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Century Tile + Art + Karndean is a winning combo!

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Susan from The Art Room

We’d like to give a shout out to Susan from The Art Room for her kind note to us!

Susan writes:

Dave,

Wanted to send you a note of appreciation for your help with the flooring for The Art Room art studio in Arlington Heights! You were patient and offered your expertise generously as we decided upon the right flooring for the art studio.


I’m very happy with the Karndean loose lay vinyl planks and installation went smoothly! I would recommend Century Tile to anyone looking for professional guidance and excellent customer service! You even helped with getting the color selection returned and re-ordered in a timely manner and that was wonderful!

The students have returned for in-person art lessons this week and there are lots of “oooooh’s’ “ahhhhh’s” as they LOVE the new studio floor!”

Best to you,

Susan

Create Contrast with Your Kitchen Cabinets

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Contrast is a principle in art that has become increasingly popular in modern kitchens. When used effectively contrast can be the key to adding interest and drama to a space. This principle involves using elements that are different in design to add personality and make a striking statement.

Here are some easy ways you can create contrast in your kitchen.

There are many different ways you can create contrast in the kitchen area. Homeowners can mix a variety of styles such as contemporary and country styles to achieve a contrasting look. Also, you can mix up your color scheme, cabinetry, and countertops.

Below are some ideas you can implement.

Mixing Up Colors
Perhaps the easiest way to create contrast in the kitchen is by mixing up colors. Don’t shy away from bold colors. Pairing two bold colors that are different from each other will have a wow effect. For instance, imagine a bold lime green color paired with glossy white.

Contrasting Textures
You can further add contrast by using various textures within one space. You can mix wood colors and throw in colorful fixtures. The texture on texture contrast has also become trendy in the last few years. Instead of mixing and matching textures you can utilize the same texture in variations around the kitchen. For example, the same natural stone tiles can be used on your flooring and backsplashes. While the final look is subtle, these details will draw attention.

Two Toned Cabinetry

You can create visual diversity in your cabinetry selection. Here are some ideas:

  • Paint the top and bottom cabinet different colors. Using such colors as red or navy blue go well.
  • You can also try contrasting finishes. If your kitchen has traditional dark brown wood cabinets you can switch one set out for a stainless steel finish. You can also break up wood finishes with monochromatic materials.

Kitchen Island
If you’re looking to make one big statement then you’ll let your kitchen island stand out from the rest of the kitchen. Try painting the bottom of the island a vibrant color or replace the top surface with a finish that hasn’t been used yet. Don’t forget to further add emphasis by adding funky bar stools to add to the overall look.

Let us know in the comments below if you have any other great ideas of ways to add contrast to your kitchen! We always love to hear from you!

Kitchen Organization Tips You Should Know

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If you do a lot of cooking, entertaining and working in the kitchen then you’ll need to learn how to ensure that things run smoothly. That’s why implementing key organization tips can make completing tasks in your kitchen much easier. Here are some tips from the experts.

Keep Tools Within Reach
When setting up your kitchen make sure you keep your pots, pans and other cooking tools within reach. You can store your pots and pans in a drawer beneath the stove. Additional tools should be in a drawer adjacent. Frequently used food seasoning can be held in the cabinet over the stove so that you can easily grab them while you’re cooking.

Keep the Pantry Stocked
There’s nothing worse than going into the pantry for something you need to complete a recipe and you don’t have it. Keep a backup of every item you tend to use frequently in the pantry and once you use it put it on your grocery list to place when you go food shopping for the week.

Label Everything
Having a well-organized pantry is essential so that you’ll be able to find things when you need it. Use glass jars to hold some of your food items and apply a label to them. This is especially ideal if you tend to purchase things in bulk. Be sure you put the larger jars towards the back and the short ones in the front so that you can clearly see what you have.

Use All White Dishes
While dishware with bold colors and patterns are fun, all white dishware are versatile. You can use them when entertaining guests because they compliment any color scheme and they’re also ideal for casual use.

Organization is Key
Of course, is organization is key when creating an efficient kitchen. Here are the tips:
– Organize eating utensils by use
– Hang up mugs on a hanging rack
– Use wicker baskets to store extra items
– Expand cabinet space by using organizers with adjustable dividers within them
– Use double-duty containers that can work as function as serving dishes but allow you to also store
food items in the space.

Room by Room Color Guide

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From the living room to the bathroom, selecting the right paint color is crucial because it can make or break your design scheme. Color has the power to produce a variety of effects. It can set the mood, visually expand the size of a room, and create interest inside of bland, boring spaces. So how can you make sure that you pick the right color for each room in your home?   To begin, ask “how do you planning on using the room?” When searching for the perfect color to paint your walls, you should first establish the purpose of the room. Take a look at some of these questions to consider:

  • Will you be entertaining in this room?
  • Is this space private?
  • Will this space be primarily for relaxation?
  • Are you cooking or eating in this room?

