How to use shine as a design element – Color and form are important elements that one should consider in design. But the surface textures might be as important to your final product as other aspects of your design choices. This example of a vacation home was sold sight unseen from the pictures provided. The buyer fell in love with this cheery remodel home even before setting foot in the house. Instead of the typical choice of carpet or wood floor the Orlando interior designer Helen Bonello-Strauss took high gloss porcelain tile as the floor covering to give this house some style. With 1400 sq ft this house is not the biggest in the neighborhood. So the fit and finishes had to make a lasting impact. While the bedrooms received a frieze carpet for a warm textured look, the living area, kitchen, and wet areas show a large 20″ tile with white high gloss finish. The spaces flow seamless and the contractor was able to lay the tiles in all the traffic areas without interruption or change in pattern so that no threshold would interrupt the flow. The grout lines in a matching white were tiny with 1/16 of an inch and almost disappear. The reflective surface makes the light bounces of and gives you some mirrored effect, opening the space and offering a clean fresh look. The maintenance aspect of this floor is undeniable. Easy to wipe down and hard wearing, these floors are deemed to last. The house quickly found its use as a vacation home, that is rented out during the time the owners don’t have use for it. The durable floor itself helps to curb maintenance efforts and cost. The contemporary style with the oversized comfortable furnishings deliver the promise of a relaxing time in stylish surroundings. Who would not want to stay in such a place? You want your house to shine in all it glory? You may want to consider a smooth move. Even if it means for you subscribe to a high gloss lifestyle.