The Best Storage Solution for a Small Bathroom

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The best place to add storage in a small bathroom is behind the toilet. This wall space being utilized will make the bathroom more efficient and accessible. Find out how to achieve this and what to store here.

Cabinets or shelving can be custom built to fill this space. By doing so you can customize the bathroom to fit in with the rest of the finish selections. Toilets typically come out approximately 26”-30”. The space from the wall, over the toilet tank, can be utilized; 12” deep cabinets can be built in this space. If you decide to put custom cabinetry here, make sure to have the installer place it at least 60” off the floor. This keeps free clearance for a person to stand up. We can help you figure out the best layout for your space, as well provide educational advice regarding different products and finishes.

There is a benefit to using shelving in this area. Shelving allows you to use the space, directly behind the toilet. For shelving consider a 7”-8” deep shelf for the area over the toilet tank. Search for shelving that is close to the depth of your toilet tank. This is clear available space that can be utilized. Custom shelving can be quickly built and cost less than custom cabinets.

Items to keep in this extra storage space is toilet paper, clean towels, extra toothpaste and other items that you keep on hand, like soap. Having these items easily to the toilet and the shower; makes this small space more user friendly, thus making the room more efficient.

Adding custom storage to a small bathroom will be attractive to potential buyers, if there comes a time when you intend to sell. Making a small room more useful is an appealing feature to homeowners and buyers. It is always a good idea to make each room in your house more efficient to use. The smaller areas are the most difficult to approach. Adding built-ins or shelving can add a world of difference to any small space, not just a bathroom. Consider this solution for laundry and mud rooms as well.

End of Summer Purging

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The end of summer is a great time to purge. Next thing you know the holidays are around the corner and you still have floats and noodles left over from summer. We tend to acquire more items during fall. We stock up on back to school items, new fall clothing and décor. Next thing you know, we need more space for holiday decorations and gifts. In this read, discover tips that will help you successfully purge items around your home.

First start by categories. It can be whatever needs the most attention, such as clothes, toys or pantry items. Take inventory of each category item throughout every room in the house. A good question to ask yourself if, “Do I have multiple items of the same thing?”. If so decide which one to keep and which item to donate.

Go through all important papers and digitize what is relevant, and shred what is no longer needed. You can either scan documents or simply take photos of them. Create organized folders on your PC so you can easily find any document you may need. This will free up a ton of storage space in your home! These important folders should be backed up. We recommend buying an external hard drive. This will allow you to back up your files and keep the hard drive separate in case something should happen to the computer.

Go through your pantry, cupboards and refrigerator. Check the expiration date on all items. Throw away anything that is expired. Items that are expiring soon should be used quickly or simply tossed. You will be surprised how many items that will end up getting tossed!

When you find yourself with a lot of free extra storage space, after a purge has taken place, do not simply look for a way to fill up the empty space. Keep that storage space free until there comes a time where you need to store holiday decorations or whatever may show up. Having free storage space available throughout the year will help you stay more organized as well as keeping clutter at bay!

Trending Paint Colors for Fall 2016

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Fall is a great time to repaint your home, whether that is painting the interior or exterior. Now you can start creating your plan of attack. The fall color trends are here! This fall the colors are bold and brighter than we have typically seen in the past! There is nothing earth toned about the trending fall colors of 2016. The must-have colors are brighter colors that are deep and bold.

The first color on the palette starts with grey and a rich grey is a great choice for fall. Start with a grey that leans only slightly to the blue end of the spectrum and pair it with a cool, crisp white to create a bold contrast, accenting your deep grey perfectly.

Jewel tones are also a big hit this fall. Jewel tones are considered to be those usually found in precious stones.  Think of teal, eggplant or amethyst purple, midnight blue, emerald green or ruby red. These colors are bold and bright at the same time. Choosing any of these colors will transform any space from dull to exciting, although they should only be used as accents!

Adobe red is very popular right now. This is a true red that is mixed with a brown orange. Pair this color with natural textiles and elements. Use golds, orange and yellow for warm accent colors. Adobe red warms up any space and makes you literally feel warmer. A great interior choice for cold winters.

