Adding Drama to Your Homes Decor – Strong Colors

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Straying away from neutral colored palettes can be difficult. On the other hand, the main purpose of color is to give a space a new look. Yes, it’s a great way to implement your personality into your decor. How can you pull it off successfully?

  1. Using dark colors can add drama to any room. For instance, deep red walls creates a mood that dims down the brightness of your surroundings. In fact, such a color creates a closed in feeling and it also complements neutral colored furniture.

  2. Bright yellow is a bold color to use in your decor. The key to using this color in a stylish manner is to find furniture and upholstery that matches the wall. You can even try a floral print. Adding the color yellow to your decor is also known to add optimism and a positive vibe to your home!

  3. All colors aren’t stimulating. Forest green is a perfect color to use for homeowners who tend to shy away from color because it isn’t loud. Yes, forest green blends great with neutral or mahogany furniture. While the colors may contrast, together they give off a nature type vibe.

  4. Rooms painted a dark color can make a room recede or seem smaller. So if you’re goal is to visually increase the size of a room you should consider lighter shades.

  5. If you’re not sure about committing to painting your wall an intense color you can add color to various furniture pieces.

Just remember to be bold, have fun and enjoy reflecting your personality in your home decor!

Determining an Accent Wall for Your Style

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Accent walls are back and they are stronger than ever, when it comes to interior design. There are so many types of accent walls during the present day. It can be difficult deciding on what type of wall will work best for your style.

Rustic interiors will benefit from wood paneling. There are many different levels of wood paneling. For a rough look install a pallet or other rough sawn wood. For a more traditional/rustic style you can install pine or hickory panels on the wall. Choose a stain that will work best with your style. We prefer clear stain with either a high gloss or a matte finish. Letting the wood show it’s organic beauty, really makes an impression on a room.

For a traditional home, there is a wide array of traditionally styled wall papers. The associate that works in a wallpaper showroom can point you in the right direction; if you are able to tell them the style of your interior and furnishings. It is always helpful to bring in photos of the room in which you plan on installing the wallpaper. This way you do not need to shop based on your memory. The sales person will have a better idea of your needs, if they can see the space. For a French country look, consider a toile pattern in the color of your choice. There is a wallpaper for any traditional style, English, French, Greek, Early American etc. make sure you are aware of the color scheme in the room before looking at wall paper patterns.

For a modern or transitional look consider a metal leaf or a metal impression wall paper. Wallpaper that looks like antique gold leaf is really in right now. Some other styles are silver and copper. Installing actual metal on the wall, is showing up in high styled interiors. Metal on an accent wall is a very designer look. Because the metal has the shiny finish, it is important not to go overboard. Stick to one metal accent wall. More than one wall covered in metal, or metal like wall paper, can end up being too much within a space. This is only true if the entire wall is covered. You can certainly apply this look on all four walls when installing wainscoting.

If you are just unsure what style is right for you, start off by painting an accent wall. The color choice can be bold or light, depending on your preference. The best part about this method is that it can be easily painted over later on!

Bedroom Trends for 2017

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2017 is going to be a good year for fresh design styles. If you are considering updating your bedroom, this is the post for you! Get some good ideas that you may want to implement into your own space.

Start with the bed. You do not necessarily need to get a whole new bed. Consider getting a new headboard! This can easily be done if you have a standard metal bedframe. Headboards are easily attached to the frame, as long as the sizes match up. Taller headboards are in style right now. This is great because it will make your ceilings look taller than they actually are. Upholstered headboards are very popular right now, and for good reason. They have a classic look, and are extremely comfortable. It is easy to reupholster a headboard, down the road if you want to update your room.

Hang something interesting in the bedroom. This could be a sculptural item over the bed; or it could be installing an interesting light fixture. Adding a chandelier to this room is a great way to make it feel special and intimate. Adding unexpected items to this room will make it look styled and unique.

