Creative Material’s Design Services and Product Sourcing Department operates out of a massive architectural library filled with nothing but tile, glass, LVT and other surface material.  Commercial clients call on this specialized department for no-cost services such as product sourcing, mood board sourcing (clients send us their mood boards and our team sends back a surface material mood board with options fitting the designer’s concept), and pattern layouts and designs.

When designing commercial spaces, this team understands the critical details involved, such as nominal sizing, technical requirements, and which manufacturers produce different surface materials most efficiently (which helps lower costs). 

Scroll down to meet the team and to see examples of product sourcing, mood board sourcing, and pattern layouts and designs. For additional inspiration, check out our Erin’s Picks blog written by Senior Design Services Consultant, Erin DeMuth. 


Meet the Team

 Erin DeMuth - Senior Design Services Consultant

Erin joined Creative Materials as a Sourcing Specialist in 2016, which has evolved to her current role as Senior Design Services Consultant. Her product-focused approach and solutions are backed by more than 15 years of first-hand experience in the interior design and finish material industry. With a portfolio that includes work from high-end residential to commercial and hospitality design, she has extensive applied knowledge.

 Michelle Hoffman - Design Services Consultant

Michelle joined Creative Materials as a Design Services Consultant in 2020. With her past experience as a Materials Resource Coordinator, she knows how important it is to make the design a reality. She takes inspiration through her understanding of trends and prides herself as a color expert. Her portfolio includes works from retail to hospitality.

 David Briggs - LVT Product Category Manager

David joined Creative Materials in 2016 within an inventory capacity that has progressed to his current position as LVT Product Category Manager. He excels at problem analysis with a solution-focused approach through attentive listening and understanding of the challenge. The expert level knowledge he has in LVT correlates to his ability to identify customer needs and resource the product.

Product Sourcing

Product Sourcing Project 1, Page 1 | The interior designer provided an inspiration image for the look and feel of the hotel guest rooms and bathrooms. Creative Materials’ Product Department selected tile options that reflected the colors, textures and patterns found in the designer’s inspiration.

Product Sourcing Project 1, Page 2 | The interior designer provided an inspiration image for the look and feel of the hotel guest rooms and bathrooms. Creative Materials’ Product Department selected tile options that reflected the colors, textures and patterns found in the designer’s inspiration.

Product Sourcing Project 2, Page 1 | The interior designer working on the amenity spaces of a multi-family residential project wanted to create a space that brought the outside in. His inspiration images showed lots of wood aesthetics along with greenery for a biophilic feel. Creative Materials’ Product Department selected tile options with natural and rustic wood elements, shades of green, and interesting dimensional textures that mimicked corrugated metal siding.

Product Sourcing Project 2, Page 2 | The interior designer working on the amenity spaces of a multi-family residential project wanted to create a space that brought the outside in. His inspiration images showed lots of wood aesthetics along with greenery for a biophilic feel. Creative Materials’ Product Department selected tile options with natural and rustic wood elements, shades of green, and interesting dimensional textures that mimicked corrugated metal siding.


Mood Board Sourcing

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Mood Board 1 | Boutique, Client-Supplied Mood Board Inspiration. The interior designer working on this boutique hotel lobby and reception imagined a mix of warm and cool tones with pops of marble and unique terrazzo looks to create an intimate ambiance for this one-of-a-kind hotel. When Creative Materials’ Design Services received the designer’s concept Imagery, a tile mood board was curated of personalized options that conveyed the look the designer was envisioning.

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Mood Board 1 | Boutique, Creative Materials Response, Page 1. The interior designer working on this boutique hotel lobby and reception imagined a mix of warm and cool tones with pops of marble and unique terrazzo looks to create an intimate ambiance for this one-of-a-kind hotel. When Creative Materials’ Design Services received the designer’s concept imagery, a tile mood board was curated of personalized options that conveyed the look the designer was envisioning.

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Mood Board 1 | Boutique, Creative Materials Response, Page 2. The interior designer working on this boutique hotel lobby and reception imagined a mix of warm and cool tones with pops of marble and unique terrazzo looks to create an intimate ambiance for this one-of-a-kind hotel. When Creative Materials’ Design Services received the designer’s concept imagery, a tile mood board was curated of personalized options that conveyed the look the designer was envisioning.

Mood Board 2 | Corporate, Client-Supplied Mood Board Inspiration. Creative Materials’ Design Services sourced bold, yet sophisticated tile options for the renovation of an office space located in Boston. The interior designer wanted to reflect the industrial feel of the existing building by incorporating rustic wood and metallic elements. Design Services created a tile mood board that focused on saturated tones, charred wood and bold patterns to reflect the space's industrial feel.

Mood Board 2 | Corporate, Creative Materials Response, Page 1. Creative Materials’ Design Services sourced bold, yet sophisticated tile options for the renovation of an office space located in Boston. The interior designer wanted to reflect the industrial feel of the existing building by incorporating rustic wood and metallic elements. Design Services created a tile Mood board that focused on saturated tones, charred wood and bold patterns to reflect the space's industrial feel.

Mood Board 2 | Corporate, Creative Materials Response, Page 2. Creative Materials’ Design Services sourced bold, yet sophisticated tile options for the renovation of an office space located in Boston. The interior designer wanted to reflect the industrial feel of the existing building by incorporating rustic wood and metallic elements. Design Services created a tile mood board that focused on saturated tones, charred wood and bold patterns to reflect the space's industrial feel.

