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August Gardening Tips 

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Curb Appeal, Summer

Summer can be brutally hot, but it can also be a great time to be outdoors and enjoy the sun. If you have a garden, you know how ruthless the sun can be on you as well as your garden. This is also the perfect time to put effort into your garden by evaluating, managing, and preparing for your plant life’s success. Here are four tips you cannot neglect during August to keep your garden alive and well:

Weeding and Watering 

Weeds can take a toll of your garden. You should start checking for weeds again in August and remove any invasive plants. You do not want your hard work, at keeping your garden alive, to go to waste because of intrusive weeds. You also need to be extra giving on the amount of water this time of year.  Just like you in the August heat, your plants and soil can quickly become dry and dehydrated. Make sure to give your plants the proper amount of water to help them survive the intense heat. 

Remove Deadheads 

Not only do you need to remove spent flowers for an aesthetic purpose, but they can also impair sunlight to other plants. Removing the spent flowers on an annual basis can reward you with a much larger bloom into the fall. 

Plant for Autumn Crops 

If you plan on continuing your garden into next year and the fall, you should consider planting certain seeds in August. Plants that can be harvested in Autumn may need to be planted now. Plants that can tolerate a light frost should be planted now as well and can grow throughout the winter. 

Test Your Soil 

If you plan on continuing your garden for years to come, it may be a good idea to check your soil’s nutrient level. You want to make sure the right nutrients are in the soil to ensure your plants grow adequately.  You can test it yourself with a homemade kit or order one online to find out your soil’s pH levels. 

August is a good month in the summer to make sure your garden is coming along properly. Maintenance is key to the success of your garden. Remember to hedge bushes and keep your garden well-watered throughout the scorching heat months. For more tips and tricks, visit us at Century Tile.

How to Have White Carpet

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Carpet

Most people would hear the words “white carpet” and slowly begin backing out of the room. White carpet does not seem feasible in our minds. Parents understand that accidents are inventible and having a white carpet means displaying all of your mishaps for the world to see. But what if we told you that you could have white carpet without fear? You are probably already thinking of ways to poke holes in this theory, but believe us, it is possible! Here is how you can have white carpet in your home without fear. 

Mohawk’s SmartStrand Forever Clean Carpet Is the Ultimate Stain Resistant Carpet

This innovated flooring offers homeowners with spill protection, permanent stain resistance, and long-lasting durability. This is the carpet that homeowners and parents have been dreaming about owning. Plus, you do not have to sacrifice comfort for clean with this carpet. SmartStrand Forever Clean has incredibly soft strands to create a luxurious feel. If you are looking for the ultimate amount of durability and softness, SmartStrand Silk Reserve is the choice for you. 

Whether you have children, pets, or an active home, Mohawk’s SmartStrand Carpet can help you fight back against accidents and stains. This revolutionary carpet allows for homeowners to choose the color of their pleasing without hesitation (including white). Now, you can get a soft, durable carpet with exceptional stain protection. Homeowners can finally have the free will to choose a white carpet without free of stains and messes. Do not take our word for it. Try it out for yourself and see the carpet innovation that is taking the industry by storm. 

Are you interested in a purchasing white carpet or a white area rug for your home? We would love to assist you in the search! Stop by one of our showrooms or call us to get more information about Mohawk’s SmartStrand. We look forward to helping you get the flooring of your dreams! 

Introducing Our Brand New Website Design

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Website Tools

We are thrilled to introduce to you to our brand new website design! With the update, we featured a sleek and clean layout for easy navigation as well as a beautiful aesthetic.

Features

Our website contains the same features you already love in an easy-to-access and -navigate layout.

We wanted to focus on a layout that is easy for our two types of shoppers: Full Service and DIY. On our main menu, you will be able to select which shopping experience applies to you and find all of the resources for your project.

Additionally, we feature our well-loved design center that helps you achieve everything design-related.

So do not hesitate, visit our new website today at Century Tile.

Flooring Elements to Consider Before Buying

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Flooring

All floors respond differently to different environments.  You need to consider the pros and cons of each flooring option to know precisely what will or will not work in your home.  Where aesthetics may be your top priority, other elements like subfloor, traffic, and budget can limit your decision.  Today, we put together some essential elements and factors to consider before buying your new floors.  These are the right questions to ask yourself prior to your investment to help tailor your floors for you and your home’s needs.

Exposure to Sunlight

Carpet dyes, some vinyl, and hardwoods can all fade with sunlight.  While this may not be a deciding factor for you, it is an essential factor to consider.  Room’s that have uneven sun exposure can start to fade and become discolored – this can be easily fixed with blinds but should be taken into consideration. 

Exposure to Water

There are many excellent choices for bathrooms and kitchens.  It is important to take into play how your flooring will handle against water.   With new technology, luxury vinyl has become an excellent option for these wet environments.  You may also want to consider tile, linoleum, or other vinyl options.  Floors like hardwood and carpet typically will respond poorly in these atmospheres.  

