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3 Living Spaces Elevating Neutrals

Posted by Barbara Haaksma on Jul 20, 2018 10:36:18 AM

From entryways to fireplace façades to master bathrooms, today’s residential designs are featuring elevated neutrals in the form of tile and natural stone. Within a neutral tone, you can explore texture, pattern, and color variation.

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Topics: Interior Design

Inside an Inviting Scottsdale Home

Posted by Barbara Haaksma on Jul 17, 2018 10:12:59 AM

Like Emser Tile, KLB HomeCrafters LLC is a family-owned company inspired by design. The residential design and remodeling firm based in Scottsdale, Arizona, transforms living spaces into dream homes. Combining rustic and chic aesthetics, you will find four Emser Tile series through the dynamic living spaces of their latest remodel. 

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Topics: Insider, Interior Design

Introducing Colori

Posted by Barbara Haaksma on Jul 13, 2018 11:36:21 AM

“Color is a power which directly influences the soul.” – Wassily Kandinsky 

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Topics: Interior Design, Tile

Surfacing in the Media: Spring and Summer 2018

Posted by Barbara Haaksma on Jul 11, 2018 10:38:01 AM


As we reflect on the first half of 2018, we are honored to have created more than 20 new design-forward collections to support our partners in the flooring, design, and builder communities. We are also proud to continue our expansion throughout the Midwest and Southeast to better serve our customers with increased product inventory and local presence.

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1 Series, 3 Ways: Code

Posted by Barbara Haaksma on Jul 5, 2018 10:15:49 AM

Three-dimensional wall tile is trending in both residential and commercial environments. Inspired by the interplay of light and shadow, Code creates an artful display for the wall. Its minimal and neutral forms offer endless design opportunities with flat, faceted, and reflective variations in surface, shape, and texture.

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Topics: Interior Design, Tile

Fusing Pops of Red, White, and Blue

Posted by Barbara Haaksma on Jul 3, 2018 10:46:41 AM

Fourth of July is right around the corner. While we have our eyes on color trends year-round, this summer holiday calls for striking colorful accents. Explore our close-to-effortless ways to incorporate the season’s three colors in your home or office.

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Topics: Interior Design

A Wood Look for Every Design Vision

Posted by Barbara Haaksma on Jun 28, 2018 12:42:17 PM

A growing trend with staying power, wood-look porcelain and ceramic tile offer highly realistic and innovative designs for today’s spaces. Capitalizing on tile’s functionality in kitchen and bath spaces, wood-look tile can go where true wood cannot hold up — blending beauty and practicality in one application. 

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5 Floor-to-Ceiling Design Takeovers

Posted by Barbara Haaksma on Jun 26, 2018 9:13:57 AM

Impactful design can be derived in a myriad of ways - whether with an accent piece, an all-over neutral tone, or floor-to-ceiling wall art. Taking shape in small-scale mosaics to expansive dimensional wall art, explore five spaces where wall design demands a double take.

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Topics: Interior Design

Introducing Terazio

Posted by Barbara Haaksma on Jun 21, 2018 8:52:18 AM

‘Pavimento alla veneziana.’ Venetian pavement comes from 18th-century Tuscan Italy when ancient Italian craftsman placed pieces of stone and glass into beds of mortar to create a shimmering material. Terrazzo spread in popularity, eventually to America in the 1920s, and continues to have a strong presence in design today. 

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Topics: Tile

Inside Little Rock’s Four Points by Sheraton Hotel

Posted by Barbara Haaksma on Jun 19, 2018 8:44:19 AM

When designing the Four Points by Sheraton in Little Rock, Arkansas, the Emser Tile team looked to an authentic travertine aesthetic with a contemporary twist. Esplanade, also featured in The New American Home 2017, spotlights the stone-inspired look in large format porcelain tiles.

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Topics: Insider, Interior Design

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We are driven by design, and in Finishing Thoughts, we bring it to life - sharing tile trends, spotlighting those who inspire us, and sparking creativity for residential and commercial spaces.

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