The Design Blog

Shannon Smith

 An Innovative Installation System For Tile & Stone

When it comes to tile installations, there are so many bits and pieces that it can make your head spin. Tile, thin set, decorative accents, moldings, bullnose, grout…… the list could go on and on. Have you ever heard of Schluter? Schluter is an innovative installation system for tile & stone. They offer crack suppression membranes, waterproofing systems and shower drains. They also have a whole line of “profiles” – which are alternatives to bullnose for terminating tile!

Today we’re going to take a quick look at my favorite profile that Schluter offers: the Quadec!

Photo from Schluter

is ‘a finishing and edge protection profile for tiled edges and outside corners of tiled surfaces, and is distinguished by its squared reveal surface.’ Not only does it protect tile edges from chipping, it also offers a sleek design aesthetic for any installation. It is versatile because it can be used on inside or outside corners!

Schluter Quadec is available in stainless steel, anodized aluminum, PVC, as well as textured and color-coated aluminum (<—- my favorite). The Trendline Collection offers neutral and modern colors that coordinate with many tile offerings! It’s easy to find a Quadec profile to compliment your tile choice. You can learn more about the Quadec and other profiles on Schluter’s website.

Some of my favorite recent installations utilize a Schluter Quadec profile instead of traditional bullnose. What do you think?

Our Design Team at Indoor City can show you Schluter Quadec and many other options for your tile project! Visit our showroom and we can make your shower special!

Schedule a design consultation with Shannon, or contact any one of our talented designers, as we would love to help when it comes to tile design.

Schluter Quadec For Shower Tile & Stone

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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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Indoor City

Our BACA SawJet System

At the beginning of 2017, Indoor City Granite & Marble took a giant leap in the world of countertop fabrication with the purchase of our BACA SawJet System. Lovingly nicknamed Chewy by our team of designers, this piece of state-of-the-art machinery has transformed our countertop fabrication shop and the granite, marble and Quartz products we are able to offer our customers on a daily basis.

Meet Curt

Behind the day-to-day operations of this piece of machinery is Curt Sellard. Curt is a loyal Indoor City employee (having been with us for 8 years). Curt previously worked at Banta Tile & Marble for 30 years, which Indoor City bought the assets of in 2010. With 38 years of experience in granite fabrication, Curt diligently took on the role of learning the ins and outs of operating Chewy’s fabrication capabilities.

Having a big interest in cinematography, Curt jumped at the opportunity to enter BACA’s Robo SawJet Video Contest where he creatively made this informational (and entertaining!) video about Chewy. That’s not all – he proudly brought home the first place prize and also won “most unique video” in the contest.

We couldn’t be more proud of Curt’s accomplishments. He is a valued member of the Indoor City family and we appreciate his dedication and work ethic.

Check out Curt’s video! You won’t be disappointed.

 

If you would like to know more about Indoor City, or any of our designers contact us to talk about bringing your ideas to life.

Robo SawJet Video Contest

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Kim Gable

Cambria’s Berwyn Quartz Bath Surround

Trends in the home fashion industry are always changing. Lately, master bathrooms have evolved into spaces that are not only functional, they also make the homeowner feel rested & relaxed. This shower surround is fabricated, floor to ceiling, out of Cambria’s Berwyn quartz. The custom niche & window well and the curbs are all made of this seamless material. No grout joints. Not only beautiful to look at but so easy to keep clean.

   

Our Designers at Indoor City can always help with your interior design project! Come into our showroom and we can find ways to use color to make your room special!

Schedule a design consultation with Kim, or contact any one of our talented designers, as we would love to help when it comes to design elements.

 

Cambria Quartz Shower Surround

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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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Indoor City

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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Kim Gable

Basic Principles of Color

We are surrounded every day by color. Do you ever wonder how that affects our thoughts and our moods? Many marketing and psychological tests have been performed trying to discover these very principles. Color is a very important tool used by designers. After all, when used in a space it can bring out emotion, alter a mood, or just make you feel good.

Did you know that shades of red are said to increase your appetite? If you want your guests to stay awhile and enjoy your cooking, maybe you should paint your dining room a deep shade of burgundy.

It has also been found that blues tend to be calming and soothing. Schools should keep that in mind when bringing colors into the students’ environment.

For most people, yellow instills happy and cheerful thoughts. Although, years ago my daughter conducted a science fair project based on the psychology of color & she found one family who said that yellow made them sad.

Green is found everywhere in nature. Hence, olive or sage tones are often associated with relaxation. In this crazy world we are currently experiencing, perhaps our homes need to be more of a comforting retreat.

Black, can be the perfect accent for just about any other color. It is often associated with affluence. Black adds a touch of drama that many rooms could stand a little bit of.

 

 

 

 

Of course, these observations do not necessarily apply to everyone. Past experience and associations can play a big part in how a person is influenced by color but it certainly gives us, as designers, something to think about.

Our Designers at Indoor City can always help with your interior design project! Come into our showroom and we can find ways to use color to make your room special!

Schedule a design consultation with Kim, or contact any one of our talented designers, as we would love to help when it comes to design elements.

 

Color Psychology

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Indoor City

This month we are going to feature one of our favorite installers: Chris Floyd!

A Skilled Professional

Chris has been working in the carpentry trade for over 30 years. He began his career at the age of 15 doing concrete and masonry work. Later on in his career he gained experience installing ceramic tile, hardwood and vinyl.

How Long has Chris Worked with Indoor City?

Chris has been working with Indoor City for over 15 years!

Favorite Type of Project?

Chris is an extremely talented installer, with ample experience installing hardwood, vinyl and ceramic with Indoor City. Chris loves getting assigned to custom projects, specifically projects that involve intricate detail. Custom tile and hardwood jobs are a few of his favorites!

Favorite Food?

Thai Food

Favorite Flooring Product?

Armstrong Alterna, Enchanted Forest, Grouted LVT

Featuring One of Chris’ Installation with Alterna Enchanted Forest, LVT, In the Colors: Tender Twig, Night Owl, Tender Twig

Fun Fact

Chris has been to Las Vegas 3 times to compete in tournaments for the American Pool League Association. He competed one time playing 8 ball and twice playing 9 ball pool, his last visit was in 2008.

  If you would like to know more about Indoor City, or any of our designers contact us to talk about bringing your ideas to life.

Installer Spotlight: Chris Floyd

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