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Bedroom Charm

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Tips

Tutus and ballet slippers can be inspiration for a charming and feminine bedroom, like the one seen here. Many girls, teens and even adults are drawn to the aesthetics and colors of the ballet world. Using this world as inspiration, a beautiful French style bedroom design can be achieved.


Ballet slipper pink is a pale and flattering shade of pink that can be used on walls, carpets, furniture or bed linens in a bedroom. It isn’t as strong a pink as others and can be mixed with whites and taupes for a subtle but sophisticated palette. The pop of the black of the tutu on the armoire door illustrates the power of a black accent or two in an otherwise pale and monochromatic palette. A little bit of black can be used as an accent on fabric, including French inspired toiles and stripes.


Curving lines of French designs are perfect for a ballet inspired bedroom. Like the long lines of a ballerina’s legs, the sweeping curves of scrolls and vines on the armoire add to the sense of feminine grace. Grace is a key description of a space inspired by ballet.  Along with soft pastels and a few black accents, graceful lines and forms lend themselves to a feminine and glamorous style. Cabriole legs on beds, nightstands and desks have a curving elegance that perfectly suit this style.


Wood floors can lend the feeling of a dance or ballet studio to the bedroom. Soft, fluffy area rugs can break up the hard surface of the floor.

Flooring Trends to Try

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Carpet, Design and Decorating, Green Flooring, Hardwood and Laminate

When we think about re-decorating a room we often just focus on paint colors, window coverings and furniture, but don’t forget about the floors!

Bamboo has been around for a long time, but what we are seeing lately is an explosion of variations including wide-plank styles that mimic the look of classic hardwoods. As with all wood flooring, it’s best to keep bamboo out of moisture-prone rooms like kitchens and baths.

New factory-finished hardwood flooring offers all the charm of reclaimed timber — right down to that timeless hand-hewn look — but without the high costs associated with true salvaged lumber.

Particularly popular these days, are large-format tiles — tiles that come 12′ x 24′ and even 36′ x 36′ — as opposed to the tried-and-true 12′ x 12′ tiles. In addition to looking great, larger sizes mean more tile surface and less grout lines to clean.

Selected primarily for its amazing acoustic-insulating qualities, cork flooring also is much more comfortable to walk on than traditional hardwood and most certainly tile. Long gone are the days when cork was available in any color so long as it was blonde — today’s options span the color palette. Thanks to new factory finishes, cork is far more durable than it was just a few decades prior. But it is susceptible to moisture damage and will fade when exposed to sunlight.

In the world of carpet we are seeing far fewer shags and friezes and more patterned carpets. By using a technique that combines both loops and cut loops — hence the name ‘cut-and-loop carpet’ — manufacturers can create a carpet with patterns that range from subtle to bold.

Trendy, sleek and durable as time itself, concrete flooring jumped from bare-bones utilitarian to chic. Thanks to a multitude of available colors, textures and finishes, concrete can adapt to almost any decor. The primary concern is comfort, after all concrete is a very hard surface.

Inspired? We hope so!

Century Tile Celebrates 65 Years As A Chicago Retailer

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in About Us, Century Tile News, Events


Century tile this year celebrates the 65th anniversary of its founding.  The company was founded in 1947 as Century Supply Company by high school friends Frank Parks Sr.and Paul Spiewak.  The partners placed ads in the local newspaper of their Chicago neighborhood.  They went to customers’ homes, measured, sold and delivered the tile, giving instructions on how to install it.  When they first started, they had little more than $7 between them.  But with those ads placed in the local newspaper the late ‘40s, the high school friends began a business which last year grossed more than $33 million.


From their beginnings selling through the newspaper, Century grew enough to open their first store on Austin Ave.  At the time, it was 1,500 square feet and carried plastic wall tile and asphalt floor tile.


65 years later, Century Tile has grown into Chicagoland’s premier tile retailer with 12 area locations.  The company is still a family operation, being managed by the second generation of the original partners’ families.  Century Tile’s business is divided equally between professional contractors and homeowners.  The company’s product line features the Midwest’s largesr selection of more than 10,000 styles and colors of flooring, including ceramic, porcelain, vinyl, stone, carpet tile; sheet vinyl, broadloom carpeting, area rugs, hardwood, laminate, ceramic wall tile, glass mosaics, accessories and setting materials.


Century is a leader in style and design with an established reputation for providing good customer service and value prices. The company offers frequent seminars for homeowners who are interested in laying their own flooring; or Century can have your flooring installed while providing a warranty and offering financing for the entire project.


Century Tile’s 9 stores are located in Lombard, Itasca, Mt Prospect, Woodstock, Blomingdale, Mundelein, and in Chicago at 5719 W. Diversey, 3001 N. Austin and 8181 S. Cicero.  Visit their website for additional details.


Is Your Child Messy?

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Century Tile News, Sales and Promotions

Do you swear that you have the messiest kid? Is your child’s room a complete disaster? What do you dig out from under the bed and in the closet? Do you know what is inside of your child’s dresser drawers?

Well, today instead of reprimanding your child about their messy room – celebrate it! Mohawk and Century Tile are excited to announce the official launch of the Messiest Kid Contest!

