EDITED BY DEBORAH CARTER AND SUSAN BRIERLY BUSH
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Prepare to be amazed at the dizzying array of new
styles that can transform any space from dull to
dreamy. Ceramic, porcelain, cement and stone tiles
are all available in solid colors as well as floral and
Now more than ever, interior designers and
contractors are driving demand for gutsy, graphic
looks. Case in point: When subway tiles first hit the
market, they were available in limited styles. But
today, they’re flying o; the shelves in every color in
traditional, mirrored and textured finishes.
The Design With Tile showroom in Morristown is
packed from floor to ceiling with inspiring samples
from designer brands like Artistic Tile, Country
Floors, Stone Impressions and Walker Zanger.
Design With Tile helps homeowners select
family-friendly surfaces, advises which types of
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ancient versions. Stone
tiles are suited for walls rather
than floors, and explains how to
avoid white-grout regret. “You
can give a floor or wall a very
di;erent feel by grouting with a
darker color rather than defaulting to basic white grout that’s
di;cult to clean. Today’s grouts
also have built-in sealers for easy
care,” says store owner and lead
designer Sandra Vasquez.
Another hot trend is sprucing
up a fireplace with decorative
tile. Since most fireplace surrounds require only a couple of
boxes of tile, it’s a smart way to
get a lot of bang for the buck.
In a wine cellar, consider Old
World faux-brick tiles that seem
as if they’ve been around forever.
For a glamorous look in a bar
area, try mirrored tiles. Their
reflective nature makes any room
Worried about selecting a style
that’s too trendy? “We always
advise clients to choose something
they will still love ; or ;; years
from now,” says Vasquez, who has
spent most of her life in the contracting and design business.
Design With Tile opened in
;;;;, the same week Superstorm
Sandy hit New Jersey, so the
grand-opening celebration went
by the wayside. “Instead, we
spent hours listening to customers’ stories and helping them
put their homes back together,”
says Charilee Neilson, Vasquez’s
daughter, who manages social
media. House calls are available
and images are posted at Face-book.com/Design With Tile.
—Susan Brierly Bush
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