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

Luxurious Living Room

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Your living room should have an illustrious imprint that captures all the value that your home has to offer.  Balancing simplicity with distinguished luxury is a powerful way to send a message that your space is in tune with your interior design.   If you want your living room to feel magnificent and grand, you need to incorporate rich textures, elegant hardwoods, and opulent lighting.  Let your living room be inviting so your company will be in awe.  Making your living room luxurious is an art and a science, try to use these four tips to make your atmosphere feel top class:

Focal Point

Every grand piece of art has a focal point; therefore, you will want to make sure your living room has one. Your focal point should help not only amplify the beauty of your room but be reflected to by everything else the room has to offer.  Keep your focal point as a guide on what colors, woods, or metals you want to use in your space.  You can add a piano, an entertainment system, a large panoramic mirror.  Paintings are another great focal point to add to the room.

Theme

Your room needs guidance prior to starting your project, decide on the design you want your room to portray.  You can use rich, warm color tones like golds, deep reds, or rustic oranges, or you can try going with more tranquil cool colors like royal blues and purples. Neutrals have a substantial effect in Scandinavian and Modern Designs.  Paying attention to detail is mandatory when adding your theme.  Use decorative elements to help amplify your theme.  Less can be more in a luxurious space and prevent decor pieces from stealing glory from your room’s focal point.

Textures and Materials

The fabrics and materials you put in your room can hurt it if they are not on par with the rest of the rooms luxury.  Silks, wools, golds, hardwoods, and leathers are all practical materials that help intensify the alluring look you are striving to have.  Plants can add energy to a room as well.  All your textures and materials are all icing on the cake but be classy and wise about what you choose.

Your living room should reflect elegance in every angle.  Incorporate in fabrics, your theme, and your focal point to have a well-balanced room.  Let your living room be the most luxurious room in your home.


Tips for a Picture-Perfect Gallery Wall

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Your walls can say a lot about your home. Lighting, floorings, and walls are the three elements used to recreate a room. If you are in an apartment or a lease though, you may not have the privilege of painting your walls; however, hanging pictures is a great way to help encapsulate a theme in your room while expressing your own personal design style. Making a wall gallery is a fun, creative way to use pictures of all different shapes and sizes to make a focal point on the wall. Here are four guidelines for creating the perfect wall gallery in your home:
 
  • Theme
When starting your project, you want to a have a general theme. When purchasing your pictures or printing them out, you want to have a universal design that ties them all together. You can pick a color scheme or hues that compliment the room, culture or travel, rustic, modern, or eclectic, just try to have a general purpose that balance them all together. You should also decide on a theme for the picture frames. Do you want them to all be the same or a random color in the mix? Decide your theme prior to beginning your purchases.
 
  • Layout
A wall gallery does not need to focus on all the picture being ununiformed in size primarily. Let it be creative by incorporating pictures of different size. Some being large, small, rectangular, or square. Practice either on a computer or on the floor finding the perfect layout for your wall. When you decide what you want the end layout to look like, save the idea or take a picture of it, so you remember it when you begin hanging.
 
  • Spacing
Your spacing is crucial to keep your wall gallery from looking sloppy. Use a tape measure and spacer to help keep your spacing uninformed. You will also want to have a leveler to make sure they are all lined up nice and straight.
 
  • Work Up
The last pro-tip is to work from the bottom up. If you start at the base, you will know where your lowest point is. Whether this is going above a couch or on an empty wall, this is an ideal way to gauge space prior to putting holes into your drywall.
 
Having a gallery wall is a great way to own your home and make it yours. Not only is this creative way great for adding to your design but it allows you to express yourself through pictures. A picture can say a thousand words and can really develop the room’s entire atmosphere.

Illuminating Your Home

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Light is only a small part of the electromagnetic spectrum which we can visually see. It allows us to identify objects through color and sight. Colors and light contribute a vital role to our development and well-being. This is why color and light can directly correlate with how we feel and give us energy. Designers have been captivated by the power of light in homes for centuries and have been incorporating its importance more and more into design. If your home is not well lit, it can give a dreary, unmotivating feel to it. 
 
There are different categories of lights to integrate into your home, and we put together a list of the top three lighting option to include into your space for a more positive, well-lit atmosphere.
 
  • Ambient Lighting
This is your general source of light in every room. This light is your soft glow, main light that illuminates the space. Ambient lighting should set the mood of your room, but its primary purpose is to provide enough light to maneuver yourself around your room with ease. This can be used in your room as a chandelier, rail lighting, wall sconces, or pendant lights. Be careful of making your ambient lighting too harsh. Its primary purpose is to softly blanket the atmosphere, not to overpower it.
 
