Showcase Your Style!

There is no reason that the area around your bathtub needs to be a generic—you can set it apart from others and really showcase your style if you find the right stone or tile to make it special. Here at Westside Tile, we can help show you different ways to personalize your bathroom’s tub so that you can create a peaceful yet functional space in your bathroom, somewhere you look forward to sinking into a relaxing soak.

 

The first thing you will want to decide on is what style you want in your bathroom. This can range from simple elegance to a beach inspired design. Whatever your tastes, we can help discuss your options and find what’s right for you.

 

The next step will be for us to help you decide on what kind of tile will work best for your bathroom and decide on what types of stone or tile you want. There are several different ways to achieve great looks for your bathroom. Framing the area behind your tub in a solid stone marble can give your bathroom and air of sophistication. However, some may find this look a little cold for their taste.

 

One the other hand, if you want go for a more beach like theme you could try a design that uses lighter tile frame by using a mosaic of smaller glass tiles. You could accent this with marble countertops and it would create a lighter feel to your bathrooms design.

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Another great way to go is with a more rustically inspired tile design. This is a look you can achieve if you use marble in addition to solid colored mosaic designs utilizing blues, creams and even yellows to create a look that evokes parallels with something you might find in an Italian villa.

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Whatever your tile and stone needs we can help you find just the right look for your bathroom. Check out our website at Westside Tile.

How To Plan Lighting in a Bathroom Remodel

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Bathrooms typically feature abundant lighting and there are several specifics that contribute to the final design. Rather than start with the aesthetics of lighting we’re going to suggest you first tackle energy efficiency as it relates to the amount of heat in the room. You may not have thought about the amount of heat lights emit. However, if you’ve ever had a bathroom with incandescent globe light bulbs you know how quickly the bathroom can go from cozy to sweltering. With LED lights the room’s temperature won’t be affected because they stay cool. More importantly they require only 25% of the energy required for a standard light bulb, which means they also last a long time and you won’t be replacing them often.

Next, let’s give some thought to ambient lighting. Due to the fact that bathrooms are such functional spaces we often forget that direct light isn’t the best for a relaxing bath. Sure, task focused vanity lighting is great for standing over the sink. However, recessed lights with a dimmer switch are far more ideal for creating a sense of sanctuary. They will emit a softer light and the dimmer will give total control of the mood for those home-spa days. They are also ideal for trips to the bathroom in the dark because you can turn on a little light without hurting sleepy eyes. Or, if you have small children for whom you like to leave a light on all night, you can set their bathroom light to the dimmest setting.

As far as task lighting is concerned the main imperative is that it’s a white cast light with little to no shadows. Tasks such as applying makeup or shaving the face are best served by unobstructed light. Among all the light fixtures in the bathroom the task lighting needs to be the most carefully considered according to the time of day. It will be fairly easy to achieve ideal lighting for close-up grooming activities during the day. However, accomplishing the same effect at night will be different. Plan accordingly.

Last but not least, don’t forget the timeless tradition of lighting a few candles in the bathroom. They’re always a stylish and very relaxing in a bathroom!

While all of these pointers will help accomplish great lighting, our most important pointer is this: If you’re not well versed in electrical work you definitely want to seek the help of a professional. Remember, water and electricity don’t mix!

2015 Color Trends of the Year

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Color is one of the single most defining aspects of decorating, and it is perhaps the most influential element of design as relates to time periods. The starkest example in history is of course the 1970’s. That was so intense that some folks never recovered, still experiencing “visual nausea” upon spotting avocado green, bright orange, and golden yellow!

Thankfully, we’ve come a long way and in 2015 the “it” color is Marsala! Says who? Pantone, that’s who! If you aren’t familiar, Pantone is considered the leading authority in the world when it comes to color, and they call the shots. You’ll see their influence in fashion, home design, weddings, and anything else where being in style calls for incorporating color.

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Pantone describes Marsala as a “naturally robust and earthy wine red.” It is in fact named after the wine itself. The beauty of this color is that it manages to be earthy and grounded while still exuding glamour and sophistication. You can stay on the subtle side and pair it with light neutrals, or veer toward the exciting and contrast it with complimentary colors such as teal. Or, delve into entirely by achieving a monochromatic mix of darker and lighter versions of it.

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So, what colors go well with Marsala? More than you might imagine, but the goal of this post is to inform you of what is “in the now.” So we are going to focus on sharing color suggestions that are very on trend for 2015.