Do away with your traditional bedside lamps. Interesting lamps on your night stands can help make your room look fabulous. Opt for a sculptural acrylic base with an interesting barrel shade. Coordinating the shade with the bedding is a great way to pull the style together. By selecting an acrylic base you ca easily switch out the shades whenever you get new bedding. Other interesting styles of lamp bases are brass, chrome, glass or wood. We feel the chunkier the lamp the better. Candle stick style bases tend to get lost in a bedroom. This is especially true if you have a larger sized bed, such as a queen or a king.

Making these few changes to your bedroom will result in a creating a style current for today, as well as giving you the option to update down the road, without having to change everything!

Why the “Less Is More” Strategy Works

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We have all heard it before, “Less is more”. There really is truth to this strategy when used in interior styling. When this strategy is put into play, it accomplishes many ideals. It eliminates clutter, architectural details are highlighted and the space feels clean.

The biggest mistake most home owners have is allowing clutter to take over. Clutter makes a space look un-kept and dingy. Read along to find out how to accomplish the less is more strategy, and why it is important.

Clutter literally causes an interior to become dirty. This is because it attracts dust and dirt from the air. The more stuff in a room, the more time it takes to dust and clean. Having a stream line interior is easy to clean and most importantly it looks tidy!

When starting from scratch everyone has the initial instinct to fill up a room. This instinct leads to purchasing furniture and accessories that may not be right for the space, or are of lesser quality. The end goal is not just to fill in the holes, it is to purchase furnishings that are of good quality and a good fit for the space. When shopping for furnishings, reject the will to make an impulse purchase. Buy items that you truly love and feel a connection to. If the interior is already furnished, start by removing items from each room within your home. Either sell these items to consignment shops, donate them or have a yard sale. Selling items gives you the ability to gain extra money that can be put towards a good quality piece that will last for years, or even decades.

Commonly this strategy can have the effect of creating a stark or cold space. This can be fixed by incorporating nature and lighting. Allowing natural light in will warm up any space. If natural light is scarce, add a floor or table lamp with a warm colored bulb. The use of layering creates warmth as well. Make natural selections for floors such as, stone, terrazzo, cork or wood; then add a textured rug that you love!

All spaces benefit from having greenery. Real plants create cleaner indoor air quality and add life to the interior!

When in doubt take your time. Do not rush simply to fill a space. Get rid of items that you don’t love and make conscious choices when shopping. Quality should always be chosen over quantity. Make these changes in your interior and your quality of life will feel cleaner, controlled and streamlined!

Design Trends for 2017

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There are some big trends coming our way for 2017. Several styles and different color palettes are on the rise. Find out in this read what to look out for!

Earth tones are making a comeback this year. However it is not muted earth tones, but the louder, deeper colors are going to be popular. Mustard yellow, cinnamon, lush greenery and terracotta are in our future. To go along with the naturalistic trend of earth tones tribal art and sculpture will also be on the scene.

Highly textured fabrics will be showing up on chair and sofa upholstery. This means crushed velvet, valor and other thick, luxurious fabrics will be used. Using these types of fabric will give spaces a more luxurious look and feel.

Metallic accents such as silver, copper, gold and brass will be big again this year. As design styles turn into a rustic and organic direction there needs to be bright and shiny accents to offset the naturalistic vibe. These metal accents provide a bright yet bold touch that will only make the earth tones and various textures look more refined. Brass and gold hardware is here to stay for this year. Embrace these finishes, they will dress up any setting. They also work well for traditional and contemporary design styles.

Terrazzo has become more popular over the past few years. It will become even bigger this year. This is a material not just used for floors. It will be seen on walls and countertops as well. It is an extremely durable material that is also eco-friendly.

2017 interiors are going to look more world traveled and multicultural. Antique globes and suitcases will be showing up in the accessory markets. Be on the lookout for custom artisan pieces that will also make it into many designer spaces.

High quality rugs with a thick pile will be seen everywhere. These rugs will mostly be patternless. They will be used for their layering ability and high level of comfort (just like the highly textured upholstery).

