How to Have a Successful Open House

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Preparing your home for the market can feel like a daunting task. You can no longer set your home’s priorities to be tailored to your needs, but instead, you need to customize it for the housing market. Open houses are the perfect opportunity to allow more potential homebuyers to look at your real estate. Plus, they are essential for recognizing that first impressions go a long way. Most individuals will look at several properties in a short amount of time. Having your property seem like the most ideal candidate can take a little time and effort but will help you sell your home more quickly. If you are looking to have an open house, here is everything you need to consider:

Livable Dynamic 

The first thing home buyers are subconsciously considering the whole time is if they can picture themselves living in your home. You need to create an atmosphere that is livable and appeals to the masses, not tailored to your family. Having rooms set up as functional as possible is ideal. You may have a large bed in a small room which can make the space feel overcrowded. Perhaps, you do not have adequate seating in your living room, or maybe your master bedroom is lime green. Making these changes to accommodate everyone’s neutral preferences will help you move your home off the market quickly and effectively. A great rule of thumb is less is more! 

Advertising 

If nobody knows about the hottest new product, it will never sell. Word of mouth is only so effective. Consider investing in a newspaper article as well as getting signs. Continue to advertise your open house prior to the set date. Simple signs may have your neighbors spread the word to their friends. You can also put up digital ads using social media and craigslist. 

Pets, Valuables, and Personal Items 

For the day of your open house, make sure to remove your pets. While you may love your fur babies, a potential buyer may not. You also do not know who will be visiting your home. Lock up any valuables like money, jewelry, and other personal belongings because it may be best to take with you. You should also consider removing any personal pictures of your family and loved ones from the home. This helps the buyer envision themselves in your space.

Remember, open houses can quickly enhance the probability of selling your home. Spend a little in creating the perfect open house. With some simple preparation, your home will thrive on the market.

Ideas for Creating a Fall-Themed Front Entrance

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Have you noticed the days are getting shorter, and the air in the mornings is crisp and cooler? Fall is just around the corner, so what better reason to spruce up your front entrance? There are so many inexpensive, creative ideas for this project; therefore, we encourage you to join the fun with our favorite easy fall design ideas:

Planters

We are sure that you have planters and urns around your home, but if not, be sure to buy some in varying sizes. Remember you can use these year-round for other seasonal decorations. If they need to be painted, think about burgundy, forest green, dark gray, gold or bronze. Planters can be spray painted in no time, making it a quick project.

You may know that now is the time for mum flowers to be in bloom through November. They come in so many beautiful fall colors and are typically inexpensive. When mums have finished blooming in your local area, simply plant them in your yard landscape to enjoy next fall. What a wonderful way to repurpose! Take the mums and place them in the planters and urns for pops of color. 

Planters are also excellent for creating height in your arrangement, especially if you have pumpkins and cornstalks in the design. Reverse this idea and place pumpkins and gourds in the planters then place the mums on the ground around the planters. Try different arrangements until you find your favorite! 

Baskets and More 

Everyone has some baskets laying around the house or in your garden shed. If you like the distressed look of patina or the clean, neat look, spray paint works wonders. Simply pick up an old antique bench or chair from a yard sale and begin spray painting. Again, keep it natural or spray paint according to your preferences. 

Place dried flowers, small pumpkins, live mums, decorative gourds in the baskets and place on the bench or the seat of the chair. Also, large apple or peach baskets are perfect for placing a planter in the center. Or you can turn the basket upside down and use as a table to display your treasures. 

Cornstalks, Tree Limbs, Vines and Willow Branches 

These items are ideal for creating an arch around your front door because they are so beautiful and natural! Plus, these designs can be seen from the street. Everyone should have a supply of zip ties around the house since they are so handy and functional. Attach the limbs and stalks together with zip ties, spraypaint the zip ties if they are visible, and place the stalks in a planter or basket.

 Also, a fishing line is another item with a million uses. Anchor the limbs together by simply wrapping fishing line from the bottom up to the top. You can arrange the limbs once you have the zip ties or fishing line in place. Just attach the fishing line to light sconces or tap in small nails to secure at the top of your door. 

How do you decorate your front entrance for fall? Do you do anything exciting and different? We would love for you to share your thoughts with our other readers in the comment section. Thanks for reading!

Using Warm Tones in Your Design

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When designing a space, it is essential to consider the mood you want the room to portray. You can make a room feel more inviting by adding seating, carpet, and even certain sounds or smells. You can, likewise, make a room feel more relaxing by incorporating different design elements as well. However, nothing quite sets the mood of a room, quite like the colors we choose. 