Now that you have asked and answered some questions, here is a room by room color guide to help you:   

  • Living Room

The living room is the heart of the house. It is the room where you will entertain guests, enjoy movie nights with the family and so much more; therefore, you will want to select a neutral color palette in this area. Since the living room serves many different purposes, a neutral color scheme will ensure that it reflects the versatile atmosphere. Some neutral shades include brown, beige, variations of white and gray.  

  • Dining and Kitchen Area

You can experiment with color in the kitchen and dining area. In fact, you will want the area where you eat your meals to be bright and warm. Consider trying a color palette that uses warm colors like red, yellow, gold and beige. Such colors will definitely give your kitchen some personality. Use complementary colors in the artwork, cookware and other accessories in the kitchen and dining rooms to help tie together the look.   

  • Bedroom(s)

Since the bedroom is a private space, you will want to ensure that it is your relaxing sanctuary. You want your bedroom to be comfortable so that you can be able to relax after a long day at work. Try and select soft shades such as grays, light green, blue and even purple. Neutral tone colors will also work in the bedroom. Such hues will create a serene atmosphere.  

  • Bathroom(s)

The bathroom is another private space in the house that you want to feel serene;  however, do not be afraid to play with colors in this area. Go for pastel designs, pale green, and other cool colors. On the other hand, if you want your bathroom to have a royal look then be sure to opt for gold tones and darker hues.  We hope you enjoyed these color tips and tricks! Let us know your thoughts in the comment section. 

Five Eye Sores in Your Home

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Are you curious about the top five mistakes homeowners make in their house? We have created a list of common eye-sores that may be bringing effecting your home’s value and your design. Let us take a look!  

Five Eye-Sores in Your Home

1. Messy Wires

Before you started reading, you may have thought of tangled wires as one of the home’s biggest eye-sores. You would be right; a lot of homeowners ignore the messy bulk of unnecessary wires behind their electronics and leave them to sit out in regularly-used spaces. To help this eye-sore, we suggest using zip-ties. Secure and tidy up all of your electronic wires into a neat circle then zip-tie them. You will instantly notice that this will look more well-kept and aesthetically pleasing. 

2. Out in The Open

Do not get us wrong, we love the concept of open storage. But sometimes, homeowners do not have the time to maintain the open concept’s look. If you are frequently using you open shelving, it can almost become unmanageable. While open storage may be right for some people, the messy chaos in your home can bring down the home’s value. If you choose to use an open shelving system, you may want to consider only using decor pieces on the shelves. Day-to-day use can leave the shelves looking sloppy; therefore, the minimal amount of use can make the concept doable. 

3. Patterns and Prints, Oh My

There is such a thing as too many patterns in one space. The look can actually be quite overwhelming to the eyes. Currently, mixing patterns is a trend, but with caution. You want to limit yourself to two prints in each room. The prints must work well with each other. If you find it challenging to match prints yourself, we recommend asking the advice of a fabric store employee or a close friend.

4. Shoes on Display

We all live in our houses; therefore, there may be signs that someone actually lives there. A common mistake that a lot of homeowners make is displaying their shoes. This is a very common eye-sore in many households so do not feel alone! Displaying your shoes, coats, and bags can distract from the room’s design. It can take away from all of the hard work you put into the look of the room. To fix this eye-sore, we recommend storing these items in a closet or a closed container. 

5. Covered Counters

Countertop displays can be a great thing, but it is easy to get carried away with decorations. To keep your house looking beautiful, be sure to store all of your items in cabinets and drawers. Allow yourself to display two to three items on your countertops. For example, a vase of flowers, a soap dispenser, and a decorative piece for your bathroom countertops. This subtle approach will instantly bring an elegant look to your home.  

As always, we recommend focusing on keeping your floors cleaned and cleared. Clean floorings create for a happy and healthy lifestyle!

Tips for hanging artwork

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Has the time come for you to hang artwork in your beautiful home? Maybe you have even been avoiding it. The process of hanging artwork can seem frustrating and very time-consuming. To help put you at ease while hanging your artwork, we have composed a few tips and tricks to assist you. Let’s take a look! 

Placement:

  • You may find yourself standing there staring at a blank wall and find yourself unsure of where to hang your artwork. If you have only one or two pieces to hang, stand back and visually place in your mind where you want the artwork to hang.  Often people hang art too high; experts recommend hanging your art pieces at eye level. To help, you can physically take the art piece and place it on the wall in your desired spot. With a pencil, draw a short, centered line on the wall at the top of the frame. If your frame has a wire on the back of the art, simply measure from the top of the wire in the center to the top of the frame. Go back to your line on the wall and measure down from the top line to the distance of the centered wire hanger and mark. Erase the original top line, so you do not get confused about the proper placement mark. 
  • If you have multiple pieces of art, start out by placing the pieces on the floor for a symmetrical or asymmetrical look, whichever fits your taste. As you stand back to look at the items on the floor, you can visualize how they will look once hung. You can also move and mix until you get your desired look. 

