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Ideas for Creating a Fall-Themed Front Entrance

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Have you noticed the days are getting shorter, and the air in the mornings is crisp and cooler? Fall is just around the corner, so what better reason to spruce up your front entrance? There are so many inexpensive, creative ideas for this project; therefore, we encourage you to join the fun with our favorite easy fall design ideas:

Planters

We are sure that you have planters and urns around your home, but if not, be sure to buy some in varying sizes. Remember you can use these year-round for other seasonal decorations. If they need to be painted, think about burgundy, forest green, dark gray, gold or bronze. Planters can be spray painted in no time, making it a quick project.

You may know that now is the time for mum flowers to be in bloom through November. They come in so many beautiful fall colors and are typically inexpensive. When mums have finished blooming in your local area, simply plant them in your yard landscape to enjoy next fall. What a wonderful way to repurpose! Take the mums and place them in the planters and urns for pops of color. 

Planters are also excellent for creating height in your arrangement, especially if you have pumpkins and cornstalks in the design. Reverse this idea and place pumpkins and gourds in the planters then place the mums on the ground around the planters. Try different arrangements until you find your favorite! 

Baskets and More 

Everyone has some baskets laying around the house or in your garden shed. If you like the distressed look of patina or the clean, neat look, spray paint works wonders. Simply pick up an old antique bench or chair from a yard sale and begin spray painting. Again, keep it natural or spray paint according to your preferences. 

Place dried flowers, small pumpkins, live mums, decorative gourds in the baskets and place on the bench or the seat of the chair. Also, large apple or peach baskets are perfect for placing a planter in the center. Or you can turn the basket upside down and use as a table to display your treasures. 

Cornstalks, Tree Limbs, Vines and Willow Branches 

These items are ideal for creating an arch around your front door because they are so beautiful and natural! Plus, these designs can be seen from the street. Everyone should have a supply of zip ties around the house since they are so handy and functional. Attach the limbs and stalks together with zip ties, spraypaint the zip ties if they are visible, and place the stalks in a planter or basket.

 Also, a fishing line is another item with a million uses. Anchor the limbs together by simply wrapping fishing line from the bottom up to the top. You can arrange the limbs once you have the zip ties or fishing line in place. Just attach the fishing line to light sconces or tap in small nails to secure at the top of your door. 

How do you decorate your front entrance for fall? Do you do anything exciting and different? We would love for you to share your thoughts with our other readers in the comment section. Thanks for reading!

4 Current Trends In Kitchen Design

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Kitchen and Bath

It seems like there was a rather extended period during which kitchen design fell into a status quo. Designs have been beautiful every year, but not necessarily new or innovative. Dark wood with dark colored granite counter tops is still eye-catching, but how many people do you know who have that style of kitchen? Probably a lot! It’s time to step into the new and try some stylish kitchen designs ideas. Here are four that are very of the moment…

  1. Combining white and wood: Variations include white cabinets with natural wood countertops, natural wood cabinets with white countertops, and natural wood floors with white cabinets. If you want it a little stark, incorporate a shot of black somewhere, for example a painted black wall.
  2. Minimal wall cabinets: Traditionally, high-end kitchens have always featured a substantial spread of cabinetry, floor to ceiling. Now, we’re seeing luxury kitchens that have few to no wall cabinets. If you have sufficient storage space in your lower cabinets and pantry, this is a great way to make your kitchen feel big and open. It works particularly well I you have windows that let in enough light to make all that open space seem airy.
  3. White subway/polished tiles: These traditional tiles are still around for a reason. They offer a clean, classic style and they can be incorporated in myriad design schemes. You could easily use them in a vintage styled bathroom, then turn around and use those same tiles in the kitchen. If you like the idea but are leery of cleaning white grout, simply use a dark contrasting color of grout.
  4. A change in metal surfaces: Stainless steel, brushed nickel, chrome, and silver will always look chic an appropriate in a kitchen. But we’ve seen a lot of that stuff over the last twenty years. Now, on trend homeowners are opting for warmer tones such as copper, bronze, and even gold. Or, you might also want to consider matte black metal for things such as faucet handles. 

