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Using Outdoor Rugs Inside Your Home

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Outdoor Living

Rugs have been a conventional floor covering for over an estimated 4,000 years. Over time, different styles have been invented to handle different applications best. For instance, wool is a great natural solution that is eco-friendly and an excellent insulator. Nylon and polyester are both synthetic fibers that can have great resilience or “bounce back” after they have been crushed while being durable, and versatile. However, some synthetic fibers were designed to withstand rainy environments, humidity, and resistance to sun fading. These polypropylene rugs are great solutions for outdoor environments, but can they be used inside your home? Of course! They actually have many benefits that may be right for your own home. Here are three benefits of why outdoor carpet may be best for inside your home:

Extremely Durable to High Traffic

Polypropylene rugs are made of incredibly durable fibers. They work great inside your home and will not show any traffic patterns. This feature is great for families with children or pets always running around inside the house. They can also handle well against spills or accidents and clean very easily. You can take them outside and hose them off, allow them to air dry, and bring them back inside your home!

Resistant to Mold and Mildew

This factor brings up the next valuable advantage of polypropylene rugs that they have above their competition! Water is typically carpeting’s worst nightmare! However, these outdoor rugs can withstand water daily and are resistant to mold and mildew. This feature makes them very advantageous for rooms with water exposure like kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.

Diverse and Unique Style Options

These “indoor/outdoor” rugs offer a little bit different styling than your traditional rugs. They can give you a large selection of options to browse the right fit for your home design. With a wide variety of colors, patterns, textures, and sizes, you can find a rug for any room in your home.

Expand your vision of rugs and consider using indoor/outdoor carpet more frequently inside your home. These advantages are significant for homes with children or pets! What do you think about this option? Would you put it in your home?

How to Keep Marble Surfaces Clean

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Flooring, Tile

Do you love your marble floors? With its subtle swirl pattern and beautiful shade variations, it is no wonder you do. Whether you have decided to install this colorful stone on your floors, kitchen counters, or as a backsplash with marble tiles, it can be expensive to install. Therefore, it is vital to protect your investment by properly maintaining marble surfaces.

Marble Surfaces Are Easily Damaged

Although marble is a type of natural stone, it is especially susceptible to damage. Although the exterior is hard, it can be easily dented, smashed, or cracked. That is why it is crucial that you hire a professional to seal your marble tiles after they have been installed. A quality sealant will help prevent damage from furniture and foot traffic.

In addition, marble tiles are stain-prone. Remember that it is derived from a metamorphic rock, which means it can have a negative reaction to acid substances. When an acid comes into contact with marble, it can result in staining and discoloration. Substances like wine, coffee, ketchup, and orange juice should be cleaned up immediately when it comes into contact with your marble tiles.

Sealing Your Marble Tiles

Natural stone tiles like marble require regular sealing, not just after an initial application. Stone is especially porous, which means that it needs protection against food, liquid, and other substances. You can choose between solvent or water-based sealants, depending on your preference. Sealants work by penetrating through the stone and sealing the pores so that it acts as a repellent against moisture and stains.

Tips for Maintaining Marble Surfaces

When cleaning marble surfaces, you should avoid using all-purpose cleaners that are not marble-safe since they often contain ingredients that could erode the stone. Here are some additional tips you should keep in mind:

  • You can use a mixture of diluted dish soap and water.
  • Use a dust mop to remove dirt, dust, and debris. 
  • Hydrogen peroxide can be used to remove coffee, tea, and food. 
  • Commercial poultice powder can be used to remove stubborn stains. 
  • If you have marble tiles installed in the bathroom, be sure to dry it after showering.
  • Be sure to wipe up substances with colorants immediately to avoid staining the stone.
  • Always check with your manufacturer to ensure you are using approved products.

We hope that these tips were helpful! If you have any questions about your marble tiles, be sure to leave us a comment. Thanks for reading!

What Tile Is Best for You?

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Flooring, Tile

Tile flooring has been perfected for centuries. Today, there are thousands of tile options available for flooring and wall coverings. With such a wide variety, the decision process can feel downright daunting. However, there are several categories of tile and different areas of application where they perform best. With a better understanding of different kinds of tile, you can make a more informed decision on which flooring is right for you. Here are several of the most common tile options and their best suits:

Ceramic

One of the most common tile options today is ceramic. Ceramic tile is created by heating clay up at high temperatures. The tile comes out waterproof and stain-resistant. Plus, ceramic is a versatile and affordable option that works great on floors and walls in almost any room. Not to mention, ceramic tile can come in a large variety of colors, sizes, shapes, and patterns.

