Archive for July, 2018

Affordable Home Staging Ideas

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Preparing your home for the real estate market may require an investment. While some homeowners choose to hire a professional home staging company, maybe it is just not in the budget for you. But do you really have to seek the help of a staging service to achieve optimal results? Do not fret, getting help from a staging service is not the only way to get a “sold” sign outside of your property. 

 Affordable Home Staging Ideas:

1. The Best Greeting. 
Something as simple as a welcome mat at the entryway of your home can make a huge difference when selling your home. Prospective buyers will usually linger at the front door for a few minutes before they enter the house; therefore, you will want to make sure that the entrance of the home is charming. To make the entryway even more enticing, you can install hooks onto the wall where the coats will go and a fresh plant or two.
 
2. Give Some Attention to The Bathroom.
You will want to give your bathroom that fresh, spa-like feel. First, you have to remove the toiletries from around the sink, get rid of worn-out shower curtains and bath towels. You can easily freshen up your washroom by staging the area with all white towels, bath mats, and a neutral color shower curtain. Top things off by adding in a fresh flower and a luxurious scented candle.
 
3. Make The Necessary Repairs.
It is easy to neglect things that need to be fixed around the house. Before you know it, you will have a long list of things that need to be repaired. Do not invite potential buyers into the house unless you have fixed what needs to be fixed. Be sure to freshen up any chipped paint on the walls and fix any cracks in the flooring. Even minor things can be turn buyers away and potentially lose a sale. 
 
4. Remove Personal Pictures from The Walls.
While removing the personal pictures that you have curated over the years sounds a bit harsh, it is sometimes necessary. The purpose of staging a home is so that buyers can envision themselves living in the house. That vision can be inferred or damaged if there are pictures of your family everywhere. Instead, you can purchase an inexpensive yet quality piece of artwork to hang on the walls in their place. 
 
What is your favorite home staging advice? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section. 
 

Guide for Selecting Interior Paint Colors

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Choosing paint for your home’s interior can be difficult. There are so many varieties out there and you want to choose the perfect combination; we totally understand. To help you in the selection process, we have created a simple guide for choosing your interior paint colors. We hope you find these tips helpful! 

Guide for Selecting Interior Paint Colors

1. Get Inspired by Social Media. 

Let’s be honest, magazines can be considered a resource of the past. Most likely, you are browsing online sites and social media pages to keep you up-to-date on current color trends and inspiration. These sources are great because they are free and they are constantly being updated. 

2. Take a Glance at The Color Wheel. 

Sometimes, we get so stuck in our ways that we forget about all of the other color options are out there. For a brief refresher, take some time looking at a color wheel. You may get inspired with a new look. 

3. Do Not Disregard Neutrals

For some reason, a lot of online articles are encouraging homeowners to veer away from neutrals. While taking a chance with color can be a good thing, we want to encourage you to incorporate neutrals wherever you seem fit. If you are a fan of beiges and grays, do whatever your heart desires. In the end, it is your home and you ultimately want to be happy. 

4. Pull from a Print

The fabrics and artwork that you use within your space can be a great inspiration for color. You can begin to pull colors from your fabrics or wall art to decipher a new wall color for the space! This will help tie together everything within the room to create continuity in your space. 

5. Incorporate Your Destination.

Design experts recommend taking a look outdoors to get inspiration during your next design project. The outdoor scenario can have a tremendous impact on the color selection for your home. For example, if you live in a more tropical area, blues may be the color of choice. But, if you live in a more dry climate, you may opt for a warm color palette. Choosing colors from the outdoors can help create a complimentary visual for your home’s interior. 

6. Get out of Your Comfort Zone

If you are ready to try something new, begin by getting out of your comfort zone. If you are constantly selecting the same color for each room, it may be time for a change. Your local paint store can become a great resource. Show the sales representative a swatch of your typical color then ask for their opinion on other colors. They can help guide you in a similar style of color to help meet your preferences while changing up things. 

