Archive for November, 2019

Why Should I Use Tile?

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When looking for the perfect floors for your home, there are hundreds of options available. Carpet, hardwood, vinyl, rubber, and everything in between can all pose valuable reasons why they may be the right floor for you. So, why consider tile?

Versatility

Tile is a very versatile flooring. It is easy to clean, extremely durable, luxurious and can come in many sizes and styles, each tailored to your own design style. Specifically, ceramic tile is extremely versatile. It is made from natural clays and water, and when heated in a kiln, this clay becomes exceptionally durable and hard. Each tile can come with unique textures and veining in them, which gives them character. After it has been baked, it is challenging for water to absorb through the surface, allowing many homeowners and businesses to use tile in bathrooms and kitchens.

Advancements

Ceramic tile has been around for centuries; however, we have come a long way with the technology that goes into each tile. Many ceramic tiles are now made to have more traction for wet areas to prevent slipping. They are also created so they can handle more extreme temperatures like hot or cold without being prone to cracking – this can make some ceramic tiles excellent selections for even outside your home’s interior!

Added Benefits

Finding a beautiful floor is one thing; however, finding a stunning, durable, and low-maintenance floor can be tricky. Many tiles are scratch-proof and stain-proof as well. They are very adaptable to any design from Rustic to Modern, with nearly every color imaginable! They can be used in more casual or formal environments. In fact, this elegant flooring option is also extremely durable and can last for years to come without fading or traffic wear! Lastly, tile flooring is non-flammable and easy to keep away pollutants and allergens, making it truly one of the most versatile flooring options on the market today.

All in all, tile is a timeless flooring option that is growing in popularity! In fact, you can transform your home design with a very durable and beautiful floor like tile!

What do you think about tile? Is it right for your home? If you are still not sure, one of our expert sales associates at Century Tile would love to assist you. Please do not hesitate to call or visit us for more information.

Engineered Hardwood vs. Solid Hardwood

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Hardwood is a timeless household improvement that people have been adding their homes for centuries. It brings the raw beauty of nature inside our homes and just looks fantastic! With hundreds of species, sizes, and styles, you can find the exact look you want for your home. Plus, hardwood is a luxurious floor that can become the showcase feature of any home’s aesthetics. If you are considering adding hardwood to your home, you will quickly notice there are two categories of hardwood: solid and engineered. These two different categories are exceptional floors; however, there are several key differences you may want to note.

Solid Hardwood

Solid hardwood floor is the traditional style in which you would buy your hardwood floors. If you wanted an oak floor, each plank would be made with 100% oak. It is pure and authentic throughout the entire plank. Solid hardwood is usually more expensive; however, it can increase the resell value of your home due to its value. Plus, solid hardwood can be refinished by sanding the top layer and staining the wood. You can repeat this process repeatedly until you get down to the nail. Additionally, solid hardwood is not a good option for wet areas or high humidity because the boards are more prone to warp.

Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood is not 100% authentic. If you purchased a walnut engineer floor, only the top layer of each plank would consist of walnut. Below the top layer would be several layers of plywood. This plywood layer is there to save money for the consumer as well as prevent the boards from warping under various conditions. Engineered hardwood may not raise the resell value of your home but does have the opportunity to do so. It handles better against moisture, but neither hardwoods are great for wet environments. Engineered hardwoods may also be a little easier to install and do not always require nailing.

All and all, it comes down to preference. Both floors perform exceptionally well and have beautiful selections from which to choose. Engineered wood may be more adaptable to certain situations and elements, yet many homeowners pride in the genuine authenticity solid hardwood provides. Having a good understanding of each flooring can help you make the right decision that is best tailored for your home.

How to Hang a Mirror in Your Kitchen

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Kitchen and Bath

When used creatively, mirrors can add a tremendous decorative edge to a space. We are so used to seeing mirrors suspended in many different areas of the home, but what about the kitchen? The kitchen is probably the last place you thought about placing a mirror. However, a well-chosen mirror can be the right accessory to inject loads of glamour into this space.

Why Hang A Mirror in the Kitchen?

Of course, hanging a mirror in the kitchen is a non-traditional decorating idea. Some people are totally against it because the kitchen is almost always a messy workspace. From helping the kids complete a project to trying out a new recipe, all kinds of experiments take place in this area; a mirror could just be a reflection of the mess. On the other hand, mirrors can open up a space and add decorative detail to the room.