2017 will have a more casual and lived in appearance, with several touches of modern comfort and luxury!

Decorating Items to Splurge On

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When it comes to decorating your interior, there are a few key items you should splurge on. Find out what high quality items you should spend your hard earned cash on.

A sofa should be well made and comfortable. This piece of furniture is the statement piece in the room it is placed in, meaning it should look good, feel good and last for years. A well-made sofa can be reupholstered for decades to come. It is a good investment as long as the sofa style is classic with clean lines. Choosing this style will prevent out from being stuck with an out of date styled sofa, especially when the time comes for reupholstering.

Built in cabinets are appealing for any family home. Investing in quality cabinets will be something you will be thankful for every day. These too can be refinished down the road. Again make sure to select a timeless style with classic moldings and enjoy this feature as long as you own the house. Adding glass doors, glass shelves and lighting will always prove an attractive way to showcase any type of accessory, dish ware or collection.

Good quality rugs are a must have. Poor quality rugs have to be replaced all too often. The difference between a good quality and poor quality rug is recognizable at first sight. A good quality rug will also last for decades as long as it is cleaned once a season. When making a selection, choose a rug that is relatively neutral.

Lamps are an important part of any room’s lighting design. Good quality lamps can last for years. You can update their look by simply changing out the shades. With that said, springing for good quality shades also. Good quality shades put off a more appealing light within the space. Too often, lesser quality shades can be transparent, too bright or too dim.

Art work is also a good quality item to splurge on. The frame can easily be changed for an updated look. Make sure to select subject matter that is always going to be pleasing, like a beautiful landscape or an exciting abstract piece.

Transitional Style Interior Design

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Many people are familiar with traditional and contemporary types of interior design. You may also be familiar with some of the sub-sets of both of these groups such as Country or Post Modern. One of the most frequently used – and yet seldom mentioned – types of design, however, isn’t any one of these. It’s transitional design, and as people learn more about various other design styles, transitional is the design theme that seems to take place the most often.

What Is Transitional Style Interior Design?

Transitional style is a blend of traditional and modern design styles. It combines several elements of both designs fluidly into one, cohesive design that doesn’t fit entirely into one or the other group.
A home with a transitional design style may mix things like contemporary furniture with lots of more traditional prints on draperies or throw pillows. Or you may have very formal or traditional furnishings, but your prints, artwork, flooring, wall colors, and textiles are all more contemporary in design.

Transitional design often sounds like it’s going to be a disaster, combining elements from extremely different eras and styles into one room, but this is one of the most frequently used designs for a reason; it works effortlessly in nearly every home.

Achieving Transitional Design

Transitional design is very easy to pull together. This is because you can be more relaxed with what you use. As long as you have some central element that pulls everything together, such as a color palette, you can use nearly anything you want within the room.

This is in direct contrast to purely contemporary or traditional design, which insists that you use only pieces, colors, and designs from within the movement you are working from. This can actually be fairly limiting, and can also be time consuming and expensive to achieve.

Unlike Country design, however, which is more of a mixture of different patterns and designs, transitional design can include a lot of modern elements without having them look out of place in the room, such as electronics and their display and storage.

So when you’re trying to put a name to the effortless design you’ve achieved in your own home, consider using transitional design to describe it.

Trending Paint Colors for Fall 2016

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Fall is a great time to repaint your home, whether that is painting the interior or exterior. Now you can start creating your plan of attack. The fall color trends are here! This fall the colors are bold and brighter than we have typically seen in the past! There is nothing earth toned about the trending fall colors of 2016. The must-have colors are brighter colors that are deep and bold.

The first color on the palette starts with grey and a rich grey is a great choice for fall. Start with a grey that leans only slightly to the blue end of the spectrum and pair it with a cool, crisp white to create a bold contrast, accenting your deep grey perfectly.

