Archive for December, 2019

A New Era in Design: Maximalism

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The turn of a decade is tomorrow, and new trends are coming to fruition as we see old-time classics fading. While design trends come and go all the time, minimalism was extremely popular during the last decade. However, maximalism also had a long run many years ago. Maximalism was used in many European stylings to add more character and exaggerate value in designs. Now we are seeing more and more furnishings and décor being added. Generation Z is getting older and becoming of age to buy homes and decorate. Their influences have different from their parent’s designs and brought a new age: The Era of Maximalism!

Busier Designs

Maximalism is all about being very expressive and adding more designs and patterns to a space than prior designs. Maximalism promotes the use of more than a single pattern in space. Perhaps you add floral patterns through wallpaper while incorporating striped curtains and polka-dotted throw pillows. While these patterns may not complement each other, they give everything in the room their own individuality. This concept can help make a design feel more expressive and help add a dramatic effect.

Extra Details

With maximalism, it is all about flourishing your design with extra details. Everything is helping to take the design to the next level. No wall is left blank. Wallpapers, different colors, pictures, décor, lamps, and everything in the room are all there to add intricate details. The details of these design themes help bring more value to the space and allow them to flourish.

Eclectic Color Palette

It is not uncommon with many of Generation Z’s designs to add more color than ever. We see a more diverse color palette being used every day. Since color has a significant impact on a design, more colors are being used in every detail of design with maximalism. This eclectic style allows for different color chairs, unmatching sofas, or even all different colored walls to be used in a home.

Since maximalism is coming back into style, you can let this eclectic styling create a more expressive design tailored to your home. Plus, we are excited to see what other influences Generation Z brings to interior design.

What do you think of maximalism? Let us know below in the comment section.

How to Use Metallic Tiles to Add Drama

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Metallic tiles have been an element found in design for several years. However, they have mostly been used as backsplashes and in stainless steel finishes. Many choose to stay away from using metallic tiles in other areas than the kitchen because they can give off a cold and industrial feel. However, these days metallic tiles are produced in warmer tones such as bronze, rose gold, copper, and soft silver.

Metallic tiles can be a great accessory in your home, especially if you are looking for some versatility. Plus, using metallic tiles is ideal if you have too much wood in your decor, or if you desire to add drama to your home design, here are some easy ways you can incorporate metallic tiles:

More Than Just Stainless Steel

Of course, the most common use for metallic tiles is as backsplashes on kitchen walls. Since stainless steel was once the popular choice, many homeowners are opting for bronze, pewter, and other warmer metals to use as a backsplash. These alternatives are just as durable, resistant to high temperatures and moisture, and can handle food stains like traditional stainless steel.

Not Just for the Kitchen

That being said, do not limit yourself; you do not have to relegate metallic tiles to the kitchen. In fact, you can use them in many different areas of the home. For instance, they are suitable for bathrooms, walls, and even the ceiling. Plus, you can purchase metallic tiles in a variety of finishes, sizes, patterns, and textures to match your personal style.

Factors to Consider

Metallic tiles can be more durable than other tile options. That being said, even though they are super durable, they can still be easily scratched and dented. When installing metallic tiles, you should exercise caution so that you do not damage the metal finish. Additionally, since metal tiles are easily dented/scratched and cold to the touch, they are not ideal for floors unless you use them as an insert or deco tile.

To view Century Tile’s metal tile collection, please visit us here. Also, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or visit us.

