile and move through the rest of the room in the same way, making sure each tile has spacers appropriately applied and is pressed in firmly.Lastly, allow your tile to set at least 24 hours to set before walking on it. Some people recommend more, but I like to see if there are any loose tiles right away. After 24 hours, you can still reset them fairly easily.

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This last row was done the next day. I was dry laying my last tile for the complicated cut around the floor vent.

 4th: Grouting

When laying floor tile, decide if you’re using premixed or you’re mixing yourself. If you are mixing yourself, make sure you only mix enough that you can use in a 1 hr time period. A small room such as this typically doesn’t take much time so I just mixed mine all at once. I used a grey that was very similar to my tile so that it would be lower maintenance than a white, and it would hide any minor imperfections better (grout has this amazing way of doing that). Remove tile spacers and your tile leveling system.

After you mix, make sure you have a bucket of clean water and a sponge ready. Spread grout on the tile surface, use a rubber grout float or a squeegee to force it down into the joints. I used a sanded grout from North American Adhesive because of the size of my tile and grout lines (see link above to determine yours).

Tilt the float at a 45-degree angle and with the edge of the float, remove the excess grout from the surface immediately. Now tilt the float at a 90-degree angle and scrape it diagonally across the tiles. After you’ve done an area, use your wet sponge and wipe the surface clean. See if any areas need extra grout. Rinse out sponge and repeat. Change water as needed.

Polish with a soft cloth when the grout has dried and a haze forms on the tile surface. Rinse again with sponge and clean water if necessary. Give your newly grouted floor 72 hours before any heavy use and at least three weeks before applying sealers or polishes.

Admire your new tile and give yourself a pat on the back for laying floor tile!

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Before thoroughly cleaning grout joints

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Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are one of the leading providers of ceramic, porcelain, and large format tiles in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!

Written By: Allie Bloyd

Choosing Wall Tile to Match Bathroom Vanities

Hola! Alright, so you have your brand new, fresh-out-of-the-wrapping bathroom vanity. It’s placed properly, fastened tight to the interior wall, and maybe you’ve even hooked up the plumbing to the sink along with the countertop. In essence, you’ve never been more excited to wash your hands before in your life. After doing so, that next thought springs into your head, the next step to really put that finishing touch on your vanity – what wall tile will look best? Well, luckily, I’m here to tell you of a couple of options to choose from. And it can be as simple (or as complex) as you’d like it to be!
 

Contrasting Light Tile to Dark Vanity

If you really want to accentuate your vanity, I’d suggest going with a light-colored tile. The pictures above demonstrate how a lighter tile can make your vanity pop, giving it the proper attention it needs. Contrast in any design platform plays with a viewer’s eyes a bit and is perfect for redirecting or emphasizing a particular piece. Notice how the wall tile from the picture on the left contains smaller dark tiles, as well. We’ll get to this a bit later, but it brings out the darker tone of the vanity, giving a nice blend to the whole bathroom. The picture in the middle sports a classy white tile, and the vanity’s contrast sets it apart, but it works! Never be afraid in the effects of contrast. It adds visual interest and appeals to the eye. Uniformity and blending definitely has its perks, but this design element is simply too attractive to dismiss. Literally.
 
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A Blending of Colors

Sometimes going with the grain just makes sense. As you can see, the pictures above exemplify that statement perfectly. Matching wall tile with the color of your vanity gives your bathroom design a sense of unity and can make for a stunning visual effect. The first picture displays a marvelous, antique-style vanity. The soft brown hue of the wall tile allows the entire display to streamline the eye’s focus in unison. In essence, it’s a beautiful blend of style and color. The picture in the middle is my personal favorite, though. But I’m a sucker for the natural pine stain color, so there’s no surprise there. Notice how the wall tile really hones that color in and makes it shine. Now, earlier I told you how a wall tile can bring out a color in a vanity. The picture on the right is a prime example of how a subtle blend between the vanity and wall color can make your primary color jump out at you! Like an exclamation point. At Builder’s Surplus, we offer a cast of tile brands that will help you pull of this look. We’ll help you in the design process and make sure your vision becomes a reality.
 
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The Products to Choose

Daltile is one of the best products in the business, in my opinion, but you don’t have to take my word for it. You’ve just glanced at their product, and I’m willing to bet you liked what you saw. But, see, that’s the thing about Daltile – there’s so much to choose from. I think we can all agree that when it comes to home restoration/renovation, variety is essential, right? Daltile’s selection is bar none, yes, but it’s the quality that really sets this product from the rest. Established since 1947, the company has acquired a tremendous reputation for their innovative ideas, and it’s directly reflected in their designs. And you know what the best part is? This awesomely legit product is available through special order at Builders Surplus. Come talk to us in person or set something up so we can get things rolling on your bathroom remodel! You can do so here. 
 


Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
Written by: Chris Chamberlain