Upgrades for a Tired Living Room

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If your living room is looking tired, you may not need to completely redecorate. There are changes you can make to make the room look like new. Your room may benefit from one, or a few of these upgrades.

Upgrade the artwork. Art can make or break a room. A room can easily be changed simply by replacing the artwork. If the existing art is just taking up space on the wall, you may need to pick art with a more exciting subject matter. Art should draw the eye in. If your eye simply wanders past your current art work, it may be time to invest in some exciting new pieces.

Buy a new, large rug to go under the seating. The most common mistake people make is buying rugs that are too small, simply for the price factor. Larger rugs provide a more inviting feel and an added element of texture. The rug should extend beyond the seating arrangement instead of stopping right at the legs or before far from the furniture. If you have questions about the correct size of rug for your room, feel free to ask us at Century Tile.

Upgrade the sofa. The sofa tends to be the largest natural focal point in a living room because it is the largest furniture piece in the space. If your sofa is tired, your living room may be as well.

If you are not yet ready to invest in a new sofa, try new accent pillows instead.  The accent pillows can set the tone for the entire room. If your current pillows are worn or have lost their shape, purchase a few in a new accent color or pattern.  You’ll be amazed at the instant transformation!

A coffee table is another important piece in the living room space. This piece should demand attention itself, as well as the items that are placed on it. If your coffee table is just to serve the purpose of housing remotes and other mundane items, first try clearing it off and selecting a few display pieces to as a centerpiece.

If your new centerpiece is just not enough, it may be time to upgrade your coffee table. Select an exciting coffee table that feels beautiful in the space. This piece of furniture has the ability to dress up a sofa and the room itself!

Selecting the Perfect Area Rug

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Area rugs are powerful interior accents. They can transform a room. Use a rug if you need to add warmth to a space since some spaces can feel rather cold. For example, tile and stone can actually cool a room. Add an area rug to add instant warmth and comfort to any room. Rugs can also help to protect your beautiful floors. But how do you decide what type of rug to buy? Consider the following to narrow your search.

Take into account what is on the walls. If you have a patterned wall paper, you will want to select a simple rug. It is probably not the best idea to select a busy patterned rug when there is already a pattern on the wall. In this case choose a solid color, or if you want more depth you can pick a textured weave that is made out of several different colors of yarn.

Area rugs can be beautiful works of art. If you want to showcase your rug then try not to cover it up. Select glass top accent tables that will allow a clear view of the beautiful rug. For a more formal rug, find one with decorative edges. For example tassels are normally found on traditional rugs.

The size of the rug depends on the size of the space, and what will be sitting on top of it. For a dining room table, there should be at least two inches sticking out from the chairs when they are pulled out. The same goes for upholstery such as sofas and chairs.

Acceptable arrangements include the front legs of furniture on the rug, while the back legs rest on the floor (if the furniture backs up to a wall) as well as centering the rug in a seating area without any of the furnishings resting on the rug. When determining the size, consider the shape and proportion of the furnishings on or around where the rug will be placed.

If you have questions about the size, shape or color of rug that is right for your home, stop by one of our locations or fill out a form and we will contact you!  We look forward to helping you with your decision.

Three Area Rugs Compared

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There are many ways to play with pattern in area rugs. There will be patterns that work perfectly in your space. After considering the size, shape, existing colors and design of the given room there are still endless patterns for you to choose. In this post we will talk about three carpets and how they might work for specific types of interior design in your room. 

This first area rug will look great in a room that has a retro feel or can be used in a more formal room to add a bit of fun to the design. It feels vintage because of its use of shades of brown which harken back to the sixties and seventies interior design aesthetic. The colors in the carpet are neutrals which gives it versatility and will work well with almost any color palette. 

This second area rug is a little more modern in nature. This would work well in a room with white modern furniture and metal fixtures or accents. It is minimalistic in design with a modern abstract pattern that adds visual interest without having to use a more traditional pattern. It’s use of black and white with a pop of deep red create continuity in the narrative for minimalism. 

This third area rug is one that demands attention. It has a classic feel, and is able to fit into almost any room’s color scheme. But it’s pattern is powerful and complex. The fanning of the design that surrounds its circular interior creates visual interest, pulling the eye inward. This is a rug that works well in a room with a strong visual center, such as a dining room table or bed.

These are just three interpretations of area rugs for your space. This is simply a demonstration showing ways to think about their characteristics.  This should help with the decision when choosing the best area rug for your room. If you liked any of these three carpets in particular, you can find them on our website Century-Tile.com

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Area Rugs, The Forgotten Accessory

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When it comes to area rugs, they can often be overlooked as an accessory for your home. Do you have a room that feels incomplete, lacks warms and that inviting feeling? When you think about area rugs, don’t think floor covering (unless that’s your specific purpose!) think accessory….as in jewelry. When you think about how an area rug can finish off a room much the same way the right necklace can finish an outfit – then you’ll begin to see the value of what area rugs can do.

