4 Things Every Small Home Needs

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Of course, when decorating a small home, there are just some things that you will have to eliminate for the sake of space; however, there are some essentials that you cannot compromise on not having. Take a look at these five things that even a small house needs.

4 Things Every Small Home Needs: 

1. Comfortable and Sufficient Seating. 

While you may be tempted to opt for compact furniture in a small living space, you should not skimp out on comfortable and adequate seating. Do not be afraid to invest in a big and comfy sofa that will allow you to be able to enjoy your living room. You can also use small lounging chairs so that your visitors have a place to sit.  If you think about it, a living room is all about comfort and community; there is no need to downgrade your furnishings. Be sure to invest in comfort and quality, even in a small space. 

2. Foyer.

Dedicating some space for a foyer is worth it even if it is not a “grand entrance.” Everyone deserves a place where they can decompress for a moment when they enter their home after a long day. Set up a space near the entryway where you can take off your shoes, hang your coat and drop your car keys. A small glass table with a mirror hanging above it will open the space while providing a place to set things down when you enter the house. You can also add a plant or flowers for a nice welcoming touch. 

3. Pattern and Color. 

Sure, neutral hues like white and gray will make a space look open and breezy, but such a palette can also be considered boring. Color and patterns should not be eliminated from your decor. Instead, create drama within the space by embracing bold colors and unique designs. You will find that your home looks more personable and inviting.  

If you are a bit hesitant, you can get the best of both worlds by keeping the walls neutral and simply accenting it with color. This allows the main sight-lines to remain clean. You can also try using a fun color on the ceiling and keeping the furniture more neutral tone so that you create interest without overwhelming the space. 

4. A Place to Dine. 

While small homes usually do not have a dedicated dining room, you still need to make room for a place where you can sit down and eat a meal. You can try situating a small dining room table against the wall or a window to keep the floor space free. If that is not possible, consider investing in a convertible coffee table that expands to full height or a stylish foldable table.  

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Adding Backsplash to Your Contemporary Kitchen

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Are you ready to take your kitchen’s decor to the next level? If so, you might want to consider installing a backsplash. The days are gone when the typical backsplashes were boring, unappealing tile pieces or a thin piece of silver behind the stove area. Intricately designed backsplashes, featuring all kinds of colors and patterns, have become increasingly popular in the contemporary kitchen. 
 
While backsplash can add interest to any style of kitchen, it can really benefit a contemporary-style kitchen. With its stark lines and clean contours, this style of kitchen can feel impersonal and lack feeling; therefore, adding a backsplash will bring some character to the area. Once you have decided to incorporate this into your design scheme, here’s how you can successfully execute it:
 
  • Keep The Backsplash Cohesive with Your Design
If you are simply interested in adding just a bit of style but not necessarily making a bold statement, you will want to be sure that your backsplash blends in with the overall decor of your kitchen while adding a bit of pizzazz. The key is to choose an appropriate material and give consideration to how your backsplash tiles are installed. Nowadays, you can have your tile installed in a variety of designs and patterns to help personalize it more towards your taste. 
 
  • Elaborate Design Scheme
If you really want to make your kitchen pop and make a bold statement, you should select an elaborate backsplash design scheme. For instance, if your kitchen features a lot of neutral colors such as white or black, you can install a vibrant red backsplash. The way the field tiles are placed can also create emphasis. 
 
Just because you are decorating a contemporary kitchen, does not mean that you cannot get creative with your design. When selecting a backsplash, be sure to think outside the box. Your unique ideas can lead to a super stylish kitchen. 
 
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Designing a Space for a Newborn

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Congratulations! It is time to make a nursery at home to take care of your new baby. Designing a nursery is like creating a guest room and playroom as one, but it has some crucial elements you must take into consideration. You will want to babyproof the room for safety and make sure you know exactly what all you will be putting in the room. We have comprised a list of four essential elements to consider when designing your new nursery. Let’s take a look!
 
Designing a Space for a Newborn: 
 
  • Boy or Girl Themed
To begin with, who are you creating the room for, a boy or a girl? You will want to use the primary blue or pink themed rooms to highlight the space and add character. If you chose to go with paint, try to find a low-volatile organic compound to keep chemicals low to protect your baby. Wallpaper is another great option because it can easily be cleaned and maintained. 
 