Extreme Temperatures

Temperature can also be a deciding factor.  Some floors, such as hardwoods, will expand and contract.  Extreme fluctuating temperatures are very wearing on some floors, and this can also be important to consider with carpets.  Floors like carpet are not ideal for bringing all the way up to a fireplace.  Areas, where embers or sparks may hit the ground, needs to be considered. Tile and other flooring options that are non-combustible should be considered for these areas.

Pet and Children Friendly

If you are a parent or a pet owner, you probably know the accidents that come with these privileges.  Not only having a floor that is accident-friendly but also safe for your loved ones is essential.  Consider soft surfaces for children or easy to clean surfaces for pets.  You should also consider the chemical makeup of different floorings.  Many manufacturers take pride in creating safe, eco-friendly options.

Understanding the flooring that you are considering can help ensure a positive experience.  Make sure you ask the right questions for your home and lifestyle.  Certain flooring is better for different environments.  If you have questions or concerns, ask your Century Tile sales representative. 

We look forward to working with you!

Refresh Your Design for Summertime

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

Whether you are just moving into a new home or planning on sprucing up your current home’s design this summer, there are thousands of avenues to take for home improvements.  Some projects can help improve your space with simple décor pieces and other smaller investments, whereas a full-out remodel can really allow you to let your home shine.  That being said, whether you are redecorating, remodeling, or renovating your home, we gathered some different projects to help refresh your design and embrace the effortless look of summertime. Let’s take a look!

Focus on Flooring

To quickly spruce up your flooring, you will want to invest in an area rug.  You can find all kinds of patterns and colors to match your home’s design.  Plus, if you are looking for a high-quality piece, you can order or select a remnant to be bound into the perfect sized rug for your home.  You will be amazed by how effective an area rug can change the dynamic of any space. Additionally, hard surface flooring like luxury vinyl or tile can be the perfect summer remedy for beach days, mudrooms off of pools, and dirt from hikes. These easy to clean and maintain flooring options are the perfect choice for active homeowners who want flooring as stylish as it is durable.

Count on Countertops

Do not miss out on the opportunity to style your gorgeous countertops with decorative pieces. By adding decor to your countertops, you can highlight their beauty without taking away from them. Additionally, you can utilize beautiful countertop solutions like Quartz, Marble, or Granite to spruce up your design. These gorgeous countertops are as beautiful as they are durable. Quartz is a well-loved, superb countertop option that is non-porous and easy to maintain, whereas, Granite is a natural stone that features a timeless, classic look and is loved for its heat-resistant and low-maintenance properties. Marble is another stunning, luxurious countertop choice that features a veiny, highly-desirable look that instantly adds style and charm to any space. From Granite to Quartz to Marble, countertop styles and looks are truly endless and can refresh any kitchen or bathroom design this summer.

Color Me ‘Refreshed’

Another powerful tool you can use is paint.  Color is one of the most effective ways to convey a feeling or mood into an atmosphere.  Consider using pastel colors to keep a neutral feel while helping to brighten up your home. They will reflect natural light and help your atmosphere to feel soft and open.

Refresh Your Atmosphere

Refreshing your home’s atmosphere can be simple tactics to spice up your interior design.  They do not need to be elaborate investments or changes to the blueprint of the house for them to be worthwhile.  To help you find the perfect balance for your own home, we broke it down into several categories to look at when refreshing your space.  Try adding some of these to your home to enhance the summer appeal.

‘Wall,’ Hello There

An easy way to refresh your space this summer is by adding pictures to your walls.  Pictures can say a thousand words and can help enhance a theme in a room. If you already have images, you can swap them out with summertime classics to captivate the free-spirit, effortless vibe we admire about summer days. Simply store your winter/fall photos in a bin, and swap them out with light and airy artwork for a fresh look.

Delightful Décor

Let’s be honest; we all love décor.  Whether it is scented candles or soft throw blankets, every homeowner leans more towards a particular piece. But if you find yourself limited, try adding flair to a space with homey decor pieces. Curtains, throw pillows, and shelving décor can give a room a theme and make the design feel deliberate.  Just be sure to find a common theme and allow your décor to complement each other.

With all of these design elements, your home can embrace the light and airy vibe that we admire about summertime while encapsulating the homey attributes you always wanted. Thanks for reading!

2019 Summer Color Trends

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Colors

Color can be very influential in a space. The colors we put in our homes, the colors we wear, even the colors of our cars, all have subtle ways of expressing ourselves. While color meaning does not significantly change, the trends do. This summer, we looked at some of the most trending colors to help you stay ahead of the game. Remember, trends change. These could currently be very trendy in marketing or painting right now but could become less frequently used in the future. But for now, here are 2019’s Summer Color Trends:

Behr Antigua M460-7 (Deep Blue/Green)

Image Credit: Behr

Antigua is a fresh look blue-green hybrid. It adds life to any space while keeping cool undertones. This sophisticated summer color is Behr’s color of the month currently. Homeowners and business may incorporate this color to give a lively, summer Caribbean feel to an atmosphere.

