How to raise the oomph factor in your kitchen with patterned tiles

How to raise the oomph factor in your kitchen with patterned tiles

Giving your home the oomph factor is not a facile task. It is crucial to achieve the perfect balance of smart designing and the want to exude luxury in every corner. Sometimes, an overdo of either can make your home look too flashy or too dull. 

One of the major contributing factor to making your home look chic is the flooring. Tiles come in to picture when you want a flooring that complements the lighting, ceiling or the walls. But, the potential of good tiles paved the way for interior designers and architects to play with tiles on the walls and other unexpected areas of a home.  Pretty much every beautiful house has its fair share of tiles on walls, floors, ceilings, kitchens, bathrooms, hallways, foyers and lots of other rooms. Tiles are versatile and favourite amongst designers.

 

  1. Focus on the floor

Just think about it. The floor is one of the largest swaths of real estate in your kitchen. Instead of going for the typical plain porcelain tile or wood flooring, try and take advantage of this large surface by adding a patterned tile for style and character. 

2. Stress your backsplash

Kitchen backsplashes often are a single and solid colour. You might take this opportunity instead to display some character with an interesting patterned tile like this.

3. Style your stove

If devoting to a patterned tile on the floor or entire backsplash seems too awful, look to the wall behind your stove or cooktop. The simple patterned tile on the small space behind the stove pops up into a stylish feature and makes a huge impact in this kitchen.

4. Decorate your open shelves

If you have open shelving or are considering this minimal storage option in your kitchen, try devoting the large space behind the shelves to patterned tile. This combo can really customise a kitchen.

6. Deck the walls

To get a maximum payoff for your patterned tile, look to all your kitchen walls as an alternative. These decoratively tiled walls not only resemble wallpaper but are easier to clean and more durable.

 

Which tile style did you like the most? Tell us in Comments.

 

Ideas to make a compact bathroom look bigger

Ideas to make a compact bathroom look bigger

We cannot neglect the fact that a small bathroom can feel cozy and intimate but it can also feel claustrophobic and distressing. Unless you live in a custom-built house with a planned luxurious bath and dressing room, you probably desire your bathroom were larger. Without adding any more twist, you might feel less compact if you use some of our tips to make your small bathroom look and feel larger.

 

 1. SELECT SERENE COLOURS

Nude and soft colours tend to give the illusion of more space. We are not saying that the small bathroom has to be pink but avoid bold and exciting colours. Use the bright colours for accessories and towels, but consider pastel tones, neutrals, and whites for backgrounds. Cool and nude colours give the feeling of serenity.

 

2. USE OF LARGE MIRRORS

The more light reflects the bigger your bathroom will look. Instead of just hanging a small mirror above the sink, consider mirroring the whole wall, or at least a large portion. This acts as a window in bringing a lot more light into the room and creating an illusion of a bigger room.

 

3. A WALL MOUNTED WC

Install a wall-mounted WC, because it not only keeps the floor space clear but certifies a clean look by concealing the flushing mechanism within the walls. Even though the space below the WC is not going to be utilized, this type of WC creates a feeling of lightness in contrast to floor-mounted WCs and gives an illusion of more space.

4. ADD NICHES

Bathroom niches not only create space for storing toiletries and bath accessories but create visual depth. In this example, just spot how simple niches add so much value and make space feel well-planned.

Keep in mind that clutter visually fills up space and makes it feel congested.

 

5. USE LARGE FLOOR TILES

You might think smaller tiles would work best in a small bathroom, but in fact, larger designs are an ideal option. Wide-format tiles result in fewer joints, and therefore show up less ornate grout lines, so the room feels less jumbled and more spacious.

6. MOUNT TOWEL RAIL BEHIND THE DOOR

Where can I hang the towels? How we wish we had a dollar for every time we heard that question.

When space is at a premium, mounting a towel rail on the shower door or behind the bathroom door keeps towels handy. You might need to store the bulk of your towels in a nearby closet, but having that one towel close by to dry off with is mandatory.

7. ELIMINATE THE CLUTTER

The fewer items on display in your bathroom, the larger it will. If you don’t use all those products, get rid of them. If there isn’t room for the laundry basket without it getting in the way, find a new home for it in another room.

This will automatically make your room look and feel bigger by creating more space.