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There you have it – the perfect starting point for developing a home decorating color scheme that will impress your most trend savvy friends. Or, if that’s not the point, a design plan that is based on an innovative color that you love!

Leave us a comment and tell us which colors you chose and how you used them!

Color Palette: The Power of Plum!

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Plum is the perfect color if you aspire to create a room that is elegant but bold. The aesthetic characteristics of purple are rooted in its long association with wealth, royalty, grandeur, sophistication, and status. It is perfect in spaces where you want an effect that is expressive while still managing to seem slightly understated. For example, it would work beautifully if your goal is to design a library worthy of a renowned scholar, or a bathroom fit for a queen.

For purposes of this post we’ll focus on using it to achieve a modern décor with a sophisticated twist in a city loft. To do so we are going to break the elements of the room down in sections because it’s often easier to understand them that way. If you happen to be a novice, this approach will make learning our design a breeze! Just read the bullet points for each aspect of the décor and extract what works best for your personal vision.

The color pallet: Mahogany, Ebony, Silver, Gold, Plum

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What makes the room inviting?

  • Plush couch cushions, deep and wide enough for relaxing.
  • The stunning view of the city as seen from the couch.
  • The plant – it adds life to the room.
  • The lamp and chandeliers, when the room is dark. They will cast a warm, ambient light.

What makes the colors work well together?

  • One dominant shade that is highly saturated – plum.
  • Gold is a derivative of yellow – purple and yellow are complementary. This is why the gold squares ‘pop.’
  • Black, cream, and silver serve as neutrals while still reading ‘strong’ and making a subtle statement of their own.

What makes the design modern?

  • Straight lines
  • Geometric shapes
  • Limited use of pattern
  • Metal surfaces
  • Contemporary chandeliers
  • An unfussy plant
  • Minimalism
  • Simplicity

What makes the room fun?

  • The chandeliers.

What makes the room glamorous?

  • The marble inlay on the floor.
  • The gold squares.

What makes the room sophisticated?

  • High-end, chic furnishings (tables and couches.)
  • The marble inlay on the floor.

Under the Tuscan Sun: A How-To Decorate Guide

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A theme is often the best way to decorate a room. Not only is it impressive and dramatic, but also creates a central, cohesive idea that assures the room feels united rather than thrown quickly together. Rather than a collection of individual thoughts, a themed room communicates forethought, planning and a great sense of style. This also eliminates the need to agonize over each decision with accessorizing. If an item doesn’t fit into your themed room, the choice is already made for you!

We’ve presented our thoughts on this theme as a short list. Don’t worry about meeting each item on the list – that would actually overwhelm the space and look overdone. Instead, choose the items that speak to you personally and build on it.

In this installment of our How-To-Decorate series we are going to discuss the beautiful influence of Tuscany. If warm colors and botanical elements sound like heaven, then this style is for you!

  • Color Pallet Options:
    • Burnt orange
    • Warm, dark yellow
    • Brown
    • Black, but very little
    • Rust
    • Dark green
    • Sienna
    • Graphite
  • Materials – an ideal theme if you love natural, textured surfaces
    • Tiles plays a huge part in this theme, opt for rustic stone without a lot of refinishing
    • Wood should also be prevalent and appear close to its natural state
    • Bronze
    • Copper
    • Wrought iron with scroll designs
    • Marble
  • Lighting
    • Warm, warm, warm!
    • Multiple sources in one room, lamps, sconces, candles, fireplace
    • Plenty of natural sunlight during the day featuring decorative glass windows
  • Organizing the space – open and airy with plenty of furnishings and decor
  • Furniture
    • Lots of wood, appearing close to its natural state
    • Rattan /Wicker
    • Wrought iron with natural stone
  • The walls
    • Stucco
    • Textured faux finishes
  • The floor
    • All weather rugs, such as those used on patios, fit right in
    • Tile and/or wood
  • Something decadent – try adding a little glamour with a chandelier, choose one with a slightly rustic look, nothing too flashy
  • Natural life –plenty of plant life, flowering bushes and topiaries look nice

Color Pallet: City Girl Blues

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We love the color scheme in this beautiful photo of Jacksonville, FL. It takes blue from serious and staid, to spectacular and glamorous. How does this relate to home décor you ask? It is the perfect inspiration for decorating a room in your home based on a reference point other than a photo of someone else’s room. If you like the idea of mimicking a space you found online, go for it. You can be sure to get it right because you have a template to guide you, and who doesn’t love easy? If, however, you’re looking for a little more artistic challenge, we suggest trying your hand at translating a photo of a city into the guidelines for decorating a room! You’d be surprised how much inspiration it can provide.

