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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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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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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.

KITCHEN DESIGN ELEMENTS

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

FIREPLACE

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)”

HARDWOOD

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

MASTER BATHROOM DESIGN ELEMENTS

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)

VINYL

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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Shannon Hockenberry

When Dick & Rena came to see me about their new master bathroom, they were looking for a design their grandkids would enjoy when they came to visit. They also wanted it to feel natural, warm & inviting. The bold pebble accent on the shower wall gives the feel of river stones flowing down the wall and spilling out onto the shower floor. The coordinating wall tile pulls together all of the warm natural tones they were looking for. Their quartz countertop is beautiful, easy to maintain and was also used in the shower as the seat, half wall cap & shower curb. This added a level of cohesiveness to the space, and tied together their design beautifully. I hope they (and their grandkids) enjoy this bathroom for years to come!

Product list

Quartz countertop: Cambria “Windermere”

Tile floor: Bordeaux “Creme” 13×13

Shower wall tile: Bordeaux “Creme” 13×13

Pebble floor & accent: Beachstone Ripple “Cream”

Pebble Accented Bathroom

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Amanda Voloshin

Are you looking to update your current bath, on a budget?

For this project spotlight, the homeowners brought some modern touches to their bathroom without doing a full overhaul. You can too with these easy steps:

1. Update your flooring to a low maintenance, easy-to-clean LVT floor.

 

2. Replace your existing counters with a sparkly new quartz counter.

 

3. Add a modern mosaic around your existing tub and shower units.

 

Additionally, you can choose to update the faucets and lights, and paint your vanity a cool shade of grey like this homeowner did!

New towels and a fresh coat of paint on the walls will also do wonders!

Bathroom on a Budget

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Shannon Hockenberry

I have to say… kitchens and bathrooms are my absolute FAVORITE rooms in a home. They allow for “layered design elements” from the flooring, cabinets & countertops to the tile, lighting, paint and accessories. There are so many things that can be done in these spaces to set themselves apart from the rest of the home. This kitchen, that I worked on with the EG Stoltzfus remodeling team, is a great example of how “well thought out” selections layered together in a space can create a beautiful and functional final product.

Christy & David were wonderful to work with and we’re so happy we got the opportunity to be a part of their kitchen remodel. Keep reading to learn more about the tile & countertops Indoor City installed in their home.

Countertops

This kitchen has 2 different types of granite! “Brown Pearl” Antiqued granite on the perimeter of the kitchen (which has a nice matte finish and slightly bumpy texture) and “Colonial” polished granite on the large island. We love how the colors & the textures play off of one another in this space.

 

Kitchen Backsplash

To keep this kitchen nice and bright, we complimented the dark perimeter granite with a soft cream/white, hand crafted ceramic tile from Walker Zanger in a classic subway pattern with a slight contrasting grout color. The texture and gloss of the tile adds another great element to the kitchen!

 

Floors

The oak hardwood floors were stained to match the existing hardwood in the rest of the home. We didn’t have a hand in making these floors beautiful, but we love how they complement the other kitchen selections and make the new kitchen feel like it’s been this way since the home was built.

 

 

 

 

Layered Designs

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