Lineal Border Launch: Day 3

Monday we introduced you to the Lineal Collection of borders and our first design, Bamboo Forest.  Yesterday we featured another transitional design, Herringbone Classico.  Enough of the standards, we’re here today to wow you! Announcing our ultra-mod pattern, Marching Orders.

Graphic in nature, this pattern cries out for bold colors and lots of contrast. The block design, in its full repeat creates an undulating “wave” (1″x1″ tiles up to to 4″x4″ and then back down again) that is not evident at first glance and prevents this baby from getting too square.  Marching Orders is shown here using the following laNeva Solid Colors:

  • 1″ x 6″ horizontal liner bars used at the top & bottom: #31 Snow
  • 1/2″x 6″ horizontal liner bar at the bottom: #24 Steel
  • 1″ x 1″ body: #84 Siren
  • 1″x 1″, 2″x 2″, 3″x 3″ & 4″x 4″  Accent: #31 Snow

Finished with a sand colored grout.

This border measures approximately 9-1/2″ tall, 3/8″ thick and is sold mesh mounted in 12″ lengths.  There is a 24″ pattern repeat on the body of the design.

Unlike yesterday, where we suggested an alternate color scheme to add some pizzaz, today’s alternate should create an option to tone this wild child down a bit. For a more subdued but just as fabulous look, try a random combination of #71 Dune and #90 Oregano (shown below) in place of the red or choose any of laNeva’s Solid Color tiles.

If you didn’t catch yesterday’s release, check out the luxe beauty of Herringbone Classico. Want to see where it all began?  Here is Mondays post, with the release of Bamboo Forest. And finally, if you want the Cliff notes on our Lineal Collection, here’s how it works:

laNeva Tile’s “Lineal” border collection is a series of 6 pre-designed, mesh-mounted borders of our most popular patterns. Since you choose the colors and combinations, your border can be as contemporary or traditional as you’d like.

We provide the detailed drawings and the color examples and you personalize the design with our choice of any of our solid color glazes. It’s still a custom design made just for you, but with no pricing surprises and a faster lead time. What’s not to like with that?

Another Lineal Collection border will be featured tomorrow, and each day this week. Stay tuned. We’re just getting started!

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Lineal Border Launch: Day 2

Yesterday we introduced you to the Lineal Collection of borders and our first design, Bamboo Forest.  We are keeping with the more transitional designs today and featuring another of our widely popular borders, Herringbone Classico.

A bit tongue-in-cheek, this herringbone is thoroughly modern with its impressively-chunky 10″ height and random color layout. Herringbone Classico is shown here using the following laNeva Solid Colors:

  • 1″ x 6″ horizontal liner bars used at the top & bottom: #24 Steel
  • 1″ x 2″ & 1″ x 1″ random tile: #77 Café, #71 Dune

Finished with a sand colored grout.

This border measures approximately 10″ tall, 3/8″ thick and is sold mesh mounted in 12″ lengths.  There is a 4″ pattern repeat on the body of the design, but all colors are randomly placed.

While these neutral colors are quite at home in both a modern loft or more traditional space, for a completely different look (how about Retro!) try a combination of #73 Butter, #77 Café and  #92 Mist Crackle (shown below) or choose any of laNeva’s Solid Color tiles.

If you didn’t catch yesterday’s release, see Bamboo Forest here. If you want the Cliff notes on our Lineal Collection and how it works:

laNeva Tile’s “Lineal” border collection is a series of 6 pre-designed, mesh-mounted borders of our most popular patterns. Since you choose the colors and combinations, your border can be as contemporary or traditional as you’d like.

We provide the detailed drawings and the color examples and you personalize the design with our choice of any of our solid color glazes. It’s still a custom design made just for you, but with no pricing surprises and a faster lead time. What’s not to like with that?

Another Lineal Collection border will be featured tomorrow, and each day this week. Stay tuned. Our border collection is anything but boring!

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Announcing the Lineal Collection Borders

Announcing laNeva’s new pre-designed tile border series!

Our “Lineal” border collection is a series of 6 pre-designed, mesh-mounted borders of our most popular patterns. Since you choose the colors and combinations, your border can be as contemporary or traditional as you’d like.

We provide the detailed drawings and the color examples and you personalize the design with any of our colors you would like. It’s still a custom design made just for you, but with no pricing surprises and a faster lead time. What’s not to like with that?

We will be announcing one of our Lineal borders each day this week with our first, that we are calling “Bamboo Forest”.