Jewel tones are also a big hit this fall. Jewel tones are considered to be those usually found in precious stones.  Think of teal, eggplant or amethyst purple, midnight blue, emerald green or ruby red. These colors are bold and bright at the same time. Choosing any of these colors will transform any space from dull to exciting, although they should only be used as accents!

Adobe red is very popular right now. This is a true red that is mixed with a brown orange. Pair this color with natural textiles and elements. Use golds, orange and yellow for warm accent colors. Adobe red warms up any space and makes you literally feel warmer. A great interior choice for cold winters.

Dusty pinks are also popular this season. This color is a light tint of cool pink that ranges from rosy to lavender.  This color pairs perfectly with off white and cool grey. Liven the color scheme us by pairing it with gold or brass.

If you have any questions about the best color combinations in your home, the staff at Century Tile is always happy to help!  Stop by one of our locations or contact us

Natural Stone for Outdoor Built in Seating

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If you have a patio space that needs some extra seating, consider built in seating made out of natural stone. This type of seating is not made entirely of stone. It is framed with wood and the exterior is finished with natural stone. Natural stone seating is a great way to create extra seating that will not be harmed by the natural elements.

This project is a great way to create a custom look. It also looks amazing in an outdoor space. The seating fits in well with your patio space and has the added benefit of being custom just for your home.

As outdoor kitchens become more popular, people are realizing they need more seating to entertain in these outdoor spaces. By creating an outdoor kitchen with ample entertaining space is adding an extension of living space to your home. Outdoor areas are the best place to entertain, given the weather permits. It is worry free. There is no need to worry about spilling drinks or creating a mess. Naturally this will create a more relaxed atmosphere if you can let go of the fear of stains!

This type of space is also nice for children and their parents too. Children can run around while the meal is being prepared and then get as messy as they want.  Parents can relax further knowing their children are busy playing outdoors.

The stone used for this type of seating can be any of a wide variety of natural stone.  We are happy to help you select the best for your home.  When selecting the material to use, keep in mind that you want the stone to be comfortable to sit on. Select stone with smooth surfaces and edges. Having a smooth stone makes the seating more inviting. Feel free to add outdoor cushions that can easily be taken inside after use.

Build the patio custom for the yard and your family’s needs. Then simply create the stone built in seats around that. These types of seating or benches look really great when used in a round or semicircle application.

If you have any questions about the best natural stone for your needs, feel free to ask!  At Century Tile, we are always happy to help!

Tricks to Make a Room Look Larger

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Working with small spaces are a common obstacle for designers. Find out their go to tips and tricks that can help any small room feel larger.

Select light colored flooring.  Wood floors can help a space look larger and feel more open.  Carpet in a cream shade is also perfect for opening a space that would otherwise feel cramped.

Scale things down. In this day and age oversized sectionals seem to take over. In a small or narrow room, avoid oversized furniture. Instead select a low profile sofa with a chaise lounge. Select smaller scaled chairs and accent furniture. Avoid fully upholstered pieces. Leave the skirts off sofas and chairs. Make furniture selections with legs and exposed arms. This will create an airy effect that is not bogged down by fully upholstered pieces.

Paint everything white! Keep walls painted white and also paint interior elements, like fireplaces and open shelving, white. This color is important because it reflects any light that soaks into the interior. In order to balance the starkness add natural elements to make the space feel warmer. This can be wood flooring and indoor plants. Make sure to add a few accent colors to keep the space interesting.

There has to be unobstructed flow within smaller spaces. That means there is a clear, unobstructed pathway around furniture, from room to room in order to create a natural flow. Oversized furniture is one of the largest culprits for interruption of flow. Add runners in some areas that clearly show the path and keep the walkways open.

Don’t forget about lighting. If the space lacks natural lighting, add artificial lighting where needed. If there is a lack of natural light, keep draperies out of those spaces. Either leave windows bare or install low profile blinds.

When a space is small the key is to keep a mindset of “less is more”. Select furnishings and accents with care. Choose low profile furniture and accents. Make sure the space has texture too for added interest and warmth.