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!

Beginning the Design Process with Samples

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Imagining a new room or remodel is part of the fun. While choosing finishes and materials can be overwhelming at times, looking at samples can be one of the most enjoyable things about the design process.  Walking into one of our stores is like walking into a candy store for a kid.  There are so many beautiful options and infinite combination possibilities await.

If you are redoing a house, a room or just adding new flooring for the holidays, getting samples is a must.  Having some idea of what you are looking for before you go to the store is also a must. Pull together ideas online on a Pinterest board, magazines, or create your own workbook here. Knowing what direction you want to go in will save you time and sometimes money on your project.

Setting a budget and accounting for overages should be done before you begin to look at materials. Most home projects will go over budget—so account for overages in your initial calculations. This is another reason samples are important. Being able to take home a carpet, wood floor, tile or even upholstery sample can save you time and money in the end.  It allows you to visualize your room better. Making the wrong decision in material, size, or color can be an expensive error.  If you want to decorate or remodel your home for holidays, we’ve got an amazing holiday offer going on now until December 9th, 2012!  Here is more detailed information for your Holiday Home Makeover.

If you are working on multiple surfaces, pull all your samples together so you can see how the different materials work together or don’t work together.  Paint, flooring, upholstery and tile samples can give you a sense of the overall design in a small format.  You can also try out our Virtual Room Designer to help envision your room with all of these elements.

Century Tile Sale!

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Renovating, remodeling, and improving your home can be great ways to give it a makeover, gain extra space, or otherwise make it possible for you to stay in one place longer.

Certain projects add more resale value than others. Here are some that generally have the best financial impact.

  • Kitchens. People like to see modern conveniences and styles in the kitchen. Especially in older homes, kitchen improvements tend to add value. Read the real estate ads sometime — you’re sure to notice how many mention the updated kitchen features.
  • Bathrooms. Second to kitchen remodels are bathroom remodels. Again, modernizing older styles or appliances usually results in good return.
  • Outdoor improvements. Your house makes a first impression quickly, so sprucing up its outdoor appearance is a smart investment. This includes siding (fiber cement tends to cost the most, but has the best return) and landscaping, particularly in the front yard.

This is the time to make those home improvements that you have been talking about doing, putting off, and procrastinating about.  This is why – Century Tile is celebrating 65 years and is happy to announce their summer sale on large quantities of discontinued and special purchase material. The sale lasts now until August 5, 2012.

What’s on sale? Vinyl tile, laminate, ceramic tile, glass tile, area rugs, vinyl plank, hardwood flooring and natural travertine. Century is offering the lowest prices of the year. With 12 month financing available and super low prices, this is a great opportunity to save money on materials and improve the value of your home. Quality brands like Armstrong, American Olean, Bruce Hardwood, Nafco Permastone, and Mohawk carpet are all included in this event.

Learn how you can save money and make your home more beautiful by visiting any one of our twelve locations. Or visit our website and use some of our design tools to start visualizing what rooms you want to update. Our certified tile specialists are trained to provide you with all the answers you need.

Design Your Own Room Online

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Yeah, yeah some websites have fun features that allow you to decorate a room on-line. While this may be a fun exercise and you may learn something from it, wouldn’t it be better to actually be able to design your own room on-line? Imagine changing floor coverings and paint colors in a blink of an eye.

Now you can have your cake and eat it too. Century Tile allows you to upload a photo of the room you want to remodel, re-do or change up. “This sounds a bit complicated,” you say. Not at all.

Simply take a digital photo of your room and upload it to our designer center. Within 48 hours (a little longer if you upload it over a weekend or on a holiday) you will be able to decorate your room using our Virtual Room Designer. You do need to be logged into our website in order to upload your photos, but that’s really simple as well.

How good is this tool?

You can choose flooring options, everything from hardwood to natural stone. You can choose the color of your walls, your ceilings and your appliances. You can try out different color cabinets and countertops too. And that’s just for a kitchen. You can also upload pictures of your bathroom, your living room, bedroom or hallway.

You’re welcome. This is just another way we feel we can help make your home improvement projects easier and more fun. Try it out and let us know what you think.

Save Your Back and Your Pocketbook

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Wintertime is just around the corner. While there are so many lovely things about winter, sparkly snow, skaters, mittens, frost glazed windows and curling up by the fireplace; there is also the freezing temperatures, snow and ice which can cause wear and tear to your home, especially to your roof and gutters. What’s a homeowner to do?

Nuheat has just introduced its Freeze Protection line of regulating cables to help prevent burst pipes and ice damage. Even better for those of us who hate to shovel, they also have slab cables to melt snow and ice on walkways and driveways.

