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.

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. 
 

Professional Design Tips & Tricks

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Want to learn how to decorate your space like a professional? Get a sneak peek at the design secrets that professional interior designers use on their projects. Let’s take a look!

Six Pro-Design Tips & Tricks

1. Color Me Happy. 

Professional interior designers start with a color scheme before they begin a room. This can be a useful tip for homeowners looking to redesign their space. If there is an item that you would love to incorporate, base your color scheme off of that object. For example, if you have a blue vase that you want in your living room, shape the rest of the room’s design off of that vase to create a beautiful look. 

2. Show What Makes You Proud.

If you have an antique piece that you adore, make it the focal point of the room. Homeowners tend to hide their cherished possessions, but you should try to incorporate it into the room’s decor. Interior designers recommend that you add your antique pieces into the room’s design instead of hiding them away for no one to see. 

3. Mirror, mirror: 

Mirrors are one of our favorite decorative pieces for several reasons. They can open up a space, brighten a room, and add dimension to a smaller area. Try incorporating a mirror into your room’s design for a timeless look. 

4. Neutralize. 

Designers love neutral colors in rooms because they do not take away from certain aspects in the room. Begin decorating your room with neutral colors then slowly add in pops of color for a subtle design. 

5. Do Not Discriminate. 

Most homeowners decide on using either silver or gold but they never want to us both. Interior designers tend to disagree with this thought process. They encourage the use of both silver and gold in your space, but you cannot overuse one and underuse the other one. The key to perfect symmetry is to use them equally throughout your design. 

6. Size matters.

You do not want to cram objects into a space that simply will not fit. Take some time before you buy to measure the room and the pieces of your furniture you want to put in it. If you have short ceilings, buy shorter furniture. It is that easy. The smaller furniture will make your room look bigger and give you more wiggle room. 

Design experts know to never skimp on quality flooring. At Century Tile, we provide high-quality flooring at an affordable rate. With financing options available, you can have your dream flooring in no time. Contact us today for more information. 

Four Things an Interior Designer Won’t Tell You

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Are you thinking of hiring an interior designer to create the home of your dreams? Of course, making the decision to seek professional help with decorating your home is not an easy one, especially if you are working within a budget. If you are curious about how the entire process works, we have got you covered! Here are some things you should know about hiring or even working with a design professional. 

4 Things an Interior Designer Won’t Tell You:

1. Design a Single Room or Revamp a House.

What many people do not know is that you can hire a design professional to decorate a single room in your house or design your entire home together with their talents. Their job is to work within your set budget. While many design professionals are often contracted to work on large projects, you can still hire one if you have a smaller budget/project. So do not be afraid to hire an interior designer whether you are building a new home, redesigning a renovation or re-furnishing a whole house.

2.  Interior Designers Make Sure You Reach Building Codes.

A certified interior designer can do more than just decorate or take care of the aesthetics of your home. Designers with the appropriate certifications are required to know current building codes, state safety regulations, and other laws. This is imperative because they will need to make sure that their designs do not affect such standards to ensure your safety.  

3. They Work with Your Vision.

With interior designers, do not expect a cookie cutter design. The goal of a professional interior designer is to work with your vision and expand it. Their job is to listen to you, assess your desires and needs and then come up with an original design that matches what you have in mind. Professional designers work with a large range of styles and they are always eager to create something unique. 

4. Interior Designers Go Through Training and Educational Process.

Believe it or not, most professional interior designers have to go through rigorous training. They also receive a formal education; therefore, you can use certifications to determine if they are qualified enough to take on your project. Be sure to check if their education matches up with what they do for a living. 

While interior designers are masters at decorating your home, we are professionals in the flooring industry. Let us help you re-envision your space with brand new flooring! Stop in today at one of our beautiful showrooms or call us for more information and pricing. We look forward to working with you! 

Creating Your Own Cozy Reading Nook

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Are you in desperate need of an oasis from your busy, hectic life? There is no better way to relax than retreating to a comfortable space and getting lost in your favorite novel. If your reader or just someone who enjoys their personal time, you will without a doubt benefit from a private and cozy reading nook. 
 
How to Create Your own Cozy Reading Nook
 
1. Pick The Perfect Spot.
Selecting the right spot to set up your reading nook is key in order to create a spot that you can retreat to when you are in need of some “me” time. Luckily, reading nooks tend to take up very little space. It can be crafted in the corner of practically any room. Whether you chose your living room or your bedroom, it should be an area where you will have some privacy and there is a low level of noise. Since your nook is supposed to be a peaceful retreat, it should be in an area of the house that is away from distractions. 
 
2. Comfortable Seating Arrangement.
After you have selected the perfect spot, it is time to focus on creating a comfortable seating arrangement. Some reading nooks have a padded window seat that provides ample space to sit back and relax; however, if window seating is not an option for your home, we recommend investing in a formal chair. Make sure you invest in a chair that has padding and is generally comfortable to sit in because you will likely be spending a couple of hours sitting in it. Add in a few plush pillows and a cozy throw blanket for extra comfort.
 
3. Accessories. 
Of course, you will need added accessories to make the area functional. Be sure to include a simple table beside your chair. You can use the table to store your reading glasses, reading material and even a snack. Also, lighting is important when creating a cozy reading nook. Be sure to incorporate enough lighting to help make the space well-lit. Finally, if space allows, you cannot forget to add in a small bookshelf. A bookshelf near your reading nook will make all your reading materials easily accessible and organized.
 
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Design Tricks to Help You Embrace a Low Ceiling

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Whether you are renovating or redecorating a space with low ceilings, your design dreams may feel squashed. While ceilings are not necessarily the most important architectural detail, low ceilings are one of the first things you will notice when you enter a room. They may make you feel like you are trapped or living inside of a cage. So how can you make the most of a vertically challenged room? We are glad you asked! Here are some design tricks to help you: 

1. Opt for Low Furniture.
In a room with low ceilings, you will want to select furniture that sits low to the ground. By choosing low-sitting furnishings, there will be more space between the ceiling and your furniture which increases the sense of height in the room. For instance, an L-shaped sofa provides ample seating without crowding up the room and provides an ample amount of space above the sofa. You could even match your furniture and wall color. This look helps to have your upholstery almost melt into the design of the room.
 
2. Use Wall Lights.
Large ceiling lights can draw more attention to your low ceilings. You can counteract that effect by installing wall lights which are much more symmetrically pleasing inside of a space with such architectural features. If you do not want to hire an electrician for the job, you can opt for plug-in wall lights. Just be sure to invest in wall lights with attractive cords that have a design to them so they will not be an eyesore when plugged into the wall.
 
3. Create an Accent Wall.
One of the easiest ways you can take the attention away from your low ceilings is to create an accent wall. Highlight another area of the room using an beautifully patterned wallpaper or a bold paint color.
 
4. Embrace Your Low Ceilings.
Make a feature out of your low ceilings by painting them a bright color or tiling them with a unique pattern or material. Highlighting your low ceilings with a stunning tile or a bold color will bring them into the foreground, making the room much more appealing.
 
5. Long Drapes.
Consider installing long curtains or drapes in a low ceiling room. Position the rod above the window frame and have it be almost flushed to the ceiling. This allows the curtains to effortlessly hang from the top of the ceiling to the bottom which visually elongates the room.

We hope you enjoyed these tips and tricks for embracing your low ceilings. Be sure to check back weekly for more posts and updates.