Color Pallet: Lava Living Room – Steel Grey, Cranberry, True Red, Blood Orange

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

 

This goes without saying but let’s do it anyway. This space is not for the faint of heart! It’s daring, stark and edgy. But the beauty of it is that none of those attributes detracts from the fact that it is also very sophisticated. Furthermore, it has exceptionally artistic vibe, much like an art gallery. Not sure what the heck one would do with this sort of idea? It’s an ideal concept for a brooding artist, a serious corporate business executive, a big-city dweller, or someone who loves a clean feeling! You get the idea…

For purposes of this post we’ll focus on using it to achieve a modern décor with a sophisticated twist in a city loft. To do so we are going to break the elements of the room down in sections because it’s often easier to understand them that way. If you happen to be a novice, this approach will make learning our design a breeze! Just read the bullet points for each aspect of the décor and extract what works best for your personal vision.

The color pallet: Steel Grey, Cranberry, Blood Orange, True Red

 

What makes the colors work well together?

  • One dominant shade that is highly saturated – red in its various forms.
  • Gray that feels slightly unharmonious with the red. It gives the red a visual immediacy.
  • White serves as the much needed visual relief – a place for the eye to rest among the strong relationship between the red and gray.

What makes the design sophisticated?

  • Everything!
  • Straight lines
  • Geometric shapes
  • Limited use of pattern
  • Glass and metal
  • Minimalism
  • Simplicity
  • Massive piece of bold artwork as the focal point

What makes the room glamorous?

  • The incorporation of white

What makes the room versatile?

  • It works well for both a masculine or feminine aesthetic

A Compilation for Christmas

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Winter Mantel Decorating Ideas

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

The fireplace is traditionally the heart of a home and often the place where people are drawn, particularly in the winter months. Therefore, when it’s time to decorate your home for the season, it makes sense to pay particular attention to the mantel. After all, this is a visual focal point of the room. Try using any of these ideas to create a mantel decoration that will capture everyone’s attention.

Winter Greenery

Don’t overlook the simplicity of winter greens for making a beautiful and formal decoration on your mantel. Look for evergreen swags you can drape across the mantel, and then try studding the greens with pinecones, bulb ornaments, bird’s nests, and other small items to help complete the look. You can also create small swags and circles out of holly branches or mistletoe; try arranging small groups of them around candles you can light in the evening to enhance the effect.

Mitten Clothesline

Have a little fun with your mantel and invoke the image of mittens drying by the open fire by creating a mitten clothesline. String a line across the mantel, and pick up several pairs of mittens from a dollar store or other discount vendor. Clip them to the line in coordinate colors to give the impression that many little hands are warming up after a cold day outside.

Winter Topiary

Create timeless decorations to display on your mantel this year, and for years to come by making some winter topiaries in a variety of sizes. Create a holiday-themed topiary out of bulb ornaments to display in the center of the mantel, or create two smaller topiaries out of pinecones to set on either end. You can also combine the topiaries with fresh greenery to help enhance the look of the mantel and bring something else to focus on into the overall design. Just be sure that you don’t duplicate the materials used in the topiary elsewhere in the design, so that each component can shine on its own.

How to decorate with books

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If you’re a book lover you know how challenging it is sometimes to find a place in your home for the many books that you’ve collected over the years. Sure, standard book shelves work quite well. However, they only hold so much, and a bookshelf isn’t the most innovative way to showcase your book collection.  Even if you only own a few books, there are many interesting ways to not only display you books, but also use them for practical purposes. Here are several ideas!

