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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!


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St. Patrick’s Deviled Eggs

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Holidays

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

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

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. 

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Stains: Five Step Carpet Stain Removal

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance

 

Valentine’s Day is upon us and whether you revel in the holiday or not, chocolate is bound to end up in your house. What doesn’t go in your belly, can end up dropped, stomped and melted into carpet. Here’s a five-step guide to expertly removing those sweet, unwelcome stains.

Step 1: If the chocolate began as a solid and is slightly melted into the carpet, gently break up any solidified chocolate with a rounded spoon and vacuum any remaining residue. If the chocolate is liquid, gently blot up using a dry, white absorbent cloth or paper towel.

Step 2: Choose your cleaning solution. A non-flammable spot removal solution, or dry cleaning type solvent, is preferred. Be very careful when using a solvent. Never pour it directly onto the carpet or allow it to reach the backing, because it can damage the latex that holds the primary and secondary backings together. Acceptable solvents include Carbona®, Energine®, K2R®, Goof-Off®, etc.

Or, you can easily make your own cleaner! Here are two good options:

Mix one (1) cup of white vinegar per two (2) cups of lukewarm water.

Or, mix one fourth (1/4) teaspoon of a liquid dishwashing detergent per one (1) cup of lukewarm water. (Do not use a stronger concentration!)

Step 3: Apply a small amount of solution to a white rag and gently apply to the stain, working inward to avoid spreading. Let solution sit on the stain for a few minutes.

Step 4: Gently blot (do not rub or scrub as this can ruin the pile of the carpet!) and if the chocolate transfers to the rag, you’ll know it’s working. If it does not transfer to the cloth, try a different cleaning solution. Continue these steps until the stain is removed. Patience is key! You may need to repeat applying solution and blotting several times.

Step 5: Rinse all solution from stain with lukewarm water (misting with a spray bottle is ideal) and remove all moisture with a dry rag. Do this several times to ensure all solution is removed. This step is important because future dirt will stick to any remaining solution, only resulting in further staining!

If your stain is proving to be stubborn, consult a professional. Most importantly, don’t let that stain spoil those loving feelings for the most important people in your life.

For more information on cleaning carpet and rug stains, visit the Carpet and Rug Institute Website. They are a wealth of information.

Do you have any favorite carpet cleaning tips? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Using Partitions

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Tips

In the past twenty years contractors have gotten better at building homes with open floor plans. This is much better than having smaller rooms clustered together (as older homes seem to have). Sometimes a good amount of that space becomes unutilized. There is a simple solution to help with this problem. Have no fear partitions are here! There are so many types of partitions to choose from.  

Fabric partitions are great for breaking up a large room. This solution looks best on a flat ceiling. Panels are suspended from hardware (much resembling curtain rods). The hardware is installed on the ceiling. The fabric panels can either be fastened to the floor or simply hang. The hanging fabric panels usually will have a rod sewn into the seam at the bottom. This gives the panel weight and allows it to hang straight.

If you like keeping your doors and windows open when the weather is nice, opt for the panels that attach to the floor. These panels come in all types of fabrics. The selection is endless. This type of partition is great for architecturally breaking up a room or space. The length and width can be various sizes, so you can really customize your look.

Furniture partitions are great for providing a little nook of privacy. This type of partition is generally referred to as a “Screen”. Typically they do not expand more than a couple of feet. Screens can transform a corner of a large room into a smaller reading area in minutes. Complete the look with an arm chair, accent table and a lamp.

Get a little creative and pair house plants with dividers. Partitions do not have to stand alone. They can work well with other supporting pieces. Don’t be afraid to do a little mixing and matching. 

Selecting the Perfect Area Rug

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Area rugs are powerful interior accents. They can transform a room. Use a rug if you need to add warmth to a space since some spaces can feel rather cold. For example, tile and stone can actually cool a room. Add an area rug to add instant warmth and comfort to any room. Rugs can also help to protect your beautiful floors. But how do you decide what type of rug to buy? Consider the following to narrow your search.

Take into account what is on the walls. If you have a patterned wall paper, you will want to select a simple rug. It is probably not the best idea to select a busy patterned rug when there is already a pattern on the wall. In this case choose a solid color, or if you want more depth you can pick a textured weave that is made out of several different colors of yarn.

Area rugs can be beautiful works of art. If you want to showcase your rug then try not to cover it up. Select glass top accent tables that will allow a clear view of the beautiful rug. For a more formal rug, find one with decorative edges. For example tassels are normally found on traditional rugs.

The size of the rug depends on the size of the space, and what will be sitting on top of it. For a dining room table, there should be at least two inches sticking out from the chairs when they are pulled out. The same goes for upholstery such as sofas and chairs.

Acceptable arrangements include the front legs of furniture on the rug, while the back legs rest on the floor (if the furniture backs up to a wall) as well as centering the rug in a seating area without any of the furnishings resting on the rug. When determining the size, consider the shape and proportion of the furnishings on or around where the rug will be placed.

If you have questions about the size, shape or color of rug that is right for your home, stop by one of our locations or fill out a form and we will contact you!  We look forward to helping you with your decision.