Decorating Around A Theme

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Developing a design scheme requires much effort. With decisions and dollar signs constantly filling your mind it’s easy to forget how fun decorating can be! Organizing your decor around a specific theme is a good way to enjoy decorating. It also allows you to create a space that’s unique and a reflection of your personal style.

When centering your decorating around a theme can help with making decisions on color selection, furnishing and accessories. This type of design scheme can work for an entire house, or for a designated room. Below are some tips to keep in mind when decorating around a theme:

  • When designing a room around a theme be careful not to overdo it. Too many accessories can make the space appear tacky and cluttered.

  • Utilize colors. Don’t be afraid to try different paint colors. Whether it’s brushed or rolled on bright colors can be a good way to add emphasis to your theme.

  • Choose a theme that has personal meaning.

For an example, we’re going to discuss the beauty of Miami and how you can incorporate this in your decor. If you enjoy bold and bright colors than this just may be the perfect style for you.

How can you implement Miami’s style into your decor?
Colors
Colors that represent Miami are:
– Neon purple
– Neon green
– Neon Orange
– Yellow
– White

Lighting
When selecting a lighting scheme, you should utilize lots of natural sunlight.

Furnishing
Try organizing furniture in a way that allows for spaciousness. You want to make it as airy as possible. When selecting furnishings, don’t be afraid to implement a pop of color. For instance, a pink desk with a white chair can create a unique look.

And remember to have fun while you are doing it!

Traditional to Transitional

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This dining room is traditionally decorated with a modernized twist; which is the very definition of Transitional. Traditional elements of this room can be found in the casework, moldings, windows and lighting. It is the other elements in this room that make it a transitional styled room.

For starters this dining room is painted a warm, yet bold color; which is very dining room appropriate. No matter the interior style, feel free to paint the walls with a deep and inviting color.

Ditch the traditional wooden dining chairs and use a traditionally styled, fully upholstered chair. The frame of these chairs can be considered modern, with their clean lines and tapered legs. However the fabric selected is a traditional textile with traditional brass nail head accents. Just make sure to select a chair fabric that is durable and stain resistant. If the fabric is not already stain resistant, you can have it treated to be. Using a fully upholstered chair for all seating adds actual comfort and a visually pleasing look!

The large traditional mirror that is leaning against the wall adds beauty and opens up the room. Placement of the mirror lends a transitional effect to the whole room. Being so large in scale, it really reflects the natural light and makes the room feel very open and spacious.

Having the bamboo shades behind the traditional drapery give the windows a transitional look. Mixing these two types of window coverings changes the overall look of the large windows.

This dining room shows an equal mix of traditional elements with a modern flair. Decorating any room in your home can be made to look transitional. This is a wonderful interior design style that allows people to live in traditionally styled homes, with an updated look. Just remember to try and achieve a healthy balance of both traditional and modern. Feel free to use traditional pieces that have been refinished in a modern style!

Considering the Advantages and Disadvantages of Flooring

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Selecting appropriate flooring for your home is no easy task. It requires much more than just deciding what products simply compliments the interior of your house. Durability, costs, materials are additional factors that influence the decision making process. In this article, we’ll consider both the advantages and disadvantages of the most popular flooring options.

Laminate Floors
Laminate floors are a synthetic flooring product that can be found in homes all over the country. What are some of the advantages of having laminate flooring in your home? Laminate floors are super durable. It has tough external layer that is coated with resin which makes the flooring products scratch and impact resistant. Laminate is the perfect flooring option for homes with children. While the benefits of laminate floors are numerous it does have it’s disadvantages. Once laminate becomes heavily worn it cannot be refinished instead you’ll be forced to purchase new flooring. The worst thing about laminate floor products is that water can cause it to swell and buckle. Also, laminate flooring does not add to the resale value of your home.

Carpet Flooring
Perhaps the biggest benefit of having carpet flooring is that it is the most comfortable type of flooring. Carpet can provide additional insulation. Carpet flooring is flexible because they are available in a variety of colors and patterns that add dimensions and warmth to any room. However, carpet has many disadvantages. It requires a lot of maintenance. Carpet is sensitive to moisture and stains. Professional help is necessary to keep carpeted floors in optimal condition.

