Cold Weather Activities

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Staying active during the cold winter months can be difficult. But it is important to stay active no matter what the outdoor conditions in the winter. Fitness can suffer if you decide to take a break from your normal routine and keeping up with this routine can give you a boost to your immune system to fight off those winter colds. So what are some great ways to stay active?


Walking is one way to work around the cold temperatures and snow. Be sure to bundle up correctly so as not to get frostbite or have any discomfort while outside. And if the temperatures are on the cusp of being cold you can always layer so that by the time you start to feel warm on your walk you can peel off one of those layers for comfort. 


Another way you can keep up your workout regimen is to join an indoor gym and set yourself up with some goals. With the gym you are able to expand your horizons through classes where you can try new things. This might include yoga or spin classes, which are great ways to get out and socialize in the winter month when shorter days can sometimes make us feel a little isolated. You can mix it up with individual cardio and weights. Gyms are great because they offer large variety.


If you enjoy venturing out into the cold, hitting the slopes with your snowboard or skis can help combat winter lethargy. These two activities provide fantastic cardio and are great ways to improve coordination. If you have physical limitations that prevent these more rigorous activities you could look around with local businesses to see if they offer something like snowshoes or sledding. You could even bring the whole family!


And finally, the most practical and efficient form of exercise. Cleaning can be therapeutic and cleansing. But when you take to cleaning your entire house from scrubbing floorboards to dusting, loads of laundry and then folding it, vacuuming and mopping. These activities burn calories and at the same time you can feel accomplished at the end of your session when your house is sparkling back at you and you’ve gotten in your daily activity.


Getting physical activity in during the winter months can be hard but it is not impossible. Let us know in the comments—what are the unique and creative ways you get your exercise in during the winter?

Design By Era

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Have you ever thought about finding a decade or era whose style and home decor resonate with you? Sometimes a fresh perspective and a new approach can help reinvigorate a redesign. It can be very hard to make a decision if you don’t know where to start and this can oftentimes stall your projects. But with a little help, these design ideas might help you get started again with a better idea of what you want to do. 


One way to do this is to not feel boxed into just one era per room—feel free to play with mixing different eras to create a more layered look. Rustic dark wood and cabin like touches of decor can harken back to large hunting cabins and a more simple type of living. The addition of sleek modern technology such as a built in stainless steel stove in the kitchen or more modern pieces of furniture can keep your room from feeling dated.


Conversely, you could try using a light to gray wood flooring with wider planks and a matte finish can create a wonderfully modern look to your room. Retro pieces such as a brightly colored antiques from the 60’s can keep your modern design from feeling cold and lifeless. You might even try a rug with color and design that keeps the modern design feeling fresh and from falling flat.


The other approach is to commit to a decade entirely—if you have always loved the roarin’ 20s and want to go all out in recreating the decade you could try creating a bedroom that drips of the decade’s decadence and flapper style. Liven up the room with a decadent chandelier for lighting. Add a beautiful vanity with large mirrors. The possibilities are endless and this is just an example for one decade in particular. 


There are so many ways to use the styles of eras or decades past to put together a design for your room that will tell a story or add more layers to your rooms final look. Try to think about what your style is and research past design trends to see if there is something out there for you that you didn’t even know existed. 


To update your flooring to match your era-inpsired design visit our website at Century Tile for ideas and concepts.

Tips for Creating a Successful Gallery Wall

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Gallery walls are becoming increasingly popular. This technique is best explained as a wall with art and photos, similar to the look of an art gallery. The concept is great for family homes because it gives you a way to display the many family photos that accumulate over the years. It is also ideal for people that have ample art to display. Find out how to successfully pull off this technique!

Groupings of art or photos need to be tied together so that it doesn’t give the appearance of a chaotic mess. There are several ways you can tie the different photos or art together.

Coordinate colors. Group together similar colors together. You can mix art and photos together by grouping subject matter, relative by color scheme. For example group black and white photos with line drawings, pencil and charcoal art. The relative component in the relative component is the colors is black and white. Use the same color frame if possible.

Family photos generally have many different colors within them. Keep the gallery wall in unison by selecting the same color frames or the same frames in different sizes. If you wish to use all different photo frames, consider using the same type of photos, such as organized by age (children’s photos as they grow are a great example). This will keep the gallery wall harmonious while using an eclectic group of frames.

Gallery walls art or photos are either hung in symmetrical groupings or asymmetrical groupings. If the subject matter is a mixture of art and photos keep the grouping relative by hanging frames in a symmetrical layout. If the grouping of art’s subject matter is relatively simplistic; choose an asymmetrical layout. This will add interest to your gallery wall.

The key to a successful gallery wall is to have a common element throughout the grouping. This can be achieved by coordinating color schemes of the subject matter, frame selections or the layout style of the grouping. Choose one of the above techniques to unite your gallery wall!

Color Pallet: Lava Living Room – Steel Grey, Cranberry, True Red, Blood Orange

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This goes without saying but let’s do it anyway. This space is not for the faint of heart! It’s daring, stark and edgy. But the beauty of it is that none of those attributes detracts from the fact that it is also very sophisticated. Furthermore, it has exceptionally artistic vibe, much like an art gallery. Not sure what the heck one would do with this sort of idea? It’s an ideal concept for a brooding artist, a serious corporate business executive, a big-city dweller, or someone who loves a clean feeling! You get the idea…

For purposes of this post we’ll focus on using it to achieve a modern décor with a sophisticated twist in a city loft. To do so we are going to break the elements of the room down in sections because it’s often easier to understand them that way. If you happen to be a novice, this approach will make learning our design a breeze! Just read the bullet points for each aspect of the décor and extract what works best for your personal vision.

