Where to Begin When Buying Flooring

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There is a perfect type of flooring out there for you, and you just need to find it. In the effort to help you narrow down your search, we have created four easy steps for beginning the process. Let’s take a look!

Where to Begin When Buying Flooring:

1. Consider The Type of Room.

When you are in the market for new floors, you will need to take into consideration the type of room in which you are installing flooring. If the room is prone to moisture like a kitchen or bathroom, you will want to choose a flooring material that is water resistant or waterproof. These features will help fight against accidental spills and humidity. If moisture is not an issue, you can choose any type of flooring that you desire!

2. Understand Your Needs.

Each homeowner will have a different list of needs for their space. Whether you have an active or inactive home, it will determine the type of durability you will need. For homes that are active, you will want a flooring with excellent wear resistance. Great durability means fewer scratches, stains, and dents.

3. Express Your Style.

Once you have your list of needs and the type of room, you can begin to narrow down the style and look that you want. From authentic hardwood to gorgeous natural stone, you have a wide selection of options to meet your needs and budget.

4. Plan for Installation.

Lastly, you will want to prepare for your installation. The installation day can be an extremely exciting time for homeowners, but we do not want you to get lost in the excitement. Before the installation, you will want to remove all furniture from the room. You will also want to follow any strict instructions for your new floors (i.e. hardwood). On the installation day, try to remain flexible with your timeline. We understand that you are eager to have your new space, but with every great thing, it takes time. Finally, if you have any questions or concerns about the installation process, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We strive to have 100% customer satisfaction.

Let us help you create the home of your dreams today! Call or visit us today for more information.

Ways to Spruce up The Space Above Your Toilet

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Do not let that empty space above your toilet go unused and unnoticed. Take advantage of the open space by filling it with one of our awesome ideas. Let’s take a look!

Ten Ways to Spruce up The Space above Your Toilet:

Delicate Mirror.
Mirrors are always a fantastic decor choice. Not only can you look at yourself in them, but they open up a space by reflecting light. If you have a small bathroom, a mirror above the toilet may be a good option for you! For a unique twist, you can purchase several small mirrors in different styles and place them in a design above the toilet.

Artsy Wine Box Planter.
Do you have an extra wooden wine box and you are looking for a fun do-it-yourself project to start? Repurpose the wine box by making it into a planter to hold your succulents. Plus, you will find that succulents are a great plant option for bathrooms because they do not need to be frequently watered!

A Plant’s Haven.
If succulents are not your game, you can add other plants above your toilet. There are a variety of different plant styles for you to choose from:

  • Hang a plant from the ceiling.
  • Line up three small plants on a shelving system.
  • Place an overgrown plant on the shelf, and have the leaves falling off a bit for a stylish decor look.
  • Mix plants with other decor pieces for a trendy look.

Wall-Sculptures.
Take your love for 3-D and use it in your bathroom decor. Wall sculptures can be a fun, interesting decor piece that will work perfectly above your toilet. Just be sure to find one that is the right size for your space.

Repurposed Ladder.
Do you consider yourself a thrift store guru? Then this challenge is for you! Find yourself a used, rustic ladder and transform it into a toilet shelving system. You can use the steps of the ladder for shelves and create a timeless piece for your bathroom’s decor.

Wired Basket.
Wired baskets have always been a bathroom classic. Whether it is holding your toilet paper or your magazines, wired baskets are a fun and fresh idea to spruce up this space. Plus, the open concept will help you to keep your bathroom tidy.

Amazingly Abstract.
If you love art, try adding in a piece of your favorite abstract artwork. Abstract artwork can add a unique twist to traditional bathroom decor.

Bold Gallery-Wall.
Take your design skills and create a gallery wall with fun pictures and wall decor! Be sure to mix in several different decor pieces to create the perfect look.

Fresh Flowers.
Nothing is quite as beautiful as fresh flowers. If it is within your budget, adding fresh flowers to your bathroom can be a glamorous finishing touch. If it is not within your budget, you can dry the flowers out and still use them as a unique piece of decor.

Glassware + Vases.
For a more minimalistic approach, you can simply put a few decorative pieces of glassware and vases above your toilet. This creates a clean, sleek look without overwhelming the space.

