New Modern Home in the Country

This modern home built outside Regina was constructed by Potter Construction of McLean, SK. With a main floor square footage of just under 2500 square feet, this modern home features laminate flooring, granite counters, custom tile work, and plush carpet. Alford’s designer, Launa, helped the home owners select their flooring and finishes, as well as designed the tile work in the master ensuite.

Flooring and tile from Alford’s:

Laminate: Kraus | Stanley Park | Rough Trail
Carpet: Kraus | Crawford | Urban Sunrise
Ensuite floor tile: Casa Roma | Chronicle | Record
Ensuite tub wall: Ceratec | Artline| Art White & Tierra Sol | Illusion | Palladium Mosaic
Bar Backsplash: Crossville | Sideview Glass | Tungsten
Firepace Tile: Casa Roma | Valentino Satin | Grigio Wave

Other Finishes:

Paint Colour: Cloverdale | 0530 Snowglory
Kitchen Granite: Viscount White

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Backsplash Tile Ideas

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Nova Hex by Tierra Sol

Backsplash tile can take your kitchen design to a whole new level. Today we will give advice on selecting the right kind of backsplash for your kitchen.

Types of Backsplash

There is an overwhelming amount of options out there that you can use as backsplash. You can do just about anything, but we will go over the pros and cons of each so that you can make a more informed decision.

Porcelain or Ceramic Tile

Porcelain and ceramic tiles are one of the most common types of backsplash. These can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles, and can either be single pieces, or sold as a sheet of smaller mosaic tiles. Generally speaking, this is your most cost effective type of backsplash, and the most readily available. The biggest trend we’ve been seeing with porcelain tile for kitchen backsplashes has been to go clean and simple with subway tile.

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Subway Backsplash

Glass Tile

This translucent and reflective type of tile is quite popular today. It comes in a variety of colours, sizes, and finishes, and is known for its depth. Glass tile fits right in with modern decor, and is frequently used in mixed mosaic tiles as well. Glass tends to be a bit more expensive than porcelain, and you need a proper tile saw to cut it, but it is easy to clean and practically maintenance free.

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Glass tile from Ceratec

Stone and Marbles

Natural stone and marble backsplashes fit right in with traditional decor. Although readily available, they’re not as widely used for a few reasons. With any natural product, there comes a higher price tag and more maintenance. Stone and marbles tend to be porous, and so a sealant is typically used. Rough cut stone is also an option, however most people shy away from this as it is tough to clean in such a busy area.

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Marble Mosaic Splash from Saltillo

Other Backsplash Ideas

If none of these options strike you, there are a few more creative ideas for backsplash! For a wonderfully seamless look, you can use your countertop as the backsplash. This is really dramatic if you have a busy counter top, like this one from Cambria.

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Galloway Quartz from Cambria

Another seamless and clean option, is to use a full sheet of glass or stainless steel. This gives a really modern look, but beware, this can be expensive!

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Solid glass backsplash from Vista Glazing and Aluminum

Design Recommendations

If you’re still lost on what type of backsplash or design you should go with, here are some tips to make your life easier.

  • What is your budget? As mentioned above, some of these backsplashes can get really expensive, and some are recommended to be installed professionally.
  • What kind of maintenance are you comfortable with? If you’re cooking with spices that stain, and are a bit messy with the tomato sauce, you probably want to stick with something low maintenance like porcelain or glass. A light marble backsplash isn’t meant to have red tomato stains in it! Glass and porcelain don’t need to be sealed, and are typically easy to wipe down.
  • What style of kitchen are you going with? As much as you might love glass, it might be a little modern for your traditional style kitchen. Try and stick with design styles that co-ordinate well together, otherwise you’ll wind up with an expensive mish-mash look.
  • What does your counter top look like? The trend with kitchen design has gone towards a simpler and less busy look. If you’ve picked out a wild and busy granite, you might want to stick with a simple backsplash. The reverse is also true: if you’ve fallen in love with a busy mosaic tile, stick with a clean counter top.