Area rugs are like magic carpets. They can transport and transform, “move” rooms (and their mood) from ordinary to extraordinary, change a room’s personality and character. They can do this through their color, shape, texture and size.

Area rugs are incredible design tools. They can define a space, act as a finishing touch, establish a color scheme, underlie a key piece of furniture, soften a hard surface, welcome guests to your home.

Area rugs improve your life. They can warm bare feet on cold surfaces, prevent wear in heavy traffic areas, protect children/elderly against injury from falls and absorb sound to reduce noise. Area rugs can also cover flaws in flooring and hide not so perfect carpeting. (Voila! Problem solved.)

Area rugs are the masters of change. They’re the only floor covering you can pick up and move, easily replace – change with the changing seasons. Tired of the way a room looks? Try changing your area rug before changing other things like wall colors. You’ll be amazed at what the change can do.

Area rugs cover the cost spectrum. They can be inexpensive and machine made (cotton and synthetic) to very expensive, handmade ancient weaves.

Think an area rug might be the perfect solution for your room? Century Tile has a great selection! 

Choosing the Materials Most Suitable for a Pet-friendly Home

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Pet lovers do not have to sacrifice comfort and style when designing with animals in mind. There are lots of materials available today that can suit the needs and lifestyles of different pets.

For the floorings, bare hard surfaces are still obviously ideal. However, this does not mean that there should be no design at all, or that style and beauty are out of the picture. Patterns can be created with stamped concrete, and a splash of color can be added to the room with painted concrete.

Instead of carpets, opting for inexpensive rugs can be more practical. Rugs and mats, which are easier to pick up and remove than carpets, can be cleaned right away when a pet sheds, or makes any of the classical pet messes on it. Ideally, the rug should also be cheap enough to throw away when it gets too dirty. If you really prefer carpeted floors, avoid long continuous carpets and try carpet tiles instead.

For the walls, semi-gloss paint is more suitable that a flat finish when it comes to wiping off dirty spots. For the furniture, leather should be considered as it is a durable material – but, if you’re opposed to items made from animals, pleather can be a good choice.

If the pets are allowed in the bedroom, the bed can be fitted with thick pads to protect the mattress from the extra wear and tear. Cotton, which is washable, is best for the bed sheets and pillow cases. Duvet covers can also work well.

Rugs, carpets and upholstery can also be matched with the fur of the pets, especially of those who sheds the most. Aside from getting inspiration from these beloved animals for the color scheme of the interiors, the fur they leave behind would not be very visible against the same hue. Of course, vacuuming regularly is still necessary. Fur can attract dirt that can soil the fabric it is sitting on. Keeping the pets well-groomed with trimmed hair and nails can also prevent damages on the furniture and the house itself.

Aside from being washable and easy to clean, surfaces and materials should also be durable. Dogs wag their tails and cats think everything is a scratching post. Sometimes, they unknowingly hit or accidentally trip over items scattered throughout the house. If there are any fragile items inside the house, it would be ideal to keep them away from the pets or by displaying them in a cabinet with glass panels.

Putting a little thought into the choice of your flooring material will help tremendously while living with pets.  Flooring experts are available for consultation at Century Tile to help you through the entire process.  

 

Floating the Idea of Floating Furniture

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10293098_SFloating furniture might sound like we’re talking about pool floats, but we’re talking about moving furniture away from the walls.  Why is it we like to line up our furniture around the perimeter of a room and leave the middle empty?  Are we hosting Zumba parties in the empty space in the middle of our living rooms?  Probably not.  While floating furniture in the middle of the room might not be new to you, there are ways to do it successfully and not so successfully.  This living room is a good example of a room that almost gets it right.

Elements this living room does successfully include having the furniture focused around the center of the room.  Having the two couches face each other, allows for a great conversational area, but the seating area is also focusing in on the fireplace and television.  Using an area rug to center and ground the furniture is another good thing.  The rug extends beyond the sofa and makes the seating area feel larger.

The two sofas and chairs not seen in the image help to create a balanced room. The larger ottoman that can be used as a coffee table seems similar in size to both sofas.  Using a smaller centerpiece in this room could be beneficial as far as aesthetics go.

One tricky thing with floating seating arrangements is where to put the lighting.  You have to be strategic with lighting sources because you don’t want to have cords running throughout the room.  This particular living room has overhead lighting.