You will find that these ideas are perfect for small bathrooms that need a little flavor in them. Half bathrooms and tiny bathrooms can rejoice! You have found the holy grail for bathroom decor ideas.

How to Care for Natural Stone

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Natural stone floors are a gorgeous addition to any home. They have begun rising in popularity from being used in the foyer and hallways to the entire main floor space. If you have made the decision to incorporate this beautiful flooring option in your home, you will find that it is vital to have the proper information for keeping your floors looking as good as the day they were installed. For expert advice on the topic, we wrote a brief article that we think you may find helpful. Let’s take a look!

The first order of business to take care of is having the floors properly sealed when they are installed; it can be especially important if your new floors are in a high-moisture area like the bathroom or kitchen. Be sure that the space between your floor and walls is properly caulked as well to prevent future cracking caused by water leaking through to the subfloor. Be aware that natural stone floors will need to be resealed in the future; how often depends on what material you have chosen and what is recommended by the installer. It is important to always keep the floors protected, so be sure to have this conversation before the installation.

Keep in mind that accidents are bound to happen. For this reason, you should order a few extra pieces in case a section is irreversibly damaged. Having to order a replacement from a different lot may cause the replaced piece to stand out more than usual, so it is good to have a few spare ones from your original order.

When it comes to everyday maintenance, be sure to sweep up dirt and dust often with a softer bristle broom. Foot traffic can cause damage by spreading around any unswept debris and scratching the surface of the floor, making it look worn and dull early-on. You also do not want a thick, abrasive broom to do the scratching for you either; a softer material is the best way to go. If you must use a vacuum, be sure that it has a hard floor setting and it does not utilize the beater bar. Always make sure to clean up liquid messes promptly as well to prevent the grout from becoming stained.

For wet cleaning, a once-a-week cleaning with a damp mop and warm water with a mild detergent will do the job. When your flooring is installed be sure to ask which cleaners are safest to use on your particular choice of material. Be sure not to use any cleaning products with ammonia, lemon or vinegar in their ingredients list. These can damage the sealer and stain the grout. Also, refrain from using waxes as this will dull the floor’s finish. If you, unfortunately, do stain the grout, we recommend checking with the manufacturer for the best recommendation.

Finally, we recommend investing in a professional deep cleaning every few years to keep your floors looking beautiful and new. If you have any more questions on your floor’s maintenance and care, please do not hesitate to call or visit us. Thank you for choosing Century Tile for all of your flooring needs.

Frequently Asked Questions About Engineered Hardwood

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FAQ’s: Engineered Hardwood:

Q: Why do consumers choose engineered hardwood?

A: Amongst several reasons, consumers choose engineered hardwood for its authentic wood finish and astonishing durability. Unlike traditional hardwood, engineered can go in rooms that you never imagined possible. Homeowners can now install hardwood floors in areas that attract a lot of moisture like bathrooms and kitchens without the fear of warping or damage.

Q: Is engineered hardwood long-lasting?

A: Absolutely! Engineered hardwood can be sanded and refinished several times throughout its lifespan to keep it looking beautiful. Plus, with a tough top layer, engineered hardwood is resistant to scratches and dents, helping to keep it around for years to come.

Q: What is the style range for engineered hardwood? Am I limited?

A: You are absolutely not limited to choices with engineered hardwood. Much like traditional hardwood floors, you can select from an array of different plank widths, wood species, colors, textures, and styles.

Q: How long will the installation process take?

A: Installing engineered hardwood is fairly quick. Prior to installation, you will need to allow time for clearing the room of furniture, removing your current flooring (depends on material), cleaning your subfloor, allowing your subfloor to dry and preparing the underlayment area. For a specific quote for your home, please call or visit one of our beautiful showrooms.

Q: Where can I install engineered hardwood?

A: You can install engineered hardwood in areas that you cannot typically install traditional hardwood like basements, laundry rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms. Engineered hardwood does well against moisture and humidity, making it an excellent choice for humid and moist rooms.

Q: What makes up engineered hardwood?

A: Engineered hardwood consists of several layers. Your top layer is 100% natural wood. The next layer is made up of five to seven layers of plywood that lay in different directions. The last layer is also wood.

Q: What type of wood species are available?

A: Engineered hardwood ranges from Oak, Maple, and Hickory to softer species like Birch, Cherry and Walnut, and even exotic woods like African Mahogany, Acacia and Tigerwood.

