Posts Tagged ‘Colors’

Using Warm Tones in Your Design

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When designing a space, it is essential to consider the mood you want the room to portray. You can make a room feel more inviting by adding seating, carpet, and even certain sounds or smells. You can, likewise, make a room feel more relaxing by incorporating different design elements as well. However, nothing quite sets the mood of a room, quite like the colors we choose. 

Color Psychology 

All colors have individual psychologies attached with them. If you were to see pink in a baby’s room versus blue, it might insinuate something different. Likewise, the colors we choose in our homes can help depict certain images. Do you want a room to feel creative or sophisticated? Are you looking to make a statement or keep your space feeling neutral? These are all questions you should ask yourself before choosing a color. 

Warm Tones 

Warm tones can make a room feel more inviting. You may want to incorporate these in a room where you plan on inviting guests or hosting company. Warm tones include colors like red, orange, and yellow. These colors can all work together to help create your inviting space. 

Using a neutral tone that complements these tones is also ideal. While beige and tan are neutral tones, they can enhance the power of many warm tone colors. Likewise, grey is a subtle, neutral color, yet may be best used with complementing cool tone colors. 

Using Colors to Set the Mood 

A general color scheme is divided up into the 60:30:10 rule. These are the ratios in which you choose your colors. You can give one color 60% dominance over the room while the other two colors are given 30% and 10% respectively.  Typically, you would give 60% to a neutral color; however, this is not written in stone. Creating a mood board prior to your design can allow you to envision a finished product of your design and give you more design freedom.

Remember, while colors are influential in your décor, and lighting will also amplify this effect. Be sure to add adequate lighting to help enhance any color scheme you choose. Also, if you missed earlier this week where we discussed cool tones, be sure to check it out here. Thanks for reading!

Using Cool Tones in Your Design

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Many elements contribute to making your interior design perfectly balance. Ideally, you want your room to be functional yet also have a sense of style. To do so, you can choose a style like Rustic or Contemporary to help set guidelines when designing your space. However, you can also influence the mood of your room with color. In fact, there are three different tones that you can create with colors: cool, warm, and neutral. Today, we are going to discuss cool tones and how they affect your environment. Let’s take a look!

Color Psychology 

Certain colors can help depict specific psychological feelings or moods. Learning to use color psychology can help you design your space. For example, warm tones can make a room feel more inviting, whereas cool tones can allow a space to feel more relaxing. Deciding what you are trying to accomplish is vital before you choose your color palette.  

Cool Tones 

There are three types of moods you can set in a room: warm, cool, or neutral. Even though every color can have its own influences, having colors that work together can create a mood. Cool tones can make a space feel more passive and soothing. If you are looking to achieve this look, try using cool tone colors such as blue, green, purple, and violet. These tones can all work together to help create your atmosphere. A general rule of them is to add contrast.  If your room is primarily cool tones, feel free to contrast small areas with the opposing colors. This can also allow benefits from other color tones to affect the space. 

Using Colors to Set the Mood 

Setting the mood is more than just adding color. Decide how you plan on using each color in your space. Some colors work great with each other, so try exploring different color swatches, floorings, and textiles together. Just keep in mind the mood you are trying to accomplish. Designing your space should give you freedom, but should also feel planned and unified. 

Cool tones can have a significant impact on your environment and can help your space feel relaxing.  Do you like to use cool tones or warm tones more in your space? Let us know below in the comment section. 

Designing a Home Office

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Area Rugs, Design and Decorating, Hardwood and Laminate, Hints and Advice

Lucky you! You actually have a bonus room to turn into your home office. Since you don’t want your home office to remind you of your barren cubicle use these design tips to make it as luxurious and efficient as possible.

Location – you will likely spend many hours in your home office. Do you really want to be stuffed into the corner of your guest room? Make sure there are windows and plenty of light. If you don’t have windows face the door or hang a pretty picture on the wall. You should also consider if you want to be close to the activity in your home or if you work better when you are tucked away?

Picking furniture – consider your workflow and what items you need at your fingertips before investing in furniture, and then look for pieces that are both beautiful and functional. Keep with the theme of your home, meaning, don’t do a contemporary office if the feel of your home is warm and cozy earth tones.

And speaking of furniture – invest in a good chair. Think ergonomics. Why not use a balance ball and work on your posture and core while you work on your business?

No office beige – paint the walls a color that will inspire you. Don’t you know that color can affect your mood?

Make it comfortable – add wood floors and large area rugs. Get an oversized armchair. Wrap your bulletin board in a gorgeous fabric, and hide utilitarian bookshelves behind curtains made from the same material. Hang inspirational prints on the walls, whether that’s simply your kids’ framed artwork or a classic painting.