Vinyl Flooring
Much like laminate floor, vinyl flooring is durable. It’s comfortable to walk on and perfect for households that experience a lot of traffic. Maintaining and installing vinyl is easy to install. You can purchase vinyl flooring in all types of patterns and simulations of natural wood. While vinyl is durable it is susceptible to damage by sharp objects. Constant exposure to sunlight can cause vinyl floor to fade and wither which is why vinyl flooring is not suggested for outdoor spaces.

Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood floor products is manufactured in many different shades and colors. The color tones can be easily updated by refinishing the surface. Hardwood floors can dramatically add to the resale value of your home. Since hardwood floors are derived from natural materials it can be relatively expensive. Also, hardwood requires occasional waxing to keep its shine.

A New Take on Laminate

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Laminate is no longer just a counter top material, as it was in the past. With new technology in the manufacturing business, companies have found a way to use this material as an affordable alternative to real wood and other types of flooring. This material is very durable and scratch resistant. Read on and find out if this solution is right for you!

First you need to know what laminate flooring is actually made of. There are several layers to this material, which makes it stronger and more durable.

The top layer (which gives it the strength) is melamine resin. Melamine resin is a durable material used in affordable cabinetry. The resin has been treated with high levels of heat, which in turns gives it durability and scratch resistant properties.

The surface of laminate, the part you can see, is a high quality photograph of a particular type of flooring, most commonly wood. The melamine resin is basically a clear coat that is applied on top of the photograph; which is how it is protected from wear.

The core is typically made of high density fiber board. In most cases there is also a layer of plastic, on the bottom, which helps protect the material from moisture.

There are several styles of laminate flooring you can choose from. Read on to find out which type may be right for you.

Embossed surfaces are raised and resemble tile. Normally they are cut into square or rectangular strips. Generally speaking this type of flooring has a very textured look.

Smooth laminate is a kind of flooring that closely resembles ceramic or marble floors.

Patina is the newest type of laminate flooring on the market. This style tends to look like distressed wood, textured natural stone or antiqued metal.

Distressed laminate is also relatively new on the scene. It usually looks like rough sawn or hand planked wood.

Chances are if you are in need of an attractive floor, which is durable and cost effective; this is the material for you. It is available in so many types and styles that the options are basically endless!

Tips for Using a Steam Cleaner on Carpet

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*INFO from Carpet and Rug Institute

Most of us have been there before. The carpet cleaning machine can be rented for only $9 a day. The following read contains tips and techniques to follow, if you decide to use a carpet steamer.

Using a carpet cleaner is great but you will not get the carpet as clean as a professional will. Do not completely forgo having a professional come in at least twice a year to clean your carpets. This will help maintain your carpets, so they will last for years and even decades. If you have some spots and spills you would like to tidy up, then certainly use a steam cleaner yourself.

Only use the cleaning solution that the specific machine calls for. Make sure to read the instructions and strictly follow them. Under-diluting the solution can damage your carpet. Remove all furniture from the room, before cleaning it. If the furniture is too heavy to move, place plastic wrap around the legs and under the furniture. This will help protect the furniture from heat and chemicals.

Start cleaning a room in the farthest point from the door. Then work your way backward, until you can step out of the room when finished. Do not walk on the carpet until it is completely dry. Also do not replace the furnishings within the room until the carpet is dry. Wet or damp carpet will attract dirt and dust. It takes at least six and up to twelve hours for carpet to dry. It depends on how thick the carpet pile and carpet pad is. The thicker the pile and pad, the longer it will take for a carpet to completely dry.

In order to prevent mold from growing, it is important to help along the drying process. Open the windows to allow for extra ventilation, if the weather permits. If not set the thermostat on a setting between 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit.

Follow these simple rules for using a steam cleaner on your carpet. Remember to call a professional in at least twice a year!

Master Suite Must Haves

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Master bedroom renovations are on the rise. Most commonly they are being built out to accommodate a spacious master, large walk-in closets and roomy master bath. If you have considered making some changes to your master suite, then this read is for you. Not only will you have a sanctuary that is large enough to share with your partner; you will also be making a healthy investment, for re-sale purposes.