Do you have more questions about engineered hardwood? Give us a call or visit for more information.

Useful Tips for a Mudroom

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Mudrooms are an extremely useful area in a household, and they serve an essential purpose to the overall construct of a home. Without mudrooms and entryways, homeowners would have dirt and debris tracked throughout their house without a stopping point. If you blessed with the space for a mudroom or front entryway, we have eight expert tips to help you make it an effective area in your home. Let us get started!

Useful Tips for a Mudroom:

  • Consolidate The Mud + Dirt.

The best way to keep dirt and mud out of the rest of your home is by consolidating it to one central location. When using your mudroom, you want to make sure you take advantage of a wet shoe bin. Whether your shoes are covered in mud or snow, the bin will collect the unwanted dirt and debris. This way you and your family do not track any excess dirt into the rest of your home.

  • A Place to Tie Your Shoes.

It is always a good idea to have a place to sit down inside of a mudroom. You can add a pair of chairs or even incorporate a bench. Once you add a seating area, it will give you a place to tie your shoes and even take off your boots.

  • Get Hooked.

Hooks are a mudroom’s best friend. They can be used as wall decor as well as a functional staple piece. Be sure to add hooks to your walls for extra storage.

  • Minimize On-Display Items.

Speaking of hooks, we want to be sure that we do not overbear the walls with coats and purses. Just because we own ten pairs of coats, does not mean they need to be on display. Instead, we recommend only having a light selection of outwear and handbags out in the mudroom. Store all of your other jackets and bags inside of your mudroom closet.

  • Store Seasonal Items.

Seasonal items can be stored away until they are needed. Whether it is winter or summer, you can store the out-of-season items in a hall closet or basement until the weather changes.

  • Gate The Entrance.

If you have a furry friend that tends to get muddy when they go outside, we recommend installing a gate at the entrance of your mudroom. This way, when your dog comes in from outside, they will be stopped at the gate until you have the chance to wipe their feet.

  • Wipe Your Feet.

Not only is wiping your pet’s feet important, but it is essential that you and your family also have a place to wipe your feet. Be sure to place a doormat outside of your mudroom’s front entrance to avoid tracking. Inform your family that you would like them to take off their dirty shoes on the mat then carefully walk them over to the wet shoe bin.

  • Choose an Appropriate Flooring.

The last useful tip for mudrooms is selecting the most appropriate flooring option. With a wide selection available to the consumer, things can often get confusing and a little overwhelming. But fear not, because we have an expert sales team ready to answer any of your questions or concerns. Stop in today for more information and pricing.

Professional Tips to Manage Your Small Living Room

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Owning a small home comes with its benefits. There is less to clean, less to pay for, and less to decorate. You may even find that with small houses comes personal charm like crown molding and ceiling beams. But if you are struggling to manage your small space, we have five tips to help you maximize its potential. Let’s take a look!

Professional Tips to Manage Your Small Living Room:

1. Sleek + Simple.

The modern style of home decor has it right when it comes to clean lines. The sleek nature of contemporary furnishings creates a simple outline. Without the harsh contrast of curvy edges, you are left with a smooth and simple piece of furniture. This modern look helps to compliment the room and not draw attention to its small size. Design experts recommend pairing these rather simple pieces with a decorative piece to add back any lost detail. Just be careful to never go overboard with the design. You want to capitalize on the sleekness and simpleness of the furniture not the boldness of the complimentary decorative piece.

2. An Area Rug.

Often times, homeowners will choose an area rug that is too big or too small for their space. A rug that is too small does not benefit you in a small room, it can make the room look jagged. To help make your room flow better, we recommend making sure that the front legs of your furniture are able to sit on top of the area rug. If they cannot touch, it is too small.

3. Storage Compartments.

Clutter can weigh down a room. In order to make your room look bigger, you will need to clear out unwanted clutter. You can store all necessary items inside of storage compartments. Adding bins and baskets will help to create a more stylish storage option, but when you are limited on space, you will want to opt for dual-purpose furniture. Try to find pieces that have hidden storage compartments to help create more space in your small living room.