Bamboo Forest is named due to its strong vertical nature and tile separations that mimic the horizontal striations in bamboo. It is shown here using the following laNeva Solid Colors:

  • 1″x 6″ horizontal liner bars used at the top & bottom: #68 Twilight
  • 1/2″ x 6″ vertical liner used in the design: #61 Sky
  • 1″x 2″ vertical tile: #92 Mist Crackle

Finished with a sand colored grout.

This border measures approximately 8-1/2″ tall, 3/8″ thick and is sold mesh mounted in 12″ lengths.  There is no pattern repeat, all vertical tiles are randomly placed.

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For a more contemporary look, try this one in a combination of #24 Steel, #95 Lichen and #73 Butter (shown below) or choose any of laNeva’s Solid Color tiles.

Another Lineal Collection border will be featured tomorrow, and each day this week. Stay tuned. Our border collection is anything but boring!

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Contemporary Concept Boards

laNeva Tile has been busy, busy, busy this summer. We’ve been shipping out loads of samples and our favorite project right now is a series of 8 concept boards for our new dealer, Christopher’s Baths and Kitchens in Englewood, Colorado. We’ve been so busy in fact, we have no idea where the time has gone. Blog posts? What blog posts?

Well, the concept boards for Christopher’s are nearly done and we can’t wait to reveal all the lovely modern details and bold colors of these 9 boards, but for now we will leave you with a few snapshots… including the Christopher’s EXCLUSIVE Rift Series color combo of #71 Dune/ #24 Steel. We love the play of matte metallic Steel and the glossy, subtle crackle of Dune.

You may be surprised with this board set. They are bold, fun and an introduction to our standard pattern project to be announced later this year. Enjoy!

See a few other laNeva Design Ideas on our site.

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Dreams of Decorative Tile

When I shut my eyes, I see color. Not like a lava lamp of flowing, moving organic blobs of color; My mind sees bouncing, colorful geometric shapes. It’s always been this way…and I know you think I’m a nut.

Last night when I was listening to music, on the cusp of sleep, I heard the rhythm of the song and my mind saw tile. The tile seemed to appear from nowhere and laid down like a train track in front of me. There were short tiles to match the faster beats, long tiles to follow the slower beats. It all seemed so natural and well, normal.

As inspiration can come from the strangest of places, I took this train track “dream” and ran with it, creating the first of a several contemporary border designs.

The design ended up being something like the tile layout shown here, with a wide “track”
border on each side using our bars in 1/2″ x6″ and 1″x6″ and a center with a random layout of 4″x4″, 2″x4″ and 1″x2″.

Like all borders, this can be used in a vertical or horizontal layout. Just blew your mind again?Vertical borders? Of course! Watch for a post coming shortly that shows some great ways to use vertical decorative borders in both kitchen and bath wall tile layouts.

We love decorative tile and are always striving to find inventive designs and installations!

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The Dirt – Glazes

#84 Siren showing brush strokes on 2x2 tile

Many of the glazes in the laNeva tile line create a fabulous watercolor-like finish on the tiles. This is in part due to our use of 100% lead free glaze and is even more apparent on the larger size tiles. Lead-free glaze does not move or melt as much in the firing process as leaded glazes do, and since we brush all of our glazes on by hand instead of spraying them on, the character of the brush strokes is apparent in some of our final tiles. Colors that have more obvious brush strokes are Oregano, Siren, Dune, Curry and Café.

The nature of the brush strokes all depends on the thickness of glaze application. Thinner coats of glaze show brush strokes more than thickly applied coats. Since laNeva tiles are all handmade, there will always be variation from tile to tile and order to order.

Contemporary Ceramic Tile, color green sage oregano

laNeva's #90 Oregano with Overglazed edge

**laNeva Tile also offers overglazed edges when you need a tile with a finished edge. This overglazed edge is our version of the bullnose tile. We add an overglazed edge to create a finished edge at the side of a backsplash, shower wall or top of wainscoting, just to name a few applications. The tile edge remains square and the glaze color wraps all the way around the side thickness of the tile to create a uniform, finished side.

See more examples of our Solid Color glazes and our Exclusive Rift Series tiles where we combine two colors on one tile for a unique, contemporary appearance.

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Announcing Café/Curry Rift Series

We’ve hinted, we’ve teased and it is high time to release a glimpse of our newest Rift Series jewel: #77 Café/#75 Curry. It is a stunning, coppery tone-on-tone tile that until now has only been seen in our sample packs. This beautiful color combo is perfect for those who want an understated look while still creating the color drama that only our Rift Series Tiles can offer.

Curry glaze provides the smooth, uniform butterscotch color and Café glaze offers more visual and tactile texture.  They combine to create a rich chocolate colored Rift Series tile with moderate modeling and a darker brown stripe at the center.

