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Interior Design Tips For Your Bedroom

Posted by on Sep 14th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Interior Design Tips For Your Bedroom

Those beautiful bedroom photos you see all the time online and in magazines with all of the throw pillows, the textured blankets, and all-around gorgeousness isn’t out of your reach for your own home. Yes, you can have that beautiful bedroom, too. You simply need a few different textures, throw pillows of different sizes, and a few extra elements. See below for tips on how to design your bedroom like a pro. Paint Colors You want your bedroom to feel warm and cozy. Keep paint colors neutral to keep the feel of the room comfortable and relaxing, rather than bright or vibrant. Think about using grey, beige, or white. These colors can have different undertones such as blue, green, yellow, or even pink hues if you want a little bit of color while still being neutral. Lighting To give your bedroom a romantic feel, look for a beautiful chandelier rather than a ceiling fan or bubble light. A chandelier with crystal beading can help add more light to the room, as the light will bounce off of the crystals. It’s also softer lighting, giving it a romantic feel. Space Make use of the space in your bedroom—not by filling it with furniture, but by working with what you have. Don’t have room for two huge dressers,  two night stands, a bench, armchair, and a large king-sized bed? Who does? Rather than add all of this furniture, keep it simple. Scale down to a queen-sized bed, a bench (or an armchair), two small nightstands (or nightstands that can also function as a dresser). If you need a dresser, try to fit it into a closet to help save some space in the room itself. Also think about adding under-the-bed drawers or storage totes.  Bed Decor Give your bed that fluffy, gorgeous feel with these tips: Pull your sheets down over a plain white duvet cover. Add the pillow shams to the top of the bed, followed by standard pillows, then add throw pillows next in various textures. Place a coverlet blanket at the foot of the bed, folded back neatly so it covers only about a quarter of the bed. Finally, add a throw blanket to the foot of the bed (on top of the coverlet), so you can see the coverlet peeking out.  Your bed will look like it popped out of a magazine. Other Tips: Add height to your room and create a dramatic feel by raising your curtain rod closer to the ceiling and using floor-length curtains.  Use a large, square throw rug beneath your bed to pull your room together, while also adding more texture. Give some added dimension by adding a floor-length mirror in a corner of the room. It helps to give the illusion of a larger room. Give your bedroom a professionally staged look by adding a few elements, keeping it simple and making use of space. If you need help with designing your bedroom, contact an interior design service for...

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4 Granite Counter Misconceptions You Should Know About

Posted by on Dec 2nd, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Granite Counter Misconceptions You Should Know About

Although granite countertops are well known for their beauty, there are several misconceptions that abound. If you’ve imagined putting granite counters in your kitchen, but you hesitate due to things you’ve heard, it’s time to clear things up. Here’s a look at some of the most common falsehoods shared about granite counters and the facts that you should know. The Polish Wears Off While many people think that the shiny, glass-like finish of granite counters is created by applying a liquid polish or something similar, that isn’t the case. The finish is created through the finishing process and is the result of mechanical polishing on the surface of the stone. There’s no coating to wear off, and the surface is naturally resistant to scratches. Granite is Susceptible to Staining Granite doesn’t stain as easily as you might think. The stone is naturally impervious to most liquids, which means it doesn’t absorb liquids that can leave stains behind. It is a popular choice for exterior applications because it is resistant to water. Most granite is already polished and sealed, so there’s little risk of any staining at all. Granite is Vulnerable to Heat Damage Although most countertop materials need to be protected from heat, granite has what it takes to stand up to it. The biggest concern you have with heat and your granite counters is with glass cookware. Moving a glass pan from the oven or the stove top directly onto your granite counters may cause it to shatter because of thermal shock. The granite is cool enough naturally that the temperature change can be damaging. Granite Harbors Bacteria In order for granite to harbor any bacteria, it would have to be porous. The polished surface of granite keeps anything from absorbing into the stone, including bacteria. Since the bacteria cannot get beneath the surface, it cannot grow and hide in the pores of the stone. Practicing normal kitchen cleaning and disinfecting your countertops regularly will keep bacteria at bay even with granite counters. As you can see, there are many misconceptions out there about granite counters. Before you dismiss these elegant counters as an option for your kitchen, talk with a local kitchen materials supplier like Plastic Line Mfg Inc who can help you explore your options. Knowing the truth behind these falsehoods can help you to be better prepared for installing and caring for granite counters in your...

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Wood, Tiles, Carpet, Oh My!

