Springtime projects for summertime fun
Porcelain and ceramic tiles have never been more popular in home design, and that’s likely because designers and homeowners have found a million innovative uses for them.
“Tile isn’t just for flooring anymore,” says Jon Xie, manager of Rui Building Supply on Sand Island Access Road in Honolulu. “It’s so elegant on walls, and we’re seeing a lot of that, with our big tiles especially — people are putting them on walls, from floor to ceiling.”
It’s not just for bathrooms and kitchens, either. Tiled walls can provide striking effects in dining rooms, entryways, on lanais and porches, and even in bedrooms. In kitchens, of course, tile can be used to make spectacular backsplashes, especially in combination with accent tiles.
With a huge selection of porcelain and ceramic tiles in every shade imaginable, Rui has large quantities — more than 4,000 square feet — available in many styles and sizes.
“The biggest tiles we sell are 32-by-32 inches, perfect for large spaces that need to be covered,” adds Xie. “Large tiles are great for homeowners who don’t want to do lots of grout work, and they’re easier to clean.”
Oversized tiles in lighter shades can help make a small space look larger, too.
“Add a grill, table and chairs, and a big umbrella for shade, and you have everything you need for al fresco dining with family and friends,” Xie says.
As summer approaches, Rui Building Supply’s sister company, Rui Construction, is experiencing its busiest season in years.
“A lot of people are doing projects right now,” reports Xie. “When they submit their permit requests and drawings, they’re being approved.”
That means it’s a great time to visit Rui’s showroom. The company offers frameless cabinets, showers and vanities; apothecary cabinets; chrome and bronze towel racks, bars and rings; and sinks and basins in porcelain and glass. There’s also a great selection of classic and contemporary LED light fixtures.
“Remember, we always have sales throughout the store, and we offer plenty of special discounts,” says Xie. “Don’t be afraid to ask! We’ll do everything we can to find a price that fits your budget.”
Visit Rui Building Supply at 155 Sand Island Access Road in Honolulu for practically everything you need for your DIY renovation project. The showroom is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.
RUI CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING SUPPLY INC.
ADDRESS 155 Sand Island Access Road, Honolulu