Ceramic vs. Natural Stone (Benefits and Disadvantages)

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So what will it be? Beautiful ceramic or rustic natural stone? When making the final decision on what type of flooring material you are going to install, it involves much more than merely how the tile will complement the interior’s design. In addition, style, functionality, durability, and safety should be taken into consideration.

Deciding whether to go with ceramic or natural stone can be a tough decision. That is why it is so important to understand the disadvantages and the benefits of each flooring material. To help you gain a little more understanding and make the ultimate decision, we create a guide filled with the must-knows. Let’s take a look!

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is often installed in common areas of the home such as the bathroom and kitchen. Ceramic flooring materials are evaluated and rated by the Porcelain Enamel Institute. Standard ceramic tiles have a PEI rating of Class 1 to Class 3. This means that the flooring can handle the moderate impact. The quality and durability of ceramic flooring are mostly dependant upon its classification. So the higher the rating, the more foot traffic the tile can stand.

Benefits
If you desire a flooring material with a distinguishable design or pattern and color, you are likely leaning towards ceramic tile. Ceramic flooring is available in a wide array of rich hues, textures, styles, and sizes. One of the best features of ceramic tiles is that it can capture the look of various flooring styles such as hardwood and stone, making the decision process easier. Plus, ceramic tile is easy to maintain. Its smooth texture allows for sealant and cleaning products to be evenly distributed over the surface. It is also more resistant to scratches and scuff marks. Plus, you will find ceramic floor materials are an affordable option for consumers.

Disadvantages
Ceramic tiles are often manufactured in production runs. As a result, there can be size variations between lots; therefore, you will want to make sure that the caliber and lot number are the same throughout your order. Resurfacing and repairing ceramic can be a bit difficult, so keep that in mind when considering installing ceramic in high-traffic areas.

Natural Stone

Natural stone flooring encompasses marble, slate, granite and travertine floor types. Marble, limestone, travertine, and limestone are derived from compressed fossil remains while granite is an igneous rock.

Benefits
Since natural stone floors are composed of natural materials, it is super durable. It is resistant to harsh weather and extreme wear. Unlike ceramic, natural stone is considered to be an upscale flooring material because the look cannot be simulated with synthetic materials like most flooring types. Plus, installing some sort of natural stone floors will increase the overall value of your home.

Disadvantages
The uniqueness of natural stone makes it expensive. Natural stone has an inconsistent texture and color; therefore, it may be a bit of a challeng

e to get a consistent or uniform look. Maintaining natural stone floors is not easy, the unevenness makes it difficult to clean and apply sealant.

With all flooring comes advantages and disadvantages, you will need to determine what features are most important to you and see if they outweigh the cons. If you have any further questions on the selection process, our staff is ready to answer all of your questions. Please do not hesitate to call or visit us for more information. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you.

Bathroom Details Your Guests Cannot Ignore

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Believe it or not, bathroom design matters. As the most often neglected room in the house, it is the little details that can determine whether or not the space is highly functional as well as chic. In the grand scheme of things, little details help make up the entire design and help us determine whether or not it is aesthetically pleasing. If you are looking for a beautiful design that will be a showstopper to guests and family members alike, here are some design details that your guests just will not be able to ignore:

  • Detailed Cabinetry

It is time to think beyond your basic, white vanity and instead opt for something with a bit more pizazz. Invest in cabinetry that features hardware with creative designs, a bold, eye-catching color or architectural overlays. You can play it safe by purchasing a vanity that seamlessly blends into your bathroom design or choosing something that stands out from your bathroom’s vibe and features it as a statement piece.

  • Unique Fabric

Unlike other areas of the house, there are not many opportunities to incorporate fabric into your bathroom decor. So when the opportunity presents itself, we recommend jumping on it. You can use fabric in the bathroom through your choice of window treatment. Using window treatments that showcase a unique or vibrant fabric will definitely take your space to the next level. If you are determined to use more fabrics in that bathroom, you can also do it with a chic shower curtain, hand towels, or bathmats.

