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.

 

Planning to Design Your Kid’s Room?

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Designing kids’ room is always difficult. You have to think like a kid, know what their taste is and then act. It is difficult to do as an adult — and not a child expert in such matters.


Color: The first you need to take care while designing kids’ room is the creativity. All kids love peppy color combinations. No child likes boring grayish corporate look. Boring is for them, but we know, we, as adults like that to some extent. So, choose loud colors that are more appealing to the eye and pleasing to the mind. Do not use dark combinations, it stresses the mind. Make it funny, inspirational, engaging and full of fun. Keep kids’ choice in mind and proceed. Too much color combinations are not suggested. Follow a particular color palette with one or two additional colors at most.


Utilities: Make sure to put all the needed utility items in their room. Bookrack, study table, computer table, art and craft area. Use the space properly. Do not make the room untidy and congest by stuffing unnecessary items. Leave enough space to walk-around freely.


Safety: While choosing the design and the layouts, don’t forget about safety. Don’t choose anything with sharp edges and stay away from flammable items. Smooth round corners on items will help to keep your child safe. Avoid placing heavy items in their room.


Specific Characters: Every child has its favorite superhero. Paint a wall with their favorite superhero or cartoon character or use wall stickers.


Furnishing: Wooden furniture is best for a child’s room, not too heavy nor too light. Cushioning of such furniture can also be added easily. Select a good quality mattresses to avoid body aches.


All in all, just design your child’s room in which he or she can learn efficiently, play safely and grow positively. Taste and choices may vary from kid to kid, but the idea is the same and that is to make the room an interesting place for your child.

 

The Decor of the White House

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Did you ever wonder about the decor of the White House? The White House has gone through many changes with time. It has seen many decorators and First Ladies. What is it like today? Today it remains consistent to its place in history and has a very large collection of historical furnishings and art which are kept in mint condition. A lot of love and caring has gone into the preservation of the lovingly collected contributions of past generations of presidents and their families. 

The decor of the White House is rich in classical design and very dramatic. The furniture is historic and sometimes very ornate. The beautiful White House piano, a custom made Steinway is a center of focus. 

Many gilded pieces, such as huge gilded frames, sconces, candelabras and even gilded dinner service adorn the house. The floors consist of the finest materials, often dressed with a grand rug or rich carpeting. Dark woods and marble are in abundance. 

Have There Been Any Major Changes To the Decor of the White House?

No!  There have been no major changes in the decor of the White House, excluding needed maintenance and repair. The last major change to the White House occurred after a fire during the War of 1812. The fire damaged much of the interior and exterior.  However, fine decor is much appreciated in the House and kept as close to the original as possible. Occasionally a change will be necessary in order to keep up with changing times.

The most noticeable change has been to the White House room in which state functions are held, such as dinners and receptions. A modern design has come to this room making it much more functional and beneficial for its social and entertaining purposes. It now has a staged type appearance with dramatic and changeable lighting of dramatic nature. As an added touch Lucite chairs have replaced the former wooden chairs to take full advantage of the lighting in all of its glistening and modern interior design.

The Dramatic Decor of the White House

Changes are made at the White House only when needed and are made to either update or produce a dramatic presentation. The decor of the White House is something to behold, as it has been formed with the lives of many, and sings a song of our history.

 

Three Main Advantages of Ceramic Tiles

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When it comes to flooring and wall covering, there aren’t a lot of materials out there that can compete with the popularity of ceramic tiles. Why?  Lets take a look at what ceramic tile has to offer.

1. Versatility and Beauty

Unlike most materials, the application of ceramic tiles is not confined to one part of the home. Sure, it reigns supreme in kitchens and in bathrooms, but it can work just as well in any other room. In fact, it is often used all throughout the house, indoors and outdoors,  in climates where carpeting would be too warm an option. Other settings include offices, laboratories, hospitals, and shopping malls.

With the variety of shapes, colors, patterns, and textures available, the design potential of ceramic tile is virtually endless.  You can mix and match, lay the tiles in a variety of directions to create your own interesting patterns. With only your creativity and imagination as your limitations, there is no end to the unique results and create a space screaming with character.