If you like the idea but aren’t sure how to get started, just use our simple guide. Rather than ramble on in paragraphs we give you simple bullet points. If you happen to be a novice, this approach will make learning our design a breeze! Just read the bullet points for each aspect of the décor and extract what works best for your personal vision.

The color pallet: Powder Blue, True Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cool Pink, Raspberry

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What makes the colors work well together?

  • One dominant shade that is highly saturated – blue.
  • A nearly monochromatic color scheme. Monochromatic means that you are using several variations of the same color.
  • A pop color that doesn’t imbalance the monochromatic blues because it is used sparingly: pink.

What make the scene in the photo seem calm despite being it being a big city?

  • The connotations of the color blue include: depth, stability, tranquility

What can you do with the other elements in the photo to inform your décor decisions?

  • Glass accessories
  • Geometric shapes and lines
  • Include an aquarium
  • Avoid patterns
  • Include metallic finishes
  • Keep things “unfussy”
  • Keep minimalism in mind
  • Hang an eye-catching photo of a cityscape, or several of them.

What rooms would be well suited to this design scheme?

  • Corporate office
  • City loft in a tropical location
  • Home in Chicago, NYC, L.A.

Art Deco Darling: A How-To Decorate Guide With 1920s Inspiration

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Decorating around a theme is often the best way to create a room that is impressive. It provides an easy way to ensure that the room is ‘pulled together’ by way of a common thread. It also helps with decisions such as color selection, accessorizing, and furnishings. Rather than ponder whether or not to buy that amazing couch you just found, you can quickly and confidently say ‘yay or nay.’ Either it works with the theme or it doesn’t!

To make it even easier we are offering our guidelines in short and succinct bulleted lists. We’ve found that when working theme it’s more effective to pick and choose possibilities a la carte. Otherwise you risk ‘overdoing it’ with the theme and end up with a room that might look it belongs in a theme park. Less is more. Lastly, when going about it this way the overall project seems less daunting. Just pick what you like and work it into your plan!

In this installment of our How-To-Decorate series we are going to discuss the decorating guidelines of the decadent 1920’s. If Gatsby’s descriptions of a mansion make you envision glamorous décor and stunning architecture you are going to love translating this into a room in your house.

  • Colors:
    • Black and white combo
    • Gold
  • Large scale repeating patterns
  • Lighting
    • Chandeliers reign supreme
    • Lanterns, multifaceted geometric designs
    • Very ornate and colorful glass table lamps
  • Metals
    • Polished nickel
    • Ample amounts of refined gold
  • Organization – a very symmetrical aesthetic, think balance in all formations
  • The walls
    • Ornate, 1920’s mirrors, symmetrically placed above furniture; try tiled mirror insets within gold leaf panels
    • Bold deco wallpaper, use on just or two walls to avoid fatiguing the eye
  • The floor
    • Black and white checkered tile
  • Something unique
    • Hang 1920’s style hats on the wall
    • Find an old flapper dress that is too shabby to wear, and repurpose the materials to make a pillow or décor item
  • Accessories
    • Large, fluffy feathers in an ornate vase

Daily News Best of 2015 Voting

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We are asking you to vote for your favorite people and places. Of course Westside Tile under FloorCovering. We are hoping for a new category this year. TILE STORE!

For everyone who emails us letting us know that they voted, your name will be dropped in a raffle for a $100.00 dinner gift certificate. We will find a place for you wherever you live.

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How To Decorate a Room Using Grey and Color

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It looks like grey is here to stay for awhile. A couple of years ago it popped up as the favorite new neutral in home décor. You can find it in nearly every facet of decorating, including furniture, fixtures, cabinetry, flooring, and so on. It’s very much the king of the castle in homes that are decidedly modern and currently relevant. Grey is often favorable because it casts a cool tone to a room that adds a certain level of chic without being stuffy. If style is equally important to comfort and function for you, you can’t go wrong with grounding your color pallet with a grey neutral.

