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Illuminating Your Home

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Light is only a small part of the electromagnetic spectrum which we can visually see. It allows us to identify objects through color and sight. Colors and light contribute a vital role to our development and well-being. This is why color and light can directly correlate with how we feel and give us energy. Designers have been captivated by the power of light in homes for centuries and have been incorporating its importance more and more into design. If your home is not well lit, it can give a dreary, unmotivating feel to it. 
 
There are different categories of lights to integrate into your home, and we put together a list of the top three lighting option to include into your space for a more positive, well-lit atmosphere.
 
  • Ambient Lighting
This is your general source of light in every room. This light is your soft glow, main light that illuminates the space. Ambient lighting should set the mood of your room, but its primary purpose is to provide enough light to maneuver yourself around your room with ease. This can be used in your room as a chandelier, rail lighting, wall sconces, or pendant lights. Be careful of making your ambient lighting too harsh. Its primary purpose is to softly blanket the atmosphere, not to overpower it.
 
  • Task Lighting
This is the lighting you will use to brighten up work areas. You can put reading lamps by chairs or above workstations. Use this lighting near a desk or in your kitchen workspace. The goal of this light is for more detailed work like reading or preparing food to be done with ease. You can even have these lights recessed under cabinets to project light on your countertops or invest in some floor lamps.
 
  • Accent Lighting
Think of accent lighting as a concentrated light to allure someone’s attention. This is predominately associated with museum lighting used to highlight display/pieces of artwork in a collection. Incorporate this lighting in your home to accentuate furniture or paintings. This is most common during holiday seasons such as wrapping a Christmas tree in lights. This lighting is meant to evoke the importance of pieces in the room.
 
All lighting is essential to creating a room’s atmosphere; however, it is necessary to find balance. Try to encapsulate all the genres of lighting in your home to make your space feel more lively and free-flowing. Do not let lights that are meant to soft-lit feel overpowering as well as you do not want to find yourself underutilizing the power of accent and task lighting. Balance is always essential when designing your space.

Make Your New Home, Yours

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Buying a new home can be an anxious and exciting process. Change is a realistic part of life, and it can be a little stressful at times. You probably have a ton of ideas and design plans you are eager to incorporate in your new home. Décor and design are crucial to expressing yourself and making your space feel like your own. First, you will want to decide on a theme you would like to obtain. When decorating your new space, there are hundreds of ideas to consider, so we put together a list of six décor ideas that can quickly personalize your space.

  • Pictures
Pictures are a great accessory to add to walls. You can put personal family pictures in frames or purchase wall art. There are many kinds of paintings, posters, and canvases for homeowners to incorporate. Pick a theme for your home and let your pictures bring it to life. Whether you like neutral minimalist painting or energetic, colorful illustrations, this is your chance to empower your space through a theme.
  • Throw Pillows
Pillows can really amplify your room. If you are going with a theme, they make great accent pieces and the opportunity to add color! You can get throw pillows with animals prints or bright colors. With so many options today, you can easily find the perfect pillows to add to your new home.
  • Plants
Plants add life and energy to an atmosphere. Adding plants throughout your home can improve air quality while looking great. Plants make a home feel lived-in as well because they are dependent on being watered and nurtured. Find plants that compliment your theme whether they are big, small, long, or wide.
  • Candles
Once you have mastered some of the rooms aesthetic, you can focus on making your home smell pleasing as well. Candles also give off great energy vibes in the room and add to the experience of your home. Pick candles that you enjoy but be cognitive that scents do not clash if placed in the same room.
  • Rugs
Rugs are great pieces to add to your floor. Adding rugs gives a cold ground, a cozier feel. Express yourself through the rugs you chose. They can come in all shapes or sizes and can be placed throughout your home.
  • Lamps
Theming your home is an enjoyable task and should not feel stressful. Have fun making your new home your own and adding colors and furniture to express yourself. With a clean slate, you can choose the design of your home.
 
Making your space feel like home is a project worth investing. You want to make your new home express you and make you happy. Picking themes for your room and sticking to them can be the most challenging part, but once you begin, you will love it.

