Archive for March, 2011

Stone Creates Rich Feel in Bathroom

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This Naples hotel spa captures the best of the old and modern worlds with its beautiful stone work combined with a modern soaking pool and a comfy chaise in the corner. Can you recreate this mood in your own home? Let’s see what we can do.

To start, look at a tumbled light-toned stone such as a travertine. The soft creams, grays and beiges gain a connection with an almost white grout to mirror the walls and ceiling in this photo. While you may not be able to produce the almost magical columns moving into arched ceilings, an arch could be added to one wall to provide some curvy lines.

The soft tones of the light in this space come from the deep window wells created by walls several feet thick. Instead of this unreachable option, using glass tile or sheer curtains would reduce any glare and bring in only gentle daylight.

It’s impractical to fit a chaise in most bathrooms, but instead, a wooden bench with a white cushion provides a soft spot to rest without taking up too much room.

The final feature comes from that lovely blue pool. Get a similar feel with a nice deep spa tub to relax in and bring that blue water’s color into the room with towels and accessories.

While most of us may never have a chance to spend time in a pool like this, with a bit of imagination you can turn your bathroom into a place for you to relax and take a break from the day’s stresses in your own spa bathroom.

A Gentlemen’s Living Room Décor

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Fun. Carefree. Cool. Classy.

These are just a handful of the adjectives that can describe the life of a bachelor. So no matter whether you are a bachelor decorating your own living room or decorating for the single gentleman in your life keep in mind those four words.

The living room of a bachelor pad is one of the most important rooms of the home as this is a place which gets a lot of use whether it be alone time or with a large group of buddies. Here are some decorating ideas to create the perfect gentlemen’s living room.

  • To create a relaxing and entertaining atmosphere, a high definition TV is a must. Imagine a big flat screen mounted on the wall where favourite shows and sports games can be watched from a super comfy chair or sofa. It will really make the living room the ultimate hang out place.
  • For furniture, darker and richer colors such as on a leather sofa can help create a classy and masculine look. This is true of any style decor from modern to traditional.
  • Since the living room will double as an entertainment room, a mini-bar stacked with all kinds of drinks from wine, to beer and soda will be a nice addition too.
  • As for the wall decors, anything masculine will be a perfect choice depending on taste and style it can be anything from framed sports posters to abstract prints.
  • A display cabinet or shelves can also be a nice living room décor to display trophies, sports memorabilia collection, liquor collection or to showcase the hobbies and interest of the bachelor living in the pad.

So who says single gentlemen can’t make a classy home? With the help of some of these tips, decorating an ultimate living room for a bachelor is fun and carefree.

Retro Rug Color Trends

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When speaking of the word “retro” in decors it is used to describe design styles of the 50’s, the 60’s, and the 70’s eras. This includes mid-century modern design, anything before that is considered vintage. The retro decorating style is usually considered as fun and lively. It utilizes bold colors with wild designs and lots of texture. There is nothing casual about the retro style of decorating. It is bold, loud, busy and of course, funky.

The retro floor décors available now do not dissapoint. When going for a retro rug, color is one of the main factors that need to be considered. Actually, avocado green is the most popular retro color. Mustard yellow and mixes of red, orange, kiwi, black and white are also favorite choices. Designs include shag rugs in solid bold color and other textured rugs in designs incorporating circles, squares, waves and big florals.

Oriental Weavers is one of the main manufacturers of retro style rugs we carry at Century Tile. Their Andy Warhol collection incorporates many of the style icon’s design and color choices used in his paintings and prints including red, avocado green, navy and mustard yellow in abstract geometric shapes.

Any of our retro rugs would look terrific on a black and white ceramic tile floor or wood plank floor in a dark finish. No matter which retro rug and floor combination you choose. Retro rugs make a statement – they reveal your bold personality in the most stylish way.

Light Room Sets Tone for Spring

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Spring green – that inviting yellow green of new leaves – brings this room into the feel of that season.

The design starts with the inviting whitewashed wood floor. Unlike the traditional dark tones, this floor creates a sense of light and space that is perfect for a room that speaks of spring.

