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Samantha Fletcher

Happy New Year and welcome to 2018! This year we are seeing a ton of really great design trends in tile. We are seeing bright colors, larger sizes, interesting textures, metallics, and my favorite, geometric patterns! It seems as though every manufacturer is coming out with geometric patterned tiles. I am here today to talk about a few of my favorites and how you can use them to make your space more interesting!


This particular line is really interesting in that the tiles are actually cement. They are all hand-made from white and gray cements, quartz, marble dust, and pigments. They are NOT fired or glazed, and they are left to cure for 28 days in a misting room where they are constantly misted with water to make them strong.

The selection of geometric patterns from Noga is pretty extensive. They have some really intricate patterns, but they also have some really simple geometric patterns, that when the tile is arranged correctly, can create a really interesting surface. Here are a few of my favorites!


SIMPATICO by Crossville

The Simpatico line by Crossville is a new and different take on geometric patterns. This line features 4 different dimensional, geometric pattern options in 12”x24” tiles, with varying finishes. This tile would be a simple, yet stylish way to spruce up any feature wall!

ESSENTIAL by Inedita

Essential by Inedita is a recent release that features a variety of geometric, 3-dimensional tiles in just a few, very simplistic colors. Depending on the pattern that the tiles are installed, you can create a variety of different looks. Check out this shape used a few different ways.

Are you wanting to incorporate some of these products into your project but not quite sure how? Schedule a design consultation with any one of our talented designers, as we would love to help! To learn more about tile options, visit our tile page.

If you would like to work with Samantha or any of our designers contact us to talk about bringing your ideas to life.

Trending in 2018: Geometric Tiles

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Samantha Fletcher

Every year in June, members of the Interior Design world flock to Chicago for North America’s largest and most important design exposition and conference for commercial interiors: NeoCon. More than 700 of the leading companies in the commercial interiors world launch thousands of new products into the market.

This year, one of our favorite commercial carpet and flooring providers, Shaw Contract, launched a ton of new products! Two of the product lines, “Active” and “Off the Grid,” are some of our favorite new releases of the year.


The “Active” collection utilizes graphic, linear patterns and bold, fluorescent colors in an effort to keep workplace occupants energized and alert. The main inspiration for the styles within the “Active” product line has been derived from the textures, shapes and patterns used in active wear. The design team focused on how those same techniques can be interpreted into flooring that can really activate a space.

This collection features four styles in a 12”x48” carpet tile and three brand new fluorescent colors.


The “Off the Grid” collection focuses on bringing nature into our built environments as workplace design trends show a shift towards needing more reflective, calm spaces. This collection features very textural and organic patterns and natural, calming colors. To gain inspiration for “Off the Grid,” the design team headed out into nature to observe organic patterns in things like spider webs and moss.

This collection features two broadloom styles and four styles in 12”x48” carpet tiles.

To find more information about these products, please visit


In the Spotlight: Shaw Contract, Commercial Carpets

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Samantha Fletcher

When designing this recently completed new model home in Mount Joy, Lancaster County PA, built by Dombach Builders, we wanted the style to be classic, yet modern enough to appeal to any potential buyer/customer. This two-story, end unit townhome has an open floor plan in the main living space, three full bathrooms, three bedrooms, and a bonus room (playroom/rec room/office) on the second floor. Keep reading to learn more about the flooring and countertops that Indoor City installed in this beautiful home.


With white cabinets, granite countertops and a beautiful taupe tile backsplash, this new kitchen is an eye catcher as soon as you walk into the main living space.

Countertops: “Nevada” granite

Tile backsplash: Bellavita, H-Line 3”x6”, color: “Nautilus” paired with Jeffery Court, Chapter 11 Align, Herringbone Stix mosaic, color: “Suede (Grey Marble)” as an accent behind the range


This beautiful tiled fireplace will surely be the focal point of this living room.  The tile from the backsplash accent is repeated here to tie in the open living space.

Tile: Jeffery Court, Chapter 11 Align, Herringbone Stix mosaic, in “Suede (Grey Marble)”


The main living space in this home is covered in 3/8” hand-scraped, engineered hardwood flooring. The dark stain of the wood acts as a great contrast to the white cabinets and light paint color.

Hardwood: Chesapeake 3/8” X 5” Countryside Birch, color: Black Forest


Every person who walks through this house loves the tile floor in the master bathroom! The color is the perfect neutral, and the size of the tile, set in a herringbone pattern give this bathroom a fun, but classic look.

Bathroom floor tile: Serenissima, Docklands 3”x14”, color: “Brown” (installed in a herringbone pattern)


The other two bathrooms and the laundry room all showcase a beautiful tile-look vinyl. This modern, glass-cloth look works beautifully with the color scheme and style of this house!

Vinyl: IVC, Premiere, color: Dulcinea

We personally LOVE that master bathroom floor! What is your favorite feature in this home?


Designing a Model Home: Classic Appeal

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Hardwood Styles

The biggest trend we have been seeing in the styling of hardwood floors is longer and wider planks.

1. Many hardwood flooring manufacturers have come out with product lines that showcase extra wide planks.   The average plank width for hardwood flooring is currently 5”, when it used to be 2 ¼”- 3 ¼”. Wider planks tend to make your space feel larger and give it more of a modern feel.