 

Tell us:
Do you have a small bathroom? How have you made it look spacious? Tell us in the Comments section below.

Bisazza cement tiles

Flee away from convention and contemplate cement tiles for floors and walls, also known as encaustic cement tiles. See how the eye-catching patterns of the floor your space will add life and breathe heritage into a contemporary space.
Cement tiles belong to 19th century Europe, where they were developed and then used widely in Art Nouveau architecture.

At Present, however, cement tiles are once again becoming a flooring as well as walls decorating choice, driven by the boom in all things vintage and the growing admiration for handmade products worldwide. While traditional cement tile designs are enjoying an amelioration, new patterns are also gaining in popularity. Manufacturers and Designers are updating these tiles with contemporary geometric patterns, old Flower Patterns, etc. giving them a second life through a more versatile look.

From modern geometric designs to quintessential motifs, these contemporary cement tiles bring stupendous new possibilities to interior design.

1. PAOLA NAVONE

In the early 19th and 20th century, colourful cement tiles dazzled the floors of palaces and mansions. Taking notes from the ancient history, Italian tile maker Bisazza has tapped top designers. One of them is Paola Navone to create contemporary riffs on the handmade tradition. Made by blending colourful oxides with durable cement, the tiles take on a cool matte texture that feels modern and chic.

Navone lent her signature punch to the series using blocks, stars, and spots in a palette of chocolate, grey, and teal. ‘Although cement tiles use a very different language to glass mosaics, we have looked for a way of tying them in with the Bisazza style,’ she adds.

This design is by Paola Navone, whose designs are the most playful of the collection.

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2. JAMIE HAYON

What’s so peculiar about Jaime Hayon’s designs are the countless combinations offered by the arrangement of the tiles. They create a rich array of textures and breath-taking geometrical figures that seem to go on forever and convey a sense of continuity and movement between different spaces. Hayon conveyed his hallmark fun-loving spirit with squiggly lines and vivid geometrics. Because of the graphic nature of the collection, the larger motif transforms depends on the placement of each tile.

 

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3. TOM DIXON

In contrast, Tom Dixon’s patterns are much more urban and ‘pop’ in nature, as is usually the case with the British designer. “With this type of collection, we’ve tried to offer a contemporary and sophisticated take on traditional cement tiles, combining the attributes of modern design with the appeal of a handmade product,” says Rosella Bisazza, daughter of the firm’s founder and its communications director.

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4. DAVID ROCKWELL

When it comes to elegant tiled surfaces, Bisazza’s offering is the one to beat. The Italian design company’s latest undertaking is an inspired collaboration with the renowned American designer David Rockwell – the first American on Bisazza’s books. Comprised of a suite of graphic patterns that are available in four colour families, Rockwell’s ’Tonal’ collection brings a contemporary slant to Bisazza’s artistic ’Cementiles’ collection.

 

Rockwell’s tonal collection is heavy on pattern with stripes, grids, and zigzags playing a major role. The palette includes four colourways, ranging from warm neutrals to cool, and intended for some freewheeling in-house experimentation be it on the floor or wall. Within these parameters, Rockwell created a set of graphic patterns, ranging from bold chromatic stripes to a vivid end grain, which can be combined in a myriad of ways.

 

The colour palettes – a sepia-toned warm neutral, charcoal cool neutral, a family of rust and then the blues – enhance the matte finish of the tiles to provide latent energy and sense of movement to the larger environment.

 

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5. FERNANDO AND HUMBERTO CAMPANA

The Agate gemstone commonly found in Brazil provided the inspiration for these handmade tiles, designed by Fernando and Humberto Campana for Italian brand Bisazza. Their focus was to capture both “the richness of Brazil and the immense fortune of petrified crystals”. “When Bisazza invited us to do this project, I decided to bring something from my country,” said Humberto Campana, speaking to Dezeen at a launch event during Milan design week.

“There is a shop nearby my studio of Brazilian stones,” he continued. “I go very often to observe, whenever I’m feeling stressed. I’m fascinated by the colours.”

Agate stones are typically found within volcanic rocks. Their coloured bands are made up of alternating layers of crystalline quartz and chalcedony, which is a form of silica.

Brazilian agate typically features brown shades, along with white and grey tones.

The stones are often dyed before being used as ornaments – and the Campanas’ tiles reflect this. Created by blending high-strength cement with coloured oxides, they come in hues of green, yellow, red and blue.

