Posts tagged ‘sustainable’

New Vetrazzo Recycled Glass Subway Tile at Modwalls

Modwalls has joined LEED certified Vetrazzo to offer exclusive subway tile in 3 sizes made of  Vetrazzo’s American made  recycled glass surfaces.

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Vetrazzo, the famed American made recycled glass composite surfacing, is making subway tile designed and sold exclusively by Modwalls Tile.

Now you can cover your interior walls and floors, including wet areas, with any of 4 colors and 3 sizes of modern and earthy subway tile designs. We are offering Martini Flint, Floating Blue, Titanium and Chivalry Blue Vetrazzo colors in 3×6, 4×8 and 4×12 subway tile sizes.

 

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Order Samples to see the true beauty of these recycled glass tiles that is difficult to capture in photos.

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More About Vetrazzo:

Back when “green” was just a color and not a sustainable development term, Vetrazzo was already using glass refuse to create stunning surfaces. A slab can be made of 100% recycled glass. Vetrazzo is the logical choice for consumers and professionals who care about the ecological impact of their projects, especially for LEED buildings: Vetrazzo is committed to highest sustainability standards Using pre- and post-consumer recycled glass from local curbside recycling programs to reduce carbon footprint. Over the years, glass from sources as surprising and varied as old traffic lights from a city in California, all kinds of jars, windshields from cars or architectural glass from skyscrapers has gone into Vetrazzo mixes.

Modwalls Tile company has been Designed to Deligh since 2005. Modwalls offers  their own colorful modern tile designs, along with a curated collection of unique tile, for both commercial and residential spaces. Sold online at Modwalls.com. Retail and Trade clients welcomed.

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October 20, 2016 at 6:17 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.

Lush 3x6 Yellot Butter Glass Tile

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.

Brio Glass Mosaic Tile

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

Putting the LUSH in Luscious Glass Tile

Are you in the process of selecting the perfect Lush® glass subway tile color for your project?

Selecting the right  tile color can be difficult  – especially from a computer screen!  We find ourselves regularly attempting to describe the nuances of similar Lush® colors over the phone, and trust me, it’s not easy!

In an effort to help make this process a little easier, we’ve taken these pictures to compare the subtle variations of our most popular Lush® colors.

Enjoy!

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  • Cameo is our latest neutral addition.  We would describe this as a rich, creamy color.  It evokes a real warmth – like coffee with lots of creamer in it.  Yummmmmy!
  • Almond is slightly more golden-beige than Cameo.  Goes well with lots of earth-tone granites.
  • Driftwood is a gray-ish beige color with a faint hint of green.  It’s definitely the chameleon of our neutral colors and tends to go with all sorts of materials and design aesthetics.
  • Dune is the most golden of our neutral colors. We often say it’s more peachy/beige/buttercream-y.
  • Reef is a rich brown color…like a freshly roasted coffee bean.  In some lighting conditions, it appears to have a hint of green.
  • Taupe is a gorgeous warm gray color.  (One of my personal favorites actually :)).

Cloud thru Bluebell

  • Cloud is our white-est white possible in our Lush® line.  Made of clear glass, this is truly a white glass subway tile (which we know is hard to find!)
  • Breaker is a beautiful light and bright medium aqua blue color.
  • Vapor is our most pale, watery blue color.
  • Sky is a true sky-blue color.  Think of how the sky looks on a clear and bright Spring day.  A very cheerful shade of blue…
  • Rain  is tranquil blue gray.  It reminds me of a lighter shade of denim as well…or indigo.
  • Bluebell is a super fun and vivid periwinkle-blue color.

Cloud thru Peacock

  • Pool is a nice balance of aqua + blue together.  It’s more saturated than the previous blue colors above.  Pool Frosted has a softer and somewhat lighter appearance because of the frosted surface finish.
  • Surf has more green than aqua coloring and it’s one of our most popular Lush® colors.  Goes beautifully with a variety of design aesthetics.
  • Seagrass is a more saturated version of Surf.
  • Peacock is a lovely jewel toned turquoise/ blue/ green color.

