Design Your Outdoor Space

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As autumn takes over for summer, these days of perfect weather give us one last chance for outdoor entertaining. If you have one of those beautiful outdoor kitchen and patio spaces, enjoying the outdoor space is just a matter of picking up the food. Even if your space is limited along with your budget, you can create a lovely outdoor spot for company, or just for your family.

Here are a few ideas.

  • Think about your space. Before you go shopping, take a look at your patio or yard. Would a picnic table be a good family choice? If your patio and household are small, maybe just a table to seat four would make more sense. For balconies, the bistro tables designed for two are a nice option. Would you like a small seating area beyond your table? Make a plan and do some measuring before you shop.
  • Take advantage of end-of-season sales. As the weather turns colder, patio furniture drops in price dramatically. Now is the time to pick up some outdoor items to enjoy this fall and next year.
  • Don’t limit your options to standard patio furniture. Repurpose an old wooden set painted by painting it a bright color. While this option may mean that you bring it into a shed or cover it when not in use to help it last, it’s an appealing and inexpensive alternative.
  • Have fun with color. Vivid colors such blue combined with the yellow of the lemons creates an inviting dinner spot from an old painted table and some linens. Are there some bright colors you’d like to have in your life that don’t fit in your home? Maybe you can have them in your backyard.
  • Include nature. Decorate the table with lemon branches and add fruit on the table remind you that you are outside. You can do the same with apples or pears in a more temperate climate. Celebrate the outdoors with plants, fruits and flowers.

Creating an outdoor space is a great way to expand your living area and add to your entertaining options. From a large gathering under the trees to a simple breakfast on your patio, take full advantage of the outdoors.

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

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It seems like everyone is baking more now that we are all spending more time at home. When the craving strikes for homemade chocolate chip cookies, consider this healthier alternative. These muffins make easy items to grab and go! Find out how to make these delicious treats that will fill you up and satisfy your sweet tooth!

What You Will Need:

Muffin Pan

Olive Oil Non Stick Spray

3 Bananas

1 Egg

1 ½ cups Whole Wheat Flour

1 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

¼ Cup Honey

½ Cup Plain Yogurt

1 Tsp. Baking Powder

¼ Tsp. Salt

1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract

1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil

1 Tbsp. Coconut Milk

Directions:

First you are going to mix together the dry ingredients (flour, salt and baking powder). Use a fork or whisk to mix these three ingredients together.

In a large mixing bowl, use a fork to mash the bananas up. Then add the honey, vanilla, yogurt, coconut oil and coconut milk. Mix well by hand and then use a hand held or counter top mixer, to thoroughly mix the wet ingredients.

In a large mixing bowl add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and use your hands to mix up the batter. At this time add the chocolate chips and continue to use your hands to distribute the chips into the batter.

Spray the muffin cups with the nonstick spray. Using a spoon, add the batter to each muffin cup. Fill up each cup about ¾ of the way.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. After twenty minutes, use a tooth pick to check to see if the muffins are done. If the toothpick comes out a little wet, bake for five more minutes.

Let the muffins cool for ten minutes, then remove from the muffin tray and place them on a serving plate.

Got a favorite healthy baking recipe? Share it with us in the comments!

Decorating with Warm Colors

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Reds, yellows, oranges as well as various combinations of these colors are considered “warm” colors. Yes, the stronger a color is, its intensity increases creating a warming effect. Such a group of colors can influence a range of emotions such as feelings of happiness and excitement. How can you incorporate warm colors into your decorating scheme?

Warm colors can work well together because they are located near each other on the color wheel. When such colors are added to the decor of a room it adds spice or personality to otherwise bland space. Using a warm color in combination with a neutral color can create a balance within a room. While warm colors are stimulating, such colors should be used sparingly. You don’t have to implement such colors in every room in the house. Instead, you can opt to use a warm color as an accent against a neutral colored wall. Using warm color as accessories can add spice to any room without going overboard with the color scheme.

Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of using warm colors is that it can make a room appear cozier as the color advances. When using such colors, it can make a space more intimate and warmer. Colors such as red and orange can make a space appear smaller and more inviting. Warm colors are great for rooms that are sparsely furnished because it can make the room feel intimate even though it’s lacking.

Warm colors can be energizing therefore you should avoid using a bold warm color as a dominant color in specific rooms. In areas where you desire to avoid stimulation such as in the bedroom and dining area; you should opt not to use warm colors as an accent.

Are you ready to begin adding some warm hues to your home? Start by adding the warmth sparingly so you can determine what works for your home’s decor and what doesn’t. If you decide to use red tones offset, it with a black accent. Tan and off white make great accent colors for orange hues. When decorating with warm colors remember that less is more.

