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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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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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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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Shannon Hockenberry

I was sitting in Copper Cup Coffee (a local Lancaster coffee shop) feeling totally relaxed and happy when it hit me… this place makes me feel good! But why!?

Copper Cup Coffee (inspiration)

 

I stopped for a minute and thought, “what is it about this place (other than their delicious coffee)!?” I realized a few things: I loved the natural elements: light wood tones, lush green plants, concrete, soft paint colors and bright natural light. Since I can’t necessarily turn your home into THIS coffee shop, I’ve put together a design pallet inspired by the aesthetic of my new favorite place.


A – Shaker-style cabinet in Natural Maple

B – Caesarstone “Sleek Concrete” quartz countertop

C – AKDO 2X8 “Arctic White” clear glass tile

D – MSI Kenzi series Mixana hexagon

E – DuChateau Vernal Collection “Lugano” European Oak engineered hardwood

 

Maybe this exact design pallet isn’t for you, but my point of this post is to encourage you to pull inspiration for your home from your favorite places and other beautiful areas around you. Inspiration can be found everywhere!

Design Inspiration Can Be Found All Around You

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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!

Trending with Teal

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