Using Travel to Decorate Your Home

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There is nothing quite like having the opportunity to escape everyday life and getting lost in a foreign place. If you have ever fallen in love with a destination, you know that a vacation’s end is often met with melancholy. So how can you bring a piece of heaven back to your home so that you always remember that special destination? 

Most travelers look to souvenirs to serve as a reminder. Often, when cheesy souvenirs are implemented in a home’s decor, it tends to look tacky. How can you best embrace your love for travel in your home’s design scheme without overpowering the design? The key to implementing travel into your interior design without disastrous results is moderation. To help you master incorporating travel in your design, we created two simple tips. Let’s take a look! 

Using Souvenirs in Decor

When traveling, try skipping the cheesy souvenir shops that only stock tacky knick-knacks. Instead, you will want to select pieces that will fit in with your home’s decor. It can be a hand-painted bowl that you can sit on your kitchen countertops or a handsewn quilt that you can throw over the couch.

When using souvenirs from foreign places in your home’s decor, you want to do so moderately. Be sure to do so with sophistication and sparingly. That means if you went to a beach destination you should avoid decking the walls in seashells or accessorizing your tabletops with bowls of shells. Instead, display seashells like artwork. Select one unique piece and display it in a way that it stands out on its own.

Simple pieces such as a scented oil or pottery plates that you bought to eat dinner on every night can serve as a reminder of your travels. 

Avoid Theme Decorating

As much as you may love Hawaiian colors, instead of painting the walls those bold colors and using Hawaiian inspired fabrics throughout the house, you can incorporate elements of the theme subtly. You can feature a large painting of your beloved destination. 

Your mementos from your travel should not completely alter the decor of your home. Instead, it should be individual pieces that add to it and causes you to relive that feeling of being on vacation.

Thanks for reading!

Ways to Spruce up The Space Above Your Toilet

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Do not let that empty space above your toilet go unused and unnoticed. Take advantage of the open space by filling it with one of our awesome ideas. Let’s take a look!

Ten Ways to Spruce up The Space above Your Toilet:

Delicate Mirror.
Mirrors are always a fantastic decor choice. Not only can you look at yourself in them, but they open up a space by reflecting light. If you have a small bathroom, a mirror above the toilet may be a good option for you! For a unique twist, you can purchase several small mirrors in different styles and place them in a design above the toilet.

Artsy Wine Box Planter.
Do you have an extra wooden wine box and you are looking for a fun do-it-yourself project to start? Repurpose the wine box by making it into a planter to hold your succulents. Plus, you will find that succulents are a great plant option for bathrooms because they do not need to be frequently watered!

A Plant’s Haven.
If succulents are not your game, you can add other plants above your toilet. There are a variety of different plant styles for you to choose from:

  • Hang a plant from the ceiling.
  • Line up three small plants on a shelving system.
  • Place an overgrown plant on the shelf, and have the leaves falling off a bit for a stylish decor look.
  • Mix plants with other decor pieces for a trendy look.

Wall-Sculptures.
Take your love for 3-D and use it in your bathroom decor. Wall sculptures can be a fun, interesting decor piece that will work perfectly above your toilet. Just be sure to find one that is the right size for your space.

Repurposed Ladder.
Do you consider yourself a thrift store guru? Then this challenge is for you! Find yourself a used, rustic ladder and transform it into a toilet shelving system. You can use the steps of the ladder for shelves and create a timeless piece for your bathroom’s decor.

Wired Basket.
Wired baskets have always been a bathroom classic. Whether it is holding your toilet paper or your magazines, wired baskets are a fun and fresh idea to spruce up this space. Plus, the open concept will help you to keep your bathroom tidy.

Amazingly Abstract.
If you love art, try adding in a piece of your favorite abstract artwork. Abstract artwork can add a unique twist to traditional bathroom decor.

Bold Gallery-Wall.
Take your design skills and create a gallery wall with fun pictures and wall decor! Be sure to mix in several different decor pieces to create the perfect look.

Fresh Flowers.
Nothing is quite as beautiful as fresh flowers. If it is within your budget, adding fresh flowers to your bathroom can be a glamorous finishing touch. If it is not within your budget, you can dry the flowers out and still use them as a unique piece of decor.