The Ultimate Coffee Stain Removal Guide

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Carpet

While enjoying a fresh cup of your favorite roasted coffee, your morning is suddenly interrupted by a massive spill. What do you do now? You are crunched for time, and the stain is beginning to set the more that you try and think. First off, take a deep breath. Accidents happen, and we can help you fix this accident! Here is our ultimate coffee stain removal guide:  

How to Get Coffee out of Clothing:

  • The Natural Way: In a large bucket, you will want to pour one quart of warm water with 1/2 teaspoon of clear, liquid dish detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar. Place the stained clothing inside of the bucket and let it soak for 15 minutes. Rinse the garment off with water then hang it to dry. 
  • The Stubborn Stain: Taking a white sponge, you will want to blot the area with rubbing alcohol. Work your way from the outside of the stain towards the center of it. After you are done blotting, you will want to mix one quart of warm water with one tablespoon of an enzyme presoak product. Let the stained clothing sit inside the bucket for thirty minutes. 
  • Last Resort: If you still have a stain, your last resort is bleach. Before you wash the clothing piece with bleach, you want to read its label and make sure that you can use bleach with this type of fabric. If the label does not discourage the use of bleach, you can proceed with using it to clean the stain.

How to Get Coffee out of Carpet: 

Take a clean, white towel and dampen it with water. Apply a detergent solution (1/4 teaspoon of natural, clear dish detergent + 1 cup of warm water) on top of the stained area with your dampened towel. Let the detergent sit for five minutes. After five minutes, you can begin to blot the area with your damp cloth. After the coffee stain is removed, you will want to rinse the area off with water. Then you will want to take a few paper towels and lay them down on top of the damp area to dry it.  

If your coffee stain is still present, you can create a mixture containing hydrogen peroxide and ammonia. Apply this mixture on top of the stained area and place a sheet of plastic wrap on top of it. Place a weighted object on top of the plastic wrap to help it stay in place. Let this sit for two to three hours. After two to three hours, the stain should be removed. Take a dampened white towel and begin to blot the area. Dry the stained section by placing a few paper towels on top of the damp area. Once the stain is completely removed and the area is dried, you will want to spray white vinegar on top of the spot.  

If you still have a coffee stain, you may want to call a professional carpet cleaning company to come and remove the stain.  

**Please be advised that these are general guidelines on how to remove a coffee stain from your carpet. Before removing a stain from your carpet, we always recommend checking the manufacturer’s website. You want to make sure that the products you use will not damage the carpet’s fibers. 

Now you can get back to enjoying another cup of delicious coffee. 

How to Care for Your Porcelain Tile

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After weeks of searching for the perfect flooring for your home, you have finally settled on beautiful porcelain tile. Your brand new porcelain flooring matches your home perfectly, and it is the look that you have always envisioned.

Now imagine, that perfect image being marred by mud being tracked on your precious floors. Unfortunately, this will inevitably happen. It is only a matter of time before you will have to deal with cleaning your porcelain tile floors. 

Cleaning porcelain is different from cleaning other types of floor products such as laminate and vinyl. Porcelain tile is impervious which means that it has a very low absorption rate. This makes the material stain and water resistant. Even though it is difficult for dirt and other pollutants to penetrate the material, you will still need to remove dirt and grime from the top of the surface.
 
Here are some important tips for thoroughly cleaning porcelain tile flooring:
  • Remove loose dirt and dust from your porcelain floors with a soft bristle broom or a vacuum cleaner; however, if the soil is caked onto the tiles, you can use a gentle brush to softly scrub the floor and help easily remove the layered dirt.
  • You do not necessarily need expensive cleaning solutions to keep your porcelain floors looking brand new. In fact, you can use a simple vinegar and water solution. Whatever cleaning solution you decide to use be sure to let it sit on the floor for five to ten minutes before you mop it up. Again, you can use a soft bristle nylon brush to remove stains that do not come up as easily. 
  • For polished porcelain tile floors, you should make sure that the cleaning solution you use is mild and the cleaning detergent is half concentrated with water. Use only warm water on a textured tile.
  • Rinse thoroughly and buff dry to prevent water spots and to maintain a shiny surface.
  • Avoid using products that contain bleach, acid, and ammonia on porcelain tile. Such materials are harsh and can damage the surface of the porcelain tile. Acid washing can cause discoloration and make the surface difficult to clean.
We always recommend that you check with your manufacturer for the most appropriate and well-suited cleaning routine. If you have any questions or need a little guidance, please do not hesitate to call us or visit us. 

