March 30, 2010

tuesday tip: semi-custom tile

I'm instituting a new weekday feature today. Every Tuesday I'll bring you a design tip to save you time, money, and stress and to make it easier to create the look for your home that you'll love. I hope you'll like these tips and find a reason every week to keep coming back and reading!

Today's tip comes thanks to my longtime friend and mentor, the very talented Gwen Simpkins who I worked with at homeportfolio.com and who has run her own high-end renovation and development business, Delaporte Design, for many years in Boston. I'm sure she didn't even know she was giving me this tip, but Gwen, I've been listening!

So here's how to save some money on floor tile and to get a custom look from the stock at your local Home Depot or Lowe's. Instead of ordering custom, buy standard, inexpensive 16" x 16" floor tiles and have your tile installer cut them in half and lay them in an offset pattern, or plank-style. While these pics are not exactly of 8 x 16's they give you an idea of the style you can achieve.




Looks amazing (and expensive), right? Nope. Custom look, stock price.

If you've got a great home decor, design or renovation idea to share, I would love to hear from you. Email me your tips, or just comment on this post!

2 comments:

Valerie Wills Interiors said...

Great tip. Thanks!

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