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Kristen Lambert

If you’re looking to update any area of your home and aren’t sure where to start, look no further—gray just became the new beige.

Let’s face it, gray is the color of today, but making an entire living space in shades of gray doesn’t sound too exciting. Surprisingly, gray will go with any other color you choose, so there is no need to fear living in a colorless world.

Gray is a neutral, and just like tan or beige, you can mix and match any of your favorite colors in order to find the perfect combination that will reflect your style and personality. If I still haven’t convinced you, take a look at some of the samples I pulled together of materials right here at Indoor City.

Gray & Red/Orange

Floor – GSTile Unicom Overall Velvet

Wall – Red Bay, Antique Red, Bravado Red

Counter – Wilsonart Anatolia, Caesarstone Haze

Accent – Lunada Bay Tozen Marrakech Red

 

 

Gray & Yellow

Floor – Fabrica Kennedy Point

Wall – Naples yellow, Summit gray, First star, Dorian gray

Counter – Cambria Dovetail

Accent – Lunada Bay Tozen-Indium

AKDO Lunar gray, Arctic white

 

Gray & Green

Floor – Mirage Sweet Memories Collection Treasure

Wall – Retreat

Counter – Calcatta

Accents – Marine Blend Beach House Collection Seashell

 

 

Gray & Blue

Floor – Mirage Flair Snowdrift

Wall – Let it Rain, Storm Cloud, Outerspace

Counter – Cambria Parys, MSI Meridian Gray

Accent – AKDO Basketweave Border Thassos Azul Celeste

 

 

Gray & Purple

Floor -Mirage Imagine Driftwood

Wall – Breathtaking, Soulful Blue, Mythical

Counter – MSI Fairy White

Accent – Glazzio Clouds Series Evening Fog

 

 

Gray & Natural

Floor – Mirage Natural Old Hickory

Wall – Light French Gray

Counter – Caesarstone Concrete, Cambria Summerhill

Accent- AKDO Thassos Straight Edge, GSTile Retro Mosaics Gray Glossy Hexagon

How to Liven Up Your Gray Color Palette

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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!

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Indoor City

Although choosing your tile may be a difficult decision, another crucial decision is choosing the appropriate grout for your tile installation. There are many factors that come into play when choosing the right grout, such as color, durability/cleanability, grout joint size, type of tile and surface.

Most grout types come in a vast range of colors, making the coordination between grout color and tile color feasible. There are even grouts with a sparkle quality including products such as Laticrete, Spectralock, Dazzle, Bostik, Dimension and Custom Fusion Pro. These glittering grouts are perfect for a glass tile installation. In picking grout colors, another important factor to take into account is contrast. Often times adding a little contrast with your grout selection is a great way to spruce up your tile schematic. If you choose to use a white subway, perhaps consider using a light or dark gray grout to create some contrast and interest with the grout joints. If the tile you are working with is of natural stone, typically from a design stand point, picking a grout that blends with the stone and does not take away from its natural qualities is suggested.

When it comes to grout, there are two main types, sanded and unsanded. An unsanded grout is typically used when the grout joint is 1/8th of an inch or less. The use of an unsanded grout is suggested when the tile is made of a scratch susceptible material such as glass or a polished natural stone such as marble. A sanded grout is appropriate when you are working with a larger grout joint, larger than 1/8th of an inch. Typically grout joints this large are used in flooring applications.

An additional type of grout is an epoxy grout. Epoxy grout consists of an epoxy resin and a hardener. Epoxy grout is highly resistant to staining and chemicals and has a very high bonding strength, making it virtually maintenance free. Using an epoxy grout is pertinent in certain tile applications such as steam showers.

For help choosing the perfect grout for your tile project, any of our designers here at the Indoor City Showroom would be more than happy to assist!

To find more information about these products, please visit https://www.shawcontract.com/neocon/

 

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Samantha Fletcher

Every year in June, members of the Interior Design world flock to Chicago for North America’s largest and most important design exposition and conference for commercial interiors: NeoCon. More than 700 of the leading companies in the commercial interiors world launch thousands of new products into the market.

This year, one of our favorite commercial carpet and flooring providers, Shaw Contract, launched a ton of new products! Two of the product lines, “Active” and “Off the Grid,” are some of our favorite new releases of the year.

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The “Active” collection utilizes graphic, linear patterns and bold, fluorescent colors in an effort to keep workplace occupants energized and alert. The main inspiration for the styles within the “Active” product line has been derived from the textures, shapes and patterns used in active wear. The design team focused on how those same techniques can be interpreted into flooring that can really activate a space.

This collection features four styles in a 12”x48” carpet tile and three brand new fluorescent colors.

   

The “Off the Grid” collection focuses on bringing nature into our built environments as workplace design trends show a shift towards needing more reflective, calm spaces. This collection features very textural and organic patterns and natural, calming colors. To gain inspiration for “Off the Grid,” the design team headed out into nature to observe organic patterns in things like spider webs and moss.

This collection features two broadloom styles and four styles in 12”x48” carpet tiles.

To find more information about these products, please visit https://www.shawcontract.com/neocon/

 

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