So why would you hang a mirror in the kitchen? According to the experts, whenever there is an opportunity to add dimension, we should take advantage of it. Incorporating a mirror into the kitchen can instantly boost the brightness and double the depth of the room. Depending on where in the kitchen you choose to suspend a mirror, it can visually improve your cooking and countertop space.

Depending on the style and materials, mirrors are inexpensive. There are many imaginative ways to incorporate mirrors in space. From framed oversized mirrors to medium ones with metal hardware, nothing is off-limits.

Where Should I Hang a Mirror in the Kitchen?

If you are sold on the idea, you are probably wondering where is the best to place up hang up a mirror in the kitchen. Remember, clever positioning is everything, so you will want to make sure you pick the perfect location. Here are some places you might want to suspend a mirror in this area:

Behind the Stove

A mirrored backsplash behind the stove provides a backsplash effect that will allow you to keep your eye on the kids while preparing a meal. A mirrored backsplash will also visually double the space behind it. Depending on how tall the backsplash is, it can even make the ceiling appear higher. Mirrored backsplashes are something we often see in kitchen designs, so get creative.

Behind the Sink

Do you not have a small window above the kitchen sink? Well, you can always create the effect of one with a mirror. As previously mentioned, mirrors reflect light, which makes them ideal for small or dark spaces. By installing a mirrored backsplash behind the sink, in lieu of a window, your kitchen is guaranteed to feel spacious and comfortable for socializing and cooking.

What are your thoughts on incorporating mirrors into your kitchen design? Let us know below in the comment section.

Flooring to Complement Your Home Décor

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When creating and designing your space, you want to make sense of harmony and rhythm. Many beginners use many aspects in their design from color and lines to shapes and pattern, yet they neglect the harmony. This aspect is what makes your space feel complete and flow together. Finding the perfect flooring to complement your home décor is no exception. We want our flow to accentuate our space, not fight against it. For this reason, it is crucial that you pick the right floor for your home. To help, we have provided some tricks and tips that you can use when searching for the right floors for your home. Let’s take a look!

Complement Your Room’s Demands

Every room has a feel or an ambiance it is trying to create. Your living room may be set up for comfort with its soft couches and throw pillows. On the other hand, your bedroom is also set up for comfort; therefore, these rooms may work best with a softer floor option like carpet. If you decide to add a hard surface to the room for character, consider adding a rug as well.

A laundry room or bathroom is more prone to water. These rooms may work best with waterproof flooring options like LVP or tile. You can also add hardwood to the room you are trying to showcase and improve the room’s overall character. While these are several examples, each house and the individual homeowner has different needs. Tailor your flooring to your home and your needs!

Use Your Home’s Own Lighting

When looking at flooring samples, you need to check them in your own home’s lighting. Commercial fluorescent lighting may bring out a totally different hue than your incandescent lightbulbs in your own home. Whether carpet, hardwood, tile, or vinyl, it is essential to bring your samples home and compare them in your room’s lighting. If your room has a lot of natural lighting, look at your samples at different points in the day. You may notice different warm or cool tones depending on the light coming in from outside during various points throughout the day.

With some of these techniques, you can help tailor the right flooring choice to your home. Take your time with this decision. Many flooring installations will be with your home for years to come, so make sure you love them, and if you need assistance, Century Tile would love to help. We have a team of expert sales associates ready to answer all of your questions and concerns. Do not hesitate; visit us today!

Three Unexpected Wall Coverings Returning to Design

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There are two easy factors that can quickly transform a room: flooring and paint. However, it would be safe to say that there are four walls in most rooms with only one floor, so walls have an extreme influence on the room’s overall design. While painting walls is always a great option, there are many other ways you can influence your design with your wall coverings. Like many trends, some have come and went; however, we are seeing the return of some very unexpected wall covering recently. Here are three wall covering options that are coming back into style, surprisingly!

Wallpaper

If you asked someone a few years back their opinion on wallpaper, they would have probably said it is outdated and out of style. Yet we are seeing many gorgeous wallpaper options being put up in homes and businesses today. With advancements in technology, we have very highly-detailed wallpapers that can transform your room however you like. Plus, wallpaper gives you the option to even add texture to your walls, making it a surefire way to create a statement in your design.

