Designing your space can be tricky. While it is always great to get inspiration from other’s designs, creating your own design is the best way to tailor your space to you. Mimicking is the highest form of flattery, so use design themes as guidelines. However, when creating your own design, you should consider different elements. Everything plays a role in your space, from functionality to aesthetics. If you are looking to create a new design in your space, here are three rules to consider:
The Rule of Three Colors | 60:30:10
Color is a powerful element to add to any space. Whatever colors you add to your home will directly affect the mood and overall feeling of your home. While certain colors can create hard contrast and others can subtly complement one another; generally, you should not add more than three colors. Your first color will be your primary. The primary color can be used in 60% of the space. Your next color is the secondary color. This will be used in 30% of the space you are creating. While lastly, your accent color can be used to fill the remaining 10% of the room. This color rule will allow colors to pop and dynamically affect the space and the ambiance.
Types of Lighting
Lighting is also essential in a room to create a mood. There are three types of lighting to consider in each room. Your first lighting option is your general or ambient lighting. This light is whatever you choose to use to illuminate your space. The light should make basic mobility easy and cover the entirety of the space. The next style of lighting to add is your task lighting-this is for more intricate tasks like reading or preparing food. Lastly, your accent lighting-this is used to help derive interest on a focal point. It can be achieved through track lighting or recessed light fixtured.
The Power of Plants
Colors and lights are a surefire method to add life to your home. Another key factor to consider is adding plant life. Plants can freshen up the atmosphere and improve air quality. Put large plants in open areas and add smaller plants to accent a room. Plants are also an excellent way to splash more color back into the atmosphere.
With all this being said, rules are meant to be broken. If the design you envision breaks these rules, follow your heart. Your home should reflect your passions and interest. Let your design represent you. The greatest part of interior design is that nothing is wrong. Art is all perception, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Make your house feel like home by tailoring it to your desires!
You may not realize it, but your home’s powder room has made a lot of impressions over the years. From your neighbors who just stopped by for a visit to your son’s soccer friend, your bathroom has seen it all. If you are remodeling your home, do not forget to update your powder room. The powder room is one of the main places your guests will see; therefore, it is essential to make it look nice. To help you transform your space, we have some useful tips for updating your powder room. Let’s take a look!
How to Update Your Powder Room Like a Pro:
Have a Special Feature.
Whether you decide on doing an entire wall in glass tile or hanging an extravagant chandelier, we recommend having a special feature in your bathroom. Since the space is so much smaller than other rooms, you want to take advantage of every square inch. If several special features are within your budget, by all means, add as many as you can afford! You can buy luxurious appliances, a gorgeous mirror, an amazing light fixture, etc. Just make sure you stick to a budget because things can add up quickly.
Make sure you consider the main necessities before you move on from your powder room remodel. It would be a bummer to find out after your mini-remodel that the powder room has no power outlets for you to use. Make a list of things you use every day in your master bathroom and see if any of those items need to be added into your powder bathroom.
Get The Air Flowing.
Make sure your air is moving properly to avoid unwanted odors and others issues in the future. If possible, consider adding a window into the space. A window can transform a space by adding beautiful natural light while adding a breath of fresh air.
Since you do not have a lot of space to work with, you may find it useful to incorporate storage that goes up your wall. Vertical storage can work well in spaces that do not offer a lot of wiggle room. You can also buy a storage shelf that sits over your toilet for extra space or you can add some open shelves for decorative pieces. The best part about powder rooms is that they do not take a whole lot of work because they are small and simple.
Finish off your powder room with new flooring from Century Tile. At an affordable rate, we can help you find your dream floors without breaking the bank. Stop in today to learn more or visit our online showroom for our beautiful selection. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you.
Open floor plans are in demand for today’s active lifestyle. It can be challenging to create the cohesive design to anchor all spaces when there are no walls. Area rugs are a perfect solution for tying everything together by establishing the purpose and function of the room. Here are some helpful tips for choosing an area rug:
• Matching Rugs – The easiest and safest technique is using matching rugs. Matching rugs are conservative, classic and almost fool proof! This choice works well when furniture settings serve the same purpose. If your style is more playful than conservative, try using matching rugs with a bold design and color.
• Mix Solid Color Rugs – If you want to be a little daring, try combining mix-matched solid color rugs. Just make sure the colors complement each other. One easy way to bring some drama in to the room is by using one rug that is a neutral tone, and a colored rug. Using solid color mix-matched rugs is a creative way to distinguish between furniture settings with different functions.
