Category Archives: Tile Design

Granite Countertops Acton MA

Do Installing Granite Countertops Increase Home Value?

Did you know you should buy low and sell high in terms of any investment? Purchasing a new house is considered a long-term investment that will generally increase value over the years. Property value is often reflected in the current condition and any recent improvements made.

If you are considering selling your house, installing new stone countertops would be a smart improvement, especially granite countertops. This popular option is not considered a short-term trend. Homebuyers are willing to pay a little extra for the slick look of granite, durability, and easy maintenance.

Did you know a completely renovated kitchen can often increase a home’s selling price significantly? If you are ready to renovate your kitchen, visit Upstairs Downstairs’ beautiful tile showroom in Acton, MA. We have the expertise and knowledge to answer any questions you may have and offer full installation for all our products to help make your home more valuable. We are proud to serve the Greater Acton area including ConcordBoxboroughStow, Maynard, Carlisle, and the rest of New England. Contact us today at (978) 369-3620.



Marble Stone Tile Flooring Acton MA

3 Benefits of Stone Tiles

Are you thinking of replacing your old flooring? If yes, how do you know which material is the best option for you? Thus, before making a purchase, it is important to consult a tile expert to learn more about your options.

For tiles, stone tiles might be the right choice for you and here’s why:

  • Durability: Stones like granite are very durable and adds a layer of elegance to your bathroom or kitchen. Marble, limestone, and travertine, while more porous, if sealed properly last forever.
  • Wide Variety of Designs: Stones have a large variety of designs and options and thus, they are very versatile and will compliment your home decor. You can add an insert or place the tile on a diagonal or use a basket weave pattern.
  • Increase Home Value: Whenever stones are applied, it will increase your home’s value and studies show more homeowners prefer stones than other materials.

Stone tiles are considered a long-term investment. They might be a little bit costly, however, they are well worth it in the end because of the benefits they will offer. Although stone can be colder than hardwood in the colder months, that can be easily resolved by installing radiant heat or by placing rugs on the floors. In the summer, stones will keep the space cooler. Stones are more convenient than hardwood too when installed as flooring because they are easier to clean and no need to worry about liquid spills. Stone tiles resist scratches from pets and furniture.

If you are interested in replacing your tiles or flooring, contact Upstairs Downstairs today. We are a family owned business that has been operating in Acton since 1974. Upstairs Downstairs have worked with homes across Acton, Maynard, StowBoxboroughConcord, and other areas in Boston, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Call us today and our experienced designers will help you pick out the materials and layout that are tailor-made for you.



How to Remodel a Luxury Kitchen with the Best Stone Countertops

Marble Countertop

Is it about time to remodel or create your brand-new ideal kitchen? Are you looking to turn your kitchen into a space that is luxurious and practical? When it comes to remodeling your kitchen, there are plenty of options to find the perfect stone countertops or stone flooring to create the kitchen of your dreams. Below, we’ll look at some of the best options for a stone fixture to create a beautiful kitchen.


Marble Is one of the most common stone materials you’ll see in kitchens around the world. When styling a new luxury kitchen, the range of colors, styles makes marble versatile and can be applied in many different areas of the kitchen. For example, Italian Carrara marble, used in many remarkable buildings such as the statue of David by Michelangelo provides an elegant and luxurious look for your flooring and countertops. However, we would recommend visiting a showroom like Upstairs Downstairs so you can see the actual product before you make a purchase.


With the Granite State bordering Massachusetts to the north, granite has always been an accessible yet beautiful stone for our area. Granite’s durable nature and natural colors make for a gorgeous option for your kitchen countertops. Like marble, granites flexibility can complement different cabinet styles. For example, the Typhoon Bordeaux variation of granite is applied in many glamorous kitchen countertops around the globe. Its rich palette of wine colors (giving the name: Bordeaux, a famous wine producing area of France) in addition to the pattern that twists in several directions like a typhoon have won the hearts of many homeowners.

Contact a Kitchen Remodeling Expert in Acton, MA

Consult a kitchen remodeling specialist like Upstairs Downstairs today for more luxury kitchen remodeling tips and guides. Upstairs Downstairs offers a large selection of tile, natural stone, glass, and handmade mosaics for your kitchen flooring and countertop.

Our experienced designers will also help you choose the best material selections and layout designs. Contact us now for complete bathroom remodeling, custom tile installations at 978-369-3620. You can also visit the most beautiful tile showroom in the Boston area at 6 Great Road, Route 2a Acton, MA 01720.


Choosing Your Bathroom Accent Space

Remodeling your bathroom is an opportunity to really make it look the way you want it to. Whatever other considerations you have– safety, comfort, ease of maintenance– there is a way to have that space look the way you like.

One of the best ways to do this is to utilize a space on a wall or surrounding a fixture as an accent space. It will draw eyes in as it stands out from the rest of the interior.

One Shower Wall

My favorite option is to utilize a single shower wall as an accent. My reason for this is pretty simple: the shower is where I relax the most. The hot water and steam are physically soothing. Using a shower wall as the bathroom accent grants a lot of flexibility with respect to its looks. So why not leverage that into the most visually relaxing design I can?

The Bathroom Floor

Some designers are fans of using the bathroom floor as an accent. This frees up more square footage for stand-out design than any other option, which can be very rewarding. This option couples well with light-colored wall tiles and natural lighting. The “open” feel that light colors bring is enhanced by the accent with the floor.