  • Accent Shower Wall

Venture out beyond the generic black and white patterns and create an accent wall in your bathroom by putting together shower tiles that feature a vibrant hue and/or material. You can have your accent tiles installed on either side of the shower wall or have it wrap around the entire shower in a single border. Tile can play a big role in a bathroom’s design and uniqueness.

  • Pattern Flooring

Of course, we cannot forget about the bathroom flooring. Instead of a blank, dull space, invest in flooring that uses an intricate pattern or design. Choose flooring that has a nice mix of tones, colors, and shapes can create beautiful detail and design.

  • New Sink

Spruce up your space by upgrading your current sink and/or vanity. With a fresh twist on your current design, you can add a new flare as well as a complementary design element to the rest of your features.

For more tips and tricks, be sure to check back weekly. Thanks for reading!

Best Flooring Options for Seniors

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When it comes to picking the right floors for older adults, you need to consider a few variables. One, not all floors are alike, and they can all have different positive and negative attributes. Two, some key factors to consider are maintenance, absorption, mobility, slip-resistance, and comfort. We put together a list of several flooring options to consider. You will want to decide what you are looking for out of your floors and what will be the best option for you. Let’s take a look!
 

Cork

Cork is an excellent choice. This floor is a low-maintenance solution to consider putting into your home to accommodate seniors. It offers superior sound absorption and thermal insulation. It is slip-resistant as well as a perfect resolution for wheelchairs, walkers, and canes. Cork flooring has a little more cushion to it to which can help with falls; however, also being so soft, it can easily be damaged. 

Rubber Flooring

Though it is not people’s first thought to add to a home, rubber flooring is an excellent floor for absorption. This is one of the safest options you can get because is both slip-resistant and soft on drops and falls. This comfortable solution can come with a little more of a price increase and has the drawbacks of not a large option of stylish residential designs.

Carpet

Low-profile carpet is good for comfort and provides added protection against getting hurt from a fall. It may be a little bit more demanding on maintenance and cleaning, but it creates a cozy look within a space. Another downfall of carpet is that it may not be easy for maneuverability for individuals who used wheelchairs, walkers or canes.

Luxury Vinyl Planking

This choice is excellent and provides an easy-to-clean solution. It is highly resistant to spills and looks great as well. Luxury Vinyl flooring is great for dust control and extremely durable. It may not be the friendly option for falls due to its relatively hard nature.
 
The Decision Is Yours
Try to avoid tile flooring because they are injury-prone and do not always offer slip-resistance. Deciding the perfect flooring for elderly folks and homes can be challenging. Weigh out the pros and cons of each flooring prior to your decision. Each floor has great benefits to help you make your solution. If you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. One of our expert sales staff members would love to assist you. 

Decorating with Light Colors

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Light color schemes can be intimidating. Often, when decorating and selecting paint colors, many people shy away from incorporating light or bold hues. We generally stick to neutral colors because they are what we know. Using light colors can be a bit of a challenge, and sometimes homeowners make the wrong selection based off of color samples. But if you are attempting to use a light color in your space, here are some helpful tips to help you along the way:
 
1. Pick a Color Theme
Start off by picking one light color that you plan on using throughout your entire house. This does not mean that you cannot embrace different colors or that you have to make each room look the exact same. Just think, using unique, different colors in each room of the house can create a look that is not cohesive. Imagine a home with a red dining room, blue living room, and a pastel pink bedroom. The home would feel blocked off instead of continuous. To help create a continuous design, be sure to incorporate the one color you have chosen throughout your entire home. 
 
2. You Do Not Have to Paint all Four Walls
You can implement light colors without drowning the entire space in them. In a neutral based room, you can let your accessories make the statement. Use artwork, upholstery, and textiles in lighter colors than the rest of the space to help accentuate the color choice.
 
Perhaps the easiest way to introduce color is through a statement wall. Instead of going all in with the color, you can test the waters with one wall. 
 
3. Try in Small Rooms First
Before you paint your living room a light and bright green, how about taking the color for a test drive by using it in your guest bathroom? Experiment with light colors in smaller rooms just to see if you would like it. Plus, as a rule of thumb, going super bold with your color choices in the bathroom is always an acceptable design choice. 
 
