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The Carpet Coloring Challenge

Congratulations! You’ve chosen the brand and type of carpet with which to cover your home! The upcoming choice is the even harder one, what color? The cooperation between furniture, carpet, and wall colors can have a huge effect on the mood of a room. I can’t tell you exactly what color to make your carpets, that bit is wholly up to you, but I can at least help you make the most informed decision possible.

Before we even get to the carpet we’ll need to choose the colors of the furniture in the room. Unless you’re getting chairs and couches custom made, the color selection is going to be pretty limited. It’s best to get the limited choice out of the way first because it’s much less likely that you’ll be able to pick out a sofa to match the carpet as opposed to the other way around.Carpet Color

 

Carpet Color Time

Now that you’ve got your furniture all picked out, let’s get to the whole reason you came here, the carpet! So much about a room can be determined by the color and style of the carpet. You’ll definitely want to identify the purpose of the room you’re carpeting before making anything final. Light colors can really open up a room and make it feel spacious. Darker colors will make a room feel smaller and cozier. Neutral colors such as beiges and creams will really go with anything, but bright colors can make a room pop, making a statement.

A heavily trafficked room will accrue a lot of dirt, so maybe avoid bright whites unless you feel like putting in the hours to keep it clean. Darker and patterned carpets hide dirty really well and should maybe be considered for these areas. However, dark carpets show fluff pretty easily and need to be vacuumed more frequently. You can decide on the wall paint color(s) later since paint can come in virtually any shade and can be tailored to match your floor and furniture.

I know that was a lot. To recap, figure out A) the color of your furniture, B) the mood you want for your room and C) how much traffic is going through. After that, bring a color wheel to your local professionals and get carpeting!

Fight of the Finishes

Taking proper care of your hardwood floors involves refinishing every ten years or so. How often you need to refinish your floors and the process involved depends on which of the two compounds you choose to put down; Oil-based polyurethane(poly) or water-based poly. Each type of poly has different pros and cons and can be the best for a given situation. They have different Oil-based polyurethaneprice points, should be applied to different floors, and take different amounts of time to dry. Depending on how important each of these facets is to your specific situation, you may want to choose oil or water based poly to refinish your floors.

 

The Comparison

First, and maybe most importantly, water-based polyurethane is two to three times more expensive than oil based poly. It has fewer VOCs (volatile organic compounds), smells less, and is clear. The higher price point is amplified by the fact that you need more layers of the poly to protect your floor, thanks to the more watery composition. Whether or not you’re getting what you pay for is really determined by how important the advantages of water-based poly are to you.

Water-based polyurethaneThe entire process of applying water-based polyurethane to your floor takes far less time than its oil-based counterpart. Up to four coats of water-based poly can be applied in one day, whilst oil based poly can be only be applied once every 24 hours. Another 24 is needed before you can walk on your newly refinished floors with socks on. The wait is quite worth it, however, since generally oil-based poly is more durable and lasts longer. It takes a top of the line water poly (the Bona brand is often cited) to compete.

 

The Choice

The type of wood floor you have is the other important factor to take into account. When deciding between refinishing products, oil-based polyurethane slightly yellows with age over time, while water goes on clear. For a majority of wood products the yellowing is rather indistinguishable, but for maplewood or white/grey washed floors I would highly recommend using water-based poly.

In general, I would recommend going withan oil-based polyurethane. The overall refinishing quality and durability are much higher. For specific situations, however, I would say to go with water-poly. If you own a business and closing shop for more than a day or two is a serious hit, then go with the quick option. The same goes for very light colored wood floors; oil would yellow over time which can look pretty gross. Like I said earlier, there isn’t a right or wrong answer every time. Figure out your situation and make the most informed call! We’ll be there to help no matter which one you pick.

 

Can I Change the Color of my Hardwood Floors?

Many homeowners are delighted to hear that the answer is “yes, you can” to this question. The variety of hardwood options available to you depends on the floor in your home. Lighter woods such as pine, oak, and maple can be stained a wider array of colors. The natural color of the wood is the lightest you can go without bleaching or whitewashing your floors.

