Practical Mudroom Ideas – the Gateway to the Home

Practical Mudroom Ideas – the Gateway to the Home

A mudroom is often considered the gateway to the home as you want them to create a smooth transition from outside to inside. And, because of that, you want a mudroom to be functional as well. Here’s some practical mudroom ideas for easy cleaning and organization.

At The B & C Floor Store in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, we install tile and vinyl in mudrooms. Tile is the most durable but vinyl has quickly become a great choice for mudrooms due to its durability and ease of cleaning. Plus, since you will often be entering with wet or dirty shoes and if you happen to have pets – you will want to have a mudroom floor surface that’s easy to stand up to the mud and grass that’s sure to be trekked inside.

Practical Mudroom Ideas for a functional gateway to the home

If you’re looking to create a welcoming mudroom that’s also efficient for your home – you might want to consider a few of these practical mudroom ideas . . .
1. A coat rack is always a smart idea. It can be a freestanding coat tree or wall mounted.
2. Create a sitting area by incorporating a bench. This can even be used as additional storage underneath.
3. Add shelves on wall or built in to fill with baskets for each family member. This will help minimize clutter (think hats, gloves, scarves in the winter, sunscreen and sunglasses in the summer)
4. Custom built-in entryway cabinets can create the look of furniture that matches the home.
5. Add hooks to the walls for quick grabbing of jackets and backpacks.
6. Hang a memo board on the wall for quick reminders so nothing is forgotten as you leave.
7. Create shelves that become mail slots for each member of the family.
8. A long bar on the wall with S-hooks can hold book bags and umbrellas.

If you’re ready to see all the choices available to you for practical mudroom ideas, be sure to give us a call at The B & C Floor Store. We’re ready to help you create the ultimate gateway to your home. You can reach us at 603-436-9686 to set up an appointment or please stop by our showroom to see the latest mudroom ideas.

Vinyl Flooring is Back with a New Style and Luxury Look

Vinyl Flooring is Back with a New Style and Luxury Look

Vinyl flooring was considered an outdated product, but in recent years, it’s made a comeback with all new designs. Vinyl flooring is back in style and will quickly update your home with a modern floor that has a luxury look.

Luxury vinyl planks now comes in tiles and wood looks that can be glued down or floated like laminate. There’s a huge variety of colors and sizes to choose from and some tiles can even be grouted just like ceramic tile. Plus, vinyl flooring is a great choice for all areas of your home including mudrooms, kitchens, baths, living spaces, and even basements.

Vinyl Flooring with a New Style and Luxury Look from BC Floor Store in New Hampshire

Here’s a few big bonuses when using vinyl flooring in your home:
– realistic styles with high definition graphics
– warmer to the touch than tile
– less maintenance than hardwood
– scratch resistant and very durable
– fade resistant making it perfect for sunny kitchens

If you like how ceramic flooring can be laid out in simple to elaborate patterns, this can be accomplished with vinyl flooring too – even sophisticated patterns like herringbone. Vinyl flooring comes in sheets, planks and tiles with many surface effects such as wood, stone, ceramic, mosaic, pebble and metal.

Gone are the days of outdated looking vinyl floors – there’s a new modern floor in the house now – and it’s not the vinyl floor of the past.

If you’re ready to see all the choices available to you for vinyl floors, be sure to give us a call at The B & C Floor Store. Let us help you create a modern and luxurious space one floor at a time. You can reach us at 603-436-9686 to set up an appointment or please stop by our showroom to see the latest vinyl flooring products.

Decorative Fireplaces That Turn Up the Heat and Add Style to Your Home

Decorative Fireplaces That Turn Up the Heat and Add Style to Your Home

It’s now February, also known as “love month”. So, let’s turn up the heat with decorative fireplaces that not only add warmth and style to your home, they also add charm to your living area. Many homeowners are now coordinating their fireplaces with the style of their home. And, with many fireplaces now being gas, the tile surrounding them is more decorative than being essential to fireplace safety.

Keep in mind, when adding tile around the wall of your decorative fireplaces, you can transform it to become a focal point of the room. Your tile choice will set the mood you want to create in the room.

When it comes to decorating the surrounding area of a fireplace, you can use slate, marble and even ceramic tile. If you prefer a more rustic style to your home, you can use split faced ledger stone or slate. This is considered an architectural tile. For those homeowners that prefer a more classic look, there’s the options of marble, ceramic and/or porcelain tile.

