What Makes Carpet Soft?

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While hard surface floors have many advantages, carpet will always be an option that people love putting in their homes. Carpet is a soft flooring choice, which can make a room feel warmer and more inviting. When shopping for carpet, there can be many options and avenues to explore. Not every carpet is created equally. If you are looking for a soft and comfortable option, there are several things you should know.

Understanding Carpet Fibers

Nowadays, there are many styles of carpets. The technology in carpet engineering has dramatically improved over the last couple of years. Carpet is created through textile filaments bundled together to create a fiber. These fibers are then constructed together to create your carpet. Intricate and fine fibers can create a softer carpet, whereas more bulky fibers can lead to less soft carpet. You can find these fibers in most commercial carpets and carpet tiles. If you are looking for a soft carpet, try to find a carpet with fine fibers. You should also consider softer materials like wool or nylon if a soft carpet is your primary concern; however, polyester has greatly improved and can be soft as well.

Is Too Soft Bad?

Softer does not necessarily mean weaker. For a long time in the industry, the softer the fibers, the less resilient the fibers were. Resilience is the fibers’ ability to bounce back to their regular position after being crushed by foot traffic or furniture. Finding a soft carpet with good resilience is essential.

The Right Padding

If you have ever had a rug in the garage or basement, you know that carpet on concrete does not feel very soothing. Nothing is as important as carpet padding when it comes to creating your soft surface. Some homebuyers will skimp out on upgrading their carpet pad when purchasing flooring. If you are looking for the softest, most comfortable surface, you need to invest in good padding. Heavy 8oz padding is excellent for your carpet to feel great even when you lay or sit on it.

Carpet is a great option for adding comfort to your home. Ask your Century Tile sales representative for more insight on soft carpet fibers, and remember to get quality padding to help with the softness and longevity of your flooring.

Remember This When Decorating with Dark Colors

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It does not take a design expert to know that color plays a significant role in your interior. The hue that you select can have a drastic effect on the tone or mood that you are trying to set in a space. It can enhance or ruin the mood. In addition, the wrong color decision can make or break the architectural details of a room, creating an uneven balance.

In this article, we are going to focus on how to use dark colors. Rich colors such as dark brown, navy, charcoal, and black are hues that many people shy away from in their design schemes. To help you feel more comfortable using them, we are going to show you how you can use dark colors appropriately. Let’s take a look!

Picking the Right Room

Can you not decide whether you should splash the dark color in a specific space? When picking the right room, you should consider the size of the room and the mood that you desire to set. Darker colors instantly create a cozy and intimate atmosphere. For room such as the living room, bedroom, or foyer, this is the desired effect; therefore, you should use rich hues in these spaces.

That being said, dark colors have the tendency to make a room appear smaller. Avoid using rich hues in rooms that you want to have an open and airy feel (i.e., the bathroom).

Highlighting Architectural Features

Common architectural features such as crown molding, shutter-style windows, and window trim work well with darker tones. You can create contrast with these features by choosing your favorite dark, rich hue and using it as a paint color on the walls around it.

Accent Wall Color

If you are interested in creating an accent wall in a specific room, you can drench the walls in a dark hue. For instance, painting a wall charcoal gray and leaving the opposite walls off-white will make the room feel a bit bigger.

Highlight Other Design Elements

You can also use darker tones to highlight design elements such as the cabinetry in your kitchen. Painting your kitchen walls with a charcoal gray or navy blue will enhance your white cabinetry and marble counters. You can also use a darker wood variation on your floors to complete the look.

As always, for more design inspiration, be sure to visit our blog hub weekly.

Tips for Choosing the Right Paintbrush

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Have you found yourself standing in the paint store trying to figure out which paintbrush you need to buy? Well, welcome to the world of paintbrushes! The main goal is to choose a paintbrush or roller that will give you the smoothest finish possible. Below, we have put together a few tips that should be helpful for choosing which type of paintbrush you need to get the smoothest paint finish possible. Let’s take a look!

Standard Paintbrushes

A standard paintbrush is used for interior surfaces. 

  • One-Inch Paintbrush – Best used for detail work like window frames and small cans of paint or sample paint. 
  • One and One Half-Inch Paintbrush – This size paintbrush is ideal when painting doors, frames, and baseboards. 
  • Two-Inch Paintbrush – Two-inch paintbrushes are perfect when painting small walls, doors, and radiators. 
  • Three-Inch Paintbrush – Three-inch paintbrushes are used when painting walls, ceilings, and large areas. 
  • Four-Inch Paintbrush – Four-inch paintbrushes are used when painting walls, ceilings, and large areas. 

