Archive for September, 2017

Do I Need to Seal My Stone Flooring?

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Tile and Natural Stone

Natural stone is an expensive flooring product that undoubtedly requires special care. Perhaps the biggest challenge that homeowners face is determining whether they should seal their stone floors. According to flooring experts both stone and tile, products can benefit from sealing.

Just think. There are so many different elements that tend to cling to the surface and penetrate the grout on your flooring. From oil, water, dyes, and resins such materials can cause the quality of your flooring to disintegrate over time.

What Does Sealant Do

To best determine whether you should apply a Sealant over your floors it’s important to understand exactly what a sealant does. There are hundreds of products available on the market that have been created to both protect and enhance the beauty of floor products. Such products include waxes, finishes, color enhancers as well as sealers. Sealers work by tight sealing the surface of your floors against chemicals and other contaminants.

When should I apply the sealant to my floors?
A common misconception is that sealing stone flooring is the final step. However, the sealer should be applied before the finish. Most sealants aren’t vapored permeable which means that they are semi permanent.

Water based or solvent based sealant?
Yes, when shopping for an appropriate sealant you’ll find that you can select either a water it solvent based sealant. The type of product you choose is largely dependent on where your natural stone floors are installed. Water based sealers can’t be used in outside environments and aren’t really recommended for areas that attract a lot of moisture. Such sealants have a short protection span and are affected by exposure to the cold. Most solvent sealers allow for deeper penetration which means increased protection. Solvent Sealers are versatile and probably your safe option.

Impregnator Sealers

Impregnator also known as penetrating sealers don’t change the natural look if the stone. This type if sealant maybe maintains the quality of the finishing because scratches and scuffing don’t show up. Depending on the manufacturer and surface location you won’t have to seal your floor for as little as six months to ten years.

Curating Your Home With Beautiful Artwork

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

Home is where the art is. The truth is no home design is complete with quality art pieces. Many people are scared at the thought of curating artwork for their home. However, with some planning and a bit of creative flair, you can create a home that tastefully embraces the arts.

Create A Timeless Collection
When curating your home with beautiful artwork is important to think beyond what artists and pieces are trendy and hot right now. Instead, you want to build a timeless collection of artwork that resonates with you. Art is only a good investment if it can give you some daily inspiration and improve the overall mood of your living space.

Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment
Get out of your comfort zone and look for pieces that don’t just depict the average things. Try expanding to different styles such as Industrial or Scandinavian pieces. Your collection should add a little surprise to your space. Investing in your average, catalog pieces will create bland and “cookie cutter” look.

Collect Pieces That You Love
All too often, homeowners purchase artwork just to fill up space on their blank walls. However, you should only invest in artwork that you absolutely love. Also, you don’t have to stick to just one style. Mix up the genres and sizes. There are no rules to what kind of pieces you can combine in a space. The only thing that matter is curating a collection that you’re in love with.

Create A Showcase
Do you really want to make a statement with your art collection? Turn an average area like the hallways into a showcase. The hallway is a great area to create your own gallery. Avoid hanging large pieces because they are likely to fall in such narrow spaces. Hang series of small to medium prints to capture your guest’s attention. Select a bold piece to hang at the end of the hallway to add to the look.

Blend Family Pics with Prints
Of course, no space can truly feel like home without hanging up photos of your family or personal mementos. Create a unique experience by blending your original artwork with your favorite prints.

Quality Frames
Protect your pieces will quality frames that not only preserve your prints by also adds to the overall design scheme. Look online and at consignment shops for unique frames that feature intricate designs.

Complimentary vs Analogous Colors

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Are you in the process of designing a space? There’s no doubt, that you’ll have to focus on selecting a color scheme. Color schemes are a combination of colors that best complement each other. Anyone who’s ever decorated a room knows that picking out a color scheme can be challenging. Basic knowledge of palettes and where they are placed on the color wheel can be really helpful during this process.

If you seek to use colors to create different effects and feelings than you’ll need to know the four most common color schemes in the design world which include: Complementary, analogous, triadic and split complementary.

Complementary
Complementary color schemes sit on opposite ends of the color wheel. Some examples of complementary colors include: orange, green and red. These are known as opposing colors because they are drastically different from one another. Just imagine it. A room painted green with bright red accents with no doubt be bold. Even though complementary colors are different from each other when used correctly they will draw attention and add emphasis to a space.

Analogous
Analogous color combinations are soft on the eyes because they often utilize colors that are situated side by side on the color wheel. Many analogous color schemes simulate the type of colors that we see in the natural world everyday which can provide a serene effect. Yellow, yellow-green and hunter green are some examples of analogous colors. When using an analogous color scheme experts suggest using one color as the dominant color in the room.

Split Complementary Colors
A split complementary color scheme is very similar to the complementary color combo. When using this scheme in a space you’ll have to first select a base color and then use opposite palettes on the color wheel as accents to complement each other. The base color is what brings in the design and makes it less risky.

Triadic
A triadic color scheme will consist of three that are positioned evenly around the color wheel. Orange, green and violet are some examples of a triadic color scheme. A triadic color scheme is best pulled off by using a base color.