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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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The Tile Staircase: Making Each Step Count

An exterior staircase design featuring our Handpainted Tile

You've upgraded your kitchen backsplash or maybe your bathroom floor with beautiful handmade tile, but what about your staircase? We think staircases are one of the most overlooked design opportunities–a real shame because with a little creativity your staircase can easily become a focal point in your home.  Whether you choose a single bold hue, or a patchwork combination, the staircase is the perfect platform to showcase color and pattern.  To help your stairs rise to the challenge, we put together some helpful tips and tricks.

For an element of surprise try alternating patterns on each step giving your ascent up the stairs an unexpected experience.  We suggest alternating between two and three patterns and choosing colors that complement each other.

Image via Censational Girl

For an eclectic yet cohesive look use a monochromatic color scheme in multiple patterns.  The use of a single color will help tie the mix and matched patterns together.

A staircase installation featuring our Handpainted Tile in a custom design

This staircase uses an all black and white color scheme with a variety of graphic patterns.  The simple color scheme creates a sense of cohesion and prevents the mixed patterns from overwhelming the design.

Image via Pinterest

If you love the Spanish Colonial Revival look try mixing and matching multiple colors and patterns, a signature design feature of the period.  With endless pattern combinations to choose from you're sure to find a look that is uniquely yours.  We suggest balancing the look with a solid tile and a neutral interior.

A staircase installation featuring our Handpainted Tile

An exterior staircase featuring our Handpainted Tile

A staircase with a single pattern can make just as loud of a statement.  Try a simple geometric pattern in one or two highly saturated colors.  We love how this staircases uses a simple blue and white tile to subtly create an upward movement in the design.

 Image via Domino

Ready to add some stair flair?  Shop our Handpainted collections now.  Need some help?  Simply call, chat or fill out our Design Assistance Form and one of our talented Design Consultants will get back to you shortly.

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