Mood Board 3 | Restaurant, Client-Supplied Mood Board Inspiration. The interior designer desired an elegant, inviting space with blue and gold accents with sculptural lighting to accentuate the finishes and textures in the space. Creative Materials Design Services selected tile options with metallic elements, dimension, deep blues, and wood looks to create herringbone patterns. These aesthetics will help the designer achieve her goal of creating an elegant, dining experience for her client’s restaurant.

Mood Board 3 | Restaurant, Creative Materials Response, Page 1. The interior designer desired an elegant, inviting space with blue and gold accents with sculptural lighting to accentuate the finishes and textures in the space. Creative Materials' Design Services selected tile options with metallic elements, dimension, deep blues, and wood looks to create herringbone patterns. These aesthetics will help the designer achieve her goal of creating an elegant, dining experience for her client’s restaurant.

Mood Board 3 | Restaurant, Creative Materials Response, Page 2. The interior designer desired an elegant, inviting space with blue and gold accents with sculptural lighting to accentuate the finishes and textures in the space. Creative Materials' Design Services selected tile options with metallic elements, dimension, deep blues, and wood looks to create herringbone patterns. These aesthetics will help the designer achieve her goal of creating an elegant, dining experience for her client’s restaurant.


Tile Pattern Layouts and Designs

Pattern Layout | Chroma, Creative Materials Rendered Elevation, Page 1. The interior designer working on a corporate Interior fell in love with Creative Materials’ Chroma collection. The designer selected 4 colors that worked with his client’s logo and color scheme. He wanted to create a herringbone pattern with Chroma but was unsure on how he wanted it to look and didn’t have much time to explore various options. Design Services quickly created multiple looks for the interior designer. The designer selected this fading herringbone effect because of the movement and boldness this design would create in his client’s space.

Pattern Layout | Chroma, Creative Materials Pattern Layout, Page 2. The interior designer working on a corporate Interior fell in love with Creative Materials’ Chroma collection. The designer selected 4 colors that worked with his client’s logo and color scheme. He wanted to create a herringbone pattern with Chroma but was unsure on how he wanted it to look and didn’t have much time to explore various options. Design Services quickly created multiple looks for the interior designer. The designer selected this fading herringbone effect because of the movement and boldness this design would create in his client’s space.

Pattern Layout | Modello, Creative Materials Pattern Layout, Page 1. The Interior Designer working on this hotel lobby wanted to create a design with a hexagon that started on the reception desk and continued up the wall behind the desk. Creative Materials’ Architectural Sales Consultant (ASC) showed the Designer our Textile Collection and thought that was the perfect look for this space. The Designer showed the ASC an inspiration image with the look they were trying to achieve. The ASC reached out to Creative Materials’ Design Services to see if they could create this look with our Textile Collection. Design Services created a rendering of the design, as well as a tile pattern layout indicating the location of each tile in the design. Since this design was challenging from an installation standpoint, Design Services had this drawing reviewed by Creative Materials’ Quality Assurance department to ensure there would not be any issues with our drawing during the installation.

Pattern Layout | Modello, Creative Materials Pattern Layout, Page 2. The Interior Designer working on this hotel lobby wanted to create a design with a hexagon that started on the reception desk and continued up the wall behind the desk. Creative Materials’ Architectural Sales Consultant (ASC) showed the Designer our Textile Collection and thought that was the perfect look for this space. The Designer showed the ASC an inspiration image with the look they were trying to achieve. The ASC reached out to Creative Materials’ Design Services to see if they could create this look with our Textile Collection. Design Services created a rendering of the design, as well as a tile pattern layout indicating the location of each tile in the design. Since this design was challenging from an installation standpoint, Design Services had this drawing reviewed by Creative Materials’ Quality Assurance department to ensure there would not be any issues with our drawing during the installation.

Pattern Layout | Origins, Creative Materials Pattern Layout, Page 1. The Interior Designer for this multi-unit residential project wanted comforting and inviting aesthetics for the lobby, but did not want the high maintenance of typical carpet. The Design Services Team showed samples of Origins, and the search was over. The suede-like appearance and earthen colors applied in a pattern thrilled the designer and achieved exactly what was desired for the space.

Pattern Layout | Origins, Creative Materials Pattern Layout, Page 2. The Interior Designer for this multi-unit residential project wanted comforting and inviting aesthetics for the lobby, but did not want the high maintenance of typical carpet. The Design Services Team showed samples of Origins, and the search was over. The suede-like appearance and earthen colors applied in a pattern thrilled the designer and achieved exactly what was desired for the space.

Pattern Layout | Journey, Creative Materials Pattern Layout. This quick casual food service client called on the Design Services team to develop a lively pattern for busy restrooms. Utilizing various textures and surfaces from the Journey collection, the team developed a modern layout in a contemporary color. The client not only loved the design, but also the time that was saved from designing in-house.


Lead Time

Lead times for sourcing requests are typically 1-2 business days, mood board sourcing 2-3 business days, and pattern designs 5-7 business days.  Creative Materials does not guarantee lead times, but will communicate expected turnaround time when a request is submitted.  Creative Materials reserves the right to refuse a design and sourcing request at our sole discretion. 

Additional services from this specialized team include:

Grout Color Selection
Dread picking grout colors? Not us! We live for this stuff! We’ll pick the color that coordinates best with your tile, and can even provide suggestions on creating cool effects using contrasting grout colors.

Aluminum Extruded Profile Recommendations
Let us provide recommendations for the right profiles to fit your project conditions and the colors that work best with your design.

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