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Shannon Hockenberry

 An Innovative Installation System For Tile & Stone

When it comes to tile installations, there are so many bits and pieces that it can make your head spin. Tile, thin set, decorative accents, moldings, bullnose, grout…… the list could go on and on. Have you ever heard of Schluter? Schluter is an innovative installation system for tile & stone. They offer crack suppression membranes, waterproofing systems and shower drains. They also have a whole line of “profiles” – which are alternatives to bullnose for terminating tile!

Today we’re going to take a quick look at my favorite profile that Schluter offers: the Quadec!

Photo from Schluter

is ‘a finishing and edge protection profile for tiled edges and outside corners of tiled surfaces, and is distinguished by its squared reveal surface.’ Not only does it protect tile edges from chipping, it also offers a sleek design aesthetic for any installation. It is versatile because it can be used on inside or outside corners!

Schluter Quadec is available in stainless steel, anodized aluminum, PVC, as well as textured and color-coated aluminum (<—- my favorite). The Trendline Collection offers neutral and modern colors that coordinate with many tile offerings! It’s easy to find a Quadec profile to compliment your tile choice. You can learn more about the Quadec and other profiles on Schluter’s website.

Some of my favorite recent installations utilize a Schluter Quadec profile instead of traditional bullnose. What do you think?

Our Design Team at Indoor City can show you Schluter Quadec and many other options for your tile project! Visit our showroom and we can make your shower special!

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

Schluter Quadec For Shower Tile & Stone

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Kim Gable

Cambria’s Berwyn Quartz Bath Surround

Trends in the home fashion industry are always changing. Lately, master bathrooms have evolved into spaces that are not only functional, they also make the homeowner feel rested & relaxed. This shower surround is fabricated, floor to ceiling, out of Cambria’s Berwyn quartz. The custom niche & window well and the curbs are all made of this seamless material. No grout joints. Not only beautiful to look at but so easy to keep clean.

   

Our Designers at Indoor City can always help with your interior design project! Come into our showroom and we can find ways to use color to make your room special!

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

 

Cambria Quartz Shower Surround

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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!

NOGA TILE 

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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Shannon Hockenberry

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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Kristen Lambert

If you’re looking to update any area of your home and aren’t sure where to start, look no further—gray just became the new beige.

Let’s face it, gray is the color of today, but making an entire living space in shades of gray doesn’t sound too exciting. Surprisingly, gray will go with any other color you choose, so there is no need to fear living in a colorless world.

Gray is a neutral, and just like tan or beige, you can mix and match any of your favorite colors in order to find the perfect combination that will reflect your style and personality. If I still haven’t convinced you, take a look at some of the samples I pulled together of materials right here at Indoor City.

Gray & Red/Orange

Floor – GSTile Unicom Overall Velvet

Wall – Red Bay, Antique Red, Bravado Red

Counter – Wilsonart Anatolia, Caesarstone Haze

Accent – Lunada Bay Tozen Marrakech Red

 

 

Gray & Yellow

Floor – Fabrica Kennedy Point

Wall – Naples yellow, Summit gray, First star, Dorian gray

Counter – Cambria Dovetail

Accent – Lunada Bay Tozen-Indium

AKDO Lunar gray, Arctic white

 

Gray & Green

Floor – Mirage Sweet Memories Collection Treasure

Wall – Retreat

Counter – Calcatta

Accents – Marine Blend Beach House Collection Seashell

 

 

Gray & Blue

Floor – Mirage Flair Snowdrift

Wall – Let it Rain, Storm Cloud, Outerspace

Counter – Cambria Parys, MSI Meridian Gray

Accent – AKDO Basketweave Border Thassos Azul Celeste

 

 

Gray & Purple

Floor -Mirage Imagine Driftwood

Wall – Breathtaking, Soulful Blue, Mythical

Counter – MSI Fairy White

Accent – Glazzio Clouds Series Evening Fog

 

 

Gray & Natural

Floor – Mirage Natural Old Hickory

Wall – Light French Gray

Counter – Caesarstone Concrete, Cambria Summerhill

Accent- AKDO Thassos Straight Edge, GSTile Retro Mosaics Gray Glossy Hexagon

How to Liven Up Your Gray Color Palette

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Emily Fella

There is no doubt that gray color schemes have been a recent and popular trend in the world of interior design. I often get asked by my clients if gray is a color that I foresee going out of style. I often express that because it is a neutral, much like black and white, that it will always be a staple color for any design. However, that does not mean that you should be afraid to incorporate color within your neutral palette. As a designer, my job is to always be on the cusp of what is new and trending. A color that I have noticed becoming rather popular and may soon take the stage as the next hot trend is the color teal.

From a psychological stand point, teal is representative of soothing balance and calmness. Because teal is a combination of blue and green, both light wavelengths, our eyes require little to no adjusting which is perhaps why the color evokes feelings of tranquility.

