Ideas for Winter Porch Decor

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Winter can often be considered dreary and take a toll on our property’s curb appeal.  Shoveled walkways, snow-covered shrubbery, and unmanaged snow piles can be quite unattractive.  Porches that are commonly full of greenery and life lose attention and become unmaintained.  Flower baskets, patio chairs, and plants can really rejuvenate the area, but how do you go about that during the winter?  Plants cannot live through the chilly temperatures, and it is no longer an ideal hang out spot during the frigid months.  Though challenging, you can still keep your porch looking great during the winter.  To help, we put together some simple ways to keep your outdoor porch look great during the winter. Let’s take a look!

Plants

Just because its winter does not mean you cannot incorporate greenery anymore.  Using decorative pines and evergreens is a great way to add life back to your porch during the winter.  Plus, they can stay past the holidays and continue to make a powerful statement throughout the chilly season.

Rustic

Try adding different elements of nature that complement the winter season.  You can display your firewood neatly on your porch, add a wreath of whither woods, or incorporate some distressed furniture.  While your porch may not be the go-to hangout spot during the winter months, having some rustic patio furniture is a great way to keep your porch feeling welcoming and inviting. Plus, who knows, maybe you will begin to use it more with a hot cup of coffee and great company.

Seasonal Decor

Adding seasonal decor is another way you can spruce up your porch this season.  Adding holiday welcome mats, decorative items like pine cones and wood bundles, and seasonal patterns like outdoor quilts or curtains can make quite a statement.  Remember, enhancing your porch during the winter is a great way to keep up your curb appeal.

Try to spruce up your porch even during the duller months.  It is an easy way to take pride in your home and enhance your exterior.  The winter can be brutal but do not let that stop you from making your home the best you can.

Do you keep your porch looking nice all year around?  Let us know below in the comment section.

What You Need to Know about Hardwood

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With updating or remodeling your home, it is vital that you make improvements that are not only going to beautify your home’s interior but also increase the overall value. Hardwood floors are a surefire way to accomplish this because they instantly add charm and character.

What exactly makes hardwood flooring an ideal option for your home? Well, when selecting any type of flooring, you have to consider your lifestyle and budget. While wood floors can last a lifetime, the durability rating varies based on the species. Plus, consumers often assume that hardwood is an expensive flooring option; however, these days you can purchase affordable grains. If you are interested in learning more about hardwood floors’ benefits, keep on reading!

Popular Choices

Hardwood varies with species. Its colors, durability and grain patterns differ with each type of hardwood. The most common types of hardwood flooring used in homes are cherry, oak, and maple. These species are widespread because of their hard exterior. Cherry and mahogany woods are used more for their striking aesthetic feature.

Finishes

When shopping for hardwood floors, you should also have the option of selecting various textures. Do you want wood floors that are glossy or are you interested in new flooring with a more weathered antique look? Whatever look you are trying to achieve, there is sure to be a hardwood to match. Luckily, they come in an array of styles to help meet your design preferences.

Colors

There are hundreds of different hardwood colors. Hardwood is available in variations of natural brown and blonde. The brown wood tone is perhaps the most popular type of hardwood flooring as it can complement just about any design scheme. Blonde and lighter wood tones are great for a minimalist designed interior.

If you are interested in learning more about hardwood, we would love to speak to you in person at Century Tile. One of our expert sales staff would love to discuss all the benefits and design features that hardwood has to offer. Please do not hesitate to call or visit us for more information.

Budget-Friendly Decor Ideas for a Small Space

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If you are living in a small space, decorating can be tricky and even sometimes expensive.  Finding items that do not overcrowd the area or cost a fortune can be difficult.  But with a general direction, you can transform and personalize your space to express yourself without breaking the bank.  Here are three great budget-friendly ideas for decorating your small space:

Artwork

Not all artwork will cost you an arm and a leg.  Different wall paintings or posters can be highly expressive in developing the atmosphere.  Most artwork will quickly become focal points of the room.  They are great to use to enhance or guide your room’s decorating theme.  Try to find the perfect art piece tailored to your style.  With so many options available today, you are sure to discover the perfect piece for your home.  You can even use your own pictures and have them printed out and framed.  Whatever your style demands, it can easily be done.

Throw Pillows

A natural themed room can seem bland and lifeless.  Spruce things up by adding vibrant, expressive throw pillows.  You can find great accent pillows to enhance your living room or bedroom’s design.  Be sure to buy a couple complimentary throw pillows to help transform your space.  This can be a tad challenging at first, but with a little time spent and imagination, you can find the perfect throw pillows for your space.