4. Accent with a Mirror.

Mirrors are the perfect decorating choice in a small or large room. You want to be sure to add mirrors, especially in small rooms. Place a mirror on a wall that is across from a window. This will help ensure that it reflects the natural light and open up the space. You can even incorporate mirrored furniture like end tables. These will help to create a more open, welcoming space while adding a touch of elegance.

5. Fake Height.

Sometimes you have to fake it until you make it. In small living rooms, you can create the illusions of higher ceilings by placing curtain rods higher than where the window starts. Let the curtains hang all the way to the ground to create the visual that the ceilings are higher than they appear. Also, design experts recommend always using a light color on ceilings. It helps to create a more substantial atmosphere and does not distinctly show where the room ends.

We hope you enjoyed these tips! If you are searching for the perfect area rug, please visit our online showroom.

Five Brilliant Ways to Transition for Each Season

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As seasons transition, your decor can follow along by switching up simple items to follow the season’s theme. To help you make the seasonal change, we created a guide for five brilliant ways to transition for each season. Let’s take a look!

Five Brilliant Ways to Transition for Each Season:

Swap out Throw Pillows + Blankets.
Swapping out your current throw pillows and blankets can be a simple way to switch up your decor for the new season. For blankets, you want to be sure to include a lighter option for the warmer months and a heavier option for the colder months. The color scheme of your throw pillows and blankets during the warmer months should be light and fresh. This can include a lot of light and bright colors with muted pastels and whites. The color scheme for the colder months should emphasize coziness and comfort. A warmer color scheme can help accomplish this look!

Change up Your Bedding.
Your bedding is another thing that you will want to change up seasonal, especially if you live in a climate with cold winters and hot summers. Design experts recommend keeping it simple by removing more layers during summer months and add the layers back during winter months. You can change up the design by switching out your decorative pillows on the bed.

Switch out Photos.
Luckily, your wall art can be changed easily. It is a great way to switch up your design seasonally without committing to a whole new design. Design experts recommend making it easy on yourself by placing the artwork on a shelf. This way you can swap them out seasonally without the hassle of having to take them off the walls.

Work in a New Rug.
Rugs definitely set the tone of your room. If you have a heavy rug for winter months, it can potentially weigh down the room during summer months. To help keep the flow going, we recommend swapping out your rugs seasonally.

Incorporate The Season’s Scents.
While visuals are outstanding, scents can contribute to the tone of your space. In colder months, you will want cozy smells like cinnamon and vanilla. Whereas in warmer months, you will want lighter scents like flowers and fruits.

If you are looking for the perfect area rug, please take a look at our online showroom. We have a wide selection of flooring that is perfect for any season. Thanks for reading!

Key Elements to Focus on During a Bathroom Upgrade

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Essentially, adding value to bathrooms will add value to your home. A modern bathroom will increase the resale value if you decide to sell your home in the future. If you want to keep your options open for future resale, there are some key factors to keep in mind when deciding what upgrades to make. Let’s take a look!

Key Elements to Focus on During a Bathroom Upgrade:

Shower + Bath Tub: It is nice to have a bathroom that has a tub and a shower. This is a powerful combination when your space permits. Showers are great for everyday bathing, but bathtubs can be needed as well. Bathtubs are wanted when a homeowner needs to bathe small children and pets. They can also add powerful stress relief to anyone who has come home after a stressful day of work. If someone has sore muscles or is sick, a warm bath can really help. A spacious tiled shower is also a must. It provides easy access for the elderly and has plenty of space to add a tiled bench. Shower benches are fantastic because you can sit down to shave; not to mention, providing a safer bathing experience for an older adult.

Showerhead: When choosing a showerhead, you may want to try a rain shower head. It provides a larger diameter for water spray and makes it easier to wash and rinse. Plus, they add a certain level of elegance and glamour to your bathroom.

Lighting: Bathrooms need adequate lighting. You need to see when bathing, shaving and applying makeup. An underlit bathroom is no help at all. Be sure to update lighting fixtures in the space. Install general overhead lighting as well as task lighting over the sink. Under cabinet lighting is a great way to incorporate accent lighting that can turn into a nightlight for those late night trips to the bathroom.

Flooring: The floors are an essential part of any bathroom. Any floor that is selected should be able to withstand getting wet. Currently, we love the tiles that look like wood floors. They have the look of real wood but are actually a durable tile. This type of flooring is also slip-resistant because it maintains the texture of a rough wood floor.