7. Try Different Undertones

Undertones are the colors underneath of your original paint color. These undertones can affect the way it looks within your room. Ideally, you will want to match the undertone with similar undertones, whether that be a cool undertone or a warm undertone. 

8. Always Sample Your Paint

Anytime that you are selecting a paint color for your home, you absolutely want to try it out on the room’s walls. A paint sample can look completely different from the paint store’s showroom to your living room’s wall. Experts even recommend testing it out in different lighting to be one hundred percent sure that you love the color. 

For more expert advice and tips, be sure to check back weekly. 

Professional Design Tips & Tricks

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Want to learn how to decorate your space like a professional? Get a sneak peek at the design secrets that professional interior designers use on their projects. Let’s take a look!

Six Pro-Design Tips & Tricks

1. Color Me Happy. 

Professional interior designers start with a color scheme before they begin a room. This can be a useful tip for homeowners looking to redesign their space. If there is an item that you would love to incorporate, base your color scheme off of that object. For example, if you have a blue vase that you want in your living room, shape the rest of the room’s design off of that vase to create a beautiful look. 

2. Show What Makes You Proud.

If you have an antique piece that you adore, make it the focal point of the room. Homeowners tend to hide their cherished possessions, but you should try to incorporate it into the room’s decor. Interior designers recommend that you add your antique pieces into the room’s design instead of hiding them away for no one to see. 

3. Mirror, mirror: 

Mirrors are one of our favorite decorative pieces for several reasons. They can open up a space, brighten a room, and add dimension to a smaller area. Try incorporating a mirror into your room’s design for a timeless look. 

4. Neutralize. 

Designers love neutral colors in rooms because they do not take away from certain aspects in the room. Begin decorating your room with neutral colors then slowly add in pops of color for a subtle design. 

5. Do Not Discriminate. 

Most homeowners decide on using either silver or gold but they never want to us both. Interior designers tend to disagree with this thought process. They encourage the use of both silver and gold in your space, but you cannot overuse one and underuse the other one. The key to perfect symmetry is to use them equally throughout your design. 

6. Size matters.

You do not want to cram objects into a space that simply will not fit. Take some time before you buy to measure the room and the pieces of your furniture you want to put in it. If you have short ceilings, buy shorter furniture. It is that easy. The smaller furniture will make your room look bigger and give you more wiggle room. 

Design experts know to never skimp on quality flooring. At Century Tile, we provide high-quality flooring at an affordable rate. With financing options available, you can have your dream flooring in no time. Contact us today for more information. 

Should I Invest in an Area Rug?

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While we all love the look of hardwood floors, there is nothing quite like the softness of a rug. Plus, area rugs can be used in any room in the house including the bathroom and kitchen areas. If you were considering investing in some quality area rugs, here are some reasons why you should take the leap. 
 
Reasons Why You Should Invest in an Area Rug: 
  • Adds Comfort.
Your home should be a comfortable oasis, especially in areas like the living room where you will be entertaining guests. An area rug placed in the middle of the living room between the sofa and under your coffee table adds warmth to the space and make it so much more comfortable. Specific rooms in the home such as the bathroom and the bedroom will especially benefit from a large area rug during the winter months. For spaces where the children play such as the family room or the nursery, you should use an area rug for added support. 
  • A Hint of Style.
Of course, an area rug can be used as a design element. Rugs instantly add color, texture, and pattern to any space. In a room with a neutral palette that lacks visual interest, an area rug featuring an intricate design or pattern can be a conversation piece. If you are renting a home or living in an apartment, a quality area rug allows you to freshen your decor without painting your walls. Be sure to select an area rug that compliments the design scheme of the room.
  • Super Versatile.
Area rugs are extremely versatile. You can move them into different rooms and areas within a space to switch them out when you get tired of the looking at them. If you enjoy changing up your decor frequently, area rugs allow you to do so without making a hefty investment.
  • Creates Boundaries.
If you have an open concept floor plan, your home will benefit from well-placed area rugs. Area rugs create definition and boundaries. You can use them to separate spaces according to function.
 