  • Furniture
You will need to have extra storage in the room for all the essentials. If the room has a closet, stock it with blankets, diapers, and rags to clean up messes. You will also want to have a crib where the baby can sleep safely as well as invest in a rocking chair or a place for you to sit with your infant. Another investment you may want to consider is a changing station or changing table. Keep in mind having a trash can near, and diapers close. If you get curtains, make sure they are not a tripping hazard and are well secured.
 
  • Play Space
The room should have an area where your child can play and crawl around the space. You can keep a toy crate near but always remember to clean up the area after use. You do not want any tripping hazards in your baby’s room. You should probably invest in a rug or mat if the ground is hard surfaced, so the baby has a soft ground to play on when he/she is out of there crib. Stuffed animals, toys and books can all be stored in the play bin or on nearby storage compartments. Also decorating the room can be fun, so feel free to make the atmosphere welcoming for you and the child as well with cute pictures and a place for you to sit.
 
  • Baby Proof
You need to make sure the room is babyproofed. Keep the area clean, so there are no accidents. If you want to keep cleaning agents near to clean up a mess, make sure the products are baby-friendly and potentially all-natural. All unused outlets need covers, and sharp corners on furniture should be covered or not in the room at all.
 
Getting ready for a new family member is exciting. Have fun in creating your new child’s room but remember safety is vital. You should secure rugs and invest in a baby monitor as well. These are all great ways to make sure your child is safe and happy.

Monochromatic Design Tips

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There is a purity to a room based on a one-color design theme. It can help make a room feel more open and pure, but also can quickly become dull and boring without the right design. A monochromatic interior design would simply be a room based on one color throughout, but the color can vary with shade or hue. A simple way to imagine this is some rooms with only a grey color scheme. While black and white are still tones of grey, they are considered to be polar opposites and can help create a contrast within the room; however, you are not limited to strictly a grey color scale. Monochromatic interior design can be tricky, but with these three tips, you should be effectively master this popular design theme.

Color Meaning
Before you chose your design’s color, you want to have a solid understanding of the feel you are trying to obtain in your room’s atmosphere. Colors can influence the mood of a room; choosing a warm versus a cool color can significantly change the feel of the space. If you wanted red as your color, it might influence the room to have a bold, energetic vibe to it. Whereas, if you chose blue, the room might seem more soft and tranquil. What is the energy that you are trying to achieve in your space? Once you determine that, you can select a color for your monochromatic design. 
 

Shades, Hues, and Tones
Once you know the color, you can play around with different shades of the color. For example, if you want your room to be livelier, perhaps you chose green as your color. Go through all the hues and tones of green that you want to apply in your design. Try to make sure they still have a blend that reflects on one another. Try to stay away from radically tones of the same hue that do not compliment each other. Playing around with four to five different shades and tones of the color can help add character back into a monochromatic room theme.
 

Simple Reflects Harmony
Monochromatic color themes have the benefit of simplicity. When you only allow one color into the room, it will be hard to clash with non-complimentary tones. The simplicity will reflect harmony throughout the design allowing a strong yet minimalistic feel in the environment. Robust, bold colors can make a very impactful impression on a room; whereas, soft pastels can produce a calming oasis. Incorporating monochromatic themes into room’s design is a fun and great way to make a powerful statement while deliberating setting the tone in your space.
 

Go Monochromatic
Remember, monochromatic themes are not limited to just a grey scale room. Your purpose in the design is to stay deliberately in one color while allowing the different shades and tints to make solid contrast throughout the space. Getting familiar with how color can influence the space’s feel is a significant way to make sure you accomplish the tone you are looking to set in your room. For more great tips and trick, visit us at Century Tile
 

Decorate Your Front Entrance for Fall

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Fall is almost here! Just about everyone welcomes the cool, brisk days and crisp nights that fall offers, and what better time of year to spruce up your front entrance? Homeowners can choose from many inexpensive and creative ideas for dressing up their front entry with seasonal decor. To help you encapsulate the beloved season, we provided several ideas for you to enjoy. Let’s take a look! 

