When buying a home, you can either look for one that’s move-in ready with the features you want, or you can find a floor plan that you love and then start making the cosmetic changes yourself.
One of the great benefits of doing your own cosmetic work is that you can then choose the colors you love and work in unique patterns that most builders would never consider doing.
Whether you’re renovating the bedroom of your tropical home or it’s time to update your kitchen, here are a few art deco design ideas that may be perfect for your project.
Use a combination of large, white marble tiles and small black granite mosaic tiles to create a flowing, geometric pattern that you’ll love.
Start by drawing out the pattern on paper. It can be an interlocking circle, or waves that travel across the floor and interlock at various points.
Remember that the larger tiles will be cut into these shapes so that you can inset the small mosaic pieces. Try to focus on larger curving lines that will be easier to work with.
You’ll probably need specialty tools to get the curved cuts on your white background, so it may be worth it to let professionals handle the cutting and installation.
The marble tiles should be installed close together to minimize grout lines and create a cleaner look. This is ideal for any large area where you won’t have much furniture to fill the space, such as hallways, foyers, and bathrooms.
Define the Space with Borders
You may want marble in the living room to help cool the space, but that doesn’t mean that you want need to settle for a solid color. When working with a great room that may accommodate dining and conversation areas, use contrasting borders to clearly define the spaces and make the floor more appealing.
This is easy for homeowners to do themselves when straights lines are employed across a large space. The marble highlights will mimic the look of an area rug without adding any additional textiles. This is also an attractive treatment option for bathrooms and dining rooms.
Marble comes in several different colors, and you can incorporate those colors into your own permanent work of art. You can work with an area artist to put the original pattern on paper, or you can start with your own freehand design and then continue perfecting the finished look.
Use three or four different colors to add swirls to the floor in a random pattern. Instead of using mosaics for the inset swirls, you may want to go with a larger design and custom cut larger tiles to fit.
If you’re willing to add red and green marble, then you can even create large, basic flowers that will be inset with the marble. As with the geometric pattern, the marble tiles should be set close together with minimal space in between to reduce the grout requirements.
Ideally, the grout should match each color on the floor for a flawless finish and incredible look.
Wood Without the Wear
If you love the look of wood but worry about the refinishing requirements, then go with marble in a shade like Adalia Cappuccino. Have the tiles manufactured into long rectangles and you can mimic the look of a wood floor.
They can be installed in neat rows, an expanding square, or even a herringbone design. The tiles should still sit closely together for a smooth finish, but you may want to go with a slightly darker grout to achieve the right look.
This is ideal for a more casual space where you want the added texture and patterns without introducing too many colors. You can also use simple squares and alternative light and dark pieces to make it look like a wood parquet floor.
Graphed Out Patterns
Sit down with a pad of graph paper and start creating your own designs using straight lines and more even spacing. Once you find a great pattern that calls out to you, it can be transferred to a hallway or even kitchen floor. The beauty of using straight lines in these patterns is that you limit the cuts and may be able to use more basic equipment.
While art deco may demand that you use sharply contrasting colors, you can also use complementary colors that are closer to each other for a subdued look that’s equally impressive. Alter the width of your pattern lines to suit the size of the space.
Texturize a Basic Space
If you have a simple area that could stand a more attractive finish, look no further than mosaic tiles. This may be the easiest treatment, but it makes an impressive statement.
Use contrasting grout to make the small tiles stand out and bring texture to the wall. This is a fantastic way to finish off the wall behind a bathroom sink, or you can use it in the foyer. Large mirrors can be used to add interest to the space while reflecting light and drawing more attention to the mosaic tiles.
This type of job is basic enough that most homeowners can handle it on their own, so you can also save money on the installation fees.
Whether you decide to install a simple solid white finish or you want a more intricate pattern, choose the right supplier for your marble tiles. The easiest way to bring the cost of your project down is to take advantage of wholesale pricing.
We take pride in maintaining lower overhead costs and then passing the savings on to you. In addition to getting the best prices, you’ll be able to take advantage of our excellent customer service, close attention to detail, and quality products.
Contact Nalboor today to discuss your plans and see how soon we can deliver your premium marble tiles.