 

How To:

Sanding HardwoodThere is a process of course. There’s always a process. In order to recolor your hardwood floors, you’ll need to sand them before refinishing them. Using a glaze is an easier alternative to refinishing but should only be done if the sanding/refinishing process is simply not possible for you. To apply a glaze, you’ll skip the sanding and simply run a buffer over the floor to prepare it. This process is called “screening.” The resulting color is more difficult to predict because it will be a mixture of the glaze and the already-present stain. It also doesn’t last nearly as long as a proper refinish, peeling off after a while and leaving ugly marks in its wake.

Sanding the floor takes off the existing stain and finish, giving you the natural wood to work with. Sanding also gives a perfectly smooth surface that can propely accept the later applications of polyurethane and maybe a stain. A stain will allow you to darken the color of the wood to exactly what you want. After the stain, apply water or oil-based pol;yurethane to refinish your hardwood floors. Check out my article on which poly may be best for your situation here.

How light or dark you decide to go with this process is entirely up to you. It’s poissible to stain your floors as dark as you want to go, or perhaps whitewash your floors to get them lighter than their natural color. What you decide to do depends on the rest of your decor and what you’re feeling, but the moral of the story is that with the right supplies and professionals, your hardwood floor can be as light or dark as you want it to be!

Carpet or Hardwood?

New homeowner? Or simply remodeling and taking a second look at those old floors? I know this choice is one of the hardest to make when it comes to making your dream home look like, well, your dreams. Because everyone’s needs are different, I can’t just straight up tell you the best option to put under your feet. However, I may be able to point you in the right direction. The two most popular flooring choices are hardwood and carpet, so we’ll focus on those two. The other kinds of flooring will most certainly get their time in the spotlight in another segment. Let’s begin!

 

Soft Carpet

Monet FloorsAh, carpet. Soft, comfortable, and warm. A favorite for many, you’ll find carpet covering the bottom of a majority of homes. It’s quite the popular pick for a few reasons, primarily of which is the comfort. Carpet is soft under bare feet, which has major upsoides. Not only do you not need to wear a pair of slippers to comfortably exit your bed in the morning, but dropping your phone on the way out isn’t a death sentence for your wallet. Carpet’s soft texture is not only comfortable but safe as well. It can cushion falls and drops while providing a pretty safe space for small animals or children.

It’s also nice and quiet. NRC means Noise Reduction Coefficient, and can be used to describe how much noise carpet absorbs. Most carpets have an NRC of around .35, meaning 35% of most sounds is absorbed and not reflected, resulting in a quieter home for both you and your upstairs/downstairs neighbors. For rooms where a high schooler may be learning/practicing the drums, I’d recommend carpet over the almost perfectly sound reflective hardwood.

Unfortunately, carpet isn’t all upside. You knew this was coming, right? It can get pretty dirty comparablee to hardwood. A simple sweep every day does a majority of the cleaning work when it comes to your wood floors. Carpet, on the other hand, needs vacuuming and shampooing and even then sometimes not everything is out. Carpet also stains a lot more easily from spills/pet urine than most hardwoods. Depending on the allergies of the people in your home, this can be a problem, or at least something that requires a lot of maintenance.

 

Hardwood

Hardwood floors make a huge statement in your home. They are often seen as high end, luxurious, and bold. Flooring your home with all-natural hardwood is also great for the environment.Monet Floors Trees can be replanted and are a naturally occurring resource. A majority of carpet is made from petroleum; a very limited and very unnatural material. Hardwood floors can be refinished after damage simply by sanding down past the damage and reapplying the stain. This longevity is appealing to many people, making a hardwood floor installment a decades-long investment with the proper care.

At the end of the day, both options are extremely valid for different situations. Check us out if you’ve made any kind of decision! Carpet is much cheaper and easier but also requires more work to keep clean. Hardwood is impressive and timeless but is also a bit more of a financial investment. In the future, I’ll be writing about specific rooms of the house, but hopefully this is enough food for thought until then.

Hardwood floors Need Lovin’ Too

5 Easy Tips to Care for your Hardwood floors

how-to-clean-hardwoodAs robust, sleek, and strong as hardwood floors can appear at first glance, they need to be dutifully cared for to keep all those adjectives relevant for as long as possible. From small scratches and dulling to widening gaps, issues can plague your beautiful wooden floors if you don’t provide the proper hardwood care and maintenance. Here’s an easy list of do’s and don’ts to keep your floors fancy.

