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Modern Tile Designs for Your Kitchen

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Ready for a new kitchen backsplash? You’ve come to the right place. Modwalls’ unique and colorful tile collections are the perfect solution. Whether you’re remodeling a kitchen, updating you tile backsplash or building a cook’s kitchen in your dream home. we’ve got you covered.

To see Modwalls® tile in completed kitchens, check out our Kitchen Ideas Gallery
Each of the modwalls® tile collections listed below are perfectly suited for kitchen tile installation.

 

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Lush® Glass Subway Tile

 

Rex Ray Glass kitchen

 

May 12, 2017 at 1:09 pm Leave a comment

BASIS. Design From The Ground Up.

Meet BASIS by Modwalls Tile.

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Modwalls’ founder Rebecca Lonergan designed our new  American made ceramic tile collection to meet our clients’ need for cool floor and wall tile that works in residential and commercial environments, both indoor and out.

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Hefty 10mm thick handmade ceramic tiles are available in 32 gorgeous glaze colors with both matte and glossy finishes.

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Unique 6×12 large hexagons and 8″ triangles have a modern Modwalls twist with slightly rounded points.

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Says  Rebecca: “I’m currently designing my own master bathroom remodel and BASIS is just what I want for the floor.  It’s tough for me to choose just one color, so I’m not going to! I’m thinking of a random mix of these 7 matte shades using our large-and-in-charge elongated hexagons.

Perhaps I’ll narrow it down to 3.  I always like to use odd numbers when blending colors. An odd number of colors is more visually appealing than even. When it is even- your eye tends to want to see a pattern. Odd numbers shake things up a bit, in a good way!

Now to choose the right shower tile, knowing that the floor will be the star of the show.  Perhaps our Lush 3×6 glass subway tile in a complimentary color? This could take a while…”

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2×2 color chip samples are in stock and  available free to the trade and at a nominal cost to retail customers. Once tile is ordered it is made in the USA and shipped in just 2-3 weeks.

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6×6 Plus design is equal parts classic and modern.

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Rounded edged 6×12 subway tile are another innovate modern shape.

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Strike tiles are fun and mod!

m2-3-inch-fiddlehead-hex-floor-tilesOur BASIS collection also offers a full line of field tile shapes and sizes like these 3″ hexagons.

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Don’t see what you want? Ask us! BASIS can be customized in color and shape/size. Minimum order size required for customization. Extra set up manufacturing fees may apply.

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There’s Nothing Basic about Basis! Only at Modwalls Tile Company.

Shop Online at Modwalls.com Or call us at +1-877-439-9734 /+1-831-689-9734  to speak with one of our tile design experts.

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Modwalls Tile Company was founded in 2005 by Rebecca Lonergan & David Bousfield. We offer Rebecca’s original tile designs along with a curated collection of colorful modern tile for indoor and outdoor, commercial and residential spaces. Modwalls sells to trade and retail clients. Our tile and service are “Designed to Delight”.

 

 

October 15, 2016 at 4:53 pm 1 comment

Tidy – chapter 9: the language of color

What does a life look that is designed with love? Margaret inherited her mother’s house with the words, “Make this house a home.” Margaret is finding out what that means.

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Art by Brenda Mangalore

Everyone needs a sanctuary.”  – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

(Continued) Margaret dreamed last night that she was floating through her home and in every room was a different person and a different color. Her dad (orange) was in the living room reading the newspaper, chomping on his pipe that he had quit smoking, but liked to have on hand anyway.

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Kiln Chevron Zest Ceramic Tile

Her mom (yellow) was on the phone in the kitchen flipping through her calendar.

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Lush 3 x 6 Butter – Yellow Glass Subway Tile

Margaret floats down the hall to her bedroom, which, in the dream, is still decorated circa 1985. She sees a young Margaret applying Diva Red toenail polish while listening to Kate Bush sing Running Up That Hill on her record player.

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Mosaic Glass Tile – Clear Red Brio

She keeps floating through her home and finds her ex-boyfriend, Sam (green) in a room that her house doesn’t actually contain. In that room, is a draft table. His back is to her and he is intently drawing a picture of a tree whose roots form a man’s body reaching deep into the earth. The trunk rises from the roots, stretching into branches which form a woman’s body.

