Six Steps Towards Eliminating Clutter in the Family Room

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If you find yourself struggling for space in your home, it is time to do something about it. Your house cannot reach its maximum potential if it is full of unnecessary items and clutter. The family room is at its best potential when your family is using it and spending time with one another, but sometimes life gets busy. The busier our lives get, the more clutter tends to build up in our homes. Stop what you are doing and devote thirty minutes this week towards cleaning your family room.

Six steps towards eliminating clutter:

Step One: Take a deep breath and turn on your favorite music playlist. The cleaning process will go by faster if you are jamming out to one of your favorite songs.

Step Two: Everyone is to blame for a family room getting out of hand because everyone typically uses it. To start off, you will want to divide people’s things into different piles. Each family member will have their own pile.

Step Three: Once the piles are made, you can determine what items can stay in the family room and what items need to go into that person’s bedroom.

Step Four: There will be some items that you decide to keep in the family room like toys and blankets, but it is important to organize these items before they become clutter. In order to organize, you will want to buy containers for each of your family members. The containers can be as big or as small as your desire, but try to tie the containers into the style of your family room by looking at decorative bins or baskets.

Step Five: Once you have purchased your bins/baskets, call each family member into the room. Give them the instructions that all of their items must return back into their bin before they leave the room. To keep things looking sharp, do not let things overflow the basket. Once the bin is full, all other belongings must go in that person’s bedroom. Younger kids may need some extra guidance with the cleaning process. Try to help them decide what toys to keep in the family room and what to put into their bedrooms.

Step Six: Your family room should already be looking better than before, but there is one more step. Typically, we own items that every family member uses like DVDs or CDs. Sit down as a family to go through these items. Create a rule that five things must go in the give-away box and in order to take something out, another item must go into the box. This will help reduce clutter and useless items.

As flooring experts, we understand that you cannot appreciate your beautiful flooring when clutter is running your life. We hope you enjoyed these six steps towards eliminating clutter in your family room.

Five Tips for Boosting Curb Appeal

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A home’s curb appeal can make or break first impressions. Your home’s curb appeal is judged immediately upon your guest’s arrival and there is no going back once they have seen the exterior of your house. If you are concerned about your home’s curb appeal, you can put your mind at ease. We have five simple tips for boosting your curb appeal. You can take on these tasks in one weekend and instantly improve the exterior charm of your home.

5 Tips for Boosting Curb Appeal:

Tip No. One: General clean-up.

To start off, you will need to do a general clean-up of your yard. Mow the lawn, trim overgrown bushes, and pick up dead leaves. You will want to emphasize your home’s natural beauty and focus on all of the outside greenery. Make sure everything is in tip-top shape before moving onto the next step.

Tip No. Two: Rebrand yourself.

Your house numbers can really set the style of the exterior of your home and you can update them every few years to keep them fresh and stylish. Explore all the internet has to offer before just settling on the first pair of numbers you see.

Tip No. Three: New door, New home.

Buying a new front door can be quite the investment; therefore, if you are hesitant, a fresh coat of paint will get the job done. Colorful doors can set your house apart from your neighbors. There are a ton of possibilities for front door colors other than the basics that you can choose for your home.

Tip No. Four: Play it up with plants.

Plants can add color and vibrance to your front porch unlike any other object. Dress up your front yard with colorful greenery and make sure to keep them fresh and watered constantly to achieve the perfect greenhouse look.

Tip No. Five: Accessorize like it’s your job.

Now that you have created a new image overall, it is time to add the final details to your house. Buy a new doormat, some fun throw pillows, a flower wreath for your front door, etc. This is your chance to add character and charm to your outdoor space and set your house apart from the rest of the neighborhood.

We hope you enjoyed these five simple tips for boosting your curb appeal. Let us know what you think in the comment section. We would love to hear from you.

Creating More Space in a Small Space

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Do you often feel defeated by your small space? You are constantly struggling between the limited space and the amount of items you own. Fighting for space in a small home or apartment can be difficult! You should not be forced to get rid of your favorite things because there is no where to put them, but instead you should focus on good organizational systems. Organizing your small space effectively can change your life by making your small space, livable. Here are our four quick tips for creating more space in your small place:

Tip No. 1: Doors are so much more!

If you are not using your doors for extra storage, start using them ASAP. Doors can help organize things that you currently do not have a place for like shoes, coats, jewelry, dog leashes, etc. Try to purchase a door organizing system for as many doors as you can. It can ultimately help eliminate and reduce clutter.

Tip No. 2: “Double” your dining set.

When shopping for furniture, look for a dining room table that can be expanded when you have guests and retracted when it is just you. This can help create more space when you need it most.

Tip No. 3: Systematic shelving.