Porcelain

The next tile option is porcelain. Porcelain is extremely waterproof and durable. It is how most toilet bowls are created. This tile extremely durable and works great in every atmosphere. From walls and floors to countertops and outdoors, porcelain is the kind of tile. Plus, it is scratch- and chip-resistant and hard to stain. Like ceramic, it also can come in a variety of textures and colors.

Natural Stone

Where natural stone reigns supreme is against heat. Natural stone is heat-, scratch-, water-, and stain-resistant. It offers the most longevity with proper care. While the rocks can be porous and may need to be sealed, it can be used on walls, floors, countertops, and outdoor environments.

Quarry

Quarry tile is an impervious paving tile made from ground minerals similar to bricks. They are cooked at extremely high temperatures and extremely slip-resistant. They work wonders in wet environments with their slip-resistant properties. You will commonly see quarry tiles used in commercial bathrooms or ski lodges because of their superior slip-resistance and durability properties. Plus, this floor is easy to maintain and can be used inside and outside your home.

Glass

Glass is an extremely decorative tile option. The transparency allows light to play uniquely off each tile. It can be used outdoors, but typically is used for shower walls or backsplashes. You will also see glass sold in mosaic patterns used in pools as well. Plus, it is waterproof as well as stain-proof.

Tile is universal, and it can work in many different environments. Deciding which tile will work for your home comes down to taste. Once you have found several tiles, decide if they can withstand the environment in which they will be installed. For more insight on flooring options and tile, be sure to talk to your Century Tile sales representative.

Painting 101

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Tips

As spring approaches, homeowners and businesses have been cooped inside too long. It is time to freshen up and rejuvenate your atmosphere, and there is no better way to completely revamp an area like painting it. In fact, wall-to-wall paint is an excellent way to change the entire feel and design style of a room because colors are extremely influential on our emotions. For instance, painting a room red will feel completely different than painting it beige. Painting is not only affordable, but it is easy enough that anyone can do it. Here is what you need to do:

Prep Work

Nothing is more critical to the outcome of the final project as much as prep work. To begin, use painter tape and tape off the ceiling and the baseboard. Remove all outlet covers and light switch covers. Remove pictures, curtains, and furniture as well during this time. This step is also a great time to patch any holes in your walls.

Primer

A primer will allow your final paint coat to turn out the best. Each coat can take several hours to dry, so be sure to prime each wall thoroughly. Your prime should eliminate the prior layer of paint behind it. This step will prevent the old paint from bleeding through into your new paint color.

Paint

After your primer has dried completely, you can now begin painting. This step can be exciting, but do not rush it! Add two to three coats of paint and allow to dry completely. This whole project can take several days. Once dried, you can put back all your outlet covers and light covers. You can also touch up any areas where you see flaws at this time.

Paint is a fantastic way to upgrade and enhance your home. Be creative and add a new color. You can do several rooms at once to help between dry time. You may want to tarp carpet or flooring to prevent spills or drips. From more home improvement tricks and tips, make sure to subscribe.

Bathroom Remodel: Four Smart Flooring Strategies to Get You Started

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Flooring, Tile

Are you ready to remodel your bathroom? If so, we would love to help you by bringing up four crucial points to consider before selecting your new, fabulous tile. Let’s take a look!

Safety First

Did you know tile has ratings based on grade, water absorption, and friction? In fact, beauty aside, the tile on your bathroom floors needs to be able to withstand water exposer and ensure you will not slip and fall. Therefore, you want to be sure that you choose the proper rating for your bathroom application. If you are uncertain about which grading to choose, one of our expert sales associates would love to assist you. Do not hesitate to ask!

Measure Correctly

Before measuring and calculating the number of tiles, you will need to know the measurements of the fixtures in the room. The size of the tub, toilet, and vanity all vary, so these decisions need to be made first. For example, if you have a floating vanity, the tile will be installed underneath, as opposed to a built-in vanity, where the tile will simply be installed alongside the outer edges of the fixture. Our consultants can help double check measurements before placing your final order.

