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Corinne Gilbert

What makes a house a home?
Your own taste, style, traditions, and treasures shared with the family and friends you love.

We all celebrate this time of year with various foods, decorations, and comforts. Making your home as comfortable and welcoming as possible without stress is key to enjoying this season of gatherings and good will. At Indoor City we strive to aid you in the vision you have to create an environment that reflects and respects your personal lifestyle.

Whether you enjoy formal parties and dinners or drop-ins with football, we will honor your dreams of what you feel is the perfect setting for your lifestyle year round.

If you love the formality of a white kitchen with gleaming surfaces or a farmhouse aesthetic, we offer all the materials and services to realize your ideal kitchen. Family rooms with cozy fireplaces dressed up with tile surrounds and plush carpet that welcomes floor lounging or beautiful living rooms with hardwood floors and exquisite area rugs, we’ll make it happen for you and yours. Bathrooms that function well and look beautiful are within reach. Whatever area of your home you’d like to improve or update, we’re here to assist you with our talented team of designers and installers.

So throw open the doors and let the love pour into your home!

What Makes A House A Home?

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Shannon Hockenberry

 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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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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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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Samantha Fletcher

Happy New Year and welcome to 2018! This year we are seeing a ton of really great design trends in tile. We are seeing bright colors, larger sizes, interesting textures, metallics, and my favorite, geometric patterns! It seems as though every manufacturer is coming out with geometric patterned tiles. I am here today to talk about a few of my favorites and how you can use them to make your space more interesting!

NOGA TILE 

This particular line is really interesting in that the tiles are actually cement. They are all hand-made from white and gray cements, quartz, marble dust, and pigments. They are NOT fired or glazed, and they are left to cure for 28 days in a misting room where they are constantly misted with water to make them strong.

The selection of geometric patterns from Noga is pretty extensive. They have some really intricate patterns, but they also have some really simple geometric patterns, that when the tile is arranged correctly, can create a really interesting surface. Here are a few of my favorites!

  

SIMPATICO by Crossville

The Simpatico line by Crossville is a new and different take on geometric patterns. This line features 4 different dimensional, geometric pattern options in 12”x24” tiles, with varying finishes. This tile would be a simple, yet stylish way to spruce up any feature wall!

ESSENTIAL by Inedita

Essential by Inedita is a recent release that features a variety of geometric, 3-dimensional tiles in just a few, very simplistic colors. Depending on the pattern that the tiles are installed, you can create a variety of different looks. Check out this shape used a few different ways.

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! To learn more about tile options, visit our tile page.

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

Trending in 2018: Geometric Tiles

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Heather Vance

There is nothing better than snuggling up around a warm fire in December. Even better, is decorating your fireplace mantle for the Holidays to make an even cozier feel. If you have a real wood burning fireplace, gas or even just a faux insert, the options to decorate are endless.

Elegant Gold:

These gold accents really bring out the colors of the stacked stone with a very traditional, classy look. With adding a wreath above and some tall candelabras, this dresses up the mantle even more. Sprinkle some wrapped gold and white presents around, and your guests will never want to leave!

 

Natural Garland:

This look you can keep up all winter long to enjoy that coziness. Add some splashes of color around the Holidays with some red or gold ornaments or even some red and gold candles. After the Holidays take them down and leave that natural winter look up until spring. Sprinkling in the white candles will break up all the green.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Traditional Reds:

Red is always the way to go for the Holidays; a warm and inviting color. Tie all those reds together with a few accent colors and make your Mantle the focal point in your home. Cranberry garland or natural garland is always beautiful.

 

Our Designers at Indoor City can always help with designing around your home! Come into our showroom and we can find ways to spruce up the fireplace for your Holiday décor!

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

Fireplace Mantles for the Holidays

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