Make sure the actual bedroom is large enough to comfortably fit a king size bed. This means there should be enough room around the sides and at the end of the bed. It is also helpful to have space to place extra furniture pieces, like two wide night tables, a wide dresser and a robust lounge chair. It is important that there is enough room for larger furniture pieces, as well as space to move around.

It is a common misconception that carpet is desired in the bedroom. However buyers are looking for wood floors. They are easy to clean and area rugs are used to add your own style to the space. Either place a large area rug down or place two smaller rugs on either side of the bed.

A large walk in closet is always a good idea. In the master suite, typically two people share the space. Having a large closet that can house a two person wardrobe is always a smart choice. Buyers are always turned off by small closets and always very pleased to see a large walk in closet. Do yourself a favor and add this feature.

The en-suite is basically a large master bathroom that is located inside the master suite. This space should be large enough to house a bathtub, as well as a shower, a double vanity and a toilet room. Couples like having a water closet that provides privacy for the toilet area. Make sure there is ample cabinet space and storage where the double vanity is located. It also doesn’t hurt to have a linen closet in the en-suite as well. This adds more storage and makes it easier to keep the space organized and tidy.

When making over a master suite, keep in mind the king size bed, large closets and a large master bath for two people! You will enjoy the space now and if you ever decide to sell, this will add value to your home!

Avoid Making Crucial Design Mistakes

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There are many common design mistakes that people are making without realizing it. Find out what you may be doing wrong and easily make the corrections; which will instantly improve your interior!

Hanging artwork too high is probably the most common design mistake. Hang art at eye level. We understand that everyone has a different eye level, given height differences. Average eye level is between 58”-60” above the floor. The center of the art work should be between 58 to 60 inches off the floor. Raise the art up about five inches for ceilings ten feet or higher.

Pushing furniture up to the wall is a mistake. It seems logical in one’s brain to push the furniture right up to the wall, because you think it will give your space more room. However the trick to furniture groupings is to create an intimate space that is somewhat pulled together. Leave at least one to three inches between a furniture piece and the wall. Think about this, if all the surrounding pieces are pushed right up to the wall, the space plan is too vast and disconnected. Use area rugs to unite furniture groupings in larger rooms.

Placing a small rug in a large space happens more often than not. This will result in a disproportional look. If you have a rug that you are dying to use, place it on top a larger monochromatic rug. This will stretch the proportions out and still allow you to use the rug that you love.

Using worn out or flat accent pillows. Accent pillows can become flat after some time. Typically accent pillow’s outer fabric has a zipper. This allows you to replace the filling when the core has become flat. Down filled pillows need to be fluffed after each use. You may also want to add some extra down filling, if you have had the pillows for a while. Flat pillows make a room look tired. This is a common mistake that can easily be rectified.

Take a look around your interior to check for any of the above mistakes. The mistakes in this read can easily be corrected yourself!

Designing a Guest Bathroom

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While the spare bathroom doesn’t always get much use, it is important to ensure that it is well designed.

Yes, guest bathrooms gives homeowners an opportunity to create a space that is welcoming and comfortable. Since these washrooms aren’t used daily you can make bold and unique choices when it comes to designing the interior.

Before you begin selecting accessories, floorings, and wall colors; you should first consider the layout of the bathroom. Are you working with a fairly small or a large space? Often, the guest bathroom doesn’t require much storage options since it’s likely that your guest will not have large quantities of items to store. Therefore, when decorating you don’t have to place much emphasis on utility.

Perhaps the best part of designing a guest bathroom is that you can experiment with patterns and colors that you would normally consider too bold for other areas of the home. After you have analyzed the current layout of the bathroom, it is time to formulate a distinct design that you’re interested in implementing. Do you want to create a rustic feel or try a funky loud wall color? Try utilizing unique fixtures and furniture pieces. You can find different pieces at thrift stores and boutiques. Remember, the sky is really the limit.

Even though your guests stay is temporary you still want them to be comfortable. Give your guests a hotel-like experience by adding function. You can stock the guest bathroom vanity with amenities such as toothpaste, soap and towels. Additionally, ensure that the bathroom is sparkling clean and free from clutter.