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Megan Herr

Glass tile is on the rise and very popular in today’s decorating standards. It can be used for a kitchen backsplash, shower wall tile, an accent wall behind a vanity, and whatever else you can think of!

There are many different types of glass tile, all with a very unique look.


There is your typical clear or frosted glass tile which comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. This is perfect for that clean, sleek, modern look. My personal favorite application for this type of glass tile is for shower walls, floor to ceiling.


Another type of glass tile is crackled glass. This tile is usually manufactured a bit differently but consists of a clay body with small pieces of “broken” glass epoxied on the surface. This particular style has a bit more glamour with its diamond look. Although this is a beautiful material, it does take an extra skilled laborer to cut the tiles and install them. It’s best to super glue the edges once the tile is cut so the flakes of glass don’t fall out.

There is also foiled glass, which comes in a field tile variety and encompassed in a mixed mosaic. This tile is typically metallic in tone and varies from bright silvers to deep bronzes. With the foiled look, it almost appears as if the tiles are antiqued and burnished.

Lastly, there is marbleized glass tile. This particular style often looks more like marble or a natural material than what it actually consists of. Marbleized tile comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and often times, finishes. Most mosaics come in either a silk/matte finish or a pearl/iridescent finish. Personally, my favorite application for this style is an accent tile, whether it be a whole wall behind a vanity mirror or a small accent band in a kitchen backsplash.

To learn more about glass tile styles and applications, come in and see one of our designers who would be happy to show you more! or continue reading more of our tile posts.

Glass Tile Varieties

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Megan Herr

With mother’s day right around the corner, its time to start thinking about what she would really want on her special day. What about a nice relaxing spa day? What makes a spa package the perfect gift. it’s a time for your mom to unwind and completely de-stress in a beautiful, calming atmosphere. The biggest component of these soothing atmosphere’s are the finishes being used so why not treat your mother everyday by making her bathroom into luxurious tranquility.

Tommy Bahama Zig Zag Mosaic Bati Orient Mosaic Stone Lunata Bay Herringbone

First step is using tranquil spa-like colors such as light blues, greens and aquas on a base of white. A perfect way to achieve some beautiful color in a bathroom is with various textures of tile. Glass tiles in a mix of cool tones with a marble like texture can be the perfect accent for a shower wall or tub surround. A perfect example of this is this Tommy Bahama by Lunada Bay tile in a zig zag pattern. These Bati Orient pebbles in a white stone can make the perfect shower floor for that exotic feel. A wood-look porcelian tile floor can achieve that warm, relaxing sauna feel. The King Wood series from B&F ceramics not only gives you that look but gives you extra interest with it’s Hexagon design in a multi tone hue. To add some extra heat to a porcelain tile floor, a Schluter ditra heat system can be installed prior to tile installation and with a digital touch screen and timer, mornings are a breeze. Now that your tile is figured out, it’s time to move on to the vanity tops!

B&F Hexagon Tile Cambria Kelvingrove Quartz Cambria New Quay Quartz

Second step is using a low maintenance, day spa feeling countertop. Cambria’s Coastal & Waterstone series are the perfect way to tie all of your tile together with their mix of hues and bit of sparkle. The Kelvingrove pattern from Cambria adds a hint of aqua veining on a sandy taupe background, clear blue water and sand anyone? Cambria’s New Quay pattern from the Waterstone line has been a very popular one for Indoor City. With it’s subtle gray and greige tones, it’s a win win with all bathrooms and kitchen cabinets!

Any of the designers here at Indoor City would be more than happy to help you design a spa-like bathroom of your dreams! Come in today!

A Day Spa at Home

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Megan Herr

Granite

No, granite is a natural, porous material which can absorb liquids such as water or oil. When absorbed, liquids can leave a dark colored spot in the stone. Water will evaporate in time but oil substances can leave stains if not wiped up within minutes. Most stains can be removed using a poultice or paste that will draw the oil from the stone. With that said, granite does qualify as being impervious to water and is actually less absorbent than some other solid surface (plastic) products. To keep this material more stain resistant, it is essential that you reseal it using a natural stone sealer at least once a year.

Marble

No, marble is a very porous material. Marble is more prone to staining than its competitors Granite and Quartz. Since it is also a lot softer than other solid surfaces, it is crucial that you don’t use anything acidic or harsh when cleaning up spills. Cleaning products or tools that are too abrasive can leave an etch mark or stain on the stone. It’s also very important to wipe spills away completely and quickly. A good quality sealant should be reapplied on marble every 3-6 months to help prevent stains.

Quartz

No, but it is highly stain-resistant due to its nonporous and repellant aspect. It can repel even the most common types of stains such as wine, coffee, make up, oil and vinegar. Since it is a nonporous material, pathogens are less likely to develop in the material and will be easier for a homeowner to keep a clean kitchen. Quartz does not require an initial sealing or continued sealing like granite or marble does.

No, not necessarily. All three types of material are not in inexpensive, however, they are all beautiful, durable surfaces that will last for many years to come. Granite can be a more affordable option considering it has lowered its square foot cost in the recent years. Depending on the level of granite or marble and the particular company or pattern of quartz; granite can be a significantly more cost effective material. However, if you are considering a level 3-4 granite/marble, or an exotic stone; quartz is most likely going to be a more affordable way to go. Some factors that change the cost of granite are the extraction of the stone, and the shipping of the material which consumes a lot of time, money and energy. Factors that change the price of quartz are company, pattern or color of material, demand, labor rates, thickness and edge treatment, among others.

Granite and marble are 100% natural material, which is why no two slabs alike. The slabs are sliced directly from the quarry, cut to size, and honed until smooth. Quartz is somewhere around 93-97% natural quartz, mixed with color pigments and polymer resins to bind the particles together to form a solid surface.

Since granite and marble are a natural material, there are lots of options of colors and patterns. Even one type of granite can vary so significantly from lot to lot that you would not believe they share the same name.

Quartz tends to be a bit more uniformed in patterns and coloring. As the hues and patterns use to be limited, quartz companies now have various options. For example, Cambria has up to 100+ designs.

Since granite and marble are quarried from the earth, slab sizes will depend on what they can remove. Typically they are somewhere around 4 to 5-1/2 feet wide and 7-9 feet long.

Most quartz come in a standard slab size of 55” x 120”, while some also come in a jumbo size of 63” x 120”.

One thing to keep in mind if you are planning on putting a large island in your kitchen is to remember the slab size and where a seam may need to go.

FAQ: Granite, Marble & Quartz Countertops

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