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Brio Glass Mosaic Tile

Margaret continues floating. She sees her friends, Toni and Ray, (teal) in a nursery playing with their newborn baby; she sees her neighbor Reese (Milk White and Grey) in the bathroom, sitting on the edge of the bathtub, crying over the loss of his wife.

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2×4 American Made Ceramic Subway Tile in Milk White, Brine Gray and Licorice Black Matte

And then she sees a new room. A room of grace and light. It feels like a part of her. A part of her that also radiates in all the people that she loves. It is That Which Exists in all beings. It is also the core of her home. The heart. She enters the room. That is when Margaret wakes up. And wakes up to a calm that she hasn’t felt in years.

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Her kitchen remodel is finished. Reese helped her install the colorful Brio glass tile backsplash that she designed on the tile company’s website. He turned her on to the eco-friendly wood floor that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® whose motto is “Forests for All Forever.” Reese’s buddy Ken introduced her to John McDonald, the owner of Semihandmade, an innovative company that makes one-of-kind craftsman-style doors for Ikea kitchen cabinets. John’s team helped her pick out the exact doors to complement her new tile and floors.

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Semihandmade Cabinet Covers

Margaret’s kitchen is pretty much perfect. Ever her retro fridge is perfect, from its fern green color to what’s inside it: red, yellow, and green bell peppers, a violet and ivory
striped graffiti eggplant, and a carton of heirloom eggs from the farmers market that are different shades! Who knew?! Margaret’s world has exploded in color.

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Now in waking life, with her feet firmly planted on her kitchen floor, she sees that her home has become a sanctuary. Her friendships, new and old, are a sanctuary. Her mother’s parting words “make this house your home,” became a sanctuary as they guided Margaret out of her mourning back into life. Everything that has led her to this moment was, in one way or another, a sanctuary. “Thank you,” says Margaret.Thank you tile

Francis, her cat, gazes at her from the kitchen table.  Reese mows his lawn next door.  The sun streams in through the kitchen window. And the world of color vibrates “thank you.”

This is the ninth installment in a series about aspirational living.  Micheline Auger is Michelinea New York-based writer who loves all things Modwalls.

 

March 17, 2016 at 7:53 pm 1 comment

Tidy – chapter six: samples of yes

What does a life look like that is designed with love? Margaret inherited her mother’s house with the words, “Make this house a home.” Margaret is finding out what that means.

(Continued) Samples. Samples! It never occurred to Margaret that she could get samples. “Oh yeah,” said Cassie who picked up the phone when she called the modern tile company. “That’s a great way to go. In fact, we recommend it. You wouldn’t get married on a first date, why commit to something unless you know it’s gonna work?”

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Sample of Clayhaus/Kiln Color Chip Ceramic Tile – Choose Your Color

Why indeed, thinks Margaret.  Sam moved in after the first month of dating. It just seemed easier. Until it wasn’t, and he moved out leaving Margaret contemplating the wall for extended periods of time. Sometimes it was the wall in the bedroom, sometimes it was the wall in the bathroom, and often it was the wall in the kitchen which is what made her think of installing a new backsplash to add a little color to her musings.

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Brio Blend Emma

“We’re here to support you. If you have any questions or problems, you can give us a call or we can chat online. That’s what we’re about. We know that your house is more than just a home.”  Did she just say a house was MORE than a home. Margaret was trying to wrap her head around just making it a home home.

Cassie continues. “When I remodeled my house, I was so nervous. I didn’t know what I was doing. Sometimes the contractor would show up, sometimes he wouldn’t. Sometimes I’d get someone on the phone, but a lot of times I didn’t. After that experience, I was really happy to work with a company that values people and their vision.”

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See and feel our tile before you buy! (And every sample comes with candy! Who loves you?)

Margaret, relieved to find out she didn’t have to commit to ordering everything before she even knew what she wanted, ordered some samples and was happy to find out that she could even buy the tiles by the square foot, instead of by the box.