Organize, organize, organize – many home offices aren’t swimming in square footage, so using space efficiently is imperative. Hang floating shelves on the walls to get papers and office equipment off the desk, and use vertical file folders on the desk to keep important papers within arm’s reach. Are you a stacker or a filer? If you tend to make piles, get a nice basket to tame your mail, notes, and papers. If you prefer a clean desktop, designate one drawer for your “to-do” papers. Wooden or metal cube storage is a fun alternative to bookshelves, since each space can be used for books, knickknacks, or baskets of odds and ends.

Cords – please hide your cords. You can’t make your computer, printer and phone look pretty but you can avoid the octopus of cords that stems from these devices. Feed the cords into a desk grommet, a plastic or metal cap that helps guide cords through a hole in the desk and hides them underneath. Tame the cord jungle on the floor with cord winders, tubing, or a wire organizer that’s attached to the desk and lifts the cords off the floor.

Have fun designing and don’t forget our Goodbuy to Winter Sale is still going on until March 25th. No time like the present to come in and let us help with that home office project.

Tile Water Fountain

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Design and Decorating, Tile

Have you wanted to add a fountain to your landscape but found yourself dissatisfied with your choices? How about designing your own fountain using a circulating pump and some tiles?

The one in this photo is pretty dramatic, so you might want to start with something a bit simpler. Or you could look into landscape architects who have worked on fountains before.

By designing your own fountain or even waterfall using tile, you are unlimited when it comes to colors, styles and mood. Would you like a modern fountain? Consider glass tile or even slate to shine under the water. If you’re leaning toward a more Moorish look, how about adding some figured tiles that show off their rich tones and patterns? A selection of hand-painted Mexican tiles along the edge of a simpler tile or stone choice and you can create a south-of-the border water feature.

Tile is sturdy enough to handle the outdoors and the splash of water. The only thing you may want to do is to make sure the water you use is not too mineral-rich because that can damage the look of the tile.

Tile also comes in all shapes and sizes, and prices! You can have a beautiful fountain by showcasing several more expensive tiles as trim while using a more reasonably-priced tile for the basic structure. And how about a light blue tile at the bottom of a pool to make that water look even more clean and inviting?

Want a fountain that’s unique to your home? Build your own with tile.

Using Slate to Create Beautiful Dining Spaces

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Natural Stone

Slate is a popular flooring choice for kitchens, entry ways, and bathrooms. We see slate in these rooms in shelter magazines and on blogs quite a bit. Slate is a durable stone surface that can hold up to heavy traffic. This is exactly why slate can be used to create a beautiful dining space which lasts.

With a myriad of colors, from charcoal grays to bluestone to multi-colored stones swirled with russet tones and grays, slate can be chosen to match most interior color palettes. Crisp white works well with slate as do both cool colors and warm hues. Look at your existing dining room furniture to decide which slate works best for your room. Warmer toned woods, like oak or pine, would work well with slate that has flashes of orange or rust. For a more modern feeling, pair black or white furniture with a blue-grey slate.

Slate can work with many interior design styles. A farmhouse table and Windsor chairs would look great with a slate floor for a charming country dining room. Mission style is a perfect mate for slate. The Arts & Crafts style incorporates natural elements so slate would fit both the aesthetics and the philosophy of this style. Dark slate floors add a natural element to a modern or contemporary dining space.

Chose a coordinating dark grout and the grout lines will almost disappear, giving your floor a uniform look. Or select a lighter grout for a more traditional tile feeling.

Durable and stylish, think about a slate floor for your dining room or eat in kitchen. Take a look at the slate flooring we have available at Century-Tile.com.

Room Fix: Piano Problems

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

A baby grand piano adds a beautiful feel to a living space. It provides the impression that the homeowners play fairly well, or their children do. However, any true piano player knows with one look that no player lives here.

What’s the obvious clue? It’s the lighting. Any player would want the piano keys facing the window to get unshadowed light on the sheet music. And at night, a pianist needs a good light source landing on the front of the piano to read the sheet music. In this house, the piano is simply an extravagant piece of furniture.

The rest of the room works well on the basics, but there are a few other iffy decisions. Let’s consider the window treatment behind the piano. The draping and the rosettes are a bit over the top, but the fabric doo-dad that drops from the middle of the window is a true error in judgment. The multiple colors and trims, along with the pink tones, add a bit too much frou-frou to what is otherwise a classic room design. This look is echoed in the throw pillow on the left and the rug. With simpler curtains the room would feel more elegant.

