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Emily Fella

Perhaps one of the easiest and more cost-effective ways to liven up any space is by changing up a paint color.

Color plays a huge role in how we perceive and react to spaces. Whether it’s furniture, cabinetry, brick, wood or just plain old dry wall – try freshening up your space with something new!

We asked some of our designers what their favorite paint colors are, whether it’s a reliable go-to neutral or a great accent color, and here were their answers:


Megan Herr
“Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter– It’s the perfect greige that can go with warm or cool tones and be completely adaptable to it’s surroundings”.

 

 

 


Shannon Smith
“SW7029 Agreeable Gray is the PERFECT warm gray neutral for any space. It is light and bright but still contrasts beautifully against white trim or cabinets. It is one of those paint colors that looks different in each space. Sometimes it looks a little grayer, other times it takes on a warmer hue. Either way, it compliments its surroundings and sets the perfect backdrop for any design or decor. If you’re looking for a great ‘whole house neutral’ paint color, Agreeable Gray is a great choice!”

 

 

 

 


Kim Gable: “
I’m so glad to see the ‘blue color family’ make its way back into the current home fashion world. Blues always provide a calming, peaceful surrounding and coordinate with so many other color palettes. Stained Glass by Benjamin Moore is a great blue to try out in your home!”

 

 

 


Emily Fella:
“I just recently fell so in love with the color Nocturnal Sea from Dunn and Edwards. I’m really a big fan of the teal accent wall trend. I think it’s a great way to spark up a space and give an unexpected twist to the typical neutral palette.”

 

 

 

 

Stuck on trying to find the perfect paint color for your home? Any of our designers would love to help! Schedule a consultation today!

A Few of Our Favorite Colors

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Emily Fella

Color, lighting and space planning are all integral aspects when designing spaces. Perhaps one of the best ways to add interest to a space, aside from these key components, is by incorporating texture. What exactly do we mean by texture? Well, as defined by the design community, texture is “the sensations caused by the external surface of objects received through the sense of touch.” Texture adds balance in addition to visual weight. Just like creating contrast with colors, you can create contrast with textures to get the same effect. Test it out by putting something rough against something smooth. The smooth surface will make the rough surface stand out and will add visual interest to your space.

One of the best ways to add texture to a space is by mixing textiles. Whether it be a colorful, patterned tile or a natural fiber rug. At our showroom, we have thousands of products to help make your space stand out.

Here are a few of my favorite textural products that we feature at our Harrisburg Pike Showroom:

 

-Yesterday’s Glass by Jeffrey Court is a product that I absolutely adore. This oxidized glass tile, available in 3×6 and 8×16 sizes, is a unique texture that will be sure to make your space pop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

-The Textile Glass Series from AKDO is another one of my favorites, available in 6 different colors and 3 different patterns. Perhaps consider incorporating one of these glass tile mosaics in a shower to add a unique textural focal point.

 

 

 

-The Apex Diamond Rug from Stanton’s Antrim Collection is a natural fiber, geometric-carved carpet. This material is 100% wool and would make for a fabulous area rug for a bedroom or living room area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dymo series made by MSI, is a uniquely wave-textured wall tile, perfect if you are looking to add a contemporary flair to your space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

-These days you can even incorporate different textures into your countertop surfaces! Leathered Natural Stone has recently become a very popular trend. Fantasy Brown Granite is one of my all time favorites. As opposed to the stone being polished, the surface is leathered giving it a unique feel and look.

 

 

For assistance with selecting materials for your next project, any of our designers at either of our Lancaster tile and flooring or Marble Yard showrooms would be happy to help.

Designing With Texture

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Emily Fella

Those that know me and my design aesthetic know that I love products that are eye catching and yes, ‘sparkly’. I adore products that have metallic elements as I think they add visual interest and can truly liven and brighten up any space.

AKDO Tile is one of my favorite tile lines that we carry here at our showroom. Their products never fail to impress. Some of their current product lines are absolutely stunning. One of my favorites is the collection called Excalibur. The Excalibur tile series is available in 3 different colors: gilded (gold), knight (gun metal gray) and shining (silver).

