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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.

Decorating with Area Rugs

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Area rugs are a great way to add style to a room. They require minimal effort, are easy to come by and inexpensive. Check out these inspiring area rugs.

By placing a large area rug directly underneath furniture, living room dwellers are given a comfortable sitting area without the pain of installing carpets.

This large area rug carpets the majority of this sitting area, allowing guests to get comfy on the floor as well as the couch.

Place an area rug in line with an over sized mirror to elongate a small space.

Stuck with a long, narrow living room? Area rugs come in all shapes and sizes, and there’s one for every space.

Area rugs can change the look and feel of a room quickly and easily. Please come and explore the many different rugs we have in stock. Our designers can help you determine which shape and color would work best in your home.

Designing a Home Office

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Lucky you! You actually have a bonus room to turn into your home office. Since you don’t want your home office to remind you of your barren cubicle use these design tips to make it as luxurious and efficient as possible.

Location – you will likely spend many hours in your home office. Do you really want to be stuffed into the corner of your guest room? Make sure there are windows and plenty of light. If you don’t have windows face the door or hang a pretty picture on the wall. You should also consider if you want to be close to the activity in your home or if you work better when you are tucked away?

Picking furniture – consider your workflow and what items you need at your fingertips before investing in furniture, and then look for pieces that are both beautiful and functional. Keep with the theme of your home, meaning, don’t do a contemporary office if the feel of your home is warm and cozy earth tones.

And speaking of furniture – invest in a good chair. Think ergonomics. Why not use a balance ball and work on your posture and core while you work on your business?

No office beige – paint the walls a color that will inspire you. Don’t you know that color can affect your mood?

Make it comfortable – add wood floors and large area rugs. Get an oversized armchair. Wrap your bulletin board in a gorgeous fabric, and hide utilitarian bookshelves behind curtains made from the same material. Hang inspirational prints on the walls, whether that’s simply your kids’ framed artwork or a classic painting.

Organize, organize, organize – many home offices aren’t swimming in square footage, so using space efficiently is imperative. Hang floating shelves on the walls to get papers and office equipment off the desk, and use vertical file folders on the desk to keep important papers within arm’s reach. Are you a stacker or a filer? If you tend to make piles, get a nice basket to tame your mail, notes, and papers. If you prefer a clean desktop, designate one drawer for your “to-do” papers. Wooden or metal cube storage is a fun alternative to bookshelves, since each space can be used for books, knickknacks, or baskets of odds and ends.

Cords – please hide your cords. You can’t make your computer, printer and phone look pretty but you can avoid the octopus of cords that stems from these devices. Feed the cords into a desk grommet, a plastic or metal cap that helps guide cords through a hole in the desk and hides them underneath. Tame the cord jungle on the floor with cord winders, tubing, or a wire organizer that’s attached to the desk and lifts the cords off the floor.

Have fun designing and don’t forget our Goodbuy to Winter Sale is still going on until March 25th. No time like the present to come in and let us help with that home office project.

Area Rugs – How To Care For Them

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We all know that area rugs can be a focal point of a room, they can define an area and they add warmth and comfort, but what is the best way to take care of your area rugs? Are there pads you should put underneath? Do they need to be cleaned by professionals? Welcome to area rugs 101.

Area rugs, no matter if they are a family heirloom, or purchased on a budget deserve the same care and attention as your regular carpet and tile.

Here is a quick list of how to keep your area rugs looking brand new:

  • Vacuum regularly, but be careful not to fray the edges.
  • Rotate your area rug 180 degrees every now and then – anything will help – use daylight savings time as a reminder, rotate them when you store your summer patio set or put away your Christmas decorations.
  • Water spills should be wiped up immediately. Dry the rug on both sides with your hair dryer. For those of us who drink more wine than water, no judgment here, just sprinkle the stain with salt or baking soda and then vaccum it up. Use a clean white cloth to mop up the rest of the stain. Be sure to wipe in the direction of your area rug’s pile. Do not scrub.
  • Every two years you should have your area rugs professionally cleaned. They have equipment to help clean and dry the rug better than you can do on your own.
  • Consult with us about the proper padding to be placed under your rug. Padding is an important element and will both stabilize and protect your rug. Good padding also makes it safer to walk on your rug and will protect its value and appearance as well as your floors underneath your area rug.
  • If the rug is to be stored for a long time, make sure it doesn’t have exposure to light or air and be sure to vacuum or broom it before it gets stored.
  • What should you do if your rug gets damaged or frayed? Repairing a handmade rug, is very time consuming and labor intensive; as a result, repair can sometimes be costly. Therefore, when considering repairing a rug, factor in the cost of repair in comparison to the value of the rug.

This is just a quick list of tips to care for your area rugs and flooring. For more information or to browse our extensive collection of rugs please visit our website or one of our convenient locations!