How to Survive a Kitchen Remodel

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Unfortunately, life can get a little disrupted during a kitchen remodel. To help you conquer the obstacles of a kitchen remodel, we created a five-step guide for surviving a kitchen remodel. Let us get started!  

How to Survive a Kitchen Remodel

1. Designate a Substitute Kitchen Area.

During the remodel, your kitchen will be out-of-use. You can prepare a makeshift kitchen in a separate area of your house. You want to find an area that is free of any dust and dirt particles caused by the construction. Move a microwave, coffeemaker, conventional oven, and mini fridge into this dust-free area to make your substitute kitchen usable. You will also want to move a small table into the space for preparing and eating meals. Lastly, be sure to only use paper plates and plastic silverware so that you will not need wash dishes. 

2. Prepare for Delays.

Materials will be delivered on different schedules and sometimes there are delays. In order to stay sane, you will want to prepare in advance for unforeseen delays. 

3. Wait until Everything is Delivered.

An expert tip that interior designers want you to know is “wait to begin the remodel until everything is delivered.” That includes your counters, floors, cabinets, etc. If you wait, your contractor will be able to knock the project out faster than if they need to wait around for everything to be delivered separately. 

4. Be Flexible.

Remodels can be frustrating and you need to be prepared that some things may not go as according to plan. Even though you may have hired the best contractor, things can get disrupted, fast. Be flexible and willing to discuss any outcomes with your contractor. They are here to help you through the rough patches in the remodel. 

5. Get a Schedule.

Even though we recommend being flexible, you will want to get a general schedule from your contractor. Ask them to provide you with a schedule to let you know what is happening when. This way you can be aware of the current situation in your kitchen. 

Are you looking for perfect floors for your new kitchen? Look no further! With a great selection at an affordable rate, we can help make your flooring dreams come true. Call us or visit one of our beautiful locations to learn more. 

Affordable Home Staging Ideas

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Preparing your home for the real estate market may require an investment. While some homeowners choose to hire a professional home staging company, maybe it is just not in the budget for you. But do you really have to seek the help of a staging service to achieve optimal results? Do not fret, getting help from a staging service is not the only way to get a “sold” sign outside of your property. 

 Affordable Home Staging Ideas:

1. The Best Greeting. 
Something as simple as a welcome mat at the entryway of your home can make a huge difference when selling your home. Prospective buyers will usually linger at the front door for a few minutes before they enter the house; therefore, you will want to make sure that the entrance of the home is charming. To make the entryway even more enticing, you can install hooks onto the wall where the coats will go and a fresh plant or two.
 
2. Give Some Attention to The Bathroom.
You will want to give your bathroom that fresh, spa-like feel. First, you have to remove the toiletries from around the sink, get rid of worn-out shower curtains and bath towels. You can easily freshen up your washroom by staging the area with all white towels, bath mats, and a neutral color shower curtain. Top things off by adding in a fresh flower and a luxurious scented candle.
 
3. Make The Necessary Repairs.
It is easy to neglect things that need to be fixed around the house. Before you know it, you will have a long list of things that need to be repaired. Do not invite potential buyers into the house unless you have fixed what needs to be fixed. Be sure to freshen up any chipped paint on the walls and fix any cracks in the flooring. Even minor things can be turn buyers away and potentially lose a sale. 
 
4. Remove Personal Pictures from The Walls.
While removing the personal pictures that you have curated over the years sounds a bit harsh, it is sometimes necessary. The purpose of staging a home is so that buyers can envision themselves living in the house. That vision can be inferred or damaged if there are pictures of your family everywhere. Instead, you can purchase an inexpensive yet quality piece of artwork to hang on the walls in their place. 
 