Color Psychology 

All colors have individual psychologies attached with them. If you were to see pink in a baby’s room versus blue, it might insinuate something different. Likewise, the colors we choose in our homes can help depict certain images. Do you want a room to feel creative or sophisticated? Are you looking to make a statement or keep your space feeling neutral? These are all questions you should ask yourself before choosing a color. 

Warm Tones 

Warm tones can make a room feel more inviting. You may want to incorporate these in a room where you plan on inviting guests or hosting company. Warm tones include colors like red, orange, and yellow. These colors can all work together to help create your inviting space. 

Using a neutral tone that complements these tones is also ideal. While beige and tan are neutral tones, they can enhance the power of many warm tone colors. Likewise, grey is a subtle, neutral color, yet may be best used with complementing cool tone colors. 

Using Colors to Set the Mood 

A general color scheme is divided up into the 60:30:10 rule. These are the ratios in which you choose your colors. You can give one color 60% dominance over the room while the other two colors are given 30% and 10% respectively.  Typically, you would give 60% to a neutral color; however, this is not written in stone. Creating a mood board prior to your design can allow you to envision a finished product of your design and give you more design freedom.

Remember, while colors are influential in your décor, and lighting will also amplify this effect. Be sure to add adequate lighting to help enhance any color scheme you choose. Also, if you missed earlier this week where we discussed cool tones, be sure to check it out here. Thanks for reading!

Using Cool Tones in Your Design

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Many elements contribute to making your interior design perfectly balance. Ideally, you want your room to be functional yet also have a sense of style. To do so, you can choose a style like Rustic or Contemporary to help set guidelines when designing your space. However, you can also influence the mood of your room with color. In fact, there are three different tones that you can create with colors: cool, warm, and neutral. Today, we are going to discuss cool tones and how they affect your environment. Let’s take a look!

Color Psychology 

Certain colors can help depict specific psychological feelings or moods. Learning to use color psychology can help you design your space. For example, warm tones can make a room feel more inviting, whereas cool tones can allow a space to feel more relaxing. Deciding what you are trying to accomplish is vital before you choose your color palette.  

Cool Tones 

There are three types of moods you can set in a room: warm, cool, or neutral. Even though every color can have its own influences, having colors that work together can create a mood. Cool tones can make a space feel more passive and soothing. If you are looking to achieve this look, try using cool tone colors such as blue, green, purple, and violet. These tones can all work together to help create your atmosphere. A general rule of them is to add contrast.  If your room is primarily cool tones, feel free to contrast small areas with the opposing colors. This can also allow benefits from other color tones to affect the space. 

Using Colors to Set the Mood 

Setting the mood is more than just adding color. Decide how you plan on using each color in your space. Some colors work great with each other, so try exploring different color swatches, floorings, and textiles together. Just keep in mind the mood you are trying to accomplish. Designing your space should give you freedom, but should also feel planned and unified. 

Cool tones can have a significant impact on your environment and can help your space feel relaxing.  Do you like to use cool tones or warm tones more in your space? Let us know below in the comment section. 

August Gardening Tips 

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Summer can be brutally hot, but it can also be a great time to be outdoors and enjoy the sun. If you have a garden, you know how ruthless the sun can be on you as well as your garden. This is also the perfect time to put effort into your garden by evaluating, managing, and preparing for your plant life’s success. Here are four tips you cannot neglect during August to keep your garden alive and well:

Weeding and Watering 

Weeds can take a toll of your garden. You should start checking for weeds again in August and remove any invasive plants. You do not want your hard work, at keeping your garden alive, to go to waste because of intrusive weeds. You also need to be extra giving on the amount of water this time of year.  Just like you in the August heat, your plants and soil can quickly become dry and dehydrated. Make sure to give your plants the proper amount of water to help them survive the intense heat. 

Remove Deadheads 

Not only do you need to remove spent flowers for an aesthetic purpose, but they can also impair sunlight to other plants. Removing the spent flowers on an annual basis can reward you with a much larger bloom into the fall. 

Plant for Autumn Crops 

If you plan on continuing your garden into next year and the fall, you should consider planting certain seeds in August. Plants that can be harvested in Autumn may need to be planted now. Plants that can tolerate a light frost should be planted now as well and can grow throughout the winter. 

Test Your Soil 

If you plan on continuing your garden for years to come, it may be a good idea to check your soil’s nutrient level. You want to make sure the right nutrients are in the soil to ensure your plants grow adequately.  You can test it yourself with a homemade kit or order one online to find out your soil’s pH levels. 