Glassware + Vases.
For a more minimalistic approach, you can simply put a few decorative pieces of glassware and vases above your toilet. This creates a clean, sleek look without overwhelming the space.

You will find that these ideas are perfect for small bathrooms that need a little flavor in them. Half bathrooms and tiny bathrooms can rejoice! You have found the holy grail for bathroom decor ideas.

Useful Tips for a Mudroom

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Mudrooms are an extremely useful area in a household, and they serve an essential purpose to the overall construct of a home. Without mudrooms and entryways, homeowners would have dirt and debris tracked throughout their house without a stopping point. If you blessed with the space for a mudroom or front entryway, we have eight expert tips to help you make it an effective area in your home. Let us get started!

Useful Tips for a Mudroom:

  • Consolidate The Mud + Dirt.

The best way to keep dirt and mud out of the rest of your home is by consolidating it to one central location. When using your mudroom, you want to make sure you take advantage of a wet shoe bin. Whether your shoes are covered in mud or snow, the bin will collect the unwanted dirt and debris. This way you and your family do not track any excess dirt into the rest of your home.

  • A Place to Tie Your Shoes.

It is always a good idea to have a place to sit down inside of a mudroom. You can add a pair of chairs or even incorporate a bench. Once you add a seating area, it will give you a place to tie your shoes and even take off your boots.

  • Get Hooked.

Hooks are a mudroom’s best friend. They can be used as wall decor as well as a functional staple piece. Be sure to add hooks to your walls for extra storage.

  • Minimize On-Display Items.

Speaking of hooks, we want to be sure that we do not overbear the walls with coats and purses. Just because we own ten pairs of coats, does not mean they need to be on display. Instead, we recommend only having a light selection of outwear and handbags out in the mudroom. Store all of your other jackets and bags inside of your mudroom closet.

  • Store Seasonal Items.

Seasonal items can be stored away until they are needed. Whether it is winter or summer, you can store the out-of-season items in a hall closet or basement until the weather changes.

  • Gate The Entrance.

If you have a furry friend that tends to get muddy when they go outside, we recommend installing a gate at the entrance of your mudroom. This way, when your dog comes in from outside, they will be stopped at the gate until you have the chance to wipe their feet.

  • Wipe Your Feet.

Not only is wiping your pet’s feet important, but it is essential that you and your family also have a place to wipe your feet. Be sure to place a doormat outside of your mudroom’s front entrance to avoid tracking. Inform your family that you would like them to take off their dirty shoes on the mat then carefully walk them over to the wet shoe bin.

  • Choose an Appropriate Flooring.

The last useful tip for mudrooms is selecting the most appropriate flooring option. With a wide selection available to the consumer, things can often get confusing and a little overwhelming. But fear not, because we have an expert sales team ready to answer any of your questions or concerns. Stop in today for more information and pricing.

Professional Tips to Manage Your Small Living Room

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Owning a small home comes with its benefits. There is less to clean, less to pay for, and less to decorate. You may even find that with small houses comes personal charm like crown molding and ceiling beams. But if you are struggling to manage your small space, we have five tips to help you maximize its potential. Let’s take a look!

Professional Tips to Manage Your Small Living Room:

1. Sleek + Simple.

The modern style of home decor has it right when it comes to clean lines. The sleek nature of contemporary furnishings creates a simple outline. Without the harsh contrast of curvy edges, you are left with a smooth and simple piece of furniture. This modern look helps to compliment the room and not draw attention to its small size. Design experts recommend pairing these rather simple pieces with a decorative piece to add back any lost detail. Just be careful to never go overboard with the design. You want to capitalize on the sleekness and simpleness of the furniture not the boldness of the complimentary decorative piece.

2. An Area Rug.

Often times, homeowners will choose an area rug that is too big or too small for their space. A rug that is too small does not benefit you in a small room, it can make the room look jagged. To help make your room flow better, we recommend making sure that the front legs of your furniture are able to sit on top of the area rug. If they cannot touch, it is too small.

3. Storage Compartments.

Clutter can weigh down a room. In order to make your room look bigger, you will need to clear out unwanted clutter. You can store all necessary items inside of storage compartments. Adding bins and baskets will help to create a more stylish storage option, but when you are limited on space, you will want to opt for dual-purpose furniture. Try to find pieces that have hidden storage compartments to help create more space in your small living room.

