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 Clean Your Tile Floors

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After investing in gorgeous tile floors for your home, we are sure that you will want to keep them beautiful and pristine. To help keep your floors in tip-top shape, we have created a fast and easy guide for cleaning tile. Let us get started!

Cleaning Your Tile Floors 101:

Step No. One: Sweep or Vacuum.

You will want sweep or vacuum your tile floors regularly to remove any dirt or debris from the top layer. Dirt can eventually dull the look of your tile; therefore, regular upkeep will help it look better for longer.

Step No. Two: Mop.

In a large bucket, mix together mild detergent with hot water. After, you will want to mop all of your tiles with rag or chamois mop. Avoid using a sponge mop for this surface because it can get your dirty water into your grout line.

    • Pro-Tip: You will want to frequently change out the mop water whenever it begins to get cloudy or murky. 

Step No. Three: Focus on The Grout.

Grout is an essential part of the overall look of your tile. A lot of homeowners will not focus on cleaning the grout, and this will leave the tile looking grungy and un-kept. In fact, your grout can absorb a lot of unwanted stains, oils, and greases, but the solution is easy. You will want to create a natural paste by mixing together equal parts baking soda and water. Once you have mixed the ingredients into a paste, you will want to take a toothbrush and scrub it into the stained area. Let this mixture sit on the grout overnight. In the morning, you will want to take a “stiff nylon brush” and scrub the grouted area. If stains continue to persist, you can buy a silicone-based grout sealer to help avoid future staining.

Disclaimer: Before cleaning any of your floors, you will want to consult with your flooring manufacturer. Each flooring can be a little different, and you always want to make sure you are using the correct method.

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How to Make a Room Look Bigger with Carpet

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Did you know that choosing the right floors can make your room appear bigger? Without even adding square footage, you can instantly transform your space into a more inviting, open space. If you are interested in accomplishing this look, we have four expert tips for you. Let’s take a look!

How to Make a Room Look Bigger with Your Carpet:

A Continuous Look.

In bedrooms, we recommend extending the carpet from wall to wall. Wall to wall flooring helps to create a natural flow throughout the room; otherwise, you may have an awkward “break,” and it can make the room feel smaller. For example, homeowners that use two different types of flooring: hardwood and carpet within their bedroom can accidentally create a smaller room visually by breaking up the space into two distinct areas.

Selecting Size.

If you are not too keen on the idea of having only carpet in your bedroom, you may opt for an area rug. Area rugs can be tricky to master. The problem with using an area rug is that it cannot be too small. A lot of homeowners select too small of a rug and find their room unbalanced. To make sure you choose correctly, expert designers recommend buying a rug that is big enough to let all furniture pieces sit on top of it. If this cannot be accomplished, the next best thing is to have the front legs on top of the rug. If you need more guidance, one of our expert sales staff members would love to assist you.

The Right Shade.

Color can play a significant factor in the visual size of your room. For your floors, designers recommend going for light colors to help make a more visually-appealing space. The light colors tend to reflect natural light thus opening up the space. This being said, you do not have to buy the lightest flooring in the showroom. A light beige or gray will do just fine.

The Puzzle of Pattern.

Pattern floors can be a little tricky. Typically, we hear that larger rooms can handle larger patterns and vice versa for smaller rooms. But, there are other factors to consider. First, you will want to take into consideration the amount of furniture inside your room. If the room is crammed with furniture, you may want to avoid a large pattern. Secondly, you will want to take into consideration that your flooring is a part of your overall decor. You should take into account everything else inside the room. See how everything blends before selecting a pattern flooring.

Let us help you make your home look bigger with beautiful floors from Century Tile. Take a look at our online showroom or visit us in person for more information. We look forward to working with you.

4 Things Every Small Home Needs

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Of course, when decorating a small home, there are just some things that you will have to eliminate for the sake of space; however, there are some essentials that you cannot compromise on not having. Take a look at these five things that even a small house needs.