Specialist Paintbrushes

  • Four-Inch Masonry Brush – Four-inch masonry brushes are used when painting smooth or rough outdoor masonry surfaces. 

Angled Paintbrushes

  • One-Inch Angled Brush – This paintbrush is designed for indoor use when cutting in window frames and other detail molding work. 
  • One- and One-Half-Inch Angled Brush – One- and one-half-inch angled paintbrushes are used when cutting doors, frames, and trim work. 
  • Two-Inch Angled Brush – Two-inch angled paintbrushes are ideal for cutting in doors, trim work, and painting radiators. 

Paint Roller & Accessories  

  • Nine-Inch Paint Roller – A nine-inch paint roller sleeve with a medium pile that is woven polyester is best used for walls and ceilings. Keep in mind that paint rollers come in various widths according to the job. Buy a small width roller for furniture, cabinets, small walls, and trim work. 
  • Extension Poles – When you are painting an area with a high ceiling or if the staircase is exposed and the height gets higher with increased steps, consider buying an extension pole to complete the jobs. Extension poles are perfect for interior and exterior paint jobs and come in a variety of lengths. 

We wish you the best of luck with your paint job and would love to hear how it turns out!

Four Days to Save Sale

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4 Days to Save Sale going on right now! Fall is here and the weather is getting cooler, so hurry in to take advantage of this limited-time offer of 10% off floor heating systems*! 

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Ceramic Tile Maintenance Tips

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While ceramic tile is extremely durable, it does require maintenance to keep it looking its best. You may be asking, “what are some things you can do to keep your floors looking new?” To answer that question, below, you will find some easy maintenance tips. If you have any questions about these tips, feel free to ask!

Use a Doormat

Keep the dirt outside with the use of a doormat. Be sure to use a doormat at the entrances of your home. This will help to prevent dirt from being tracked onto your tile. Just a simple doormat is your first line of protection to reduce the amount of debris tracked onto your beautiful ceramic floors.

Cleaning Heavy Soiled

Spot-clean heavily soiled areas instead of using heavy-duty action for the entire area. You can use a clean cloth or sponge to remove dirt from those areas. However, if the whole floor requires heavy cleaning, mild scrubbing is appropriate for tile flooring. Use a mild detergent when cleaning the floors. For deeper cleaning, you can try a neutral PH product that has a low level of volatile organic compounds. Always take into consideration the manufacturer’s recommended cleaner and materials.

Damp Mopping

Ceramic tiles should be cleaned regularly using just a damp mop. Always use fresh, clean water when mopping your floors since dirty water can make the tile appear cloudy.

Removing Residue

Are your floors starting to look hazy? This is often caused by a buildup of soap residue. You can eliminate soap residue with a non-abrasive cleaning solution – water! Change the water frequently and make sure to buff the floor with a dry cloth.

Perfect-Looking Grout

The key to having beautiful flooring is to keep the grout looking its best. Because grout is porous, it easily absorbs dirt, grease, and other materials. To freshen up the grout, you can mix baking soda and water to make a paste. Apply the paste to grout, and leave the paste on it overnight to remove stubborn stains. After you remove the paste, apply a silicone sealer to the grout. This will serve as a repellant for future stains.

For more advice on your specific ceramic tiles, be sure to visit your manufacturer’s website.

Outdoor Flooring Options

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Did you know that you can have flooring outside? There are several flooring options available for customers looking to add flooring in their outdoor oasis. Adding flooring to your outdoor space can transform it by adding comfort and an intriguing design. So, take the indoors outside this season by incorporating flooring into your outdoor retreat with one of these four flooring types.

Option 1: Stone

Stone may be the most popular outdoor flooring option because of its natural look. Natural stone flooring blends with the elements of nature by taking its brown and gray hues from your landscape. Stone is a superb option for homeowners looking to update their outdoor space and create a beautiful outdoor oasis for entertaining.

Option 2: Concrete

Concrete is durable and affordable as it provides a classic look for homeowners. You can purchase concrete in pavers and create an intricate design. The most popular design currently is the “herringbone” look. It creates a stunning design while complementing the overall environment.  

Option 3: Wooden Planks

Wooden planks create a beautiful, rustic look, but tends to not do well in high temperatures and extreme weather conditions. If you are considering wooden planks, you will need to take into consideration that they will need to be replaced in the future. If you are okay with replacing them, wooden planks look just like wood flooring. They are beautiful and will make you believe you are indoors. 

