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Design Tips for Adding Denver Glass Mosaics and Tile


January 17, 2018

One of the best ways to add dimension and character to any space is through premier Denver glass mosaics and tile! Available in a variety of shapes, color, and more, you can find the pattern that best fits the renovation design in your space. Get inspired by learning about the best areas to add tile, top ways to choose the right colors, and benefits of working with a local stone company to install in the space.

Best Areas to Add Tile

Glass mosaics and tile can go in a variety of spaces in the home. Some of these go-to places include
 
  • Bathrooms: Tile is the perfect addition in bathrooms. You can add accent backsplashes and walls in a variety of spots to create a consistent flow. Consider adding a multi-color backsplash behind your bathroom sink. Continue that pattern by having an accent wall in your shower. Install glass door in your shower that allows you and guests to see the accent wall.
  • Kitchens: A glass mosaic tile as a backsplash in your kitchen can bring so much life to a bland space. You can choose a retro feel, or a modern sleek design. You can even work with your local specialist to create bar tops or tables made of tile that will create even more consistency.
  • Recreational space: Do you have a game room or entertaining space? Add a mosaic tile backsplash or accent wall. It is especially popular for home bars.
  • Fireplaces: Tile is the perfect way to brighten up your fireplace. Pair it with a matching mantel with décor and photos that brighten your day.

Choosing the Right Colors

When it comes to choosing colors for your tiles, make sure you are picking colors that fit your current space. Or, paint the walls to match the tile colors you choose. If you are not looking to make too much of a statement, choose neutral colors such as white, beige and grey. You can mix things up slightly without making too much of a statement by tying in light tones of blue, grey, green, or another color of your choosing. Looking to be bold? Pick reds, oranges, and blues for your tile. It often looks great to use smaller tile when going bold. Also, when trying to decide what color scheme is best, use this guide on how to select the right paint and color for your home. You can branch out without adding mismatched colors in the space.

Working with a Stone Company

When deciding on Denver mosaics to add to your home, working with a go-to stone company is your key to finding a quality product. They will walk you through the wide variety of sizes that range from half inch squares to subway tile. You can show then the space you are looking to change and they will recommend which shape and size is best. This will help you get a great return on your investment.

For finding the perfect glass mosaics and tile to add to your spaces, Natural Stone Sales has a variety of items to choose from. We have a wide variety of materials, giving you more options to find the best fit. Drop by and see us anytime between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at our showroom located at 900 W. Mississippi Ave. We look forward to helping you!
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Creating Your Perfect Rustic Kitchen with Denver Granite


January 10, 2018

Are you looking for the best way to create your premier rustic kitchen? This very popular style is a great choice aesthetically and can also raise the value of your home. You can’t go wrong! When preparing for a remodel, there are a few things to consider along the way. Be sure you learn the top features of rustic kitchens, go-to lighting advice, and how to tie it all together with quality Denver granite counters.

Features of Rustic Kitchens

A rustic kitchen has that down-to-earth charm. Something about it just draws you in. It feels like home. Filled with natural hues and tones, you’ll find them to use beiges, yellows, browns, white, and other natural colors on the walls and in the design. All fixtures looked aged, but do not have to be old, or worn. This can include cabinets and tables constructed of antique or reclaimed wood. The ceiling itself may be of wood, with beams running alongside. Flooring can be hardwood with character, or stone with a distressed pattern. In fact, distressed is a great way to describe the rustic vibe. To complement the walls, flooring, and more, use antique décor. You can find a perfect array of items at great prices in local antique shops.

Lighting

As you decide on the perfect lighting choices for your rustic kitchen, natural key. Rustic kitchens have soft yellow lighting. The more natural light you can get, the better. For your needs that natural lighting can’t meet, choose antique fixtures. Consider adding a grand chandelier that floats over an island or table. You can also use other hanging fixtures and lamps to add in. Look for unique repurposed items, such as lights made of mason jars, or old lanterns. Get inspiration from these upcycled lamps and lighting ideas. If you are crafty, you can even create some of these on your own!