Decorative Fireplaces that Add Heat and Style to your Home

A few things to know about the types of tiles for decorative fireplaces:
– An Old World feel can be created with natural stone tile
– An elegant finish can be created with marble
– A “wow” factor can be created with an architectural tile
– Ceramic tile comes in many finishes, colors and textures
– Marble tile will add a classic and high-end look
– Natural stone is available in travertine, marble, limestone and granite
– Granite is one of the strongest and most heat resistant tile

Which type of tile do you prefer for your decorative fireplace when adding style to your home?

If you’re ready to add a fireplace to your home, be sure to give us a call at The B & C Floor Store and let us help you create the decorative fireplace that adds style to your home. You can reach us at 603-436-9686 to set up an appointment or please stop by our showroom to see the latest tile products that just came in.

A New Shower Installation Creates a Luxurious Retreat at Home

A New Shower Installation Creates a Luxurious Retreat at Home

Happy January. It’s time to kick off the new year with a fresh, clean start. And, what better way to do that than with a brand new shower installation from the B & C Floor Store in Portsmouth, NH.

At B & C Floor Store we like to create showers for our customers that are luxurious retreats so you can feel like you’re in a spa but in the comfort of your own home.

There’s so many creative ways to add elements that create unexpected storage, waterfalls, and more. Here’s our top 7 ways to create a unique shower installation in your home – but, rest assured . . . every shower we create is custom, so no two will be alike.

1. Create storage with niches (inserts in the wall) or corner shelves
2. Add decorative elements such as glass or stone
3. Bring in a touch of outside with pebbles on the shower floor
4. Be fashion savvy with large scale tiles and/or subway tiles
5. Add a bench either in the corner or a built in one on a side of the shower
6. Go low maintenance with porcelain or ceramic tiles that look like natural stone
7. Create the illusion of a waterfall with a vertical of glass tiles on the shower head wall
How to Create a Luxurious Retreat at Home with a New Shower Installation. Click for the top 7 ways to create a unique shower installation in your home. From B & C Floor Store in Portsmouth, NH
If you’re curious about the types of tiles you can use in your custom shower installation, here’s a quick run down:
Porcelain Tiles: durable and more resistant to staining
Ceramic Tiles: easy to clean and durable, also resistant to stains, odors and scratches
Natural Stones: eco-friendly option that provides longevity, ease of maintenance, permanence and stability
Metal Tiles: creates visual appealing work of art when combined with glass or natural stone
Glass Tiles: embraces color and light while being impervious to stains and water damage

Are you ready to create your very own Luxurious Retreat at Home with a New Shower Installation?

If yes, be sure to give us a call at The B & C Floor Store and let us help you create the relaxation spot of your dreams, in your own home. You can reach us at 603-436-9686 to set up an appointment or please stop by our showroom to see the latest tile products that just came in.

April Showers

April Showers

April Showers

As the old proverb goes, March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers. Well here we are April 1st, and it is snowing in New Hampshire. But as the month progresses,  the sunshine and April showers will melt the snow away and the sight of the first flowering bulbs will soon be emerging like a jewel!

This month, the month of April showers, we have chosen the color blue as the color of the month.  The color blue is the favored color of most people. It creates a sense of peace and serenity, spirituality and infinity. Did you know that more than half of the flags in the world contain the color blue?  It is the most commonly used color for corporate identity, and of course we cannot forget and blue jeans, they are worn all over the world.

There isn’t a better room to choose to highlight this month than the bathroom, showers to be exact. (A little play on words.) We have provided below, bathroom showers showcasing blue tiles. Which one is your favorite?

Blue Shower #1

The blue tiles in this master bathroom shower encompases the whole shower. The subway tiles installed on the walls are in a brick laying pattern. and the square tiles installed on the ceiling are  installed in a diamond pattern. This lovely shower area is soft and inviting.

The renovation of this master bathroom in a Brooklyn Heights brownstone was done by Ben Herzog, Architect in conjunction with designer Elizabeth Cooke-King. Photo by Michael Lee.

Designer Beatriz from Byrd Design was the project manager for this 1930 Spanish Revival bathroom (below). The layout of the bathroom was reconfigured to improve circulation and adapt the space to a modern lifestyle while keeping the aesthetics true to its Spanish architectural roots. This white and blue bathroom features blue Moroccan tiles, lined with a white lacquered washstand adorned with aged brass knobs topped with thick white quartz and paired with an aged brass faucet placed under a white Mansard mirror. A glass and brass shower is filled with the same blue Moroccan tiles throughout the rest of the bathroom.

This custom designed bathroom by TMD Tamara Mack Design provides a clean and airy feeling. The white ceramic high gloss subway tiles adorned with a blue hexagon border that goes throughout the shower and around the room. The shower floor also matches the border providing a cohesive design.