4. Accent with a Mirror.

Mirrors are the perfect decorating choice in a small or large room. You want to be sure to add mirrors, especially in small rooms. Place a mirror on a wall that is across from a window. This will help ensure that it reflects the natural light and open up the space. You can even incorporate mirrored furniture like end tables. These will help to create a more open, welcoming space while adding a touch of elegance.

5. Fake Height.

Sometimes you have to fake it until you make it. In small living rooms, you can create the illusions of higher ceilings by placing curtain rods higher than where the window starts. Let the curtains hang all the way to the ground to create the visual that the ceilings are higher than they appear. Also, design experts recommend always using a light color on ceilings. It helps to create a more substantial atmosphere and does not distinctly show where the room ends.

We hope you enjoyed these tips! If you are searching for the perfect area rug, please visit our online showroom.

Key Elements to Focus on During a Bathroom Upgrade

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Essentially, adding value to bathrooms will add value to your home. A modern bathroom will increase the resale value if you decide to sell your home in the future. If you want to keep your options open for future resale, there are some key factors to keep in mind when deciding what upgrades to make. Let’s take a look!

Key Elements to Focus on During a Bathroom Upgrade:

Shower + Bath Tub: It is nice to have a bathroom that has a tub and a shower. This is a powerful combination when your space permits. Showers are great for everyday bathing, but bathtubs can be needed as well. Bathtubs are wanted when a homeowner needs to bathe small children and pets. They can also add powerful stress relief to anyone who has come home after a stressful day of work. If someone has sore muscles or is sick, a warm bath can really help. A spacious tiled shower is also a must. It provides easy access for the elderly and has plenty of space to add a tiled bench. Shower benches are fantastic because you can sit down to shave; not to mention, providing a safer bathing experience for an older adult.

Showerhead: When choosing a showerhead, you may want to try a rain shower head. It provides a larger diameter for water spray and makes it easier to wash and rinse. Plus, they add a certain level of elegance and glamour to your bathroom.

Lighting: Bathrooms need adequate lighting. You need to see when bathing, shaving and applying makeup. An underlit bathroom is no help at all. Be sure to update lighting fixtures in the space. Install general overhead lighting as well as task lighting over the sink. Under cabinet lighting is a great way to incorporate accent lighting that can turn into a nightlight for those late night trips to the bathroom.

Flooring: The floors are an essential part of any bathroom. Any floor that is selected should be able to withstand getting wet. Currently, we love the tiles that look like wood floors. They have the look of real wood but are actually a durable tile. This type of flooring is also slip-resistant because it maintains the texture of a rough wood floor.

Storage: If space permits, we recommend installing a double vanity. Multiple people can get ready, and there is much more cabinet storage available. Plus, they look gorgeous and add to the overall decor.

If you are in the market for new floors, please keep Century Tile in mind. With a wide selection, expert sales staff, and high-quality products, you will never leave disappointed. Stop into one of our beautiful showrooms today or contact us for more information. We look forward to working with you.

Five Reasons to Use The Color Teal

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Teal is an incredibly beautiful color that holds a lot of design potential. With its blue and green hues, teal creates an alluring tone that can be well-suited for any space. If you are looking for the perfect color for your home, we are here to share five reasons why you should choose the color teal in your next design project. Let’s see why!

Five Reasons to Use The Color Teal:

  • Evokes Happiness.

Teal can be one of the most “happy” hues that you can incorporate in your home. Designers love it for its cheerful yet sophisticated nature. It works well in any space to create a gentle burst of fun. We recommend trying it in areas that you want to try out something different and fun.

  • Calming Oasis.

Teal is known to be one of the most calming and tranquil color options available. Its deep hues help to create a relaxing environment, making it the perfect choice for areas like your bathroom or bedroom.

  • Accent.

If you are not entirely set on using teal as your wall color, you can incorporate it as an accent piece within the space. Teal blends well with black, white, and neutral tones. It can be used as generously or as little as you want. Just be sure to balance it off with matching undertones.

  • Be Different.

Let’s face it, teal can be a bit of a different choice. It gives homeowners the chance to be different in their design. The color teal adds character and charm to any room in a home. Try it in small bursts if you are looking to use it subtly.

  • Decor Pieces.