Planters and Urns 

  • We are sure that you have planters and urns around your home, but if not, you will want to buy some varying sizes. Remember you can use these year-round for other seasonal decorations; therefore, they become a solid investment. If they need to be painted, think about burgundy, forest green, maybe even black/gray, gold or bronze. Planters can be spray painted in practically no time to save homeowners time and money.
  •  You may know that now is the time for mum flowers to be in bloom through November. They come in so many beautiful fall colors and are an inexpensive decor piece. When mums have finished blooming, simply plant them in your yard’s landscape to enjoy next fall. What a wonderful way to repurpose! You can even take the mums and place them in the planters and urns for a stylish pop of color. 
  • Planters are also beautiful for creating height in your arrangement, especially if you have pumpkins and cornstalks in the design. You can even reverse this idea and place pumpkins and gourds in the planters and place the mums on the ground around the planters. Try different arrangements until you find your favorite! 

Baskets and More 

  • Everyone has some baskets laying around the house or in their garden shed. If you like the distressed look, you can incorporate them into your fall decor. If you prefer the clean and neat look, spray paint works wonders to help spruce them up for use. 
  • Pick up an old antique bench or chair from a yard sale for a unique twist. Again, you can keep natural or spray paint according to your style preference. Place dried flowers, small pumpkins, live mums, decorative gourds in the baskets and place on the bench or the seat of the chair. Also, large apple and peach baskets are perfect for placing a planter inside, or you can turn the basket upside down and use it as a table to display your fall treasures.

Cornstalks, Tree Limbs, Vines and Willow Branches 

  • These items are ideal for creating an arch around your front door and so beautiful and natural! These designs can be seen from the street which creates a showstopping effect. Be sure to have a supply of zip ties around the house to attach the limbs and stalks together. Afterward, spraypaint the zip ties if they are visible. Place the stalks in a planter, urn or basket for a decorative touch and anchor the limbs together by merely wrapping a fishing line from the bottom of the tree to the top. You can arrange the limbs once you have the zip ties or fishing line in place. Just attach the fishing line to light sconces or tap in small nails to secure at the top of your door.

How do you decorate for fall? We would love for you to share your tips and tricks with other readers, below in the comment section. 

 

The Simple Guest Bedroom Approach

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If you have a spare room in your home, consider this a pivotal opportunity to incorporate a guest bedroom. A guest bedroom is your opportunity to impress your friends or family who stay overnight and give them a comfortable, homey experience. There are many ways to design a guest room. You can maximize the space, theme it, add charisma, amplify lighting and so much more. With so many design themes popular in this day and era, it can be overwhelming to choose one that will accompany all guest of all ages. One timeless treasure though that is neutrally appealing to all is a minimalist approach. This concept is an open layout focusing on enhancing the space through a neutral color palette and simplicity. Here are several tools to help you achieve the perfect, minimalist guest bedroom in a simple, fun, and easy approach: 
 
Welcoming to All
With guest being of all ages of life, you will need to have a guest room that can be tailored for all genres of people. Minimalist design is perfect because it is a beautiful open design that can appeal to all age groups. Having the room being so universal is the key to creating a successful guest bedroom.
 
Simple and Elegant
Minimalist design is great for creating a calm, welcoming environment. It provides the perfect remedy with its clean-cut nature that that helps the room feel ever-so-elegant with less is more being at the core values. Keep the space from having an excessive amount of furniture and color will help keep the room feeling “move-in-ready for everyone. Make sure you still get enough key components that the room feels complete but never overdone.
 
Timeless
Another great feature of the minimalist design is how timeless the style has been. It can be low maintenance and easy to keep cleaning being limited on furniture. Sometimes harsh colors can be trendy, but with a monochromatic palette, you have no potential of the room going out of style. You can still add splashes of color but be cognitive of keeping the room from feeling too trendy. Keep the room feeling robust and ambitious but never overpowering and leading towards too harsh of a style. This allows the room to be easily adaptable to anyone. The key to this design is quality over quantity and to make an enlivening room that all are welcome.
 