Dusty pinks are also popular this season. This color is a light tint of cool pink that ranges from rosy to lavender.  This color pairs perfectly with off white and cool grey. Liven the color scheme us by pairing it with gold or brass.

If you have any questions about the best color combinations in your home, the staff at Century Tile is always happy to help!  Stop by one of our locations or contact us

Steps to Selecting the Right Area Rug

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Choosing an area rug can be an intimidating process. Even the friendliest rug showroom can get confusing with the variety of choices. To make the process easier, do your homework before you start shopping.

Consider style: An area rug can serve the same purpose as art on a blank wall. It can set a tone, bring unconnected pieces of furniture together, and warm up a space. Take a good look at where you plan to place the rug. A simple rug will work well if there are already a lot of patterns. Does the room need more color? Let the rug plus a few well-chosen accessories bring some vibrancy into a previously neutral space. Consider the floor, and let the rug pop with contrast or blend in depending upon what the room needs.

Consider type: Rugs come in almost every material imaginable, from nylon to silk. Choose one that will work with your usage. Durable materials such as nylon or wool will work best in a room with a lot of traffic. Dark colors and patterns also hide traffic as well as dining spills. The new indoor-outdoor rugs are great for homes with children. You can actually take those rugs outside and hose them off.

Consider size: Rugs under furniture groupings work best when they are large enough to contain all the furniture. Then the rug becomes like a frame for the furniture and the space. If possible, leave at least a foot of space between the edge of the rug and the walls, giving the rug position and the room balance. Remember to provide space for chairs when selecting a dining room rug. The recommended additional size is about two feet beyond the table edge, giving enough space for chairs and people.

After you complete your analysis, three more steps will simplify your rug shopping. Measure the space to determine the best rug size. Do not rely on an eyeball measurement. Large showroom spaces are deceptive. Take a couple of pictures of the space. They will help you visualize rugs in the selected spot once you’re in the showroom. 

Finally, bring a few items that match the colors already in the room, to ensure that your rug will coordinate with the colors already in the space.

By following these simple steps before you start shopping, the right area rug is almost in your grasp!

A Cheese Grater’s Other Uses

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If you have recently updated your kitchen with new floors or counters, you know how great a kitchen can look.  We’ve come up with a few easy tricks for you in the kitchen so that you will look as amazing in your kitchen as your kitchen looks to us!

A cheese grater can be a super handy tool in the kitchen. There are many things you can grate, other than cheese. Find out how to put this ordinary tool to good use! To make your life easier when grating food, spray the grater with cooking spray to keep foods from sticking to the tool. This allows for super easy clean up; taking the scrubbing out of the equation.

Don’t have a garlic mincer? No worries, garlic can be grated on the small side of the cheese grater. This will mince the garlic and give you more flavor. This is especially helpful when making sauces or dips that require garlic. Ginger can also be grated just like the garlic. The same goes for ginger, more flavor will come out if you grate it, opposed to chopping it.

Grate hardboiled eggs to make a super quick salad topping. Make several hard boiled eggs, grate them all and save them for a salad topping that will last a couple of days. This is a great idea if you are trying to eat more salads. Hard boiled eggs add flavor and protein to your salad.

Potatoes can be grated to make yummy hash browns. The prep time is significantly reduced by grating the potatoes, instead of chopping them. Once the grating is done all you have to do is pan fry the hash browns and add some yummy melted cheddar (which of course is delicious when grated)!

Grate tomatoes when making sauces. By doing this instead of dicing, the tomatoes will cook easier because the pieces are smaller. Just make sure to peel the tomatoes before grating.

Spices can be grated by an extra small grating tool. This will allow you to use fresh spices in your recipes. The flavor will be more apparent when using a freshly grated spice. Cinnamon sticks are perfect for grating because they are easy to hold on to while using the tool.

Make toast and grate it finely to make fresh bread crumbs. This will come in especially handy around Thanksgiving!