  • Task Lighting
This is the lighting you will use to brighten up work areas. You can put reading lamps by chairs or above workstations. Use this lighting near a desk or in your kitchen workspace. The goal of this light is for more detailed work like reading or preparing food to be done with ease. You can even have these lights recessed under cabinets to project light on your countertops or invest in some floor lamps.
 
  • Accent Lighting
Think of accent lighting as a concentrated light to allure someone’s attention. This is predominately associated with museum lighting used to highlight display/pieces of artwork in a collection. Incorporate this lighting in your home to accentuate furniture or paintings. This is most common during holiday seasons such as wrapping a Christmas tree in lights. This lighting is meant to evoke the importance of pieces in the room.
 
All lighting is essential to creating a room’s atmosphere; however, it is necessary to find balance. Try to encapsulate all the genres of lighting in your home to make your space feel more lively and free-flowing. Do not let lights that are meant to soft-lit feel overpowering as well as you do not want to find yourself underutilizing the power of accent and task lighting. Balance is always essential when designing your space.

Make Your New Home, Yours

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Buying a new home can be an anxious and exciting process. Change is a realistic part of life, and it can be a little stressful at times. You probably have a ton of ideas and design plans you are eager to incorporate in your new home. Décor and design are crucial to expressing yourself and making your space feel like your own. First, you will want to decide on a theme you would like to obtain. When decorating your new space, there are hundreds of ideas to consider, so we put together a list of six décor ideas that can quickly personalize your space.

  • Pictures
Pictures are a great accessory to add to walls. You can put personal family pictures in frames or purchase wall art. There are many kinds of paintings, posters, and canvases for homeowners to incorporate. Pick a theme for your home and let your pictures bring it to life. Whether you like neutral minimalist painting or energetic, colorful illustrations, this is your chance to empower your space through a theme.
  • Throw Pillows
Pillows can really amplify your room. If you are going with a theme, they make great accent pieces and the opportunity to add color! You can get throw pillows with animals prints or bright colors. With so many options today, you can easily find the perfect pillows to add to your new home.
  • Plants
Plants add life and energy to an atmosphere. Adding plants throughout your home can improve air quality while looking great. Plants make a home feel lived-in as well because they are dependent on being watered and nurtured. Find plants that compliment your theme whether they are big, small, long, or wide.
  • Candles
Once you have mastered some of the rooms aesthetic, you can focus on making your home smell pleasing as well. Candles also give off great energy vibes in the room and add to the experience of your home. Pick candles that you enjoy but be cognitive that scents do not clash if placed in the same room.
  • Rugs
Rugs are great pieces to add to your floor. Adding rugs gives a cold ground, a cozier feel. Express yourself through the rugs you chose. They can come in all shapes or sizes and can be placed throughout your home.
  • Lamps
Theming your home is an enjoyable task and should not feel stressful. Have fun making your new home your own and adding colors and furniture to express yourself. With a clean slate, you can choose the design of your home.
 
Making your space feel like home is a project worth investing. You want to make your new home express you and make you happy. Picking themes for your room and sticking to them can be the most challenging part, but once you begin, you will love it.

The Ultimate Coffee Stain Removal Guide

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While enjoying a fresh cup of your favorite roasted coffee, your morning is suddenly interrupted by a massive spill. What do you do now? You are crunched for time, and the stain is beginning to set the more that you try and think. First off, take a deep breath. Accidents happen, and we can help you fix this accident! Here is our ultimate coffee stain removal guide:  

How to Get Coffee out of Clothing:

  • The Natural Way: In a large bucket, you will want to pour one quart of warm water with 1/2 teaspoon of clear, liquid dish detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar. Place the stained clothing inside of the bucket and let it soak for 15 minutes. Rinse the garment off with water then hang it to dry. 
  • The Stubborn Stain: Taking a white sponge, you will want to blot the area with rubbing alcohol. Work your way from the outside of the stain towards the center of it. After you are done blotting, you will want to mix one quart of warm water with one tablespoon of an enzyme presoak product. Let the stained clothing sit inside the bucket for thirty minutes. 
  • Last Resort: If you still have a stain, your last resort is bleach. Before you wash the clothing piece with bleach, you want to read its label and make sure that you can use bleach with this type of fabric. If the label does not discourage the use of bleach, you can proceed with using it to clean the stain.

How to Get Coffee out of Carpet: 

Take a clean, white towel and dampen it with water. Apply a detergent solution (1/4 teaspoon of natural, clear dish detergent + 1 cup of warm water) on top of the stained area with your dampened towel. Let the detergent sit for five minutes. After five minutes, you can begin to blot the area with your damp cloth. After the coffee stain is removed, you will want to rinse the area off with water. Then you will want to take a few paper towels and lay them down on top of the damp area to dry it.  

