Submitted By: Annette M. Callari, Allied ASID, CMG
I really wanted to get your complete attention on this blog—and what better way to do that than by leading with pictures of an awesome new collection of mosaic tile patterns from Nadeau. Their creativity is showing–not only in the patterns introduced above (and these are just six of the twelve new mosaics), but in the marketing theme behind them.
According to Nadeau Tile’s marketing department, “We are introducing the ‘TWELVE MONTHS OF MOSAICS COLLECTION’ which was inspired by the intricacies of Mother Nature. Each design was hand selected with the essence of the weather and feel of each month.
So let’s have a little fun with this. Can you identify which month each pattern represents? You really have to analyze each pattern to see if you can find a theme, and the colors used might give you a hint as well. If you’d like to see the other six months of mosaics not shown here, visit TheNadeauCollection.com for the complete line.
Okay, I’ve teased you long enough. Look below for the answers, starting with the top left pattern:
- DECEMBER – The colors are cool and icy, and reminiscent of ice crystals taking shape under a microscope.
- NOVEMBER – Winter is making it’s debut, and warm flannel blankets are coming out of the linen chest. This homey plaid speaks of bundling up in front of the fireplace on blustery nights.
- OCTOBER – Look very closely at this pattern. I definitely see black bats with wings spread. The russet and gold colors are some of Fall’s best hues.
- AUGUST – This one was harder to guess, but Nadeau describes it as being inspired by feathers, colored with the warm hues of sunny August.
- MAY – Flowers in full bloom and garden-like colors inspired this design.
- JANUARY – Winter white with a snow leopard pattern represents the month of January. This one is a stretch of the imagination, but what a great pattern!
‘Twelve Months of Mosaics’ definitely qualifies as an innovative collection, and it’s just a sampler of what Nadeau can create. They encourage you– customers, designers, architects and specifiers–to contact them directly with your own ideas of patterns you want to create. They will work with you as a team to develop the concept and composition of a floor or wall mosaic customized for your project. Now THAT is mass customization at its very best.
In case you haven’t noticed, the posts this week are all about making flooring selections that are not the standard, plain jane selections. Earlier in the week we posted on different hardwood widths and patterned carpet. Today, we are talking about tile and stone that is something other than beige/neutral.
This topic is particularly important because tile and stone are products that are very rarely replaced in the life of a home because they are so durable. The objection I hear the most to tile with pattern, color or range is that it DOES last so long and there is a fear of growing tired of the product. My thoughts are that you will grow tired of a “beige” or “safe” choice far more quickly than a choice with some punch!
Here are some things to keep in mind about tile with pattern, color or range:
- Dirt is much easier to hide. For example, if you have dark hair and beige tile in the bathroom you will see every piece of dark hair on the floor. This makes cleaning maintenance more frequent and more of a headache.
- The floor appears to have more depth. When there are a variety of colors in a floor the floors appears to have more depth and richness.
- It gives you options to pull colors for your color scheme. The more colors and range of colors there are the more choices you have to paint, use fabrics and choose artwork.
- With the right grout color, the floor can seem more uniform and less grid-like. When the floor is uniform in color the only thing left to look at is the lines in the tile.
Tile with pattern, color or range can give life to a floor and to a room. These choices make a room much more versatile and acceptable of change in the long run. One thing to be cautious of is resale. You should consider the next purchaser of your home if you don’t plan to keep the home for a long period of time. Another school of thought here is that you are installing floors for you and your family and if the next person doesn’t care for it – they can change it!
The point here is, don’t be shy when it comes to choosing a floor with color. When shopping, it is best to view several samples of the same color tile to get an idea of what more of the floor will look like as well as the range of color change. It is also best to lay the tiles on the floor and walk several feet back from the samples. Many people examine the colors in the tile only a few inches from their face. This isn’t how you will see the tile everyday! Looking at the tiles this way can give you a false sense of what the floor will actually look like because the tiles are designed to be seen at a distance.