Area Rug

Adding an area rug to your space is a great way to add style and comfort.  While most hard surface flooring has strong character, they do not necessarily add comfort or color.  By investing in an area rug, you can preserve your current floors while also adding a ton of comfort to your space.  A cozy rug can make a room feel more welcoming and inviting.  This is great to add to a living room or den to enhance the warmth to the atmosphere.

These small investments can greatly enhance the overall look of your space.  With a little shopping and investigating, you can find the perfect decor for your room without spending too much.  Thanks for reading!

 

How to Get Stains out of Luxury Vinyl

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You are admiring your beautiful new luxury vinyl floors when all of a sudden, you notice a stain. You try and recall where it could have come from and quickly begin to panic. Before you worry too much, we have the perfect guide to help you get rid of that stain. Let’s take a look!

How to Get Stains out of Luxury Vinyl:

Stain Type: Food or Drinks.

  1. First, if the food or drink is “gummy,” you will want to take a dull knife and scrape it off of the area.
  2. Take a laminate-approved floor cleaner with a nylon pad or dense bristle brush and begin to scrub the area.
  3. Next, you will take a white cloth and soak it in a bleach solution. Let the white cloth set on top of the stain for no longer than one hour.

Stain Type: Asphalt, Grease, Oil, Paint (oil-based), Tar, or Wax.

  1. Remove excess with a dull knife.
  2. Take a laminate-approved floor cleaner with a nylon pad or dense bristle brush and begin to scrub the area.
  3. Lastly, you will want to take a clean white cloth and lightly soak it in painter’s naphtha, or isopropyl alcohol. Wipe the area with the dampened cloth then pat dry with a new clean white cloth.

Stain Type: Scratches + Scuff Marks.

  1. Take a laminate-approved floor cleaner with a nylon pad or dense bristle brush and begin to scrub the area.
  2.  You will want to take a clean white cloth and lightly soak it in painter’s naphtha or isopropyl alcohol. Wipe the area with the dampened cloth then pat dry with a new clean white cloth.

Stain Type: Burns.

  1. Stop family members from walking on that area and place masking tape over the burn mark. Immediately call your manufacturer for further instruction.

Stain Type: Lipstick.

  1. Remove excess with a dull knife.
  2. Take a laminate-approved floor cleaner with a nylon pad or dense bristle brush and begin to scrub the area.
  3. You will want to take a clean white cloth and lightly soak it in painter’s naphtha or isopropyl alcohol. Wipe the area with the dampened cloth then pat dry with a new clean white cloth.
  4. Lastly, you will take a white cloth and soak it in a bleach solution. Let the white cloth set on top of the stain for no longer than one hour.

Stain Type: Rust.

  1. Take a laminate-approved floor cleaner with a nylon pad or dense bristle brush and begin to scrub the area.
  2. Next, you will take a white cloth and soak it in a bleach solution. Let the white cloth set on top of the stain for no longer than one hour.

Stain Type: Crayon, Hair Dye, Ink, or Permanent Marker.

  1. Take a laminate-approved floor cleaner with a nylon pad or dense bristle brush and begin to scrub the area.
  2.  You will want to take a clean white cloth and lightly soak it in painter’s naphtha or isopropyl alcohol. Wipe the area with the dampened cloth then pat dry with a new clean white cloth.
Please Note: Mineral spirits, lighter fluid, painter’s naphtha, and isopropyl alcohol are flammable liquids. Please follow precautions listed on the container. *** The information provided above was suggested by Mannington Flooring. Please contact your manufacturer’s website for information on your specific luxury vinyl product. Results vary. Please use caution handling flammable liquids and seek an expert’s advice before beginning the cleaning process.

Fun & Easy Ways to Personalize Your Space

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New homes can be considered blank canvases.  You have the freedom to customize and tailor your space to your desires.  It can seem daunting at first, but the task can be quite rewarding. Adapting your design to express yourself and serve a purpose for your needs is vital. We put together some of the most impactful investments that can quickly add to personalize any space to your taste. Let’s take a look!

Pictures

Pictures can make a powerful statement in a room.  You can choose from a thousand different designs to find one that is tailored to your style.  You can even try alternating them seasonally with holiday décor to keep your home feeling alive and always changing.  First, pick a theme you want your pictures to reflect, and use photos to spruce up empty walls and help rejuvenate a space.

Plants

A great addition to add to any space are plants.   Bring the outdoors inside and add life and energy to an atmosphere.  Plus, adding plants throughout your home can improve air quality.  The green can make a house feel cozier and looks great as well.  You can add fragrance plants to help enhance the smell of your space or even unique, fun ones to express yourself.  Put herbs in your kitchen or flowers in your living room for a tasteful look. Luckily, pants work in any space and can spruce up the life in your room (win, win). 