The tiles are square, measuring 20 centimeters wide. This means they can be orientated differently to create more random patterns.

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6. CARLO DAL BIANCO

Alongside the Bisazza Design Studio, three world-class designers were invited to contribute to this major new collection. One of these is Carlo Dal Bianco, whose creations are defined by a more classic inspiration, with a dash of the contemporary. Dal Bianco has developed twenty-six designs in total, each with numerous colour variations, and all incredibly beautiful. Dal Bianco kept things a tad more traditional with classic floral and tumbling blocks patterns. Made entirely by hand using high-strength cement blended with coloured oxides, the range is available in square (20×20 cm) or hexagonal (20×23 cm) configurations.

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If you’re planning to give cement tiles a try this year, go for it! Also, feel free to let us know what your thoughts are on this incredible trend, and whether these ideas were helpful!

Let’s stop saying NO to Public Toilets!

Let’s stop saying NO to Public Toilets!

We don’t tend to talk about toilets much, even though we all use them. But not only do public toilets meet our voiding needs when we go out: they are the site for many underlying social processes and behaviours, especially those related to gender roles.

From a purely physical needs perspective, nearly thousands of Indians have bladder or bowel control problems. This means many can’t confidently leave their homes unless they know clean and hygienic toilets will be available.

People who have to plan their activities or schedules around their toileting needs are frequent users of public toilets. They include the elderly, parents with small children, people with certain disabilities, people with a range of medical conditions, and workers whose jobs involve traveling (and these groups are not mutually exclusive).

Anyone, who has ever been in an overcrowded or uncomfortable public toilet, will value a good toilet design. The usual demands placed on a high-profile, high traffic and heavily used facility requires extra thoughts for each process.

A well-designed public toilet has to be:

(a) Clean, hygienic and dry.

(b) Well ventilated.

(c) Easy to maintain.

(d) Carefully planned layout with maintenance in mind.

(e) User – friendly to people with disabilities and special needs.

Let us talk about the must-haves in a Public toilet:

1. Safe Seat:

It is a known fact that people are afraid to use a public washroom. Sharing a WC is like sharing a toothbrush or a towel with strangers. Until now, there wasn’t much that could be done to solve this problem for years.

Safe Seat is a hygienic, intelligent and a self-cleaning toilet seat cover technology. It is an electronic and an automatic sanitary machine with a sensor attached in each seat. The idea is to give every user a new, fresh and clean seat.

2. Wash Basins:

The use of flat bottom washbasins is not recommended. Such wash basins do not effectively allow dirt and debris to be washed into the drain pipes. Wash basins should be under-counter. Other designs such as a long basin trough are allowed provided that they can minimize the problem of water spilling over from the basin to the counter. For basins that sit on top of the counter or are stand-alone, should be deep enough to prevent water splashing out of the basins when in use

3. Sensor Taps:

All faucets should be sensory faucets by keeping hygiene into consideration.

4. Wastebins/Litterbins:

Waste bins should be provided inside each male and female toilet and outside the toilets located directly below or in close proximity to the washbasin vanity. Sanitary disposal bins should be placed in each female toilet cubicle. The bins should be operable by means other than hand contact.

5. Hand dryer:

A minimum of one hand-dryer blower or paper towel dispenser should be provided near the hand washbasin area.

6. Soap dispensers:

One soap dispenser should be provided for every washbasin. Soap dispensers should be located in close proximity to basins. Dispensers should either have a transparent reservoir or a clear plastic soap refill indicator window. Soap valves should be made of corrosion-free materials and suited to dispense hand soap. However, a Sensor Soap Dispenser is a complete Yay-Yay!

7. Toilet papers:

An extra-large toilet paper roll along with holder, multi-roll capacity or a toilet tissue sheet dispenser of similar capacity should be installed in each water closet cubicle.

One of the major reasons people avoid Public toilet is the ‘Odour’.

Let’s talk about it.

VENTILATION

Whilst public toilet itself is actually the source of malodour, it is practically impossible to abolish malodour completely unless the toilet is kept away from being used which does not seem sensible at all. Having said that, however, by careful consideration on the design of both natural and mechanical ventilation system for a public toilet, it is possible to minimize the nuisance of malodour both to the users as well as to the general public in the vicinity.

