Four Subtle Ways to Emphasize a Neutral Palette

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The use of dazzling, vibrant hues in home decor has become increasingly popular, but a neutral palette will always be timeless. Neutral tones don’t have to be bland, in fact this scheme can make a statement on its own. For example, a black and white color scheme is daring, yet easy on the eyes. If you want to add dimension and interest to a neutral color scheme then it is important to incorporate accents and bold lines. What are some ways you can add depth and character to a neutral palette?

Check out the tips below.

  1. Enticing Textures

When accenting neutrals we often use bold colors. However, we can’t forget about an important element of design; texture. Yes, texture is what shapes an interior. You can use this element to create a regal look or add a playful tone. Suede and leather create an air of luxury and sophistication. Bamboo and other types of wood lend to a relaxed tone. When selecting different types of textures to use, consider the kind of mood you want to set for the space.

  1. Dazzling Lighting Scheme

In a neutral palette, lighting is everything. Illuminate your rich, neutrals tones with adequate lighting. Strategic positioning of your lighting sources is essential because you can enhance aspects of the room or worsen it, depending on where you place them. Incorporate layered lighting as well as natural lighting for an open and airy feel.

  1. Anything Glitzy

Use metallic accents to enhance a neutral tone room. Shades of gold, silver, and copper can be used to make the room pop. The options are endless. From a glossy gold vase, an elegant chandelier or timeless chairs layered with your accent accessories. You can contrast with your Metallics. However, make sure you don’t overdo it because metal can be overwhelming.

  1. Geometric Patterns

Besides texture and metallics, you can contrast with a variety of geometric patterns. We often design our interiors without giving much thought to lines, so many tend to stick with straight-lined decorations. When adding depth to a neutral palette you should use different shapes. It can be a curved back chair, an oval shaped coffee table or an oddly shaped accessory; such shapes add tremendous aesthetic value.

Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas!

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From our family to yours, we hope all of you are having the most joyful holiday season with your friends and family! This is truly the most wonderful time of the year! Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Carpet Shopping Tips

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On the hunt for new wall to wall carpeting? Purchasing the right carpet involves so much more than just finding a style and color that you’re in love with. In fact, you’ll have to consider a number of important factors. We are your flooring experts, so no worries, we are here to help!

When shopping for a carpet you must first think of function. You’ll have to think about factors such as:

In what room will this carpet be installed?

Does the room receive heavy or light traffic?

Will the carpet be installed near outdoor spaces?

Will I be able to keep up with the required maintenance?

The answers to these questions are essential because it helps you determine what fiber, color and texture carpet you should install.

Compare Shades and Patterns
There are literally hundreds of thousands of carpets featuring different colors, patterns, and styles that makes the carpet selection process overwhelming. If you’re having trouble settling on a shade, you can narrow it done by selecting a shade that matches the overall mood and tone of the room it’s going to be installed in. Greens and lighter shades of blue can have a calming effect, while darker hues are great for masking inevitable.

Warm tones such as red and gold will open up space. However, before you make the final decision be sure to take home a sample so that you can see how it will look in a specific room especially in natural light.

Maintenance Requirements
You should be well informed of the maintenance a carpet will require before you make the decision to buy it. If you have children or pets you’ll want to steer clear from high-end carpets and fibers that are hard to clean. Instead, opt for carpets that are stain resistant. Highly textured rugs will conceal footprints and tracks from the vacuum cleaner.

Don’t Go Over Budget
Found a carpet that you really like but you just can’t afford it? Well, even luxury carpet doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. Come see us. We will help you can find a carpet that fits your budget, lifestyle and that you’ll absolutely love for years to come!

Budget-Friendly Bathroom Design Ideas

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Bathroom remodels can take your out-dated, over-used bathroom to the next level. Updating your bathroom can help increase the value of your home and increase interest in future buyers. Luckily, remodeling your bathroom does not need to be an overly expensive project. To help you during your redesign, we have created budget-friendly design ideas that you can begin using today! We hope you enjoy!

Budget-Friendly Bathroom Design Ideas:

Create Drama. Who could imagine that creating drama would be a good thing? In your bathroom it is the perfect way to help add character. Look for a dramatic mirror to install above your sink. If you can not find the perfect drama in a mirror, you can incorporate some bold decorations for the walls.

Do Not Be #Basic. How long have you had that same color on your bathroom walls? Updating the paint color on your bathroom walls can take your room from drab to fab. Bathrooms are the perfect room to experiment with unique, bold colors like navy blue or emerald green. The possibilities for your walls are endless; you just need to purchase a paint can!

Add Rustic Charm. Take a trip to your local antique shop to search for antique, rustic accents. You can create a rustic towel holder by finding antique door knobs and placing them on a wooden board. Screw the door knobs into the wooden board then hang the board on your walls. Voila, you have vintage piece that is unique and affordable!

Embrace The Natural Light. Make sure you take advantage of all the natural light your bathroom has to offer. Open up your curtains during the daytime and let the natural light flow through your space. Be sure to update your current light fixtures if they seem out-dated and dim.

Clean out Your Cabinets. A great way to update your bathroom is to clean it! Empty out all of your cabinets and drawers and reorganize them.

Repurpose Old Furniture. Before you get rid of that old dresser, consider adding it to your bathrooms space. With a fresh coat of paint and some new door knobs, your dresser can become a breath-taking piece of furniture.

