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Get Rid of Household Clutter

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Do you have a problem with household clutter? Do you set your car keys down only to have trouble finding them? Usually the problem is a lack of organization and a place to store things. Sometimes in a cluttered house the materials and things start to pile up. Its time to get rid of the clutter and start an organizational house cleaning. This does not need to happen over night. Take your time and try not to get over whelmed. Take it room by room. Look at the storage features in each room, and add new closets if you need to. You can even have creative storage places along one side of your living room. A lot of the storage spaces can actually add to your decor.

Using the room by room method, sit down and take notes on how you can solve your clutter problem. For instance if you are sitting in your bedroom, look around and take notes on what is causing the most clutter. You might have to donate items and clothes to a local charity, or even toss some things out. Garage sales are nice, but involve a large amount of work, pricing and planning. Sometimes it is best to forgo something which involves creating another problem with time and energy. Just take your time, sort out things room by room, and install and create creative storage spaces if you need to.

What Are Some Good Tips for Getting Rid of Household Clutter?

In addition to the tips mentioned above, you might also like these easy tips for cleaning and preventing clutter.

Have a place for your mail when it is brought in.

Have a special place by the door to hang your car keys. Create steady habits to make your life easier.

Have an entryway complete with coat rack and umbrella stand.

Keep dirty clothes bins in each room where clothes are changed.

Teach children to clean up after themselves and have a special place for their belongings.

Keep your kitchen table and top of your refrigerator clean of clutter. This is a common catch all. Make your table beautiful by adding a center piece and a beautiful table cloth if you are of traditional design. Modern usually looks better without table cloth and a sleek clean design. Think of the beauty your clutter is hiding.

Applying Getting Rid of Clutter to Your Household

Getting rid of household clutter can become a life style choice. You will be much more productive in an environment that is tidy and rid of clutter. After awhile you will love your decor so much that is shining through, you will automatically notice when something is out of place. Make it your choice to live in a household without clutter, by adopting good organizational habits.

 

Home Flooring as Art

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Home flooring has definitely become a work of art in your home adding depth and perception to the best of interiors. A lot of the modern floor art work is taken from ancient palaces and civilizations where the most creative of decors prevailed. The floors follow suit with the ancient patterns and have also evolved into the most modern designs imaginable. Flooring as art is not only appearing in the home deco, but in commercial buildings as well. It looks tremendous to peer over a balcony or stairwell onto an elaborately prepared floor. Different flooring patterns and materials are available on the market to make the home floors enchanting and captivating. The home flooring has become your art material. 

Home Flooring As Your Art Material

As people have started taking interest in making their home more lavish and garlanded, the flooring industry has experienced an obvious boom. Today a multiple number of materials are available to make the flooring mega attractive and artistic. Although the main purpose of covering the floor is still the primary one, the aesthetics have changed the flooring scenario. Now you can have marble, clay, graphite or natural stone tiles to create your flooring art, and arrange and lay them any way you want. There are even fantastic 3-glass tiles. The glass tiles come in many colors and can have a pure luminous look also. If you want you can even install lights under them for the most chic and posh look imaginable.

Find Something You Really Like When It Comes to Flooring as Art

Some flooring is just naturally art, and you really do not have to do anything to make it extra special. Figure out what look you are going for and be as creative as you want. Ceramic is great, and can be mixed with other tile forms. There are so many possibilities, as mentioned before. You might try inlaid rock and produce any look you want. You can make a huge sun in the middle of a room, or maybe a circular pattern showing the four directions. It is almost like being in an art store and picking your supplies when it comes to using home flooring as art.

Whatever your personal style, the team at Century Tile is always ready to share our knowledge and experience.  Let us know if we can help!

 

The Four Basic Kitchen Designs

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When you are designing your kitchen, there are basically four kitchen designs or styles. While all are basic variations on the same ultimate purpose, they all function very differently and present very different options for the occupants of the home.

Traditional

First you have the most commonly found, a traditional design. A traditional design is the kind of kitchen you will see on your favorite television show with the family gathered around the table. It is the sort of kitchen you can hang out in and make a pot of coffee in the morning.  Usually featuring a kitchen table or a breakfast nook of some kind, you can complete all your meal duties in one place – preparing, eating and cleaning up.  This is the kind of kitchen that is referred to as the heart of the home.  Many different types of activities will happen in this kind of space.

