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Use Architectural Influences to Guide Your Design

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New spaces can be a great time to reset and renovate your design theme. What may have been your old-style choices may have changed over the years. Since design trends come and go, your new home can be a great place to revamp your design style. However, with hundreds of great design themes to explore, it can seem nearly impossible to select the best one for you.

If you are looking to create a new design theme, there is no better place to begin than by using your architectural influences to help guide you. Your architectural influences come down to your home’s layout, blueprint, location, and unique features. These features can be nearly impossible to change and make your home its own individual space. In fact, they are great tools to use to help create your design. Here is how you can use your architecture to create your next design theme:

Layout and Blueprint

Look at your home’s blueprint and layout. What was the intentional design for your home? Is your home Southwestern or Mid-Century Modern? These architectural layouts are designed specifically to complement their partnering interior design style. If you have an open floor plan, look for design styles that work with this. Perhaps your home is more closed sections and cozy-this may be great for design styles like Rustic or Farmhouse.

Location

Your location is also a vital indicator of how to design your home. Where is your home located? Are you in the middle of the woods or deep in the center of a city? Do you have a beach house or reside on the side of a mountain? These can all be specific ways to help target the best design theme. Your location probably attracted you to the home you bought. Why not take more pride in your location by allowing your design theme to complement it as well.

Unique Features

Lastly, does your home have unique features? For instance, consider a circular window in a round room. This feature is not very common and is a unique feature that is specific to your home. This room may be best suited with a radial symmetrical design theme that facilitates round furnishing and décor!

Using these tactics can help you hone a design theme that is best suited for your house. Remember, interior design is a personal expression and can be creative; however, some themes work best in different applications. Pay attention to some of these tactics when designing your home.

Three Pieces of Home Decor That You Need

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Home décor is the best way to make your house feel like home. What you add to your space is a simple way to tailor your taste in the atmosphere and express yourself. For instance, every time you add a picture, a vase, or a piece of furniture to your home, it gives off energy to help design your space. So when creating your home’s theme, there are three key components you must consider. Here are our top picks to add to your space to help create the atmosphere:

Pictures

A picture is worth a thousand words. Every photo that you add to your home can help become a focal point in your design. For instance, imagine a room with floral pictures on the walls. These pictures can help revitalize the room and add life to the atmosphere. Now, take the same room and add contemporary art. This artwork can make a room feel more modern and edgy. Pictures are great focal points to reflect on when creating your design. One photograph as a focal point can give you colors, expressions, and meaning to create in the design of your room.

Color

Color is also an incredibly influential factor in an environment. The colors you choose to put in your space can completely transpire different meanings. For instance, adding purple throw pillows and violet curtains can feel completely different than a room with a red couch and warm-hued rug. Colors can impact moods and how we psychologically interpret a space. So make sure you understand how and why you chose each color that you use in your home to see how it can change your space.

Lighting

Lighting is great for bringing life and energy to a space. Plus, there are several types of lights that you can consider adding to each room. It would help if you started with your general or ambient lighting. This lighting should be used to cast or blanket the entirety of the space and provide a function to the atmosphere. Next, consider your accent lighting. This lighting can be used to create more ambiance or mood in the room than your general lighting. You should also consider using task lighting to help provide light more focused in areas you will be performing tasks. For instance, if you need a reading lamp, a light in the kitchen for cutting, or even light provide for sewing – this is considered a task lighting. Task lighting can come in many forms. Make sure to balance your atmosphere by adding all three of these lighting options where needed.

With these three key components, you can master tailoring your space to your design needs. They are all great ways to customize your home and make it feel more expressive of your style. What are some of your favorite ways to customize your own home? We would love to hear from you! Let us know below in the comment section, and for more great tips and tricks, make sure to subscribe!

How Color Influences a Room’s Emotion

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It is no secret that color can be a powerful tool used in interior and exterior design. Color is used all the time throughout every aspect of styling, fashion, clothing, and marketing. In fact, you probably have your favorite color shirt you love to wear or a color car you may prefer. These color preferences can come down to color psychology and how a color can make you feel.

Room Temperature

Color has a psychological effect on how we gauge temperature. Typically, we associate colors like blue with cooler atmospheres, whereas a color like red may indicate a warmer environment. Many designers believe that you should use your home’s natural climate environment to choose colors inside your home.

For instance, if you live in the desert oasis where it is continuously warm and surrounded by warm sandy tones, you may want to incorporate cooler tones in your home. Likewise, if you live in a winter wonderland, warmer colors in your home can make your home feel like a getaway retreat.

Warm- and Cool-Tone Emotion

Warm tones are associated with colors like red, orange, and yellow. Cool tones are associated with colors like blue, green, and violet. Warm tones are used to make a room feel more stimulating and inviting. Cool tones make the atmosphere feel more refreshing and relaxed. Consider what type of influence you want in each room. This factor can help guide you in color choices.

Dulling or Enriching Color Influences

You also can have power on how much a specific color influences a room. For instance, let us explore blue:

Accent: If you use blue as a subtle accent tone in a room, you can create a calm and passive feeling atmosphere.

Monochromatic: Yet, make that room monochromatic and all blue, then the blue may feel overpowering. Overpowering blue can create a lack of emotion, coldness, and detachment from an atmosphere.

Saturation: That being said, you can also influence color through the saturation. For instance, a pastel blue has less influence than a vibrant, bright blue.

These are all little tricks to investigate when creating your space.

