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Flooring for a Design-Conscious Mom with a House Full of Boys

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Northhampton Plank in Shelton Pecan luxury vinyl plank becomes the flooring of choice for this busy mom.

The best part is that the colour I chose blends perfectly with the house as it is now and will look even better as I renovate more areas to match my style. Floor-first design is essential to any home renovation. Starting this home renovation and design update with the flooring has helped solidify the style and really pull all the rooms together.                                                                                                                                                               
We’ve already had pool parties, sleepovers, dinner parties and doggy friends over with great success. The floor has been easy to clean and maintain – even the boys can have it looking great in no time. There have been food spills, LEGO bricks, dog footprints, a misplaced water balloon and who knows what else already on the floor and you’d never know it.”

Read the full story at the Shaw Flooring Blog

Making a Bold Statement in the Master Bath

Screen shot 2014-11-12 at 4.28.59 PMWe just finished up this Master Bath Project: Soaker tub surround using Euro glass tile accents in this contemporary tone-on-tone brown. This tile offers a combination of textured, glossy and frosted finishes, to create a truly alluring effect.

Our installation team did an amazing job with the grout work, transitions and edge-moulding.

Paint: PPG’s watery teal “Teal We Meet Again” liven’s up the deep greys and warm browns in the tile.

What’s on Trend for 2015

Screen shot 2014-11-07 at 2.31.10 PMOn Trend for 2015: The colour experts at PPG call it “IntroSense”: described as soulful, quality and peace. The trend introduces a new direction in minimalistic styling that blends clean, pared-down designs with quiet nature.

Screen shot 2014-11-07 at 2.55.18 PMPair up this paint palette with Shaw’s “Napa Plank” porcelain (vineyard and wood barrel textured finish). Perfect for wine country!

Or this porcelain tile, with the appearance of Calcutta gold marble by Ames. These elements are calming, quiet and muffled. The colour palette includes a nuanced neutral with a subtle hint of blue-green paired with muffled off-whites and grays, and then anchored by a silent black.Screen shot 2014-11-07 at 2.34.38 PM

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Proper maintenance is the key to a trouble-free tile & stone floor

TileDamp mop weekly

Wipe down your ceramic floor with a damp mop at least once a week (or more often for heavy traffic areas) Make certain that any cleanser you have chosen is compatible with grout cleaning, (neutral pH), and will not stain the grout. Never use a detergent or soap, because it can dull the surface or promote the growth of mildew. Routine cleaners should never contain acids, vinegar, chlorines or ammonia, as these chemicals can damage and discolour the grout or the surface of the stone or tile.

Caution: Wait at least 72 hours after installation (to allow new ceramic tile and grout to dry) before damp mopping.

Use protective mats

Good quality entry and exit mats will help protect your ceramic tile from premature wear. They trap the dirt, sand, grit, and other substances such as oil, asphalt, or driveway sealer that would otherwise be tracked onto your floor. Mats are also suggested at heavy pivot locations, such as in front of your kitchen sink or stove.

Add protective pads to furniture

Protect your tile by affixing felt or similar pads to the legs of any metal, iron, wood, or plastic furniture that will be placed on it. Exterior metal furniture, which rests on tile floors or patios, may rust and cause staining.

Durable, Distinctive and Practical Qualities of Tile

Add did we mention safe?


Todays’ designers are using tile for interiors and exteriors. With so many colours and styles to choose from tile offers something for every taste. From ceramic and porcelain to glass and natural stone—you’ll have a hard time choosing!

Tile’s resistance to moisture and stains makes it a perfect choice for kitchens, basements and master bathrooms. If safety is your main concern, natural stone and slate offer “built-in” slip resistance without compromising beauty.

Ask us our Underfoot staff for suggestions that reflect your design ideas and budget.