Mullican’s “Mount Castle” collection includes planks ranging from 7.44”-9.45” wide.


2. Another trend in the style of hardwood flooring is extra-long planks. Most hardwood flooring manufacturers package wood flooring in random lengths anywhere from 12”-72”. There are a few new product lines from MaxWoods that have planks up to 96” in length. These product lines range in wood species and are all American made.



Hardwood Finishes

This year we have been seeing the trend of hardwood finishes moving away from the traditional semi-gloss and more to a subtle, matte, distressed finish. Both finishes discussed below offer this look.

1. One of the most popular finishes today for hardwood flooring is the wire brushed finish. It gives a weathered, textured look to the surface of the wood.

This finish is created when wire bristles etch into the woodgrain. This process scrapes off the softest part of the wood allowing the stronger core to be exposed. This makes the floors more durable and more likely to mask any daily wear and tear the floor may experience. Armstrong’s Artistic Timbers TimberBrushed line (pictured above) is a great example of wire brushed hardwood flooring that we carry here at Indoor City!


2. Another popular wood finish is a hard-wax oil finish. This finish gives a rustic, distressed, barn wood look to your home.

DuChateau is one of the largest manufacturers of hard-wax oil finish products. Their products are created with a variety of production methods and surface treatments that are then topped with hard-wax oil.

This oil provides a more subtle, matte finish than most polyurethane finishes. DuChateau uses their own brand of hard-wax oil that is “all natural, non-pollutant, non-toxic, and VOC-free”. These oils also preserve the original beauty of the wood and allow it to patina naturally.

DuChateau also supplies maintenance oil, that when applied to the surface of the floors help to rejuvenate and protect your floors.


Hardwood Species

1. In the recent years we have seen a big shift towards consumers wanting to buy products that are manufactured in America. Because of that, domestic woods are dominating the market. The most popular hardwood species that come from the United States are red oak, white oak, hickory, maple, birch, and pine.

2. Up until recently, red oak has always been the most used hardwood species in America. We are currently seeing a changeover to white oak due to many key factors. White oak has a lighter color and a smoother, tighter graining than that of red oak. White oak also ranks higher on the hardness scale(1360 on the hardness scale vs. red oak’s 1290).



What’s Trending in Hardwood Flooring

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Samantha Fletcher

With July 4th right around the corner, we are here to show you how you can use red, white, and blue tile in your home to perfectly capture your patriotic spirit.



This sharp red wave tile by Glazzio Tiles does a beautiful job at replicating the waving of the flag in the wind! This tile would look beautiful used as a bold backsplash along with white cabinets.



In tile, there are limitless options when it comes to the color white. You have ceramic tile, marble tile, glass tile, etc. But nothing comes close to the pureness and beauty of a white Thassos marble. This product, from Akdo, is a 2”x8” glossy marble tile that glistens in the light. This tile would be beautiful anywhere, but we would love to see it used in a bathroom like shown below!



Blue is a pretty uncommon color for tile, but we have this fun, classic, penny round tile in a bold royal blue color. This tile, by Arvex Mosaics, could be used for a variety of things like your bathroom floor or even as a bold accent wall. It even seems to mimic the blue and white stars on the flag when used with a white or silver grout!


Like what you see? Come in to Indoor City and let us help you display your stars and stripes!



Patriotic Tiles and Styles

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Samantha Fletcher

The final home we’ll be featuring this year is a 2-story home in Greenleaf Estates – built by C&F, Inc. This beautiful single family home is located in West Lampeter Township and features a kitchen and living area perfect for entertaining.

Keep reading to learn more about the flooring and countertops that Indoor City installed in this beautiful home.



This elegant white kitchen contrasts beautifully against the dark, bold tones of the hardwood floors.  The bright white cabinets paired with the grey and white granite keeps this kitchen feeling pure and light.

Countertops: Silver Cloud (polished) granite

Tile backsplash: Akdo, Origin, 2 ½” X 10 ½”, Color: Birch White (glossy & matte)



This beautiful tiled fireplace will surely be the focal point of this living room.  Even though this tile is very light and natural, the size of this fireplace certainly makes a bold statement.

Tile: Interceramic, Thassos Travertine, 16” X 24”, Color: Roman




The laundry room and upstairs bathroom in this house needed a floor that is strong enough to withstand the traffic of kids & guests, but easy to clean and maintain. The vinyl installed in both rooms is a beautiful, low maintenance stone look floor.

Vinyl: Mannington, Mirage, Color: Cloud




Since a large majority of this house is covered in beautiful, site-finished hardwood, it is necessary to have some soft, light carpet to land on.

Carpet: Shaw, Something Sweet, Color: Fresh Perspective

Stair Runner: Tuftex, Delightful Dream, Color: Antique Buff




This master bathroom features a large soaking tub, which stretches in to the walk in shower and forms a tiled bench.  The soft, creamy pearl tones of this naturally tumbled travertine tile creates a calm and relaxing environment making it impossible to leave!

Shower & Tub Surround: GST Travertine, 3” X 6” Tumbled, Color: Pearl


What is YOUR favorite feature in this home? Ours is the crisp white tiled backsplash in the kitchen. Here we utilized a combination of matte and glossy surface textures to create interest and depth.

Parade of Homes – Greenleaf Estates

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