Enhance the Functionality and Character of Your Foyer

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The foyer is usually the first impression that visiting guests have of your home. Since it has multiple functions, this space should feature items and furniture that are not only attractive but also practical. Decorative items can also be very useful for presenting a warm and welcoming environment.

 

A stylish mirror where you can check your appearance before going out, for example, can be hung from the wall. Instead of a painting, a striking clock can be displayed. If needed, a pair of accent stools can also be placed under a table. For storing small items such as keys and spare change, bowls or jars with wide openings can be used. If ever you need more storage space, a small chest can be used instead of a table.

 

Ambient lighting can be achieved using wall sconces. To highlight decorative features such as the unusual-looking clock or intricately made jar, accent lighting can also be added. Aside from overhead lighting, additional light when putting on and taking off shoes can be provided by a small lamp placed on top of the table or chest. If you want to cut costs, adjustable lighting might be more efficient.

 

Despite the primarily functional use of foyers, aesthetics should not be disregarded. Upon entry to your home after a busy day outside, the foyer is the first thing you see. It should, therefore, exude a relaxing and inviting ambience telling you that you are home. It also gives the visitors their first impression of the interiors so it should be a dynamic reflection of yourself and your lifestyle.

 

Enhancing the sense of entry can be achieved by having a different scheme for adjacent areas. Since the space for the foyer is usually very small, you can get away with using very busy and eye-catching patterns. Combined with furniture of solid colors, harmony can still be attained. Bright colors can also be used to introduce vigor to your home.

 

A vase filled with freshly cut flowers can bring in a little bit of the nature outside into your entryway. Tall, vertical plants and hanging terrariums can add even more character to the area. Various wall displays, which do not take up valuable floor space, can immediately engage visitors.

 

Despite being a small area, the foyer is a significant part of your home. It can be a very suggestive space so taking the time to think about how you would like it to be designed is important.

Home Decor Accessories Room By Room

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In this overview of home decor accessories we will take a quick look of some very enhancing features of their addition to the total decorating package, room by room. The total decorating package includes every room in your home. It is good to add the beauty of accents without going into debt. You can add many wonderful accents and accessories in a sensible and economical way using a little ingenuity.

Good Suggestions for Home Decor Accessories

In every room window coverings, blinds and curtains are a very important addition, and can set the mood for the home. Accessories can be functional such as a clock, mirror or stool.A form of artwork is also good for every room. Side tables and lamps can also add to both the functionality and décor of your home.

Living Room: In addition to the draperies in your living room there are other accessories you should consider. Paintings, sculptures and coffee table centerpieces add a definite statement as fantastic living room accessories.

Dining room: The dining room can also have rich drapes or the lighter shades and blinds. Good accessories include a focal point of a major lighting piece, and possible wall sconces. Be sure to keep in with your decorating scheme.

Den: The den is a more relaxed room and deserves fun accessories. Decide what your family would enjoy and take it from there. Unique novelty pieces can make a great statement here.

Kitchen: Accessories for the kitchen are numerous. Keep with in your decorating style and try not to create a cluttered look. Lighting plays a big role as an accessory in the kitchen, altering the mood, look of food and the ease of preparing meals.  Don’t make the mistake of placing low lighting in the kitchen – you’ll need to watch where knives are cutting!

Bedroom: The bedroom is your special place, and deserves your special accessories. The main focus in a bedroom is typically the bed covering.  Start here and let your own personality shine.

Be Creative With Your Home Decor Accessories

Be creative when you are adding and selecting your home decor accessories. They are the finishing touches on your painting, the decor of your home. You don’t need to be a decorator just keep everything tastefully placed for a total decorating package.

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!

 

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.

 

Choosing a Color Scheme for Your Room

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Color is one of the most effective tools in making a design statement. We associate colors with different feelings, and different combinations can conjure different atmospheres.

Using the Color Wheel

Choosing the right color scheme can help us in making decisions regarding the furniture and décor. With a color wheel, determining the colors that match with each other can be made simple. A complementary color scheme makes use of colors opposite each other on the color wheel. When introducing contrast to a room, a complementary color is usually a good choice. Red, for example, goes with green, and blue goes with yellow. The stark contrast can make a room much brighter and livelier. High contrast schemes can enhance the formality.

