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Stay Warm This Winter with Our Cold Weather Home Tips

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We are getting deeper into the winter season. The shortest days of the year are here, and we are prone to spending more time inside than usual. While we love spending time enjoying the sun and great weather, being cooped up indoors is not all that bad. It gives us time to spend with our loved ones, appreciate our homes, and relax.

With all this time indoors, it is time to make your home feel cozier. In the hospitality industry, a turndown service is when a room is serviced in preparation for their guests going to bed. Sometimes, when you leave your room for dinner at hotels, they will come in and switch out your pillows for sleeping pillows, fold your blankets on the bed for easy access, put out alcoholic beverages, and dim the lights. We like to take this similar concept and bring it into our own homes. However, instead of making a hotel room more comfortable and cozier for sleep, we will cozy up our homes for winter. To help you accomplish this, here is everything you should consider in your own turndown service:

Replace the Sheets

The average person sleeps eight hours every night. With twenty-four hours in a day, we will spend nearly 1/3 of our lives in our beds. If you go into your bed early to watch television, you could be spending even more time in your bed! This reason is why your sheets, pillows, and comforters should all be top-notch and ready to go for winter. Have some winter sheets or a heavier comforter, which you add during winter. This feature can make the nights feel even cozier and your bedroom more comforting.

Utilize Your Fireplace

The Danish word for comfy lifestyle is “hygge.” Try to get a little more hygge in your life by using your fireplace now that winter is here. If you have a fireplace in your home, this is a fantastic amenity to start facilitating. Cut or buy firewood and make your home feel even warmer with a comforting fireplace that burns every evening.

Add Throw Pillows and Blankets

Even our living rooms can be serviced with this turndown. Make the couches, sofas, and chairs a little more inviting. Try adding some seasonal throw pillows and bringing out some fluffy blankets. This feature can become part of your décor while making an even more comfortable atmosphere.

Start making your home more relaxing and comforting with these simple investments. We also suggest getting some comfy clothing to wear around the home. Slipper or pajamas can make the whole experience that much more relaxing. Happy winter!

Three Diverse Types of Carpet That Are Trending in 2020

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Are you in the market for carpet for a new home, a renovation project, or a recently-flipped house? If so, we have a few new carpet types for you. Now, you must know that not all carpet is created equal. That is why we would like to take this opportunity to share with you some new carpet trends. Let’s take a look!

Recycled Carpet

So far this year, recycled carpet has been all the rage. Today’s buyers are very concerned with their carbon footprint, or if you will, environmentally-friendly products. Manufacturers and retailers alike are bringing what consumers want to the table with recycled carpet. In fact, almost all carpet that is made today is made from recycled materials. One of the top recycled carpet tiles products is made from recycled plastic bottles, which is amazing! Annually, approximately 3.5 million pounds of carpet is thrown out. So currently, some manufacturers are making carpet more recyclable to prevent it from being tossed out every year. The trend of recycled carpet is here to stay and not going away anytime soon!

Cut & Loop Carpet

Actually, cut and loop carpet is exactly what it sounds like. Either the carpet is cut flat at the top, or it is looped in its construction. When cut and loop carpet is combined together, it creates a stylish pattern and texture. When you take your hand and rub it across the carpet, you can feel the different textures. Right now, design patterns are trendy in not only fabrics but also in carpet. These cut and loop carpets have been popular for the last 5 and 6 six years. However, we do not anticipate this style being used to carpet an entire home, only an area where you want to make more of a statement.

Twist or Frieze Carpet 

Twist carpet is manufactured where each piece of carpet is twisted to make it look curly or wavy. Twist carpet is transpired from the 1970’s shag carpet. Today’s twist or frieze carpet is more trendy than a traditional carpet, and it is believed that will stay around for a long time.

We hope you have learned about a few newer carpet trends on the market. If you would like to see some of them in person, please visit us at Century Tile for more information.

Simple Home Projects

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Have you been saving year after year for a kitchen remodel or similar home renovation project for what seems like forever but never actually doing it? Instead of talking about what you want to do, there are many ways you can actively take charge of your home and bring new light to it on your own. Not everyone is as handy as they would like to be, but that does not mean you have to forgo improving your home altogether. There are many simple ways to spruce up your home without breaking the bank or even needing to hire a handyman!

Outlet Covers

Outlet covers are a quick way to clean up the appearance of your walls or even add a pop of detail to an otherwise plain wall. You can find almost any color or shade of outlet cover at your local hardware store, making it easy to find one that blends with your wall. You can also choose to have them stand out, creating more dimension, by choosing from a variety of fancier options. The most significant part of this project is its simplicity, all you need is a screwdriver, and you can replace your cracked and painted-over outlet covers with new ones and bring a cleaner overall look to your home.

Doorknobs

Replacing your doorknobs is a slightly more involved task than replacing your outlet covers may be, but the tool list is just as simple: a screwdriver. The options for replacing door handles are almost endless and offer a chance to change the appearance of the doors in your home drastically. Whether you have gotten paint on them attempting to repaint your doors or simply want to change the shape or look of your handles, the end result of replacing them is positively noticeable and not much harder a job than replacing your outlet covers will be.