The color pallet: Steel Grey, Cranberry, Blood Orange, True Red


What makes the colors work well together?

  • One dominant shade that is highly saturated – red in its various forms.
  • Gray that feels slightly unharmonious with the red. It gives the red a visual immediacy.
  • White serves as the much needed visual relief – a place for the eye to rest among the strong relationship between the red and gray.

What makes the design sophisticated?

  • Everything!
  • Straight lines
  • Geometric shapes
  • Limited use of pattern
  • Glass and metal
  • Minimalism
  • Simplicity
  • Massive piece of bold artwork as the focal point

What makes the room glamorous?

  • The incorporation of white

What makes the room versatile?

  • It works well for both a masculine or feminine aesthetic

Color Pallet: Country Library

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If you long for a sense of warmth and peace you might want to consider turning one of the rooms in your house into a country library. This style is also known as primitive because it relies on simple, old fashioned furnishings inspired by the Americana aesthetic of yesteryear. You’ll frequently find rough textures, and saturated color that’s been artistically treated to look muted.

Items such as braided rugs and quilts will be casually lying around, and table-and-chair sets are usually sparse wood pieces geared more toward function than comfort. Practicality was a big influence on country style inspired by early folk art, so something such as a table would have been viewed as a surface for the handiwork that was a prevalent part of life.

Creative pragmatism makes for a room that is comforting because it is humble yet feels entirely stable and reliable. With all that said, let us not forget that country primitive style is also fabulous and pretty in its own way, and you could certainly glam it up a bit if you so desired!

For purposes of this post we’ll focus on using it to achieve a rustic library. To do so we are going to break the elements of the room down in sections because it’s often easier to understand them that way. If you happen to be a novice, this approach will make learning our design a breeze! Just read the bullet points for each aspect of the décor and extract what works best for your personal vision.

The color pallet: Muted Jade, Rose Brown, Chocolate Brown, Muted Pink Lemonade, Matte Black


What makes the room inviting?

  • Shelves full of old books
  • A fireplace that dominates the space
  • The rocking chair
  • Large area rug

What makes the colors work well together?

  • They are all muted to the same level of saturation as the neutrals and natural materials in the room
  • Red and green are complimentary, and pink and jade are derivatives of these colors
  • Though readily apparent, the pink and jade play second fiddle to the neutral colors, and this is appropriate in primitive style home decor

What makes the design country/primitive?

  • Rocking chair and spindle leg table
  • Old fashioned books and pictures on the wall
  • A hearth
  • Abundant texture
  • Simplicity


Winter Mantel Decorating Ideas

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The fireplace is traditionally the heart of a home and often the place where people are drawn, particularly in the winter months. Therefore, when it’s time to decorate your home for the season, it makes sense to pay particular attention to the mantel. After all, this is a visual focal point of the room. Try using any of these ideas to create a mantel decoration that will capture everyone’s attention.

Winter Greenery

Don’t overlook the simplicity of winter greens for making a beautiful and formal decoration on your mantel. Look for evergreen swags you can drape across the mantel, and then try studding the greens with pinecones, bulb ornaments, bird’s nests, and other small items to help complete the look. You can also create small swags and circles out of holly branches or mistletoe; try arranging small groups of them around candles you can light in the evening to enhance the effect.

Mitten Clothesline

Have a little fun with your mantel and invoke the image of mittens drying by the open fire by creating a mitten clothesline. String a line across the mantel, and pick up several pairs of mittens from a dollar store or other discount vendor. Clip them to the line in coordinate colors to give the impression that many little hands are warming up after a cold day outside.

Winter Topiary

Create timeless decorations to display on your mantel this year, and for years to come by making some winter topiaries in a variety of sizes. Create a holiday-themed topiary out of bulb ornaments to display in the center of the mantel, or create two smaller topiaries out of pinecones to set on either end. You can also combine the topiaries with fresh greenery to help enhance the look of the mantel and bring something else to focus on into the overall design. Just be sure that you don’t duplicate the materials used in the topiary elsewhere in the design, so that each component can shine on its own.


3 Dimensional Wall Décor Ideas

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Wall décor is a must for every room. It adds personality and interest to the room, gives you something to focus on, and can help brighten up the space and complete the design of the room. If you’re looking for something other than pictures and standard wall art to display on your walls, consider one of these dimensional wall décor ideas instead.

Wall Plants

If you like greenery, why not create some living walls in your home? Wall planters are available that are large, shallow boxes that mount vertically to the wall. The plants are able to grow up the walls, rather than out of pots, which makes a living art display anywhere in your home. Just position them across from a window to get the best light and turn your walls into your own greenhouse.

Water Fountains

Wall fountains are a beautiful trend in interior design right now. Not only do they give you a sculptural feel to the walls, they also provide ambient sound to the room. This can create a soothing, tranquil feeling in the room that can enhance the rest of the design. Opt for a fountain that is large enough to really make a visual statement as well as an auditory one for the best results.


You’ve probably already thought of wall shelves and niches as a way to display things on your walls, but what about built in pillars? Pillars allow you to arrange items at varying heights on the wall for a more eclectic look. You can also mount pillars on the wall next to your stairs, rising in height with the stairs to emphasize the shape of the wall and give you some added interest in this area.

Metal Wall Sculpture

If you’re in the market for some wall art, consider opting for some metal wall sculpture. Metal has an ability to be bent and shaped in ways that allow it to come right off the wall, while still remaining thin and relatively flat. This adds a lot of extra dimension to the room, because you can view the piece from several angles and see it differently each and every time.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!