4 Things Every Small Home Needs: 

1. Comfortable and Sufficient Seating. 

While you may be tempted to opt for compact furniture in a small living space, you should not skimp out on comfortable and adequate seating. Do not be afraid to invest in a big and comfy sofa that will allow you to be able to enjoy your living room. You can also use small lounging chairs so that your visitors have a place to sit.  If you think about it, a living room is all about comfort and community; there is no need to downgrade your furnishings. Be sure to invest in comfort and quality, even in a small space. 

2. Foyer.

Dedicating some space for a foyer is worth it even if it is not a “grand entrance.” Everyone deserves a place where they can decompress for a moment when they enter their home after a long day. Set up a space near the entryway where you can take off your shoes, hang your coat and drop your car keys. A small glass table with a mirror hanging above it will open the space while providing a place to set things down when you enter the house. You can also add a plant or flowers for a nice welcoming touch. 

3. Pattern and Color. 

Sure, neutral hues like white and gray will make a space look open and breezy, but such a palette can also be considered boring. Color and patterns should not be eliminated from your decor. Instead, create drama within the space by embracing bold colors and unique designs. You will find that your home looks more personable and inviting.  

If you are a bit hesitant, you can get the best of both worlds by keeping the walls neutral and simply accenting it with color. This allows the main sight-lines to remain clean. You can also try using a fun color on the ceiling and keeping the furniture more neutral tone so that you create interest without overwhelming the space. 

4. A Place to Dine. 

While small homes usually do not have a dedicated dining room, you still need to make room for a place where you can sit down and eat a meal. You can try situating a small dining room table against the wall or a window to keep the floor space free. If that is not possible, consider investing in a convertible coffee table that expands to full height or a stylish foldable table.  

Finish your small home off with cozy carpet or chic hardwood floors from Century Tile. We would love to help you find the perfect flooring for your home. Visit our online showroom to view our wide selection of flooring. 

Monochromatic Design Tips

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There is a purity to a room based on a one-color design theme. It can help make a room feel more open and pure, but also can quickly become dull and boring without the right design. A monochromatic interior design would simply be a room based on one color throughout, but the color can vary with shade or hue. A simple way to imagine this is some rooms with only a grey color scheme. While black and white are still tones of grey, they are considered to be polar opposites and can help create a contrast within the room; however, you are not limited to strictly a grey color scale. Monochromatic interior design can be tricky, but with these three tips, you should be effectively master this popular design theme.

Color Meaning
Before you chose your design’s color, you want to have a solid understanding of the feel you are trying to obtain in your room’s atmosphere. Colors can influence the mood of a room; choosing a warm versus a cool color can significantly change the feel of the space. If you wanted red as your color, it might influence the room to have a bold, energetic vibe to it. Whereas, if you chose blue, the room might seem more soft and tranquil. What is the energy that you are trying to achieve in your space? Once you determine that, you can select a color for your monochromatic design. 
 

Shades, Hues, and Tones
Once you know the color, you can play around with different shades of the color. For example, if you want your room to be livelier, perhaps you chose green as your color. Go through all the hues and tones of green that you want to apply in your design. Try to make sure they still have a blend that reflects on one another. Try to stay away from radically tones of the same hue that do not compliment each other. Playing around with four to five different shades and tones of the color can help add character back into a monochromatic room theme.
 

Simple Reflects Harmony
Monochromatic color themes have the benefit of simplicity. When you only allow one color into the room, it will be hard to clash with non-complimentary tones. The simplicity will reflect harmony throughout the design allowing a strong yet minimalistic feel in the environment. Robust, bold colors can make a very impactful impression on a room; whereas, soft pastels can produce a calming oasis. Incorporating monochromatic themes into room’s design is a fun and great way to make a powerful statement while deliberating setting the tone in your space.
 

Go Monochromatic
Remember, monochromatic themes are not limited to just a grey scale room. Your purpose in the design is to stay deliberately in one color while allowing the different shades and tints to make solid contrast throughout the space. Getting familiar with how color can influence the space’s feel is a significant way to make sure you accomplish the tone you are looking to set in your room. For more great tips and trick, visit us at Century Tile
 

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. 

