Tile Trend: Mosaic Tiles

Mosaic tiles have been popular since ancient times. In 2015, these patterned tiles extend beyond the traditional kitchen backsplash to your floors, walls, and other parts of the home—the bathroom in particular. Inspiration is everywhere, and homeowners looking to implement this tile trend can find ideas from the past and present and from all over the world—from the Victorian homes of England to the more exotic styles of Scandinavia and beyond.

The Hamilton Parker Company is exploring this global trend to inspire home design projects for our clients in Central Ohio.

Mosaic Tiles in 2015

15mm_paper_faced_glossWhile mosaic tiles have always been popular, they go far beyond the traditional this year. In 2015, you can expect to see mosaic tiles in more unique shapes—from oval to triangle to hexagon—and in natural stone, glass, or metal materials. Long, rectangular tiles, metallic finishes, and larger overall mosaics have become increasingly trendy as homeowners seek more modern, contemporary design options.

In terms of style, mosaic tiles can be installed both vertically and horizontally, though horizontal linear styles remain the most commonly used. Additionally, mosaics will often be found with bold, vibrant color, though we can help you incorporate the popular gray of 2015 into your design as well, and in textured or matte finishes. Mosaic tile designs are expected to be increasingly intricate; they are also expected to be very contemporary to match other home design trends of the year.

However, if bold and colorful just isn’t for you, there are other options to consider. Using black tiles to set off white, ceramic fixtures is a popular alternative often used in modern bathrooms, for example. Consider the materials and colors in your countertops and cabinetry to find the right complementary look among these popular trends. If you are located in Ohio, our designers can help!

Mosaic Tile Installation in Central Ohio

The Hamilton Parker Company sells and installs mosaic tile for home design projects throughout Central Ohio. We provide custom, hand painted tile options and can help you with all aspects of your project—including installation.

We invite you to visit one of our tile showrooms, conveniently located in Columbus, Cincinnati, and Delaware, OH, to view our products and speak with our designers. For general inquiries, please give us a call or fill out a form online.

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The Best Tile for Kitchen Backsplash

A kitchen backsplash can be an aesthetic addition to your kitchen design, adding a splash of color and visual interest to your home décor. But the conditions of your kitchen demand more than just beauty from the design. So when it comes time to select the best kitchen backsplash tile for your home, it’s critical you weigh functionality against visual appeal to ensure you’re getting all you want and need from your design project.

Kitchen Backsplash Tile Options

Consider whether your kitchen is a family kitchen and how often you cook or entertain guests when choosing the best kitchen backsplash tile for your home. The options are vast and can include:

  • A limestone backsplash can make quite a statement in your kitchen. The perfect choice in rustic kitchen designs, limestone must be sealed to protect against water stains and ensure easy clean up.
  • Glass, while a more expensive option, can create a more dramatic design statement and is the perfect choice for colorful mosaics. The intricacies of the material’s colors and textures offers the ultimate in unique beauty. Plus, it’s hygienic and green. However, consider your durability requirements—while this material resists stains, it can be scratched.
  • Ceramic tile allows you infinite possibilities with numerous color and shape options to choose from. It’s also very easy to clean and maintain—not to mention an environmentally friendly backsplash choice. Its nonporous qualities allow it to last you for many years with minimal staining or scratching.
  • Travertine, like ceramic, is known to be a strong backsplash material. However, it’s vulnerable to scratching and staining and requires much more maintenance than some of your other options—including resealing every two years. If you want a kitchen backsplash tile with an earthy tone and don’t get too much traffic in your kitchen, this can be an excellent choice.
  • Slate tile can be appealing in kitchen applications because it’s fireproof and heat resistant, not to mention extremely stylish and attractive. Slate is also waterproof and easily cleaned, but proper maintenance is necessary to prevent chipping.

The Best Kitchen Backsplash Tile for Your Home

Of course, the best tile for your kitchen backsplash varies depending on the surrounding room décor and the materials you’ve used for the flooring and walls. The experienced Ohio design professionals at The Hamilton Parker Company can help you select the best tile with further information about you and your home, so you can be sure the final result meets your needs for functionality and style.

We invite you to visit one of our tile showrooms, conveniently located in Columbus, Delaware, and Cincinnati, to view our products. For general inquiries, please give us a call or fill out an online form.

