Thank You for the Feedback!

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We always appreciate hearing from our customers!  We would like to thank John S. for his review.

 

Although the outside of the building is a bit deceiving. It’s quite spacious and filled with a massive amount of flooring options. I worked with Mike and Judy they were helpful and upfront. I cannot stand walking into a store and feeling as though I am being sold something. That was not the case at all here. They helped me find the right tile for my bathroom, the right adhesive and grout all in one shop. They also gave me tips on how to install and apply each surface. Being somewhat handy and trying to save on costs, this was a huge win for me. So if your looking for flooring and not wanting the whole pressure sell id recommend this place any day. I recently recommended this place to a buddy of mine. He had nothing but great things to say about his experience.”

Thanks for taking the time out of your day to let us know how we’re doing, John!

The Virtual Room Designer

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Our virtual room designer tool is an excellent way to figure out what design selections to make, right down to paint colors. This tool allows you to work from a predesigned photo or upload a photo of your own. We suggest start with one of our photos to figure out a direction. This read will give you a better understanding of how to use this free tool!

Start by selecting the room that feels more like your style. The different rooms available are offered for the major rooms of the home, such as kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms. Next play around with the item you are most interested in. For example if you are thinking of designing your kitchen, select the cabinet style first and then play around with different finishes you like. If you are most interested in granite counter tops, start there. Staring with the item you are most excited about helps you build around the aspects you are drawn to.

Now play around with paint color. Since paint color can change the way a room looks instantly, it is important to figure out the sort of color palettes that look good with the elements you are most excited about. Paint color also encompasses a large portion of a room. It also has the ability to change the way other features and finishes look. If you are unsure where to start, ask yourself these questions “Do you like light and bright or warm and cozy?”. Light and bright colors are whites, light blues and creams and even grays. Warm and cozy can be achieved by beiges, browns, reds, greens and darker grays. Rich color palettes can be achieved by using darker blues, reds, greens and other vibrant, yet darker color choices such as wine.

The virtual room designer also allows you to play around with different floor and wall treatments. When using this tool make sure you view all of the options available. Tweak back splash and counter tops by selecting different patterns and materials. A variety of flooring selections are also available and the finishes can be changed as well. Have fun and create different styles. Save your work so you can go back and look at design styles later!

Natural Stone for Outdoor Built in Seating

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If you have a patio space that needs some extra seating, consider built in seating made out of natural stone. This type of seating is not made entirely of stone. It is framed with wood and the exterior is finished with natural stone. Natural stone seating is a great way to create extra seating that will not be harmed by the natural elements.

This project is a great way to create a custom look. It also looks amazing in an outdoor space. The seating fits in well with your patio space and has the added benefit of being custom just for your home.

As outdoor kitchens become more popular, people are realizing they need more seating to entertain in these outdoor spaces. By creating an outdoor kitchen with ample entertaining space is adding an extension of living space to your home. Outdoor areas are the best place to entertain, given the weather permits. It is worry free. There is no need to worry about spilling drinks or creating a mess. Naturally this will create a more relaxed atmosphere if you can let go of the fear of stains!

This type of space is also nice for children and their parents too. Children can run around while the meal is being prepared and then get as messy as they want.  Parents can relax further knowing their children are busy playing outdoors.

The stone used for this type of seating can be any of a wide variety of natural stone.  We are happy to help you select the best for your home.  When selecting the material to use, keep in mind that you want the stone to be comfortable to sit on. Select stone with smooth surfaces and edges. Having a smooth stone makes the seating more inviting. Feel free to add outdoor cushions that can easily be taken inside after use.

Build the patio custom for the yard and your family’s needs. Then simply create the stone built in seats around that. These types of seating or benches look really great when used in a round or semicircle application.

If you have any questions about the best natural stone for your needs, feel free to ask!  At Century Tile, we are always happy to help!

Achieving a White on White Kitchen

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It is no longer considered a faux-pas to decorate a kitchen in many different shades of white. Actually white kitchens are growing in popularity. Find out how to accomplish this clean look in your fresh kitchen remodel!

The key to using different shades of white is to select different white finishes and materials. For example, install white cabinets and pair them with a white marble or quartz countertop. Use white tile for your backsplash, such as white subway tile or white stone with a honed finish. Paint the walls a nice matte white and do not worry about the end result. The key to pulling this off is by using a layering of textures. The different white materials will all have a different texture and different tones, but the white is what will tie all of these different materials together. The various materials will create their own particular palette.

In an all-white kitchen, it generally looks best with a silver or gold metal hardware. Black or oil rubbed bronze can be used but may focus the attention between the white and dark. This will in turn draw too much attention to the hardware. By using a clean gold or silver metal finish, the look is light and bright. The end result ends up being a shimmering touch to a well thought out design rather than one of conflict.

Using mostly white materials and finishes in a kitchen is done by layering different textures and materials. The countertop should have a small amount of veining or subtle flecks of another color. The tile backsplash should contrast with the finish of the countertop. For example, white Carrera marble looks phenomenal with white natural or tumbled stone backsplash. Selecting natural materials in different whites makes it easy to mix and match.

Stainless steel appliances look the best in all-white kitchens. When selecting lighting, keep in mind your hardware selection. Lighting should be of a similar finish as the hardware used. If you would prefer another look, all-glass bulb fixtures look clean and simple in a white kitchen. Remember that the theme pulling together the all-white look is light and bright. 

Thank you!

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We always appreciate hearing from our customers. We would like to thank Michelle R. for her recent review!