What would it be like if life was more like this? Instead of getting a recorded voice, or being put on hold for an hour, or hearing No. No. and uh, No; how about a “sure, we’d love to!” For a very long time, it just seemed like life was saying NO but now something’s changing. Now it’s saying YES (or perhaps a lowercase yes). And the lowercase yeses are coming in the form of coincidences, interesting conversations, and gulp, being willing to try new things.

yes color“My home is my kingdom.” says Roy, who is Margaret’s new personal trainer. “Everything has its place. I got everything I need, just where I want it. Perfect sound and gaming system. Comfortable. The guys come over for the game. My lady likes it. It’s my domain. One more.”  Margaret desperately tries to lift the kettle ball to where Roy is holding his hand. “You can do it,” says Roy.  She…..can……do…..it!

“There you go, now give me 15” As Margaret does her lunges, she thinks about what it would be like to have a home that is her ….um, queendom or whatever. What would it feel like if her life was her queendom? Or her thighs stopped burning? “I look at my body as my home too,” continues Roy, as he gently encourages Margaret’s ears to let go of her shoulders. “Your body takes care of you; you have to take care of your body. You want to be comfortable, strong, energetic. So just like I take care of my home, I take care of my body. That’s it, five more.”

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Margaret considers groaning but it’s too much effort. Ray is on a roll. “Relationships are also a home that you’ve got to maintain. You want them strong, comfortable and,” he laughs, “energetic.” Sweat rolls down Margaret’s arm. Roy is Toni’s boyfriend. Toni gifted her ten sessions with Roy with one caveat, “You have to give him back.” Margaret does five more lunges 1. for home. 2. for body. 3 for relationships. 4. for… she pauses to think. “Two more and you’re golden.” says Roy. Margaret’s legs shake. 4. for my mother and 5. for… me.

This is the sixth installment in a weekly series about aspirational living.  Micheline Auger is a New York-based writer who loves all things Modwalls.

 

February 25, 2016 at 2:21 pm 2 comments

Tidy – chapter 5- Everyday beauty

What does a life look like that is designed with love? Margaret inherited her mother’s house with the words, “Make this house a home.” Margaret is finding out what that means.

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(Continued from chapter 4) Ceramic, glass, porcelain, cement, cork…  Margaret remembers retiling the kitchen floor of her apartment when she was in college. She just went to the local hardware store and got marble tile that was adhesive. “Was it vinyl?” she ponders as she looks through the website of modern tile that is definitely not anywhere close to vinyl.  It’s bright and colorful and doesn’t look like it’s applied by peeling off the backside.

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Modwalls is here to help!

The only way Margaret managed to “retile” her floor back then, was with her friend Christine’s help. And by help, she means bringing cigarettes, a bottle of wine, and lending her moral support. “I think you need to trim it with an Xacto-knife.” ‘I forgot to buy one,” says Margaret. “Here,” Christine unclips a small pocket knife that her boyfriend (now husband) bought her. “Try this.”  When that didn’t work, Christine would stomp on it with her Doc Martins’ boot until did – sorta.  “Perfect,” she’d smile.

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Rex Ray Studio for Modwalls American Made: Ceramic in Eclipse Black

Christine is now in Hawaii raising her kids, surfing and running a health collective with the aforementioned husband. She is a common sense kind of person who says things like, “Just call the store and tell them what you want.”  Margaret is embarrassed to tell Christine that she doesn’t know what she wants and worse, she maybe kinda doesn’t trust herself to pick the right thing. I mean, what if she makes a mistake and ruins her mom’s house? “It’s your house now, and anyway, you won’t ruin it,” says Christine.  Margaret looks at the walls in her kitchen.

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Modwalls Brio Custom Blend

“But I don’t know what I’m doing. It’s not like I’m an interior designer.” “You don’t have to be,”says Christine. “Just do the next right thing. Keep it simple. Don’t get overwhelmed.” “Ok.” Margaret pauses. “And what’s the next right thing?” Christine laughs, “You tell me.”  Margaret thinks for a minute. “Dig the donuts out of the trash?” “No.” “Get back in bed?” “No.” “Call the store.” “Bingo! And do that thing that your friend Toni does.” “What thing?” “That thing with calling the universe.” Toni likes to imagine that when she’s making a phone call (or answering one), the universe is on the other line with a beautiful message.