How to Deep Clean Your Carpet

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Carpet can provide personal comfort to our homes. In fact, this floor covering option is often desired for its soft nature, warm touch, and an aesthetic appeal. Plus, carpet can be made in any different ways from natural or synthetic fibers. While technology advancements have made carpet much more durable and stain-resistant today, they can still get mucked up and dirty over time. While vacuuming can help with the longevity of keeping your carpet clean, it is still recommended to have your carpet deep cleaned every one to two years for the lifespan of the floor. To help you better understand how to steam clean your carpet, here is everything you need to know:

Prepare Your Room

To start, empty your entire room of all the furniture. While the room is empty, take advantage, and do a quick sweep. The vacuum will remove any dirt and debris on the surface of your carpet. Look for stains as well. If you can identify the stain, try to take proper measures to help remove it. The longer stains sit, the harder they can be to remove. Most stains will penetrate deep into the carpet fibers. Use the manufacturer’s recommend stain treatments to help break down any existing stains.

Steam Clean

One of the most effective ways to clean anything is to start with water; however, just pouring water on top of your carpet will over saturate the rug and ruin it. This reason is why we use steam cleaners. Water is boiled inside a steam cleaner and released into the carpet. The evaporated water can help steam out difficult stains, bacteria, and debris.

After

Your carpet may remain wet for several hours. You may want to wait before loading the room back with all the furniture. Wet carpet can jeopardize the carpet’s resilience to spring back into place. Placing heavy furniture right back on the carpet immediately after can mat down your fibers. Instead, allow your room to complete dry and be well ventilated. You may want to turn on some fans and open your windows in your home.

Steam cleaning is recommended once a year for heavy traffic areas and twice a year for less used areas. Make sure you keep up on the maintenance of your carpet to get the most extended life out of your floor. For more tips and tricks on flooring and home improvement, make sure to subscribe!

Combining Different Decorating Styles Between You and Your Spouse

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Moving in with your new spouse can be a giant milestone in life! You get to spend more time together, learn each other’s habits, and can help each other grow. So, no negatives, right? Of course not, you will constantly be having to learn to give and take and compromise when adapting your different lifestyles. So, what happens when you both disagree on how you want to decorate the house. Perhaps, you both have two very distinct decorating styles and just cannot come to terms on which will work best in the house. Well, here are three excellent options to consider:

Each Choosing Several Rooms to Decorate

Say she loves Shabby Chic, and he loves Contemporary. You both have two distinct design styles you love; however, the two designs do not blend together well. You have both established a fair share of furniture and décor to complement your own design style; however, these two styles clash very hard in your new home. Instead of creating a battle over the two designs, break the house down into different sections. Allow one another to decorate different rooms in the home. Keep in mind that open layout homes can become more challenging. You may need walls or doors to create barriers, where rooms start and end.

Mixing the Two Designs

Perhaps you love Modern, and your spouse loves Rustic. Consider blending the two designs. Many design styles help create guidelines. You may use more earthy tones and raw materials in your Rustic themed home while the Modern home may have more clean-cut lines with a plastic. You now have the privilege of creating a new design. Learn what works with each other. Find a way to help your designs complement each other while decorating your home. This is an excellent way to grow together and learn to work with one another in your new home.

Finding a New Design That You Both Like

Maybe your significant other adores Art Deco, and you choose a more Southwestern Style of living. You just cannot seem to agree on splitting the design, and the two styles do not blend well. Spend some time together exploring Pinterest and the web to find a style you both agree on having in your home. It may not be your favorite or your spouses’ number one choice, but finding a middle ground, you can both appreciate it. Plus, it helps tailor your home to you two as a couple.

Designing with someone else can be challenging. Try not to stress out about it, but be understanding. Learning to work with one another will only strengthen your love. For more great tips and tricks, make sure to subscribe.

What Is Synthetic Flooring?

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If you are in the market for new flooring, you have likely come across the term “synthetic floors.” Synthetic floor products are a combination of man-made substances and natural materials that produce a number of floor covering options. If you are working within a tight budget, and you do not want to sacrifice quality, synthetic flooring may be an ideal choice for you. Plus, you can purchase synthetic floors in a variety of styles, finishes, and forms, including planks, tiles, and sheets.

