Archive for September, 2018

Cool Colors

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Now that you have a better understanding now on how warm tones can affect your room, you know that enough of these colors can stimulate an exciting, fun environment but too much can lead to an unbalanced, weak room. On the opposite side of warm tones, cool colors can create a relaxing ambiance throughout the room. Like warm colors, cool colors need to seek balance. When applied too strong or too frequently in a room, it can darken the atmosphere and give a cold vibe. By understanding what cool colors express in a design, you will be able to balance your space successfully. Let’s take a look! 
  • Green
When you think of green, you probably start to consider nature, grass, and trees. This soothing color is usually in direct response to “growth.” Whether trees are growing outside or financial stability, green’s portrayal of growth gives a room a sense of comfort. Incorporating plants can be a great way to express this color throughout your home. Adding too much green though, can take the reassurance of money and life and turn into an envious color. Green has also been known to be affiliated with jealousy, so be cognitive of how much of this color you add without taking proper procedure on balancing out the room.
  • Blue
Blue is the last primary color we have yet to discuss (Warm Colors). Blue is associated with loyalty and confidence. Adding this color to your space will help bring a relaxed, tranquil sensation and calming atmosphere. While this strong color can really help develop an atmosphere, take note that too much can make a room feel cold. A cold room can bring on a sense of mystery and fear which is essential to avoid.
  • Purple
“Your majesty!” Purple is a timeless, luxurious color that has been associated with royalty. While being consider sophisticated, this color can add a sense of elegance and wisdom to your home. Royal or not, it shows your true ambitious nature and your admiration for success. Purple can also have a spiritual value to it as well. This should be taken with caution because too much purple can translate mysterious or even arrogant.
Knowing how to use warm and cool tones will help you find balance in a room. With this knowledge, you can better decide the color palette you want to encapsulate in your space. If you missed our post on Warm Colors, click here to view it. Thanks for reading! 

Choosing The Perfect Grout

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Remodeling can be exciting but, sometimes, all the little decisions can feel overwhelming. Adding paint and flooring is one of the quickest ways to transform a room during a remodel. Depending on your design theme, you may select a different flooring to accomplish a different look. For example, tile is a great way to add elegance and class to a space. Choosing the right grout can be challenging but a great way to make or break a room’s design; however, do not let this task intimidate you. We put together our top three ways to determine what is the best grout for any application. Let’s take a look! 
  • Solid
Solid colored tiles are usually the easiest style to pick the correct grout.  Matching the color as close as possible is typically the default technique but choosing a shade lighter or darker can help with the room’s color theme.  Lighter colors on smaller tiles can help open up the room and make the illusion that it is bigger, whereas going a shade darker may make a room feel smaller and more condensed.  On the other hand, dark colors can hide dirt easier so consider what values are more important to you and the overall space of your space. 
  • Mosaics Glass
With glass tile, it is best to go with a neutral color.  Neutral tones like beiges or tans can allow the glass to be a focal point of the room and not feel overpowered by the grout color. White and black are also excellent choices to use in your home with mosaic tiles.  These neutral do not affect the room’s color theme and can allow for a hard contrast to help your tiles to pop. 
  • Patterned Tile
Patterned tiles give you the freedom of matching any color found within the design.  A neutral-toned grout can be ideal for allowing all colors to shine in the design.  Plus, neutral grout colors are great for cool or warm toned tiles. Applying a neutral grout for patterns is always a safe route if you do not want to decide on just one color from the tile’s design. 
When selecting the perfect grout, do not feel overwhelmed. For solids, try to find the closest matching color possible.  Remember neutrals are always a safe option as well. For more tips and tricks, visit us at Century Tile.

Warm Colors

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If you had an exclusively black and white room and you were to add one color, you can entirely alter how the room feels. Color is extremely powerful in how it plays on our emotions, feelings, and energy output in a space. 
There are three categories in which we classify colors: Warm Tones, Cool Tones, and Neutral Tones. We will be exploring the positive and negative characters of warm colors and how this pseudoscience can be practiced for varying the overall atmosphere in a room. Warm tones are classified by colors that give a space a more energetic, upbeat vibe; however, if over accentuated, this can imply an overwhelming sensation and give off a negative, harsh vibe. Finding balance with complimenting tones and incorporating a neutral palette can help alleviate these unwanted negative vibes.
For more information on Warm Tones, we dug deeper into the three most popular warm tones: red, orange, and yellow. Let’s take a look! 
Red is bold, standout color associated with fire. It is one of the three primary colors that cannot be recreated by mixing any two colors together. If you added this as an accent color to a room, you could quickly make a powerful statement. Red gives a room a robust and authoritative feel. Red can be used to create a passionate ambiance in the room as well and generally being directly correlated with heat. When you use too much red though, you can start to amplify this effect in a negative manner. Too strong and bold of a red can begin to reflect anger and danger. Red is also the color we use for stoplights and stop signs because its quick, intense contrary expresses warning. Find a balance when incorporating this color into your home, for a powerful, romantic feel.
Being a mixture of two strong primary colors in the warm tone family, orange is a color which plays off both of red and yellow’s strengths and weaknesses. This is a courageous color which is very inviting. It expresses the strive for success and well-being of others. This caring color is excellent to add to a home or work space to liven up the room, filling it with powerful yet youthful energy. When you add too much of orange, you can topple over into a sluggish, overwhelming atmosphere. Harmonizing with this color is key to creating a friendly, work inviting space.
Yellow is another primary color. It can be linked to light and the sun. This bright color will pop hard in a room and give a happy mood throughout the room. Adding this accent color to a room will express your originality and intellect. Yellow has a very fun and youthful charm, which can come with caution. Adding too much of this powerful color can spill into an irresponsible or unbalanced look in the room. Primary colors can be dangerous because how powerful of statements they can put on a room but are also fundamentally imperative to creating a confident space.
We hope that this article will help you further your understanding of using warm tones correctly in a room. For more expert tips and tricks, be sure to check back weekly at Century Tile

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.  

Finish your small home off with cozy carpet or chic hardwood floors from Century Tile. We would love to help you find the perfect flooring for your home. Visit our online showroom to view our wide selection of flooring. 

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. 
For more expert tips, check back weekly at Century Tile

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.