Tying in Granite Counters

Granite counters are perfect for a rustic kitchen theme. They are unique in nature, available in a variety of colors and patterns. You can opt for the traditional rustic color palette of your walls, or spice things up a bit to add a pop of color. Your local stone company can assist you with the perfect pattern that goes with your décor. Ideally, white, beige, or cream are great routes. When choosing a pattern, choose a simple one that will keep a consistent look and feel. You can look online and research how to choose the perfect granite for your Denver home.

When it comes to creating your perfect rustic kitchen, Natural Stone Sales will help with all your countertop needs. Granite is one of our many offerings—you can talk to a specialist to find the perfect stone, color, and pattern for your design. Also, you will love how easy it is to maintain granite. It is heat resistant up to 1,200 degrees, and is stain resistant. It is also very difficult to scratch—making it perfect for those in the kitchen often. Plus, with its durability, you can count on it providing a great return on investment, giving you added value to your home. Stop by to explore your options at our showroom, located at 900 W. Mississippi Ave. in Denver, anytime between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also call us at 303-777-7485.
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The Main Advantages of Using Porcelain Tiles in Denver


January 4, 2018

Porcelain has exploded onto the tile and flooring scene in modern times. While porcelain itself has been around since ancient times, it’s availability and use were in a far more limited capacity. The versatility of porcelain tiles has since made it a favorite in the use of residential and commercial buildings alike. So why all are porcelain tiles all the rage in Denver and around the country? Let’s take a look of some of the major benefits of this building material.

Toughness

Areas that see heavy foot traffic or experience hard impacts often quickly show their wear and tear. Whether it is caused by stains, cracks, or chips, a damaged floor can be an eyesore and expensive to replace. Porcelain tiles happen to be resistant to nearly all types of damage. Their surface is hard to scratch, shock absorbent, and not particularly affected by stain or damage causing moisture. Furthermore, they are even fire and frost resistant.

While porcelain tiles can be more expensive, their are long term savings and value found in their durability. With very little noticeable fading over long periods of time, they age very well by maintaining their original look and feel.

Ease of Care

The extreme and varied defenses of porcelain tiles are just part of what makes them so easy to care for. The smooth surface makes cleaning a much simpler process than found when dealing with more uneven or porous counterparts. Also, don’t worry about scratches caused by brooms and vacuums or discoloration and erosion caused by cleaning agents.

There is no need for any of the more intensive processes such as polishing, sealing, or waxing. Some mild soap and a damp mop or rag can be used to handle any spill. If tiles do become damaged, they can typically be replaced fairly easily.

Prolific Looks and Styles

Porcelain tiles can be made to imitate the appearance of nearly any other flooring/building resource you can think of. Colors can be altered and textures can be added at will. Whether you are looking for a certain stain/type of wood, granite, marble, limestone, or simply want a flat matte color, variants exists tailored to your desires.

By being dynamic, porcelain tiles allow for you to make designs choices without having to sacrifice quality, function, or durability. For instance, someone may want hardwood flooring, but dread the thought of what their pets may do to damage wood floors. Or maybe, a homeowner may love the look and durability of marble, but do not have the budget to incorporate the stone. Porcelain can provide the best of both worlds without having to feel as if the choice was a compromise.

If you are considering your available flooring options, no shortage of thought should be given to the advantages of porcelain tiles. If you’re intrigued or if you’re still unsure, visit Natural Stone Sales in Denver, CO. They offer consultations to clients to ensure they are satisfied with their choices and build a trust-based long term relationship.
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How to Choose the Right Color of Denver Granite


December 20, 2017

There are many reasons to love Denver granite countertops. Not only is granite durable and resistant to heat, it also comes in a wide variety of colors, which makes it easier to find a color that complements the rest of your home. But with so many beautiful colors, many homeowners find it difficult to choose just one. If you’re in this situation, follow these tips to choose the right color of granite for your home:

Take Samples Home

The lighting inside the showroom may not be the same as the lighting that you have at home. Since lighting can affect the way the color looks, it’s best to bring samples of granite home before making a final decision. Lay a plain white sheet over the existing countertops in your kitchen and then place the samples on top of the sheet. Now, you will be able to get a better idea of what the granite will look like once it’s installed in your home.