If your coffee stain is still present, you can create a mixture containing hydrogen peroxide and ammonia. Apply this mixture on top of the stained area and place a sheet of plastic wrap on top of it. Place a weighted object on top of the plastic wrap to help it stay in place. Let this sit for two to three hours. After two to three hours, the stain should be removed. Take a dampened white towel and begin to blot the area. Dry the stained section by placing a few paper towels on top of the damp area. Once the stain is completely removed and the area is dried, you will want to spray white vinegar on top of the spot.  

If you still have a coffee stain, you may want to call a professional carpet cleaning company to come and remove the stain.  

**Please be advised that these are general guidelines on how to remove a coffee stain from your carpet. Before removing a stain from your carpet, we always recommend checking the manufacturer’s website. You want to make sure that the products you use will not damage the carpet’s fibers. 

Now you can get back to enjoying another cup of delicious coffee. 

How to Care for Your Porcelain Tile

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After weeks of searching for the perfect flooring for your home, you have finally settled on beautiful porcelain tile. Your brand new porcelain flooring matches your home perfectly, and it is the look that you have always envisioned.

Now imagine, that perfect image being marred by mud being tracked on your precious floors. Unfortunately, this will inevitably happen. It is only a matter of time before you will have to deal with cleaning your porcelain tile floors. 

Cleaning porcelain is different from cleaning other types of floor products such as laminate and vinyl. Porcelain tile is impervious which means that it has a very low absorption rate. This makes the material stain and water resistant. Even though it is difficult for dirt and other pollutants to penetrate the material, you will still need to remove dirt and grime from the top of the surface.
 
Here are some important tips for thoroughly cleaning porcelain tile flooring:
  • Remove loose dirt and dust from your porcelain floors with a soft bristle broom or a vacuum cleaner; however, if the soil is caked onto the tiles, you can use a gentle brush to softly scrub the floor and help easily remove the layered dirt.
  • You do not necessarily need expensive cleaning solutions to keep your porcelain floors looking brand new. In fact, you can use a simple vinegar and water solution. Whatever cleaning solution you decide to use be sure to let it sit on the floor for five to ten minutes before you mop it up. Again, you can use a soft bristle nylon brush to remove stains that do not come up as easily. 
  • For polished porcelain tile floors, you should make sure that the cleaning solution you use is mild and the cleaning detergent is half concentrated with water. Use only warm water on a textured tile.
  • Rinse thoroughly and buff dry to prevent water spots and to maintain a shiny surface.
  • Avoid using products that contain bleach, acid, and ammonia on porcelain tile. Such materials are harsh and can damage the surface of the porcelain tile. Acid washing can cause discoloration and make the surface difficult to clean.
We always recommend that you check with your manufacturer for the most appropriate and well-suited cleaning routine. If you have any questions or need a little guidance, please do not hesitate to call us or visit us. 

How to Survive a Kitchen Remodel

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Unfortunately, life can get a little disrupted during a kitchen remodel. To help you conquer the obstacles of a kitchen remodel, we created a five-step guide for surviving a kitchen remodel. Let us get started!  

How to Survive a Kitchen Remodel

1. Designate a Substitute Kitchen Area.

During the remodel, your kitchen will be out-of-use. You can prepare a makeshift kitchen in a separate area of your house. You want to find an area that is free of any dust and dirt particles caused by the construction. Move a microwave, coffeemaker, conventional oven, and mini fridge into this dust-free area to make your substitute kitchen usable. You will also want to move a small table into the space for preparing and eating meals. Lastly, be sure to only use paper plates and plastic silverware so that you will not need wash dishes. 

2. Prepare for Delays.

Materials will be delivered on different schedules and sometimes there are delays. In order to stay sane, you will want to prepare in advance for unforeseen delays. 

3. Wait until Everything is Delivered.

An expert tip that interior designers want you to know is “wait to begin the remodel until everything is delivered.” That includes your counters, floors, cabinets, etc. If you wait, your contractor will be able to knock the project out faster than if they need to wait around for everything to be delivered separately. 

4. Be Flexible.

Remodels can be frustrating and you need to be prepared that some things may not go as according to plan. Even though you may have hired the best contractor, things can get disrupted, fast. Be flexible and willing to discuss any outcomes with your contractor. They are here to help you through the rough patches in the remodel. 

5. Get a Schedule.

Even though we recommend being flexible, you will want to get a general schedule from your contractor. Ask them to provide you with a schedule to let you know what is happening when. This way you can be aware of the current situation in your kitchen. 

