Everything You Need to Know about Wallpaper

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We have said it once, and we will say it again “wallpaper is back!” While many homeowners may be familiar with the rules of wallpaper, others may be mere novices on how to install and purchase it. If you are looking to learn more about buying wallpaper, we are here to help. Listen to our four tips for purchasing wallpaper, and you will be able to transform your space effectively and efficiently.

Tip No 1. Know How Much You Will Need

The amount of wallpaper you will need is determined by the wallpaper’s width; therefore, you will need to calculate how big the wall space is and what the roll of wallpaper’s width is.

  • A pro-tip is to get a little extra wallpaper depending on its width. You do not want to be short 3 inches, but it will be easier if you have 3 inches more than you need.

Tip No. 2: Browse The Metallic Wallpapers

Metallic wallpapers are not only beautiful in appearance, but they open up your space by reflecting light. Plus, metallics are a trendy statement piece that are easy to add into almost any room in your home.

Tip No. 3: Patterned Wallpaper

Patterned wallpaper can be used as a marvelous statement wall. Use the wallpaper on only one wall in your room, and it will create a gorgeous, effortless design. The key is to place the wallpaper on the wall that you want most attention like the wall that holds your bed or the wall that keeps your television.

Tip No. 4: Let It Be Different

Wallpaper is meant to stand out in a room. Try to find a wallpaper that is different from anything you could find in paint. Take some time to explore all the possibilities by visiting local stores and shopping online. There is a tremendous amount of options out there; you just need to find them.

Now that you have updated your walls, it is time to focus on your floors. We encourage you to browse our online catalog to see a wide selection of beautiful flooring. Once you have an idea of what you want, call us or visit us for more information. 

Fun & Easy Ways to Personalize Your Space

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New homes can be considered blank canvases.  You have the freedom to customize and tailor your space to your desires.  It can seem daunting at first, but the task can be quite rewarding. Adapting your design to express yourself and serve a purpose for your needs is vital. We put together some of the most impactful investments that can quickly add to personalize any space to your taste. Let’s take a look!

Pictures

Pictures can make a powerful statement in a room.  You can choose from a thousand different designs to find one that is tailored to your style.  You can even try alternating them seasonally with holiday décor to keep your home feeling alive and always changing.  First, pick a theme you want your pictures to reflect, and use photos to spruce up empty walls and help rejuvenate a space.

Plants

A great addition to add to any space are plants.   Bring the outdoors inside and add life and energy to an atmosphere.  Plus, adding plants throughout your home can improve air quality.  The green can make a house feel cozier and looks great as well.  You can add fragrance plants to help enhance the smell of your space or even unique, fun ones to express yourself.  Put herbs in your kitchen or flowers in your living room for a tasteful look. Luckily, pants work in any space and can spruce up the life in your room (win, win). 

Rugs

Another cozy addition to your home can be adding rugs.  These can make hard surfaces much cozier and more welcoming.  You can find distinct patterns or incorporate in a natural rug as well.  Rugs can be perfect for setting boundaries in large open spaces as well and divides rooms.  For instance, if you have a home with an open layout, consider putting a rug in the living room or dining room to set a visual boundary.  This simple trick adds character and can enhance your space.

Making your space feel like home is a project worth investing. These tricks can be used more than just at home.  Try using these at your work cubical or even in an apartment.  These are perfect investments to use to help personalize your space.  Do you have tricks you use to spruce up your home quick and easy?  Let us know below in the comment section. 

How to Make The Master Bedroom of Your Dreams

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The master bedroom holds a special place in a homeowner’s heart; shouldn’t its design too? With our top five tips, we hope to help you create the master bedroom of your dreams. Let’s get started!

Five Ways to Make The Master Bedroom of Your Dreams:

Start Fresh.

Before you begin designing, we want you to step into your room with a fresh pair of eyes. Come into the bedroom as if it was your first time entering it. With a fresh outlook, you may be able to see things that you have never noticed. This is a fantastic opportunity to rethink your current design and try something new.

Rearrange.

After you have taken a good look at your room, you may have noticed some things that you want to change. Rearranging your furniture can be a great first step. With a rearrangement, you always want to be aware of the room’s “focal point.” What piece of the room are you trying to bring attention to in the design? Once you have decided on your focal point, you will want to build the design from there. If you feel like you are struggling, it may help to remove all of your furniture from the room and bring it back in one by one.

Embrace a New Color.

Seasons are changing and so is your design. Now is the time to embrace a new color choice for your room. It may be something as simple as your accent color, but it is time to change. If you need inspiration, take a look at some color swatches from a local paint store. Experiment with different hues, shades, and values before you commit.

Simplicity is Key.

A master bedroom is a place for relaxation and tranquility, and an overwhelming design will not accomplish this concept. To help make sure your focus stays on track, we recommend keeping it simple. The simplicity of your bedroom’s design can help to establish a clean working board and a stress-free environment.

Dress it up.

Lastly, it is time to accessorize. A few light decor pieces can transform your master bedroom into the oasis of your dreams. Try to go light with the decor at first then slowly build from there. You can always add more accessories later. 

Is the flooring in your master bedroom in dire need of an update? We would love to help you find the flooring of your dreams. Stop by our one of our beautiful showrooms or give us a call to learn more about our selection, pricing, and offers. Thanks for reading!

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!