What is your favorite home staging advice? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section. 
 

Guide for Selecting Interior Paint Colors

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Choosing paint for your home’s interior can be difficult. There are so many varieties out there and you want to choose the perfect combination; we totally understand. To help you in the selection process, we have created a simple guide for choosing your interior paint colors. We hope you find these tips helpful! 

Guide for Selecting Interior Paint Colors

1. Get Inspired by Social Media. 

Let’s be honest, magazines can be considered a resource of the past. Most likely, you are browsing online sites and social media pages to keep you up-to-date on current color trends and inspiration. These sources are great because they are free and they are constantly being updated. 

2. Take a Glance at The Color Wheel. 

Sometimes, we get so stuck in our ways that we forget about all of the other color options are out there. For a brief refresher, take some time looking at a color wheel. You may get inspired with a new look. 

3. Do Not Disregard Neutrals

For some reason, a lot of online articles are encouraging homeowners to veer away from neutrals. While taking a chance with color can be a good thing, we want to encourage you to incorporate neutrals wherever you seem fit. If you are a fan of beiges and grays, do whatever your heart desires. In the end, it is your home and you ultimately want to be happy. 

4. Pull from a Print

The fabrics and artwork that you use within your space can be a great inspiration for color. You can begin to pull colors from your fabrics or wall art to decipher a new wall color for the space! This will help tie together everything within the room to create continuity in your space. 

5. Incorporate Your Destination.

Design experts recommend taking a look outdoors to get inspiration during your next design project. The outdoor scenario can have a tremendous impact on the color selection for your home. For example, if you live in a more tropical area, blues may be the color of choice. But, if you live in a more dry climate, you may opt for a warm color palette. Choosing colors from the outdoors can help create a complimentary visual for your home’s interior. 

6. Get out of Your Comfort Zone

If you are ready to try something new, begin by getting out of your comfort zone. If you are constantly selecting the same color for each room, it may be time for a change. Your local paint store can become a great resource. Show the sales representative a swatch of your typical color then ask for their opinion on other colors. They can help guide you in a similar style of color to help meet your preferences while changing up things. 

7. Try Different Undertones

Undertones are the colors underneath of your original paint color. These undertones can affect the way it looks within your room. Ideally, you will want to match the undertone with similar undertones, whether that be a cool undertone or a warm undertone. 

8. Always Sample Your Paint

Anytime that you are selecting a paint color for your home, you absolutely want to try it out on the room’s walls. A paint sample can look completely different from the paint store’s showroom to your living room’s wall. Experts even recommend testing it out in different lighting to be one hundred percent sure that you love the color. 

For more expert advice and tips, be sure to check back weekly. 

Professional Design Tips & Tricks

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Want to learn how to decorate your space like a professional? Get a sneak peek at the design secrets that professional interior designers use on their projects. Let’s take a look!

Six Pro-Design Tips & Tricks

1. Color Me Happy. 

Professional interior designers start with a color scheme before they begin a room. This can be a useful tip for homeowners looking to redesign their space. If there is an item that you would love to incorporate, base your color scheme off of that object. For example, if you have a blue vase that you want in your living room, shape the rest of the room’s design off of that vase to create a beautiful look. 

2. Show What Makes You Proud.

If you have an antique piece that you adore, make it the focal point of the room. Homeowners tend to hide their cherished possessions, but you should try to incorporate it into the room’s decor. Interior designers recommend that you add your antique pieces into the room’s design instead of hiding them away for no one to see. 

3. Mirror, mirror: 

Mirrors are one of our favorite decorative pieces for several reasons. They can open up a space, brighten a room, and add dimension to a smaller area. Try incorporating a mirror into your room’s design for a timeless look. 

4. Neutralize. 

Designers love neutral colors in rooms because they do not take away from certain aspects in the room. Begin decorating your room with neutral colors then slowly add in pops of color for a subtle design. 