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“Do it and then call me back.” Margaret looks at the phone number of the tile company. Ok universe. Be nice. Give me someone nice on the other line. Someone helpful. Who doesn’t make me feel stupid. Or like I’m wasting their time. And universe, I know this might be a lot to ask, but give me someone who knows that this is more than just a remodel, more than just another project, more than just another customer. Give me someone who knows how to make a house a home. And maybe, if you’re up for it, show me the beauty. The beauty in everyday. She takes a breath and picks up the phone.Micheline

This is the fifth installment in a weekly series about aspirational living.  Micheline Auger is a New York-based writer who loves all things Modwalls.

February 18, 2016 at 4:11 pm 2 comments

Tidy – chapter 4: design a life with love

What does a life look like that is designed with love? Margaret inherited her mother’s house with the words, “Make this house a home.” Margaret is finding out what that means.

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(Continued from Chapter 3) “Where have you been?” asks Toni.  In the basement. That’s where Margaret found herself after throwing out the box of donuts, brewing a fresh pot of coffee and doing the week-old dishes. Her laundry is done and, truth be told, she tossed out half of it after reading in the Tidy book that you should only keep the things you love. When she read those words, her heart simultaneously leapt and sank.

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Francis’ Nook with Subway Tile

The idea of surrounding herself with things she loved excited her, but she didn’t think she had anything that she love loved. And if she went through her stuff one thing at a time and felt for the love – what if she felt nothing?  Because, as you may know by now, she has felt something close to nothing for a long time. Fortunately, that is changing and now she is on the lookout for blessings! And, well… she’s kinda still waiting. 

Francis gazes at Margaret from the kitchen table. He observes that Margaret, like most people (when they’ve become ready), want to receive a big
HELLO! from the universe, and they want to have that big hello on a consistent basis.  Like all the time. And the universe is more than willing to give you a cosmic high-five all the time, because frankly life IS one big cosmic high-five, but if, for 30 – 40 years, you’ve been getting your cosmic high-five from donuts, coffee, TV, people, work, etc., the More Subtle and Sublime Consistent High-Fives might go unnoticed.  You could even call it a cosmic hug, thinks Francis, as he stretches out on the table otherwise known (only to him) as “His Place” or “His Rightly Place.”

He likes to think deep thoughts there.  Deep thoughts about the cosmos, catnip, and how to communicate better with the humans. He likes the kitchen table because it resides in what humans call The Breakfast Nook. In this breakfast nook, there are windows that look upon the world, namely Margaret’s Side Yard.

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Francis, before he lost his ear

When he decided to take Margaret’s domain and make it and its human-dweller his, it wasn’t only because she lived in a Craftsman-style house (which he has a slight preference for), but it was because she never seemed to leave the house. Since he is getting on in feline years, he appreciates this, as he finds sleeping next to a body-warmer the size of Margaret (as difficult as this may be to admit) comforting. She seems to like it too.

He is very interested, or rather, slightly interested in the recent flurry of activity that Margaret has been engaged in. This is new in his experience of Margaret. Just the other day, she revealed to him that the bathroom actually had a floor.  Previously, he had thought it was made of a cloud of colored towels but instead, there was tile. Very nice tile. Francis likes to pride himself on his taste, and although the towel-cloud was more comfortable for sleeping, he finds the tile floor soothing. It fits his sense of decorum.

Francis is a house-worldly cat, and knows a thing or two about dwellings, and particularly dwellings that have life in them, and dwellings that don’t. His thoughts are interrupted by a flash of movement as Margaret throws something into the trash but missed. He pounces.

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Francis loves Modwalls’ Moddotz – Navy Blue (The basket is also nice to hide in.)

“Get rid of everything,” continues Toni.  “But what if I’m left with nothing?” asks Margaret. She can hear Toni making tea in the background. “You just let go of the stuff you don’t need anymore; and yeah, there might be some growing pains, but you just watch. All kinds of good stuff will start to shine. Good stuff you never even imagined.”

Toni has always been like this, even when her life wasn’t going so great, she always could see the bright side. “It’s like your house,” Toni continues. “You’ve got this amazing house that your mom left you.”  “It’s not really me, though” says Margaret.

