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! 

How to Clean Your Tile Floors

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After investing in gorgeous tile floors for your home, we are sure that you will want to keep them beautiful and pristine. To help keep your floors in tip-top shape, we have created a fast and easy guide for cleaning tile. Let us get started!

Cleaning Your Tile Floors 101:

Step No. One: Sweep or Vacuum.

You will want sweep or vacuum your tile floors regularly to remove any dirt or debris from the top layer. Dirt can eventually dull the look of your tile; therefore, regular upkeep will help it look better for longer.

Step No. Two: Mop.

In a large bucket, mix together mild detergent with hot water. After, you will want to mop all of your tiles with rag or chamois mop. Avoid using a sponge mop for this surface because it can get your dirty water into your grout line.

    • Pro-Tip: You will want to frequently change out the mop water whenever it begins to get cloudy or murky. 

Step No. Three: Focus on The Grout.

Grout is an essential part of the overall look of your tile. A lot of homeowners will not focus on cleaning the grout, and this will leave the tile looking grungy and un-kept. In fact, your grout can absorb a lot of unwanted stains, oils, and greases, but the solution is easy. You will want to create a natural paste by mixing together equal parts baking soda and water. Once you have mixed the ingredients into a paste, you will want to take a toothbrush and scrub it into the stained area. Let this mixture sit on the grout overnight. In the morning, you will want to take a “stiff nylon brush” and scrub the grouted area. If stains continue to persist, you can buy a silicone-based grout sealer to help avoid future staining.

Disclaimer: Before cleaning any of your floors, you will want to consult with your flooring manufacturer. Each flooring can be a little different, and you always want to make sure you are using the correct method.

For more great tips and tricks, be sure to check out our blog hub

How to Remodel Your Kitchen for Resale

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You have decided that it is time to put your house on the market. While planning your resale, you notice that your kitchen is decreasing the overall value of your home. You have made the decision that in order to get a full return-on-investment, you want to remodel your kitchen for resale, and we are here to help. With our top six kitchen remodeling tips, we hope to help you make back your return-on-investment and sell your home to the perfect buyer. Let us get started!

How to Remodel Your Kitchen for Resale:

1. Ask a Pro.

There is no shame in asking a professional for their expert advice. Even your real estate agent can be a great resource. They understand the current trends and what buyers are looking for in a home. Before you begin your resale remodel, talk to a few industry professionals.

2. Simplicity is Key. 

With your color scheme and your kitchen design, the simpler you go, the better. Try to not be too trendy in your design, or it may go out of style and try to not go too bold in your color scheme or buyers may be hesitant. You want to decide on a simple, neutral design that can be appealing to all homebuyers.

3. Spend Your Money Wisely.

In a resale, there is no need to spend an extravagant amount of money, because odds are that you will not see a high return on investment. Sellers remodel their homes in order to sell the house and make back the money that they put into it (maybe even more).

4. Open Floor Plan.

Open floor plans are great for families and buyers that want to entertain. Most buyers are looking for an open floor plan for their living room and kitchen area because it is more welcoming. If you are not set on the idea, ask your realtor or contractor if it is a good idea for your home. Depending on the types of buyers, you may decide to go with an open floor plan.

5. Granite, Granite, Granite.

If there is one thing that you should take away from this article, remember that buyers want granite countertops. Do not skimp out on your kitchen countertops, because we assure you that the buyers want to purchase a home with beautiful counters. This may be the one area of the room that you decide to splurge.

6. Special Features.

Homebuyers like uniqueness. What makes your home stand out from the other houses on the market? If you do not know, try adding a special feature to your kitchen. From double ovens to a built-in wine cooler, the ideas are endless.

Are you in need of new floors for your remodel? Let us help you choose the perfect flooring to complete your kitchen. Stop in and visit one of our showrooms to learn more.

How to Update Your Powder Room Like a Pro

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You may not realize it, but your home’s powder room has made a lot of impressions over the years. From your neighbors who just stopped by for a visit to your son’s soccer friend, your bathroom has seen it all. If you are remodeling your home, do not forget to update your powder room. The powder room is one of the main places your guests will see; therefore, it is essential to make it look nice. To help you transform your space, we have some useful tips for updating your powder room. Let’s take a look!

How to Update Your Powder Room Like a Pro:

Have a Special Feature.

Whether you decide on doing an entire wall in glass tile or hanging an extravagant chandelier, we recommend having a special feature in your bathroom. Since the space is so much smaller than other rooms, you want to take advantage of every square inch. If several special features are within your budget, by all means, add as many as you can afford! You can buy luxurious appliances, a gorgeous mirror, an amazing light fixture, etc. Just make sure you stick to a budget because things can add up quickly.

Think Function.

Make sure you consider the main necessities before you move on from your powder room remodel. It would be a bummer to find out after your mini-remodel that the powder room has no power outlets for you to use. Make a list of things you use every day in your master bathroom and see if any of those items need to be added into your powder bathroom.

Get The Air Flowing.

Make sure your air is moving properly to avoid unwanted odors and others issues in the future. If possible, consider adding a window into the space. A window can transform a space by adding beautiful natural light while adding a breath of fresh air.

Stackable Storage.

Since you do not have a lot of space to work with, you may find it useful to incorporate storage that goes up your wall. Vertical storage can work well in spaces that do not offer a lot of wiggle room. You can also buy a storage shelf that sits over your toilet for extra space or you can add some open shelves for decorative pieces. The best part about powder rooms is that they do not take a whole lot of work because they are small and simple.

Finish off your powder room with new flooring from Century Tile. At an affordable rate, we can help you find your dream floors without breaking the bank. Stop in today to learn more or visit our online showroom for our beautiful selection. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you.

