T: Tile

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Writer: Elizabeth Shaw

Best Tile

Photo courtesy of Best Tile

What started as a small, one room showroom in 1956 has grown into one of the largest tile and stone importers in the U.S.. Harry and Mollie Marcus opened their Standard Tile Distributors in August of 1956 and since that day more than 60 years ago, despite massive expansion, the company has maintained its warm, family run attitude. Stop by any of their 25 showrooms along the east coast and stroll through the most up to date tile collection the area has to offer. With an endless selection of styles, materials and prices, every homeowner is bound to find exactly what they are looking for at Best Tile. A team of design experts are there to help customers through every step of the process, with knowledgeable information to work through the design and installation processes. From full floors to the smallest details, Best Tile can help you spruce up your home with the latest in tile fashion.

Best Tile Showroom Manager Alison Borghesani says, “Overall, tile design is becoming less fussy and more streamlined. Homeowners are looking for more transitional, timeless looks. We’re not seeing over the top ornate design with chair rails and deco tiles.” Beyond the common uses in bathrooms and kitchens, tile work is becoming a no hassle option for living rooms and patios. Outdoor tile has been a hot topic at Best Tile, used for its versatility and unique effect. While tile may seem unexpected in a backyard, it is actually perfect for the outdoors. Its durability stands up against all kinds of weather, while its surface is easier to maintain and clean compared to other common outdoor materials. No staining for this tile! 

Photo courtesy of Best Tile

While carpets stain and hardwood scratches, tile holds up. Best Tile recommends tile placement in high traffic areas of the house, such as a living room, thanks to its ability to hold up under endless footsteps, chair scrapes and more. There are no spills, stains or scuffles that tile can’t handle. “Gaining momentum are larger format tiles, both on the walls and floors, in patterns, textures, and even shapes. Consumers want to spend more time enjoying their homes than maintaining them,” says Borghesani. While many people think of bright colors and striking patterns when it comes to tile work, neutrals are the go to for Best Tile customers. “We are also seeing a shift in color from the cool grays to warmer, more inviting taupes.  Being a coastal area, pops of color are gaining popularity as well. Whether it’s a beautiful glass backsplash or shower wall tile, teals, navy blues and soft greens are trending in a big way. Not only are these colors being used as accents, they are becoming more of a focal point in the rooms from floors to walls. Traditional white subway tile is making way for an array of beautiful colors evocative of soft sands, ocean waves, and sea glass,” says Borghesani. If you’re considering tile in your home, Best Tile will help you find the perfect design, whether it’s a fun accent or durable floor.

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Elizabeth Shaw

Elizabeth Shaw is a former assistant editor, photographer & videographer for Cape Cod Life Publications. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Elizabeth spent many summers on the Cape, before she and her family moved down full time in 2016. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island as a double major in Writing & Rhetoric and Film Media, and started at Cape Cod Life the following fall. In her free time, she takes as many pictures of her dog, Watson, as possible, in between beach trips.