The Design Blog

Samantha Anastasio 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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Indoor City

How long have you worked at Indoor City?
I have been a designer for Indoor City since June of 2014. How would you describe your personal design aesthetic? Classic with a rustic glam influence. I definitely like mixing antiques with new pieces and throwing in a lot of mercury glass and luminous objects.
  What was one of your favorite projects that you worked on during your time at Indoor City? I honestly don’t have a particular favorite, every project is so unique that I appreciate the outcome and final result of all projects.
  What made you want to be a designer? Growing up, my mom always had a good vision for, and interest in design, and it eventually wore off on me after dragging me to numerous parade of homes, fabric/furniture stores and antique markets.
  Tell us a fun fact about yourself? I once went to a taping of the Maury Povich show in NYC. During the show, I got to dance with him on stage for the filming of a new intro.
  Describe your perfect pizza? Pat’s Blanco pizza

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

Designer Spotlight: Megan Zaun-Herr

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Indoor City

How long have you worked at Indoor City?
I have been here 3 Weeks 🙂 

How would you describe your personal design aesthetic?
My personal design would be Country Chic. I like Rustic woods with a light/bright color pallet. A warm and cozy feel to a home is what I always like to achieve.
  What made you want to be a designer? When I was a child I was always moving furniture around, creating new ideas in a space. I love architecture and space planning. Taking a space and trying to fit all the pieces together like a puzzle. I decided to put a degree behind that eye for design.
  Tell us a fun fact about yourself?
love spending time with my family and friends. My other half, Conor and my furry baby, a Chocolate Lab named Briley. I have ran 2 Half Marathons and many 5 and 10K’s. I love to travel and try to explore new areas. 


Designer Spotlight: Heather Vance

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Heather Vance

There is nothing better than snuggling up around a warm fire in December. Even better, is decorating your fireplace mantle for the Holidays to make an even cozier feel. If you have a real wood burning fireplace, gas or even just a faux insert, the options to decorate are endless.

Elegant Gold:

These gold accents really bring out the colors of the stacked stone with a very traditional, classy look. With adding a wreath above and some tall candelabras, this dresses up the mantle even more. Sprinkle some wrapped gold and white presents around, and your guests will never want to leave!


Natural Garland:

This look you can keep up all winter long to enjoy that coziness. Add some splashes of color around the Holidays with some red or gold ornaments or even some red and gold candles. After the Holidays take them down and leave that natural winter look up until spring. Sprinkling in the white candles will break up all the green.










Traditional Reds:

Red is always the way to go for the Holidays; a warm and inviting color. Tie all those reds together with a few accent colors and make your Mantle the focal point in your home. Cranberry garland or natural garland is always beautiful.


Our Designers at Indoor City can always help with designing around your home! Come into our showroom and we can find ways to spruce up the fireplace for your Holiday décor!

Schedule a design consultation with Heather, or any one of our talented designers, as we would love to help when it comes to design elements.

Fireplace Mantles for the Holidays

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Shannon Smith

Tile showers are a huge part of what we do here at Indoor City! There are many considerations and steps in planning the perfect tiled shower for your space. Size, layout, tile selections, fixtures… you name it! It can be an overwhelming process. Our team of talented designers are here to help you from the planning phase all the way through installation.

A little detail in a tiled shower that can make a BIG impact is the shower niche. A shower niche is a recessed cubby in your shower walls that is meant for holding soaps, shampoos and other shower goodies.


The Preformed Shower Niche

Many shower niches (like the Schluter Kerdi Niches pictured above) come as preformed units that are installed between your studs (standard 16” on center) during a shower tile installation. The finished niche is typically 12” wide. They are offered in varying heights – some with additional shelves! These niches come waterproofed and prepped for tile. Check out some of the niches we’ve installed using preformed units.