Benefits of Synthetic Floor Products

Often, synthetic floors are the last option considered by homeowners. However, there are many benefits to using this type of flooring as opposed to more expensive materials. Synthetic floors are easy to maintain because they usually do not require exclusive or expensive maintenance productions. In addition, quality products are both scratch- and stain-resistant. Plus, since they are super durable, they are practical for areas of the home that receive a lot of foot traffic.

Types of Synthetic Floors

Laminate

Laminate floors are one of the most popular types of synthetic floors. Laminate can simulate the look of natural stone and hardwood by using images of flooring types that are applied over a layer that derives from fiberboard and resin.

Vinyl

Vinyl is a less expensive and more flexible flooring option. It can be installed on any level of the home and is also ideal for high traffic areas and rooms such as the bathroom or kitchen since it is durable in wet areas. Plus, vinyl products have come a long way over the years. Many vinyl products closely resemble wood, cork, and mosaic tiles.

Linoleum

Linoleum is very similar to vinyl flooring. Like vinyl floors, it is affordable, durable, and easy to maintain. However, what makes linoleum flooring different from vinyl is that color is infused deep into a material, making it more resistant to scratches and dents.

Warranties

Much like more expensive flooring options, homeowners can also obtain warranties with synthetic flooring products. Reputable manufacturers cover their products for defects and fading.

If you would like to learn more about synthetic flooring, please do not hesitate to call or visit Century Tile for more information. Thanks for reading!

Ways to Use Patterns in Your Home

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Many designers use different elements to help create a well-balanced and aesthetically-pleasing space. While the design may seem to be somewhat subjective, these elements can help create some backbone to the science of creating your design. For instance, designers try to incorporate lines, space, forms, light, colors, textures, and patterns. In particular, using patterns in your home is a great way to create a uniformed atmosphere. Patterns are used to visually connect non-similar items and allow them to communicate with one another. Repetition can draw attention and add a dramatic effect; however, there is more to patterns than just buying a polka dot throw pillow. To help, here are some great ways to use the element of patterns in your home:

Herringbone

Traditionally, we install flooring all running the same direction. For example, consider plank flooring systems; they may run all long ways down a hallway. However, some hardwood floors, tiles, and vinyl planks can be installed in a herringbone pattern. This pattern is when every other board is facing a 90-degree angle from its adjacent board. It can help create a very visually-encapsulating design on your floors.

Textiles

Your textiles are another area to add patterns. Think of two striped throw pillows laying on a bed. These two throw pillows can complement one another. However, now envision having curtains with the same striped patterns on them. This now takes two separate areas of the room and allows them to communicate and complement one another. You can go a step further and add a rug to the room with the same stripes to help create a very well-balanced and uniform space.

Curvature of Furniture

With all of that being said, patterns do not need to be just polka dots, stripes, or repetition in geometrical shapes. The curvature of your furniture is another opportunity to create a pattern. If you have very square and boxy furniture, they can complement each other. Likewise, if you put round and curved furniture in a room, you should add more curvature to the design. A room with a circle window, circle table, and curved sectional will visually complement each other.

Artwork

Your artwork can also create patterns in unique ways. While placing a patterned picture on the wall is the easy way to create this, you can go a more advanced route. Consider their image in the picture. Perhaps, you have artwork or a garden. Now, if you add floral print pillows and curtains to your room, your picture will still flow with the pattern.

There are thousands of ways to explore patterns. Think outside the box and do not neglect this powerful tool when creating your home design. What are some of your favorite patterns to use? Let us know below in the comment section.

Questions to Consider When Purchasing New Floors

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Investing in new floors can be a big decision. With recent advancements in flooring technology, many floors can be long-time investments for your home, that is why it is important to select the right floor for your needs. Since there is a broad spectrum of flooring options from carpet to hardwood and everything in between, the decision can seem daunting. Fortunately, your friends at Century Tile are here to help!

What’s My Budget?