On the other hand, an analogous color scheme makes use of colors next to each other on the color wheel. Red, for example, is next to orange, and blue is next to violet. These combinations can make a room seem more relaxing and so they ought to be used in bedrooms and other areas where people try to relax.

Drawing Inspiration from Nature

Aside from the color wheel, nature itself can be used as an inspiration. Different shades of orange and brown are reminiscent of autumn, while shades of yellow and blue are evocative of spring. Various hues of blue combined with white are also suggestive of the sky and the sea, while shades of green combined with brown mimic the colors of the trees.

Adding a Bit of Accent

Once you have chosen an assortment of colors to use, try adding a few black elements to enhance them. It can make the other colors pop.  Conversely, to increase the soothing quality of a space, white and beige can also be added.With these few colors in mind, apply the 60-30-10 rule. This suggests having 60% of the main color, 30% of the secondary color and 10% of the accent color.

Testing Out the Colors

At the supply store, see if you can request samples and swatches of the colors you have chosen. Placing these samples in the areas where they would be used can help you make sure that they would look good with the lighting available in the room.

Colors have a great impact on the look of a room and even on the performance of activities within that space. A good scheme can combine a variety of colors and evoke feelings appropriate to the style and function of a room. Drawing inspiration from different tools and the surroundings, choosing the right one can become very easy.

 

 

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Building Your Own Home Office

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With a home office, you can easily work from the comforts of your own place.Whether you are a writer, artist, engineer, doctor or accountant, your home office should contain good furniture and accessories. They should make you feel focused but still very much at ease. Ergonomics is very important in reducing the risks for injuries, especially for repetitive movements such as typing.

The area must be spacious enough to contain a desk and the necessary equipment you need, but it does not have to be too grand. A table beside the window in a peaceful room inside the house can already act as a simple home office. Furniture with casters can allow you to move things around. A good layout will let you to move from the desk to another work area such as the computer table without difficulty.

Storage options such as drawers and shelves should be able to hold the office supplies, and be easily reachable. Labels can help in organizing the items. In small spaces, tall bookcases or shelves mounted on the walls can utilize the vertical space.  For those working with larger spaces, a lounge chair or even a couch can be included and used for short breaks. 

To attain greater efficiency, proper lighting should be installed within the home office. Task lighting can facilitate reading, writing, drawing, printing and other actions necessary to complete the work. A desk lamp or lighting fixtures installed beneath the wall-mounted shelves can brightly illuminate the work area.

Aside from artificial lighting, natural lighting should also be considered. Daylight affects the mood and productivity of a person – plus, it can also help to reduce the strain caused by the light fixtures and computer screen on your eyes. If the office table is placed right by the window, blinds can be used in order to control the amount of sunlight coming in. 

The color scheme of the area can also affect productivity. Uplifting colors such as yellow can boost energy, while pale colors such as green can calm your mind. For a personal touch, framed photographs and artwork can be hung from the walls.

Like any other spaces, a home office should be tailored to its user and the type and volume of work.Even in such a simple space, an industrious but enjoyable atmosphere can promote good work habits and help you expand your career.

 

Window Treatments as Practical and Decorative Tools

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Window treatments are both decorative and functional. They can increase the aesthetic value of a space, provide greater privacy and prevent intense sunlight and heat from entering. With your needs and style in mind, a wide array of window treatment options can be considered.

Treatment Options

There are many choices including three main categories of window treatments. Blinds, which are available in a wide variety of materials, are basically screens that are usually on rollers. Some also come with poles and cords that may be pulled down to roll the screen upward and let a little bit of daylight in.

Shutters, on the other hand, are constructed with panels that can cover the window. If privacy and security is an issue, this treatment might be the best choice. Depending on your preference, the incline of louvered shutters can be adjusted. This treatment also provides good insulation and is appropriate for houses located in cold areas. However, for rooms with high humidity such as the bathroom and the kitchen, shutters are not ideal.

Third, we have the curtain. Mostly made of fabrics, this treatment can be tied and parted easily. Depending on the material of the fabric, sunlight can sometimes shine through. They can also be used to dress up blinds, which usually look rigid and simple.

Layers

In bedrooms where there should be privacy, different layers can be used to consider the necessary level of privacy as well as the ideal amount of daylight allowed inside. Side panels, sheers and blackout rollers, can be combined to let daylight in the room in different intensities.

