Archive for January, 2019

Ideas for Winter Porch Decor

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Curb Appeal

Winter can often be considered dreary and take a toll on our property’s curb appeal.  Shoveled walkways, snow-covered shrubbery, and unmanaged snow piles can be quite unattractive.  Porches that are commonly full of greenery and life lose attention and become unmaintained.  Flower baskets, patio chairs, and plants can really rejuvenate the area, but how do you go about that during the winter?  Plants cannot live through the chilly temperatures, and it is no longer an ideal hang out spot during the frigid months.  Though challenging, you can still keep your porch looking great during the winter.  To help, we put together some simple ways to keep your outdoor porch look great during the winter. Let’s take a look!

Plants

Just because its winter does not mean you cannot incorporate greenery anymore.  Using decorative pines and evergreens is a great way to add life back to your porch during the winter.  Plus, they can stay past the holidays and continue to make a powerful statement throughout the chilly season.

Rustic

Try adding different elements of nature that complement the winter season.  You can display your firewood neatly on your porch, add a wreath of whither woods, or incorporate some distressed furniture.  While your porch may not be the go-to hangout spot during the winter months, having some rustic patio furniture is a great way to keep your porch feeling welcoming and inviting. Plus, who knows, maybe you will begin to use it more with a hot cup of coffee and great company.

Seasonal Decor

Adding seasonal decor is another way you can spruce up your porch this season.  Adding holiday welcome mats, decorative items like pine cones and wood bundles, and seasonal patterns like outdoor quilts or curtains can make quite a statement.  Remember, enhancing your porch during the winter is a great way to keep up your curb appeal.

Try to spruce up your porch even during the duller months.  It is an easy way to take pride in your home and enhance your exterior.  The winter can be brutal but do not let that stop you from making your home the best you can.

Do you keep your porch looking nice all year around?  Let us know below in the comment section.

What You Need to Know about Hardwood

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hardwood and Laminate

With updating or remodeling your home, it is vital that you make improvements that are not only going to beautify your home’s interior but also increase the overall value. Hardwood floors are a surefire way to accomplish this because they instantly add charm and character.

What exactly makes hardwood flooring an ideal option for your home? Well, when selecting any type of flooring, you have to consider your lifestyle and budget. While wood floors can last a lifetime, the durability rating varies based on the species. Plus, consumers often assume that hardwood is an expensive flooring option; however, these days you can purchase affordable grains. If you are interested in learning more about hardwood floors’ benefits, keep on reading!

Popular Choices

Hardwood varies with species. Its colors, durability and grain patterns differ with each type of hardwood. The most common types of hardwood flooring used in homes are cherry, oak, and maple. These species are widespread because of their hard exterior. Cherry and mahogany woods are used more for their striking aesthetic feature.

Finishes

When shopping for hardwood floors, you should also have the option of selecting various textures. Do you want wood floors that are glossy or are you interested in new flooring with a more weathered antique look? Whatever look you are trying to achieve, there is sure to be a hardwood to match. Luckily, they come in an array of styles to help meet your design preferences.

Colors

There are hundreds of different hardwood colors. Hardwood is available in variations of natural brown and blonde. The brown wood tone is perhaps the most popular type of hardwood flooring as it can complement just about any design scheme. Blonde and lighter wood tones are great for a minimalist designed interior.

If you are interested in learning more about hardwood, we would love to speak to you in person at Century Tile. One of our expert sales staff would love to discuss all the benefits and design features that hardwood has to offer. Please do not hesitate to call or visit us for more information.

Budget-Friendly Decor Ideas for a Small Space

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Tips

If you are living in a small space, decorating can be tricky and even sometimes expensive.  Finding items that do not overcrowd the area or cost a fortune can be difficult.  But with a general direction, you can transform and personalize your space to express yourself without breaking the bank.  Here are three great budget-friendly ideas for decorating your small space:

Artwork

Not all artwork will cost you an arm and a leg.  Different wall paintings or posters can be highly expressive in developing the atmosphere.  Most artwork will quickly become focal points of the room.  They are great to use to enhance or guide your room’s decorating theme.  Try to find the perfect art piece tailored to your style.  With so many options available today, you are sure to discover the perfect piece for your home.  You can even use your own pictures and have them printed out and framed.  Whatever your style demands, it can easily be done.

Throw Pillows

A natural themed room can seem bland and lifeless.  Spruce things up by adding vibrant, expressive throw pillows.  You can find great accent pillows to enhance your living room or bedroom’s design.  Be sure to buy a couple complimentary throw pillows to help transform your space.  This can be a tad challenging at first, but with a little time spent and imagination, you can find the perfect throw pillows for your space.

Area Rug

Adding an area rug to your space is a great way to add style and comfort.  While most hard surface flooring has strong character, they do not necessarily add comfort or color.  By investing in an area rug, you can preserve your current floors while also adding a ton of comfort to your space.  A cozy rug can make a room feel more welcoming and inviting.  This is great to add to a living room or den to enhance the warmth to the atmosphere.