The Custom Tile Shower Niche

If the preformed sizes just don’t work for you, another option would be to have your builder or contractor frame out a custom sized shower niche. This would happen during the framing process of your shower (or would require modification to your existing studs). During the tiling phase, our installers would board in and waterproof your custom niche to prep it for tile. A custom tile niche can really make an impact in your shower (and can offer a bigger ledge for all of your shower products).



Tile Shower Niche Considerations

There are many details to consider when planning for a shower niche. Here are seven questions to ask yourself before you start:

  1. How big do I need my shower niche to be?
  2. How tall are my shampoo bottles?
  3. What do I plan to keep in my niche?
  4. Do I need 1 shelf? Or 2? Or more?
  5. Do I want my niche to be the decorative accent in the shower? Should it have an accent tile?
  6. Do I want my niche to blend in with the shower walls and be more functional than anything?
  7. What type of shelves (tile or solid surface) do I want in my niche?

We love customizing tile niches to fit your needs and design styles. We hope you can find some inspiration here for your next shower project!

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Find Your Niche – A Look At The Tile Shower Niche

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Emily Fella

Those that know me and my design aesthetic know that I love products that are eye catching and yes, ‘sparkly’. I adore products that have metallic elements as I think they add visual interest and can truly liven and brighten up any space.

AKDO Tile is one of my favorite tile lines that we carry here at our showroom. Their products never fail to impress. Some of their current product lines are absolutely stunning. One of my favorites is the collection called Excalibur. The Excalibur tile series is available in 3 different colors: gilded (gold), knight (gun metal gray) and shining (silver).

Another tile collection from AKDO that has totally stole my heart is the Luminous tile collection. Made with real marble, this tile is every definition of elegance. Available in 3 different geometric mosaics (Daybreak, Ray and Beam) with gold and silver metallic options – you already know I am just dying to use this product line in future projects!









Jeffrey Court is another fantastic tile manufacturer that we showcase at our Harrisburg Pike location. Yesterday’s Glass from the Chapter 12 tile collection is another one of my favorites. This oxidized glass look available in 3×6 or 8×16 is edgy but classy and would look incredible installed as a butler pantry backsplash or perhaps a powder room feature wall.

Looking to add some pizazz to your space but not trying to break your budget? The Glisten 4×12 wall tile from MSI is exactly what you are looking for! Available in 2 colorways, gray and silver, this tile is perfect for adding some shimmer to your space.

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! When it comes to design elements, never be afraid to try something different, as I always say ‘go bold or go home’! To learn more about tile options visit our tile page.

Adding Sparkle To Your Space With Metallic Tile

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Emily Fella

How long have you worked at Indoor City?
7+ Years How would you describe your personal design aesthetic?
My home is very eclectic, leaning toward a casual feeling using deep color tones and natural elements such as stone & wood with unique character. Working with clients, I try to help them develop a space that reflects their personality using basic design principles. What was one of your favorite projects that you worked on during your time at Indoor City?
Tile & stone are my favorite material choices. In one of my more recent jobs, the master shower was encompassed floor to ceiling in a “cottagey” wood look plank tile featuring a soaking tub in the center. There was another master bath where we used a beautiful soft colored marble complete with stone baseboards and decorative moldings. A perfect place to de-stress.

What made you want to be a designer?
I grew up surrounded by creative people. My mother was an artist. Working with a very limited budget, she and my dad filled our home with items they would pick up at the “junk” stores turning them into lamps or other unusual decorations. They were way ahead of their time. When I was younger I sketched and was constantly redoing my room. I started college as a math major and hated it. I had to beg my father to let me pursue Interior Design. He finally caved. I couldn’t imagine being a math teacher… Tell us a fun fact about yourself?
I’m a nature nerd from South Jersey who loves to garden and hang out in the fresh air (I’ve never seen the Jersey Devil even after living there for several years in the Pine Barrens, thank goodness.)Describe your perfect pizza?
BBQ chicken
  If you would like to work with Kim or any of our designers contact us to talk about bringing your ideas to life.

Designer Spotlight: Kim Gable

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Megan Zaun

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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