A brand new product that has all of the designers here at Indoor City eager to use, is the Lagoon Series, from AKDO’s Signature Glass line. It is perhaps one of the most beautiful shades of teal that I have ever seen. This product is currently available in field tile and mosaic formats including a 3×6, 3×12, a 1×4 herringbone, a 2×2, and a staggered listello. How fun would a tile like this be for a butler’s pantry backsplash? What a great way to add some color!

Rumored to hit the market this coming fall is a teal/blue hardwood floor from Anderson. Featured at the Shaw East-Coast 2017 Winter Market. I had the privilege to experience this product in person. We cannot wait to get our hands on this! This engineered hardwood, like most of Anderson’s products is beautifully manufactured and completely full of character with a 8.5”plank width and a pronounced white oak grain.

Another recently new product featuring the color teal is the Defined Beauty Carpet in the color Oasis from Shaw. Not only does this carpet feature a geometric pattern creating a bold statement for any room, but it also comes available with the Life Guard Nylon backing system. This backing system makes this carpet product pet and child friendly by preventing liquids from penetrating through the carpet backing.

Whether you are considering painted cabinetry for a kitchen or perhaps a new wall color to liven up your space, maybe you should consider incorporating a color from the teal family – start by checking out some of my favorite teal paint colors:


Benjamin Moore – Aegean Teal

 


Dunn Edwards – Nocturnal Sea

 


Sherwin Williams – Really Teal

If you want to talk more about color and how you can use it in your home, call any of our designers here at the Indoor City Showroom. We would be would be more than happy to assist!

Trending with Teal

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Indoor City

Although choosing your tile may be a difficult decision, another crucial decision is choosing the appropriate grout for your tile installation. There are many factors that come into play when choosing the right grout, such as color, durability/cleanability, grout joint size, type of tile and surface.

Most grout types come in a vast range of colors, making the coordination between grout color and tile color feasible. There are even grouts with a sparkle quality including products such as Laticrete, Spectralock, Dazzle, Bostik, Dimension and Custom Fusion Pro. These glittering grouts are perfect for a glass tile installation. In picking grout colors, another important factor to take into account is contrast. Often times adding a little contrast with your grout selection is a great way to spruce up your tile schematic. If you choose to use a white subway, perhaps consider using a light or dark gray grout to create some contrast and interest with the grout joints. If the tile you are working with is of natural stone, typically from a design stand point, picking a grout that blends with the stone and does not take away from its natural qualities is suggested.

When it comes to grout, there are two main types, sanded and unsanded. An unsanded grout is typically used when the grout joint is 1/8th of an inch or less. The use of an unsanded grout is suggested when the tile is made of a scratch susceptible material such as glass or a polished natural stone such as marble. A sanded grout is appropriate when you are working with a larger grout joint, larger than 1/8th of an inch. Typically grout joints this large are used in flooring applications.

An additional type of grout is an epoxy grout. Epoxy grout consists of an epoxy resin and a hardener. Epoxy grout is highly resistant to staining and chemicals and has a very high bonding strength, making it virtually maintenance free. Using an epoxy grout is pertinent in certain tile applications such as steam showers.

For help choosing the perfect grout for your tile project, any of our designers here at the Indoor City Showroom would be more than happy to assist!

To find more information about these products, please visit https://www.shawcontract.com/neocon/

 

What You Need to Know About Grout

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Emily Fella

It is no doubt that Carrara Marble is a stunning and prestigious material. Quarried in Northern Italy and used by the Ancient Romans, this well-known stone is not only luxurious but still remains a staple in current design trends. The reality of this material lies in its porosity. Marble is more porous, softer, and is a more chemically sensitive stone than granite. A marble surface will show wear sooner than granite but can be restored with honing and polishing more easily. Another maintenance concern with marble is that it can be easily etched by acids, including soft drinks and juice. Marble can also absorb oils and other liquids which make the stone susceptible to staining. Often time using marble in a kitchen or a heavily used bathroom is not advised due to the high maintenance qualities of the stone.

Today there are many products on the market that imitate the natural look of Carrara marble without the maintenance concerns. A great product for flooring and wall applications is the Deluxe White porcelain tile made by Marca Corona. This product is manufactured in Italy and comes in a variety of different tile sizes ranging from 12”x 24” tiles to 24”x 48” sizes. This tile manufacturer also offers this Carrara look tile in both a honed and polished finish.

A great option for Carrara Marble looking countertops without the maintenance is the Neve or the London Sky Quartz by Zodiaq. Quartz is a man-made product made from 94% ground quartz mixed with a polyester resin to help bind the minerals together. The resin within the quartz slab helps to make the material scratch and stain resistant. Also because the material is manmade, there is little to no porosity within the stone making the product extremely low maintenance. With a product such as this, you will get the aesthetic of true Carrara Marble without the maintenance.

A Carrara Alternative

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