Rugs

Another cozy addition to your home can be adding rugs.  These can make hard surfaces much cozier and more welcoming.  You can find distinct patterns or incorporate in a natural rug as well.  Rugs can be perfect for setting boundaries in large open spaces as well and divides rooms.  For instance, if you have a home with an open layout, consider putting a rug in the living room or dining room to set a visual boundary.  This simple trick adds character and can enhance your space.

Making your space feel like home is a project worth investing. These tricks can be used more than just at home.  Try using these at your work cubical or even in an apartment.  These are perfect investments to use to help personalize your space.  Do you have tricks you use to spruce up your home quick and easy?  Let us know below in the comment section. 

How to Make The Master Bedroom of Your Dreams

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The master bedroom holds a special place in a homeowner’s heart; shouldn’t its design too? With our top five tips, we hope to help you create the master bedroom of your dreams. Let’s get started!

Five Ways to Make The Master Bedroom of Your Dreams:

Start Fresh.

Before you begin designing, we want you to step into your room with a fresh pair of eyes. Come into the bedroom as if it was your first time entering it. With a fresh outlook, you may be able to see things that you have never noticed. This is a fantastic opportunity to rethink your current design and try something new.

Rearrange.

After you have taken a good look at your room, you may have noticed some things that you want to change. Rearranging your furniture can be a great first step. With a rearrangement, you always want to be aware of the room’s “focal point.” What piece of the room are you trying to bring attention to in the design? Once you have decided on your focal point, you will want to build the design from there. If you feel like you are struggling, it may help to remove all of your furniture from the room and bring it back in one by one.

Embrace a New Color.

Seasons are changing and so is your design. Now is the time to embrace a new color choice for your room. It may be something as simple as your accent color, but it is time to change. If you need inspiration, take a look at some color swatches from a local paint store. Experiment with different hues, shades, and values before you commit.

Simplicity is Key.

A master bedroom is a place for relaxation and tranquility, and an overwhelming design will not accomplish this concept. To help make sure your focus stays on track, we recommend keeping it simple. The simplicity of your bedroom’s design can help to establish a clean working board and a stress-free environment.

Dress it up.

Lastly, it is time to accessorize. A few light decor pieces can transform your master bedroom into the oasis of your dreams. Try to go light with the decor at first then slowly build from there. You can always add more accessories later. 

Is the flooring in your master bedroom in dire need of an update? We would love to help you find the flooring of your dreams. Stop by our one of our beautiful showrooms or give us a call to learn more about our selection, pricing, and offers. Thanks for reading!

Tips for Organizing & Managing Household Paperwork

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We know how busy you are at work or being a stay-at-home parent, and you may let your other responsibilities suffer due to time restrictions. We are talking about paying bills while maintaining a calendar for yourself and family members with schedules for doctor appointments, game days, and school outings; not to mention a plethora of other duties. Let us help you get a grip on your household and have quality time leftover by helping you manage and organize your paperwork.

We Love Binders

Easy to Use

We love file folders for organizing, but actually binders are the best way to keep papers organized for current projects and reference down the road.

Portable

Whether you are using the binder in the room or need to take it with you on the go, they are so easy to grab and go.

Organizing & Storage

Binders are the perfect product for easy storage. Put them on shelves, in drawers, filing cabinets for easy access and quick use.

Inexpensive

Purchase when they go on sale during BOGO sales. Binders can be reused over and over, and their identification labels on the front covers and spines can be easily upgraded to a new topic.

Binder Uses

If you sit down and start to jot down what you need help with organizing, you instantly realize that this practice is a critical key to developing a quality work-life balancing act! We use binders for recipes, home appliance/warranties/manuals, home maintenance information, various holiday planning guides, detailed medical files for each family member, pets, etc.

We know what you are thinking, “I keep everything on my phone!” Well, we know all too often how easy it is to misplace our phone, or the battery will die right when we need it. While you are busy looking for your phone, the thought of adding something to your notes or calendar has vanished. Technology is a wonderful thing, but writing things down helps us to remember an upcoming task.

How do you stay organized? Do you feel that technology is the way to go? We would love to hear your feedback below in the comment section.