Colors and Patterns

In a room without very many patterns, bold colors and textures can be introduced through the window treatment. Different prints can be used for the main fabric, lining and trim. On the other hand, if the room is brimming with patterns or is rich with ornaments, solid colors and light patterns would be more suitable.

Shapes and Curves

If you want to provide contrast in a room full of linear furniture and appliances such as the kitchen, curtains that feature soft curves can be a good option.

As practical and attractive additions to a room, the window treatments can be an effective design statement. They come in variety of types, materials, texture, color, patterns and sizes. With these many options, you can easily choose one that is most suitable to your needs and style.

 

Putting Function First When Designing the Nursery

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Decorating the nursery can be one of the most exciting activities when preparing for the baby. There is an overflowing excitement that expecting parents have, which can be expressed creatively through this design project – but it can also be overwhelming and intimidating for those who have no idea where to begin.

When designing for the nursery, it is easy to want the room to look the best it can. Although aesthetics are important, we still have to keep in mind that we should focus on the functional furniture first before the accessories. The baby would not notice if the flooring complements the ceiling, but a comfortable crib would surely matter to him or her.  Also, for the inevitable baby mess making moments, the surfaces and materials used for the room should be easy to clean.  

The crib, which is usually the centerpiece of the room, should be strategically located near the door where parents can reach it without stumbling or bumping into other furniture, even in the dark. It should also be placed away from the windows where there might be drafts or where the sunlight might hit directly. When choosing a crib, avoid those with horizontals slats that the baby can use to climb out. The space between these slats should also be small enough as to not allow him or her to get stuck in between.

Right next to the crib, having a changing table or nursing station is ideal. Wet accidents can be frequent, and having the changing table close to the crib will allow the parents to quickly clean up the mess and change the diapers.

Storage for these diapers and other necessities should be present within the room. Articles and accessories for infants accumulate over time so it is important to accommodate for more things than you start out with. To help make it more comfortable for the mother to feed or to hold the baby, you can place a rocking chair or a recliner by the window. A night table or a side table can also be a nice addition to the room. As the baby brows, tables and other furniture should be secured to the wall or to the floor using nylon straps or L brackets.

Aside from functionality, safety is another crucial concern when designing the room. Electrical outlets should be covered and cables should be securely tucked away. Choking hazards and harmful products should be stored out of the baby’s reach.

Designing a nursery can be challenging, but when we carefully consider not only the needs of the new baby but also the joy that the room will bring, it can also be an exciting part of getting ready for baby.

 

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.  

 

Best Ideas to Decorate a Kitchen

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What are the best ideas to decorate a kitchen? Although the living room is the main room of the house, as it makes an impression about the owner, the kitchen is also very important. This is basically because it gives an impression about the lady of the house. As such, the kitchen needs to look good, as it is the heart of a home with many activities taking place. 

What Are the Best Ideas to Decorate a Kitchen?

The best ideas to decorate a kitchen are allowing for creativity and choice of favorite themes and colors. 

The choice of a beautiful theme allows one to decorate the kitchen using various shades depending on their preference. Lucky enough, one can also include the traditionally renowned colors. This allows for personal taste and can be personally satisfying. 

The decor of the kitchen and its accessories are some of the things to look out for. Keeping few accessories in the kitchen helps to add a touch and define a particular theme. Themed pictures or pictures that connect to one another help here.

 The curtains and the floor should be inviting to allow for a feeling of warmth and accommodation.

The shades of color for the kitchen walls should be chosen wisely. Painting different colors on different walls is a great idea and they can be tied in using a wallpaper border to decorate the walls with a new themed decor. 

On the walls, artwork, kitchen utensils or even a clock can be cheerful while useful.

A kitchen should have large windows to allow for free flow of air and also for illumination into the kitchen during the day. The lighting of the kitchen, again, should be well arranged so activities in the house during the night can be done with ease. 

The space in a kitchen should be ample to allow for movement. A kitchen needs to be well arranged so that it is neat and tidy. This encourages a healthy environment at the end of the day. 

Putting the Best Ideas to Decorate a Kitchen in Action

A well designed kitchen can add a great amount of satisfaction to your life.  It is the center of family life and a busy place both day and night!  Putting extra thought into the decor of your kitchen will pay you back greatly.  If you are not sure where to start, feel free to consult with a trusted flooring dealer, Century Tile, to help get you going.