We’re asking moms across the country to submit a video or photo of their little “mess makers” to the Mohawk Facebook page to win some big-ticket prizes.

Mohawk’s Messiest Kid Contest officially began April 1st. Check out their Facebook page to see how your child’s room compares.

This is the one time you actually want your child to be messy, as over the next three months Mohawk will select one Messiest Kid entry as a monthly winner. The winning contestant will receive a 9’ X 12’ bound SmartStrand carpet as well as a $100 Toys ‘R Us gift card.

If you don’t know about SmartStrand carpet, you should check out the messy kid SmartStrand challenge that aired recently on The Better Show, a women’s lifestyle and entertainment program. You will cringe as children make ice cream sundaes, spilling chocolate syrup, ice cream and more on a SmartStrand carpet. Then you will cheer as the big mess is cleaned up easily with just water. You have to see it to believe it! Click here to view segment.

So not only could you score a new carpet but you can also win a bigger prize. From July 1 -15, Mohawk will hold a Facebook vote-off between the three monthly winners to determine which messy kid deserves the grand prize – a 4 night / 5 day trip for four to Disney World OR a room makeover of their choice.

For more details about the contest please visit the Mohawk Facebook page. Bring on the mess!


Design Challenged? We Have Your Back

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in About Us, Century Tile Difference

Need to upgrade some things in your home? Getting some money back from Uncle Sam? Are you decorating challenged? Did you know that Century Tile has an entire section of our website dedicated to design resources?

It’s true. Click here and you’ll discover how easy it is to pick new flooring, tile or carpet. Use our virtual room designer to upload a photo of a room in your home. It’s so simple. Just take a digital picture of your own room, upload it, and within 48 hours you will be able to see how different floor coverings and paint colors can make your room look new again.

Take our lifestyle quiz and learn what types of products would work well in your home. Use our notes function to keep detailed notes about your project from design ideas and product specifications to questions you want to remember to ask us!

Take advantage of “Ask the Designer” – our designer can help you find the right design solution for your home improvement projects. Go to the Designers Corner to learn about decorating styles and design perspectives.

Explore our beautiful gallery of floors. Get to know every detail about hardwood, ceramic or carpet.

And finally, come and meet Pete the Pro. Pete Lettecci aka “Pete the Pro” has installed ceramic tile for over 30 years. Since 1995 he has shared his knowledge and experience training our staff and conducting 240 customer installation-training seminars each year. We have videos from Pete the Pro on the website as well as a section where you can ask him questions directly. We would love to help!


Quick-Step and Century Tile Offer Free Design Seminars

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Century Tile News, Design and Decorating

Quick-Step’s design partner Erinn Valencich recently presented free decorating and design seminars at Century Tile location in Mundelein, Ill. The seminars, which were sponsored by Quick-Step laminate and Century Tile, focused on creating big stylistic changes on a tight budget.

“Although consumers continue to be value conscious, they are still looking for ways to express their personal creativity and make their homes more beautiful – while staying within a budget,” said Valencich. “One of the most popular interior design trends right now is the ‘room lift.’ Rather than trading up to bigger, better homes or embarking on expensive, whole-house remodels, today’s consumers simply want new ideas on how to ‘refresh’ their homes quickly, easily and affordably.”

Attendees were encouraged to bring photos of a room that they wanted to refresh. Valencich worked one-on-one with attendees to give them free, personalized design advice on their rooms. Century Tile also raffled off a free Quick-Step laminate floor.

“Consumers can feel so intimidated by the thought of selecting a new floor that they sometimes abandon the idea before even beginning the process,” said Elaine Carlson, vice president, Century Tile. “Erinn’s seminars offered very tangible design advice that showed attendees how doable and fun it can be to embark on a room refresh project, which includes a new floor. Century’s Tile’s experience and expertise then makes the selection and installation of this new floor easy and enjoyable for the consumer.

Valencich said that Quick-Step laminate offers consumers the possibility to affordably create a big style change in a room.

“With the Uniclic locking system, covering up a worn-out vinyl or tearing out an old carpet and putting in a brand new Quick-Step floor is within the skill level and budget of most homeowners,” she said. “Because Quick-Step is available in all the hottest styles and colors, consumers can easily use Quick-Step to breathe new life and design flair into any room.”

Century Tile – Fall Homework Sale

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Now the kids are back at school, you’ve got time to do some Fall Homework of your own. And the Century Tile Fall Homework sale is on now.

Look out for Fall Homework Deals in all 12 Century Tile stores.

We have 25% off our entire Arbor Collection of Distinctive Hardwoods, including both ¾ inch solid hardwoods and engineered hardwoods. You can choose from 45 different woods in a huge range of colors, all finished for durability. The collection includes distinctive hand scraped, high gloss and satin finishes.

Save up to 50% on top quality Ceramic and Porcelain tiles, with prices as low as .77 cents per square foot. We’ve got hundreds of sizes and colors, floor and wall combinations, large format floor tiles, and even decorative Mosaics.

But remember, stocks are limited. So get in early and score a Century Tile Fall bargain.

Century Tile has a huge range of stylish flooring, over 60 years experience in Chicago, highly trained staff to help you make the right choice and a professional installation team ready to fit your new flooring.

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