Limestone Tile for the Home

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If you are a homeowner, you want nothing but the best when it comes to decorating your home. To give the interior of your house an exemplary look, the best thing that can set the theme and mood for your house is the flooring. When it comes to flooring, homeowners can choose from granite tiles, marble tiles, and ceramic tiles, but there is something in limestone tile that sets it apart from the other types of tiles making it a highly popular choice for home flooring.

Limestone has its own unique and natural qualities that make it stand out among the other types of tile flooring and one of them is its natural shine which gives a space a luxurious look. Since limestone is found in bodies of water, a few impurities like fossils are found in it, which gives limestone its variety of shades and textures. Some of the colors that are available for limestone include earthy tones of green and brown, blue, and grey.

Limestone also gained its popularity because of its durability, so it can be used in any room in the house since it can stand up to heavy traffic. Homeowners use it in the kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom without worrying about damage as it has a very hard surface and can even resist extreme temperatures.

It is also the most hygienic flooring since it doesn’t allow the growth of bacteria and mold which is bad for your health.

Limestone tiles are indeed the perfect choice for flooring if you want to bring luxury and elegance to your home.

Penny Wise

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The old saying “penny wise and pound foolish” can certainly be applied to home decorating. Putting your budget and money towards investments is wiser than skimping on the big decorative elements and splurging on trendy accents.  When it comes to decorating or remodeling it is important to be more pound wise and penny foolish.

Decorating and designing your home can be a costly endeavor. Whatever budget you have for decorating, putting your money where it counts and will make the biggest impact is key.  Flooring and furniture are two areas where money spent can be a good investment.

Buying the best quality flooring, whether you prefer carpet or tile, is an investment that should last for years in your home. Furniture purchases are the same.  A well constructed sofa or chair, a good quality mattress and bed frame, can last for years of use without showing its age.

Upholstery and rugs are two more important places to spend money.  Invest in durable materials and good quality that can stand up to the wear and tear of everyday living in your home. Accent fabrics and pillows can be trendier as they are easier and less expensive to replace.

Follow the trends with accents and inexpensive DIY projects that can emulate more expensive items. Pillows, decorative objects, and paint for the walls can transform a tired décor without spending a great deal of money.  Save your pennies for the big expenses and investment pieces that will last you for years.

Taking Care of Cork Flooring

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Cork flooring is a very popular option these days. Cork floors are gorgeous, environmentally friendly floors, hypoallergenic and incredibly durable. However, they do require proper care and maintenance so that they stay looking good for years.

Here are a few tips on how to take care of your cork floors:

  1. Perform regular maintenance – sweep your floors often to pick up dirt and dust.
  2. Prevent fading – over a period of time sun exposure can cause your floors to fade. Be sure to install curtains, blinds or a window tint to block direct sunlight.
  3. Protect – lift, don’t drag furniture across your floors. Place felt pads under all furniture to prevent scuffs.
  4. Mop –damp mop your cork floors weekly. Remember that cork is absorbent, which means it can easily be stained from spills. All spills should be wiped up as soon as possible. Do not use abrasive cleaners or solvents, especially those that contain glycerin. These products can harm the finish making it impossible to refinish. A neutral PH detergent (PH of 6-8) should be used to clean cork floors either with a wrung out sponge or misted over the floor and damp mopped.

Cork floors are one of the easiest floors to maintain. If you follow our tips on keeping them clean they will continue to look beautiful for years and years.

Flooring – Details Underfoot

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In design, like life, it is the little things that count. A row of tassel trim on a pillow. A stripe on a rug that coordinates with the sofa and the curtains. These small details are what separate good design from excellent design. Having an eye for detail in a room from floor to ceiling will make the room feel polished and put together, even if it was not decorated by a pro.

Take this wood floor for example. The dark band of inlay or stain creates a border around the room’s perimeter that draws attention to the shape of the room and the architectural details. The stripe also adds an extra bit of design to the room that turns a beautiful wood floor into something even more special.

Adding these little design touches on the floor is a great way to draw the eye around the space. Inlaid or stained patterns can be done on wood floors. Tile floors could have a pattern or a random accent tile; something that is common in traditional white hexagonal tile floors that have a random pattern of black tiles. A solid colored area rug with a contrasting color on the edging or a sisal rug with colored banding are other examples of small design touches for flooring that can have big impacts.

When adding the finishing touches to a room design, don’t forget the floor. Floors are typically 30% of a room and a great place to add special design touches and details.

White Carpet and Furniture with Kids and Pets?

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Does the idea of white shag carpet in a house with kids or pets make you shudder? Many people avoid white carpets and white furniture when they have kids and pets. If you have the perfect children and the perfect pets who never spill or track in dirt, you might be fine with all white carpet or furniture. Is white really off limits for the rest of us? With today’s high tech fabrics and stain protectors, white can once again be a choice for furniture and flooring, even with those messy pets and kids.

Taking off shoes and avoiding tracking in dirt and water from outside is a good habit to get into for any flooring. Preventing the dirt from being brought into the home will put you ahead of the game when it comes to battling dirt. Blotting and treating spills and stains as they happen is also a good habit to get into whatever your carpet or flooring. Home steamers and steam cleaners are more readily available and more effective.

If you love the look of white furniture, consider slipcovers. White cotton slipcovers can be custom made or bought premade in a variety of sizes and styles. If you make a custom slipcover yourself or have it made by an upholsterer, you will get the best fit for your sofa or chair. You can choose a slipcover with a skirt that is box pleated, ruffled or straight; or one that does not have a skirt and exposes the legs.

Faux Stone Floors

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Faux stone floors are a wonderful way to get the look of stone at a budget friendly price.

The floor pictured here has the look of a marble harlequin pattern floor. Is it marble? Or is it faux stone? It is difficult to tell the difference without being able to touch and feel the floor.

Faux stone floors have come a long way in the last few years. There are faux stone tiles made from porcelain or ceramic as well as vinyl. Each of these materials has its own unique characteristics but amazingly can imitate the look of stone to fool most eyes. Ceramic tiles can be created that even have the small pockmarks of travertine as well as the look of slate and other stones. Porcelain and ceramic tiles will also give the cool feeling underfoot of real stone.

Vinyl faux stone tile can give you the look of stone without the budget expense of real stone. Today’s vinyl floors are very different from your mother or grandmother’s vinyl kitchen floor. Faux stone vinyl tiles can even have some of the texture of real stone even if they don’t have the cool stone feel. Vinyl tiles are also a great project for homeowners who want to change the look of a bathroom or mudroom floor in a hurry.