Leveling

Is your floor level? If not, this is a good time to address the issue and correct it during the tile installation. A quick test is to place a marble in each corner of the bathroom. If a marble begins to roll in any direction, you will know where your problem areas are. Talk with our contractor about how you can solve leveling issues.

Design Ideas

Large tiles with large patterns will look great in most bathroom sizes. Larger floor areas offer more leeway to explore more intricate pattern ideas. Think about using two different styles of tile to create more visual interest, for example, a wood-look tile on the floor and a glossy subway tile in the shower. In a small bathroom, keep the accent tiles to a minimum to avoid a chaotic look. Definitely take time exploring our website and various design magazines to find the looks you like the most.

Visit one of our showrooms for personalized help. Our showroom consultants would love to help as you make decisions that will add value and increased enjoyment of your home!

A Message to Our Customers Regarding COVID-19

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Updates & News

Dear Century Tile customers,

We wanted to take a moment to personally reach out to you during these exceptionally trying times as we all try to navigate the issues with COVID-19.   As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, we fully understand the uncertainty this public health emergency creates. 

As a loyal business member in this community, we remain committed to doing our part to safeguard the health of our team and customers.   We want to ensure you that we are taking the necessary precautions to maintain a high level of cleanliness in our showrooms and we plan on remaining open and fully functioning to take care of your needs moving forward.

We will be temporally adjusting our store hours to better serve our customers as well as our staff during this difficult time effective Friday, March 20th to the following:

Monday – Friday: (7am or 7:30am*) – 6pm

Saturday: 8am – 6pm

Sunday: CLOSED

(*Cicero Ave. location)

We will re-evaluate the situation at the end of March and communicate the appropriate measures that need to be taken in accordance with the CDC and State of Illinois as to when we will resume normal business practices.

Our staff is available for design consultations or that DIY project you’ve been looking to complete.  If you prefer to shop from the comfort of your home, our website features easy to use shopping and design tools, product catalogs, visualization and more!  You can visit our website on your computer or mobile device at www.century-tile.com.

Whether you are shopping with us now or in the future, our professional staff is here to provide you with the excellent service and quality products you’ve come to expect.

Know that all of us at Century Tile are here ready to help and we thank all of you for your understanding and being valued customers.

– The Century Tile Management Team

Three Pieces of Home Decor That You Need

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

Home décor is the best way to make your house feel like home. What you add to your space is a simple way to tailor your taste in the atmosphere and express yourself. For instance, every time you add a picture, a vase, or a piece of furniture to your home, it gives off energy to help design your space. So when creating your home’s theme, there are three key components you must consider. Here are our top picks to add to your space to help create the atmosphere:

Pictures

A picture is worth a thousand words. Every photo that you add to your home can help become a focal point in your design. For instance, imagine a room with floral pictures on the walls. These pictures can help revitalize the room and add life to the atmosphere. Now, take the same room and add contemporary art. This artwork can make a room feel more modern and edgy. Pictures are great focal points to reflect on when creating your design. One photograph as a focal point can give you colors, expressions, and meaning to create in the design of your room.

Color

Color is also an incredibly influential factor in an environment. The colors you choose to put in your space can completely transpire different meanings. For instance, adding purple throw pillows and violet curtains can feel completely different than a room with a red couch and warm-hued rug. Colors can impact moods and how we psychologically interpret a space. So make sure you understand how and why you chose each color that you use in your home to see how it can change your space.

Lighting

Lighting is great for bringing life and energy to a space. Plus, there are several types of lights that you can consider adding to each room. It would help if you started with your general or ambient lighting. This lighting should be used to cast or blanket the entirety of the space and provide a function to the atmosphere. Next, consider your accent lighting. This lighting can be used to create more ambiance or mood in the room than your general lighting. You should also consider using task lighting to help provide light more focused in areas you will be performing tasks. For instance, if you need a reading lamp, a light in the kitchen for cutting, or even light provide for sewing – this is considered a task lighting. Task lighting can come in many forms. Make sure to balance your atmosphere by adding all three of these lighting options where needed.

With these three key components, you can master tailoring your space to your design needs. They are all great ways to customize your home and make it feel more expressive of your style. What are some of your favorite ways to customize your own home? We would love to hear from you! Let us know below in the comment section, and for more great tips and tricks, make sure to subscribe!

