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. 

While interior designers are masters at decorating your home, we are professionals in the flooring industry. Let us help you re-envision your space with brand new flooring! Stop in today at one of our beautiful showrooms or call us for more information and pricing. We look forward to working with you! 

Five Reasons Why Open Shelving is a Must

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If you are anything like most homeowners, you are always looking for ways you can refresh and reinvent your space. Plus, if you are planning on updating your kitchen into something modern or contemporary, you may want to consider a cabinet-free look. The idea may sound a bit crazy but homeowners are jumping onboard with this super chic and functional trend. 
 
You may be wondering, what are some of the advantages of an open shelving concept in your kitchen? We are giving you five reasons why you should consider taking the jump. Let’s take a look! 
 
Five Reasons Why Open Shelving is a Must
 
1. More Storage Options.
Are you always looking for ways to increase your storage options in the kitchen? With the upper cabinets gone, you now have more room for your dishware and appliances. Narrow and deep cabinetry makes it difficult to store larger items and nearly impossible to get them down once you have stored them. Open shelving allows for more space and is much easier to reach your items.
 
2. Adds a Sense of Warmth.
The kitchen should feel warm and welcoming, especially when you are having over guests. Open shelving in the kitchen will make visitors feel like they are at home, and they will not feel like they are being intrusive when they reach for a glass or plate.
 
3. Makes the Space Brighter and Larger.
Removing your hunky kitchen cabinetry will make the space feel much brighter and open. Kitchen cabinetry can make the room feel small, closed off, and dark. When you remove them, the kitchen walls are able to reflect more sunlight which creates an airy feeling, making the space appear much bigger.
 
4. Inexpensive.
Who does not like to save money? Open shelving is the best economic solution that will give you the modern look you are seeking without cleaning out your pockets.
 
5. Simple Cleaning Process.
Kitchen cabinetry requires thoroughly cleaning to remove dust and to prevent mildew from forming. Dust will not accumulate on the shelving as easily because your dishes are constantly being used. If it does, you can simply wipe it clean while doing the dishes.
 
Are you convinced on the concept of open shelving? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section. 

Creating Your Own Cozy Reading Nook

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Are you in desperate need of an oasis from your busy, hectic life? There is no better way to relax than retreating to a comfortable space and getting lost in your favorite novel. If your reader or just someone who enjoys their personal time, you will without a doubt benefit from a private and cozy reading nook. 
 
How to Create Your own Cozy Reading Nook
 
1. Pick The Perfect Spot.
Selecting the right spot to set up your reading nook is key in order to create a spot that you can retreat to when you are in need of some “me” time. Luckily, reading nooks tend to take up very little space. It can be crafted in the corner of practically any room. Whether you chose your living room or your bedroom, it should be an area where you will have some privacy and there is a low level of noise. Since your nook is supposed to be a peaceful retreat, it should be in an area of the house that is away from distractions. 
 
2. Comfortable Seating Arrangement.
After you have selected the perfect spot, it is time to focus on creating a comfortable seating arrangement. Some reading nooks have a padded window seat that provides ample space to sit back and relax; however, if window seating is not an option for your home, we recommend investing in a formal chair. Make sure you invest in a chair that has padding and is generally comfortable to sit in because you will likely be spending a couple of hours sitting in it. Add in a few plush pillows and a cozy throw blanket for extra comfort.
 
3. Accessories. 
Of course, you will need added accessories to make the area functional. Be sure to include a simple table beside your chair. You can use the table to store your reading glasses, reading material and even a snack. Also, lighting is important when creating a cozy reading nook. Be sure to incorporate enough lighting to help make the space well-lit. Finally, if space allows, you cannot forget to add in a small bookshelf. A bookshelf near your reading nook will make all your reading materials easily accessible and organized.
 
We hope you enjoyed! Let us know your thoughts in the comment section. 
 

Ceramic Tile: The Healthy Choice

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With consumers moving towards more health conscious purchases, it would only seem right to include the benefits of owning ceramic tile. Ceramic tile can be one of the most healthy flooring choices available for consumers. To help us better explain, we create a list with five reasons why ceramic tile is a healthy choice for customers. Let’s take a look!

Ceramic Tile: The Healthy Choice

1. Go on, Let It Burn.

Interestingly enough, ceramic tile cannot burn. It is not a combustible material. Without the power to burn, it cannot create smoke or emit scary toxins. Unfortunately, that cannot be said about other flooring types. Luckily, ceramic tile can help keep you safe with its extraordinary ability to withstand extreme temperatures. 

2. No Disguised Chemicals.

Ceramic tile does not contain scary chemicals that will make you fearful to touch it. You and your family can happily go about your lives without any worry about the chemicals inside your floors. 

3. Now That is Resilience. 

If you are a fan of science, you may know that in order to grow mold or mildew, you will need water. Crazily enough, ceramic tile is one of the only types of flooring that cannot grow mold or mildew. We see this because ceramic is composed of inorganic ingredients. 

4. Allergy Sufferers, Rejoice. 

Ceramic tile can be one of the easiest floors to clean. They only need a light dusting with a broom and mopping. The easy and light cleaning helps to make it perfect for homeowners or families that suffer from allergies. You can quickly remove dust, dander, and debris to help create a safe environment for all. 

5. That’s Quality

VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) are harmful and can be found in other types of flooring. Luckily, ceramic tile is composed of all-natural ingredients making causing them not to emit VOC’s. Without VOC emission, you can increase your indoor air quality, making for a healthier and happier home. 

