Archive for October, 2018

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

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hardwood and Laminate, Natural Stone, Vinyl

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!

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.