Bold Powder Rooms

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The powder room pictured here doesn’t shy away from either strong color or pattern. It creates a strong design that leaves an impression. The combination of the bold patterned wallpaper and the detailed tiles on the floor makes a statement! Powder rooms are the perfect place to be bold because of their small size and infrequent use. A room that you spend the majority of time in, such as a family room or kitchen, might feel overwhelming in such a strong pattern and color scheme.

In a powder room you can be playful with pattern and colors on the walls, counter and even the floor. Because of the small footprint, materials to decorate the room will not break the bank. Marble or expensive tile for the floor or counter will also be reasonable compared to doing a large master bathroom or kitchen. Think of powder rooms as little jewel boxes when you approach decorating them.

In this powder room, the design is very cohesive. The color palette is carried from the wallpaper onto the counter and accented with the framed mirror. Choosing an element like wallpaper as the basis of a room design is a good place to start. Other design inspiration can come from fabric or artwork for the room.

If you have a powder room that you think could use some boldness, allow us to help! Contact us today or start the process online with our virtual shopping experience!

Creating a Functional Closet Space

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When it comes to keeping your home organized, there’s a long list of items to take care of. While you may have a handle on all of the obvious spaces a guest will see when they enter your home, the closet may be a little neglected. It’s easy to understand why this part of your home would be put on the bottom of the priority list: no one is coming over to snoop around your storage space. That’s also why it’s so easy to just throw items in there when you’re cleaning up and just need to get on with your day. It’s time to stop hiding the mess and get it organized!

There are multiple reasons your closet may look the way it does: its size is too small, there is insufficient space for special occasion or seasonal items or you may just not have a good system for the items you currently own. No matter what the case is, take everything out and assess the empty space in front of you. You will be unable to visualize what is best for your closet space if you cannot see what you are working with.

Your first step is to de-clutter your current items. Create different piles for items you need to access often, special occasion items, seasonal items and items you no longer use but haven’t gotten around to removing from the space. You know what to do with your out-of-rotation items: can you say donation bag? Whether it’s clothing, shoes or assorted accessories, there is always someone in need who can benefit from your contribution, so delay no further! If you don’t love it, leave it out! For your remaining items, it’s time to come up with a game plan.

This is where your creativity comes in. Look at your remaining items and think about whether you would like them to be hung up, folded, placed on open shelving or racks. Now make the space work for the items you have. This may mean going to a home improvement store and purchasing closet organization units or removing and adding racks and shelves to customize the space to your specific needs.

Be sure to place your heavily used items in the most easily accessed part of the closet and the rarely used pieces more out of your way. If you find that some things still do not fit the space, relocate some of the lesser used items into a different closet space or purchase storage bags to be used under the bed. Once finished, enjoy your beautifully organized closet and keep the space clean!

Different Types of Backsplashes

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Many homeowners include backsplashes in their kitchen and bathrooms as a decorative layer. But backsplashes real value is providing a protective layer to your walls. A backsplash behind your stovetop can serve as a shield to your walls during greasy, saucy, or messy meals.

There are thousands of different types, styles and textures you can choose from for their kitchen or bathroom. To help you rein in all of the choices, we have created a list of the different types of backsplashes. Keep in mind, there will probably be other options that we did not list just because there are so many! The items we do list are some of the most popular backsplash choices. We hope you enjoy!

Different Types of Backsplashes:
Tile: Color Glass Tile, Porcelain Tile, Textured Tile, Penny Tile, Mosaic Tile, Handmade Tile, Etched Glass Tile and Tumbled Stone & Glass Tile.
Metals: Stainless Steel, Copper Tile, and Bronze.
Stones: Natural Stone, Marble, Quartzite Sandstone, River Rock.
Other: Embossed Concrete, Tin Sheets, Brick, Patterned Wallpaper, Chalkboard Paint, and Reclaimed Wood.

Different Backsplash Patterns:

The Running Bond Tile Pattern. (Also known as subway tile pattern)
The Herringbone Pattern. (One of our favorites!! – Ask us for more details)
The Mosaic Pattern.
The Straight Lay Pattern.
The Diagonal Pattern.
The Checkerboard Pattern.
The Basketweave Pattern.
The Windmill Pattern.
The Versailles Pattern.
The Pinwheel Pattern.

Different Areas to Put Backsplash in:
Above your countertops in your kitchen or bathroom
Behind your kitchen’s stovetop or sink
Lining the space above your bathtub
Wherever you want to get creative

What is your favorite type of backsplash listed above? We would love to hear from you in the comment section! For assistance in the selection process, we would love to help you! Contact us today https://www.century-tile.com/contact_us!

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.