Written by Kim Keefer

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MARBLE – Most people are familiar with marble in many uses. From Greek statues to Roman baths, marble has been used for centuries in just about every possible application, both interior and exterior. Marble hasrepparttar same general properties of limestone and can stain, etch or scratch, but it only becomes more beautiful over time and use. It is readily available in just about every color, size, finish and texture known to man. Most marbles have a veining of a mineral throughout them and are generally thought to be from Italy, but it in actually it is quarried from all overrepparttar 100121 world. Tumbled marble has become extremely popular inrepparttar 100122 United States inrepparttar 100123 last few years for backsplash, flooring and shower areas. Prices range from $6.00 - $30.00 per square foot, again dependent uponrepparttar 100124 rarity, color and country of origin. A couple of drawbacks to marble to be aware of is: 1. Green marbles containing serpentine need to be installed in water areas with specific setting guidelines that your installer should know of as water can warp and break apart green marbles; 2. Polished marble can be slippery to walk upon until a patina has built up on repparttar 100125 surface.

TRAVERTINE – Travertine is marble, except it is filled with "holes." To understand what causesrepparttar 100126 holes, think of it this way…wherever a river or stream was prior torepparttar 100127 marble being quarried is where you will find travertine. Because ofrepparttar 100128 holes, people can be scared off because travertine is generally thought to be more porous and not suitable for residential use. This is notrepparttar 100129 case, as all of those holes become filled in with grout during installation, giving it a very unique look. The same travertine can be used in two separate areas but appear another way just by using two different grout colors! Travertine can be purchased withrepparttar 100130 holes pre-filled, but in my experience with it, I don't recommend it. In general,repparttar 100131 epoxy fill that is used has a color to it that does not look natural torepparttar 100132 stone and it has a tendency to come out after a short amount of time in high traffic areas. Expect to pay anywhere from $5.00 – $15.00 per square foot.


A.Onrepparttar 100133 whole, it is not more difficult to install. There are exceptions of course such asrepparttar 100134 difficulties with thickness gauges, which takes more time in lying out and whether a complex pattern is being used. As for cost it is generally not more expensive except for time spent on laying out patterns andrepparttar 100135 thickness gauging again, at least forrepparttar 100136 tile contractors I have worked on projects with. The setting supplies and procedures arerepparttar 100137 same, but stone is heavier to work with. I suggest talking it over with your installer and also takingrepparttar 100138 time to look at previous jobs he or she has installed if possible. I will be giving tips on selecting a tile contractor/installer in my next article.


A.Absolutely! The possibilities are endless. You can incorporate stone with ceramic, porcelain, glass, and terracotta…anything you can think of, even mixing different types of stones together.


A.Generally, tile and stone for a "field" area is figured byrepparttar 100139 square foot. To figure square footage, measurerepparttar 100140 area that you will be puttingrepparttar 100141 tile with a tape measure. Examples:

1.You measure your room and it comes out to be 10-1/2 feet wide by 15-3/4 feet long…you would calculate it by multiplying 10.5x15.75 = 165.38. Round this number off torepparttar 100142 closest whole number (165). I suggest adding on a 10-15% overage to plan for cuts, breakage and a little extra to store in case a piece needs to be replaced later in time.

2.You measure your wall area to be covered and you get 18" tall and 33" long. Multiply 18x33 = 594". Now divide that number by 144, resulting in 4.13sf. (There are 144 sq. inches per square foot). Again, round it off and add on for overage.

When figuring for decorative tile or trim, it is usually byrepparttar 100143 piece and calculated byrepparttar 100144 lineal foot.

For slabs, it is best to let your fabricator figurerepparttar 100145 quantity for you.


A.Again, this is a matter of choice andrepparttar 100146 look you prefer. Honed stone can usually be butt jointed (tight to each other) with very little grout showing if you want to see less grout or a grid pattern; tumbled stone usually has a 1/8" to 1/4" grout joint which will show offrepparttar 100147 edges more.


A.Yes, I can! I charge an hourly fee of $75 and I will need several things from you:

1.A copy of your blueprints, includingrepparttar 100148 elevations if you have them andrepparttar 100149 area to be tiled clearly marked; or a drawing ofrepparttar 100150 area, includingrepparttar 100151 dimensions andrepparttar 100152 area to be tiled shown. Make sure to specify what room/location it is, if it is not marked onrepparttar 100153 blueprint.

2.The style of home you have; orrepparttar 100154 look you prefer, i.e.…rustic, contemporary, elegant, traditional…

3.Whether or not you have already chosen your stone. If so, what did you pick and what size? If not, do you want me to make suggestions for you? If yes, do you have a set budget?

4.Will you want to use decorative trim pieces? If so, did you choose one yet? What arerepparttar 100155 dimensions of a piece(s)?

Kim has worked in the Building Industry for 19 years and has specialized in tile and stone for the last 5, with emphasis on end-user and tile contractor drawing design specifications and visualization.

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How to Decorate your Space with Wall Art

Written by Claire Bowes

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Modern: Withrepparttar strong black accents inrepparttar 100120 framed iron-work andrepparttar 100121 tapestries, striking black and white photos are a natural choice for a modern and sophisticated look.

Calm Retreat: To reinforcerepparttar 100122 mood of a nestled, cozy retreat, use artwork with neutral, earthy colors and a horizontal landscape subject.

You can even mix and match different styles to create a unique style of your own. For example, frame traditional black and white photo prints in a modern black iron frame.

Arranging and Hanging your Pictures

In order to getrepparttar 100123 maximum effect of your wall pictures in terms of adding character and a focal point torepparttar 100124 room, you need to decide where and how you want to hang them.

Here are some suggestions to help you decide how to getrepparttar 100125 best effects from your pictures:-

Modern Gallery Look: To create a modern art gallery feel, particularly nice in hallways, lobbies and stairwells, give each piece ample breathing room. Stand atrepparttar 100126 center ofrepparttar 100127 first piece and take one swift, or two small steps alongrepparttar 100128 wall. This is a good center forrepparttar 100129 next piece.

Above a Sofa: When placing art above furniture such as a sofa, you need to hangrepparttar 100130 picture about six to nine inches aboverepparttar 100131 sofa, or at eye level.

Cluster Arrangements: Tightly group an even number of pictures together to give a statement or a focal point. This works on either large or small wall spaces, depending onrepparttar 100132 look you want.

In a row: By placing an odd number of pictures in a horizontal line to each other gives balance andrepparttar 100133 sense of space. This works well in hallways or stairwells.

By deciding where and how to hang your pictures, whether it be a tight cluster or a single print above a sofa, you can then determinerepparttar 100134 size and shape of repparttar 100135 pictures you need to buy.

When you have decided onrepparttar 100136 room's function, color and style, you are in a much better position to go shopping for wall pictures that fit in withrepparttar 100137 overall theme.


Wall pictures are an underestimated interior design accessory. This is probably because most people do not know what to do with their pictures in order to get repparttar 100138 maximum effect in a room. Before you go hanging up your pictures make sure you plan ahead what you want to get out of that room. Decide onrepparttar 100139 function, style and color ofrepparttar 100140 room first before you buy your artwork. By doing this you are in a much better position to buyrepparttar 100141 right type of art picture to fit in with repparttar 100142 theme and color accent of your room.

Claire Bowes is a freelance writer and the owner of flower-pictures-n-posters.com and landscape-pictures-n-posters.com. Fine art prints, wall posters and photographic prints for your wall art needs.

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