Carpet

When is the last time you have seen carpet on walls or ceilings? It has probably been a while. Yet, many interior designers have been putting carpet in unique places. Carpet offers a gentler touch, which can add warmth to an atmosphere. We are starting to see carpet slowly coming back into design by being placed on walls, bars, and even ceilings; who would have thought!?

Imitation Brick

Brick was once considered an incomplete interior wall, then we slowly saw design styles, like industrial design, introduce the idea of exposing some of the architecture to create beauty in the atmosphere. This slowly transitioned over into other design themes, as well. Designs started allowing a more authentic style to be showcased through rawer materials like brick, concrete, and stones. Now we are even seeing imitation brick being added drywall to give the raw, aesthetic look!

It is crazy to watch designs come and go. The interior design industry is always evolving. Maybe these styles will become the norm someday? What are your thoughts on some of these wall coverings? Would you use them in your own design, or have you already? Let us know below in the comment section.

Best Flooring Option for Pet People

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Flooring, Vinyl

Our pets become part of the family, and we need to accommodate for some of their needs. While we love them, they can, at times, be quite destructive. Hence, it is essential to find a floor that can withstand all problems your pets throw at them. Finding flooring that is pet-friendly means, it should be waterproof, easy to clean, scratch-resistant, indentation resistant, and low-maintenance. However, finding these flooring options does not mean you need to sacrifice your home’s aesthetics.

Luxury Vinyl Planking

Luxury Vinyl Planking (LVP) is a high-quality vinyl flooring. These plank-system floors snap together and can float above your subfloor. Luxury vinyl planking is quickly growing through the industry because of its versatility. Luxury vinyl planking has mastered high-quality and very aesthetically-pleasing designs that look like hardwood, tile, stone, concrete, marble, and more. Also, allowing you to install the look you want in areas that traditional hardwood flooring could not be placed.

Durability

Luxury vinyl planking is an incredibly durable flooring option. Many homeowners and businesses have slowly been switching over to the revolutionary flooring option. It will not crack under pressure, is extremely scratch-resistant, and can withstand indentation from furniture – this makes LVP an exceptional flooring option for homeowners with pets. From the sharpest of claws to the heaviest of dogs, LVP is an extremely pet-friendly flooring. With such strong durability, it is no surprise to see LVP leading the flooring market today!

Waterproof

Water can be the downfall of most flooring options, and with animals comes the inevitable accident. Carpet and hardwood can absorb these messes and begin to tarnish your home’s smell. However, LVP is waterproof – this makes the flooring extremely easy to clean! Plus, it is just another advantage of this incredibly versatile floor.

LVP is excellent for any room in your home. You can also invest in the same product in different styles to have beautiful transitions in your home. If you have pets and are tired of them damaging your flooring, it is time to consider luxury vinyl planking!

How to Successfully Host Thanksgiving

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Holidays

Thanksgiving is the time of year that friends and family all gather together and celebrate the good things in life. This festive time can be a blast, but it can also become quite stressful when you are hosting it yourself. Hosting any major event comes with its set of challenges. From planning the event, meal prepping, ensuring a good time, and much more, this task can feel overwhelming. In order to have a successful Thanksgiving, you need to plan ahead of time. Here is everything you need to consider making your Thanksgiving flows as smoothly as possible.

Prep the Night Before the Event

Any big event takes time. Try to prepare your Thanksgiving dinner as much as possible the night before the event. Set your table for all your guests and have all the groceries bought. Consider baking anything you can one day prior. The more you can accomplish before the day of the event, the better.

Consider Help

Do not pass up on the opportunity for help. You may have a couple of friends or family members willing to help cook or bring side dishes! Hosting does not mean you need to be Mr. or Mrs. Independent. Allow others to help. This can turn your dinner into a massive feast! With everyone having different assigned tasks, you will be able to focus more time on the event itself.

Relax

Stress can easily make some individuals get agitated when things are not going accordingly. Make sure you do not become a “negative Nancy” when hosting the event. The host energy can contribute to the energy of the entire event. If you are becoming stressed, your guests will be able to see this easily. Relax and have a game plan. From cooking and meal preparation to dessert and after dinner activities, all these should be thought out ahead of time. Just be sure to be adaptable as the day unfolds and make sure to relax.

Planning ahead of time is vital. Remember, your guests will most likely be drinking. It is essential to remember your guests’ safety. Have a plan in place if guests cannot return home or need a place to stay. Enjoy the opportunity to spend time with everyone, and remember to relax.