Option 4: Faux Slate Tile

This tile gives the illusion of being slate because it is technically stained concrete. It is a gorgeous addition to any outdoor space because of its beauty and durability.

Option 5: Porcelain Tile

Lastly, porcelain tile is one of the most popular outdoor flooring options. It is elegant and beauty while being incredibly durable. Since it is fired at an extreme temperature, porcelain can easily withstand intense temperatures, making it ideal for outdoor areas.

Adding flooring can complete your space, indoors and even outdoors, and create the look that you have been wanting. If you are curious about and want to learn more, our sales staff is eager to answer any questions you might have. For more information on the process of adding flooring outside, do not hesitate to call or visit us. We would love to help you discover all of your outdoor flooring possibilities.

How to Have an Organized Remodel

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So you have spent weeks debating over color palettes for the living room, and you are tired of your partner shooting down all your design ideas. A home renovation project can wreak havoc on a family by bringing everyone to the brink of insanity. While it is definitely exciting imagining how beautiful your home will look once the improvements are complete, it can be stressful getting there.

If you are in the process of remodeling your home, it is important to try and remain level headed. Often, stress can be contributed to the issues that arrive between professionals and homeowners. So what are some common stressors, and how can you best prepare yourself? Today, we are going to focus on how you can have an organized remodeling experience. Let’s take a look!

Where Do I Start?

Whether you are set on launching a major home renovation project or simply gutting out your landscape, most homeowners do not know where to begin. You may be overwhelmed with questions such as:

  • Do you need to hire professionals?
  • Will your permit require permits?
  • Will my property be able to support a new structure?

If you have never done a remodeling project, the lack of knowledge can be even more overwhelming. At the onset, develop a general scope of the project. Write down in details exactly what improvements you seek to make.

Vision

You will need to have a clear vision of what you want before you start your project. If you have not already, it is time to start looking through magazines and websites to see what colors, textures, furnishing, and flooring that you like. Websites like Pinterest can be helpful in developing design schemes.

Once you have made the final decision on what type of design scheme you want, you should piece it together and create a vision board. You can purchase a large bulletin board to place your color swatches, pictures of room ideas, flooring samples, and other items that lend to the design process.

When developing your vision board, ponder over these questions:

  • Do you desire the space to feel warm and inviting or cool and relaxing?
  • Are you going for a more sophisticated feel or a casual feel?
  • What will be the primary function of this room?
  • Who will be spending time in this room?

The answers to these questions can be rather helpful during the planning process.

After you have collected your answers to all of the questions, curated your vision board, and done your research, you should be able to begin your remodeling process with ease. To have even more of a stress-free experience, be sure to leave it to the professionals at Century Tile. With local experience in the industry since 1947, Century Tile is your go-to flooring expert for all of your remodeling needs. Contact us today for more information!

How to Showcase Your Home’s Exterior

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You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Your curb appeal is your home’s opportunity to make a memorable impression. It does not take elaborate investments or remodeling to make your front yard look good. In fact, simple tactics and small investments can go a long way with your home’s exterior. If you are looking to showcase your home’s exterior this fall, put your time and energy towards these three areas.

Simple Cleanup

Curb appeal can start with some simple lawn maintenance. Make sure all sticks and leaves are cleaned up, your lawn is well-kept, and flowerbeds are maintained. Install an area to tuck away your garden hose as well as hide your HVAC system. You do not have to have electric boxes and air conditioning units become an eyesore. You can build a box around them to help them blend in with the landscape and give them a more aesthetic appeal.

Windows

Windows can really make or break your home. A little extra attention to your windows can make a stunning statement. In fact, adding a window trim can really give your windows pop and contrast against the home. You can also add window shutters to make your windows look more balanced. Painting window shutters can also give your home more character. Lastly, make your home feel more inviting by adding flower boxes. You can decorate these with your favorite fall flowers and allow them to complement your flowerbeds.

Entrance

Your home’s entrance is one of the most notable qualities that contribute to your curb appeal. Doing simple tricks like refurbishing your doorway with paint or adding décor to your patio is a quick fix. You can also try to add stone veneer to your home as well. This can quickly enhance your home’s appearance giving a much more elegant feel to the property. Just remember to keep your main entrance tidy and well-kept. If anything needs to be fixed or replaced, start here with your home’s exterior. Your entrance can easily influence how your home markets itself.

Paying attention to some of the basic properties to the exterior of your home can go a long way. These simple curb appeal ideas will quickly transform your home’s exterior. Most of these projects can be accomplished on a low budget and done over the weekend.