Do: Throw a rug in front of each entrance to your home. Even the smallest amount of dirt, twigs, or just general debris stuck to your shoes will scratch at the floor over time. A rug at the door and an easy stomp when you come in from outside will do a surprising amount to prevent those tiny accumulated scratches from ruining the sheen on your lovely wood floors.

Don’t: Wear high heels or cleats on your wood floor. The math here is actually pretty simple. Sure human beings only weigh one or two hundred pounds, but that weight applies more pressure than we think when it’s all focused on our feet. The multiplication gets even crazier when we focus even further onto the fine needle points that are high heels or sports cleats. We’re talking thousands of pounds of pressure per square inch; definitely not something you want on your hardwood floors. Tiny dents can form, and over time they’ll turn into something larger and quite visible. Leave them at the door, next to the rugs!

Hardwood Floors Do: Wipe up any liquid spills immediately. Water and wood are a bad combination, this much is some pretty common knowledge. Any amount of water sitting on the wood for even a short period of time can soak in and immediately start causing some damage. Stains don’t look great and neither does your wood buckling. Let’s not even mention the extreme case of rotting wood! I can sneak a Don’t in this category too, as it’s pretty relaxed. Don’t steam clean or wet mop your wood floors. Water is such a bad idea.

Anyway, that’s all for this week. Keep those wood floors looking lovely, and check in every week for more easy care tips! For more information contact us directly!

Interior Design Tips You Can Try At Home

Interior Design Tips You Can Try At Home

Technology has made just about everything easier. Home design elements are more accessible to the ordinary person than ever before. Do you want advice? Read the article below and learn how to design your home more effectively.

A great tip for design is to understand the room’s function. If you are redecorating a child’s room you should use some bright and lively colors to go along with a child’s enthusiasm. But brighter colors will definitely not go well in a library.

It’s always important to have a design motif in mind before starting on designing. Moods can extend from bold and exciting to tranquil and soothing. Deciding on the mood of the space beforehand will have a big impact on the choices you make and will help to give the space a cohesive feel.

One piece of fine art added to a room can be well worth the price. Art may not even be your thing, but it’s amazing how easily one quality art piece can make a room feel styled. A painting may also provide a place to start when decorating using other things too.

Whenever you are designing your office, ensure your space is as functional as possible. Lighting is of utmost importance, as is comfortable furniture. You should be thinking about maximum comfort in the room that you will be working in so you can be productive.

Lower the costs of your interior design projects by seeking out the same high quality designs from mass merchants. Designer brand decor is very expensive, and there are always similar designs for less money available. If you are buying an item that requires longevity, purchase the designer brand.

Hang wall art at eye-level for the best effect. If the art is hung too low or too high, your room might look off-balance and disorganized.

For quick and easy inspiration, it helps to stay abreast of interior design trends and themes. You should not be decorating in the styles of decades past. When visiting a friend or family member, take notes on how they are designing their home.

When you are decorating, keep the room’s purpose in mind. You should think about who may be present in the room and whether or not there is ample space. Think about your friends and family members when designing your living room, but focus on the personality of your couple when making changes to your bedroom.

If you want to paint a room, take your time! By rushing into it, you run the risk of choosing something that you absolutely end up hating. You should try out some samples and paint them, and then give it some time. See how everything comes together under different lighting conditions. You might realize that you didn’t like the shade like you first thought

With all you’ve learned, you must be feeling like an expert by this point. The easy part is learning the tips and tricks for a successful interior design. The true test will be whether you can execute a plan successfully and stylishly.

Seeking Interior Design Advice?

Seeking Interior Design Advice? Look At This Article

Making changes to a home is always a fun thing to think about, but something harder to actually apply. It does not have to be complicated if you want to create a nice space. Use the article ahead to see what tips you can learn to apply towards interior design.

A great interior design tip is to start investing in good art. You may not be very interested in art, but the right piece can pull everything together in the room. A beautiful painting provides helps to focus your mind on the look of your space, and it can really get you started on your decorating endeavors.

