New tile is a great way to upgrade your home this summer

DENVER -- If you’re looking for new ideas to improve or update your home, Decorative Materials in the Denver Design Center is a great place to start. While it sells exclusively to design trade professionals, it’s full of ideas and if you want to buy something, a designer is on call to help you make your purchase.

Theresa Marchetta recently checked out Decorative Materials with 5280 Home editor Hilary Oswald. She says curve shaped tiles are currently trending. A few years ago, stone tiles could only be cut in straight lines, but jet cutting has changed how tiles can be designed.

“This is more geometric, a little more contemporary and so there are really options no matter what your style,” Oswald said.

Oswald says that tile does double duty. You can use them on a floor or a backsplash, or turn them into an art installation. Depending upon where you put the tile, it could actually serve both purposes.

Another trend is metal coated pieces. They won’t work in showers or places where there is a lot of water, but they can make excellent backsplashes.

You can find more ideas in the current issue of 5280 Home.

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