You may be wondering, “where do I sign up?” We would love to assist you with finding the perfect ceramic tile for your home. With a vast selection of styles, colors, textures, and sizes, you are sure to find something that you will love. Stop in today to learn more! 

Design Tricks to Help You Embrace a Low Ceiling

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Whether you are renovating or redecorating a space with low ceilings, your design dreams may feel squashed. While ceilings are not necessarily the most important architectural detail, low ceilings are one of the first things you will notice when you enter a room. They may make you feel like you are trapped or living inside of a cage. So how can you make the most of a vertically challenged room? We are glad you asked! Here are some design tricks to help you: 

1. Opt for Low Furniture.
In a room with low ceilings, you will want to select furniture that sits low to the ground. By choosing low-sitting furnishings, there will be more space between the ceiling and your furniture which increases the sense of height in the room. For instance, an L-shaped sofa provides ample seating without crowding up the room and provides an ample amount of space above the sofa. You could even match your furniture and wall color. This look helps to have your upholstery almost melt into the design of the room.
 
2. Use Wall Lights.
Large ceiling lights can draw more attention to your low ceilings. You can counteract that effect by installing wall lights which are much more symmetrically pleasing inside of a space with such architectural features. If you do not want to hire an electrician for the job, you can opt for plug-in wall lights. Just be sure to invest in wall lights with attractive cords that have a design to them so they will not be an eyesore when plugged into the wall.
 
3. Create an Accent Wall.
One of the easiest ways you can take the attention away from your low ceilings is to create an accent wall. Highlight another area of the room using an beautifully patterned wallpaper or a bold paint color.
 
4. Embrace Your Low Ceilings.
Make a feature out of your low ceilings by painting them a bright color or tiling them with a unique pattern or material. Highlighting your low ceilings with a stunning tile or a bold color will bring them into the foreground, making the room much more appealing.
 
5. Long Drapes.
Consider installing long curtains or drapes in a low ceiling room. Position the rod above the window frame and have it be almost flushed to the ceiling. This allows the curtains to effortlessly hang from the top of the ceiling to the bottom which visually elongates the room.

We hope you enjoyed these tips and tricks for embracing your low ceilings. Be sure to check back weekly for more posts and updates. 

Choosing The Right White

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Even though white wall treatments are a staple in American homes, it can be challenging finding the right shade of white. Contrary to popular belief, white is not just white. There are many noticeable variations of this color. If you enjoy the simplicity that white offers, it is important to know its many different shades. To help, we made a guide for picking the perfect shade of white for your space: 
  • Cool Stark White. Cool white walls create a serene atmosphere. You can expect to see such a stark shade of white in contemporary style spaces because it adds to the feeling of “newness” that minimalist love. Often, when using this variation of white, you can keep the theme of the room simple which means there will be very little distraction or contrast.
  • Creamy White. Creamy white almost gives off a heavenly feel. This variation is great for use in the bedroom since it promotes relaxation and peace. When using creamy white in your bedroom, try contrasting with layers of other types of white. For example, imagine cool white curtains and ivory bedding. This will add more dimensions to the room.
  • Antique White. Antique white works in traditional spaces such as the living or dining room. Unlike cool white, antique white makes the room feel like it has been lived-in while providing an air of sophistication.
  • Ivory. If you do not want a room to feel too cold, you might want to use an ivory white. White paint with ivory undertones adds a hint of warmth to the space. This variation of white compliments hardwood floors. To truly bring this look life, use halogen lighting. 
  • Gray White. Grayish white is not a variation that we see very often in homes. The gray undertones do not take away from the sophistication of the look. Instead, it serves as the perfect backdrop for more vivid hues. Colors such a purple, yellow and red work great as accent colors in a room with grayish white wall treatments. 
  • Warm White. Warm white has khaki undertones. This type of hue makes a space warm and welcoming, especially when you tie in natural materials.

Which white is your favorite choice? Let us know in the comment section. 

Picking Paint

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Take a moment and think of a place that has a really beautiful design. It is clear that the owners of the building took time to think about the paint, architecture, decorations, and furniture in this place. Now focus in on the paint. What paint colors did they choose? Why do you believe they choose those paint colors? Well, there is no need to wonder how they did it because we will teach you how to properly pick your paint colors in five easy steps:  

Step One: Design The Room. 

The last thing you want to do is paint your room before you are finishing designing it. We know that it is frustrating to have to wait to paint your space because it is a big and exciting step, but we encourage you to wait. Take time to decorate and design your entire space before you apply a single coat of paint. 

Step Two: Get Inspired. 

Since you waited to paint your room, you can take a piece from your room as inspiration. You can find even more inspiration from rooms online. Just take some time to get a feel for what you are looking for before you jump right into selecting a paint color. 

Step Three: Test It. 

Before you buy all of your paint, buy some testers to try out on a section in your room. You will want to try them out in an area that gets direct sunlight and an area that gets no sunlight to see the difference. The couple of bucks you will spend on testers is well worth it before committing to a paint color. 

Step Four: Choose a Sheen. 

There are different types of sheen available for homeowners. You can choose from flat, flat enamel, eggshell enamel, satin enamel, semi-gloss enamel, or hi-gloss enamel. If you are unsure of which would look best, do not be afraid to ask for advice from a sales representative.

Step Five: Let It Flow. 

You will want your rooms to all flow together; therefore, choose paint colors that go together with other rooms throughout your home. Make the transition easy on the eyes by making a palette that goes well together. 

Paint can really tie together an entire room and so can flooring. Have you been thinking about replacing your current flooring? We would love to help you! Come and visit one of our beautiful showrooms to see all of your flooring possibilities.