Posts Tagged ‘virtual room designer’

Beginning the Design Process with Samples

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Christmas, Design and Decorating, Holidays, Sales and Promotions, Website Tools

Imagining a new room or remodel is part of the fun. While choosing finishes and materials can be overwhelming at times, looking at samples can be one of the most enjoyable things about the design process.  Walking into one of our stores is like walking into a candy store for a kid.  There are so many beautiful options and infinite combination possibilities await.

If you are redoing a house, a room or just adding new flooring for the holidays, getting samples is a must.  Having some idea of what you are looking for before you go to the store is also a must. Pull together ideas online on a Pinterest board, magazines, or create your own workbook here. Knowing what direction you want to go in will save you time and sometimes money on your project.

Setting a budget and accounting for overages should be done before you begin to look at materials. Most home projects will go over budget—so account for overages in your initial calculations. This is another reason samples are important. Being able to take home a carpet, wood floor, tile or even upholstery sample can save you time and money in the end.  It allows you to visualize your room better. Making the wrong decision in material, size, or color can be an expensive error.  If you want to decorate or remodel your home for holidays, we’ve got an amazing holiday offer going on now until December 9th, 2012!  Here is more detailed information for your Holiday Home Makeover.

If you are working on multiple surfaces, pull all your samples together so you can see how the different materials work together or don’t work together.  Paint, flooring, upholstery and tile samples can give you a sense of the overall design in a small format.  You can also try out our Virtual Room Designer to help envision your room with all of these elements.

Reader Question: Kitchen Backsplash

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Kitchen and Bath, Reader Question

We recently received this question from one of our readers:
I have golden oak cabinets and almond counter tops, what type and color of back splash would you recommend to give my kitchen a more updated look?
There are a few things to consider when planning a backsplash so start with asking yourself these questions:
1. Do you want the tile to blend or contrast with the other items in the kitchen?
2. How much room do you have? If you plan to keep an existing backsplash that’s part of the countertop, this limits the amount of space you have to work with.
3. Do you want the backsplash to be practical or a design element in your kitchen?
4. What colors do you want to add or pull out from your existing decor? Do you want to add a warm or cool color palette?
After you’ve answered these questions, consider glass tiles or large format tiles to give you an updated look.
If you still aren’t sure and need a visual, check out our virtual room designer. You can try on different looks here, to get an idea if you like large or small tiles, contrasting colors or tiles that blend.
Another option that might help is checking out our backsplash board on our Pinterest page. Please let us know if you have any other questions!


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!


Design Your Own Room Online

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Website Tools

Yeah, yeah some websites have fun features that allow you to decorate a room on-line. While this may be a fun exercise and you may learn something from it, wouldn’t it be better to actually be able to design your own room on-line? Imagine changing floor coverings and paint colors in a blink of an eye.

Now you can have your cake and eat it too. Century Tile allows you to upload a photo of the room you want to remodel, re-do or change up. “This sounds a bit complicated,” you say. Not at all.

Simply take a digital photo of your room and upload it to our designer center. Within 48 hours (a little longer if you upload it over a weekend or on a holiday) you will be able to decorate your room using our Virtual Room Designer. You do need to be logged into our website in order to upload your photos, but that’s really simple as well.

How good is this tool?

You can choose flooring options, everything from hardwood to natural stone. You can choose the color of your walls, your ceilings and your appliances. You can try out different color cabinets and countertops too. And that’s just for a kitchen. You can also upload pictures of your bathroom, your living room, bedroom or hallway.

You’re welcome. This is just another way we feel we can help make your home improvement projects easier and more fun. Try it out and let us know what you think.

Virtual Room Designer

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Website Tools

Are you ready for new floors, but have no idea where to start? If you aren’t ready to come in to see us quite yet, there are lots of tool on the Century Tile Website that can help you – but today we want to tell you about the one that’s the most fun. It’s called The Virtual Room Designer.

On the Virtual Room Designer you can choose your room type and then within that room you can “try on” different floors, walls, countertops and in some rooms you can even try on area rugs.

To get started, click on the Virtual Room Designer image below and HAVE FUN!

Virtual Room Designer Tool

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Uncategorized, Website Tools

You may already be aware of our Virtual Room Designer Tool on our website, but you may not be aware that you can actually upload a photo of a room in your home and use it in the virtual room designer to try on different floors and walls.

The process is simple!

  1. Click here to get started.
  2. Click on any room type to get started or click on design your room to upload your own photo.
  3. Log in to register if you don’t have a login already. (we promise not to sell your email. We hate spam, too)
  4. Upload a photo of your room and within 48 hours (allow more over a weekend or holiday) after we process your image you will be able to see how different floor coverings and paint colors can make your room look new again!

**The Design a Room service offers one complimentary room upload to our web visitors. There may be a charge for additional room upload requests.

Keep in mind that you can “play” in as many room scenes as you want by choosing the first option at the top of the page. Try on different walls, floors, installation directions and save them to your workbook so you can share with your friends! Be careful though, it can be addicting!