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How to decorate with books

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If you’re a book lover you know how challenging it is sometimes to find a place in your home for the many books that you’ve collected over the years. Sure, standard book shelves work quite well. However, they only hold so much, and a bookshelf isn’t the most innovative way to showcase your book collection.  Even if you only own a few books, there are many interesting ways to not only display you books, but also use them for practical purposes. Here are several ideas!

If you are using a book shelf:

  • Rather than lining them all up in a perfect row, stack them both horizontally and vertically. Horizontal stacks create visual interest and break up the monotony of endless rows.
  • Display those that have fantastic covers. Face them outward. You can do this in the middle or at the end of rows. You can place them on a small stack of horizontal books. Or, you can reserve one whole shelf for them and display a tier of covers.
  • Buy fabulous book-ends and fill only 2/3 of the shelf with books so that the book-ends can clearly be seen and appreciated.
  • Purchase a display stand intended for collectible plates and showcase just a few books on the shelves

If you are not using a book shelf:

  • Stack larger books in a pile high enough to use as an end/side table. It works well to lay a small, flat piece on top – such as heavy wood or glass.
  • Buy decorative plate hangers and use them to mount the books to the wall
  • Buy a rack intended to hold recipe magazines in the kitchen, and instead display one of your books open to a favorite page.
  • Attach large gauge wire to the wall by securing it at each end, then hang the books spine up, with the wire set in the center

If you are okay with deconstructing some books:

  • Cut out your favorite pages and images and frame them
  • Cut out your favorite pages and images and create a collage and frame it.
  • Cut our your favorite pages and glue them to the back panel, inside your bookshelf, to create a wallpaper affect as a backdrop to the intact books sitting on the shelves.

See, displaying and storing books beautifully is a cinch!

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Should I Choose a Vessel Sink for my Bathroom?

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With all of the different types of bathroom sinks available in today’s market, how do you choose the right ones for your home? Choices range from different materials to shapes, sizes and even installation style. Vessel sinks provide a dramatic and attractive choice for a bathroom, particularly when the homeowner wants to make a statement. Before you make that choice, however, consider some of the factors you will be dealing with; they aren’t for everyone.

What Is a Vessel Sink?

Vessel sinks are defined as any sink that sits above counter level. The vessel may be partially recessed, or partly below the counter, or the sink bowl may sit directly on top of the counter. These sinks come in an amazing selection of materials including glass, stone, porcelain, and metal as well as in a variety of different shapes and sizes to complement almost any bathroom style.

Height

The uncommon height of a vessel sink usually means that you need to reach higher to use it. So you either purchase a lower, shorter vanity, or deal with a potentially difficult-to-use sink. Your faucet will also need to clear the rim of the sink, so be sure to take the height of the vessel into consideration with the rest of the installation to be sure you’ll be comfortable with it. Frequently faucets used with vessel sinks need to be wall-mounted.

Overflow

Depending on the state you live in, sinks are generslly required to have an overflow valve to pass the building code. Some vessels have overflows, but often metal, stone, and glass vessels do not. If your state has an overflow law, you will be required to install a grid drain with the sink to prevent it from flooding in the case of a faucet leak. This means it can be difficult to stop up the sink if desired. If your state does not have an overflow law, you may be able to install a lift and turn drain that will allow you to fill the sink as desired.

Splash

Depending on the shape of the bottom of the sink and the height of the faucet, some vessels have quite a splash when the water hits the bottom. You may want to play around with pouring water from different heights into your sink before you settle on a faucet and sink shape to avoid a drenching each time you use it.

Cleaning

Vessel sinks have two sides to clean because both the top and bottom are visible. Make sure your sink is installed to make it easy to capture dirt and dust where the sink bottom meets the vanity.

Vessel sinks have a beauty and drama that add style and a unique appeal to a bathroom, but be sure to factor in these practical considerations when making your final decision, so you will be as happy with your sink’s function as you are with its look.

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Color Guide: How to decorate with purple – Berry Ice Cream Inspiration

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Purple is a fantastic color for decorating the home. It offers a vast range of color saturation – from mild and mellow to bold and bodacious. It can be used to lull a guest into serenity, or to start the weekend party. With so many options, how do you choose the purple that’s best for you?

One excellent method is to create an analogous color scheme. Analogous color schemes rely on colors that are directly next to each other on the color wheel. They work exceptionally well with purple! To learn how to coordinate three colors that are analogous, we will take inspiration from a daintily arranged berry-based dessert that includes raspberry, violet and blueberry.

It is easy to create harmony with these colors by placing the primary emphasis on the violet (in the photo this is the ice cream.) Violet is positioned between the other two hues on the color wheel. Although it’s fun to call those two colors “raspberry” and “blueberry,” they are in fact consider a red-violet and blue-violet. Thus, these colors easily transition from one to the other in a room.The violet is the pop color that catches attention, the red-violet adds drama and richness, and the blue-violet grounds the other two, and deepens the palette with a bit of sophistication.

Analogous color schemes work wonders in rooms where you want the vibe to feel continual and uninterrupted. With all three colors blending together so nicely, there is a sense of wholeness and oneness that makes the room comfortable.  Don’t be afraid to richen it even more by adding accessories that fall within the three main colors.

If you find a throw pillow that you love, and the color is somewhere between the red-violet and violet, go for it! As long as you stay within each side of the color scheme, you can feel confident in your decorating choices.  So, where will you start? By telling us your favorite hue of purple of course!

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Where Do I Find Inspiration for My Home Color Palette?

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Every home has a color palette or a color story. This is the mix of colors that flows through the home, leading you from room to room. Ideally, a good palette should be cohesive and blend well so that each room, while different, feels like it is part of the same homet. If you’re starting from scratch and wondering how to come up with a color palette for your home, you have several different ways to go about finding one.

Historical Palettes

Depending on what type of home you have, it may have a built in color palette that you just aren’t aware of yet. Victorian, Craftsman, or Colonial, every home style comes with a set of colors that the original architects and designers envisioned would work in these spaces. For example Victorian homes have what is known as a “somber” palette; all the colors were mixed with a little black to tone them down. Craftsman homes, on the other hand, took their inspiration from nature, using colors found just outside the home such as pine green or sky blue.

If you research your home’s style, you may find some palettes that can provide you with inspiration for what will work on your walls.

Interior Design Palette

If you have a specific interior design style that you are working toward, you may find that you have a built in palette for that as well. For example, if you enjoy Country style you’ll find plenty of reds, white, blue, and yellow to work with, while Tuscan style pulls colors from the hills of Tuscany – lots of terracotta, pumpkin, sage green, and sky blue. Choosing a style to decorate your home with provides you with a rich choice of color inspiration, and helps pull everything together so it flows.

Use a Piece of Art or Home Décor

If you’re truly stuck for inspiration, try taking a look at some artwork, fabric or a colorful rug you already have in your home. Look at the colors incorporated in the piece, and use them as a jumping off point for the décor around you. As long as the colors flow together well, the design will follow.

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.