We hope you enjoyed this tips and tricks! Be sure to check back weekly for more expert design tips. 
 
 

Brighten up Your Balcony

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So many apartments, studios, and even homes today come with small balconies. A balcony is a great added feature of your home, yet so many people do not give their balcony the same attention they give the indoors. Just because your balcony is small, do not let it stop you from adding your personal touch to it. Here are five ways to spruce up your tiny balcony:
 
Plants
Depending on where you live, your balcony may be your yard. Take advantage of the plot of land you have outdoors by adding a planter and even growing a garden. You can put decorative plants around to give a lively look to your balcony. Tall bamboo can be easily produced and is low maintenance. If your lease allows you, hang a planter with flowers from your balcony. If your balcony cannot get rainy access, remember to water your plants frequently or go with faux plants.
 
Lights
You have a couple different ways to add lighting to your balcony. Candles are fabulous to add and create an outdoor ambiance with their natural, low light emittance. You can also consider using fake candles or build a fake do-it-yourself firepit with Christmas lights wrapped around the logs. Respectively, Christmas lights do not have to be seasonal! Adding white Christmas lights is a great way to turn your balcony into a classy retreat. Outdoor paper lantern lights are also a great way to add character to your outdoor space.
 
Floor Panels
Composite decking board is an easy floor you can install right over your existing balcony. Most renters will not allow you to install glue down turf or other flooring options, but with a floating composite decking floor, you can add an incredible look to your space. There are so many different designs of composite deck flooring to choose from, allowing you to really customize your space. This can make a huge difference to the aesthetic look of your balcony.
 
Curtains
Curtains do not only belong indoors! Adding curtains to your balcony can give you some privacy. You can also use decorative blinds on the outside of your windows to add to your balcony design. If your balcony has a railing, consider installing decorative blinds. Curtains can do wonders for giving your balcony a sophisticated, exclusive feel.
 
Seating
With all this new-found beauty added to your balcony, you are going to want to be outside more. Adding a decorative bench, comfortable seating or whickered chairs can bring quality time outdoors. Outside cushions can make your outdoor oasis more cozy and welcoming. Seats with storage underneath are perfect multifunctioning tools and you can use them to amplify the space you are given.
 
Your balcony should be facilitated as part of your home space. Investing your balcony is a great way to get you to use your outdoor space. Make your balcony welcoming and a place to relax at home with these fun tips. You will be surprised how often you find yourself using your balcony after you finish it.

The Forgotten Color

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When you think of the colors of the rainbow, is indigo the first color that comes to your mind? For some reason, this color gets forgotten from people’s original thought of colors to add to their homes, but this is an excellent, cool tone with luxurious depth that can enhance the atmosphere of your room. Pulling the benefits from both blue and purple this mysterious yet tranquil color is a great decorating staple to be added to your home.
 
A Rich, Stand Alone Tone
Indigo is a great color because it can work all by its self to create a rich accent tone in the room. Its dark nature gives a dramatic pop against neutral colors while not clashing with darker tones like blacks and browns. You can stay within the dark spectrum of indigo, or you can even go with lighter tints to help brighten up the atmosphere while keeping it elegant.
 
Ambiance of Indigo
Indigo, being between purple and blue on the color spectrum, has many of the benefits from both colors. The color indigo is considered a natural, visionary cool tone. It is associated with an increase in concentration and imagination. It borrows character traits from blue by making an atmosphere feel more tranquil and cooling. This calm tone also takes properties of mystery and creativity from the color purple. Using this color in your home has an introspective purpose and can really enhance your room’s overall ambiance.
 
Accent
You can also use indigo as a great accent color with many different hues. It can be mixed in with warm tones to be a hard accent, or it can be subtler by being mixed into a cooler toned room. Indigo is a very welcoming color which compliments greys and golds tremendously. Another powerful property of this accent color is that it can be incorporated in almost any design theme from modern to rustic or eclectic to nautical. This is a great accent come with substantial components of natural colors. 
 
So, if you are looking to put a splash of color in your room, consider indigo. It has been a forgotten color but provides a powerful impact in the design field. This great accessorizing color adds style to a room while providing a unique and luxurious pop.

