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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 

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.

Granite 

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.

 

Why You Should Use Porcelain Tiles in Your Bathroom

If you’re about to remodel your bathroom, one of the most important factors to think about is the type of flooring material you should use. Sure, a shaggy carpet would feel amazing on your feet, and solid wood would look amazing with the décor you have in mind, but they’re not very practical to have in the bathroom.

The flooring material you choose needs to withstand all the steamy showers, wet towels, & bathtub splashing that occur in the bathroom on a daily basis. Keep in mind the accidents that can also occur such as a broken sink pipe, or even worse, a clogged overflowing toilet! You wouldn’t want that mess all over nice carpet or wood!

For a great looking floor that is practical, porcelain tiles are the way to go. Porcelain also comes in many styles and colors that will be sure to complement the look of your bathroom. If you have been on the fence about what flooring you should use, here are three reasons why you should choose porcelain tile over other materials:

Toughness – In houses or places with heavy bathroom use, porcelain tile will be able to withstand all the foot traffic that will come in and out over time. It will also resist all the water and moisture that is typical of a bathroom environment.

Maintenance – Porcelain tile is very easy to clean and maintain. Simply use a mild cleaner with a mop or towel to wipe up any spills. Be careful not to use steel wood pads because they will scratch the tile surface!

Versatility – In addition to being resistant to stains, water, bacteria, and odor, porcelain tiles come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes so that you can outfit any size bathroom with practicality & style!

For a free quote & more information on porcelain tiles for your bathroom, call Upstairs Downstairs Fine Tile & Stone at (978) 369-3620 or visit our website at today!

What Is the Right Tile for You?

The finishing touches to your new room are almost complete, all you need to do is pick the right tiles to tie the whole ambiance together. There are many things to consider when choosing the right tiles for a room and not having the right knowledge to pick and choose your tiles can prolong your process. Follow our tips to choosing the right tiles for your room below.

Durability

Ceramic & Porcelain: There to be good durability when picking tiles for your walls or floors. Professionals like Upstairs Downstairs have a PEI scale to test a tile’s resistance rating them from 1-5. Class 1 signifies the least resistance and class 5 being the most resistant.  Rooms with low foot traffic will do well with tiles that are class 2 or greater. Your hallways or kitchen where there is a lot of foot traffic it’s best to choose tiles with class 4 resistance or higher.

Natural Stone:  Natural stone is very durable and can stand against many types of resistance. Stone isn’t man made so the PEI scale doesn’t apply to these types of tiles.

Colors

When choosing tiles for your rooms, color is important to balance and compliment the rest of the room. Light colors make a room look more spacious while dark colors will add warmth to the room. For more variation, try using different shades of tiles that will blend well together. Neutral colors tiles give you flexibility to change other aspects of the room while bright colors will add character.

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Glass Tiles: These types of tiles have a variety of color choices and finishes which is great for your kitchen or bathroom.

Porcelain: Porcelain is great for your kitchen or bathroom floors for its strength and no-slip grip.

Ceramic: Ceramic tiles are waterproof, easy to install, and affordable which makes it typically great for your bathroom floor.

Natural Stone: Since stone is the most durable of all the tiles, placing it in your kitchen or the bathroom would be beneficial. This is because natural stone is good with cleanups and it is slip-resistant.

As you finish your room installations, these tips should help you with choosing the right tiles for each room. At Upstairs Downstairs we offer high quality selections of tiles for our clients and our experienced designers can assist with your material selection and design layouts. Contact us at 978-462-9453 or use our contact form to learn more about our selections!

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.

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