Unfortunately, the first thing you need to consider is your budget. Flooring can come in many different qualities with various attributes. While these may all be extremely nice luxuries, you need to understand what you can and cannot get at your given price range. Typically, carpet is less expensive than hardwood floors or tiling options. Yet, it would not be challenging to find an extremely high-end carpet that can be more costly than some hardwoods. Knowing the value and general price range for different floorings can let you know where to start.

Where Am I Installing My New Floors?

Not every floor can be installed in every room. For example, solid hardwood flooring will need to be nailed to a subfloor; however, if you are on a slab of concrete, you will not be able to use this option. That is why understanding your subfloor can help with the overall flooring decision.

Is My Room Exposed to Water?

Carpet is not great for wet environments and can lead to harvesting bacteria in your flooring. Hardwood will also not do well in these environments. Note what floors are waterproof or water-resistant when tackling rooms that are prone to moisture.

What Is the Temperature and Humidity of My Space?

Floors acclimate to their environment. Many floors are adaptable to normal climate and humidity conditions; however, if you live in an area with extreme temperatures and humidity, your flooring options may be limited, especially in outdoor environments exposed to diverse weather.

Is This Flooring Option Good for Children or Pets?

Your flooring needs to be custom to your needs. If you have pets or children, you may need to look for a pet and child-friendly floor since accidents happen. You want flooring that can withstand everyday traffic as well as accidental spills that your children or pets may make.

Is This Floor Stain-Resistant?

Similarly, maybe you have no kids or children; however, you may be a messy person. Certain floors are easier to maintain and care for than others. You should look for an easy to clean flooring option if this is a concern.

Before making a flooring decision, you will want to understand the value of each floor. Hardwood, tile, vinyl planking, carpet, rubber flooring, sheet vinyl, and many more options all have a time and a place. If you are feeling uncertain about the best option, one of Century Tile‘s expert sales representatives would love to assist you. Call us or visit us today!

Five Festive Christmas Activities

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Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. There are so many ways to cherish this time with our friends and family. In fact, we encourage you to make time this holiday season to appreciate the wonders of Christmas. You can make the most out of this holiday season by participating in all the fun Christmas festivities this season has to offer. To help give you some festive ideas, here are five great activities you must consider:

Christmas Caroling

Bring the Christmas joy to your neighborhood by caroling with your loved ones. You can find a group of friends or family and carol around your neighborhood. Just be sure to select some songs that the group can be familiar with and practice before your performance.

Baking Cookies or Building a Gingerbread Home

Nothing says Christmas like delicious cookies and treats. Get creative this holiday and bake some seasonal cookies. You can decorate your cookie-cutter snowmen or gingerbread men with frosting and candy. You can also let your creativity shine by making gingerbread homes. Plus, it can be fun for the whole family to participate in this activity.

Driving to See Christmas Lights

Christmas lights illuminate the night sky throughout the holiday season. Plus, it can always be fun to explore and look for entertaining light shows in your surrounding area. You can go to neighborhoods with a lot of Christmas lights or find areas advertised in your newspapers. Some light shows even have radio stations coordinated with them for the full package of entertainment.

White Elephant Gift Exchange

This classic Christmas gift exchange is excellent for seasonal parties. You will first want to set a budget. Next, everyone will go and buy a gift within this budget. The gifts can range from very useful to just plain silly. Everyone will draw numbers to determine the order of the exchange. Sit in a circle with all the wrapped gifts in the middle. As the game begins, each player can select a gift from the circle or steal another player’s gift. Since the rules are a bit detailed, we recommend reading the instructions before playing, especially if it is your first time.

Christmas Movie Marathon

There are so many great Christmas holiday movies. You can enjoy them by getting your friends and family together for a movie night. Select a couple of Christmas movies to watch throughout the day. It is always a good time to get to sit back with some popcorn and snacks and watch some of the classic holiday flicks.

What are some of your favorite holiday activities? We would love to hear from you in the comment section.