Bathroom Color Inspiration

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In a buying market, kitchens and bathrooms are considered to be the two most important rooms in a home. Regularly without the buying market being considered, bathrooms and kitchens are still important areas of our homes. Whether we would like to admit it or not, we spend a majority of our time in the bathroom. From getting ready in the morning and showering to brushing our teeth and getting ready for bed, we begin and end our days in the bathroom. With bathroom’s being a highly-used space, should not our focus be on maximizing their design potential? With our top tips, we hope to inspire you with beautiful bathroom color ideas to take control of your bathroom’s potential. Let’s take a look! 

Bathroom Color Inspiration

1. Getting Ready. 

You can actually use your getting-ready routine during the paint selection process. While you are getting ready for the day, you will want to see how the paint reflects the lighting within the space. If it projects the light back in an unflattering manner, you will want to choose a different color. Paint experts recommend sticking to colors like yellow, green, and blue. You will also find that neutral tones like grays and off-whites will help make a greater impact. 

2. Set The Mood. 

Often, we use our bathrooms as a center for relaxation. After a stressful day, there is nothing quite like a bubble bath. To help create an emphasis on this “spa-like” demeanor, we recommend choosing more tranquil shades. Light colors and pastels help to create a dreamy oasis. You will want to pair it with the color choices that we mentioned previously; therefore, you would choose colors like pastel blues, light seafoam greens, etc.

3. Maximize Small Spaces. 

If you have a half bath, be sure to maximize its potential with the paint color. Do not skip over it just because it offers little wall space. You can take advantage of the mini-room by utilizing colors that reflect natural light. 

4. Always Stay Neutral. 

If color scares you, neutral tones are always an excellent choice. Neutral colors can create a soft, welcoming environment without taking away from other key elements in the room. You can easily balance any neutral color into your bathroom for a cozy look.  

Thanks for reading! Let us know your thoughts in the comment section. 

Mastering an Eclectic Style Home

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The easiest way to identify eclectic style is seeing the broad spectrum of all styles merged into one.  Perfecting this style can be challenging and seem to be overwhelming, but with the proper guidelines, it is a fun, creative way to make your home beautiful and artsy!  With no strict guidelines on the color palette, it is important to remember to involve some neutral colors to help balance the room.  The hardest part about perfecting an eclectic style room is finding a center balance which pulls the whole theme back together as one.  With these four tricks, you will have your eclectic style well on its way and to bring the entire look together correctly and confidently.

Focal Point

Most people will think eclectic is a free-for-all and anything can be added to your room to strengthen the style.  This is far from the truth.  The originality is a crucial attributing factor to this style, and you should try to find a focal point in the room to make it successful.  Remember to keep the space from feeling overwhelming by creating a welcoming and homey feel rather than a cluttered and disorganized design.  A focal point is a great way to help keep the room’s focus on purpose. 

Sense of Purpose

While these fun, artsy rooms do have a broad spectrum of components that can be added to the room, they still have to a sense of purpose.  Picking two or three distinct features that you want to continually compliment will help the room keep a sense of unity while also purposing it with a unique characterization.    

Dare to Be Different

Not everything needs to match, but it needs to reflect your taste.  Adding furniture that does not can seem distasteful, but with a sense of purpose in mind, you can tastefully find balance.   Chairs at a dining room table do not have to all match but can subtly help compliment each other.  You can have a room flow freely through cool tones and then throw in a contrary warm tone to add to the room.  When you begin to think outside of the box, you can add less traditional items to the room and use them to help enhance your space. 

Remember Your Neutrals

You do not want to stray too far from your focal point and your sense of purpose.  Remember though color is essential; neutrals will help keep your room grounded and less chaotic.  Include neutral colors to furniture and other household appliances to keep the room from straying too far in one direction.  This is key to keeping the room balanced.

Now that you have a sense of direction on the style you are ready to make an eclectic room.  Remember balance is still key and the room is not a free-for-all.  Adding all sorts of metals, plastics, stones, woods, and art is fine, but they should relate back to a focal point or focal points in the room.  For more great tips and tricks, visit us at Century Tile