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One of Francis’ favorite sayings

“You can make it you,” answers Toni.  “That house has good bones.” Margaret sighs. She used to describe Sam that way. “He’s got good bones.” And yes, Sam did have good bones, physically-speaking, he was your strong, silent type with the jawline and build to prove it; but when Margaret said that Sam had good bones she meant his structure; his foundation, his core – not all that stuff on the outside (although that didn’t hurt).  She was in love with his bones until his bones walked out the front door a month after her mother died.

“Hello?” says Toni. “Sorry, I was distracted by Francis. He’s attacking my old sock like he’s some kind of ferocious animal. (Francis ignores this comment by the favored yet ignorant human.) “Did you hear what I said, though?” asks Toni. “Yeah. I did. I guess I never looked at this place that way. I need a new pair of glasses.” “Well,” says Toni, “It sounds like you’re getting them.”Micheline

This is the fourth installment in a weekly series about aspirational living.  Micheline Auger is a New York-based writer who loves all things Modwalls.

February 11, 2016 at 4:51 pm 3 comments

Tidy: chapter 1 – the universe is speaking…

life-changing-magicThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Really? The book has been sitting on her kitchen table for a month. Underneath a pair of socks, a pile of home decor magazines, and Francis, the one-eared cat who adopted her last winter after Sam left. Her mother gave her the book for her 45th birthday. “It’ll change your life.” Mom likes to buy people books for their birthdays. Books like The Rules, Getting To I Do and Upgrading your Wardrobe for Dummies. “But this book is different,” says mom. “The writer is Japanese. Did you know that Japanese women don’t experience menopause? It’s because their culture respects older women. And their diets are cleaner. And the women feel supported and nourished and valued. The women are so graceful. You should read it.” She knows she should read it. Everyone’s reading it. It’s on the best sellers list. It changes people’s lives!

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She imagines that after reading this magical book, people are born anew to their life’s purpose. They are greeted by previously hidden gifts and talents like long lost lovers. Motivation, inspiration and courage rain down from the skies above. Soul mates come knocking at doors. Infertility begets fertility. Empty bank accounts overflow with plenitude. Drones drop flowers and wine, and the world sparkles just a wee bit brighter as houses, hogans and even the homeless got their tidy on. Tidy for president. Tidy for world peace. Tidy for you, and you, and you. But not for me. Margaret has never been a tidy person. She may love to look at pictures of sparkling clean kitchens full of color and light, living rooms with inviting fireplaces or spa-like bathrooms promising relaxation and rejuvenation, but if she can’t get herself to do the dishes, how is she going to declutter her house?

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Modwalls Ceramic Tile: The Magnificent 7

She stares at the book and takes a sip of the coffee her friend Toni calls crack because it’s so strong. It’s her second cup of crack this morning and she’s liking it. She’s thinking she’ll drink crack all day and maybe the dishes will get done. Or the laundry. Or repot the plant, or maybe throw it away and get a new one – one that’s actually alive.  Or regrout the bathtub, or go jogging, or paint the front door red – that’s supposed to be good feng shui, right? Or do that pilatesyogacrossfit video that she’s been meaning to do. Or. Or. Or.

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Francis looks at her and meows but nothing comes out of his mouth. It’s one of those silent meows. This is how Margaret experiences the universe, or God, or intuition, or whatever people call it.  Silent. A silent meow. Yet expectant. It reminds her of the lyric from the Pink Floyd song, “Comfortably Numb”: “Your lips move, but I can’t hear what you’re saying.” She looks at Francis. Does Francis know?  Does Francis understand? Does Francis see that Margaret is paralyzed in a house she inherited from her mother? Her mother who died last winter. Her mother who knew how to get things done; who said before she closed her radiant eyes for the last time, ‘Make this house your home. Start your life. Stop waiting.’  Frances meows silently again. Maybe Francis is just hungry. Margaret reaches over and picks him up. He purrs. She looks down at the book as her mother’s words echo in her mind. She opens the first page and reads: “Start by discarding.”Micheline

Micheline Auger is a New York-based writer who loves color, cats and all things Modwalls. This is the first installment in a weekly series.

January 21, 2016 at 10:32 am 2 comments

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