Cloud thru Inkwell

  • Rain is tranquil blue gray.  It reminds me of a lighter shade of denim as well…or indigo.  
  • Fog Bank is one of our most popular gray colors.  It has a cooler base tone to it so the tile can sometime appear more blue. It’s a very calming color.
  • Storm is a darker gray color.  This also has a cooler base tone to it like our Fog Bank.
  • Taupe is a gray beige color. Warmer by comparison than Fog Bank.
  • Inkwell is a beautiful saturated inky-blue color.

Cloud thru Moss

  • Wasabi is a very wasabi colored green :).  Still bright and vivid, it’s one of our softer looking greens by comparison.
  • Surf has more green than aqua coloring and it’s one of our most popular Lush® colors.  Goes beautifully with a variety of design aesthetics.
  • Bamboo is a fresh medium spring green color.  When comparing to Lemongrass, we say it has less yellow to it.
  • Seagrass is a more saturated version of Surf.  When comparing Seagrass to our other greens, it appears to have more blue in it.  I’d also describe it as a celedon green color.
  • Lemongrass is our most bright and vivid lime-y green color.
  • Peacock is a lovely turquoise/ blue/ green color.
  • Moss is an earthy olive green color.

One last look at all these beautiful colors….

Modwalls_Cameo Almond Driftwood Dune Reef TaupeCloud thru BluebellCloud thru PeacockCloud thru InkwellCloud thru Moss

Of course we also offer brights like Poppy Orange, Butter Yellow and Tomato Red.

And sizes from 1×2 to 6×12 now made in North America.

Check out our entire Lush subway tile collection and order samples.

We want you to Live Your Colors with Modwalls Tile.

Creating colorful modern tile since 2005.

January 26, 2016 at 4:06 pm Leave a comment

Introducing New Products In-Stock NOW!!!

We seriously couldn’t be happier to spread the news about our latest additions to modwalls®!!!

Take a few minutes to check them out, order samples, or make a mental note for later. 🙂  

We know you’ll love them as much as we do!!!

New ModDotz™ Colors!!

From top left:  Spa Blue, Sherbet, Lemon, and Key Lime

Find all these mouthwatering colors here for only $7.95 per sheet!

New Lush® 3×6 Colors!!

From top left:  Poppy, Blue Bell, Storm, and Inkwell

Find these colors as well as many other Lush® colors for only $19.95 per sheet!

ALL New Lush® Weave™ Subway Tile!!

From top left:  Cloud, Vapor, and Fog Bank

All 3 of these Lush® Weave™ colors are available for only $19.95 per sheet.

ALL New Harvest Bamboo Mosaics™!!!

This gorgeous collection is made entirely from eco-friendly and sustainable bamboo.

Find all mosaic patterns here for only $14.95 per sheet.

The one and only…Real Penny Mosaic™!!!

Real Penny Mosaic™

Now available for custom order in 3 ways: ALL HEADS, ALL TAILS,

or the most popular MIX. 

Click here for more Real Penny Mosaic™ info.

Modwalls® is making tile modern™ with colorful and unique designs that are in stock and available for purchase online 24/7 at  modwalls.com

September 27, 2012 at 11:08 am 1 comment

Playhouse Design Group + Greenleaf Construction, could they be any cooler?!

We get totally BLOWN AWAY every time we are blessed with amazing install pics of our modwalls tile in such impressive spaces – especially when we get them from Playhouse Design Group & Greenleaf Construction!!! Seriously can’t get enough of them!! 🙂

We recently did a designer spotlight blog on Playhouse Design Group (find it here), a spectacular design firm making good design happen on a daily basis in the Pacific Northwest.

Had to share these pics since we feel truly honored to have our products installed in such amazing spaces!  Enjoy!

Modwalls Corkdotz installation.

Gorgeous kitchen with our Brio Clear Red mosaic glass tile as the backsplash. Love how the lighter grout of the backsplash truly makes the red mosaic tile pop!

Another Brio Clear Red installation – notice the impact of a darker grout instead of the white grout. Love it!

Brio Tarragon mosaic glass tile flows over the vanity and around the tub area beautifully.