The Sink and Vanity Fixtures

These fixtures are just asking to stand out from the rest of your bathroom. Flat walls, flat floors, and right in the middle of it all are cabinets, mirrors, lights, countertops. Add a little more panache with tile meant to stand out from the rest.

There’s no hard limit to the number of accents or how many square feet you can use for them. Finding the right places and tile combinations is a task for you and your designer. And we’re happy to help!

Upstairs Downstairs has decades of experience in the bathroom remodeling business. We pride ourselves on our performance as designers and as bathroom contractors. Get in touch for more information, and see what we can do for you. Call us at (978) 369-3620, or contact us online.

3 Questions for Striking a Balance in Your Bathroom Remodel

If you’ve decided to remodel your bathroom, there are important questions to answer before even the first tile is pried up from the floor. A great place to start are two very general considerations:

  • How do I want this room laid out?
  • How do I want this room to look?

Both of these questions are ultimately limited by your budget and experience with bathroom design. Here are some things to consider when designing your dream bathroom.

  • Do I want to move anything?
    Moving bathroom fixtures means running extra pipe to the new location, sometimes at a premium. This added expense can take a sizable chunk out of your budget, depending on how significant your rearrangement is. If you install fixtures that use a higher flow of water– rainfall shower heads, for instance– you may need to replace your pipes with higher-volume pipes to accommodate the increased flow. Keep stock of how much you want to modify the existing layout of your bathroom, and prioritize what matters most to you.


  • What materials do I want to use?
    There is a wide variety of materials available for every major component of a bathroom. From the floors to the walls, to countertops, cabinets, and shower doors, everything you want to customize can be. Knowing the materials that best fit your aesthetic vision and provide the highest functionality at the best price point will point you to your final selections.


  • What changes matter most to me?
    A bathroom remodel can sometimes stray outside of the project budget. In those cases, planning becomes a process of give and take. Determining what matters most to you, in terms of comfort, function, aesthetics, and amenities, will help you make decisions as the project goes on.


Remodeling an entire room of your home is no easy task. A bathroom brings its own special considerations, like humidity, ventilation, water flow, safety, and aesthetics. The utility of tile brings with it the opportunity for extraordinary beauty built into the walls themselves. Making the most of your bathroom may seem like a daunting task when the details are added up.

An expert designer can be well worth investment. Creating a clear plan and following it through duration of the project minimizes costs, so you can get the most out of your budget. Upstairs Downstairs has over 40 years experience designing bathrooms for exquisite beauty and unsurpassed utility. If you are considering remodeling your bathroom, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Call us at (978) 369-3620, or have us get in touch with you by filling out the contact form on the right of the page.

Give Your Home a Facelift for the New Year

2015 is about to end, and 2016 will be here to replace it. A new year full of new possibilities, and an opportunity for rejuvenation– for you and your home. Upstairs Downstairs Fine Tile & Stone is here to help.

If you’re considering making 2016 different from any year before it, home is a perfect place to start. What place is closer to your life, and has more of an influence on your private life than your home? Remodel your kitchen, renovate your bathroom, or customize your living space for an exciting new look.

Rejuvenate your kitchen with a custom backsplash, tile floor, or new countertops. Revive your bathroom with a custom tile design for a fresher, brighter look. Or add a beautiful mosaic to a living room or entryway, for an impressive welcoming display every time you (or your guests) walk through the door.

Upstairs Downstairs Fine Tile & Stone are experts in all custom tile design and installation applications. From start to finish, we can help you turn your home into your personalized vision.

Take the first step to a fresh, new home for the new year. Call Upstairs Downstairs at (978) 369-3620, email us at, or get in touch online via the contact form on the right. We’ll help you make 2016 a truly new year.

See Our Beautiful Custom Tile & Stone Photo Gallery

Upstairs Downstairs has over 40 years of experience and expertise in designing, fabricating, and installing custom tile and stone fixtures, mosaics, and countertops in New England. And we’ve taken plenty of photos to document our designs and materials– all viewable via our online gallery.

Whether you’re looking for a mosaic for your home, new countertops for your kitchen, or new artistic tile for your bathrooms, our expert designers can meet your needs. We will help guide you through the process, from initial concepts to materials selection, to final installation.

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Welcome to the Upstairs Downstairs Fine Tile & Stone Blog

Thank you and welcome to the brand new Upstairs Downstairs Fine Tile & Stone blog. This is a new feature for us, which we hope will bring in new visitors who are interested in tile and stone design for their home kitchens or bathrooms, or wherever they’d like a beautiful custom tile mosaic.

If you are new here, you may be wondering who Upstairs Downstairs is, so here’s a short history.

Upstairs Downstairs Fine Tile & Stone was first founded in 1974. Our showroom originally opened in Acton, MA, and we still call Acton home today. We offer an exquisite selection of tile, natural stone, glass and handmade mosaics. Over the past 41 years, we have developed an expertise in design, selection and installation rarely found in our industry. And throughout that time we have completed projects in homes throughout New England, including New Hampshire, Maine, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and of course right here in Massachusetts.

Our expertise extends through the entire process of custom tile projects: from design, to materials selection, to fabrication, and finally installation. Whatever your desire for custom fine tile and stone installation, Upstairs Downstairs can help you make it a reality.

Bookmark our blog to keep abreast of the latest news from Upstairs Downstairs, as well as news from the tile manufacture, design, and installation industries. You can also Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to be the first to know when a new blog is published.