Creating Balance

Ultimately, balance is a vital tool in using color. For instance, using neutral tones can help create balance. If you chose to use colors, create balance to prevent over dominance. You can mix warm and cool tones to help create contrast. Just note whatever color is predominantly used in the room will have the most influence. Different colors can create different psychological influences as well. For instance, think of using red in a room that you want to provoke a warm and cozy atmosphere. Now use green and you may make the space feel revitalized and earthy. Yet, make a room green and red and your mind will quickly associate these colors with festive and seasonal décor.

It is essential to make sure your colors agree with one another. In fact, many designers will create digital or tangible mood boards to see how different colors work with one another. You can utilize this idea to see how colors react in your setting and go from there.

A New Era in Design: Maximalism

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The turn of a decade is tomorrow, and new trends are coming to fruition as we see old-time classics fading. While design trends come and go all the time, minimalism was extremely popular during the last decade. However, maximalism also had a long run many years ago. Maximalism was used in many European stylings to add more character and exaggerate value in designs. Now we are seeing more and more furnishings and décor being added. Generation Z is getting older and becoming of age to buy homes and decorate. Their influences have different from their parent’s designs and brought a new age: The Era of Maximalism!

Busier Designs

Maximalism is all about being very expressive and adding more designs and patterns to a space than prior designs. Maximalism promotes the use of more than a single pattern in space. Perhaps you add floral patterns through wallpaper while incorporating striped curtains and polka-dotted throw pillows. While these patterns may not complement each other, they give everything in the room their own individuality. This concept can help make a design feel more expressive and help add a dramatic effect.

Extra Details

With maximalism, it is all about flourishing your design with extra details. Everything is helping to take the design to the next level. No wall is left blank. Wallpapers, different colors, pictures, décor, lamps, and everything in the room are all there to add intricate details. The details of these design themes help bring more value to the space and allow them to flourish.

Eclectic Color Palette

It is not uncommon with many of Generation Z’s designs to add more color than ever. We see a more diverse color palette being used every day. Since color has a significant impact on a design, more colors are being used in every detail of design with maximalism. This eclectic style allows for different color chairs, unmatching sofas, or even all different colored walls to be used in a home.

Since maximalism is coming back into style, you can let this eclectic styling create a more expressive design tailored to your home. Plus, we are excited to see what other influences Generation Z brings to interior design.

What do you think of maximalism? Let us know below in the comment section.

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. 

Design By Era

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Have you ever thought about finding a decade or era whose style and home decor resonate with you? Sometimes a fresh perspective and a new approach can help reinvigorate a redesign. It can be very hard to make a decision if you don’t know where to start and this can oftentimes stall your projects. But with a little help, these design ideas might help you get started again with a better idea of what you want to do. 

 

One way to do this is to not feel boxed into just one era per room—feel free to play with mixing different eras to create a more layered look. Rustic dark wood and cabin like touches of decor can harken back to large hunting cabins and a more simple type of living. The addition of sleek modern technology such as a built in stainless steel stove in the kitchen or more modern pieces of furniture can keep your room from feeling dated.

 

Conversely, you could try using a light to gray wood flooring with wider planks and a matte finish can create a wonderfully modern look to your room. Retro pieces such as a brightly colored antiques from the 60’s can keep your modern design from feeling cold and lifeless. You might even try a rug with color and design that keeps the modern design feeling fresh and from falling flat.

 

The other approach is to commit to a decade entirely—if you have always loved the roarin’ 20s and want to go all out in recreating the decade you could try creating a bedroom that drips of the decade’s decadence and flapper style. Liven up the room with a decadent chandelier for lighting. Add a beautiful vanity with large mirrors. The possibilities are endless and this is just an example for one decade in particular. 

 

There are so many ways to use the styles of eras or decades past to put together a design for your room that will tell a story or add more layers to your rooms final look. Try to think about what your style is and research past design trends to see if there is something out there for you that you didn’t even know existed. 

 

To update your flooring to match your era-inpsired design visit our website at Century Tile for ideas and concepts.

Basement Ideas

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Do you have an unfinished basement that you have thought of finishing? Many homeowners have a basement that they choose to finish for various reasons. You could potentially gain equity in your home by making improvements. The options for the space are endless.  What could you use the extra space for in your own home?

The new space can be single or multi use depending on how much space is available. If the size is smaller, keep the use to single in order to keep from feeling cramped. If space is not an issue, you may want several rooms or a space that provides multiple uses. For example, turn the space into guest quarters with a laundry room for an added bonus in the home.

One option is to turn the basement into a media center or theater room. These rooms are great for families because it serves as a second living room. You have the option to buy a big screen television or install a screen and use a projector to give the space a real theater like feel. Seating can be groupings of furniture or actual theater seating. Who wouldn’t want to show this space off to guests? A media room is a way to do just that. It is also a good space for entertaining children.

A game room or Man Cave is another option for a space to entertain guests. Turning a basement into a game room can consist of a pool table or vintage video games. For a Man Cave, consider adding a bar and themed decorating. Either option will allow peace to reign upstairs while louder fun stays downstairs.

Single use spaces can have dual functions. For example, add a full bath to the media or game room and it could be converted to guest quarters at night. Add a pullout sofa bed or a comfortable couch. If your space is large, consider adding multiple rooms that function with the rest of the home.

Each of these ideas will add value to your home, whether you are thinking about staying or moving.  Visit our Design Center for a few ideas to help get you motivated!  

4 Current Trends In Kitchen Design

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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

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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