Are you looking for perfect floors for your new kitchen? Look no further! With a great selection at an affordable rate, we can help make your flooring dreams come true. Call us or visit one of our beautiful locations to learn more. 

Affordable Home Staging Ideas

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Preparing your home for the real estate market may require an investment. While some homeowners choose to hire a professional home staging company, maybe it is just not in the budget for you. But do you really have to seek the help of a staging service to achieve optimal results? Do not fret, getting help from a staging service is not the only way to get a “sold” sign outside of your property. 

 Affordable Home Staging Ideas:

1. The Best Greeting. 
Something as simple as a welcome mat at the entryway of your home can make a huge difference when selling your home. Prospective buyers will usually linger at the front door for a few minutes before they enter the house; therefore, you will want to make sure that the entrance of the home is charming. To make the entryway even more enticing, you can install hooks onto the wall where the coats will go and a fresh plant or two.
 
2. Give Some Attention to The Bathroom.
You will want to give your bathroom that fresh, spa-like feel. First, you have to remove the toiletries from around the sink, get rid of worn-out shower curtains and bath towels. You can easily freshen up your washroom by staging the area with all white towels, bath mats, and a neutral color shower curtain. Top things off by adding in a fresh flower and a luxurious scented candle.
 
3. Make The Necessary Repairs.
It is easy to neglect things that need to be fixed around the house. Before you know it, you will have a long list of things that need to be repaired. Do not invite potential buyers into the house unless you have fixed what needs to be fixed. Be sure to freshen up any chipped paint on the walls and fix any cracks in the flooring. Even minor things can be turn buyers away and potentially lose a sale. 
 
4. Remove Personal Pictures from The Walls.
While removing the personal pictures that you have curated over the years sounds a bit harsh, it is sometimes necessary. The purpose of staging a home is so that buyers can envision themselves living in the house. That vision can be inferred or damaged if there are pictures of your family everywhere. Instead, you can purchase an inexpensive yet quality piece of artwork to hang on the walls in their place. 
 
What is your favorite home staging advice? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section. 
 

Guide for Selecting Interior Paint Colors

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Choosing paint for your home’s interior can be difficult. There are so many varieties out there and you want to choose the perfect combination; we totally understand. To help you in the selection process, we have created a simple guide for choosing your interior paint colors. We hope you find these tips helpful! 

Guide for Selecting Interior Paint Colors

1. Get Inspired by Social Media. 

Let’s be honest, magazines can be considered a resource of the past. Most likely, you are browsing online sites and social media pages to keep you up-to-date on current color trends and inspiration. These sources are great because they are free and they are constantly being updated. 

2. Take a Glance at The Color Wheel. 

Sometimes, we get so stuck in our ways that we forget about all of the other color options are out there. For a brief refresher, take some time looking at a color wheel. You may get inspired with a new look. 

3. Do Not Disregard Neutrals

For some reason, a lot of online articles are encouraging homeowners to veer away from neutrals. While taking a chance with color can be a good thing, we want to encourage you to incorporate neutrals wherever you seem fit. If you are a fan of beiges and grays, do whatever your heart desires. In the end, it is your home and you ultimately want to be happy. 

4. Pull from a Print

The fabrics and artwork that you use within your space can be a great inspiration for color. You can begin to pull colors from your fabrics or wall art to decipher a new wall color for the space! This will help tie together everything within the room to create continuity in your space. 

5. Incorporate Your Destination.

Design experts recommend taking a look outdoors to get inspiration during your next design project. The outdoor scenario can have a tremendous impact on the color selection for your home. For example, if you live in a more tropical area, blues may be the color of choice. But, if you live in a more dry climate, you may opt for a warm color palette. Choosing colors from the outdoors can help create a complimentary visual for your home’s interior. 

6. Get out of Your Comfort Zone

If you are ready to try something new, begin by getting out of your comfort zone. If you are constantly selecting the same color for each room, it may be time for a change. Your local paint store can become a great resource. Show the sales representative a swatch of your typical color then ask for their opinion on other colors. They can help guide you in a similar style of color to help meet your preferences while changing up things. 

7. Try Different Undertones

Undertones are the colors underneath of your original paint color. These undertones can affect the way it looks within your room. Ideally, you will want to match the undertone with similar undertones, whether that be a cool undertone or a warm undertone. 

8. Always Sample Your Paint

Anytime that you are selecting a paint color for your home, you absolutely want to try it out on the room’s walls. A paint sample can look completely different from the paint store’s showroom to your living room’s wall. Experts even recommend testing it out in different lighting to be one hundred percent sure that you love the color. 

For more expert advice and tips, be sure to check back weekly.