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Monday, July 17, 2017

Contemplating using natural stone in your next project? Let us help you explore the benefits of using Mother Nature’s product in your space.

Natural stone has been used in the building industry for centuries. Its timeless beauty, as well as suitability in a variety of applications, make it a great choice for your space. Natural stone comes in many forms and can suit both traditional and contemporary settings. Natural stone has a place in trendy minimalist spaces as well as areas with a more classic design.  It is unique and simply cannot be recreated by man-made material. Each stone has its own characteristics.

Image is a still from "Il Capo", a film by Yuri Ancarani exploring the process of extracting marble from quarries in the Italian alps.

You may have noticed that natural stone can be more expensive than its synthetic counterparts. This is typically due to to the labour, time and resources applied to extracting the stone. Demand also plays a significant factor in the cost of natural stone. For example, our beautiful Carrara stones   — Statuario, Calacatta, Statuarietto, and Bianco Carrara—are in high demand, which naturally drives up their price, since only a limited quantity can be extracted from the select Italian quarries that supply these marbles.

How to choose a natural stone tile

Aside from the price, a stone tile is different from a ceramic or porcelain tile in terms of its appearance and composition. Customers should be aware of the natural variations that exist in stone. Pay particular attention to the movement, or veining, in the stone and its colour range.  Some stones have linear veining like the Bianco Wood marble pictured below. Others have more random movement, like our Silver Shadow marble (see below). Some slate and marble have a wide variation of colour  – for example our Multicolour Peacock slate and Calacatta Manhattan marble can vary significantly from one piece to another. We recommend you always see 3 or 4 full pieces or view a full sized slab before making a final purchase.

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In our showrooms,  we try to display each stone so you can see its natural movement but as it happens, there are variations from one shipment to the next, so the stone may change slightly. This is, after all, part of the beauty of natural stone; no two pieces are exactly alike, each is entirely unique.

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Showroom image photographed by: Hill Peppard Photography, design by: II by IV Design
We will be publishing more posts around natural stone, including content around specific stones, as well as information on care and maintenance of natural stone. Keep an eye on our blog for more content and follow us on our social channels: Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Houzz


Monday, March 13, 2017

Natural stone and ceramic tiles are a lovely choice for backsplashes, but why not explore the wonderful world of glass tiles? Deviate away from traditional tile looks and consider the beauty a glass backsplash or feature wall could add to your space.  In addition to being incredibly eye-catching, glass tiles are a low maintenance choice; they are durable, do not stain, and are easy to keep clean.  The selection of glass tiles at Olympia Tile is available in many colors, shapes, patterns and finishes, allowing you to create a look that’s truly unique. Find some of our favorite glass tile collections below.

Cristallo Series

Adding a pop of excitement to a space is a breeze with our Cristallo Series. It’s comprehensive collection of glass subway tiles and mosaics, available in matte, glossy and blended finishes, with an assortment of colours ranging from super white to bottle green. You will find a variety of sizes stocked, including 2”x12” to 3”x6” and 4”x16”, providing you with endless design options. Having a pop of colour from our Cristallo Series will help you create a look you love. Where can you add the Cristallo Series? Its colourful subway glass tiles can be used in a backsplash, as a border mixed into a porcelain tile pattern, or to highlight an area of a wall.

A unique variation of our Cristallo Series is our Cristallo Blends series, with this series it’s easy to attain a trendy yet unique look. One great option is a contemporary yet classic look achieved by creating a colourful herringbone mosaic pattern, featuring a mix of glass and stone. Or try a more edgy look with our 3D Cristallo mosaic, a rare collection of 3D glass and stone mosaics with foils, creating a metallic appearance. These pops of colour will break up a neutral wall color, brightening up an otherwise dull room giving your guests something to talk about.

Jewel Series

This collection features glass mosaic with metallic elements, it’s great for any room and has that coveted modern feel to it. Our Jewel Series is perfect for highlighting a special spot in a room, this mosaic tile is combined with aluminum mosaic chips and it comes in 3 great colours; black, grey and white. Offering a very contemporary vibe, these fantastic metallic finishes give a truly fashionable look to any space in the house, providing a long lasting alternative to other wall materials, and giving any room a charming look.

Marble and Glass Mix

Looking for an eye-catching glass mosaic? Our Marble and Glass Mix series offers a simple design twist that blends different shades, materials and finishes. Featuring linear patterns and pencil mosaics that use the combination of glass and natural stone for a truly elegant look. These captivating mosaics provide a lovely colour combination that transform a room from lifeless to unforgettable. Our Interlock Glass Marble Decors and our Irregular Brick Patterns Blends mosaics are the perfect blend of beautiful traditional stone and contemporary glass. The natural stone adds a classy element to the design, while a mix of soft and bold colours create an unforgettable overall pattern.

Diamond Hexagon Series

The Diamond Hexagon series is a new glass series featuring a unique glass mosaic that combines 3 different finishes: matte, glossy and metallic to create a contemporary pattern. This series allows you to create unique designs that express your imagination. Glass tiles have caught on in the interior design world, as new technology allows us to work with unique textures, pretty colours and the natural durability of glass. Check out the Diamond Hex series to create stunning displays that will leave a lasting impression.

Looking for additional inspiration around glass tiles? See our Glass Tile Pinterest board



Thursday, February 9, 2017

Each year, the Pantone Colour Institute releases the ‘it’ colour of the year, for 2017 the inspiration comes from nature’s very own neutral: green. The Pantone colour of the year for 2017 is Greenery, a shade that captures the fresh beauty of nature, synonymous with new beginnings and the freshness of the first days of spring.

When we think of green, it’s not typically considered to be the most wearable or versatile colour, but the Pantone Colour Institute provides 10 palettes offering a range of colour combinations with the Greenery shade. It’s trans-seasonal shade that can be paired with neutrals, pastels, metallics, bright and deep tones. We cannot wait to see how it is incorporated in tomorrow’s commercial and residential spaces.

We sat down with Olympia Tile’s Director of Research and Product Development expert Anila Bregasi to discuss the effect Pantone’s colour selection will have on the interior design of residential and commercial spaces, as well as the product selection at Olympia Tile for 2017.

What do you think about Pantone’s 2017 colour selection?

Greenery - The most beautiful color on earth. It’s a message that winter is coming to an end and the refreshing season of spring is approaching. It gives one the desire to reconnect with nature and disconnect from technology, catering to our craving to escape modern society and to head outdoors instead. This color makes us stop and breathe. The Greenery colour is synonymous with all that’s refreshing, renewing, reviving, rejuvenating, restoring, and energetic.

How is Olympia Tile embracing Greenery?

Every year we keep an eye on the Pantone’s selections. This year’s colour is rather bold, but we do have products that reflect this beautiful shade.

How do you envision interior designers will integrate Greenery into their projects?

This color will be spotted everywhere this year, especially in the beauty and fashion industries. I also see this color being used as an accent color in interior decor.

It’s a color that will do well in accent elements such as, natural or artificial pot plants, tabletop decors, wall paint, curtains, etc. I can also see it integrated into more permanent elements such as: wall tiles for bathrooms and/or kitchen backsplashes.

Where do you think we will be seeing more of Greenery in residential designs or commercial designs?

This color will be seen in both residential and commercial designs. Especially as an accent colour appearing in plants, wall paint, accent tiles, and much more.

Can you suggest some products that Olympia currently carries that align with Greenery?

Colour and dimension series, Regal series, and Cristallo.

Pictured above: Our Cristallo series tile in the colour 'Taupe'. 

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Looking for additional inspiration around the Greenery colour? Check out our Pinterest board.