Winter is fast approaching so if you are interested in saving your back and your pocketbook check out the following facts:

Nuheat Freeze Protection Fast Facts:

• Self-regulating heating cables manufactured by Fujikura

• Prevents ice dams and dangerous icicle build-up

• Protects roofs and gutters from harsh winter weather

• Prevents burst pipes during cold snaps

• Melts snow and ice on walkways and driveways

• Industry leading 10-year warranty

All Nuheat freeze protection products can be controlled using a variety of thermostats, controllers, sensors and control panels.

To add Nuheat’s cables to your roof before the weather is at its worst please ask us for more information or learn more about this system at www.nuheat.com.

How You Live

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One of our favorite website tools is our “How I Live-Interview“. Here, we ask you basic information regarding your home and your lifestyle. It is important for us to know who lives in your home, if you have any children or pets, what type of atmosphere you would ideally like to create in your home, if you plain on entertaining in your home, etc. Your answers to these questions will play a vital factor in your decision-making process regarding the color, design, and products that you will select for your project.

Once you have completed the quiz, you will be directed to a forum full of information related to each question that you answered. It is important to know the best ways to accommodate yourself and your family, and it is our job to help you understand all of the ways to do so.

On the left hand side of our website you will see the “Take A Quiz” button, from here choose the “How I Live” tab and it will direct you to the correct page.

We hope you find this quiz helpful and that its answers can assist you in your decision making for your home.

Ask Pete The Pro

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Here at Century Tile, we have our own expert available to you online. You can ask Pete the Pro any types of questions you may have regarding your flooring. He provides a list of frequently asked questions 24/7.

If you cannot find your question on his list, you can click to send him an email. He will respond to your question in a very short amount of time. This is a great feature for those of you who are not quite sure what type of flooring you should put in your home, how to clean your tile properly, etc.

Do not hesitate to ask him any questions regarding your flooring. That is why he is here. Sometimes putting new tile in a bathroom can be very stressful. There are a lot of components to doing this correctly and Pete is here to help. We hope you find this tool helpful!

Virtual Room Designer

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Are you ready for new floors, but have no idea where to start? If you aren’t ready to come in to see us quite yet, there are lots of tool on the Century Tile Website that can help you – but today we want to tell you about the one that’s the most fun. It’s called The Virtual Room Designer.

On the Virtual Room Designer you can choose your room type and then within that room you can “try on” different floors, walls, countertops and in some rooms you can even try on area rugs.

To get started, click on the Virtual Room Designer image below and HAVE FUN!

Research Options on Flooring

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At Century Tile, we believe that an informed customer is a confident and powerful customer. Before you start looking for the best flooring options available for your home, it’s to your advantage to read and learn all there is to know about the ideal flooring styles and material for different types of rooms.

You can learn all about the types of flooring material and styles best suited for your needs by using the tools provided on our website. (You thought we were going to say something complicated, right?!?) You can make notes on your research, save items to your very own workbook (just register here first) or you can bring your notes with you when you start shopping.

You can also find information on the benefits and styles of flooring options on websites of associations of specialist flooring manufacturers or other flooring professionals. Some resources include the National Wood Flooring Association and The Carpet and Rug Institute. There’s a new laminate blog from the North American Laminate Flooring Association.

You can also find interesting and informative articles on flooring and the pros and cons of different types of flooring just by searching the Internet. Both experts and other consumers will give you information on the conveniences and problems associated with different types of flooring material. However, we encourage you to keep in mind that consumer opinions are not always accurate assessments. Take a look at a number of reviews and comments before making up your mind. Feel free to ask us about any concerns or questions you run across. You may also want to check out some of our past blog entries for insights into making good flooring decisions.

If you are environmentally concerned, check websites of organizations such as the Green Building Council or the Forest Stewardship Council to better understand the environmental aspects of different types of flooring.

Your research may create as many questions as answers. Don’t hesitate to bring your questions along with you when you shop for flooring. Once you’ve done you “homework,” you can search confidently among the numerous flooring options and make the best decisions for you.

Virtual Room Designer Tool

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You may already be aware of our Virtual Room Designer Tool on our website, but you may not be aware that you can actually upload a photo of a room in your home and use it in the virtual room designer to try on different floors and walls.

The process is simple!

  1. Click here to get started.
  2. Click on any room type to get started or click on design your room to upload your own photo.
  3. Log in to register if you don’t have a login already. (we promise not to sell your email. We hate spam, too)
  4. Upload a photo of your room and within 48 hours (allow more over a weekend or holiday) after we process your image you will be able to see how different floor coverings and paint colors can make your room look new again!

**The Design a Room service offers one complimentary room upload to our web visitors. There may be a charge for additional room upload requests.

Keep in mind that you can “play” in as many room scenes as you want by choosing the first option at the top of the page. Try on different walls, floors, installation directions and save them to your workbook so you can share with your friends! Be careful though, it can be addicting!