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If you ever watch HGTV, you are definitely familiar with the term “subway tile.” Subway tile (by definition) is “a style of white glazed ceramic tile, as used on the walls of the New York City subway stations in the early twentieth century, especially the 3″ × 6″ size then used.”

In the design world, white subway tile is used all over the home from kitchen backsplashes to shower walls. However, did you know that subway tiles are also available in many natural stones such as marble, travertine & even limestone? Introducing a 3×6 stone into a kitchen backsplash gives a much different design element than the smooth, glossy feel of a traditional subway tile.

Carrara Marble, Silver Travertine, and Coastal Sands Limestone

In this kitchen, we paired a Tumbled Silver Travertine 3×6 with Casa Imperiale granite countertops. The natural color variation in the Silver Travertine picked up all of the beautiful colors in the granite and contrasted nicely from the soft white cabinetry. We love how it turned out!

Our Designers at Indoor City can always help with your interior design project! Contact us to make an appointment or stop by our Lancaster showroom and we will show you the latest in subway tile and other new products that will make your room special.

Natural Stone Subway Tiles

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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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Emily Fella

 

Aaah, autumn, what a sweet relief from the summer heat and humidity. Crisp temperatures and the earlier arrival of evening send us scurrying indoors to enjoy the pleasure and comforts of our homes.

If your home could use a little more comfort, now is the perfect time to realize that dream of installing cozy carpets over beautiful wood floors. Or how about indulging in a rejuvenated bathroom to enjoy hot showers and baths to soothe your mind and body. Or perhaps a bright and shining kitchen upgrade is on your wish list. Imagine having hot chocolate and fresh baked cookies with the children around a new island or maybe wine and cheese with a few friends. A welcoming environment enhances the joy we share with one another as we gather daily and the upcoming holiday season.

 

 

 

 

 

Stop by our beautiful showroom and let one of our talented designers help you achieve the style you envision for your home. We’ll help you plan your space, assist you during the selection process, and coordinate the installation between you and our gifted tradesmen and women. We can help you transform your home into the warm, beautiful haven you and yours will enjoy for years to come!

Fall is Here

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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

As a designer nothing is more exciting than a new trend in design materials. In the world of tile, some of the most recent popular design trends have included gray tones and wood looks. Although, I am a huge fan of both of these looks, nothing excites me more than when something new and different makes a statement in the design industry. A product that just recently hit our showroom floor (no pun intended) is the Noga Cement Tile line from Garden State Tile.

Handmade Cement Tiles were largely popular in the 19th century and are since making a comeback. These bold looking tiles are not only hand-made but are created using sustainable and environmentally friendly materials, just as they were back in the 19th century. These particular cement tiles are made with white and gray cements, quartz, marble dust and various other pigments. The tiles are not fired or glazed but are pressed and then placed in a water bath and left to cure for 28 days in a mist room. During the 28 day curing process, the tiles are continuously misted with water to aid in making them more durable. The Noga Cement tile line incorporates original and historically accurate designs, as well as exclusive, modern motifs. These tiles are available in 8×8 sizes (with 5/8” thickness), and in a variety of solid and patterned colors to be used in commercial or residential flooring. These tiles are also suitable to be used in wall and backsplash applications.

For those of you that know me as a designer, you know that I am a sucker for black and white color palettes. One of my favorite designs in this particular tile line is the Abigale Tile. I think this tile would be a lovely selection for use in a bathroom or laundry room/mudroom area. Coupled with white cabinetry, gold hardware and perhaps a marble look quartz countertop material, a room sporting this tile would make quite the sophisticated statement.  Being that these cement tiles are 8”x8” they would probably look best used in a small to mid-sized room application. The scale of a tile is extremely important when considering what room it should be used in. For those individuals who are looking to add color and interest to a small or mid-sized room, these tiles would be an excellent option to consider. Check out all of the available designs and colors at: http://gstile.com/manufacturer/nogacementtiles/.

Cement Tiles, The Next Big Thing

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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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Indoor City

It’s almost here! The holiday that sadly gets overlooked by the people who put on their Santa hats the day after Halloween. The holiday that brings the family together, over a table of delicious food. The holiday that reminds us to reflect on the things we are thankful for… THANKSGIVING!