Foods That Help You Clean

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Finding the perfect cleaning solution can become a long and tedious process. There are thousands of cleaners available to homeowners, but only some are effective and safe. Instead of searching through all of the stores, look right in your own home for an impeccable cleaning product. All you have to do is open your pantry doors to discover an array of cleaning products.

Cutting Board Cleaner:
Ingredients: Lemon and Salt
What to do: Wooden cutting boards can become easily stained, but half of a lemon and a pinch of salt will do the trick. Dip a lemon half into a small bowl of salt and begin to scrub the cutting board. Let the combination sit on your cutting board for about 20-25 minutes, then take a wet rag and wipe off. Polish off your cutting board with some mineral oil.
How it works: The salt is tough enough to tackle excess food, and the lemon’s acidic nature will lift any stains. Plus, this amazing combo leaves your cutting board smelling delectably fresh.

A Glass Vase, Bowl or Bottle Cleaner:
Ingredients: White Vinegar and Rice
What to do: Pour 1/2 cup of white vinegar into your glass container with two tablespoons of uncooked rice. Place your hand on top of the opening, then swish the mixture back and forth.
How it works: Rice acts as a rough brush to remove any leftover, stuck residue and vinegar washes away any remaining filth.

Scratched Wood:
Ingredients: A Walnut
What to do: Take a walnut and rub it over any scratched or scuffed areas on wood. Then take a paper towel and wipe off any leftover pieces of walnut.
How it works: The walnut will fill in the areas that were scratched and the process is truly fascinating.

Sticky Mess:
Ingredients: Olive Oil and Baking Soda
What to do: In a small mixing bowl, combine two tablespoons of olive oil with three tablespoons of baking soda. Mix together until the ingredients combine like a paste. Take a small dish cloth and rub away gooey or sticky spots on your glass jars.
How it works: The olive oil and baking soda work together help to lift any sticky residue and stains left behind by stickers.

Have you discovered that some of your pantry’s products serve a double-function? We would love to hear your food cleaning tricks in the comment section below!

Expert Organization Tips

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Organization is the foundation to a happy home. A chaotic organization system can lead to more messes and more time spent trying to clean them. To transform your home from unorganized to fully-systematized, stay tuned for our four expert organization tips.

Expert Organization Tips:

Tip No. One: Understand The Area.
It can be difficult to organize a room that does not hold a specific purpose. Take time to understand and determine what purpose each room holds in your house. If you have spaces that are unused, give them a specific purpose. For example if you have an extra bedroom that holds an old sewing machines and some random boxes, transform this space into a home office. You will find it easier to navigate and organize your belongings when all of the spaces in your home are defined and definite.

Tip No. Two: Go through EVERYTHING.
You cannot organize your home if you do not go through all of your belongings. This process may take a really long time; therefore, break it up into different rooms and do not move onto a new room until you have completed the current room. Go through closets, boxes, drawers, etc. You will want to sort everything out into four main piles: keep, donate, trash and put away for later. These piles will determine what stays in the room and what does not.

Tip No. Three: Invest in Organizers.
A struggle many homeowners will face is not owning enough organizing containers. You will want to purchase more containers to help you store items. You can buy bins for under your bed, baskets to sit on shelves, closet organizers, etc. There are an array of organization systems awaiting you online or at your local store.

Tip No. Four: Stay Motivated.
Organizing can be boring, let us be honest. To make organizing more fun, give yourself rewards. Once you complete a room, reward yourself with something that is special to you. This can help you stay on task and focused.

These tips are perfect for any room in your home. All it takes is a start date to transform your cluttered home into an organized masterpiece.

Adding Value to Your Home

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From selling to staying, the value of your home is important to you. We have six simple ways to increase value in your home this summer.