Proper ventilation of a public toilet is one of the highest priorities in the design of toilets. Ventilation system ensures that vitiated air is quickly extracted, and helps to avoid dampness and subsequent growth of mold on floors and walls.

THUMB RULE OF VENTILATION

Natural Ventilation

Special consideration on the design of the toilet enclosure and layout could also enhance its natural cross ventilation.

Features like the lifted-up roof, roof ventilation openings, external wall undercut, high and low-level external louvers, unobstructed air flow path with respect to entrance opening position, openings on opposite walls, etc. are measures that could increase natural cross ventilation inside a toilet and help to remove malodour more quickly and effectively.

Mechanical  Ventilation

According to international design guidelines and standards, the recommended mechanical ventilation rate for the toilet is around 6 to 10 air changes per hour. However, in India, due to our high population density, It is, therefore, necessary to design the ventilation rate at 20 air changes per hour. With a higher air change rate, the removal of malodour is extra effective.

It’s quite improbable that public bathrooms will make you sick, and it’s better to go when you need to than to hold it until you reach home. Yes, Public toilets often smell bad and sometimes look unsavory, and it’s true that they harbor germs. But so do so many other places we visit frequently, including offices, schools, home, and stores. Germs won’t make you sick if you leave them in the bathroom instead of taking them with you.

The Indian Government is leading the way with its ‘Swachh Bharat’ Mission  ‘Clean India Campaign’ which aims to provide universal access to all Indians in just 5 years (2014–2019), proclaiming the nation ODF (open defecation free) and building more than 100 million toilets. The campaign is making swift progress in providing access to toilets and awareness is high amongst citizens.

The evolution of Public Toilets in recent years:

Project name: THE LIGHT BOX

Architect: ROHAN CHAVAN

Where: TEEN HATH NAKA FLYOVER, THANE WEST, THANE, MAHARASHTRA.

The above restroom stands at one of the busiest roads of  Mumbai, under an overhanging tree.  It has four blocks at two ends. At one end there are two toilets with a common washbasin and at the other end, there is a nursing room and a toilet for handicapped and senior citizens. The center of the restroom is a garden for various activities.

The Restroom with toilet blocks is fitted with a biodigester to reduce the use of fresh water and improved waste management. It also includes a nursing room and has amenities like sanitary pads vending machine and incinerator, CCTV cameras, Mobile charging points and a panic alarm system in place. “For us, providing a safe environment for women was as important as providing hygienic toilets. We have created space for an ATM machine and are looking to collaborate with banks that can provide this facility along with a security guard to make the restrooms more secured.” Says the founder.

This Public toilet at one of the most famous places in Mumbai is more art than architecture.

Architect: Serie Architects

Where: Marine Drive

A swanky and eco-friendly public toilet equipped with solar panel and vacuum technology at Marine Drive has been designed keeping hygiene in mind and to save water. Built at a whopping cost of Rs 90 lakh, the facility will be of great help to the general public, including joggers and cyclists, who throng the iconic promenade. A toilet generally requires eight liters of water for a single flush, but this facility uses only 800 ml water. Besides saving water, the toilet’s vacuum technology will prevent a few million liters of raw sewage from getting flushed directly into the Marine Drive bay each year.

People travel long distances to work and back but there is no infrastructure available to absorb their requirements. For instance, on a highway, you don’t want to only use the toilet, you might want to freshen up and change, or charge your phone, yet the toilets never address these needs.

The idea behind this article is to prevent serious health issues and encourage people to use public toilets in a country like ours where people, despite having public toilets, piddle in the open or hold the pee because of the unhygienic conditions of the Public Toilets.

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KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS

KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS

When it comes to renovating a kitchen, choosing a countertop can be a difficult decision. The countertop is often the largest surface area in the kitchen and has a major impact on the look and feel of the room.

It’s a huge decision, choosing a material for your kitchen countertop. Huge both in terms of cost and in their impact on the aesthetics and practical function of your kitchen. Top-end, premium kitchen countertop materials are a significant part of a kitchen remodeling budget. A well-chosen countertop makes your kitchen more useful and easier to maintain, and it can also serve as an important design element of your kitchen.

Simple rules to keep into consideration while

choosing Kitchen Countertops:

  • Here at G. H. Karia, we recommend the use of 12 and 20 mm thick slabs for countertops. These thicknesses make it possible to create several types of edging that match different design styles.