Teal can be the perfect finishing touch color in any space that needs a splash of color. Like we mentioned before, teal is ideal for adding sophistication, a calming nature, and happy energy. It can literally be worked into any space for the perfect final touches.

Are you feeling inspired to begin a design process? We would love to help you create the home of your dreams. With eloquent flooring and beautiful backslashes, we can help you create a stunning space. Contact us today for pricing and take some time to browse our online showroom

Simple Ways to Increase Value in Your Bathroom

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If you have ever talked to a real estate agent, you understand that the top two selling features of a home are the kitchen and bathroom. By focusing on these rooms, you will be able to increase the overall value of your home and potentially make a return-on-investment. Today we are going to focus on six ways that you increase value in your bathroom. Let us get started!

Simple Ways to Increase Value in Your Bathroom:

1. Get Fixed on Fixtures.

An easy update that you can do without a contractor is replacing your bathroom fixtures. From the sink to the shower, you will want to replace the faucets with new, chic ones to make the bathroom look its best.

2. Lights On.

Take a look at the current light supply in your bathroom. Lighting can be a significant selling feature without homeowners realizing it. You will want to make sure that there is an ample amount of natural light coming into the space as well as light fixtures. Take a look at your bathroom during the daytime and nighttime and see if your lighting needs to be adjusted.

3. Customized.

Everyone’s home is unique, and no two houses will be the same. That is something you can use towards your advantage. Customizing your bathroom specifically to complement its shape and architecture will help make it more appealing to buyers. Things like custom cabinetry with extra shelving can make your bathroom stand out from the rest.

4. Embrace Neutrals.

Unfortunately, we cannot know exactly what a buyer is looking for in a home. Each buyer is unique and has their own preferences. That being said, your best bet is to remain neutral in a color palette. It is the most generally pleasing palette for a bathroom, and it tends not to turn away buyers.

5. Create an Oasis.

You want to create an experience in your bathroom. To add value to your bathroom, you will want to focus on two areas: the shower and the bathtub. These areas are significant to buyers. Try and make sure that they are in excellent condition with new fixtures.

    • Pro-Tip: You can even set the tone with candles surrounding the bathtub, and play relaxing music during a showing.

6. A Good Cleaning.

You may be surprised by the amount of buyers that are turned away from a home because of its grime. Be sure to give your bathroom a good deep cleaning. Even if you are not putting your house on the market, it is a good idea to do a deep cleaning often to reduce the spread of bacteria and germs.

Are your bathroom floors in dire need of an update? We would love to assist you in selecting new, high-quality floors from Century Tile. Stop by one of our beautiful showrooms or call us for more information. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you! 

How to Remodel Your Kitchen for Resale

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You have decided that it is time to put your house on the market. While planning your resale, you notice that your kitchen is decreasing the overall value of your home. You have made the decision that in order to get a full return-on-investment, you want to remodel your kitchen for resale, and we are here to help. With our top six kitchen remodeling tips, we hope to help you make back your return-on-investment and sell your home to the perfect buyer. Let us get started!

How to Remodel Your Kitchen for Resale:

1. Ask a Pro.

There is no shame in asking a professional for their expert advice. Even your real estate agent can be a great resource. They understand the current trends and what buyers are looking for in a home. Before you begin your resale remodel, talk to a few industry professionals.

2. Simplicity is Key. 

With your color scheme and your kitchen design, the simpler you go, the better. Try to not be too trendy in your design, or it may go out of style and try to not go too bold in your color scheme or buyers may be hesitant. You want to decide on a simple, neutral design that can be appealing to all homebuyers.

3. Spend Your Money Wisely.

In a resale, there is no need to spend an extravagant amount of money, because odds are that you will not see a high return on investment. Sellers remodel their homes in order to sell the house and make back the money that they put into it (maybe even more).

4. Open Floor Plan.

Open floor plans are great for families and buyers that want to entertain. Most buyers are looking for an open floor plan for their living room and kitchen area because it is more welcoming. If you are not set on the idea, ask your realtor or contractor if it is a good idea for your home. Depending on the types of buyers, you may decide to go with an open floor plan.

5. Granite, Granite, Granite.

If there is one thing that you should take away from this article, remember that buyers want granite countertops. Do not skimp out on your kitchen countertops, because we assure you that the buyers want to purchase a home with beautiful counters. This may be the one area of the room that you decide to splurge.