The light green area rug provides one of the few touches of color in the room. Its texture echoes the grain in the flooring, creating personality and texture to compensate for a minimum of color. The only other permanent color featured in the room is the green of the houseplant on the side table. The natural-toned pot also connects with the soft straw tone of the small coffee table in front of the loveseat.

The rest of the furniture is white, with a touch of neutral silver in the lamp’s base. Even the walls and window coverings are white. Those window coverings keep the room light without a glare – very important when working on a computer.

A small room like this shines with the minimal use of color and an almost reckless addition of light. It has a warm and welcoming feeling, creating just the right environment for working with its sense of spring’s new beginnings – no matter the season outside.

Today’s Kitchen: Inviting & Functional

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Every element in this kitchen was carefully selected to complement the complete design. The floor’s stone-like pattern echoes the lighter tones in the granite. The cabinets with their warm cream finish and light glaze also present those gold tones that warm the room. This is an increasingly popular look for today – simple style that still pays attention to details.

The most popular appliance finish choice is still stainless. Its ease of use – particularly with the range – combines with the look of a professional kitchen and has a strong appeal for serious cooks. Some are choosing to use doors that match the cabinets for larger elements in the room such as the refrigerator/freezer. Stainless refrigerator doors also often collect fingerprints from the family.

Granite countertops are still popular. They demonstrate a versatility and beauty that still works today. But take the time to investigate the other manmade solid surface options. These often combine a beauty of design with an easily-maintained style.

A relatively recent trend replaces lower cabinets with banks of drawers. With movable dividers, these drawers can handle anything from your big soup pot to your favorite set of dishes. Everything is easily visible and accessible, and most cooks find this option much more space-efficient.

Are you ready for a new kitchen? Before you make your final decisions, take the time to explore some of the many improvements in kitchen design and options over the last few years. You may be amazed at the potential for your kitchen in terms of both style and functionality.

Behind the Scenes

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Coming into our showroom, chances are one of our salespeople will immediately approach you and offer to help. We’re proud of our sales team, but when it comes to meeting customer needs, they are just the tip of the iceberg. We’re lucky enough to have excellent people behind the scenes who do everything you don’t see.

Flooring takes up quite a bit of space, but our warehouse and distribution people are ready to search out the flooring of your choice. Of course, our computer people make that process easier by managing our inventory and supply software which identifies your selection, rather like the way a GPS helps you find your way on the road.

Let’s move to our office staff. From our purchasing agents and accountants to our exceptional administrative staff, they keep our operation running and organized.

Transportation is critical to the success of our operation, and our products come to us by ship, train and truck. We work together with our suppliers to put together a distribution process and team that bring your flooring here with a minimum of resources and the best cost.

Beyond our own efforts, our suppliers work hard to provide a rich selection of products that combine trend-setting styles with classic characteristics that will last as long as your floor does. So when you walk into our showroom, take a minute to appreciate our entire team, not just the ones you happen to see.

Ideas from a Classic Hawaii Hotel

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The Fairmont Orchid hotel in Hawaii has an amazing balance of traditional and exotic décor. This room is one of the most strongly traditional spaces at the hotel, but it still demonstrates a tropical undercurrent.

The mood starts with the area rug. Unlike most rugs today, this was commissioned for the space. The style and colors indicate that it may date to the 1920’s, but the furniture and other elements are much newer. Not surprising, this rug was an investment designed to last past the other pieces in the room. The molding and floral oil painting to the right are also investment choices. This molding style is echoed in other rooms of this hotel.

The Fairmont line of hotels specialized in understated luxury. The furnishings are standard but well upholstered and coordinated to the rug. Another mildly exotic feel comes from the grass cloth wallpaper on the right wall. Floral curtains frame the window but don’t hide the view.

Do want your living area to focus on a classic style while still retaining some elements of your region? Look for area rugs, art, accessories and fabrics that bring your location into the room while staying traditional with your main furniture pieces the way The Fairmont Orchid hotel did with this room and you will reach your goal.