WORLD-CLASS TURKISH TILE

By Annette Callari, Allied ASID; CMG

Global influences continue to flavor interior designs in the U.S. With that in mind, I wanted to share a new “find” with you. Headquartered in Turkey is a renowned manufacturer with over four decades of tile design and production. And yes, they do distribute here in the United States. Ege Seramik is seasoned in the production of porcelain and ceramic tile, with over 40% of their production actually exported to the US and Canada! The demand here for vivid colors and authentic styles is high, and Ege Seramik continues to contribute remarkable tiles to our hard surface market. Let’s take a look at just a few of their newer introductions.

ALTAVILLA –

Turkish Tile Showcased | floortalk.wfca.orgThis collection replicates the look of fine Carrara marble, but also offers coordinates you can use to contemporize it to your tastes. “Platinum Parigi” is a glittering metallic 1.2” x 24” liner that brings the right amount of glitz to your room design. Pair that with the “Dressy Relief” tiles, and you add dimensionality to the design as well. Ege Seramik’s marble-look ivory and white tiles, graced with a sparing touch of metallic, are destined to create a memorable interior (as seen here). For more information, please visit egeseramik-usa.com

URBAN –

Turkish Tile Showcased | floortalk.wfca.orgThis beautiful wall tile captured my attention and was an absolute must- mention in this article. Walking a more traditional line, Urban Maison New Beige can carry an entire wall or, if used as an accent tile, become a deserving focal point. This is a light-reflective tile that brings soft hues of gold and silver to the design.

NORDICWOOD -

World Class Turkish Tile | floortalk.wfca.orgA brand new introduction has just been announced, according to Terri Sparks, a representative from Communications International, who promotes Ege Seramik here in the U.S. According to her, Ege Seramik is excited to introduce NORDICWOOD, a glazed porcelain plank tile with the look of natural wood. This style has a Scandinavian influence and just happens to parallel the huge trend in design to replicate real hardwoods in different (durable) materials.

ANTIQUE –

This series gives the end-user mix and match capabilities that bring the best of Turkish design to your interior. Below is an excellent application of the various designs offered in “Antique”. In addition to the soft mocha hues featured here, Antique also offers a Kyebel Blue mix.

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Needless to say, I have just touched the surface of what this incredible line of tile has to offer. Designers are always on the lookout for something fresh and artistic. This line certainly delivers. Explore more to see for yourself just what awaits you from Ege Seramik and their very artistic Turkish craftsmen.

Flooring Design Trends: DESIGNER UPDATE MID-2016

We are halfway through the year (unbelievable!) and it is time to audit design trends as to what’s Smoking hot | floortalk.wfca.org—– right here, right now.

To keep on top of emerging design trends, I include high-end model home tours in my research, along with international updates from Color Marketing Group. After so many years of trend spotting, I can identify new directions easily and often see parallels from one set of models to another—all done by different award-winning design firms.

Here is what’s on top of the HOT list —–

BLURRED LINES FROM INDOOR TO OUTDOOR SPACES

Smoking Hot Design Trends | Floortalk.WFCA.orgWithout a doubt, this could be the trend of the year. Opening up living spaces to incorporate the beauty of outdoors expands livable square footage of the home, but also provides a resort-like environment. Retractable glass walls provide the ability to do that, and the outdoors is being “designed” with as much detail to attention as the home itself. Infinity pools, multi-level seating areas, gourmet outdoor kitchens, and YES, even under-the-stars outdoor beds are being featured.

HEART OF THE HOME RULES

The designers are investing big in kitchen areas; sometimes incorporating double islands to provide more work space as well as bar-height eating areas. Mixing woods (white cabinets, painted islands in deeper color) is being featured. Lighting has become the crown jewel of the kitchen, starring art-form lighting as well as functional recessed ceiling lighting. Appliances in these million dollar homes are over the top!! If you think what kind of car you drive establishes your status, think again. $10,000 brand name ranges and tech-smart refrigerators have now laid claim to how successful you are. Why stop there? Wine refrigerators (if not an entire chilled wine cellar) are inclusive in high-end design.

TEXTURE, TEXTURE, TEXTURE

Of course you have heard this before from me, and I do get a certain amount of glee in seeing predictions come true. And boy has this one superseded my expectations. Grounded neutral colors with splashes of your favorite colors are the guideline for the new design era, but the interest in each room is derived by mixing and layering textures! Natural woods, sleek countertop materials, metallic touches, wall finishes in interesting materials—these are just a few of the iconic treatments I am seeing.

FLOORS

Ease of maintenance is having an impact on floor coverings. Factor in the first design hotspot in this article (outdoors becomes indoors) and I am seeing applications of honed stones for floors, as well as tons of reclaimed or new hardwoods that contribute to high-texture. Carpet is important in restful areas, and carpet manufacturers are designing textured carpets (with sculpted patterns) that can rival the beauty of any hard surface. It’s time to shop carpet if you’ve been away from the buying market for a while. You will be stunned to see the amazing styles now available, with new technologies that qualify carpet as an “easy-maintenance floor covering”.

DESIGN MODES

Sleek, contemporary seems to be a favorite with high-end model home designers. Not cold—not by any means. Contemporary tempered with exciting textural finishes is warm and welcoming.

Italianate style design has refreshed the Tuscan style. Those influences are homey and timeless.

Themed designs for children’s bedrooms have captivated my interest. This is where designers go a little wild with imagination. Baseball themes, castle-style beds, London Bridge murals and accessories, Alice in Wonderland exaggerated furnishings, a budding writer’s retreat—those are just a few of the themes chosen for the high-end models.

COLOR

I did mention earlier that rich neutrals seem to be the foundation colors for walls and floors. But let’s not mistake the new palette for model homes to be bland. Well chosen accent walls, area rugs, accessories, lighting, wall treatments introduce wonderful colors to these homes. Blues are rampant—everything from sea blues to deep cobalt are trending. Yellow and gray seem to have an important position in the emerging palettes. Also important are touches of coral and red. Favorite neutrals included: black and white (of course), gray, caramel brown, gray-green, taupes and tans. Don’t forget the vivid accent colors to bring your neutrals to life if you do choose a monochromatic color scheme.

Well, there you have the inside story on design making headlines. This is my favorite subject and I can go on, but word-count limits me. I promise you a Part II to this subject, but only if you leave me a comment right on this website. I need to know you are out there reading, enjoying, and that you want more…..