5. Do Not Discriminate. 

Most homeowners decide on using either silver or gold but they never want to us both. Interior designers tend to disagree with this thought process. They encourage the use of both silver and gold in your space, but you cannot overuse one and underuse the other one. The key to perfect symmetry is to use them equally throughout your design. 

6. Size matters.

You do not want to cram objects into a space that simply will not fit. Take some time before you buy to measure the room and the pieces of your furniture you want to put in it. If you have short ceilings, buy shorter furniture. It is that easy. The smaller furniture will make your room look bigger and give you more wiggle room. 

Design experts know to never skimp on quality flooring. At Century Tile, we provide high-quality flooring at an affordable rate. With financing options available, you can have your dream flooring in no time. Contact us today for more information. 

Should I Invest in an Area Rug?

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While we all love the look of hardwood floors, there is nothing quite like the softness of a rug. Plus, area rugs can be used in any room in the house including the bathroom and kitchen areas. If you were considering investing in some quality area rugs, here are some reasons why you should take the leap. 
 
Reasons Why You Should Invest in an Area Rug: 
  • Adds Comfort.
Your home should be a comfortable oasis, especially in areas like the living room where you will be entertaining guests. An area rug placed in the middle of the living room between the sofa and under your coffee table adds warmth to the space and make it so much more comfortable. Specific rooms in the home such as the bathroom and the bedroom will especially benefit from a large area rug during the winter months. For spaces where the children play such as the family room or the nursery, you should use an area rug for added support. 
  • A Hint of Style.
Of course, an area rug can be used as a design element. Rugs instantly add color, texture, and pattern to any space. In a room with a neutral palette that lacks visual interest, an area rug featuring an intricate design or pattern can be a conversation piece. If you are renting a home or living in an apartment, a quality area rug allows you to freshen your decor without painting your walls. Be sure to select an area rug that compliments the design scheme of the room.
  • Super Versatile.
Area rugs are extremely versatile. You can move them into different rooms and areas within a space to switch them out when you get tired of the looking at them. If you enjoy changing up your decor frequently, area rugs allow you to do so without making a hefty investment.
  • Creates Boundaries.
If you have an open concept floor plan, your home will benefit from well-placed area rugs. Area rugs create definition and boundaries. You can use them to separate spaces according to function.
 
  • Maintenance.
Unlike wall to wall carpeting, which can be difficult to keep clean, most area rugs can be easily thrown into the washer every few months. 
 
Are you interested in buying an area rug? Take some time to browse our online showroom at https://www.century-tile.com/area_rug_catalog#pageIndex=0 and contact us with any questions. 

Four Things an Interior Designer Won’t Tell You

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Are you thinking of hiring an interior designer to create the home of your dreams? Of course, making the decision to seek professional help with decorating your home is not an easy one, especially if you are working within a budget. If you are curious about how the entire process works, we have got you covered! Here are some things you should know about hiring or even working with a design professional. 

4 Things an Interior Designer Won’t Tell You:

1. Design a Single Room or Revamp a House.

What many people do not know is that you can hire a design professional to decorate a single room in your house or design your entire home together with their talents. Their job is to work within your set budget. While many design professionals are often contracted to work on large projects, you can still hire one if you have a smaller budget/project. So do not be afraid to hire an interior designer whether you are building a new home, redesigning a renovation or re-furnishing a whole house.

2.  Interior Designers Make Sure You Reach Building Codes.

A certified interior designer can do more than just decorate or take care of the aesthetics of your home. Designers with the appropriate certifications are required to know current building codes, state safety regulations, and other laws. This is imperative because they will need to make sure that their designs do not affect such standards to ensure your safety.  

3. They Work with Your Vision.

With interior designers, do not expect a cookie cutter design. The goal of a professional interior designer is to work with your vision and expand it. Their job is to listen to you, assess your desires and needs and then come up with an original design that matches what you have in mind. Professional designers work with a large range of styles and they are always eager to create something unique. 

4. Interior Designers Go Through Training and Educational Process.

Believe it or not, most professional interior designers have to go through rigorous training. They also receive a formal education; therefore, you can use certifications to determine if they are qualified enough to take on your project. Be sure to check if their education matches up with what they do for a living. 

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