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Shannon Malone

Shannon Malone

Social Media Maven

Shannon joined the team in 2013 as Fireclay's Social Media Maven. After graduating from the University of California Santa Cruz with a degree in Cultural Anthropology, Shannon pursued her lifelong passion for interior design by working as a freelance writer for Houzz. Her interest in design related content eventually led her to Fireclay where she gets to spend her day spreading the Fireclay word and help get tile to the people!

Favorite thing about Fireclay: The beautiful handmade nature of our tile, especially our new Handpainted Collections.

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Susanne Redfield

Susanne Redfield

Creative Consultant

Tile designer and ceramist Susanne Kibak Redfield merges her Danish roots and love of traditional crafts with a modern sense of restraint that brings just enough to the design without going over the top. After graduating from the University of California Santa Cruz in 1981, Susanne started her own business making ceramic tiles. She introduced Kibak Tile through Kneedler Fauchere, a revered interior showroom to the trade, then spent twenty five years in a successful relationship with Ann Sacks. "I began hearing about Fireclay Tile, their sustainable story and youthful energy really captured my imagination, I absolutely wanted to be part a company that really cares about tomorrow. Designing product for Fireclay Tile is energizing, truly inspirational.

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Blend-It!: How to use Basic Color Theory to Create Showstopping Glass Blends

A Glass mosaic installation featuring our colors, Morning Glory Matte, Forget Me Not Matte, Icicle Matte, Wallflower Matte, Lamb's Ear Matte, Blueberry Matte

With so many glass colors to choose from, it can be pretty difficult to blend your favorite hues into an aesthetically pleasing mosaic, so we turn to color theory for a helping hand.  With these basic rules and guidelines, creating a beautiful blend becomes an effortlessly fun experience, and our mosaic blend tool might just become your new favorite activity.  Now let's get started with some color theory 101!

For the Single Color Lover: Monochromatic

A monochromatic color scheme uses slight variations in lightness and saturation of a single color.  Monochromatic colors are visually pleasing and tend to produce a soothing, serene effect, especially with blue or green hues.  To give your blend a monochromatic look, choose a single glass color and look for other variations of that same hue.  Want to give your space spa-like qualities?  Try a single color blend in a bathroom installation!

Glass colors shown: Forget Me Not, Wallflower and Morning Glory

For the Nature Lover: Analogous

Analogous color schemes use colors that sit next to each other on the color wheel.  These colors, often found together in nature, are inherently pleasing to the eye and will give your space a harmonious aesthetic.  To achieve this look, decide which section of the color wheel you want to focus on and choose a range of colors that lie next to each other.  For added texture and dimension, play with varying shades of your selected hues.  Analogous blends look great almost anywhere you put them, no matter how large or how small the space.

Glass colors, Mint Frost Matte, Island Flower Matte and Morning Glory Matte

For the Adventurous: Split-Complementary

A split-complementary color scheme is a variation of complementary color scheme.  Instead of using a colors complement (the color directly across on the color wheel) a split-complementary color scheme uses the two colors adjacent to its complement. This color scheme has strong visual contrast, and is perfect for those looking to add a loud splash of color to their space.  A contrasting color scheme will draw immediate attention so it is best used in small doses.  We suggest using this bold blend as an accent in a playful bathroom installation.

Glass colors, Keylime, Marigold Matte and Salvia

 

For the Greige Enthusiast: Neutral

A neutral color scheme is not associated with any specific hue.  The great thing about neutrals?  They all tend to work well together, and don't fight each other for attention.  For a neutral mosaic blend we suggest creating interest by selecting a variety of neutrals with different texture and shade.  To add a little color to the mix throw in some cool neutrals with hints of blue and green.  Neutral mosaics make great kitchen backsplashes and accent walls.

Glass colors, Cotton, Yarrow and Ash

A bathroom installation featuring our colors, Icicle, Lamb’s Ear, Dusty Olive, Truffle, Elm, Yarrow

Ready to create your own blend?  Get started with our Mosaic blend tool!  Need some help getting started?  Simply give us a call, chat or fill out our Design Assistant Form and one of our talented Design Consultants will get back to you shortly.

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