Flooring Blog

Tile Style: Creative Backsplash Tile

Posted by Kristen Mangus on Sun, May 22, 2011 @ 08:05 AM

With so many tiles out there, it can be confusing! Finding tile that reflects your home's and your family’s style is key.
Keep a Design Book - One of the first things you should do is grab a notebook and jot down what you like and DON'T like about your existing backsplash. At first, it may seem strange to create a design book, but when you visit your local tile or floor covering store, having a design book will really help guide your conversation and keep you on track.
To make your design book, flip through magazines and tear out images of tile or whole rooms that you like. If there is a style or color family you do not like, be sure to write it down to remind you to bring it up when you talk with a tile professional.
The more basic parameters or basic boundaries that you give to the sales person -- the better he or she can help narrow down the selection and zero in on the right design for your backsplash tile.
Keep an open mind. Don’t limit yourself by having too many specifics, unless you’re having a tile custom made for your backsplash (which is rare because it can be costly).
Here is a good example of directions that you can give a designer if you have a design book: "Here are some photos of kitchens that appeal to us. We want to stick with natural colors with some kind of an accent that goes with our kitchen (picture of kitchen), and we don't want the tile to have too much yellow or pink." That kind of specific guidance helps a designer get you the perfect backsplash tile for your kitchen.

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Topics: News, stone, Tile

Ty Pennington Headlined Big Texas Home Show at Cowboy Stadium

Posted by Theril Williams on Thu, Mar 24, 2011 @ 17:03 PM

For fans of Trading Spaces’ wackiest carpenter, last weekend’s Big Texas Home Show was a must-attend. Ty Pennington shared a behind-the-scenes look at his time on Trading Spaces and his current show, Extreme Home Makeover.

Ladies, if you didn’t see him in the flesh, you’ll have to catch Extreme Home Makeover on ABC - Channel 8, WFAA on Sundays at 8 pm, but here are some highlights.

Of his start on Trading Spaces, Pennington says he auditioned with a bunch of male model types who seemed like they had “picked up brand new tool belts on the way to the audition.” He credits his big break to how he executed the flower box he was asked to build. Certainly, he must have impressed the casting director because a week later he got the gig.

Pennington also answered questions about how it was to work with the designers as a carpenter on Trading Spaces. He said that he loved being offered the opportunity to give his input, but some designers were more open to it than others.

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Topics: Floor Partners, DFW Home & Garden Show, Extreme Home Makeover

Floor Partners launches their new brand and website!

Posted by Theril Williams on Mon, Mar 21, 2011 @ 08:03 AM

Floor Partners will be rolling out their new brand and website at the March, Dallas Home & Garden Show and in this new blog and website. Stay posted for all the new things that we are going to be doing over the next year. We have some big plans in the works to help service and educate our customers and prospects better.

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Topics: Announcements, Floor Partners' News