Want to see these beauties up close and personal? Email us at [email protected] to request your sample pack today, available with 2″x2″ tiles in either 4 or 16 tile sets) and you’ll have your pretty little tile gift box in hand within 3-5 business days.

Are you an Interior Designer, Architect or other member of the trade? Email us for information on our trade program [email protected]

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The Rift

#92-Mist/#61-Sky Rift, #84 Siren Solid, #95-Lichen/#68-Twilight Rift

What is the Rift Series and how did it get its name?

The Rift series is laNeva’s signature design that brings two colors of glaze onto one tile for a contemporary-bold or tone-on-tone look. Why is “Rift”, which has usually means “division”, used when we are instead bringing two glazes together rather than pulling them apart?

Our response? There is more than one definition of the word, and we are using it as “A space, an interval”.

The Rift Series Tiles are greater than the sum of its parts. Sure each tile has two glazes, but the magic happens in the center- where the two colors overlap. That is the point of the chemical reaction between the glazes. With some color combinations, this line of delineation becomes a series of beautiful bubbles, in others, it is a third color entirely, in even other color combinations, it is a subtle overlay of one color with a shadow line below. Each combination is completely unique and each tile within that combo has a character all its own.

On a micro scale, our Rift tiles are the grand canyon, with the drama being at the center, with the mountain ranges on each side playing a slightly less dramatic, yet integral role. As such, we are focusing on the drama in center, knowing that it cannot be achieved without the colors on the sides. Thus, the Rift.

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Not Another Boring Subway Tile

Subway tile. The rectangular tiles that were common at the turn of the century only to go out of style through the 1950′s-90′s (replaced by squares) are back in a BIG way. You see them everywhere. Kitchens, Bathrooms, traditional and contemporary. Wha-what? Contemporary subway tile? Absolutely.

#1 Vertical Tile/Vertical Running Bond

You’re used to seeing subway tile in the traditional running bond pattern (sometimes called a brick pattern) shown in the photo to the left. One row is laid lengthwise and the next row is offset by a half tile length to create an offset pattern that resembles a brick pattern. Most often in white, it is a classic pattern.

If you’re sick of the standard layout, or just want to consider some fresh new subway tile ideas, consider the following:

#2 Horizontal Tile/Straight Stack


What if you turn traditional running bond pattern 90 degrees right or left? You have a vertical running bond as shown in drawing #1. Traditional, yes but a little edgier and unexpected than the standard horizontal layout. The focus is the strong vertical line that this pattern creates. It is perfect for those transitional spaces or more contemporary spaces in a dramatic color or unusual size tile.

We can go even further as in drawing #2 with a straight stack of subway tile, either vertical or horizontal. This pattern has been done frequently in more commercial setting such as…subway stations! In a restaurant or home, this is a simple way to bring a bit of funk into your space.

#3 Vertical Tile/Horizontal Running Bond

Even lesser known is drawing #3, a unique subway tile layout that is also a running bond pattern. Here the tiles are vertical, while the slightly different offset layout creates a line of strong horizontal banding. This is my favorite of the subway patterns and one that is completely underutilized.

Check our design boards under Design Ideas for more examples of how to use subway tiles in a pattern. laNeva offers two sizes of the traditional “subway” shape tile- in 2″ x 4″ and 3″ x 6″- with lots of different color combinations to fit your life.

laNeva Tile can also be mesh-mounted for your order in any of these stunning patterns. It makes your life (and your installers) simpler with fewer details left to interpretation!

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The Dirt – Installation

Want to learn more about the specifics of laNeva tile? You can be-in-the-know about all the dirt (because that is all that clay really is) and behind the scenes stuff.

More about glazes, grout and our clay body later, today is all about installation.

Installation of laNeva Tiles:

We’ve created the perfect system to make install a cinch.

laNeva Artisan Tile offers any of our solid colors, Rift Series and sizes mesh mounted. In fact our tiles can be mesh mounted in sections up to 12″x 12″, numbered and shipped with an installation map of your personalized tile design. This ensures that mesh sections fit together as planned and you get the final design that you desire.

Mesh mounted tiles make installation a snap for your professional tile installer. While we always recommend hiring a professional tile installer to get the most uniform installation and best possible look- our mesh mounting can greatly ease the stress for a do-it-yourselfer as well.

If you really want to install yourselves, it can be done with amazing results. Check out this fantastic owner-installed fireplace of laNeva’s LOOSE #90 Oregano tiles in 2×4, 1×2 and 1×1 sizes. Great job Mr. S!

* We also offer overglazed edges for any outside edge/corner. These were used on the fireplace where the tile overlaps the fire box insert. More info on these specialty pieces to in our post about Glaze and overglazed edges.

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