Transitional

This kitchen is exactly what it sounds like – it is a kitchen in Transition between the traditional and the contemporary.  Usually it is based largely on the traditional with some features from the contemporary brought in.  Sometimes it is as simple as bringing in art, newer lighting styles or opening up one of the walls to provide more access to the rest of the house.

Contemporary

Often times, people think that contemporary and modern are the same. This is not true when it comes to design, especially the design of your kitchen. The contemporary kitchen started presenting itself in the 1960’s or so. You would find contemporary furnishings with smooth lines and no frills design. The trending colors in the 60’s were turquoise and tangerine, with a touch of black.   The “modernized” kitchen was centered around time saving gadgets and design that evoked the industrialization of the American kitchen.

Modern

The modern kitchen is for the busy person on the go and has the latest features in design and technology. You will not be able to tell where the kitchen cabinets are because they are skillfully built into the walls with touch open cabinets.The modern kitchen is similar in design to a jet liner. Smart Homes will most likely have a modern kitchen, with voice commands and smart phone control as standard options.  The lines of a modern kitchen are sleek and sophisticated, and also the most expensive direction to take in kitchen design.

 

Natural Materials for Kitchen Sinks

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There are some very good natural materials for kitchen sinks. Gone are the days of cast iron coated with porcelain showing the darkened areas where it has been chipped. Metal core porcelain is also thrown out the door when it comes to natural kitchen sinks – you can say good-bye to stains and hello to natural and lasting beauty. Forget stainless steel with all of the scratches and go for the many advantages of natural kitchen sink materials. 

What Are Good Natural Materials for Kitchen Sinks?

Copper: Copper sinks are very beautiful and come in a variety of styles. Copper is antimicrobial, which means it has the natural property of inhibiting and killing micro-organisms which is always a good thing in the kitchen.

Granite: Granite is a beautiful choice for a kitchen sink and it will last longer then any substance in your home.

Soapstone: Soapstone is the stuff that sculptures were made of in their days of glory. It is possible to have a solid counter of soapstone with the sink carved right into it.

Marble: Marble is an excellent choice for kitchen sinks and comes in a very wide variety of colors and shades.

Onyx: Onyx is immensely beautiful and makes a perfect kitchen sink. Black Onyx is especially superb and works well in a very tasteful decor. It can be polished or unpolished. 

The Many Possibilities of Natural Materials for Kitchen Sinks

There are many possibilities and benefits of using natural materials for your kitchen sink. Copper a warmth and charm that is completely unique, plus it is very lasting and durable. The stone materials are virtually indestructible, easy to maintain and clean, and almost impossible to stain. There is no rim or separate edging on stone sinks to catch germs or leak. Often a drain board is cut right into the stone along with the kitchen sink.  Soapstone almost sounds like it might be soft, but it is a metamorphic rock that is extremely hard. It is next to impossible to put scratches or abrasions on it. While it is true that some of the stone sink styles need to be combined with the right countertop choice, the benefits to having a stone sink are tremendous.

 

Four Interior Decorating Tips

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Keep these four simple interior design tips in mind when you’re planning out your next redesign.  A little bit of guidance can go a long way when it comes to a beautiful room.

Be very careful of current trendy looks. What is here today will likely be gone tomorrow. Simple trendy changes that are easily reversed are not a big deal – if you like a look you should certainly reproduce it.  Beware of difficult or permanent changes that will be a nightmare for someone else in 10 years when it is finally time to pull that dark faux wood paneling down.

Play up on your surroundings, but do not let yourself become gaudy. Just because you live by the seashore does not mean that your decor has to be in sea shells. The same thing applies to the countryside or a farm type residence – you can do rustic, or farm decor with very good taste. Pick up on natural colors from your environment for the color scheme of your walls, and use a contrasting or complimentary color for your trim. Good interior decorators will have lots to say on picking the correct wall colors for your home.

