Seasonal accents, eye-catching patterns, and imaginative colors took hold in 2018. We found inspiration beyond the floor and explored these design stories, and more, on our Finishing Thoughts blog.
Discover our eight most popular inspiration stories from this year — we’ve highlighted our top design tip from each.
- Inside an Inviting Scottsdale Home
Top tip: A comfortable and contemporary sectional and expansive Legacy wood-look tile planks bring warmth to a spacious gathering space.
- 3 Striking Backsplashes with Scale
Top tip: Known as the “heart of the home,” the kitchen continues to make a design statement in the home for guests, and for homeowners. With many considerations for the kitchen - from pendant lighting to stovetop to flooring - one of our favorites is the backsplash. Backsplashes highlight different colors, materials, and shapes, as well as an integral element - scale.
- 4 Captivating Chevron Tile Applications
Top tip: While often installed in one consistent direction, alternating the route of angular designs can create a new perspective. Take hold of what an accent wall is meant to accomplish by alluding to movement across a surface for an eye-catching pattern. Velocity enables this flow in seamless 17” x 35” form.
- All the Buzz for Spring Design Elements
Top tip: Play up the organic elements of home this year with a vegetable or flower garden. Plant tomato seeds or grow kale to inspire wellness, or incorporate the 2018 Color of the Year, Ultra Violet, into your garden with beautiful wildflowers. If you prefer indoor plants, consider blending a few low-maintenance house plants for a pop of green in a master bath or living space.
- 4 Instagram Baths Elevating Neutrals
Top tip: Embrace the power of incorporating multiple tile patterns in one neutral space for a one-of-a-kind luxury bath retreat. Small- and large-scale linear designs take shape from floor to wall, while a contemporary Vertigo chevron pattern creates a sophisticated accent wall. Courtesy of Carpet Direct KC.
- 3 Trends from The New American Home
Top tip: Black celebrates simplicity, boldness, and timelessness all in one. Taking shape in bold window panels and classic pendant lighting and bold window panels, matte black accents complement a variety of surrounding materials and complete a classic look in each The New American Home.
- 3 Spaces Celebrating Indoor-Outdoor Connections
Top tip: Consider glass bi-folding doors to blur the line between modern indoor and outdoor living spaces. These striking doors support a sleek open-concept design with their functionality, while acting as the perfect complement to neutral, matte flooring.
- Coloring Your 2018
Top tip: Inspired by “inventiveness and imagination,” PANTONE’s signature color of the year, Ultra Violet, makes a fearless and regal design statement. Pair it with a neutral tile to allow it to shine.
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