Blue and White bathroom shower

Happy Easter and Passover, we hope you have great month!
We are looking forward to connecting again for our May Blog!



March Springs with Color

March Springs with Color

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B & C Spring FLorals

Sit back and relax, we are about to bring you some ideas to update your home!  We hope they will inspire you to think about how you can make over your space this spring using the color green.

Green is such a wonderful color. It symbolizes nature and peace, and evokes a positive feeling. Light green offers a soothing, calm emotion where as a bright green stimulates a more enthusiastic energy. No matter the shade,  the color green is pleasing to the eye and provides a sense of renewal, harmony and freedom!

In the bathroom below, we have Artic white ceramic tiles on either side of the soaking tub area and straight on, the featured wall and the area in front of the tub is a Tropical Mosaic Glass tile. This Streamline Collection offers a  mix of matte and glossy ceramic wall options, colorful glass mosaics, and attention-getting decos and trims, Streamline features a wide option of  design possibilities.

Green glass mosaic tile


In the next 3 photos, we featured a textured tile called Waves. It is a 4 x 16″ tile that looks great in both a bathroom as well as a backsplash in a kitchen.

B & C Waves Green TileWaves tile, Color: Ocean Spray

bathroom with green accentsWaves tile, Color: Winter Lake. Green accents adorn this bathroom to give a spa like feeling.

green glass tile kitchenWaves tile, Color: Surf Green. This kitchen is inspiring to eat healthy!

The last image is of a kitchen with green tiles that offer 4 different textured tiles scattered throughout the entire backsplash providing a modern look. The collection of these glossy tiles is called Sheen.

bright green kitchen tile

Wishing you all a Happy Spring and a Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy this spring month!




Welcome to our February Blog!  We have chosen the color red for this months blog in honor of  St. Valentine’s Day. When we think of the color red, we think: PASSION – Red roses, ENERGY – Red sky at night, POWERFUL –  Red stripes in our American Flag.

We also think the color red as warm, positive and energizing. Red excites the emotions and motivates us to take action. On that cue, we would like to present the color red added to different rooms by way of tile and carpet. You will notice in the photos below that red exudes a strong and powerful energy and gives a pop of vibrance much needed in a monocromatic setting.

Red tile

Above we have a white kitchen with an accent wall that is “Love at first sight”.  The glossy, glamorous sheen of red, orange and pink captures your attention. As you run your fingertips across the smooth pieces of 5×13 wall tile, you want to secretly whisper to this bold and seductive ceramic collection, “Where have you been all my life?” [The tile collection in this photo is called Sheen|


Red tile

The tile above is intense and energetic like a romantic sunset on a clear summer night. It provides vibrant bursts of color converging to create a solar effect; this is the inspiration for this ceramic mosaic tile called Evoke. The red mixed with objects of marine colors (white and blue) provides a contemporary approach, allowing this striking glossy ceramic tile collection to pop and reach your heart.


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This family room is sexy, warm and inviting. The architect/designer/homeowners choice of muted colors offers a relaxing atmosphere but by adding a rich red tile around the fireplace, it provides  pop of color to prevent the room from being too vanilla. Who wouldn’t want to share this room with a loved one, enjoying a glass of wine and listening to the piano by a warm fireplace?

Domiteaux + Baggett Architects, PLLCGreenbrier Residence   Photo Credit: Chuck Smith Photography. Red tile on fireplace.


Wow, what do you think of when you hear “red carpet”?  Yes, it denotes extremely high status, style and opulence. Please consider us your home’s red carpet guide to floor and tile ideas, stock and installation. We always provide privileged treatment to all of our distinguished visitors and customers.

Red Carpet stair runner

Photo: Allen Construction. Red wool stair runner.

Tine Barclay, Interior Designer

Photo: Tina Barclay, Interior Designer. Wool Area Rug

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

2017 – Happy New Year!

2017 – Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!  As we look back at all the warm memories in 2016, we are feeling proud of our achievements and ready for another new year with new beginnings. WOW, 2017!  Another 365 days of all that is good… with family members, good friends and new acquaintances.  Happy New Year!

We are excited our monthly blogs this new year. Each year we try to bring you something different. In 2014-2015, we brought you our floor and tile installations highlighting different projects in towns and cities across New Hampshire and Maine. In 2016, we also brought you our floor and tile installations and provided some great ideas by various designers throughout the US.  We captured floor and tile ideas by room of:  kitchens, bathrooms, sunrooms and the like. In 2017, we will bring  you floor and tile installations based on color – we will highlight a different color for each monthly blog.