4. Unexpected Accents
The best way to use light colors is as an accent in unexpected places. For example, you can add splashes of color with accessories on the bookshelf, coffee table, or a window sill. This adds both excitement and depth to a space with a pop of color. 
 
Thanks for reading! Be sure to check back weekly for more expert tips and tricks. 

Cool Colors

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Now that you have a better understanding now on how warm tones can affect your room, you know that enough of these colors can stimulate an exciting, fun environment but too much can lead to an unbalanced, weak room. On the opposite side of warm tones, cool colors can create a relaxing ambiance throughout the room. Like warm colors, cool colors need to seek balance. When applied too strong or too frequently in a room, it can darken the atmosphere and give a cold vibe. By understanding what cool colors express in a design, you will be able to balance your space successfully. Let’s take a look! 
 
  • Green
When you think of green, you probably start to consider nature, grass, and trees. This soothing color is usually in direct response to “growth.” Whether trees are growing outside or financial stability, green’s portrayal of growth gives a room a sense of comfort. Incorporating plants can be a great way to express this color throughout your home. Adding too much green though, can take the reassurance of money and life and turn into an envious color. Green has also been known to be affiliated with jealousy, so be cognitive of how much of this color you add without taking proper procedure on balancing out the room.
 
  • Blue
Blue is the last primary color we have yet to discuss (Warm Colors). Blue is associated with loyalty and confidence. Adding this color to your space will help bring a relaxed, tranquil sensation and calming atmosphere. While this strong color can really help develop an atmosphere, take note that too much can make a room feel cold. A cold room can bring on a sense of mystery and fear which is essential to avoid.
 
  • Purple
“Your majesty!” Purple is a timeless, luxurious color that has been associated with royalty. While being consider sophisticated, this color can add a sense of elegance and wisdom to your home. Royal or not, it shows your true ambitious nature and your admiration for success. Purple can also have a spiritual value to it as well. This should be taken with caution because too much purple can translate mysterious or even arrogant.
 
Knowing how to use warm and cool tones will help you find balance in a room. With this knowledge, you can better decide the color palette you want to encapsulate in your space. If you missed our post on Warm Colors, click here to view it. Thanks for reading! 

Choosing The Perfect Grout

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Remodeling can be exciting but, sometimes, all the little decisions can feel overwhelming. Adding paint and flooring is one of the quickest ways to transform a room during a remodel. Depending on your design theme, you may select a different flooring to accomplish a different look. For example, tile is a great way to add elegance and class to a space. Choosing the right grout can be challenging but a great way to make or break a room’s design; however, do not let this task intimidate you. We put together our top three ways to determine what is the best grout for any application. Let’s take a look! 
 
  • Solid
Solid colored tiles are usually the easiest style to pick the correct grout.  Matching the color as close as possible is typically the default technique but choosing a shade lighter or darker can help with the room’s color theme.  Lighter colors on smaller tiles can help open up the room and make the illusion that it is bigger, whereas going a shade darker may make a room feel smaller and more condensed.  On the other hand, dark colors can hide dirt easier so consider what values are more important to you and the overall space of your space. 
 
  • Mosaics Glass
With glass tile, it is best to go with a neutral color.  Neutral tones like beiges or tans can allow the glass to be a focal point of the room and not feel overpowered by the grout color. White and black are also excellent choices to use in your home with mosaic tiles.  These neutral do not affect the room’s color theme and can allow for a hard contrast to help your tiles to pop. 
 
  • Patterned Tile
Patterned tiles give you the freedom of matching any color found within the design.  A neutral-toned grout can be ideal for allowing all colors to shine in the design.  Plus, neutral grout colors are great for cool or warm toned tiles. Applying a neutral grout for patterns is always a safe route if you do not want to decide on just one color from the tile’s design. 
 
When selecting the perfect grout, do not feel overwhelmed. For solids, try to find the closest matching color possible.  Remember neutrals are always a safe option as well. For more tips and tricks, visit us at Century Tile.

Warm Colors

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If you had an exclusively black and white room and you were to add one color, you can entirely alter how the room feels. Color is extremely powerful in how it plays on our emotions, feelings, and energy output in a space. 
 