6. Special Features.

Homebuyers like uniqueness. What makes your home stand out from the other houses on the market? If you do not know, try adding a special feature to your kitchen. From double ovens to a built-in wine cooler, the ideas are endless.

Are you in need of new floors for your remodel? Let us help you choose the perfect flooring to complete your kitchen. Stop in and visit one of our showrooms to learn more.

How to Update Your Powder Room Like a Pro

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You may not realize it, but your home’s powder room has made a lot of impressions over the years. From your neighbors who just stopped by for a visit to your son’s soccer friend, your bathroom has seen it all. If you are remodeling your home, do not forget to update your powder room. The powder room is one of the main places your guests will see; therefore, it is essential to make it look nice. To help you transform your space, we have some useful tips for updating your powder room. Let’s take a look!

How to Update Your Powder Room Like a Pro:

Have a Special Feature.

Whether you decide on doing an entire wall in glass tile or hanging an extravagant chandelier, we recommend having a special feature in your bathroom. Since the space is so much smaller than other rooms, you want to take advantage of every square inch. If several special features are within your budget, by all means, add as many as you can afford! You can buy luxurious appliances, a gorgeous mirror, an amazing light fixture, etc. Just make sure you stick to a budget because things can add up quickly.

Think Function.

Make sure you consider the main necessities before you move on from your powder room remodel. It would be a bummer to find out after your mini-remodel that the powder room has no power outlets for you to use. Make a list of things you use every day in your master bathroom and see if any of those items need to be added into your powder bathroom.

Get The Air Flowing.

Make sure your air is moving properly to avoid unwanted odors and others issues in the future. If possible, consider adding a window into the space. A window can transform a space by adding beautiful natural light while adding a breath of fresh air.

Stackable Storage.

Since you do not have a lot of space to work with, you may find it useful to incorporate storage that goes up your wall. Vertical storage can work well in spaces that do not offer a lot of wiggle room. You can also buy a storage shelf that sits over your toilet for extra space or you can add some open shelves for decorative pieces. The best part about powder rooms is that they do not take a whole lot of work because they are small and simple.

Finish off your powder room with new flooring from Century Tile. At an affordable rate, we can help you find your dream floors without breaking the bank. Stop in today to learn more or visit our online showroom for our beautiful selection. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you.

How to Decorate with Patterned Floors

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Decorating with patterns can be a little tricky, especially if the designs are on your floors. For a stylish and dramatic look, homeowners opt for pattern floors to captivate their guests’ attention and add appeal to the overall design. If you are looking to introduce this type of flooring in your own home, you will definitely want to keep reading!

How to Decorate with Patterned Floors:

Stone + Slate Patterns.

Choosing stone or slate flooring can help add elegance to space. Typically, homeowners use tiles to create a unique pattern, but the natural color within the stone/slate helps to balance out the visual interest of the pattern. If you decide to work a pattern design into your room, you can place the tile in one of the design options below:

  • Basketweave
  • Herringbone
  • Staggered Brick

Hardwood + Engineered Hardwood + Laminate + Luxury Vinyl. 

Hardwood floors and wood-like floors have always been a classic choice for homeowners. But if you are looking to spice up this traditional design, we have three recommendations:

  • Reclaimed Wood: This type of wood style uses a mixture of different wood species within the same design to create an antique-type look. We love this mixture to compliment dark neutrals within a room.
  • Different Sized Planks: Changing up the width of your planks can be another design idea for hardwood and wood-like floors. You mix in different widths to create an alluring visual.
  • Variety of Color: You can create a more custom look than the reclaimed wood by featuring two or more different wood colors within the same space. This can create clean lines and elegance within a room.

Tile.

You may be surprised to hear that checkerboard floors are back in style. This retro, diner look creates a unique twist on the traditional kitchen. If checkerboard style is not for you, there are also an array of different designs for homeowners to use including:

  • Diagonal
  • Herringbone
  • Basket-Woven
  • Windmill
  • Hopscotch
  • Cobblestone

Now that you have heard of the different styles of patterns for floors, you can begin your next flooring project! We would love to help you along the way. Stop by one of our showrooms to talk with one of our sales associates about your ideas.

We look forward to the opportunity to work with you!