Our color for this month is white. When we think of January, we think of  white snow and January white sales.   Although white is not defined as a color in physics, it is considered a distinct color in visual art. The color meaning of white is purity, innocence or wholeness. In color psychology white is considered the color of new beginnings, wiping the slate clean, so to speak.  So for January 2017, we are highlighting rooms showcasing white tile!

Let’s take a look!


This lovely spa is adorned with a glossy white Lucente ceramic wall tile, 8″ x 24″. It also comes in a 4″ x 24″ bullnose,  8″ x 24″ wave pattern and a 2″ x 2″ Mosaic. This line offers a wide range of ceramic wall tile with coordinating porcelain floor tiles in a variety of colors.

Lucente Tile White


Below is a  porcelain tile series called Drift. It flows freely across the floor creating a comforting, almost lazy sense of contentment. Great for a beach house or an area that you want to create a space that is light and airy. The tiles come in 8″ x 45″ in a natural or polished finish.

Drift tile


This porcelain large-format tile creates a restful backdrop for those seeking to balance modern, everyday living with a crisp, fresh look. Bold and beautiful as a world covered in a blanket of fresh snow; as a gentle reminder of peace and purity…this is the inspiration for Illume. The tile comes in 24″ x 24″ ‘Field Tile, 12″ x 24″ wall tile, 3×24 battiscopa, 2×2 Mosaic COLOR: Super White, Finish: Glossy

Illume Tile

White is the perfect color for any room that you want to create a sense of lightness, an ethereal feeling. You can change the style immediately with accent pieces and accent colors. Don’t be afraid to use the color white in your home.

We hope you enjoyed this month’s blog and again, we wish everyone a Happy New Year!



The Comfort of Family Rooms – A Holiday to Remember

The Comfort of Family Rooms – A Holiday to Remember

christmas-sleighThe Holidays Are Made up of Special Moments

This year, why not put a casual twist on tradition by creating a comfortable family room where the whole family can relax and enjoy the holidays together. It is the perfect time to start thinking how you will set up your family room for the holidays.

Our suggestion for creating that comfortable family room is adding a new floor in your space. Our wide selection of hardwood, carpet and cork can be chosen to suit any style for your room.  Whether you are going to host a casual, family friendly holiday party or an elegant evening with friends, we have some ideas for you!


Family Room Photo:Julie Ranee Photography                      Photo of Hardwood Samples: B & C Floor Store

Benefits of hardwood floors:

  • They are easy to clean
  • They have a high quality look
  • Wide range of appearances
  • Healthy indoor
  • They are a great long-term investment



Photo of Lush Carpet: B & C Floor Store                             Family Room Photo: Maria Killam

Benefits of carpet:

  • They reduce noise
  • They provide warmth and comfort
  • Cushions slips and falls
  • Wide range of appearances
  • Certified to have low VOC’s ( Volatile organic compounds)



Photo of cork samples: B & C Floor Store      Photo of family room:KCS Design

Benefits of cork floors:

  • They are easy to clean
  • They have a high quality look
  • Wide range of appearances; aesthetically versatile
  • Healthy indoor
  • Durable
  • Safe ( Fire resistant)
  • Comfort
  • They are a great long-term investment

We at B & C Floor Store, hope that your holiday season brings special moments and joy that continues into the new year.

It’s Thanksgiving, Gather Family and Friends

It’s Thanksgiving, Gather Family and Friends

GRATEFUL Gatherings for Thanksgiving

There are many observance days in November but the one that immediately comes to mind is Thanksgiving. It has historical roots in both religious and cultural traditions and was originally celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.

Today, it is widely celebrated for the same reasons except the majority of us  do not plant or harvest our own food. But we are truly thankful for the abundance of food and give thanks for all the meaningful elements in our lives.

So gather family and friends and join us in our celebration of Thanksgiving traditions. It is a special time of the year where we open our doors to guests, share home-cooked meals and get ready to cozy up to the fireplace.

Our blog topic for this month is dining rooms, chosen of course because of Thanksgiving. We want to open up our doors to you with some ideas to infuse rich colors and textures of the harvest season into your dining room.

Everyone here at The B & C Floor Store is especially grateful to our customers for allowing us to be part of their memorable home improvement floor and tile projects.

Here are some photos in celebration of the harvest and gratitude:

Thanksgiving Dining Room stone-creek-buildersDining Room Photo: Stone Creek Builders
dining-room-photo                               Dining Room Photo from: Edmunds Studios Photography
dining-room-2                                                                                              Dining Room Photo from: Sebastian Paszek and Christina Bull, Ealing Broadway, London

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving! Don’t forget to join us for December’s Blog… The Comfort of Family Rooms – A Holiday to Remember.