Area Rug Brings Space Together

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fromPTG100512Most of us think of rectangular rugs in a living or dining room when we consider area rugs. But the right rug in a hall like this can make all the difference.

This rug provides warmth and draws the eye down the hall. It breaks up the dark wood floor and helps define the edges of the surrounding rooms without the need for doors or other separating features.

The classic style of this rug suits the traditional architecture and antique wood furniture. This home conforms to a very specific style and the rug supports that.

The big surprise in this space is the choice of yellow on the walls. It’s a vivid color, but the white molding, dark floors and neutral rug help moderate its tone.

Hall-shaped area rugs come in almost as many styles, colors and patterns as traditional rectangular rugs. The pattern is often tighter because of its narrow perspective. They are, however, most commonly seen in traditional settings where an Oriental look is standard.

Do you have a place in your home that would benefit from a hall rug? One could provide a clear path through a home with an open living area, add interest to a long hallway, or carry forward a design style from one room to another. This type of rug is also often used on wood stairways to add softness and stability.

Some of today’s halls may be too narrow for this type of rug to work well. It’s nice to have some of the flooring show on either side of the rug for contrast. Measure the length and width of your hall or stairway, and bring those measurements with you to our showroom. We’ll help you determine whether a rug like this could add color and interest to your home.

Design Element: Animal Print

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366606_S“Lions and tigers and bears… oh my.” In the design world this quote is more aptly put “leopards and zebras and cows.”  Animal prints have been longstanding design elements that have become classic patterns. As with any pattern or design, these patterns come in and out of fashion.  Cowhide, zebra and leopard seem to take turns being the “it” pattern when it comes to both fashion and design.

What makes these patterns real classics is that when used in small doses, they can work in both traditional and contemporary spaces. A zebra skin rug, the darling of shelter magazines a few years ago, is a much stronger design statement than a needlepoint pillow in a zebra pattern. Playing with size and scale can make these animal prints feel bold or refined. Where they are used also affects the power of their impact.  A pillow or rug in animal print becomes an accent. A sofa or wall covered in animal print is more of a statement. When working with animal prints it is all a matter of scale.

This black and white living room is centered by a classic zebra skin rug. Unlike many other African animals, zebras are not endangered. The rug’s bold pattern is the only pattern in the room so the eye is drawn to it. Using only black and white furniture creates a strong graphic look to the room that feels very contemporary. If you paired a zebra rug or cowhide rug with more traditional furnishings you would achieve a very different result.

Cottage Style in the Bedroom

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10963164_SCottage style is great for creating a warm and inviting bedroom. The bedroom pictured here has a lovely winter white painted bed and shabby chic bed linens that create a lovely, light bed that suits the space. The walls covered in this patterned wallpaper add tons of cottage charm to the room.

Cottage style combines vintage and feminine accents with comfortable furniture.  The winter white painted bed and desk used as a nightstand are not matching pieces but the color of the paint unites them. Keeping the bedding simple, but layering it with different textures and patterns makes for a beautifully made bed.  A pair of small table lamps would provide bedside lighting for both sides of the bed when the curtains aren’t drawn back. Despite being made up of vintage and mismatched pieces, the furniture in this bedroom feels like a suite because of the similar color.

One cottage element lacking in this space is something soft on the floor. Two small runners flanking the bed would provide a soft place to land your feet in the morning. Area rugs and runners are a great place to add another layer of texture or a spot of color. They could be similar in color to the floor or pick up the white from the furniture and bedding.

More Ways to Make your Home Cozy for Winter

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Flannel sheets and a hot water bottle can make for a cozy winter bed on chilly nights. Taking the same idea of flannel sheets and the cozy hot water bottle and applying it to your winter décor will create a cozy home that will keep you warm all winter.

Blocking drafts and cold air from getting into your home is the first place to start. Replacing windows is a big expense but will save you thousands in heating bills over their lifetime. If this isn’t an option, look for products that can block the cold air from getting through the cracks around windows and doors.  There is a huge selection of products at the big box home stores.

Adding heavier curtains to windows is an easy way to keep the heat in. Opening the curtains to capture the sun during the day and shutting them at night is something our grandmothers did.  And it still works today.

Fight chilly floors by adding warmth through area rugs.  Or banish cold floors forever with wall to wall carpet.  If you prefer the look of wood, tile or stone floors, look into adding in-floor heating. Obviously this is a much larger expense than a few area rugs, but if you are doing a remodel or new construction, it might be worth the upfront expense.

Small touches like a cozy throw on the sofa, a roaring fire and extra blankets on the bed can fight those winter chills.  Flannel sheets and hot water bottles really do make for a cozy winter bed.