Common Decorating Mistakes

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Common decorating mistakes are made time and time again. This post will point out common mistakes so you can avoid making them and rendering the ones already made in your home.

If you don’t love it, Leave it!: Do not use something that you don’t love. Just because something has been inherited or gifted and you feel it needs to be used, doesn’t mean you have to use it. If you don’t love something, donate it to Goodwill.

Define your own personal style: Don’t decorate according to the latest trend. Decorate around your personal style. You will enjoy your décor much longer than you would if you used a trendy style. Decorating around your personal style gives unique character to your interior. If you’re sick of the white tile in the kitchen, replace it with a bright warming color.

Clear the clutter, Go chunky: Small accessories tend to make a space look cluttered and unorganized; not to mention the dust they collect. Simplify your accessories by replacing many small items with a few chunkier pieces. Chunky accessories make a space look clean because few are needed to replace many small items.

Research Color: Avoid making the wrong choice with color. Different colors spark different moods on a subconscious level. People associate color with. Research what colors you are considering for carpet, tile, paint, etc. in order to ensure the right color choice for the appropriate room and it’s use.

The most important advice we can give you is “Done is beautiful”. Incomplete spaces look uninviting and affect the people that live there as well as guests. Try not to get caught up in deciding the perfect look for a particular space. Find a way to complete spaces; they can always be modified down the road.

Holiday Home Décor

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Christmas, Design and Decorating

The holiday season is filled with different activities that only come around once a year. Decorating for the holidays should be fun, not a chore. Keep the following tips in mind when decorating your home for the festive season!

1. Don’t procrastinate: The longer you wait to get your decorating complete, the less time you have to enjoy your hard work. Don’t spend more time planning and shopping than you actually do decorating. An abundance of planning and shopping makes you tired before the real work even starts. Don’t over think your decorating plan, this type of decorating is temporary. Make your life easy, don’t take it too seriously and have fun! Make putting up and taking down holiday decorations a family affair tradition. Things will get done faster. When families accomplish tasks as a team, it brings them closer.

2. Focus: When decorating, start with a focal point. Rooms naturally have an area that is seen first by viewers due to architectural details and their locations. Larger rooms can have more than one focal point. When you begin, start with decorating the room’s natural focal point (for example: the fire place, windows, and built in bookcases with decorative moldings). Keep in mind that the whole room does not need to be decorated. Focus on what people notice and spend your time on those areas. Don’t create too much work for yourself!

3. Get inspired: Holiday color schemes are not restricted to the typical red, white and green. Use creative color schemes using bright colors in combination with a metallic color such as silver and/or gold (for example: green, purple and silver). Fresh new looks are exciting and notice-worthy. Have some fun and take some risks!

Ordinary to Extraordinary Powder Room

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A Powder Room is a room that nearly every guest in your home will see. This room can easily be enhanced into a welcoming private area for guests. Upgrades you should consider (in order of priority) lead to significant results: 1) Sink/Vanity Cabinet; 2) Lighting; 3) Wall Covering; and 4) Flooring.

Present day vanity cabinets are obtainable in various sizes and styles. Vanity cabinets have evolved into a single unit that looks more like a piece of furniture, rather than a sink cabinet. This type of cabinet is favorable for many reasons. It hides plumbing, satisfies the need for storage and is normally sold with all resources needed for a finished sink cabinet (countertop, sink and faucet). In the past, necessary materials were chosen, bought and installed individually. Improving a sink/vanity cabinet has become incredibly easy.

Lighting can enhance or harm a room. The mirror should flatter your guest’s appearance. Warm, yellowish light is most flattering for all skin tones. Fluorescent bulbs are unflattering to skin because of the awkward, cold light. Most likely only one fixture needs replacing; pick a striking fixture, which spreads a warm glow light. For ceiling mounted fixtures spring for a beautiful down light, which conceals the bulb(s) or a simplistic chandelier. A casual chandelier is dressy without looking “over done”.

Wall coverings engross a small amount of square footage. Go the extra, mile and get a decorative wallpaper, faux finish, or wall treatment, such as linen finish using plaster. Hire a professional; this project only needs a small amount of labor and materials. As far as color is concerned, select a rich, dramatic color such as, plum, silver or gold.

Flooring also only requires minimal material and labor. This is another improvement you should show an added effort towards. Add a natural tumbled stone (or travertine), real bamboo or cork flooring. Using a genuine natural material will add a degree of warmth and comfort to this intimate space.

Upgrading any of the above will dramatically improve your room. Upgrading all of the above will really make a splash!