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Now, how does one mix and match grey? You have two excellent options. First, you can rely on a monochromatic color scheme to keep things looking controlled and refined. In this case you’ll include black and white in the room’s pallet. For this to look relevant and on trend, black is used sparingly and white is used liberally. You can have up to equal amounts white and grey, 50/50, and still be on the mark with your mixing and matching. As for the black, use it small doses in unexpected ways, for example, a chandelier or sculptural coffee table. It also looks snazzy when painted into architectural features such as molding or inside a doorway that leads from one room to the next.

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On the flip side, you may be envisioning a grey room that captures the imagination because there is a bold and surprising use of color. Interestingly it’s only been recently that this combo was “granted permission.” Certainly, if you think back, you realize that just a few years ago mixing grey with color would have seemed unsightly and bizarre. Not anymore! So, to ensure you get it right we recommend that you stay within a set of five colors.

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We suggest these because they are no brainers so to speak – if you use them with grey you’re sure to get it right. Try aqua, fuchsia, orange, red, or yellow. Use just one of them if you want a look that is stark and makes a statement. Use a combination of the colors if you want to add interest and an element of comfort to the room. We’ll leave you with our thoughts on the color combos. Enjoy and thanks for the read!

Using 2 Colors

  • Red and Grey
  • Yellow and Grey
  • Aqua and Grey
  • Fuchsia and Grey
  • Orange and Grey

Mixing Colors

  • Aqua, fuchsia, grey
  • Aqua, orange, grey
  • Aqua, fuchsia, orange, grey
  • Orange, fuchsia, grey

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Encore Ceramics Newest Collection in Los Angeles

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Encore Ceramics has been producing stunning ceramic tiles for almost fifteen years. Debbie Russell and her husband Barry have over forty years of combined experience in the tile industry. As tile trends have changed and more of our customers are looking for specific looks, so has the catalog of mosaics and field tiles offered from Encore Ceramics. Their unique process of blending original art techniques while developing exquisite ceramics has allowed their company to rise to the top in regards to quality and innovation in the tile industry. This year is no different in that they have come out with an exceptional range of new products including their Plumage, Belvedere, Feather, Miramar, Palmette, and many more.

Encore Ceramics Belvedere Collection

The ability to mix and match different crackle glazes and matte glazes in the Encore Ceramics collection allows our customers the ability to create custom looks in their applications. Encore Ceramics has recently introduced natural stone into their collections which opens the door to even more possibilities in blending popular stones such as Calacatta Marble and Carrara Marble into their array of ceramic tiles. One of my favorite patterns from Encore Ceramic’s newest collection has got to be their Feather Mosaic. The Feather mosaic is made of tiny crafted ceramic or stone pieces to create a seamless and organic look of feathers on a mosaic platform. The Feather mosaic can be made up entirely from their ceramic tiles in blends of their crackle, matte, or jewel collections. The ability to compliment these ceramics with natural stones allows for the Feather Mosaic to take a much more refined and sophisticated look, especially with greys of Carrara mixed in their grey-tone ceramic colors.

Encore Ceramics Palmette Collection

The Belvedere Mosaic from Encore Ceramics is also part of their newest collection to incorporate intricate ceramic tile with that of stone accents as well. The Belvedere Ribbons can be mixed and matched in their Dimensional Tile, Jewel Tile, or Stone which allows for the utmost customization and attention to detail. The details of the Belvedere Mosaic are that of intertwining ribbons of field tile with a background of ceramic tile in either the Jewel or Standard Flat ceramic finish. The uniqueness of this pattern will make it a perfect fit for many of our clients working on traditional homes and need a stunning wainscot in a powder room instead of textured fabric that is generally used. The ability to use mosaics such as these creates a touch of dimension that is unheard of in the marketplace and will definitely make any application stand out and pop.

Encore Ceramics Plumage Collection

Please make sure to stop by our Award Winning Los Angeles Tile showrooms to see the newest designs from Encore Ceramics. We proudly display all of the newest patterns from Encore including their Plumage, Palmette, and of course the Belvedere Mosaics. Encore Mosaics has risen to the top when it comes to unique and customizable mosaics that are manufactured in the United States using renewable sources. The most recognizable aspect of their brand is the Encore Ceramics crackle finish which will undoubtedly add a touch of flair to any application you may be working on. The crackle finish from Encore has over fifty colors and a multitude of sizes that can be used to create stunning works of art in your kitchen, bathroom, and even your pool.  The Encore Ceramics Piedra Collection combines the beauty of ceramic with the warmth of stone and the dimension of the world. Make sure to witness these stunning mosaics first hand and let us create the next perfect and unique mosaic for your home.