These small investments can greatly enhance the overall look of your space.  With a little shopping and investigating, you can find the perfect decor for your room without spending too much.  Thanks for reading!

 

How to Get Stains out of Luxury Vinyl

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Flooring

You are admiring your beautiful new luxury vinyl floors when all of a sudden, you notice a stain. You try and recall where it could have come from and quickly begin to panic. Before you worry too much, we have the perfect guide to help you get rid of that stain. Let’s take a look!

How to Get Stains out of Luxury Vinyl:

Stain Type: Food or Drinks.

  1. First, if the food or drink is “gummy,” you will want to take a dull knife and scrape it off of the area.
  2. Take a laminate-approved floor cleaner with a nylon pad or dense bristle brush and begin to scrub the area.
  3. Next, you will take a white cloth and soak it in a bleach solution. Let the white cloth set on top of the stain for no longer than one hour.

Stain Type: Asphalt, Grease, Oil, Paint (oil-based), Tar, or Wax.

  1. Remove excess with a dull knife.
  2. Take a laminate-approved floor cleaner with a nylon pad or dense bristle brush and begin to scrub the area.
  3. Lastly, you will want to take a clean white cloth and lightly soak it in painter’s naphtha, or isopropyl alcohol. Wipe the area with the dampened cloth then pat dry with a new clean white cloth.

Stain Type: Scratches + Scuff Marks.

  1. Take a laminate-approved floor cleaner with a nylon pad or dense bristle brush and begin to scrub the area.
  2.  You will want to take a clean white cloth and lightly soak it in painter’s naphtha or isopropyl alcohol. Wipe the area with the dampened cloth then pat dry with a new clean white cloth.

Stain Type: Burns.

  1. Stop family members from walking on that area and place masking tape over the burn mark. Immediately call your manufacturer for further instruction.

Stain Type: Lipstick.

  1. Remove excess with a dull knife.
  2. Take a laminate-approved floor cleaner with a nylon pad or dense bristle brush and begin to scrub the area.
  3. You will want to take a clean white cloth and lightly soak it in painter’s naphtha or isopropyl alcohol. Wipe the area with the dampened cloth then pat dry with a new clean white cloth.
  4. Lastly, you will take a white cloth and soak it in a bleach solution. Let the white cloth set on top of the stain for no longer than one hour.

Stain Type: Rust.

  1. Take a laminate-approved floor cleaner with a nylon pad or dense bristle brush and begin to scrub the area.
  2. Next, you will take a white cloth and soak it in a bleach solution. Let the white cloth set on top of the stain for no longer than one hour.

Stain Type: Crayon, Hair Dye, Ink, or Permanent Marker.

  1. Take a laminate-approved floor cleaner with a nylon pad or dense bristle brush and begin to scrub the area.
  2.  You will want to take a clean white cloth and lightly soak it in painter’s naphtha or isopropyl alcohol. Wipe the area with the dampened cloth then pat dry with a new clean white cloth.
Please Note: Mineral spirits, lighter fluid, painter’s naphtha, and isopropyl alcohol are flammable liquids. Please follow precautions listed on the container. *** The information provided above was suggested by Mannington Flooring. Please contact your manufacturer’s website for information on your specific luxury vinyl product. Results vary. Please use caution handling flammable liquids and seek an expert’s advice before beginning the cleaning process.

Fun & Easy Ways to Personalize Your Space

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New homes can be considered blank canvases.  You have the freedom to customize and tailor your space to your desires.  It can seem daunting at first, but the task can be quite rewarding. Adapting your design to express yourself and serve a purpose for your needs is vital. We put together some of the most impactful investments that can quickly add to personalize any space to your taste. Let’s take a look!

Pictures

Pictures can make a powerful statement in a room.  You can choose from a thousand different designs to find one that is tailored to your style.  You can even try alternating them seasonally with holiday décor to keep your home feeling alive and always changing.  First, pick a theme you want your pictures to reflect, and use photos to spruce up empty walls and help rejuvenate a space.

Plants

A great addition to add to any space are plants.   Bring the outdoors inside and add life and energy to an atmosphere.  Plus, adding plants throughout your home can improve air quality.  The green can make a house feel cozier and looks great as well.  You can add fragrance plants to help enhance the smell of your space or even unique, fun ones to express yourself.  Put herbs in your kitchen or flowers in your living room for a tasteful look. Luckily, pants work in any space and can spruce up the life in your room (win, win). 

Rugs

Another cozy addition to your home can be adding rugs.  These can make hard surfaces much cozier and more welcoming.  You can find distinct patterns or incorporate in a natural rug as well.  Rugs can be perfect for setting boundaries in large open spaces as well and divides rooms.  For instance, if you have a home with an open layout, consider putting a rug in the living room or dining room to set a visual boundary.  This simple trick adds character and can enhance your space.

Making your space feel like home is a project worth investing. These tricks can be used more than just at home.  Try using these at your work cubical or even in an apartment.  These are perfect investments to use to help personalize your space.  Do you have tricks you use to spruce up your home quick and easy?  Let us know below in the comment section.