Forget the rest. This is the ONLY tile place in Chicago. I wish I had known about it sooner. Hits all points from quality to selection to price to get your project done. There is a large parking lot. If it is not in the store they will get it for you FAST. THE BEST customer service anywhere. They even gave me neighborhood taco recommendations and told me when the next Diversey bus was due to arrive. A couple of pieces of material had been omitted from my order and Chris personally delivered them to my door. When I had some excess glue, they cheerfully issued a refund. If you need the tile installed, they will do it. I needed vinyl base trim with pre-made corners. Century Tile had it. I have not found the pre-made corners anywhere else in the city. Seriously, I want to buy another house just so I can get all my tile at Century. It is a pleasure to give them business. Thank you, Century Tile Team!


You are welcome, Michelle!

St. Patrick’s Deviled Eggs

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Are you excited for Easter? If you just can’t wait to dye Easter eggs, try this recipe. It allows you to practice those egg-coloring skills and can double as a seasonal appetizer for the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, without jumping the gun into Easter. Find out how to make devilishly delicious deviled eggs for St. Patrick’s Day!

What You Will Need:

Apple Cider Vinegar

Green Food Coloring

A Dozen Eggs

1 Cup Mayonnaise

2 Tbsp. Mustard

Bacon

Chives

Salt & Pepper

Paprika

Directions:

Fill a large pot with water and place on the stove. Place eggs in the water, carefully so they don’t crack. Bring the water to a boil, then turn heat down to low and cover the pot. Let the pot sit covered for 15 minutes. Once the eggs are boiled, add cold water to the pot to cool the eggs, so they can be peeled.

After the eggs have cooled, peel them. Next cut them in half down the long axis of the egg. Remove the yolk with a spoon and place the hard yolks in another bowl. Fill a short glass with water, add one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and 4 drops of green food coloring. You can speed the process by mixing several glasses with the vinegar and food coloring.  Let the eggs sit in the vinegar solution for 3-5 minutes, depending on how dark a shade of green you prefer. If you prefer a brighter, richer green over pastel green, soak the eggs 5 minutes in the dye.

On to making the yolk filling! Mix yolks up with a fork or whisk. They need to be crumbly. Then add mayonnaise and mustard and whisk mixture thoroughly. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Cook bacon until it is crispy. Then break it up into crumbles. Cut the chives up. Use the bacon and chives are as toppings.

Spoon the egg mixture into the hardboiled green egg halves.  Top with bacon and then chives. Finally garnish with a small amount of paprika on top. Enjoy your green eggs!

Children love to help with this craft, however, if they should get a bit too involved, use this advice to remove any egg or food coloring that may have fallen to the carpet!

Upgrades for a Tired Living Room

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If your living room is looking tired, you may not need to completely redecorate. There are changes you can make to make the room look like new. Your room may benefit from one, or a few of these upgrades.

Upgrade the artwork. Art can make or break a room. A room can easily be changed simply by replacing the artwork. If the existing art is just taking up space on the wall, you may need to pick art with a more exciting subject matter. Art should draw the eye in. If your eye simply wanders past your current art work, it may be time to invest in some exciting new pieces.

Buy a new, large rug to go under the seating. The most common mistake people make is buying rugs that are too small, simply for the price factor. Larger rugs provide a more inviting feel and an added element of texture. The rug should extend beyond the seating arrangement instead of stopping right at the legs or before far from the furniture. If you have questions about the correct size of rug for your room, feel free to ask us at Century Tile.

Upgrade the sofa. The sofa tends to be the largest natural focal point in a living room because it is the largest furniture piece in the space. If your sofa is tired, your living room may be as well.

If you are not yet ready to invest in a new sofa, try new accent pillows instead.  The accent pillows can set the tone for the entire room. If your current pillows are worn or have lost their shape, purchase a few in a new accent color or pattern.  You’ll be amazed at the instant transformation!

A coffee table is another important piece in the living room space. This piece should demand attention itself, as well as the items that are placed on it. If your coffee table is just to serve the purpose of housing remotes and other mundane items, first try clearing it off and selecting a few display pieces to as a centerpiece.

If your new centerpiece is just not enough, it may be time to upgrade your coffee table. Select an exciting coffee table that feels beautiful in the space. This piece of furniture has the ability to dress up a sofa and the room itself!

Tricks to Make a Room Look Larger

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Working with small spaces are a common obstacle for designers. Find out their go to tips and tricks that can help any small room feel larger.

Select light colored flooring.  Wood floors can help a space look larger and feel more open.  Carpet in a cream shade is also perfect for opening a space that would otherwise feel cramped.

Scale things down. In this day and age oversized sectionals seem to take over. In a small or narrow room, avoid oversized furniture. Instead select a low profile sofa with a chaise lounge. Select smaller scaled chairs and accent furniture. Avoid fully upholstered pieces. Leave the skirts off sofas and chairs. Make furniture selections with legs and exposed arms. This will create an airy effect that is not bogged down by fully upholstered pieces.

Paint everything white! Keep walls painted white and also paint interior elements, like fireplaces and open shelving, white. This color is important because it reflects any light that soaks into the interior. In order to balance the starkness add natural elements to make the space feel warmer. This can be wood flooring and indoor plants. Make sure to add a few accent colors to keep the space interesting.

There has to be unobstructed flow within smaller spaces. That means there is a clear, unobstructed pathway around furniture, from room to room in order to create a natural flow. Oversized furniture is one of the largest culprits for interruption of flow. Add runners in some areas that clearly show the path and keep the walkways open.

Don’t forget about lighting. If the space lacks natural lighting, add artificial lighting where needed. If there is a lack of natural light, keep draperies out of those spaces. Either leave windows bare or install low profile blinds.

When a space is small the key is to keep a mindset of “less is more”. Select furnishings and accents with care. Choose low profile furniture and accents. Make sure the space has texture too for added interest and warmth.