Century Tile Hour Changes

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After the holidays, we will be updating several of our store’s hours. To view the new hours for each location, please see below:

Woodstock

Sunday 11:00 – 5:00
Monday – Friday 8:00 – 7:00

Saturday  9:00 – 5:00

Cicero, Diversey, & Naperville

Sunday 11:00 – 5:00
Monday – Friday 7:30 – 8:00

Saturday 8:00 – 6:00

Itasca, Lombard, Mt. Prospect, & Mundelein

Sunday 11:00 – 5:00
Monday – Friday 7:00 – 8:00

Saturday 8:00 – 6:00

Bloomingdale

**No changes to hours
For directions to our showrooms, please visit us here. We look forward to meeting you!

Tips for Displaying Textiles as Artwork

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Are you someone that loves the look and feel of textiles? If so, welcome to the club! We have learned from our many travels that bringing home textile from a favorite place is a perfect way to add to our collection. Textiles require little space for packing, varies in price from inexpensive to expensive, and will last for years and years! Plus, they have an infinite amount of uses for design. To help you gain a little inspiration, we have three must-try ideas for incorporating textiles as wall decor. Let’s take a look!

Framed Art

You can display that beautiful silk scarf you purchased in Madrid, Spain by framing it on your wall. Choose a matching frame with complimentary custom mats or pull the fabric from edge to edge without a mat behind it. Framed textiles are perfect for displaying the texture and beautiful colors of the piece. When guests are visiting, these pieces of art are always an interesting conversation piece. You can also frame them by using an acrylic box frame that shows the dimensionality of the textile. This will help add depth to the textile while safely displaying it on the wall.

Wall Hanging

As flooring professionals, we understand how diverse flooring nowadays can actually be. If you find a rug that you love, simply go to your local hardware store and purchase a finished drapery rod or a raw wooden tomato stake. If you choose the wooden stake, you may want to sand down with an electric sander and stain or paint to match your area rug or the wall color. You can hang it on the wall with hooks or drapery hardware. This is a great way to cover the large space of an otherwise blank wall.

Headboard for Your Bed

We love this idea because you can use almost any textile to make your headboard. The textile does not have to be finished; it can be raw because the edge of the fabric will be stapled to the back of the headboard: purchase pre-cut and measured plywood for the headboard. Your local hardware store will most likely measure and cut the plywood for you for free or a small fee. Afterward, purchase the fiberfill or batting from a fabric store to place on the plywood, so the board looks three dimensional and staple to the back of the board. Voila! You have a stunning, original headboard that showcases your travels.

We hope you enjoyed our article and would love to hear about your travels and treasures. Please share how you chose to display your textiles below in the comment section. Thanks for reading!

How to Make The Most out of a Galley Kitchen

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Do you dream of having a large, open kitchen space, but in reality, you are working with a galley kitchen that provides limited counter space? Although many homes feature large kitchens, there are some that feature small counter space, limited storage, and compacted rooms. If you own a galley kitchen, do not fret, it is not the end of the world. By employing a few simple design elements, your galley kitchen can be just as efficient as any other space:

The Galley Kitchen Layout

The galley kitchen layout has become so popular because it is ideal for smaller spaces. It consists of two walls, opposite of each other accompanied by a single cooking station and small countertops that are opposite of each other. Galley kitchen designs also feature a narrow walkway. Traditionally, these style of kitchens are basic in design and are not equipped with the advanced components that more modern kitchens have.

The limited space and functionality of galley kitchens often make homeowners feel stuck; however, by making a few changes, you can create an efficient and stylish space. This article will serve as a guide to ensure that you get the most out of your money when renovating:

Visually Expanding The Space

No doubt, your priority in designing your galley kitchen is to maximize space. There are several tricks you can employ to expand the space that you are working with visually. The best way to add visual depth and width to your galley kitchen is to start from the floors. To help visually open up the space, you can install your floorboards horizontally. This will make the kitchen appear longer than it actually is. If you want to add more height to the kitchen, slightly raise your appliances off the floor so that you can create the illusion of depth.

Color Scheme

Selecting the right color can be challenging. In this scenario, it is best to go with colors that are light and airy. Lighter colors tend to open up small spaces, whereas darker hues will create a claustrophobic feel. Neutral tones, pastels, and bright colors will help to brighten your small space and reflect any natural light.

Lighting

Everyone knows that good lighting can enhance the color scheme, further open up a space, and set the mood. Small galley kitchens should be well-lit. You will want to go with bright overhead lighting as well as a few task lighting over the countertops. It is ideal to bring natural light into the space, but if you do not have that option, artificial lighting can do wonders.

Are you in the market for new floors to finish off your galley kitchen? We would love to help you at Century Tile. Stop by one of our beautiful locations or contact us for more information.

We look forward to working with you.