ROSE QUARTZ & SERENITYPANTONE 13-1520 & PANTONE 15-3919A softer take on color for 2016: For the first time, the blending of two shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity are chosen as the PANTONE Color of the Year
As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.
The prevalent combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of color association.
In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer's increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.
WHAT IS THE PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR? A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.
For the first time Pantone introduces two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity as the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016. Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.
by Karen Cooper
The khaki accents on the chairs, baskets, and fireplace provide warmth to all the cool white in the room, and softness to the black and white pieces. Baskets and wicker are a great way not only to add khaki colors to a room, but also some texture.
As a Partner for Color
Because khaki is a neutral, it works well with bright colors.
The khaki in the couch and in the wood floor anchors the room. Those big neutral pieces provide the perfect stage for adding colors, like the area rug and pillows.
As an Accent Color
You don’t really think of khaki as an accent color, but, in a bold, colorful space like the one below, it works that way.
The khaki colors in this room balance the boldness of the walls and rug. It gives the eye a break from the brightness and mellows out colors that could otherwise take over the room.
To Complement Vintage Touches
Khaki is a great backdrop for vintage touches in a room.
The tin ceiling and dark floors in this kitchen could make the room seem dark, but the khaki in the island and on the walls soften and lighten the room.
Because khaki is a neutral, natural color, it plays well with all kinds of design styles. Do you use khaki in your home? As a neutral base or an accent?
by Judy G. Near
Some of the most frequently asked questions we receive when it comes to choosing a new Counter Top are:
1.) What, exactly, is the difference between Granite and Quartz?
2.) Do I really have to seal my Granite? How hard is it to do that?
3.) Can I set a hot pan on my new Counter Top? Can I cut veggies, etc. on it?
4.) Will I my new Counter Top have a seam?
5.) How much do Granite and Quartz Cost?
6.) Is there a less expensive option for those of us on a budget?
Because there are so many options and variables to consider when choosing your new Counter Top, we are using this post to clear up some of the confusion out there. Below is a synopsis of each Counter Top material that Centennial Carpets offers, including individual characteristics for comparison.
· GRANITE Counter Tops are made from slabs of 100% natural stone that was formed millions of years ago when molten rock from the earth’s core was pushed to the surface. Granite is comprised primarily of quartz, with mica, graphite, and other minerals. The natural beauty of Granite, with its veining and fissures, is inherent in every slab, making each piece one of a kind. Granite’s extreme hardness makes it uncommonly durable and extremely appealing for every-day use in the home. Granite’s beauty endures forever. Most Granite applications will contain seams which can be seen and felt, but blend in nicely with the color of the stone.
Granite is naturally porous and must be sealed to prevent bacterial growth and staining/etching from oily or acidic substances (such as citrus juice, vinegar, wine, etc.) Granite can naturally withstand high temperatures and is virtually impervious to cuts and scratches. Under mounted sink applications look best with Granite Counter Tops. Centennial Carpets offers endless colors and styles of Granite Counter Tops starting at around $70 per square foot, installed. We offer a 2 year Warranty on the installation of your Granite Counter Tops. Properly cared for Granite should last a lifetime.
QUARTZ Counter Tops are a primarily natural surface. They are made up of 93% natural quartz (the primary mineral in granite) and 7% poly-resins. The quartz in these Counter Tops gives them their depth of color and unparalleled durability—an unmatched combination of natural beauty and strength. Only three minerals in nature (diamond, sapphire, and topaz) are harder than quartz, making it highly scratch-resistant. Of course, anything can be scratched if you try hard enough, and cutting directly on quartz will dull knife blades, thus use of a cutting board is recommended. Quartz’s polished surface is non-porous and highly resistant to stains. Unlike Laminates and Solid Surface, Quartz tops are heat and scorch-resistant. Most Quartz applications will contain seams, which can be seen and felt, but blend in nicely with the color of the stone. Quartz never needs to be sealed and retains its shine.
Cleaning Quartz Counter Tops is easy with warm soapy water or mild household cleaners. Strong chemicals and solvents could harm Quartz Counter Tops and are therefore discouraged. Under mounted sink applications look best with Quartz Counter Tops. Centennial Carpets offers Quartz Counter Tops by Silestone®, HanStone®, and CaesarStone® which altogether offer over 150 color/pattern choices, starting at around $70 per square foot, installed. Quartz tops carry a 25 year to Limited Lifetime Warranty.
LAMINATE Counter Tops were first introduced over 100 years ago, in 1913. They are man-made of several layers of kraft paper impregnated with melamine thermosetting resin and topped with a decorative layer protected by melamine, then compressed and cured with heat. Laminate Counter Tops are the ultimate in Affordable Luxury. They feel warm and inviting to the touch, are tough and long-lasting, and have been the most-used residential counter top material for decades.
Today’s innovative Laminates, with a choice of textures and stunning edge profiles are unmatched in their ability to look like real stone at a fraction of the cost. Gone are the sharp, square edges with unsightly brown lines. Cutting boards and hot pads or trivets should be used to protect Laminate Counter Tops from cuts, scratches and burns. Under mounted or Drop-In Sink applications both look and function well with Laminate Counter Tops. Centennial Carpets carries Laminate Counter Tops by Formica® and Wilsonart®, with over 130 color/pattern choices starting at around $10/SF installed, and carry a 2 year Limited Warranty.
7.) How thick are the counter tops and what colors and edge-styles are available?
Laminate counter tops are 1 ½” thick. Quartz and Granite counter tops are 3cm (1 ¼”) thick.
Please contact Centennial Carpets to gather more information and to see the extensive variety of color and edge-style selections offered.
Congoleum, the Resilient Expert
Congoleum has been, and still is, the resilient flooring expert since 1886. Over the decades Congoleum has honed and perfected our expertise surrounding resilient flooring. In past years, Congoleum did manufacture other types of flooring, including laminate and hardwood. Congoleum`s executive team felt that rather than try to be average at manufacturing several types of flooring, we wanted to be the best, most advanced and most knowledgeable resilient flooring manufacturer in the flooring industry. This knowledge and experience working with resilient flooring provides Congoleum with a significant advantage in the marketplace.
At Congoleum we understand which elements are most important during the planning and manufacturing stages to create the highest quality resilient flooring. To learn more about Congoleum`s strengths in manufacturing, see our manufacturing process or watch our video at learn how it`s made.
Today`s resilient flooring is a highly engineered combination of polymer materials. This means flooring created from carefully selected natural and synthetic materials. Polymers are large molecules composed of repeating structural units, which allow for increased strength and durability for the lifetime of the product.
Congoleum is the only USA flooring manufacturer that produces solely resilient flooring. This extreme focus on one category of flooring allows Congoleum to be intimately familiar with the most advanced technologies that can be incorporated with resilient sheet, tile and plank floors.
Because of this focus Congoleum is also ahead of the curve in style and design. Congoleum`s design team is constantly looking for ways to improve our designs and color offerings and is able to stay ahead of trends in the marketplace for resilient flooring.
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