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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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Color Spotlight: 4 Tips for Using Contemporary Neutrals

 

Our Glazed Thin Brick shown in Cotton and Alcatraz

As part of our new handpainted collections launching this Spring, we will be introducing a contemporary collection emphasizing clean lines, geometric patterns, and one of our favorite neutral color schemes, gray and white.  Follow these 5 tips when using this clean and fresh color combination and you're guaranteed to achieve the perfect amount of contemporary cool.

2. ) Pattern makes all the difference

We know some of you prefer neutrals over color, and we get it–a neutral space feels sophisticated, clean and calm.  But the question is, how do you add interest to your neutral space instead of letting it fall flat?  One way to remedy this pesky problem is through the use of pattern.  Choosing a simple, contemporary pattern can help add a subtle sense of depth and dimension to your design.  These geometric designs featured in our new contemporary collection would look great paired next to a solid gray or white, such as our Glazed Thin Brick colors, Cotton and Alcatraz.

Similar designs will be available as part of our new Handpainted Contemporary Collection

3. ) Try a combination of shades

If you're designing with one specific neutral such as gray, adding a variety of shades of that neutral will help add depth to your space.  We suggest mixing different shades of our grays in different textures, try pairing tile with brick, or matte glass with tile.  When it comes to neutrals, variety is key.

Colors shown are Ash Matte, Alcatraz, Tender Gray, and Graystone

1. ) Use Grays that lean toward the warmer side of the spectrum

A cool color by nature, gray works well in warmer shades when paired with white.  You want your space to feel contemporary, not cold.  Choosing a gray that leans toward Taupe will provide warmth to your design, while preventing too much of a stark contrast against your white.  Choosing a warm white such as our Tile in Tusk will also help create a seamless pairing.

An office installation featuring our tile in Malt

4. ) Add a variety of texture

Contemporary designs typically share a common thread, sleek clean lines, simple color schemes, and a mix of materials and textures.  When designing with contemporary neutrals, texture will add a much-needed layer of visual interest to your design.  We love how the kitchen above pairs their gray and white color scheme with textured wood, and slick, stainless steel appliances.

Kitchen Installation featuring our Paseo shape in Mica

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