Have you installed or specified our modwalls tile?  If so, we would love to see your best pics!  Email them to us at service@modwalls.com and share the love.

Modwalls is making tile modern with colorful and unique designs that are in stock and available for purchase online 24/7 at  modwalls.com.

June 1, 2012 at 4:55 pm Leave a comment

Ceram-mixed

We love a tile blend.

It’s kind of our “thing,” and for years we’ve been stocking rockin’ tile blends in our Brio® vitreous glass tile line, our Lush® glass tile line, our ModDotz™ porcelain penny round tile collection, and we’ve been offering custom tile blends with our Brio® tile so our fabulous customers can create the tile blend of their dreams.

We recently launched our first ceramic tile collection and we’ve been so thrilled that the majority of our customers have choose to create blends!

Our 2×8 ceramic subway tiles are sold by the square foot and our customers can purchase as many square feet as they’d like. We have seven colors in-stock and any talented tile installer can turn those individual colors into a completely custom ceramic tile blend.

We also carry ceramic “Plus” Mosaic tiles and we offer a “Regulated Mix” of the three colors we stock. This unique blend has been hot hot HOT with our retail customers and designers alike.

Take a look at the sweet installation photos we’ve received so far:

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A funky-cool kitchen with our ceramic Plus Mosaic "Regulated Mix."

modwalls 2x8 ceramic tile from At Home magazine

This gorgeous kitchen with all 7 colors of our 2x8 ceramic tiles was featured in At Home in Arkansas magazine.

A bathroom with modwalls 2x8 ceramic tile Brine, Milk and Licorice matte

A bathroom with modwalls 2x8 ceramic tile Brine, Milk and Licorice matte.

The bathroom with modwalls 2x8 ceramic tile Brine, Milk and Licorice matte

Fish eye view of the bathroom with modwalls 2x8 ceramic tile Brine, Milk and Licorice matte.

Mixer + modwalls 2x8 ceramic tile blend

This little mixer looks adorable against this kitchen backsplash with modwalls 2x8 ceramic tile colors Splash, Milk, Brine, Wheatgrass, Zest, Cookie and Licorice Matte.

Adorable kitchen backsplash with modwalls 2x8 ceramic tile blend.

One happy kitchen backsplash with modwalls 2x8 ceramic tile blend.

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Another view of the super unique Plus Mosaic "Regulated Mix" ceramic tile blend kitchen backsplash.

So what do you think… are ceramic tile blends your new favorite?!

April 17, 2012 at 1:39 pm 4 comments

Selecting Tile: The Unplugged Version

We have a new expert in the house at modwalls!

A few months back we welcomed Interior Designer Katelyn Bowman as our Trade Sales + Interior Design Specialist here at modwalls and she has been an amazing addition to our team. She’s got impeccable style , great design tips and an abundance of information about tile and the wide world of design.

We asked Katelyn to give us her thoughts on choosing tile and the tile selection process and below is the result… Enjoy!

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So you finally decided that you’re ready to start browsing for tile options.  Great!  We’ve got some helpful designer tips on how to do just that…a.k.a. where to start.  PS, try not to rush the selection process if you can help it.

Tools of the Trade –> As an interior designer, I don’t often dissect my design thought process to others because it’s not the most profound method.  My hope is that while you master each of these steps, you will hone in on the tile that is best for your space. 🙂

Step 1 —>  Decide the look you want.  Think of it like your design game plan.  It always helps to have some type of design direction in mind when considering your options.  This will seriously help prevent you from looking at too many options and getting completely overwhelmed.  If this is you, don’t worry, you’re not alone and you have full permission to pull a “Mulligan.”  I highly recommend first browsing houzz.com or pinterest.com  and enter the key words that describe your desired look.  For instance, if you’re looking to achieve a “Modern Bathroom,” enter just that in to your search and voila!  Of course you could also browse google images or actual magazines, but I think you’ll find these sites more effective.  You can also check out the eye candy tile gallery of our site for real-life installations of different design aesthetics.  Save the top 5 images you like and don’t feel like you have to look at every single image in order to feel confident in your design direction.  Once you have an idea of your direction, you can now focus on more of the details…like color.  Here are some examples of some inspiring looks:

Eclectic Kitchen featuring modwalls Lush 3x6 Reef Glass Subway Tile

Eclectic Kitchen by Katie Brown featuring modwalls Lush 3x6 Reef

Coastal Country Kitchen featuring modwalls Ceramic 2"x 8" Subway Tile

Coastal Country Kitchen featuring modwalls Ceramic 2"x 8" Subway Tile

Modern Kitchen by Playhouse Design

Modern Kitchen by Playhouse Design

Step 2 —>  Cohesive color palette is key.  I recommend you assess the surroundings of your tile location and beyond i.e. what materials and colors are in the area or in an adjacent space?  Consider the whole room:  cabinet color, countertop color, flooring color, wall color, etc.  Ask yourself, “What colors repeat throughout my home?”  Your answer could be neutral or more vivid color. Narrow down the possible color options based on the existing ones and I recommend that you try not to be overly monochromatic or super-duper crazy.  Pick color options that complement one another;  a cohesive color palette is key and the beauty is in the repetition!  Think of your homes color palette like a chorus of a song.  A good song hooks you in and keeps your interest, but sometimes the song changes keys and that makes the song – or in this case your space – more dynamic.

Kitchen featuring Modwalls ModDotz Marshmallow

Step 3 —>  Narrow down your tile materials (and sizes).  There are what seems to be millions of tile products out there made of a billion different materials in a trillion different sizes.  Because you have your design direction and colors in mind, this should help narrow down the materials you might want to consider.  Do some online searches on  material options: ceramic, porcelain, glass, natural stone, and cork to name a few.  Also note that not all materials or sizes are appropriate for all applications.  For instance, I would NOT recommend using a large smooth tile on a shower floor.  You or a loved one will slip and fall OR the tile will crack over time because a shower pan must be sloped for proper drainage.  Determine your options based on long-term wear and usability.

Another consideration that could have been narrowed down during your design direction step is scale, or the size of the tile.  Check out these images to see what I mean:  do you want a look with a larger scale tile or do you prefer the look of a smaller scale tile?  Tile sizes range in all different shapes from less that 1/2″ to larger than 48″ plus everything in between.  Smaller tiles mean more grout joints – which can be a good thing depending on the application.  It’s a great idea for a shower floor for instance.  It’s really just another element to consider.  I also recommend narrowing down your material based on your cleanliness habits.  Knowing what it takes to maintain the tile before you install can help you realistically commit to the material.  Tile vendors are usually the best resources to assist with all this type of information.  The saying ‘knowledge is power’ comes to mind because the more knowledgeable you are, the more confident you will be in your decision.  Plus, this will make shopping a much more fun, and specific, experience. 🙂

Modwalls CorkDotz as bathroom flooring

Water Feature featuring modwalls Brio Glass Mosaic Tile

Water Feature featuring modwalls Brio Glass Mosaic Tile

Shower featuring modwalls Lush 4x12 Fog Bank

Shower featuring modwalls Lush 4x12 Fog Bank

Step 4 —>  Go shopping!  Now that you know your desired design direction, color options, and what materials can be used, your real shopping can begin!  *HOORAY!!!*  Consider all these areas we have already weeded through and your search will hopefully be more specific and less stressful experience.  Don’t even allow yourself to peruse through options that just won’t work for you based on the steps you have already mastered.  Whether you are a showroom shopper or an online shopper, most tile vendors offer tile samples that you can order or take home to look at in your space.  We hope that modwalls  will be your first stop in your shopping search.  From there, I recommend bringing your samples to your space and checking it out one last time before you make your final decision.  And last but not least, consult with your installer on how many square feet you need (including overage) and place your order.

We hope you found this helpful!  Feel free to call or email me and the crew at modwalls to talk tile + design anytime. 🙂

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April 16, 2012 at 3:23 pm 4 comments


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Founder and Creative Director of Modwalls Tile Company. Since 2005 Rebecca has been designing Fresh Tile in Colors You Crave. Shop Online at Modwalls.com.

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