Spice up Your Vanity. Let your vanity be a clean, representative of you. If you love to do your makeup, buy a stylish holder to store your makeup brushes. The makeup brushes can serve as a unique piece of decor that adds style and function to your space.

Finish your bathroom off with affordable flooring from Century Tile & Carpet. We can help match you with the perfect flooring for your home at a price that meets your budget! We are your flooring experts!

All White Floors – What’s the Craze?

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From social media to your favorite home decor magazine, we’ve seen the lustrous all white floor look. It’s simply pure and chic. Have you been considering stepping outside the box and jumping on the all-white floor bandwagon? Before you make the final decision, you’ll have to consider the bad, the good and the ugly. There are some things you should know about an all-white flooring scheme.

Is It Ideal for Your Home?
Before visiting Century Tile, you’ll have to first determine whether all white floors are ideal for your living space. It largely depends on your lifestyle. If you have children and pets then a white flooring scheme can a be a challenge to maintain. White flooring requires regular maintenance to keep looking glossy and new. If you live in a household with children and pets than the maintenance process may be more intensive. Can you handle it?

Glossy white floors can make a small space look bigger than what it actually is. It reflects natural light, casting the glow all around the room which can really make the space appear dreamy.

Keeping White Floors Clean
Of course, the biggest challenge that comes with having white floors is keeping them clean. The type of flooring material is a big factor in the maintenance process. Laminate and tile white flooring can be easily cleaned with a general cleaning agent. White carpet will be more of a challenge with stains.

Daily vacuuming or sweeping is necessary especially if you have kids or pets. You’ll also have to make an investment in quality cleaning tools. You can consider implementing a “no shoes in the house” policy to keep mud from being tracked indoors. In addition, area rugs will help minimize the dirt as well. Keep in mind that keeping white floors squeaky clean will be a never-ending challenge.

5 Remodeling Projects You Should Take On Before the Holiday

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Is your list of home improvement projects piling up? If you plan on hosting guests in your home during the holiday season you no doubt want it to look it’s best. Since it can be a huge challenge to get everything done in the nick of time, we’ve created a list of home improvement priorities you’ll need to focus on in order to get your house ready for visitors.

Below are five home improvement projects you should invest in right away.

  1. Refinish the Cabinets
    If your kitchen cabinets needed updating years ago than this will be one of the first home improvements you should take on. Giving your cabinetry an high-end upgrade can give your kitchen the ultimate facelift.

  2. Upgrade Your Kitchen
    Since there will be a lot of food preparation during the holidays you’ll want to ensure that your kitchen is both functional and stylish. Now is the time to invest in a brand new backsplash. Be sure to select a classic pattern with a timeless hue. Also, you’ll want to make room for extra built-in storage. You may even consider adding in a built-in buffet to hold all of the food and drinks your guests will be feasting on.

  3. Install A New Stair Runner
    It’s so easy for a stair runner to look used, worn and even dirty after some time. Therefore, before you have guests in your home you should get rid of that dated, contractor grade stair runner and opt for something with a canvas border or timeless hue. There are numerous style options when it comes to choosing a stair runner.

  4. Make Over the Fireplace
    Who doesn’t love to gather around the fireplace during the holidays? Give your fireplace a modern look by making a contemporary update. Consider building a mantel out of wooden planks.

  5. Create A Focal Point in the Room
    You’ll need to wow your guests a little. This is done by adding a focal point to the room. A focal point could be painting an accent wall a bold color or even a beautiful painting. You can mix prints as well as layer different shades within the same hue.

Five Reasons To Consider Open Shelving in Your Kitchen

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If you’re anything like most homeowners, you’re always looking for ways you can refresh and reinvent your space. If you’re planning on updating your kitchen into something modern or contemporary then you may want to consider a cabinet free look. The idea might sound crazy, but it’s a look that is becoming increasingly popular.

What are some of the advantages of an open shelving concept in your kitchen? We are going to give you five reasons why you should consider taking the jump.

  1. More storage options
    Are you always looking for ways to increase your storage options in the kitchen? With the upper cabinets gone, you know have more room for your dish ware and appliances. Narrow and deep cabinetry make it difficult to store larger items and nearly impossible to get them down once you’ve stored them away. Open shelving allows for more space and it’s much easier to reach your items.

  2. Adds a sense of warmth
    The kitchen should feel warm and welcome especially when you have guests over. Open shelving in the kitchen will make visitors feel like they are at home and they won’t feel like they’re being intrusive when they reach for a glass or plate.

  3. Makes the space brighter and larger
    Yes, removing your hunky kitchen cabinetry will make the space feel much brighter and open. Kitchen cabinetry can make the room feel small, dark and closed off. When you remove them, the kitchen walls are able to reflect more sunlight which creates an airy feeling making the space appear much bigger.

  4. Inexpensive
    Who doesn’t like to save money? If you were planning a kitchen remodel you were likely going to be kicking out thousands of dollars for updated cabinetry. Open shelving is the best economic solution that will give you the modern look you’re seeking without cleaning out your pockets.

  5. Simple Cleaning Process
    Kitchen cabinetry requires thoroughly cleaning to remove dust and to prevent mildew from forming. Dust won’t accumulate on the shelving as easily because your dishes are constantly being used. If it does you can simply swipe clean while doing the dishes.