If you are using a book shelf:

  • Rather than lining them all up in a perfect row, stack them both horizontally and vertically. Horizontal stacks create visual interest and break up the monotony of endless rows.
  • Display those that have fantastic covers. Face them outward. You can do this in the middle or at the end of rows. You can place them on a small stack of horizontal books. Or, you can reserve one whole shelf for them and display a tier of covers.
  • Buy fabulous book-ends and fill only 2/3 of the shelf with books so that the book-ends can clearly be seen and appreciated.
  • Purchase a display stand intended for collectible plates and showcase just a few books on the shelves

If you are not using a book shelf:

  • Stack larger books in a pile high enough to use as an end/side table. It works well to lay a small, flat piece on top – such as heavy wood or glass.
  • Buy decorative plate hangers and use them to mount the books to the wall
  • Buy a rack intended to hold recipe magazines in the kitchen, and instead display one of your books open to a favorite page.
  • Attach large gauge wire to the wall by securing it at each end, then hang the books spine up, with the wire set in the center

If you are okay with deconstructing some books:

  • Cut out your favorite pages and images and frame them
  • Cut out your favorite pages and images and create a collage and frame it.
  • Cut our your favorite pages and glue them to the back panel, inside your bookshelf, to create a wallpaper affect as a backdrop to the intact books sitting on the shelves.

See, displaying and storing books beautifully is a cinch!

Color Guide: How to decorate with purple – Berry Ice Cream Inspiration

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

Purple is a fantastic color for decorating the home. It offers a vast range of color saturation – from mild and mellow to bold and bodacious. It can be used to lull a guest into serenity, or to start the weekend party. With so many options, how do you choose the purple that’s best for you?

One excellent method is to create an analogous color scheme. Analogous color schemes rely on colors that are directly next to each other on the color wheel. They work exceptionally well with purple! To learn how to coordinate three colors that are analogous, we will take inspiration from a daintily arranged berry-based dessert that includes raspberry, violet and blueberry.

It is easy to create harmony with these colors by placing the primary emphasis on the violet (in the photo this is the ice cream.) Violet is positioned between the other two hues on the color wheel. Although it’s fun to call those two colors “raspberry” and “blueberry,” they are in fact consider a red-violet and blue-violet. Thus, these colors easily transition from one to the other in a room.The violet is the pop color that catches attention, the red-violet adds drama and richness, and the blue-violet grounds the other two, and deepens the palette with a bit of sophistication.

Analogous color schemes work wonders in rooms where you want the vibe to feel continual and uninterrupted. With all three colors blending together so nicely, there is a sense of wholeness and oneness that makes the room comfortable.  Don’t be afraid to richen it even more by adding accessories that fall within the three main colors.

If you find a throw pillow that you love, and the color is somewhere between the red-violet and violet, go for it! As long as you stay within each side of the color scheme, you can feel confident in your decorating choices.  So, where will you start? By telling us your favorite hue of purple of course!

Can I Use Glass Tiles On The Floor?

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Glass tiles have a brilliant shine and depth that is lacking in other types of tile. Whether they are mosaics or oversized large-format tiles, they make a statement wherever they are placed. This often leads some homeowners to wonder if they can use these statement tiles on the floor. After all, what better way to make a statement than with a pop of color and shine beneath your feet?

Not all glass tiles are created equally, which is the first thing to consider when determining their use. Some will scratch very easily, so while they may hold up to the pressure of being underfoot, they will quickly lose their shine. Others are not meant to withstand pressure; a high heel put down firmly may crack the tile and ruin the floor.

That said, there are several types of glass tiles that can be used safely in a floor setting. Iridescent mosaics make an excellent floor tile in bathrooms and other low-traffic areas, for example. Some types of hand poured glass can also be used on floors, provided that care is taken with tiles that have sharp, cut edges.

Color-backed tiles, meaning that the color is painted onto the back of the tile, tend to do the worst in a floor setting. These tiles are usually rated for wall use only, and if you do place them on the floor it should be as an accent or border only.

Some newer glass tiles are being combined with resins into large format tiles perfect for use on the floor. These tiles do not look like traditional glass tiles, however, and more resemble quartz or glass countertops. These are usually a green building material, however, and therefore are a good choice for homeowners wanting an eco-friendly floor tile that has some sparkle and interest to it.