Shelving utilizes your wall space and it is never a bad idea in bathrooms, entry ways or kitchens. The extra space can be used for essential items that you do not have enough counter space for like your beauty products, car keys, and kitchen spices.

Tip No. 4: Fold-away Furniture.

Fold-away furniture is typically attached to the wall and allows you to bring it out when you need it and tuck it away when you do not need it. For example: if you do not have the room to keep a desk in your bedroom all day long, you can incorporate a fold-away desk. The desk will attach to the wall and you can bring it up when you need it and put it back when you do not need it. This solution is used in a lot of small city apartments because the owners do not have enough space for a full-sized desk.

We hope you enjoyed these four quick tips for creating more space in your small place. Let us know what you think in the comment section!

Decorating Tips and Tricks

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Decorating can be a fun and exciting way to express your personal style and creativity. Each homeowner has the opportunity to show off their unique taste with their home decor. If you are looking for new ways to decorate, we have four quick tips for decorating this summer.

Decorating Tips & Tricks:

  1. Patterns. Homeowners may be scared of using too many patterns in their home and avoid using them all together. We recommend embracing patterns in your decor by accenting the room with a statement patterned piece. If you are up for a challenge, use two different patterns in one room. You may be surprised with the beautiful outcome. A floral chair can pair well with a polka-dot lamp. If you are nervous, we recommend using the same base color in different pattern pieces to help them go with each other. The same base color will make it easy on the eyes.

  2. Pastel Colors. Pastel colors are back and taking the interior design industry by storm. From appliances to decorations, pastels can make a subtle statement on your room’s design. If you are into neutrals, pastels can provide the pop of color you are looking for in your room. You can even gain inspiration from a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

  3. Mirrors. Mirrors are the perfect decorative piece for any room! From your bedroom to living room, mirrors make quite the impression on your rooms decor. Shop for antique mirrors or your local thrift shop to transform a mirror to fit your unique style.

  4. Walls. Your walls can be so much more than just a simple paint color. From chalkboard paint to stencils, you can recreate your current space into something spectacular. Try adding a chalkboard wall into your kitchen for a unique grocery list. Also, you can try incorporating a beautiful stenciled wall as an accent to any room in your house.

We hope you enjoyed these quick and easy tips for decorating your house. The final step in home decor is brand flooring from Dolphin Carpet & Tile. With a wide selection at an affordable price, we are proud to be one of the top flooring providers. Call us at (1-800-NEWFLOOR) or visit or showroom for more information. We look forward to working with you.

Blue is for Coastal Interiors

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Blue Color Schemes

Blue is a very popular color used in homes on or near a body of water. This is for good reason. Blue is associated with water.

Color schemes done in blue are very versatile. They can be paired with greens or different shades of blue. Schematics can be kept understated by pairing blues with monochromatic colors like white, cream or gray. The color scheme shown has a very spa-like look and feel.

A calm look can easily be created by using soft blues or subdued blue/greens. This color scheme creates a calming effect. Soft blues are perfect for homes on the water. It creates a way to bring the outdoors in. Homes on the ocean can really benefit from a soft and understated blue color scheme. Add some bright green accents to add a pop of color. Green is the great accent for calm blue schemes. It further reinforces bringing the outdoors in.

Notice in the photo that the color of the outdoors is literally flooding indoors and on to the walls. The white floor and ceiling is paired with white lighting; which mirrors the white clouds. White accent pieces flow perfectly in this interior. Blue paint creates the calm and the white adds a crispness.

Black and white art is framed in black and creates a nice contrast on the wall. The contrast is subtle but effective. The art does not simply get lost in this vast space. It is accentuated and noticeable.

For a more exciting blue color scheme, consider the tips below. There are ways to dress up soft blues, or be more dramatic with bolder shades of blue!

Create an exciting look by using bright royal blues. For a bright room add coral as the accent color. Coral is a complementary color of blue. Other exciting accent colors that work well are green and orange. To create excitement, use complimentary colors with blue, in the accents.

Metallics such as chrome, nickel or gold look wonderful with blue color schemes. Metals dress up the blue; adding class and glamour to the look.

Removing Candy Stains from Carpet

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Kids, Candy & Carpet Stains

If you have children or care for them on a regular basis, chances are that they’ve had a treat or two after their lunch or dinner. While they may have sat dutifully at the table like you asked them to for the main meal, if their dessert is more portable they’re usually out of there and already on the go. This may not be that big of an issue but once you step away from the main eating area you risk making a mess in a different part of the house. Children are magnets for messes when it comes to food-related spills and stains so it probably isn’t a surprise when you find spots on your carpet here and there that have been visited by the Candy Fairy. It’s bright, it’s sticky and it’s not as easily removed as you were hoping. What to do now? Here are a few tips to help you get that solid sugar off your carpets.