Floating Shelves

Floating shelves can add dimension to any wall and quickly bring life to a room. You may need a drill to complete this project, but it is an endeavor that not only offers drastic change to a room by itself but also opens your wall up to many different decorating options. You can fill them with live plants or succulents that are easy to maintain. Books can also offer great conversation starters and an opportunity to display your interests in your home. Another option is candles to quickly brighten up a wall and add a bit of warmth to your home. No matter what you decide to put on the shelves, adding them to your home is a simple way to bring visual change without too much effort on your part.

and work your way up to the big stuff. You may find that a few small changes can make a big difference. These three DIY projects are a great place to start, but there are plenty of other easy ways to create a big change in your living space. What are some of your DIY project ideas? Let us know below in the comment section and remember to subscribe!

The Walkthrough: Tackling Projects in Your Home

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Today’s design assignment is physically walking through your home to assess every project that needs to be done! No, seriously. Too often, we have a list of things floating in our heads, not cognitively thinking about them when we need to but only during the most inconvenient times. For instance, perhaps, a light bulb burnt out in a room you rarely use. You have gone to the store several times but never bought the lightbulb because it is not on your mind. Next time you go into that room, you realize how many opportunities you have accidentally passed to fix this problem. Well, today you are going to take proactive steps for fixing this from happening again, and here is how:

Physically Walkthrough

Start by grabbing a notepad or opening the notes app on your phone. Next, physically walk through your home room by room. Take a moment to assess everything you want to get done. These tasks can range from dead batteries in a remote to a new shelving unit. Pay attention to every detail. Are there problems you face in the room? Perhaps the furniture layout is too chaotic or too minimal for a space. Maybe you have scuffs on a wall that need to be painted or stains in your carpet. Make sure to take note of everything you see in the rooms. You should also conduct this walkthrough around the outside of your property to assess your yard as well.

Make a Price Sheet and a Prioritize List

Once you have determined everything that you want to get done, it is time to prioritize your list. This can be done in several ways. You can do it room by room or try to get prices for everything you need to accomplish. Make a price list and decide what some of the prices and obstacles you may face are.

Execute

Do not just create this list. Decide how you are best going to go about accomplishing it. Some of these tasks may be able to be achieved simply by making some free time. Decide when is the next day available to tackle your list. Perhaps, this may become part of your weekend projects.

The walkthrough will help keep you goal-oriented. Once you have created your list, simply stick to it. Creating the list in and of itself will allow you to really notice what needs to be done in your home.

What are some goals you need to accomplish? Let us know below in the comment section.

Mixing Metals in Your Interior Design

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When it comes to interior design, traditionally, metals were never supposed to be mixed throughout the design. However, interior design is always changing. New generations want to change the traditional styling of their parents and put their own flair on the design industry. While tradition is great, the new trends can bring forth many significant styling advantages as well.

Does your home have a common metal theme throughout it? Perhaps, you have all stainless-steel appliances in your kitchen. Well, if you are looking to change with the times, consider mixing metals in your home’s design. Here is everything you need to understand about metals in order to properly mix them in your home design:

No More Than Three Metals

When it comes to mixing metals, it is very similar to painting a room. The most effective approach is no more than two or three metal variations. You can have one primary metal and choose an accent metal, or you can choose to have two secondary metals and an accent.

The easier approach is two, but mixing three can be aesthetically pleasing as well. Try to use your primary metal in a plethora of areas throughout your home. Perhaps, your kitchen has stainless steel appliances. This may be your microwave, sink, range, refrigerator, and dishwasher. Now, consider adding your secondary metal to other areas of the room. Maybe copper handles on your cabinets and doors while including a copper chandelier and faucet to the design.

Mixing Different Metals

Different metals can influence the tone of a room. Just like colors, there are cool, warm, and neutral metals. Warm metals consist of brass, copper, and gold. Cold metals are aluminum, stainless steel, and silver. Whereas neutral metals can be black metals or cast iron. When adding your accent to a room, select a different value metal to give it more of a pop to your design. For example, if your room is full gold (warm-tone) picture frames, light fixtures, and bar stools, try adding some silver (cool-tone) accents to the room.

Metal Finishes

Metal finishes can work great in different design styles. There are several different finishes to choose from when selecting metals in your home. Weathered metals can be used to enrich an atmosphere. Hammered metals are great for adding some texture to Rustic or Farmhouse designs. You can even try applying brushes metals to Eclectic homes. Polished metals are used in many Modern-styled designs and can help enhance yours as well. Yet, a satin finish may be more Traditional. Knowing the different metal finishes and how they affect your home may help you select the right finish to tailor to your design theme.

Mixing metals is becoming more common. Adding a variety of metals to your design can help really add character to your design. There are so many ways to incorporate these tricks into your home, even from decor to furniture. How will you end up mixing metals in your design? Let us know below in the comment section. Thanks for reading!

Rug Layering

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Are you interested in learning how to layer rugs in your home, but you are unsure where to start? If so, be sure to watch this short video for tips and tricks when layering rugs.