Make art an integral part of your design. Sculptures are beautiful, even in the most modern or quaint of decors. You can go with a very large painting of a nice quality and good frame, with a smaller grouping of art to the side. Make sure your frames either match to a certain degree, or compliment each other. The art of good decorating is made with complimentary items with a bold splash thrown in for emphasis. Paintings also look good without frames depending upon your style, such as paintings on stretched canvas. Do not buy artwork to simply to match your current room style, buy artwork that is beautiful and that speaks to you.  Many rooms have been built around a prized painting, and they can serve as an excellent anchor for a room.

If room permits try to include a sitting area in the master suite, a place where you can relax and have a glass of wine or a good cup of tea. Keep your favorite books at hand and a few good magazines for the ultimate in design and relaxation.

Truly beautiful interior rooms can be achieved no matter what the available budget.  Take your time and give lots of thought to the purpose of your room, your own style and taste, and don’t hesitate to ask others for opinions and insight into your new living space.

 

3 Ideas To Make Your Room Feel Bigger

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Small rooms can be tough, especially when dividing bedrooms between children. Thankfully there are quite a few ways to work with a smaller sized room to help make it feel perfect. First you need to see the shape of your room, and then get started. There is one critical point to remember – no furniture over-loading in a small room.

Space management:

In a room, some things like a cupboard, computer or writing table and bed are a must. These things need to be arranged so that they take up as little space as possible. Beds with built in storage above and below can go a long way to using all the available space. 

Decorations:

Clutter is absolutely the enemy of the small room. Leaving some open space is just as important as productively using the spaces that are required.  Small changes such as shelves on the wall rather than drawers on the floor will maintain open floor space while still providing ample storage. Small decorations and light things, like cushions can make the room look bigger.

Mirrors, windows and 3d paintings:

If your room has a window, then the sun light can certainly help brighten the room and add more visual depth. You can place a wall size mirror on one of the wall and it will make your room look double its size.  Larger paintings of open areas like landscapes can also add depth and volume to a room. It can be the wall behind your bed or the one opposing it. 

Simply choosing the right combination of furniture, colors and accessories can have a significant impact on the atmosphere and size of a smaller room.  Avoid clutter and too much furniture and you’ll be well on your way to getting the maximum use possible from your small room.

 

The Top Benefits of Carrying Out Home Cleaning Regularly

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The home is a place where a person wants to sit comfortably and relax after the stress of a long day or week at work. The last thing you want to see when you come home at the end of a long day is to see dirt, dust and junk cluttering up your living space.  Not only does dirt and dust make it impossible to fully relax, they also have long term negative effects on the structure and value of your home.  Floors, walls, gutters, windows, sinks, everything must be cleaned on a schedule in order to promote a happy, healthy home.

Often times we don’t notice the slow and steady build up of dust and dirt until the ubiquitous season of spring cleaning.  Many people prefer to hire a professional cleaning service to help them start the spring and summer off with a deep clean for the whole house.  If you’re short on your budget, you can always make a list and work through the house on your own. 

There are many reasons to keep up on your cleaning schedule:

Preventing and mitigating damage:  When you are regularly wiping down surfaces, sweeping and moping, you are far more likely to notice the early stages of damage – cracks, fading, stains and the like.  You can easily address many of these issues when you catch them early.

Preventing Allergies: Many people are sensitive to dust and pollutants, so it stands to reason that keeping your house clean and dust free will go a long way towards mitigating the misery that seasonal and atmospheric allergens can cause.

Avoid Mold Attack: Moist and humid atmospheres support the growth of mold.  Not only is it unsightly and damaging to the surfaces of your house, mold also has a proven negative effect on your health. Cleaning and maintenance are the best cures for mold in your home.

Removing Pests:  There are some very tenacious bugs out there, ready to invade even the cleanest of homes.  Yet, taking away obvious sources of food and shelter for pests will go a long way towards stopping the invasion.  Regular cleaning will also betray their presence in the early stages, when the problem of pests is easy to deal with.

Improving The Appearance: It is always embarrassing to visit an untidy home – almost as embarrassing as having someone visit your own cluttered living space.  Regular cleaning will help you to avoid those issues and stop fearing the unexpected visitor.