There are three categories in which we classify colors: Warm Tones, Cool Tones, and Neutral Tones. We will be exploring the positive and negative characters of warm colors and how this pseudoscience can be practiced for varying the overall atmosphere in a room. Warm tones are classified by colors that give a space a more energetic, upbeat vibe; however, if over accentuated, this can imply an overwhelming sensation and give off a negative, harsh vibe. Finding balance with complimenting tones and incorporating a neutral palette can help alleviate these unwanted negative vibes.
 
For more information on Warm Tones, we dug deeper into the three most popular warm tones: red, orange, and yellow. Let’s take a look! 
 
Red
Red is bold, standout color associated with fire. It is one of the three primary colors that cannot be recreated by mixing any two colors together. If you added this as an accent color to a room, you could quickly make a powerful statement. Red gives a room a robust and authoritative feel. Red can be used to create a passionate ambiance in the room as well and generally being directly correlated with heat. When you use too much red though, you can start to amplify this effect in a negative manner. Too strong and bold of a red can begin to reflect anger and danger. Red is also the color we use for stoplights and stop signs because its quick, intense contrary expresses warning. Find a balance when incorporating this color into your home, for a powerful, romantic feel.
 
Orange
Being a mixture of two strong primary colors in the warm tone family, orange is a color which plays off both of red and yellow’s strengths and weaknesses. This is a courageous color which is very inviting. It expresses the strive for success and well-being of others. This caring color is excellent to add to a home or work space to liven up the room, filling it with powerful yet youthful energy. When you add too much of orange, you can topple over into a sluggish, overwhelming atmosphere. Harmonizing with this color is key to creating a friendly, work inviting space.
 
Yellow
Yellow is another primary color. It can be linked to light and the sun. This bright color will pop hard in a room and give a happy mood throughout the room. Adding this accent color to a room will express your originality and intellect. Yellow has a very fun and youthful charm, which can come with caution. Adding too much of this powerful color can spill into an irresponsible or unbalanced look in the room. Primary colors can be dangerous because how powerful of statements they can put on a room but are also fundamentally imperative to creating a confident space.
 
We hope that this article will help you further your understanding of using warm tones correctly in a room. For more expert tips and tricks, be sure to check back weekly at Century Tile

4 Things Every Small Home Needs

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Of course, when decorating a small home, there are just some things that you will have to eliminate for the sake of space; however, there are some essentials that you cannot compromise on not having. Take a look at these five things that even a small house needs.

4 Things Every Small Home Needs: 

1. Comfortable and Sufficient Seating. 

While you may be tempted to opt for compact furniture in a small living space, you should not skimp out on comfortable and adequate seating. Do not be afraid to invest in a big and comfy sofa that will allow you to be able to enjoy your living room. You can also use small lounging chairs so that your visitors have a place to sit.  If you think about it, a living room is all about comfort and community; there is no need to downgrade your furnishings. Be sure to invest in comfort and quality, even in a small space. 

2. Foyer.

Dedicating some space for a foyer is worth it even if it is not a “grand entrance.” Everyone deserves a place where they can decompress for a moment when they enter their home after a long day. Set up a space near the entryway where you can take off your shoes, hang your coat and drop your car keys. A small glass table with a mirror hanging above it will open the space while providing a place to set things down when you enter the house. You can also add a plant or flowers for a nice welcoming touch. 

3. Pattern and Color. 

Sure, neutral hues like white and gray will make a space look open and breezy, but such a palette can also be considered boring. Color and patterns should not be eliminated from your decor. Instead, create drama within the space by embracing bold colors and unique designs. You will find that your home looks more personable and inviting.  

If you are a bit hesitant, you can get the best of both worlds by keeping the walls neutral and simply accenting it with color. This allows the main sight-lines to remain clean. You can also try using a fun color on the ceiling and keeping the furniture more neutral tone so that you create interest without overwhelming the space. 

4. A Place to Dine. 

While small homes usually do not have a dedicated dining room, you still need to make room for a place where you can sit down and eat a meal. You can try situating a small dining room table against the wall or a window to keep the floor space free. If that is not possible, consider investing in a convertible coffee table that expands to full height or a stylish foldable table.  