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2015 Design Resolutions

With each New Year comes the opportunity for a fresh start—and the design of your home is no exception. The right subtle touches and mix of materials can revitalize your home décor for a more beautiful space that reflects your style and meets your functionality requirements. The Hamilton Parker Company has used our many experiences to come up with a list of 2015 design resolutions to get you started. Use the year ahead to:

  • Find your own unique style—and embrace it! Design trends come and go, but your signature style is timeless. Think about the things you need from your home design and the design schemes you’ll want to come home to. Most likely, you’ll find yourself drawn to a specific color palette or to certain patterns and textures.
  • Finally get rid of all that clutter. What’s the point in investing in new design projects if they’ll be overwhelmed by piles of clutter? Use 2015 to stop making excuses and eliminate the things you don’t need or want. Invest in a better storage system to keep the items you do need out of sight and set up a regular cleaning schedule to keep things in tip-top shape.
  • Add elements of luxury to your home décor. There are many ways to add a touch of luxury to your home, even if you’re limited by budget. Decorate your mantel with gold vases or invest in a surround of the finest quality tile and gorgeous granite countertops, depending on how much you’re looking to spend.
  • Create space for outdoor entertainment. Outdoor entertainment spaces have become all the rage for homes throughout Central Ohio. The Hamilton Parker Company can help you capture the aesthetic you love in your patio with our selection of outdoor tile and brick. Our outdoor fireplaces and fire pits can help provide added light and warmth for year-round use.

Your 2015 Home Design Experts in Central Ohio

The Hamilton Parker Company can help you achieve your 2015 home design resolutions in the Central Ohio region. We specialize in countertop, flooring, wall, fireplace, and garage door installation and work with a range of the tile and brick to create custom designs. Whether you want elegant granite countertops or a glass kitchen backsplash, we are the home design experts you can rely on.

We invite you to visit one of our tile showrooms conveniently located in Columbus, Cincinnati, and Delaware, OH. For general inquiries, please give us a call or fill out a form online

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Is Your Garage Door Ready for Winter?

Winter has arrived in Ohio and with it comes cold, wet days that can disrupt the operation of your garage door. Getting prepared early on can save you money and time by preventing the need for costly repairs later in the season. All it takes is a little TLC to get your garage door working its best, no matter the outside temperature!

How to Winterize Your Garage Door

Winter is easily one of the most inconvenient times to have your garage door break down. Fortunately, your garage door specialists at Hamilton Parker know what it takes to keep your garage door running at peak performance all season long. We recommend you winterize your doors by checking your batteries to see if they need to be replaced and scheduling routine maintenance before severe weather hits. At Hamilton Parker, this will involve checking and adjusting all components of your door with a process that includes:

  • Track and roller lubrication
  • Spring adjustments
  • Leveling adjustments
  • Lock adjustments
  • Opener chain adjustments
  • Opener force adjustments
  • Opener travel adjustments
  • Eye beam adjustments
  • Component check for safety and excessive wear

If your garage doors are not currently insulated, we also suggest installing garage door weather stripping on the bottoms and edges of your door. You can then add polystyrene or injected foam insulation to keep extreme weather out and make sure your garage is safe and protected. This not only prevents cold air from getting in, but also helps protect your home from water damage when it storms.

Are You Ready to Winterize Your Garage Doors?

If you live in Central Ohio and are interested in winterizing your garage doors, Hamilton Parker can help. Our technicians are fully trained and certified, and we use only the highest quality components to perform routine garage door maintenance for residents of the Columbus and Delaware, OH areas. With a 90-day warranty on all labor and over 75 years of experience installing, repairing, and maintaining garages, we have your every need covered.

Don’t wait till it snows to get your garage door ready! Contact Hamilton Parker for garage door maintenance and tips on garage door weather stripping today.

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The Best Natural Stone for Fireplaces

A natural stone fireplace can give your home added character and style with minimal maintenance. Designed to provide enhanced architectural interest and to retain heat, natural stone is a desirable and energy-efficient choice in residential fireplace designs throughout Central Ohio.

Natural Stone Fireplaces

Natural stone brings timeless beauty and strength to home design projects, but the best type varies depending on whether your project is for an indoor or outdoor fireplace, your style preferences, and your budget. Consider the advantages of each:

Granite is a popular choice not just for its ability to add elements of sophistication to the room, but also for its extreme strength and durability. A granite fireplace will last you many years with minimal maintenance and can be tailored to match your room design in the colors, patterns, and styles you choose. Black granite is especially trendy in modern homes.

Marble is often used to add elegance to more traditional, classic room designs. Often embellished with historic elements of ornamentation, marble fireplaces can be built in a range of distinct styles and colors, though beige is especially popular. With proper maintenance and care, it can last you a lifetime.

Limestone provides a unique and inviting look for your fireplace mantel that can give any room added elegance. Perfect as the focal point of a room design, limestone fireplaces are easy to care for, meaning you can retain its fresh, new look for many years.

Need Help Selecting the Best Natural Stone for Your Fireplace?

If you need help selecting the best natural stone for your fireplace in Central Ohio, The Hamilton Parker Company can help. Our stone specialists can assist you in finding the best material for your needs for durability, style, and budget.

We invite you to visit one of our fireplace showrooms, conveniently located in Columbus or Delaware, OH, to view a sample of our natural stone selection. For general inquiries, please give us a call or fill out a form online.

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