Archive for May, 2012

Century Tile on Pinterest

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in About Us, Century Tile News

Many of you are Pinterest savvy, for those of you who are not we are here to explain. Pinterest is a virtual pinboard.

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.

Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.

Century Tile has their own Pinterest board full of design inspiration for our customers. Baths, showers, kid ideas, kitchens, room scenes and backsplashes are all there for you to peruse. How fun is it to look at design ideas and imagine them in your home? You can use Pinterest to save decorating ideas for your home.  You can save patterns, furniture, and accessories that catch your eye.

How do you join Pinterest? Pinterest is currently invite-only. You can request an invite from Pinterest or you can be invited by someone who is already a part of Pinterest. When you receive an invite, you can register via Facebook Connect or connect through Twitter.

So please join Pinterest and follow Century Tile. It’s addicting!

Memorial Day Weekend

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Holidays

It’s Memorial Day weekend! While many of us are looking forward to marking the weekend with BBQ’s and camping trips, we would like to take a moment to honor and remember the men and women who have died while serving our country.

But first a history lesson -  Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the Civil War to commemorate fallen Union soldiers. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars.

On Memorial Day flags are raised to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.

Memorial Day is a time we should be offering our most sincere thoughts and solemn promise to honor the service and sacrifice of those who serve, and to ensure that those who made the ultimate sacrifice did not do so in vain. This is the time to reflect on that while giving room in our hearts for healing and optimism about a future of better tomorrows.

We wish you and your family a wonderful weekend.

Reader Question: Kitchen Backsplash

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Kitchen and Bath, Reader Question

We recently received this question from one of our readers:
I have golden oak cabinets and almond counter tops, what type and color of back splash would you recommend to give my kitchen a more updated look?
There are a few things to consider when planning a backsplash so start with asking yourself these questions:
1. Do you want the tile to blend or contrast with the other items in the kitchen?
2. How much room do you have? If you plan to keep an existing backsplash that’s part of the countertop, this limits the amount of space you have to work with.
3. Do you want the backsplash to be practical or a design element in your kitchen?
4. What colors do you want to add or pull out from your existing decor? Do you want to add a warm or cool color palette?
After you’ve answered these questions, consider glass tiles or large format tiles to give you an updated look.
If you still aren’t sure and need a visual, check out our virtual room designer. You can try on different looks here, to get an idea if you like large or small tiles, contrasting colors or tiles that blend.
Another option that might help is checking out our backsplash board on our Pinterest page. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

 

Organizing Your Kitchen

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance, Hints and Advice, Kitchen and Bath

Are you one of those people that has beautifully organized kitchen cabinets? Would you rather die than have a junk drawer? Do you use your label maker religiously? Stop making the rest of us feel bad, Martha. For those of you who have junk drawers, cabinets overflowing with bowls, strainers, cookie sheets and appliances here are a few tips to organize your kitchen. After all when one is organized one is more efficient.

Your kitchen counters, the front areas of cabinet shelves, top drawers and the fronts of lower drawers are the place to store the items you use everyday like dishes, cups, coffee mugs, serving spoons, saucepans and skillets. Choose the most accessible areas in your kitchen to store the items you use the most.

Kitchen items that are used often but not daily like graters, strainers, roasting pans and mixing bowls should be stored on the lowest or highest shelves in the cabinets or areas in the backs of drawers. You might have to stand on your tiptoes or stoop a bit, but storage is reasonably accessible.

Items like arcane tools, seasonal items or single-use gadgets that are used once or twice a year should be consigned to the dark reaches of bottom shelves and cabinets. This group also includes seasonal cookie-cutters, holiday dishware, single-use gadgets like potato ricers, oversized serving dishes, canning jars or the waffle iron. Small kitchen appliances which, left to multiply, can overtake even the largest kitchen, dangling cords and all should be gone thoroughly decluttered.  Scrutinize before assigning them storage space in the kitchen. If you have never used that ice cream maker, donate it to a friend. If any of these items are decorative, perch them on top of soffits during the off-season. Small cabinets located over the refrigerator or oven, reachable only with a step stool, are a natural home for these gadgets.

Take some time this weekend to reorganize your kitchen. Have any tips for us? Post them on our Facebook page!

 

 

Bedroom Design Trends

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hints and Advice

Many times we spend most of our energy and money on design for the main rooms in our homes, the rooms that are public, that everyone sees. We urge you, however, to think about doing something creative in the bedroom. After all, at the end of the day our bedrooms are our sanctuaries, our retreat from the world around us.

Wall paper is trendy again! Here a metallic paint design on colored wallpaper creates a dramatic look for this contemporary bedroom. To balance the space, choose a neutral, solid headboard and accessories.

Make your bedroom as serene as possible. Create a retreat-like atmosphere with soothing and well blended colors. Light purples, creams and soft greens are very popular.

Bedrooms are becoming our home within our home, almost like a hotel suite-like retreat. The master bedroom is more than just a room to sleep in — it’s trending toward becoming an all-in-one space where you can complete daily tasks without ever leaving the confines of the bedroom. Convenient features are a master suite must-have. Coffee bars complete with mini refrigerators and espresso machines give new meaning to hotel-style luxury. Another handy addition are appliances. Washers and dryers located within the space allow the convenience of tackling laundry any time of day.

Gold is becoming the accent color of choice. See how these lamps to play up this room’s Asian flare without going overboard. The graphic shape and the gold adds a rich tone against the wallpaper and headboard.