 

  • Along with that, we recommend a radius of at least 2 mm. The greater the radius, the better it will bear any impacts, but there will also be more base colour in the slab. In areas with a high risk of impact (sinks, for example), a 2 mm radius edging is recommended as this is the best option for the look and durability. The edging shown here can also be applied to angles.

 

QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS:

Imagine a kitchen surface that not only splashes luxury into your kitchen but is also superior in adaptability and practicality – G. H. Karia presents you our range of quartz kitchen surfaces by Caesarstone that provides an individualistic edge to your kitchens.

A perfect surface is like the icing on the cake – it’s the final touch; your own personal signature. The creativity experts have designed a unique collection of quartz surfaces, creating more colours, styles and combinations than you can imagine; ensuring that you get exactly what you have in mind.

Caesarstone has pioneered the use of quartz – one of nature’s hardest and most abundant minerals. The unique mixture of ground quartz aggregates, pigments and polymers proved to be components necessary to produce surfaces that last a lifetime.

These surfaces are developed with cutting-edge technology integrated with exceptional quality while keeping in mind the latest trends in colours and designs. 

 

FEATURES OF QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS:

 

  • Made from one of the hardest minerals on earth, quartz countertops are arguably the most durable option for kitchens as Quartz is the 4th hardest mineral on the planet with the added benefit of being more flexible making them less likely to chip or crack.

 

  • They are anti-microbial. e. Resin binders make quartz counters nonporous, so stain- and odour-causing bacteria, mould, and mildew can’t penetrate the surface. They never need sealant or special cleaning products.

 

  • They are scratch-resistant.e., Unlike natural stones, quartz countertops are scratch-resistant which is why you do not have to worry about dealing with damaged surfaces. It is ideal for homes where there are kids.

 

  • Various Finishes. e. Another advantage of using quartz to line your countertop is that it can replicate a number of different finishes. This can include wood, lamination, and even tiles.

 

  • Customized Colours.e. We all know how expensive coloured natural stones can be which usually makes them unaffordable. But by opting for quartz as a lining material, you will be able to incorporate customized colour tones into your countertop.

 

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TILE COUNTERTOPS

 

“In the kitchen, the detail which seems most insignificant can be the most important one” – Chef Andrea Tumbarello, Don Giovanni

 

Neolith is the perfect solution for kitchen furnishing due to its characteristics and quality, offering results suitable for the most avant-garde projects in architecture and interior design. Made from entirely natural, recyclable products, such as crushed stone, tile countertops are created during a process involving intense heat and pressure that bonds the elements to create a strong and sturdy product that is lightweight, UV resistant and very versatile.

Sintered Stone is a revolutionary product which has become a material of choice for architects, designers, specifiers, and fabricators. This pioneering material can be specified for the most demanding interior and exterior building projects. Combining high-definition detailed decoration with high-performance qualities, Neolith offers the triple reassurance of strength, beauty, and longevity.

 

FEATURES OF TILE COUNTERTOPS:

 

1. Waterproof: Waterproof and resistant to liquids, with an absorption level of almost zero.

2. Resistant to scratches: Its hard surface makes it resistant to scratches and abrasion.

3. Resistant to high temperatures: It does not burn in contact with fire nor does it emit smoke or toxic substances when subjected to high temperatures

4. Easy to clean: Resistant to any kind of chemical cleaning agents such as bleach or ammonia.

5. Hygienic: It does not give off any harmful substances and is totally suitable for contact with food. NSF Certified.

6. Resistant to UV rays: Being 100% natural, its colors do not fade away when being exposed to sunlight or other extreme weather conditions.

7. 100% Natural: It does not give off any substances that are harmful to the environment.

8. Recyclable: Up to 52% of recycled content in every slab. 100% recyclable.

9. Resistant to Bending: It has a high shear rate, making it resistant to heavy loads and pressure.

10. Light weight: Lighter than many cladding or interior surfaces, Neolith can be produced in varying degrees of thickness, including an ultra-thin 3mm depth. At 6mm it’s used on skyscrapers, at 20mm it’s an attractive kitchen island.

 

TECHNICAL FEATURES:

 

FINISHES:

All these designs and trends are accessible at G. H. KARIA.

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