Another tile collection from AKDO that has totally stole my heart is the Luminous tile collection. Made with real marble, this tile is every definition of elegance. Available in 3 different geometric mosaics (Daybreak, Ray and Beam) with gold and silver metallic options – you already know I am just dying to use this product line in future projects!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeffrey Court is another fantastic tile manufacturer that we showcase at our Harrisburg Pike location. Yesterday’s Glass from the Chapter 12 tile collection is another one of my favorites. This oxidized glass look available in 3×6 or 8×16 is edgy but classy and would look incredible installed as a butler pantry backsplash or perhaps a powder room feature wall.

Looking to add some pizazz to your space but not trying to break your budget? The Glisten 4×12 wall tile from MSI is exactly what you are looking for! Available in 2 colorways, gray and silver, this tile is perfect for adding some shimmer to your space.

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! When it comes to design elements, never be afraid to try something different, as I always say ‘go bold or go home’! To learn more about tile options visit our tile page.

Adding Sparkle To Your Space With Metallic Tile

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Emily Fella

How long have you worked at Indoor City?
7+ Years How would you describe your personal design aesthetic?
My home is very eclectic, leaning toward a casual feeling using deep color tones and natural elements such as stone & wood with unique character. Working with clients, I try to help them develop a space that reflects their personality using basic design principles. What was one of your favorite projects that you worked on during your time at Indoor City?
Tile & stone are my favorite material choices. In one of my more recent jobs, the master shower was encompassed floor to ceiling in a “cottagey” wood look plank tile featuring a soaking tub in the center. There was another master bath where we used a beautiful soft colored marble complete with stone baseboards and decorative moldings. A perfect place to de-stress.

What made you want to be a designer?
I grew up surrounded by creative people. My mother was an artist. Working with a very limited budget, she and my dad filled our home with items they would pick up at the “junk” stores turning them into lamps or other unusual decorations. They were way ahead of their time. When I was younger I sketched and was constantly redoing my room. I started college as a math major and hated it. I had to beg my father to let me pursue Interior Design. He finally caved. I couldn’t imagine being a math teacher… Tell us a fun fact about yourself?
I’m a nature nerd from South Jersey who loves to garden and hang out in the fresh air (I’ve never seen the Jersey Devil even after living there for several years in the Pine Barrens, thank goodness.)Describe your perfect pizza?
BBQ chicken
  If you would like to work with Kim or any of our designers contact us to talk about bringing your ideas to life.

Designer Spotlight: Kim Gable

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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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Emily Fella

How long have you worked at Indoor City?
In November, it will be 5 years that I’ve been with Indoor City.

How would you describe your personal design aesthetic?

My personal design aesthetic is very mid-century modern. I love clean lines, simple decor and bright pops of color. Plus – hair pin legs. I LOVE hair pin legs on furniture.

What was one of your favorite projects that you worked on during your time at Indoor City?

It’s so hard to pick a favorite! But if I have to… I’d say one of my favorite projects I’ve worked on during my time at Indoor City would be a model home built by EG Stoltzfus. The colors were so bright and pretty and I was able to sneak in some creativity with materials and tile patterns. I love how it turned out!

 

What made you want to be a designer?

I have always been a creative person – thanks in huge part to my mom and my grandfather. My grandfather could make practically anything out of nothing. He was resourceful and eco-friendly before it was cool to be. He used to mix all of his leftover paints together to make a new color (usually a light taupey-brown once it was all said and done) just so that he wouldn’t waste any paint. Interior Design always felt like the perfect creative career for me and I enjoy how each day and each client bring a different element of design into my life. It keeps my job interesting and fun!

Tell us a fun fact about yourself?

Fun fact: Besides Pennsylvania, I have lived in Washington state, Ohio, Maryland and I was born in New Mexico. My parents and younger brother (Tanner) still live in WA state, but my older brother (Kyle) and his wife (Larkin) live in Austin, TX. We are all spread out across the country so we enjoy “meeting up” in places for vacations and visits. This year we are vacationing as a family in Cozumel, Mexico! Two years ago we all met up in Kauai, Hawaii!

Describe your perfect pizza?

I looooove pizza. My perfect pizza is pretty simple – Margherita . It has to have fresh mozzarella though!

If you would like to work with Shannon or any of our designers contact us to talk about bringing your ideas to life.

Designer Spotlight: Shannon Smith

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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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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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