How to Decorate & Create a Modern Kitchen

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A modern style home capitalizes on clean lines and simplicity. The minimalistic style within this style of kitchen leaves the choice open for the homeowner to carry out a modern look or add interest through colorful decor. If you are looking to feature a modern-look throughout your kitchen, we have four tips for decorating. Let’s get started!

How to Decorate a Modern-Style Kitchen:

Simplicity.

In a modern-style kitchen, you will find the concept of clean, sleek lines carried throughout the entire space. There is little to no customization featured inside of modern kitchens. The cabinets have sharp angles with no hardware or hardware that is very minimal and not overbearing.

Small, Colorful Appliances.

To keep things simple, modern style kitchens focus on small, chic appliances. Some homeowners use their appliances as a chance to add interest and uniqueness. You can incorporate appliances in colorful options to spice up the space and make it more lively.

Polished Surfaces.

In modern-style spaces, homeowners like to keep things sleek and sharp with polished surfaces. Be sure to keep your countertops clean and clutter-free to maintain a modern look. A few items can be placed on your countertops for decor, but those items tend to be small appliances or cooking utensils. They countertop decor is very minimal if any in a modern-styled space.

Visually-Unique Artwork.
If you are looking to add uniqueness to your modern space, you can do so through artwork. Artwork can be hung on your walls to help add interest and design. Modern artwork can be a great place for you to start. The modern art movement featured posters from old movies and historical events, old-school clocks, and famous or vintage pieces. You will want to try to find this type of art to compliment your overall design.

Finish out your modern-style kitchen with sleek and sophisticated flooring from Century Tile. With a wide selection, we can guarantee that you will find something you love! Visit one of our showrooms or call us to get started! We look forward to working with you!

Bathroom Details Your Guests Cannot Ignore

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Believe it or not, bathroom design matters. As the most often neglected room in the house, it is the little details that can determine whether or not the space is highly functional as well as chic. In the grand scheme of things, little details help make up the entire design and help us determine whether or not it is aesthetically pleasing. If you are looking for a beautiful design that will be a showstopper to guests and family members alike, here are some design details that your guests just will not be able to ignore:

  • Detailed Cabinetry

It is time to think beyond your basic, white vanity and instead opt for something with a bit more pizazz. Invest in cabinetry that features hardware with creative designs, a bold, eye-catching color or architectural overlays. You can play it safe by purchasing a vanity that seamlessly blends into your bathroom design or choosing something that stands out from your bathroom’s vibe and features it as a statement piece.

  • Unique Fabric

Unlike other areas of the house, there are not many opportunities to incorporate fabric into your bathroom decor. So when the opportunity presents itself, we recommend jumping on it. You can use fabric in the bathroom through your choice of window treatment. Using window treatments that showcase a unique or vibrant fabric will definitely take your space to the next level. If you are determined to use more fabrics in that bathroom, you can also do it with a chic shower curtain, hand towels, or bathmats.

  • Accent Shower Wall

Venture out beyond the generic black and white patterns and create an accent wall in your bathroom by putting together shower tiles that feature a vibrant hue and/or material. You can have your accent tiles installed on either side of the shower wall or have it wrap around the entire shower in a single border. Tile can play a big role in a bathroom’s design and uniqueness.

  • Pattern Flooring

Of course, we cannot forget about the bathroom flooring. Instead of a blank, dull space, invest in flooring that uses an intricate pattern or design. Choose flooring that has a nice mix of tones, colors, and shapes can create beautiful detail and design.

  • New Sink

Spruce up your space by upgrading your current sink and/or vanity. With a fresh twist on your current design, you can add a new flare as well as a complementary design element to the rest of your features.

For more tips and tricks, be sure to check back weekly. Thanks for reading!

Decorating with Light Colors

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Light color schemes can be intimidating. Often, when decorating and selecting paint colors, many people shy away from incorporating light or bold hues. We generally stick to neutral colors because they are what we know. Using light colors can be a bit of a challenge, and sometimes homeowners make the wrong selection based off of color samples. But if you are attempting to use a light color in your space, here are some helpful tips to help you along the way:
 
1. Pick a Color Theme
Start off by picking one light color that you plan on using throughout your entire house. This does not mean that you cannot embrace different colors or that you have to make each room look the exact same. Just think, using unique, different colors in each room of the house can create a look that is not cohesive. Imagine a home with a red dining room, blue living room, and a pastel pink bedroom. The home would feel blocked off instead of continuous. To help create a continuous design, be sure to incorporate the one color you have chosen throughout your entire home. 
 
2. You Do Not Have to Paint all Four Walls
You can implement light colors without drowning the entire space in them. In a neutral based room, you can let your accessories make the statement. Use artwork, upholstery, and textiles in lighter colors than the rest of the space to help accentuate the color choice.
 
Perhaps the easiest way to introduce color is through a statement wall. Instead of going all in with the color, you can test the waters with one wall. 
 
3. Try in Small Rooms First
Before you paint your living room a light and bright green, how about taking the color for a test drive by using it in your guest bathroom? Experiment with light colors in smaller rooms just to see if you would like it. Plus, as a rule of thumb, going super bold with your color choices in the bathroom is always an acceptable design choice. 
 
4. Unexpected Accents
The best way to use light colors is as an accent in unexpected places. For example, you can add splashes of color with accessories on the bookshelf, coffee table, or a window sill. This adds both excitement and depth to a space with a pop of color. 
 
Thanks for reading! Be sure to check back weekly for more expert tips and tricks. 

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! 

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
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.
 
Orange
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
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

Brighten up Your Balcony

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

The Forgotten Color

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

Bathroom Color Inspiration

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

Bathroom Color Inspiration

1. Getting Ready. 

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

2. Set The Mood. 

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

3. Maximize Small Spaces. 

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

4. Always Stay Neutral. 

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

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

Mastering an Eclectic Style Home

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

Focal Point

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

Sense of Purpose

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

Dare to Be Different

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

Remember Your Neutrals

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

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

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.