Techniques for Strength:

  • If possible, drive the nail into a wall stud for the most strength. If you do not already own one, experts recommend investing in an inexpensive stud finder.  Although in most cases, where you want to hang the art a stud will not be present. For small and medium artwork, a 1 ½ or 2-inch nail in the sheetrock will suffice and hold securely. Always drive the nail into the wall at a 45-degree angle. This technique ensures a stable and secure hold. 
  • For large pieces of art, purchase hollow-wall anchors with screws.  Anchor sets will match the weight of the artwork. Use a small drill and choose a drill size to match the size of the anchor. Once you drill the hole, tap the anchor into the sheetrock and merely screw the screw into the anchor.

Straightness:

  • If your artwork is not hanging level and straight, you can purchase some small plastic bumpers that attach to the back of the frame with self-stick tape. What a simple fix for a challenge that will arise now or in the future. 

We would love to hear from you regarding any ideas and tips you may have for hanging artwork. What tips and tricks have you learned over the years that could be helpful for other readers? You can leave your responses below in the comment section. Thanks for reading and be sure to check back next week! 

Spring Projects: Embracing the Blooming Season

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With the soon-arrival of the blooming season, homeowners may find themselves busier than ever. In fact, homeowners may even be participating in springtime’s associated activity “spring cleaning.” The activity derives from the fact that our homes will need a little more TLC since we are transitioning from colder, drearier months. During winter, we put these necessary home projects on the backburner until the weather begins to warm. Therefore, the opportunity to tackle these must-needed home projects is almost here. And to help you prepare for the day, we have created a list of five spring projects that you may want to start this season. Let’s take a look!

An Effortless Landscape

When you take a step inside, does your house feel underwhelming? If so, you may be in need of some new floors. In fact, flooring can set the stage for your design. So this spring, take some tips from the light and airy season by renovating your floors with this year’s hottest trends, including light-colored floors. From hand-scraped to wire-brushed trends to marble looks, the design possibilities are endless in 2020. Plus, with innovations in the industry, you do not have to settle for only one type of flooring in your home.

A Fresh Look

Every year, the global color authorities, Pantone Color, determine a “Color of the Year.” This year, Pantone Color chose “Classic Blue,” and its definition is not far from its name. This color is described as “calm, confident, and connective.” It provides a peaceful slate for our designs while captivating us through its thought-provoking properties. In fact, Classic Blue is the perfect paint color choice for any room that needs a relaxing yet timeless tone. You can incorporate this effortless color into your room’s landscape this spring for a refreshing twist on your interior design.

A Delightful Addition

Since spring embraces new plant life, we think that there is no better way to highlight your countertops than through the use of plants and flowers. In fact, plants can help provide greenery and life to a space while adding to the overall aesthetic. However, if you notice that your countertops are not as pristine as they once were, you have two options. One option is that you can have your countertops replaced. The renewing season of spring is the perfect time to refresh your design, especially when it comes to countertops. If you are looking to refresh your countertop design this spring, currently homeowners love the natural, one-of-a-kind beauty of marble and quartz countertops. Marble countertops feature an authentic, beautiful veining that is unmatched by any other countertop. However, if you are looking for a more durable & low maintenance countertop, quartz is a great option, you can opt for beautiful quartz countertops. Quartz is composed of natural crystals, which makes it an insanely gorgeous countertop option. Plus, quartz countertops are perfect for homeowners who love to cook because they are scratch-, stain-, and heat-resistant.

A Sweet Escape

With the weather warming, there is no time like the present to upgrade your backyard. In fact, we like to capitalize on this sweet oasis during warm nights by utilizing our space. If you have not created an outdoor oasis yet, you can simply add items that make you happy. For instance, you can incorporate some comfortable seating for entertaining, build your own firepit for warmth, hang decorative stringed lighting for creativity, or make a beautiful paver pathway to and from your house. The options for your outdoor retreat are truly endless – just remember to add items that will have you coming back for more.

A Warm Welcome

Nothing says “welcome home” quite like awesome curb appeal. Plus, spring is the perfect time of year to spruce up your front yard. For instance, you can replace your house numbers, repaint your front door and shutters, add potted plants to your porch, incorporate a new welcome mat, and swap out your mailbox. Much like our backyard projects, our front yard projects are all about your personal preferences. Start with whatever you currently dislike about your curb appeal and work from there.

With these simple spring projects, you can create an inspiring, noteworthy design that is ready to take on the new year. We hope you enjoyed, and thanks for reading!