Storage: If space permits, we recommend installing a double vanity. Multiple people can get ready, and there is much more cabinet storage available. Plus, they look gorgeous and add to the overall decor.

If you are in the market for new floors, please keep Century Tile in mind. With a wide selection, expert sales staff, and high-quality products, you will never leave disappointed. Stop into one of our beautiful showrooms today or contact us for more information. We look forward to working with you.

Five Reasons to Use The Color Teal

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Teal is an incredibly beautiful color that holds a lot of design potential. With its blue and green hues, teal creates an alluring tone that can be well-suited for any space. If you are looking for the perfect color for your home, we are here to share five reasons why you should choose the color teal in your next design project. Let’s see why!

Five Reasons to Use The Color Teal:

  • Evokes Happiness.

Teal can be one of the most “happy” hues that you can incorporate in your home. Designers love it for its cheerful yet sophisticated nature. It works well in any space to create a gentle burst of fun. We recommend trying it in areas that you want to try out something different and fun.

  • Calming Oasis.

Teal is known to be one of the most calming and tranquil color options available. Its deep hues help to create a relaxing environment, making it the perfect choice for areas like your bathroom or bedroom.

  • Accent.

If you are not entirely set on using teal as your wall color, you can incorporate it as an accent piece within the space. Teal blends well with black, white, and neutral tones. It can be used as generously or as little as you want. Just be sure to balance it off with matching undertones.

  • Be Different.

Let’s face it, teal can be a bit of a different choice. It gives homeowners the chance to be different in their design. The color teal adds character and charm to any room in a home. Try it in small bursts if you are looking to use it subtly.

  • Decor Pieces.

Teal can be the perfect finishing touch color in any space that needs a splash of color. Like we mentioned before, teal is ideal for adding sophistication, a calming nature, and happy energy. It can literally be worked into any space for the perfect final touches.

Are you feeling inspired to begin a design process? We would love to help you create the home of your dreams. With eloquent flooring and beautiful backslashes, we can help you create a stunning space. Contact us today for pricing and take some time to browse our online showroom

Simple Ways to Increase Value in Your Bathroom

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If you have ever talked to a real estate agent, you understand that the top two selling features of a home are the kitchen and bathroom. By focusing on these rooms, you will be able to increase the overall value of your home and potentially make a return-on-investment. Today we are going to focus on six ways that you increase value in your bathroom. Let us get started!

Simple Ways to Increase Value in Your Bathroom:

1. Get Fixed on Fixtures.

An easy update that you can do without a contractor is replacing your bathroom fixtures. From the sink to the shower, you will want to replace the faucets with new, chic ones to make the bathroom look its best.

2. Lights On.

Take a look at the current light supply in your bathroom. Lighting can be a significant selling feature without homeowners realizing it. You will want to make sure that there is an ample amount of natural light coming into the space as well as light fixtures. Take a look at your bathroom during the daytime and nighttime and see if your lighting needs to be adjusted.

3. Customized.

Everyone’s home is unique, and no two houses will be the same. That is something you can use towards your advantage. Customizing your bathroom specifically to complement its shape and architecture will help make it more appealing to buyers. Things like custom cabinetry with extra shelving can make your bathroom stand out from the rest.

4. Embrace Neutrals.

Unfortunately, we cannot know exactly what a buyer is looking for in a home. Each buyer is unique and has their own preferences. That being said, your best bet is to remain neutral in a color palette. It is the most generally pleasing palette for a bathroom, and it tends not to turn away buyers.

5. Create an Oasis.

You want to create an experience in your bathroom. To add value to your bathroom, you will want to focus on two areas: the shower and the bathtub. These areas are significant to buyers. Try and make sure that they are in excellent condition with new fixtures.

    • Pro-Tip: You can even set the tone with candles surrounding the bathtub, and play relaxing music during a showing.

6. A Good Cleaning.

You may be surprised by the amount of buyers that are turned away from a home because of its grime. Be sure to give your bathroom a good deep cleaning. Even if you are not putting your house on the market, it is a good idea to do a deep cleaning often to reduce the spread of bacteria and germs.

Are your bathroom floors in dire need of an update? We would love to assist you in selecting new, high-quality floors from Century Tile. Stop by one of our beautiful showrooms or call us for more information. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you!