Keep down the cost of your interior decorating by looking for high-quality equivalents from mass merchants. Designer names are expensive, therefore it is always wise to choose names that look similar but that aren’t as expensive. It is your choice, of course, but who does not like to save money where ever they can.

Try to use versatile furniture whenever decorating a smaller sized room. For example, choose ottomans rather than a sofa or chairs. An ottoman can double as a table or a seat to maximize your small room. Get the most out of items for dual purposes works best in a small space.

Tap into your creative side when you are redesigning the kitchen. Traditional materials such as granite are popular, but consider using concrete, cork or even wood. These alternative materials can be both inexpensive and add a unique touch to your kitchen.

Consider what function a room must serve before you attempt to decorate it. Ask yourself what type of traffic this room will get and what the room will be used for. Think about others who will enter your home, but give your family first consideration.

When designing a room. pick a style that suits you. While it should appear nice for company, you’ll be living in it. Regardless of what others may think, do what makes you happy. You may not like it further down the road, which means you can always redesign it then.

If a fireplace is in a room that you plan to decorate, it is important to arrange that area correctly. Accomplish this by properly balancing any objects you place on your mantle. An unbalanced mantle may ruin the look and feel of a whole room.

Give yourself a collection. A grouping of at least three items comprises a collection. The three vases you have sitting on your mantle are a collection. A collection is always at least three pictures. You should put the collection together to give off a nice display, which can also function as a conversation starter.

Now that you’ve read the information above, you now have great knowledge on what you need to know when dealing with interior design. When you understand what you should and shouldn’t do when it comes to designing, the decorating will come together much more smoothly. Include the tips you learned today into your own interior design projects and turn your once drab home into something amazing!

Learn The Ins And Outs Of Interior Design

Learn The Ins And Outs Of Interior Design With These Great Tips

Knowing how to fix your home up is always a good thing to think about with some friends and family. If you happen to be fortunate enough to this, you want to make sure everything is perfect. Read below to find the best ways to approach designing the interior of your home.

One thing that you must remember when designing a room is to make or create a mood. The feeling you want to create can guide the selection of colors and accessories. For instance, if you want a mood that exudes calmness and tranquility, use colors that are soft and warm.

For the best way to display your art in any room, remember to hang the art at eye level. If you hang the artwork too low or too high on the wall, it can make your room seem off-balanced and may even give the illusion that your room is smaller and poorly organized.

Get creative when choosing counter-tops for your kitchen. While granite is popular, using materials like cork, wood or concrete can be great options too. These options can also be cheaper and make your kitchen look unique.

Even the most seemingly minor details can have a major impact on the look and feel of a room. The key to a great room is using the accent pieces in the best way possible. For example, you could select your decor, window treatments, fixture, etc. based on a particular theme rather than having to purchase new furniture or completely redo the floors.

When changing a room’s interior design, you want to prevent your room from appearing overly-cluttered. If you have an abundance of furniture, your room will be cluttered and cramped. A better option is to place only a few select pieces of furnishings in the room and maximize your open space.

New cabinet doors can give your kitchen a quick and inexpensive lift. Glass doors, modern facings or even open shelving will update your design style. Also, some accents in the cabinets will add a cool flair to the room.

If redecorating your home is in the works, be realistic when planning. You want your decor to reflect your personality, but try to stay away from anything too outlandish or bizarre. When it comes time to sell your house, garish decorating can scare off prospective purchasers. If there is something that you just must do to your home that might not be considered normal, just remember that you may have to remove it later on.

Don’t forget the living room traffic when placing furniture there. You need to have enough room in order for furniture to fit and so that people can walk around comfortably. You don’t want to have traffic jams when you’re trying to enjoy your work.

With all the knowledge you gained above, you can figure out how to improve the inside of your home. Don’t hesitate to bookmark or share this article as you begin to map out your next interior design project.

Save Money With This Great Interior Design Advice

Save Money With This Great Interior Design Advice

The piece that follows is perfect for anyone whose home is a drab disaster as well as for someone who simply needs to make a few adjustments to the current decor. Interior design can be an intimidating subject, but with the right advice, it can be surprisingly easy to make your home look perfect.

