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By panamacity56611345, Sep 23 2017 03:18PM

This week, we'll be going over the basics of modern style in terms of interior design.

This one is a bit tricky to define. On one hand, designers and students of design who are sticklers to their terms for periods of design will say that "modern style" refers to a distinct design period that peaked in the 1950's and 1960's called "Mid-century Modern." Think AMC's series, "Mad Men" and the homes with large window panes, flat lines, and multiple levels in Palm Springs with interiors fit for Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack. While we do see some examples of that style to one degree or another even today, the term "modern style" is more commonly used as a way to describe what's fashionable right now. So "modern" is used interchangeably with "contemporary."

For our purposes, we'll go with the more popular use of the word to describe a style that has had a long, overarching lifespan with several incarnations over the decades. In other words, when people talk about "modern" design or style, this is what they're most likely referring to. So what are the major elements of this style? What makes a design "modern?"

One of the most important things in modern design is form or shape. Clean, straight lines, and simple, geometric shapes and curves are the go-to here. An overall emphasis on openness, lack of clutter, and simplicity is also critical. An up-and-coming trend in the tile business that's particularly relevant here is large-format, thin porcelain tile. This type of product hits a lot of the boxes for modern interior design: the sheer size offers a bold impression and fewer grout lines means a more open, seamless look overall.

Colors and materials can vary a bit for this design. Neutrals colors are the mainstays (which is why grays and whites are so popular now), but it's also possible to add in some bold (usually primary) colors as accents. Trending colors to keep an eye on are blues and greens, so if a project that calls for a modern design with a splash of color, these soothing colors are a great choice.

Materials are all over the place, frankly. Metals and other "cold" materials, like plastics, are almost stereotypically modern, but some people like to warm up their design by using wood (or at least wood-look materials). The "warmth" or "coolness" of material selection depends almost entirely on an individual's sense of style.

And that's one of the great things about modern style. It's very easy to adjust and tailor to an individual's style - the rules aren't too rigid. So one day, you may meet someone who digs the "ultra-modern" look; and another day, you might run across someone who prefers a warmer, more traditional touch. Overall, what we're looking for are neutral colors, and a simple, minimalistic design that favors openness and clean lines.

Reprinted with kind permission from Travis Province,

By panamacity56611345, Apr 12 2017 04:03PM

Looking for a great looking carpet that is easily cleaned? Shaw has come up with the first and only residential carpet innovation of its kind. It’s called LifeGuard. The proven success of R2X stain protection led to the development of LifeGuard, which provides a more comprehensive solution by addressing not only the face fiber but the backing. It is smartly built around meeting customer performance demands while delivering great design. The Shaw LifeGuard backing is a 100 percent waterproof barrier to prevent liquids from soaking into the carpet padding and subfloor, providing complete clean-up protection and a healthier living environment.

Shaw carpet with LifeGuard backing is waterproof, durable, cleanable and pet-friendly. But it is also designed to be aesthetically pleasing as well, appealing to today’s customer needs. The customer doesn’t have to make the choice between fashion and function — they can have both. It’s durability and protection without sacrificing beauty.

Shaw LifeGuard keeps 100 percent of the spill above the surface. No other carpet can offer this level of peace of mind for the customer. Come see a demonstration of this carpet at Panama City Tile.

By panamacity56611345, Mar 16 2017 06:07PM

Today’s selection of tile shapes, sizes and colors seem endless sometimes. Did you ever wonder about the many different choices of patterns for your tiles though? We thought we’d point you in the direction where you can see over 90 different tile patterns. It’s also possible to print the patterns to help you visualize your new project! After you decide on the pattern, come see us at Panama City Tile. Our Sales Associates will be happy to help you with your tile selection to make your project come to life.

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By panamacity56611345, Mar 2 2017 05:01PM

As we settle into the New Year, there is a lot of discussion about new trends. One of the more interesting pieces to come out on upcoming trends is from Architectural Digest. In their usual stunning fashion, the magazine has put out a guide to the 2017 Colors of the Year. While whites and grays will not be going anywhere anytime soon, it is clear that sophisticated tones of primary colors are beginning to pop up more and more (especially blues and greens). This is something that could prove helpful to people in the tile business as we think about our designs this year. You can find the beautiful guide here:

Used with kind permission from Puccini Stone

By guest, Feb 20 2017 04:48PM

Barrier free drains are a work of art. They are not that linear shower drain from the nursing home any more. One of the real innovations lately in showers is the development of a new style of barrier free linear drain from Schluter Systems. As we age gracefully, many of us would like to have a bathroom designed to eliminate the clutter of the old shower curb but also provide for easy access in the years to come. The Schluter Systems drains come in lengths up to 48 inches and allow for the use of large format tiles (like 24"x12") which reduce the grout lines in the shower floor and can give the illusion of a solid surface floor.

Ask our team of professionals for more information about Schluter Systems linear shower drains and the many options they offer.

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