Tackling the large pieces is first on your list. It will be easier to get deeper into the fibers once you have cleared away all the debris first. It is very important that you use cold water for this process. Warm or hot water will only cause the sugar to stain the carpet even more and it will set. Just as you would clean your dark clothing with cold water, do the same with the candy. Let the water dissolve the pieces for several minutes and then gently pull the larger bits away from your carpet fibers. For stubborn pieces, you can try scraping them away with a kitchen utensil. Once you’ve done all you can with the larger parts, you can start treating the stain itself.

As far as cleaners go, the gentler the better. You don’t want to have to use anything harsh on your carpet and risk creating a new stain while trying to remove the old stain. A great choice would be a gentle carpet cleaner or one that is formulated to clean pet odors and stains. This is especially helpful as it will be safer chemical-wise for children and pets while it is drying. Use your carpet cleaner as directed on the package. If you need just a little more help to bring the stain up, moisten a cloth with white vinegar and blot the carpet gently.

If the stain is stubborn and won’t pull up, a citrus cleaner can be employed. Spot test a section of the carpet that is out of the way to be sure that it will not damage the material. Once you’ve lifted the stain, blot it with a dry towel and let it air dry.

Carpet Shopping Tips

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On the hunt for new wall to wall carpeting? Purchasing the right carpet involves so much more than just finding a style and color that you’re in love with. In fact, you’ll have to consider a number of important factors. It’s best to research the options available to you before you head to your local flooring store. This will ensure that you get the best bang for your buck.

When shopping for a carpet you must first think of function. You’ll have to think about factors such as:

In what room will this carpet be installed?
Does the room receive heavy or light traffic?
Will the carpet be installed near outdoor spaces?
Will I be able to keep up with the required maintenance?

The answers to these questions are essential because it helps you determine what fiber, color and texture carpet you should install.

Compare Shades and Patterns
There are literally hundreds of thousands of carpets featuring different colors, patterns, and styles that makes the carpet selection process overwhelming. If you’re having trouble settling on a shade you can narrow it done by selecting a shade that matches the overall mood and tone of the room it’s going to be installed in. Greens and lighter shades of blue can have a calming effect, while darker hues are great for masking the inevitable.

Warm tones such as red and gold will open up space. However, before you make the final decision be sure to take home a sample so that you can see how it will look in a specific room especially in natural light.

Maintenance Requirements
You should be well informed of the maintenance a carpet will require before you make the decision to buy it. If you have children or pets you’ll want to steer clear from high-end carpets and fibers that are hard to clean. Instead, opt for carpets that are stain resistant. Highly textured rugs will conceal footprints and tracks from the vacuum cleaner.

Don’t Go Over Budget
Found a carpet that you really like but you just can’t afford it? Well, even luxury carpet doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. Come see us, we would love to help you can find a carpet that fits your budget, lifestyle and that you’ll absolutely love.

Choosing Your Cabinet Color

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Remodeling your kitchen can become a huge task. Homeowners want their renovation to be perfect because they are spending a lot of money. If you find yourself searching for all the remodeling possibilities, let us help. We have five creative cabinet color suggestions to help homeowners during their kitchen remodel.

5 Creative Cabinet Colors:

From the cabinets to the walls, you want a color other than white. Determining the perfect kitchen color can be tricky, but we have five colors other than white for your cabinets that you may want to try.

  1. Greige: As you can imagine, this color is a mixture of the colors gray and beige and it is quite beautiful. This color is the perfect solution for homeowners looking for a warm, soft color in their kitchen. It is subtle, but breath-taking. You will fall in love with this color.

  2. Black: What is the opposite of white? If you are bold enough, try using black. It can create a sleek and defined look in kitchens and it is not as dreary as you might think. Try incorporating lighter colors to accent the black and you will have a stunning kitchen.

  3. Charcoal Gray: Can you say obsessed? Charcoal gray is perfection wrapped up in a paint can. This rich color will have you smiling from ear to ear. It is dramatic enough to add depth, but light enough to really pop. Try incorporating splashes of color throughout your kitchen to accentuate its beauty.

  4. Navy Blue: Take a tip from the ocean and go all in with this enriched color. The best part about navy blue is that it works well with almost any other color out there. You can incorporate colors that may not work well with other cabinet colors like orange or teal!

  5. Pastels: Pastel cabinetry is taking the kitchen industry by storm with their soft, delicate beauty. They provide a bright and refreshening energy in kitchens and pair well with light colored countertops.

Finish your kitchen remodel off with brand new flooring from us! We have a wide selection and variety of flooring available that will match perfectly with your new cabinets. Visit us at one of our 10 locations to view our showroom and meet our staff!