Remember, the natural light streaming into your kitchen could affect the way that the color looks. For this reason, it’s recommended that you look at the samples multiple times throughout the day to make sure that you are happy with the color. It’s best to look at them in the morning, mid-afternoon, and evening.

If the showroom does not have samples, then bring elements from your kitchen into the showroom instead. Unscrew a cabinet door and knob so you can carry them with you to the showroom. You can also take photos of the flooring, furniture, and any other design elements that you plan on keeping in your kitchen.

Paint & Accessories

It’s possible that you will fall head over heels for a color that clashes with the paint and accessories in your kitchen. You may feel as if it’s best to forget about this granite color and choose something that will complement the rest of your kitchen. But, it’s important to remember that repainting and buying new kitchen accessories is not difficult. A granite color should not be cast aside simply because it doesn’t match as long as you are willing to make an effort to update the paint and accessories.

Choose Two Colors

If you can’t choose one color, then why not choose two instead? Many homeowners incorporate two different colors of granite into their kitchens by using one on the island and the other for the rest of the countertops. As long as the colors complement each other, this is a great way to make your kitchen stand out. Learn more about granite countertop colors.

To learn more about granite countertops and determine if they’re right for your home, contact Natural Stone Sales today. Our expert staff has been helping customers in the greater Denver area incorporate granite into their homes for over three decades. We are known for our exceptional customer service and for using only the highest quality products on the market. Contact us today to find out how we can create a beautiful custom look for your home!
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Denver Slate Flooring Options


December 13, 2017

Slate is a beautiful natural stone that is quarried from mountainous regions of the world. It is known as one of the most durable and versatile natural stones, which is why so many homeowners choose to use it on their floors. There are several different types of Denver slate, each with its own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to learn about each option before choosing which one is right for your home.

Honed Slate

The surface of honed slate has been polished so it is much smoother than other types of this natural stone. Many people prefer the smooth look of honed slate, but there are some downsides to this option. Polishing the surface of slate can affect the color, so honed slate may not look brilliant and the color variation may not be distinct. Imperfections such as stains, cracks, and chips are also more visible on honed slate, so be prepared to clean this natural stone on a regular basis.

Gauged and Ungauged Slate

Slate is rough with uneven edges when it is pulled from the earth, so a lot of work needs to be done to the stone to transform it into a high-end flooring material. Gauged slate is any type of slate that has a flattened back. The back of  this stone needs to be flattened so each tile will lay flat and set into the mortar.

Ungauged slate, on the other hand, is only used in outdoor areas. This type of slate is rough and uneven on both sides, so it doesn’t lay flat when installed. It is often used to create a rustic, earthy atmosphere near outdoor seating areas.

Cleft Slate

The rough and raw material taken from the ground will eventually be cut into tiles. At this point, the slate is the right size and shape, but it still has somewhat rough and uneven surfaces. If it is left in this condition instead of polished and transformed into honed slate, it is known as cleft slate.

Cleft slate can be used both inside and outside the home. It is the perfect choice for homeowners who would like a flooring material that feels natural and rugged since it doesn’t have a smooth surface. But, some people find that walking across this type of slate is uncomfortable, so it’s recommended that you try to see a sample in person before committing to this option.

Polished Slate

Slate is typically thought of as a matte stone, however there is a way to get a more polished look. Applying multiple layers of sealant to the slate will give it somewhat of a shine, but it won’t be as glossy as polished marble or granite. Learn how to apply sealant on slate tile.

To learn more about slate floors and determine if they’re right for your home, contact Natural Stone Sales today. Our expert staff has been helping customers in the greater Denver area incorporate hardwood into their homes for over three decades. We are known for our exceptional customer service and for using only the highest quality products on the market. Contact us today to find out how we can create a beautiful custom look for your home!
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