One of our favorite parts about Thanksgiving is being able to gather with family and bond over delicious comfort food. Thanks to Pinterest, we have access to a cornucopia of amazing holiday recipes. You’ve worked so hard on that dream kitchen of yours. Now, put that beautiful kitchen to good use this Thanksgiving and try out some of these delectable dishes! Here is a list we put together to help you get started:

 

| Pumpkin Themed Deviled Eggs

A popular favorite at any party, deviled eggs are the perfect finger food to hold your guests over while they wait for the main course. This recipe adds a seasonal twist to this classic favorite. It’s the same delicious flavor with just a little added effort that even the littlest of guests will love!

 

| Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

Another classic Thanksgiving dish taken to the next level! At our table, mashed potatoes are always highly anticipated. It’s a dish of which we never have leftovers. Add garlic AND parmesan into the mix and we guarantee that you’ll have the family thinking about this savory dish all year!

 

| Green Bean Casserole (Vegan)

This one is for all our vegan friends out there! Sure, Thanksgiving is about all the wonderful eats, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be healthy. Here is a green bean casserole recipe that won’t leave you feeling guilty. Yes, we will probably eat all the calories for the day, and then some… but at least they’re coming from healthy foods!

 

| Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Dip

…and now that we’ve talked about eating healthy, we’d also like to say that it’s okay to splurge a little bit on Thanksgiving! Pumpkin Pie is a holiday must. Now, add cheesecake into the mix, then turn it into a delicious dip, and you’ve got yourself a crowd pleaser! We’ll see if there will be any left when the day is over.

 

|Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria 

Finally, because you’ve worked so hard slaving over a hot stove, a seasonal sangria you can toast your thanks to! We can’t think of a more perfect and refreshing way to end a day full of family and food!

A Recipe for a Perfect Thanksgiving

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Indoor City

Meet Megan!

Megan studied Interior Design at the Art Institute of York, where she graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree. She has had several years of experience in various types of tile and natural stone, as well as a familiarity working closely with other designers and architects. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, antiquing, cooking, painting and watching Netflix. 

How did you get into designing?

It was something I always had an interest in. When I was little, my mom and I would decorate my Barbie’s house and that’s just kind of where it all started.

What is your favorite part about designing?

When you start a project, it’s all about envisioning it and piecing together materials to make a whole and my favorite part is seeing the end result of everything you envisioned coming together into something unique and beautiful.

What do you find inspiration in when you design?

The combination of current trends, vintage appeal & pattern/texture mixing.

Is there someone in particular who has inspired you as a designer?

My mom. When I was younger, I would always get dragged along to antique stores and fabric stores, and after awhile, I started to enjoy it. I think our styles are very similar and I think I picked up a lot of my inspiration and knack for design from her.

Describe countertops in three words.

Unique, practical, and durable

What is your favorite countertop option?

My favorite countertop option is the Carrara Grigio quartz from MSI. I love the classic marble look and this particular one has a nice combination of warm and cool tones which can make it very versatile for different cabinetry colors. I also think for being a man-made product, it looks extremely realistic, in fact when we got the sample in I had to ask my rep if he was sure it was a quartz product and not a real marble.

What has been your favorite project with countertops?

I did a kitchen late last year in Super White Quartzite, and it just turned out so beautifully. The countertop made such a statement on the white cabinets and dark hardwood floor, such a timeless beauty! 

Which line is your favorite for countertops?

Cambria is a great line that offers tons of styles and colors. I do believe they have the most artistic approach to their designs and offer unique options to a homeowner. 

What are some design tips you can give about choosing the right countertop option?

Choose something that you won’t see yourself getting sick of in 2-3 years and something that is practical for your family, routine, and lifestyle. For instance, don’t choose a marble countertop if you have 6 kids under the age of 10 and don’t want to reseal it every year.

What are some tips you have for picking a countertop that matches cabinetry?

Envision what you want your kitchen to look like. If you are concerned with not having a great deal of light in your space and you already have dark cabinets, don’t opt for a dark countertop, choose something that will lighten the space and appear airier. If you have white cabinetry and you don’t want your kitchen feeling too sterile, opt for a nice contrasting color with movement.

Countertop cleaning tips:

Definitely use a natural stone/granite cleaner when cleaning granite countertops. Make sure to reseal your granite countertops on a timely basis and don’t let that red wine sit for days on white marble!

Meet Megan!

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