August is a good month in the summer to make sure your garden is coming along properly. Maintenance is key to the success of your garden. Remember to hedge bushes and keep your garden well-watered throughout the scorching heat months. For more tips and tricks, visit us at Century Tile.

How to Have White Carpet

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Most people would hear the words “white carpet” and slowly begin backing out of the room. White carpet does not seem feasible in our minds. Parents understand that accidents are inventible and having a white carpet means displaying all of your mishaps for the world to see. But what if we told you that you could have white carpet without fear? You are probably already thinking of ways to poke holes in this theory, but believe us, it is possible! Here is how you can have white carpet in your home without fear. 

Mohawk’s SmartStrand Forever Clean Carpet Is the Ultimate Stain Resistant Carpet

This innovated flooring offers homeowners with spill protection, permanent stain resistance, and long-lasting durability. This is the carpet that homeowners and parents have been dreaming about owning. Plus, you do not have to sacrifice comfort for clean with this carpet. SmartStrand Forever Clean has incredibly soft strands to create a luxurious feel. If you are looking for the ultimate amount of durability and softness, SmartStrand Silk Reserve is the choice for you. 

Whether you have children, pets, or an active home, Mohawk’s SmartStrand Carpet can help you fight back against accidents and stains. This revolutionary carpet allows for homeowners to choose the color of their pleasing without hesitation (including white). Now, you can get a soft, durable carpet with exceptional stain protection. Homeowners can finally have the free will to choose a white carpet without free of stains and messes. Do not take our word for it. Try it out for yourself and see the carpet innovation that is taking the industry by storm. 

Are you interested in a purchasing white carpet or a white area rug for your home? We would love to assist you in the search! Stop by one of our showrooms or call us to get more information about Mohawk’s SmartStrand. We look forward to helping you get the flooring of your dreams! 

Introducing Our Brand New Website Design

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We are thrilled to introduce to you to our brand new website design! With the update, we featured a sleek and clean layout for easy navigation as well as a beautiful aesthetic.

Features

Our website contains the same features you already love in an easy-to-access and -navigate layout.

We wanted to focus on a layout that is easy for our two types of shoppers: Full Service and DIY. On our main menu, you will be able to select which shopping experience applies to you and find all of the resources for your project.

Additionally, we feature our well-loved design center that helps you achieve everything design-related.

So do not hesitate, visit our new website today at Century Tile.

Flooring Elements to Consider Before Buying

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All floors respond differently to different environments.  You need to consider the pros and cons of each flooring option to know precisely what will or will not work in your home.  Where aesthetics may be your top priority, other elements like subfloor, traffic, and budget can limit your decision.  Today, we put together some essential elements and factors to consider before buying your new floors.  These are the right questions to ask yourself prior to your investment to help tailor your floors for you and your home’s needs.

Exposure to Sunlight

Carpet dyes, some vinyl, and hardwoods can all fade with sunlight.  While this may not be a deciding factor for you, it is an essential factor to consider.  Room’s that have uneven sun exposure can start to fade and become discolored – this can be easily fixed with blinds but should be taken into consideration. 

Exposure to Water

There are many excellent choices for bathrooms and kitchens.  It is important to take into play how your flooring will handle against water.   With new technology, luxury vinyl has become an excellent option for these wet environments.  You may also want to consider tile, linoleum, or other vinyl options.  Floors like hardwood and carpet typically will respond poorly in these atmospheres.  

Extreme Temperatures

Temperature can also be a deciding factor.  Some floors, such as hardwoods, will expand and contract.  Extreme fluctuating temperatures are very wearing on some floors, and this can also be important to consider with carpets.  Floors like carpet are not ideal for bringing all the way up to a fireplace.  Areas, where embers or sparks may hit the ground, needs to be considered. Tile and other flooring options that are non-combustible should be considered for these areas.

Pet and Children Friendly

If you are a parent or a pet owner, you probably know the accidents that come with these privileges.  Not only having a floor that is accident-friendly but also safe for your loved ones is essential.  Consider soft surfaces for children or easy to clean surfaces for pets.  You should also consider the chemical makeup of different floorings.  Many manufacturers take pride in creating safe, eco-friendly options.

Understanding the flooring that you are considering can help ensure a positive experience.  Make sure you ask the right questions for your home and lifestyle.  Certain flooring is better for different environments.  If you have questions or concerns, ask your Century Tile sales representative. 

We look forward to working with you!