If you’re wondering if the glass tile you’ve picked out could be used on the floor, be sure to ask us at Century Tile. We are happy to help with questions about tile, if it is floor rated, and if so where the most appropriate placement for the tile. Feel free to ask!

Home Flooring as Art

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

 

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Home flooring has definitely become a work of art in your home adding depth and perception to the best of interiors. A lot of the modern floor art work is taken from ancient palaces and civilizations where the most creative of decors prevailed. The floors follow suit with the ancient patterns and have also evolved into the most modern designs imaginable. Flooring as art is not only appearing in the home deco, but in commercial buildings as well. It looks tremendous to peer over a balcony or stairwell onto an elaborately prepared floor. Different flooring patterns and materials are available on the market to make the home floors enchanting and captivating. The home flooring has become your art material. 

Home Flooring As Your Art Material

As people have started taking interest in making their home more lavish and garlanded, the flooring industry has experienced an obvious boom. Today a multiple number of materials are available to make the flooring mega attractive and artistic. Although the main purpose of covering the floor is still the primary one, the aesthetics have changed the flooring scenario. Now you can have marble, clay, graphite or natural stone tiles to create your flooring art, and arrange and lay them any way you want. There are even fantastic 3-glass tiles. The glass tiles come in many colors and can have a pure luminous look also. If you want you can even install lights under them for the most chic and posh look imaginable.

Find Something You Really Like When It Comes to Flooring as Art

Some flooring is just naturally art, and you really do not have to do anything to make it extra special. Figure out what look you are going for and be as creative as you want. Ceramic is great, and can be mixed with other tile forms. There are so many possibilities, as mentioned before. You might try inlaid rock and produce any look you want. You can make a huge sun in the middle of a room, or maybe a circular pattern showing the four directions. It is almost like being in an art store and picking your supplies when it comes to using home flooring as art.

Whatever your personal style, the team at Century Tile is always ready to share our knowledge and experience.  Let us know if we can help!

 

Four Interior Decorating Tips

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Keep these four simple interior design tips in mind when you’re planning out your next redesign.  A little bit of guidance can go a long way when it comes to a beautiful room.

Be very careful of current trendy looks. What is here today will likely be gone tomorrow. Simple trendy changes that are easily reversed are not a big deal – if you like a look you should certainly reproduce it.  Beware of difficult or permanent changes that will be a nightmare for someone else in 10 years when it is finally time to pull that dark faux wood paneling down.

Play up on your surroundings, but do not let yourself become gaudy. Just because you live by the seashore does not mean that your decor has to be in sea shells. The same thing applies to the countryside or a farm type residence – you can do rustic, or farm decor with very good taste. Pick up on natural colors from your environment for the color scheme of your walls, and use a contrasting or complimentary color for your trim. Good interior decorators will have lots to say on picking the correct wall colors for your home.

Make art an integral part of your design. Sculptures are beautiful, even in the most modern or quaint of decors. You can go with a very large painting of a nice quality and good frame, with a smaller grouping of art to the side. Make sure your frames either match to a certain degree, or compliment each other. The art of good decorating is made with complimentary items with a bold splash thrown in for emphasis. Paintings also look good without frames depending upon your style, such as paintings on stretched canvas. Do not buy artwork to simply to match your current room style, buy artwork that is beautiful and that speaks to you.  Many rooms have been built around a prized painting, and they can serve as an excellent anchor for a room.

If room permits try to include a sitting area in the master suite, a place where you can relax and have a glass of wine or a good cup of tea. Keep your favorite books at hand and a few good magazines for the ultimate in design and relaxation.

Truly beautiful interior rooms can be achieved no matter what the available budget.  Take your time and give lots of thought to the purpose of your room, your own style and taste, and don’t hesitate to ask others for opinions and insight into your new living space.