And finally inject a big dose of style with a one-of-a-kind headboard. Having a custom headboard made is often cheaper than purchasing one. Bedding can be designed based on a high-end patterns or colors you love. There are always ways to get creative with fabric.

Do Something Nice For Mom

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Events, Family, Holidays

Mother’s Day is this weekend! Yes, that’s our reminder to you that you need to plan something special for Mom. And we have plenty of ideas!

You could do the typical breakfast in bed, or brunch in an overcrowded restaurant. You could send her to the spa (never a bad option) or get her some flowers. Our suggestion this year, however, is to do something unexpected and something that will last for years and years.

Come by the store and let Mom pick out tile for a new kitchen backsplash, or new countertops in the bathroom.

You could finally tear out that old carpet and install hardwood or laminate flooring. Likewise you could replace the carpet with something luxurious and stain resistant.

You could promise to paint that accent wall that Mom has been wanting for years and years.

You could install a flagstone patio and brighten it with container gardens full of Mom’s favorite herbs. Or even just clean off the winter dust and debris and cook Mom an al fresco dinner.

You could power wash the outside of the house, and have the windows professionally cleaned. Window cleaning, we are sure, is not one of your mother’s favorite things to do.

Least of all because our mom’s are super busy, you could make her day by deep cleaning the house, or steam cleaning the carpets, or tackling those chores that she hates.

Whatever you decide to do, we wish your Mom Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Bedroom Charm

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Tips

Tutus and ballet slippers can be inspiration for a charming and feminine bedroom, like the one seen here. Many girls, teens and even adults are drawn to the aesthetics and colors of the ballet world. Using this world as inspiration, a beautiful French style bedroom design can be achieved.

 

Ballet slipper pink is a pale and flattering shade of pink that can be used on walls, carpets, furniture or bed linens in a bedroom. It isn’t as strong a pink as others and can be mixed with whites and taupes for a subtle but sophisticated palette. The pop of the black of the tutu on the armoire door illustrates the power of a black accent or two in an otherwise pale and monochromatic palette. A little bit of black can be used as an accent on fabric, including French inspired toiles and stripes.

 

Curving lines of French designs are perfect for a ballet inspired bedroom. Like the long lines of a ballerina’s legs, the sweeping curves of scrolls and vines on the armoire add to the sense of feminine grace. Grace is a key description of a space inspired by ballet.  Along with soft pastels and a few black accents, graceful lines and forms lend themselves to a feminine and glamorous style. Cabriole legs on beds, nightstands and desks have a curving elegance that perfectly suit this style.

 

Wood floors can lend the feeling of a dance or ballet studio to the bedroom. Soft, fluffy area rugs can break up the hard surface of the floor.

Flooring Trends to Try

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Carpet, Design and Decorating, Green Flooring, Hardwood and Laminate

When we think about re-decorating a room we often just focus on paint colors, window coverings and furniture, but don’t forget about the floors!

Bamboo has been around for a long time, but what we are seeing lately is an explosion of variations including wide-plank styles that mimic the look of classic hardwoods. As with all wood flooring, it’s best to keep bamboo out of moisture-prone rooms like kitchens and baths.

New factory-finished hardwood flooring offers all the charm of reclaimed timber — right down to that timeless hand-hewn look — but without the high costs associated with true salvaged lumber.

Particularly popular these days, are large-format tiles — tiles that come 12′ x 24′ and even 36′ x 36′ — as opposed to the tried-and-true 12′ x 12′ tiles. In addition to looking great, larger sizes mean more tile surface and less grout lines to clean.

Selected primarily for its amazing acoustic-insulating qualities, cork flooring also is much more comfortable to walk on than traditional hardwood and most certainly tile. Long gone are the days when cork was available in any color so long as it was blonde — today’s options span the color palette. Thanks to new factory finishes, cork is far more durable than it was just a few decades prior. But it is susceptible to moisture damage and will fade when exposed to sunlight.

In the world of carpet we are seeing far fewer shags and friezes and more patterned carpets. By using a technique that combines both loops and cut loops — hence the name ‘cut-and-loop carpet’ — manufacturers can create a carpet with patterns that range from subtle to bold.

Trendy, sleek and durable as time itself, concrete flooring jumped from bare-bones utilitarian to chic. Thanks to a multitude of available colors, textures and finishes, concrete can adapt to almost any decor. The primary concern is comfort, after all concrete is a very hard surface.

Inspired? We hope so!

Rock the Newest Decor Color Trends

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hints and Advice

Spring is the perfect time to give your home a fresh look. From serene shades to vivid hues, we have 8 color schemes you’ll want to try this season.

Liven up traditional design with the hottest spring colors. The brightly colored wallpaper for this formal dining room features two spring-inspired hues: turquoise and tomato red.

Don’t shy away from color this season. Pair classic red with hot pink for a bold bedroom design. By using gold and cream in the bedding and wallpaper, these vibrant shades don’t overpower the space.

Spring hues are ideal for a girl’s bedroom. This polka-dot pillow was the inspiration for a focal wall in a girl’s room. Damask fabric in apple green complements the vivid pink wall, while a white headboard and bedding give the space a crisp, fresh look.

One of the most appealing shades of spring is the deep blue found in this bedspread. It’s combined with other favorite hues, like tomato red, turquoise and apple green, to create an energetic and bright design.

Bring light into your room with a vivid yellow. From the circle artwork to the upholstered footboard, every item in this room has a touch of sunshine.

And there you have it – how to rock spring’s trendiest colors in your home!