Tips for a Healthy Yard

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Having a beautiful yard year-round begins with the preparation and work you do in the springtime. Spring is the opportune time to get your lawn in tiptop shape before harsh weather, and the effort you put into your yard now will be shown throughout the entire year. 

Run a Rake Through Your Yard

In doing so, you will remove harmful thatch (dead grass) from your yard. You should only remove 1/2-1 inch of thatch from your yard. Simply un the rake through your grass at the beginning of the season to encourage healthy growth all year long. 

Take Samples of Your Soil

 Test your soil to see if your pH level is appropriate. The level should be between five and seven.

Aerate the Grass

Aerating the yard can be extremely beneficial by allowing essential nutrients to enter through the recently loosened grass. The more packed down your soil is, the more difficult it becomes for minerals to penetrate the soil.

Patch the Grass Where Necessary

If you notice a hole or bare spot in your yard, it is easier to fix than you might think. First, run water over the spot to flush out anything harmful. Second, take your rake and run through any dead grass. Lastly, fill any holes with sand and soil. 

Water Your Plants

It is essential to make sure your plants are being watered properly. Whether they are watered by rain or a hose, your plants will need a certain amount of water to stay healthy and alive. The same goes for your grass, place a sprinkler in your yard to ensure it is receiving the right amount of moisture. 

Mow Your Lawn in Different Directions

Mowing your lawn in different directions can be immensely beneficial for the future growth of your yard. It may not look as decorative as a diagonal cut might look, but it will help establish a more uniform grass growth.

Leave Grass Clippings Where They Are

Grass clippings can provide nutrients to your yard and serve a similar function as a mulch. Leave your grass clippings where they are and try to mow your lawn when it is dry to avoid clumping. 

We hope you enjoyed these seven tips for creating a healthy yard year-round. We encourage you to try and make yard work a family activity by inviting the members of your family outdoors. You can get a lot accomplished with each other, and you can all bask in the fantastic work you have done.

How Color Influences a Room’s Emotion

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Colors, Design and Decorating

It is no secret that color can be a powerful tool used in interior and exterior design. Color is used all the time throughout every aspect of styling, fashion, clothing, and marketing. In fact, you probably have your favorite color shirt you love to wear or a color car you may prefer. These color preferences can come down to color psychology and how a color can make you feel.

Room Temperature

Color has a psychological effect on how we gauge temperature. Typically, we associate colors like blue with cooler atmospheres, whereas a color like red may indicate a warmer environment. Many designers believe that you should use your home’s natural climate environment to choose colors inside your home.

For instance, if you live in the desert oasis where it is continuously warm and surrounded by warm sandy tones, you may want to incorporate cooler tones in your home. Likewise, if you live in a winter wonderland, warmer colors in your home can make your home feel like a getaway retreat.

Warm- and Cool-Tone Emotion

Warm tones are associated with colors like red, orange, and yellow. Cool tones are associated with colors like blue, green, and violet. Warm tones are used to make a room feel more stimulating and inviting. Cool tones make the atmosphere feel more refreshing and relaxed. Consider what type of influence you want in each room. This factor can help guide you in color choices.

Dulling or Enriching Color Influences

You also can have power on how much a specific color influences a room. For instance, let us explore blue:

Accent: If you use blue as a subtle accent tone in a room, you can create a calm and passive feeling atmosphere.

Monochromatic: Yet, make that room monochromatic and all blue, then the blue may feel overpowering. Overpowering blue can create a lack of emotion, coldness, and detachment from an atmosphere.

Saturation: That being said, you can also influence color through the saturation. For instance, a pastel blue has less influence than a vibrant, bright blue.

These are all little tricks to investigate when creating your space.

Creating Balance

Ultimately, balance is a vital tool in using color. For instance, using neutral tones can help create balance. If you chose to use colors, create balance to prevent over dominance. You can mix warm and cool tones to help create contrast. Just note whatever color is predominantly used in the room will have the most influence. Different colors can create different psychological influences as well. For instance, think of using red in a room that you want to provoke a warm and cozy atmosphere. Now use green and you may make the space feel revitalized and earthy. Yet, make a room green and red and your mind will quickly associate these colors with festive and seasonal décor.

It is essential to make sure your colors agree with one another. In fact, many designers will create digital or tangible mood boards to see how different colors work with one another. You can utilize this idea to see how colors react in your setting and go from there.