A great interior design tip is to start investing in good art. You might not ever care about art, but you will be surprised at the outcome when you put it in. A nice painting can give your room a focal point where you can begin to decorate around it.

Whenever you are redesigning a room in your home it is extremely important that you choose the right color scheme. Learn what colors work together and which ones clash so that your room can appear tasteful and balanced. Also avoid using too many bold colors in the same room.

Getting rid of clutter is the first step towards interior design. Get rid of old clothes and organize your drawers, closets and cabinets. Donate your extra stuff to a thrift shop, recycle it, or make some money with a yard sale.

Keep a child’s theme when you are decorating the room for your son or daughter, and put their wishes first. It’s easy to forget kids won’t look at their rooms the way you do. Make sure that they have easy access to everything. This will reduce any slips and falls, as your child will feel comfortable.

Leave out the clutter when you plan your next interior design project. Too much furniture or accessories can make your room look cramped and smaller than it really is. To avoid this, choose your favorite pieces, and leave plenty of open space.

Before decorating, formulate an action plan. Gauge the number of occupants in the room at any given time and what will be happening in the room. Think about your friends and family members when designing your living room, but focus on the personality of your couple when making changes to your bedroom.

It is likely that you have small rooms you want to make seem larger. If you want to make your small spaces appear larger, use light and bright paint. Dark colors absorb available light and can close a space off.

As you plan your interior design layout, keep it realistic. You should decorate in a style that reflects your taste, but do not make permanent changes that are outlandish. The problem occurs when go to sell your property in the future; buyers will probably be scared off by the crazy decor. By making sure overly personal touches are easily replaceable, you can preserve your home’s resale value.

Don’t fall prey to negative worries about your skill with interior design. It’s just a matter of reading up a little about how to complete your projects and then following through in order to get the home you have always wanted. Use the tips shared here with you to help you complete your goals!

Great And Easy Guide When It Comes To Interior Design

Great And Easy Guide When It Comes To Interior Design

Many people think that the need to be an artist to design their own home’s interior. It might shock you to find all of the resources available to you regarding your home’s interior design. You can start learning by reading the great advice in this article, it can help you achieve the designs that you have always wanted.

It is always a good idea to ask yourself what the room will be used for. For example, if you are designing a child’s room, you might consider bright and lively hues to inspire creativity or to match the child’s personality. These colors are less appropriate in a library.

One thing that you must remember when designing a room is to make or create a mood. The overall design of the room should revolve around a specific mood you hope to create while using the room. For example, you could choose soft and warm colors if you want to create a calm and tranquil feel.

Make sure to keep your space functional whenever you design an office. Lighting is very important to a work space, as is a comfortable desk and chair. The end goal is to design and create an area that allows you to maintain productivity, inspire creativity and enjoy your surroundings.

Staying current with decorating style trends is an important interior design tip. Nobody wants to find themselves with a room that appears stuck in time, complete with tacky wallpaper or furnishings. If you have the opportunity, you should visit the homes of those you know that have recently decorated to get a feel for recent trends.

Don’t skimp on paint. Buy the best quality you can afford. Cheap paint is actually bad for your walls, and it wears away quickly. This will cost you as time goes on. Choosing a higher quality paint is worth the investment.

You should make sure that you decorate your fireplace in the right fashion. Everything on the mantle should be balanced. Your entire room can be thrown off if the items on the mantle are unbalanced.

Don’t forget about the traffic in your living room when you are putting the furniture in there. You want to make sure that people will have enough room to maneuver without tripping over things. Avoid traffic jams by allowing enough space for people to pass.

If you have a lot of possessions, do not overdecorate your walls. Some people like to collect a lot of things. If you have a lot of sentimental items or collectibles, and don’t want to put them in storage, leave your walls plain. Adding tons of items on your wall, can cause your home to appear extremely closed and cluttered.

Pedestal tubs are elegant pieces that can add pizzazz to any bathroom. This style of tub is classic and beautiful. Handheld shower attachments are a popular option. You can also make a shower by attaching it to a a pole the comes out of the tub. Any hardware store will give you plenty of options.

This article should have provided you some simple knowledge of interior design. It is not as hard as it seems but with the right ideas you can do anything! Don’t have a cookie-cutter home; make your home unique to you and your family’s tastes.