2. Resistance and Durability

Ceramic tiles are produced more or less the same way and with the same natural materials as it has been throughout the centuries. Despite its ancient origins, not many modern flooring and wall covering materials can resist and endure common sources of wear as well as ceramic tile. 

It can withstand fire, water,  frost, and many chemicals. That is, it does not burn or give off smoke, it resists moisture and frost (and thus molds and bacteria), and  it does not absorb or retain chemical agents that may cause stains or odors. 

A quality ceramic tile installation can easily last a decade or two. It is so resilient, in fact, that even NASA uses it on their space shuttles. Even when it occasionally cracks or chips, compared to other materials, it is relatively easy to restore or replace.

3. Easy To Clean and Low-maintenance

Since ceramic tiles can resist almost any kind of dirt and contamination, cleaning them is easy and maintaining them is not expensive. A damp cloth, sponge, or mop and cleaning agents such as bleach or a small amount detergent may be used to keep your tiles looking great. Sealing every three or four years can also help keep them in tip-top condition. When installing ceramic tiles, its great idea to put aside a few pieces for future repairs or replacement.

The advantages of ceramic tile don’t end here.  Make sure to talk to a trusted flooring dealer in order to select the flooring best suited to your lifestyle and needs.

 

Use Color Wisely in your Home – Part 2

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In Part 1, we talked about the color wheel and color selection. Here are some more suggestions to make color work well in your home.

Neutral does not equal beige: Yes, beige is a neutral, but there are many other colors that can play as a neutral in your home. Take a look at a soft shade of lavender or a mushroom-toned off-white. Neutrals balance warm and cool tones and fall into the color background of a room. For example, the blue used in this living room works as a neutral in the space. 

Don’t overload your color palette: While a mixture of colors can be beautiful, too many or the wrong shades together can be disastrous. You might want to start by finding a fabric that offers a good selection of two or three colors and use it as the basis for the color design of your space. 

Avoid over-trendy choices for substantive pieces: You may love the newest bright light purple, but use it as an accent wall color or in throw pillows. Wall colors and accessories can be easily switched out, but when purchasing furniture, choose shades that will stand the test of time.

Understand that lighting changes the look of colors: Something that seems too bright under fluorescent lights will shift in strength and hue under natural or incandescent lighting. Be sure to select and match colors under natural lighting first and see how each color will look in the room during different times of the day.

Finally, for a good idea of colors that you can live with, take a look in your closet. Chances are if you love a shade enough to buy it to wear, you will enjoy it in your home also. With just a little thought, you can take the leap into color and help make your home reflect your style and personality.

 

 

This one with a bold presence?

Blue can also be a neutral color in your room

Use Color Wisely in your Home – Part 1

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Adding color to your home allows you to personalize your space. It does take careful thought, however, to include color wisely. Here are a few suggestions before you dive into color options for your décor. 

Get to know the color wheel: Choosing a color palette can be difficult, but you can set yourself up for success by knowing the basics of the color wheel and how colors work together. A number of Internet sites provide instruction on color wheel basics and it’s worth a review. 

For example, colors that sit directly across from each other on the wheel, such as orange and blue, green and red or yellow and purple, are called complementary colors. Using a complementary color scheme creates an arresting look that can be overwhelming. On the other hand, sticking with similar color choices – next to each other on the color wheel – can quickly become boring.

Use the principle of 60-30-10: Select a dominant color and use it for 60 percent of the color in a room. Use 30 percent – or half as much color – for your secondary color choice. Finally, add accents of a third color for the final 10 percent. For example, you could select red for a dominant color in a dining room, painting the walls and including some red in the rug on the floor. Brown as the secondary color might include the wood floors and a buffet and dining table. For a daring accent choice, use a yellow-orange for the dining chair cushions and table centerpiece. 

It may be tempting to stick with neutrals when decorating, but the careful selection of colors that work for you can help make your home as inviting and welcoming as you are.

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