Six Ways to Add Value to Your Home:

Upgraded: It is important to take into consideration all the small features that may need updated and replaced like faucets, door knobs and light switch coverings. These small upgrades can actually add more value to your home in the eyes of a buyer.

One Step at a Time: When remodeling your home, it is important to take it one room at a time. Create a list of the things you would like to accomplish in each room and then start working on it one at a time. This way you can save your time, energy and even money. If you start with your most important projects, you can cover unexpected circumstances/costs without having to worry about finding extra money in the budget.

Establish Curb Appeal: The exterior of your home is extremely important when considering a home’s value. Before you put your house on the market, make sure to do all necessary yard work, clean up the leaves, trim the bushes, touch up exterior paint, etc. You want to make sure that the first thing potential buyers see makes a good impression.

Quality Kitchen: Kitchens are one of the biggest factors considered in home value; therefore, they should be your top priority during a remodel. If you do not have a lot of money to spend, update what you can and do a “mini remodel.” Any updates can help increase a home’s value even if they are small.

Buyers Love Bathrooms: Bathrooms are another selling feature of homes. Make sure your bathroom is in tip-top shape before you put it on the market. Again, we recommend updating as much as you can afford in the bathroom because it is important in increasing your home’s value. If you have extra money in the budget, try adding heated floors!

Inspection: Inspectors can give homeowners a good idea of what needs fixed in their home. If you are planning on selling, schedule an inspection before you put your house on the market. This way you are not blind-sided with house issues that you did not even know existed. Even if you are not selling, scheduling a home inspection can be a good idea to catch issues before they get expensive. If you get something fixed now, you may save money before it got worse.

Finish your remodel off with the best way to add value to your home: new flooring. We have a wide selection of flooring ranging from carpet to hardwood. Stop in and visit our showroom at 915 Rand Road
Mt. Prospect, IL 60056 for more information, pricing and design inspiration. We look forward to working with you!

6 Hacks to a Cleaner Home

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Have you ever been to a friend’s house and it seems like they have it all together? Their house is always perfectly organized, clean, and surprisingly spotless. You want in on their secret! They have kids, a hectic schedule, and work full-time, so how do they possibly do it? There is no need to wonder, because we have six hacks to help you keep your home clean and organized.

6 Life Hacks to a Cleaner Home:

Hack #1: Make Your Bed.
Make your mama proud and always make your bed! This is a great life hack to help homeowners start their day off right. Plus, you will be so excited to come home to a made bed each night.

Hack #2: Eat then Clean.
This is one of the most difficult tasks on our list, because we all get tired. We say that the dishes can wait until tomorrow, but you never know when you will have an unexpected guest. Always clean up after dinner and you will thank yourself tomorrow. Try to wipe down your kitchen surfaces and load the dishwasher every night after dinner.

Hack #3: Learn to Love Laundry.
You are probably already rolling your eyes at this one, but laundry can be made easy. All you have to do is wash one load of laundry every night. The worst part about laundry is spending endless hours on your off-days washing, drying and putting away all of your clothes. You can eliminate the piles of clothes left around your house by simple learning to “love” laundry. You will appreciate how much time you will save yourself. After you put the kids to bed, throw in a load of laundry. Added bonus: you can watch your favorite show while the washing machine does its work.

Hack #4: Beautify your Bathroom.
Anytime you or your family uses an item in the bathroom, put it away. Have everyone wipe off the counters each night to remove toothpaste and other stains.

Hack #5: Straighten up.
If you see items laying around, pick them up and stash them away in their proper place. It is that easy! The more that you clean up after yourselves, the less you will have to clean in the future.

Hack #6: Once a week.
We all have a lengthy to-do list that never seems to get done, because our time is consumed by minimal tasks we did not do throughout the week. Now that you have focused your energy throughout the week on these smaller tasks, use your off days to check off one item from your to-do list. Whether you are organizing your master closet or cleaning out the garage, accomplishing one giant task a week will make you proud of your home.

We hope you enjoyed these 6 hacks to a cleaner home!