Finish your small home off with cozy carpet or chic hardwood floors from Century Tile. We would love to help you find the perfect flooring for your home. Visit our online showroom to view our wide selection of flooring. 

Adding Backsplash to Your Contemporary Kitchen

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Are you ready to take your kitchen’s decor to the next level? If so, you might want to consider installing a backsplash. The days are gone when the typical backsplashes were boring, unappealing tile pieces or a thin piece of silver behind the stove area. Intricately designed backsplashes, featuring all kinds of colors and patterns, have become increasingly popular in the contemporary kitchen. 
 
While backsplash can add interest to any style of kitchen, it can really benefit a contemporary-style kitchen. With its stark lines and clean contours, this style of kitchen can feel impersonal and lack feeling; therefore, adding a backsplash will bring some character to the area. Once you have decided to incorporate this into your design scheme, here’s how you can successfully execute it:
 
  • Keep The Backsplash Cohesive with Your Design
If you are simply interested in adding just a bit of style but not necessarily making a bold statement, you will want to be sure that your backsplash blends in with the overall decor of your kitchen while adding a bit of pizzazz. The key is to choose an appropriate material and give consideration to how your backsplash tiles are installed. Nowadays, you can have your tile installed in a variety of designs and patterns to help personalize it more towards your taste. 
 
  • Elaborate Design Scheme
If you really want to make your kitchen pop and make a bold statement, you should select an elaborate backsplash design scheme. For instance, if your kitchen features a lot of neutral colors such as white or black, you can install a vibrant red backsplash. The way the field tiles are placed can also create emphasis. 
 
Just because you are decorating a contemporary kitchen, does not mean that you cannot get creative with your design. When selecting a backsplash, be sure to think outside the box. Your unique ideas can lead to a super stylish kitchen. 
 
For more expert tips, check back weekly at Century Tile
 

Designing a Space for a Newborn

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Congratulations! It is time to make a nursery at home to take care of your new baby. Designing a nursery is like creating a guest room and playroom as one, but it has some crucial elements you must take into consideration. You will want to babyproof the room for safety and make sure you know exactly what all you will be putting in the room. We have comprised a list of four essential elements to consider when designing your new nursery. Let’s take a look!
 
Designing a Space for a Newborn: 
 
  • Boy or Girl Themed
To begin with, who are you creating the room for, a boy or a girl? You will want to use the primary blue or pink themed rooms to highlight the space and add character. If you chose to go with paint, try to find a low-volatile organic compound to keep chemicals low to protect your baby. Wallpaper is another great option because it can easily be cleaned and maintained. 
 
  • Furniture
You will need to have extra storage in the room for all the essentials. If the room has a closet, stock it with blankets, diapers, and rags to clean up messes. You will also want to have a crib where the baby can sleep safely as well as invest in a rocking chair or a place for you to sit with your infant. Another investment you may want to consider is a changing station or changing table. Keep in mind having a trash can near, and diapers close. If you get curtains, make sure they are not a tripping hazard and are well secured.
 
  • Play Space
The room should have an area where your child can play and crawl around the space. You can keep a toy crate near but always remember to clean up the area after use. You do not want any tripping hazards in your baby’s room. You should probably invest in a rug or mat if the ground is hard surfaced, so the baby has a soft ground to play on when he/she is out of there crib. Stuffed animals, toys and books can all be stored in the play bin or on nearby storage compartments. Also decorating the room can be fun, so feel free to make the atmosphere welcoming for you and the child as well with cute pictures and a place for you to sit.
 
  • Baby Proof
You need to make sure the room is babyproofed. Keep the area clean, so there are no accidents. If you want to keep cleaning agents near to clean up a mess, make sure the products are baby-friendly and potentially all-natural. All unused outlets need covers, and sharp corners on furniture should be covered or not in the room at all.
 
Getting ready for a new family member is exciting. Have fun in creating your new child’s room but remember safety is vital. You should secure rugs and invest in a baby monitor as well. These are all great ways to make sure your child is safe and happy.