Sherwin Williams June Day SW 6682 (Yellow)

Image Credit: Sherwin Williams

This creative yellow can liven up any space. It is Sherwin Williams color of the month for June and for an obvious reason. June Day is a lively yellow that can make any environment feel inspirations and warm. Its radiant flow brings positive energy to each space and is just simply fun to have in any space.

Pantone Color Fiesta 17-1564 TCX (Red/Orange)

Image Credit: Pantone

Inspired by Pantone’s Color of the Year (Living Coral), Fiesta has a deeper feel. While not a buoyant, this color is still packed with energy. Pantone describes this fun color as adorable, loving, and forceful. Make a statement by incorporating this color in your design or wardrobe this summer.

Summer Birthstones

Every month is affiliated with flowers and stones. These can become influential marketing and design and often become quite trendy. The unique thing about summer’s stones and flowers is that they can come in a variety of colors. It shows how truly diverse the spin on color is during the summer. From reds, pinks, purples, and blues, these colors can all truly shine this month.

While pastel colors have been trending, bright, vibrant colors have flooded the industry in the last couple of weeks. Keep your eyes peeled on what is next to come. For more insight on today’s latest and greatest trends, make sure to subscribe.

Pros and Cons of Cement Encaustic Tile

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Cement or concrete tile is nothing new to the industry. This style is made from marble, cement, and mineral pigments placed into a mold. A frame of the design is then inserted into the mold to allow the designs and patterns to be colored. The cement is then added. However, they are not baked like traditional clay-based tiles. They are hydraulically pressed with 2,000lbs of pressure to create a solid tile. These beautiful tiles are unique and exceptionally aesthetically pleasing. However, every tile comes with its pros and cons. Here are the main pros and cons to consider before purchasing cement encaustic tiles:

Pros

These beautiful tiles come in a large variety of colors, patterns, and designs. They work great with almost any themed home! It is a natural material which also allows each tile to age with the house. It can give the product a very lived-in feel over time with the investment. These pressed tiles are also very thick and durable. The color runs deep into each tile, so even if they chip, you will still be able to see your pattern.

Cons

These concrete tiles are usually thicker than most ceramic, porcelain, or glass tile options. This means that you may need a reducer transition leading out of where this is installed. Also, being thicker can mean more weight for backsplashes. Make sure your walls can handle the weight of the tile prior to your investment. Concrete is also very porous, which means liquids can penetrate it and stain the tiles. This can be prevented, however, by adding the proper sealant. Remember, you will have a little more maintenance now and will need to reapply sealant once or twice a year. These tiles can begin to age or wear, which looks great when achieved evenly. However, in high traffic areas, they can begin to show traffic marking over time.

All in all, these tiles look great! There is a reason they have become so popular in homes and business. The look these tiles have to offer is exceptionally aesthetically-pleasing and can enhance any environment. Ask your sales representative if these tiles are right for you by contacting us today!

Advice for a Bathroom Remodel

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Kitchen and Bath, Remodeling, Tips

Completing a bathroom remodel can be exciting but can also be a little more complicated than you imagined. If you are not sure about what to focus on when remodeling your bath, you came to the right place! Here is our expert advice on beginning a bathroom remodel:

Flooring

Making sure you choose a flooring material that is water-, scratch- and stain-resistant is essential. Water is going to be an issue when you are dealing with a shower stall, tub, and sink. Make sure you install something durable like tile to ensure your floors stay in pristine condition. Natural stone can also be a good choice if properly sealed. If the room used to be more on the dull side, try a uniquely shaped tile choice to mix it up. If you go with the classic tile shape, try installing a border to add character.

Storage

Clutter can ruin a functional space, so take this opportunity to install as much storage space as you need to keep things tidy. If there was too much storage prior to your remodel, try sleeker shelving that will still get the job done. If you are working with a spare bathroom that will not be seeing much use, you can skip the bulky cabinets and go with a more minimal look through open shelves or baskets. These will still hold the necessities for guests while taking up less square footage in the room.

Fixtures

An attractive set of fixtures can amp up the style in your bathroom. To save space in a small spare bathroom, install a pedestal sink with just enough room for overnight guests to fit their travel kits. A claw-foot tub also makes a beautiful statement. For the master bath, try a vessel sink or an undermount sink to create a more unique look. The master can forgo a bathtub and have a beautiful stand-up shower stall with tile from top to bottom and be enclosed with clear glass doors to keep the room looking spacious.

Lighting

Most bathroom lighting fixtures are set above where you would be standing to look in the mirror. This casts shadows downwards and is not the most optimal use of light for getting ready in the morning. Try adjusting the lighting to eye level on each side of the mirror. In doing so, it will help cast the right lighting for makeup application as well as a morning shave.

Ask for Help

Finally, do not be afraid to ask for assistance if there are parts of this remodel that confuse you. It is better to ask for help prior to installation so you can prevent purchasing any inappropriate materials for the space. Feel free to come and visit our one of our showrooms with any questions you might have. One of our expert sales associates would love to assist you. Do not wait; stop in today!