Still overwhelmed? Don’t worry! Alford’s has designers on staff who can help you co-ordinate your look. We also have professional installers if you’re looking for a hassle free installation.

Check out our suppliers on our porcelain tile page!


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Why Shopping Local Is So Important

When it comes to buying a product or an experience, it’s all about getting the best value and deal for your dollar. You want to make sure that your money is going to be spent on a product that can stand the test of time, comes from a reliable company, and provides you with great value.

When you shop locally at Alford’s Floors & Interiors, we make sure that you receive a quality flooring product that will not only be practical for your room requirements, but also practical in pricing. Whether your budget is on the lower or higher end, we offer quality floors from quality brands that can meet your budget.

Not only will purchasing flooring from us increase your property value, but keeping your money in your local businesses increases the value of your property as well, as an active shopping area in your town is an attractive advantage when it comes time to sell.

Local businesses provide value to our community as we in turn support other local businesses through the use of accountants, advertising agencies, contractors and also builders. The money you spend while shopping local helps our town support our police and fire departments, schools and our roadways, giving us not only a safe place to live, but a town that we are proud to call our own.

By supporting us, we are in turn supporting you, providing everyone around us a happy and prosperous community.

For more information, visit our store today at 1601 4th Ave, in Regina.

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Interior Design Trends

Interior design trends can be exciting and very attractive. Some tend to stick around, while others fade very quickly. Deciding on how to add a design trend to your home can be a difficult decision, especially if you’re doing a little more than adding some throw cushions to your sofa. Here is our decorators’ advice on what trends will last and how to apply each to your home.

Grey Colour Palettes

Grey has been a dominating neutral colour palette for a number of years now, and will continue to be popular in the coming years. The colour is being used in anything from flooring, to cabinetry, paint colour, and furniture. Greys in the same shade (think blue based greys versus yellow based) work well together, and support many different accent colours. The trick to using grey is to not use too much of it. In colour psychology, grey can be a soothing colour as it stays in the background, but can become draining over time as it doesn’t have much “personality”. Industrial spaces are typically grey as they are utilitarian spaces. The best way to use grey is to keep it as a background for other colour in the room. The picture below shows a warm wood floor contrasting against the neutral grey cabinetry.

Add a touch of natural wood warmth to contrast the neutral grey palette

Add a touch of natural wood warmth to contrast the neutral grey palette —

Blue and yellow pop against the neutral grey backgrounds

Blue and yellow pop against the neutral grey backgrounds —

The living room above is a great example of allowing the blue and yellow colours to really stand out against the neutral grey background.

Because of its neutrality and ease of use with other colours, grey will be a colour we will see in interiors for years to come.

Natural Materials

In this day of super fast technology and continuing disconnectedness, people are looking for ways to slow down and get back to the basics. When added to interiors, natural materials like wood, marble, stone, and linens help soothe and calm, and bring you back to our natural world.

Reclaimed wood can be used for a touch of texture and presonality

Reclaimed wood can be used for a touch of texture and personality —

Woods like the picture above look beautiful contrasted against very modern pieces. The juxtaposition of old and new highlight the pieces individually, while maintaining a cohesive look.

Marble has been used more and more for counter tops, backsplashes, flooring and furniture. The classic look can go modern or traditional, making it a very flexible natural material to add to your interior.

Marble used in a modern kitchen

Marble used in a modern kitchen —

A traditional style bathroom using marble

A traditional style bathroom using marble —

Adding natural material to your interior can be as easy as bringing in a plush wool area rug or natural cotton toss cushions. There are many DIY projects out there from installing reclaimed wood on an accent wall to making your own light fixtures from found materials.

Whatever your style, Alford’s can help guide you from top to bottom. Our designers are here to help with everything from flooring, to paint colour, to furnishing.

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