• Similar Color Palette – Try mixing two solid rugs in different colors in the same room. Make sure that you choose rugs in a similar color palette. If you want to add some punch to the design, try using a patterned rug with similar color palette to the solid rug. This will define the spaces as unique from each other, but not disconnected.
• Textured Rugs – Combining textured rugs adds a special design touch to any room. A natural jute rug is a perfect example of a neutral color palette, not to mention the many textures they offer. Raw hide rugs can be included in your design which offers various patterns, color, and they mingle well with neutral colored rugs. This technique defines spaces as unique, but not disconnected.
When shopping for area rugs, do not forget to measure everything in the room and keep your measurements with you. Make a small portfolio to include paint chips, fabric swatches and flooring samples. It never hurts to take a few pictures or a short video of the room, so you can visualize the proposed design of the room.
Don’t forget to let us know how your project turns out!
Have you ever wondered about the decor of Buckingham palace? Did you know that some rooms have a Chinese decor? Seven generations of British Monarchs have lived on the grounds of Buckingham Palace up to the present reign, the House of Windsor. Buckingham Palace is very ornately decorated, to say the least.
What Are Some of the Decor Changes Made at Buckingham Palace Throughout History?
In 1762 the eccentric and extravagant son of King George the Third redid the decor of the building, both inside and outside.
In the 1830’s, Queen Adelaide under the reign of William the Fourth, designed the first of the grand State Apartments. It is known as the Green Drawing Room. She hired Irish people to produce and apply the green tabinet fabric which adorns the walls. Tabinet is often made of wool and poplin, or cotton type material and is very durable and strong. The fine porcelain in the Green Drawing Room was placed by George the Fourth.
In 1837 Queen Victoria had to add some more rooms for her family. She added the east Front in 1847, and moved the Marble Arch entry way of the palace to it’s present position. Queen Victoria was always busy adding her taste to the palace’s decor. She is the one whom aligned the regal gilded framed portraits by the grand entry and massive main stair well.
Queen Victoria’s successor, Edward the Seventh, put electric lighting in the palace, along with other modern conveniences which were all the rage in that day.
What Is the Grand Entry Like at Buckingham Palace?
When you first walk into Buckingham Palace, you will go in at the Grand Hall. It has beautiful walls painted in ivory. There are many gilded tapestry wall coverings and impressive marble columns. There are two marble staircases that lead up to the State Apartments. State rooms were used to entertain and lodge aristocratic guests. There is also a very ornate stairway, a grand stairway, with a balustrades made of bronze. The balustrades are the spindles that hold the railings, so this is a very lavish decor indeed. It would be nearly impossible to tell you of all of the beautiful rooms and sights when it comes to the decor of Buckingham Palace.
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of our business partner and co-founder, Paul Spiewak Sr. on December 24th. He was beloved and an integral part of our business success and growth over the years and will be missed. He is survived by his wife Dorothy and four children – Paul Spiewak Jr. Kathleen Boyle, Debbie Beyer & Phillip Spiewak as well as numerous grand-children & great-grand children.
Paul partnered with Frank Parks Sr. in 1947 to start Century Tile & Supply Company. Over the years, both grew the business from a little store on Austin Avenue in Chicago to twelve locations covering the Chicago-land area and becoming one of the largest floor covering retailers & distributors in the Mid-West.
Paul’s guidance and enthusiasm will be sorely missed and we are all thankful for opportunity that we had to work and learn from him.
It’s fall, which means there are some unpleasant chores that need to be accomplished – namely raking leaves and cleaning out the gutters. Get your kids to deal with the leaves and handle the gutters yourself as it involves climbing up and down a ladder.
Why do we need to clean out the gutters? Leaves and other debris can build up in the gutters, clogging the downspouts. This can lead to water damage on your roof. Water pouring over the gutters can end up leaking inside your home and into your foundation.
Clean your gutters while standing firmly on a ladder. Use one bucket for gutter debris and one for tools. Use wire hooks to attach each bucket to the ladder. Clean large debris with a trowel first. Using a hose flush the gutter starting at the opposite end of the downspout. If the water doesn’t drain, check the downspout to see if it is clogged and clean as necessary.
If there is still any standing water in the gutter after it has been flushed it may not be sloped correctly. Do not ignore this problem. If the gutter doesn’t slope enough, detach the hangers and adjust the gutter to drain properly and then reattach. If you don’t feel comfortable doing that, call a professional.
This is also the time to inspect gutter sections for damage and missing parts, repair any gutter leaks and apply gutter touch up paint. You may even want to repaint all of the gutters.
While cleaning out the gutters does take some time and elbow grease, it is necessary for the health of your home.