2020’s Kitchen Flooring Color Trends

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Are you thinking about upgrading your current kitchen floor, and you are not quite sure what is “current” with colors? If so, we first recommend going online and exploring different kitchen designs for inspiration. After, you may find now that it is 2020, dark and light floors are still popular along with contrasting cabinets and islands featuring whites, dark browns, or charcoal grays. However, do not fear, warmer colors are on the horizon, and many designers are inspired by the warm hues.

Blonde

Today’s homeowners are embracing the light and airy openness of their kitchens by incorporating blonde hardwood floors. In fact, many professionals feel that blonde floors will become a classic color this year due to its matchable tone and warm nature.

Honey

Just a bit darker than blonde floors are honey-colored floors. They are warm, cozy, and ever so inviting. In fact, honey-colored floors are making a massive appearance in today’s kitchen flooring.

Whitewashed

Spreading to the east coast are whitewashed floors that have typically been used and loved on the west coast. Many homeowners are choosing whitewashed floors for their homes on the east coast, and we can see why. They offer a carefree, light, airy, and beachy vibe that compliments any kitchen space effortlessly.

White Tile

In addition to the upswing of whitewashed floors, we are also seeing white tile floors go off the charts in the kitchen designs. In fact, white tile floors will contrast with neutral or colorful cabinets alike, and we find many homeowners are installing the marble-look white tile in today’s kitchen. The white floor will make the kitchen appear larger and pristinely clean. Plus, since homeowners have so many choices of white tiles (whether they are ceramic, porcelain, or even natural stone floors), the options are infinite.

What color trend do you foresee in 2020 kitchen designs? We would love to hear your thoughts below in the comment section.

Open-Concept Living: What You Need to Know

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Years ago, open-concept floor plans were reserved for homes that were utilizing limited square footage. However, in recent years, open-concept living has become incredibly trendy. While some homeowners still desire separate rooms with their own function, many homeowners are taking a sledgehammer to their walls to create an open floor plan.

Benefits of Open-Concept Living

So what is all the fuss about open floor plans, and why are homeowners set on creating this architectural design? Well, there are many features of open floor plans that you cannot get traditional separate rooms:

  • One feature of an open concept floor plan is that it can transform the smallest spaces. It creates an open and airy feeling, making a space appear bigger. If you desire to bring more light and width a room, tearing down walls may be a solution.
  • Perhaps the most significant feature of open concept living is that it is multifunctional, and it allows for multitasking. For kitchens with open and combined dining and living room areas, you will be able to entertain your guests while preparing a meal. If you have a family, an open concept floor plan allows you to take care of things around the house while being able to keep an eye on the children. In addition, you can use the allotted space for more than one task. For instance, a portion of the living room can also serve as your office area by simply adding in a workstation.

Drawbacks of Open Floor Plans

While the flow, space, and added brightness are significant features of open concept floor plans, there can also be drawbacks to living within such space. Some challenges include:

  • Loss of privacy
  • Lack of wall space which means fewer electrical outlets and unconcealed wires.
  • Designing open-concept floor plans can be challenging.

Should I Opt for a Home with Open Floor Plans?

Whether you are in the market for a new home or you are planning on remodeling your home, you may be considering open concept living. How do can you determine whether this design scheme is for your family? Well, you need to assess your family needs and desires. You will want to take into consideration your lifestyle and see how well the concept will work for your everyday life. Once you do so, you will be able to determine if it is right for you.

How to Clean Luxury Vinyl

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Luxury vinyl planking has made a significant impact on the flooring market. It is an extremely versatile flooring option that can be ideal for almost any environment. In fact, we continue to see the LVP market grow as many people love the beauty this floor has to offer with the extreme levels of durability. While these can all be great perks to flooring, another pro is the simplicity of cleaning LVP. Luxury vinyl planking can be extremely easy to clean, yet if this is your first time having this floor, you may have some concerns. Here is everything to note about cleaning your luxury vinyl plank flooring:

Sweep

Luxury vinyl planking is incredibly easy to clean. Essentially, your first plan of attack is to protect your floors from dirt and debris. This can be done by simply taking your shoes off in your home or having a welcome mat. If dirt does get on your LVP, however, simply sweep it up and dispose of it. It is that simple!

Microfiber Mop

For more serious messes, you can use a microfiber mop to clean them. A light cleaning agent can do the trick. Since LVP is waterproof and can be wetted to help clean or break down debris, be sure to use a none wax-based cleaner. A simple home remedy is mixing water and vinegar to help clean your floors.

Do Not Wax

While LVP does dull over time, waxing is not the solution. Most LVP has a protective film on top of it. Do not attempt to wax your LVP floors! This will not bond properly to your floors. It will just harden and create an unwanted film on top of your flooring, which will need to be removed. Check with your manufacturer to see what recommendation they suggest to help give your floor a shiny finish. However, that being said, typically, LVP will just be matte or low gloss.

Cleaning your vinyl plank flooring is quite simple! This is just one more added benefit to consider when shopping for your next flooring option. From durability and aesthetics to waterproof features and easy to clean properties, this versatile flooring is a great choice for any home!