  • Maintenance.
Unlike wall to wall carpeting, which can be difficult to keep clean, most area rugs can be easily thrown into the washer every few months. 
 
Are you interested in buying an area rug? Take some time to browse our online showroom at https://www.century-tile.com/area_rug_catalog#pageIndex=0 and contact us with any questions. 

Four Things an Interior Designer Won’t Tell You

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Are you thinking of hiring an interior designer to create the home of your dreams? Of course, making the decision to seek professional help with decorating your home is not an easy one, especially if you are working within a budget. If you are curious about how the entire process works, we have got you covered! Here are some things you should know about hiring or even working with a design professional. 

4 Things an Interior Designer Won’t Tell You:

1. Design a Single Room or Revamp a House.

What many people do not know is that you can hire a design professional to decorate a single room in your house or design your entire home together with their talents. Their job is to work within your set budget. While many design professionals are often contracted to work on large projects, you can still hire one if you have a smaller budget/project. So do not be afraid to hire an interior designer whether you are building a new home, redesigning a renovation or re-furnishing a whole house.

2.  Interior Designers Make Sure You Reach Building Codes.

A certified interior designer can do more than just decorate or take care of the aesthetics of your home. Designers with the appropriate certifications are required to know current building codes, state safety regulations, and other laws. This is imperative because they will need to make sure that their designs do not affect such standards to ensure your safety.  

3. They Work with Your Vision.

With interior designers, do not expect a cookie cutter design. The goal of a professional interior designer is to work with your vision and expand it. Their job is to listen to you, assess your desires and needs and then come up with an original design that matches what you have in mind. Professional designers work with a large range of styles and they are always eager to create something unique. 

4. Interior Designers Go Through Training and Educational Process.

Believe it or not, most professional interior designers have to go through rigorous training. They also receive a formal education; therefore, you can use certifications to determine if they are qualified enough to take on your project. Be sure to check if their education matches up with what they do for a living. 

While interior designers are masters at decorating your home, we are professionals in the flooring industry. Let us help you re-envision your space with brand new flooring! Stop in today at one of our beautiful showrooms or call us for more information and pricing. We look forward to working with you! 

Five Reasons Why Open Shelving is a Must

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If you are anything like most homeowners, you are always looking for ways you can refresh and reinvent your space. Plus, if you are planning on updating your kitchen into something modern or contemporary, you may want to consider a cabinet-free look. The idea may sound a bit crazy but homeowners are jumping onboard with this super chic and functional trend. 
 
You may be wondering, what are some of the advantages of an open shelving concept in your kitchen? We are giving you five reasons why you should consider taking the jump. Let’s take a look! 
 
Five Reasons Why Open Shelving is a Must
 
1. More Storage Options.
Are you always looking for ways to increase your storage options in the kitchen? With the upper cabinets gone, you now have more room for your dishware and appliances. Narrow and deep cabinetry makes it difficult to store larger items and nearly impossible to get them down once you have stored them. Open shelving allows for more space and is much easier to reach your items.
 
2. Adds a Sense of Warmth.
The kitchen should feel warm and welcoming, especially when you are having over guests. Open shelving in the kitchen will make visitors feel like they are at home, and they will not feel like they are being intrusive when they reach for a glass or plate.
 
3. Makes the Space Brighter and Larger.
Removing your hunky kitchen cabinetry will make the space feel much brighter and open. Kitchen cabinetry can make the room feel small, closed off, and dark. When you remove them, the kitchen walls are able to reflect more sunlight which creates an airy feeling, making the space appear much bigger.
 
4. Inexpensive.
Who does not like to save money? Open shelving is the best economic solution that will give you the modern look you are seeking without cleaning out your pockets.
 
5. Simple Cleaning Process.
Kitchen cabinetry requires thoroughly cleaning to remove dust and to prevent mildew from forming. Dust will not accumulate on the shelving as easily because your dishes are constantly being used. If it does, you can simply wipe it clean while doing the dishes.
 
Are you convinced on the concept of open shelving? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.