How to Make a Room Look Bigger with Carpet

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Did you know that choosing the right floors can make your room appear bigger? Without even adding square footage, you can instantly transform your space into a more inviting, open space. If you are interested in accomplishing this look, we have four expert tips for you. Let’s take a look!

How to Make a Room Look Bigger with Your Carpet:

A Continuous Look.

In bedrooms, we recommend extending the carpet from wall to wall. Wall to wall flooring helps to create a natural flow throughout the room; otherwise, you may have an awkward “break,” and it can make the room feel smaller. For example, homeowners that use two different types of flooring: hardwood and carpet within their bedroom can accidentally create a smaller room visually by breaking up the space into two distinct areas.

Selecting Size.

If you are not too keen on the idea of having only carpet in your bedroom, you may opt for an area rug. Area rugs can be tricky to master. The problem with using an area rug is that it cannot be too small. A lot of homeowners select too small of a rug and find their room unbalanced. To make sure you choose correctly, expert designers recommend buying a rug that is big enough to let all furniture pieces sit on top of it. If this cannot be accomplished, the next best thing is to have the front legs on top of the rug. If you need more guidance, one of our expert sales staff members would love to assist you.

The Right Shade.

Color can play a significant factor in the visual size of your room. For your floors, designers recommend going for light colors to help make a more visually-appealing space. The light colors tend to reflect natural light thus opening up the space. This being said, you do not have to buy the lightest flooring in the showroom. A light beige or gray will do just fine.

The Puzzle of Pattern.

Pattern floors can be a little tricky. Typically, we hear that larger rooms can handle larger patterns and vice versa for smaller rooms. But, there are other factors to consider. First, you will want to take into consideration the amount of furniture inside your room. If the room is crammed with furniture, you may want to avoid a large pattern. Secondly, you will want to take into consideration that your flooring is a part of your overall decor. You should take into account everything else inside the room. See how everything blends before selecting a pattern flooring.

Let us help you make your home look bigger with beautiful floors from Century Tile. Take a look at our online showroom or visit us in person for more information. We look forward to working with you.

How to Decorate with Patterned Floors

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Decorating with patterns can be a little tricky, especially if the designs are on your floors. For a stylish and dramatic look, homeowners opt for pattern floors to captivate their guests’ attention and add appeal to the overall design. If you are looking to introduce this type of flooring in your own home, you will definitely want to keep reading!

How to Decorate with Patterned Floors:

Stone + Slate Patterns.

Choosing stone or slate flooring can help add elegance to space. Typically, homeowners use tiles to create a unique pattern, but the natural color within the stone/slate helps to balance out the visual interest of the pattern. If you decide to work a pattern design into your room, you can place the tile in one of the design options below:

  • Basketweave
  • Herringbone
  • Staggered Brick

Hardwood + Engineered Hardwood + Laminate + Luxury Vinyl. 

Hardwood floors and wood-like floors have always been a classic choice for homeowners. But if you are looking to spice up this traditional design, we have three recommendations:

  • Reclaimed Wood: This type of wood style uses a mixture of different wood species within the same design to create an antique-type look. We love this mixture to compliment dark neutrals within a room.
  • Different Sized Planks: Changing up the width of your planks can be another design idea for hardwood and wood-like floors. You mix in different widths to create an alluring visual.
  • Variety of Color: You can create a more custom look than the reclaimed wood by featuring two or more different wood colors within the same space. This can create clean lines and elegance within a room.

Tile.

You may be surprised to hear that checkerboard floors are back in style. This retro, diner look creates a unique twist on the traditional kitchen. If checkerboard style is not for you, there are also an array of different designs for homeowners to use including:

  • Diagonal
  • Herringbone
  • Basket-Woven
  • Windmill
  • Hopscotch
  • Cobblestone

Now that you have heard of the different styles of patterns for floors, you can begin your next flooring project! We would love to help you along the way. Stop by one of our showrooms to talk with one of our sales associates about your ideas.

We look forward to the opportunity to work with you!

How to Decorate & Create a Modern Kitchen

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A modern style home capitalizes on clean lines and simplicity. The minimalistic style within this style of kitchen leaves the choice open for the homeowner to carry out a modern look or add interest through colorful decor. If you are looking to feature a modern-look throughout your kitchen, we have four tips for decorating. Let’s get started!

How to Decorate a Modern-Style Kitchen:

Simplicity.

In a modern-style kitchen, you will find the concept of clean, sleek lines carried throughout the entire space. There is little to no customization featured inside of modern kitchens. The cabinets have sharp angles with no hardware or hardware that is very minimal and not overbearing.

Small, Colorful Appliances.

To keep things simple, modern style kitchens focus on small, chic appliances. Some homeowners use their appliances as a chance to add interest and uniqueness. You can incorporate appliances in colorful options to spice up the space and make it more lively.

Polished Surfaces.

In modern-style spaces, homeowners like to keep things sleek and sharp with polished surfaces. Be sure to keep your countertops clean and clutter-free to maintain a modern look. A few items can be placed on your countertops for decor, but those items tend to be small appliances or cooking utensils. They countertop decor is very minimal if any in a modern-styled space.

Visually-Unique Artwork.
If you are looking to add uniqueness to your modern space, you can do so through artwork. Artwork can be hung on your walls to help add interest and design. Modern artwork can be a great place for you to start. The modern art movement featured posters from old movies and historical events, old-school clocks, and famous or vintage pieces. You will want to try to find this type of art to compliment your overall design.

Finish out your modern-style kitchen with sleek and sophisticated flooring from Century Tile. With a wide selection, we can guarantee that you will find something you love! Visit one of our showrooms or call us to get started! We look forward to working with you!