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Tile vs Glass in the Bathroom:  Which is Best For You?

Tile vs Glass in the Bathroom:  Which is Best For You?

There are endless decisions to be made when remodeling a bathroom, and we know that a good chunk of those decisions you are trying to finalize have to do with tile.  Thats why we decided to make your life a little easier by covering the pros and cons of using our top bathroom contenders,  ceramic tile and glass tile.

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Installation Stories: The Glazed Thin Brick Man Cave

Installation Stories: The Glazed Thin Brick Man Cave

When searching for the perfect tile to use in their "mancave" bathroom, Dustin his wife turned to Yelp for a list of referrals.  After reading our kind reviews, the couple decided to visit us over at our San Francisco Showroom.  "Fireclay was the third tile store we visited while choosing our bathroom tile and it was head-over-heels a better experience than the first two" says Dustin, "We are new homeowners and this would be our first experience ordering custom tile."

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Color Spotlight: 4 Tips for Using Contemporary Neutrals

Color Spotlight: 4 Tips for Using Contemporary Neutrals

As part of our new handpainted collections launching this Spring, we will be introducing a contemporary collection emphasizing clean lines, geometric patterns, and one of our favorite neutral color schemes, gray and white.  Follow these 5 tips when using this clean and fresh color combination and you're guaranteed to achieve the perfect amount of contemporary cool.

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Handpainted Sneak Peek: Meet Susanne Redfield Founder of Kibak Tile

Handpainted Sneak Peek: Meet Susanne Redfield Founder of Kibak Tile

Spring is just around the corner, and with the season's promise of a fresh start we will be launching brand new collections of handpainted tiles, designed by the talented Susanne Redfield of K I B A K T I L E .   Our collaboration with Susanne has inspired a fresh new approach to our handpainted tile, with new designs inspired by the simple beauty of wall coverings and textures.

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Contrast: Pattern Found in the Grout Joint

Contrast: Pattern Found in the Grout Joint

After hours, days, maybe even months of contemplation, you have finally narrowed down your tile, your color, and your pattern, but now you find yourself asking, “well, what about the grout?  For those of you pattern lovers, we suggest thinking outside of the box, literally, and try a contrasting grout joint.

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Color Spotlight: Chartreuse + Cyclone

Color Spotlight: Chartreuse + Cyclone

Chartreuse is not a color for the faint of heart.  Appropriately named after its resemblance to the green tinged French liqueur made by the Carthusian Monks, this yellowish-green hue is bold, its bright, and it demands attention.  So how do you make chartreuse stand out without feeling outlandish?  Try pairing the bright hue with a muted neutral color palate.  One of our favorite combinations is Chartreuse and a smokey charcoal gray such as our color, Cyclone.

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Q&A with Nash Hurley, our San Francisco Showroom Architect

Q&A with Nash Hurley, our San Francisco Showroom Architect

For years, on the corner of 8th and Brannan in the Design District of San Francisco, was a building known to locals as the Dwan Elevator building. In spite of the signage still hanging on the buildings facade, the space had not been occupied by the elevator company for years, and had fallen into a state of disrepair.  Seeing the buildings potential, we signed a lease, and have moved our headquarters to San Francisco!  As we watched the buildings design evolve and contractors start knocking down walls, we began to wonder where Nash gets his inspiration, so we asked him a few questions.

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5 Tips for Finding the Right Tile Installer

5 Tips for Finding the Right Tile Installer

Finding a top-notch tile installer is hard. Installing handmade tile like ours requires patience and years of experience, so make sure to take your time when making this critical decision. Use these 5 tips to find the right tile installer.

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Our Definitive Guide to Tile Terminology: S-Z

Our Definitive Guide to Tile Terminology: S-Z

It's Friday again, and it is the last week of our Definitive Guide to Tile Terminology!  This week we are covering the final section of the alphabet, S through Z.  We have had some great feedback from our readers and staff this past month, and have added many of their suggestions to our list!  In the future, we hope to add our guide to tile terminology to our website to serve as a helpful resource while tackling your tile installations.

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Happy Holidays from Team Fireclay!

Happy Holidays from Team Fireclay!

We have had an incredible year here at Fireclay Tile, so what do we do?  Throw parties of course!  This year we went big and hosted not one, but TWO holiday parties for our staff and families.

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