Posted by on Jul 22nd, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Wood, Tiles, Carpet, Oh My!

It is a big decision to make when choosing between wood, tile, or carpet to put on your floors, whether you are building a home or you want to replace a floor. This article will give suggestions about when to use which and provide pros and cons to using wood or tile or carpet. Wood Flooring is Best For… Wood flooring has a wide variety of color and durability depending on the type of wood. For a darker, majestic looking floor, you could use cherry wood to give your floor a slightly reddish tint. Or you may choose to use oak for a sturdy floor. Choosing to add a wood floor increases the value of your home, and it is also easy to maintain since wood can be vacuumed and stains do not affect it. However, be cautious if you have a pet with claws since the claws on the animals may scratch the wood. There are tools to try and hide these marks, but they may not completely cover up the claw marks. Wood may be best used in kitchens where lots of food has the potential to fall off the table, and wood may also be a great addition to house foyers because this will reduce the amount of outdoor debris tracked into your home. Tile Flooring is Best For… Tile flooring is good for those who want to mix and match patterns to give the room more style. There are a wide variety of tiles to choose from, including ceramic, vinyl, and porcelain. Tile also has the same property of wood in the respect that something getting dropped on the floor will not stain the tile. However, you may want to be careful with tile, as certain types of tile may be prone to breaking at the corners, causing a hazard. Tile is best in the bathroom because water from a shower does not soak into the tile. Tile may also be best outside in a walkway to a garden since there are several things you can do with tile outdoors because tile is also resistant to harsh weather. Carpet Flooring is Best For… Most houses have carpet in the majority of their house, and for good reason. Carpet is soft against bare feet, and like tile, there is a wide variety for options with texture and color. Carpet tends to be cheaper than the other options. Carpet can be troublesome as far as staining is concerned, but there are home products available to get rid of stains in carpet. Carpet can also wear down after a while, but carpet is more easily replaced. For more information, contact National Carpet Mill Outlet or a similar...

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Four Advantages Of Small Format Tiles Over Large Format Tiles For Your Bathroom Remodel

Posted by on Jun 23rd, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Advantages Of Small Format Tiles Over Large Format Tiles For Your Bathroom Remodel

When remodeling your bathroom, one of the first decisions you will usually make is whether to use small tiles or large tiles. In general, small tiles are usually a matter of one to two inches in size, while large format tiles can exceed two feet. While large format tiles may initially seem easier, small tiles are preferable in many ways. 1. Small Tiles Fit Small Spaces Large format tiles usually need to be cut into rather intricate shapes to fit around bathroom fixtures and within the bathroom itself. Cutting a large format tile can be difficult and will require special equipment. If you’re trying to complete your bathroom remodel on your own, this can be a challenge. Small tiles can fit into a variety of spaces without being cut at all, making them easier to install. 2. Small Tiles Are Lighter If you’re going to be tiling the walls, a small tile is much easier to fit. Otherwise, you will need braces to keep the large format tiles from succumbing to gravity. Small tiles will usually remain on the wall without bracing as long as you work slowly and carefully. And, of course, lighter tiles are also much easier for you to transport if you have to get your tiling supplies on your own. 3. Small Tiles Offer Design Options If you want to create a special pattern on your wall, small tiles are often your best bet. With small tiles of the same size, you can create very intricate designs. With large format tiles, you usually don’t have this option. You can get very creative with small tiles and even change texture or material between them. 4. Small Tiles Are Cheaper Small tiles are both cheaper to install and cheaper to purchase, as large format tiles generally have to be of a more durable quality. Large format tiles also require special installation, because the surface beneath them must be remarkably smooth (otherwise the tile can buckle and crack over time). Small tiles are easier and cheaper to install because they are more forgiving; they can be installed on a slightly uneven flooring. Of course, there are some advantages to large format tiles too — they tend to give a luxurious appearance and they can make a smaller bathroom look larger. You may want to get some samples and lay them out in your bathroom before you make a final decision. Contact a company like Grover’s Interiors Inc for more...

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Your Guide To Hardwood Floors

Posted by on Jun 10th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Your Guide To Hardwood Floors

If you are considering adding hardwood floors to your home, you may be wondering where to start when it comes to installation and care. Fortunately, hardwood floors have been around for so long that there are several tried and true methods. Below is an easy to follow guide when it comes to beautiful hardwood floors! What type of installation is best for you? Most hardwood floors can be installed one of two ways: floating or glued down. A floating wood floor is not nailed or glued to the slab or sub floor. Instead, wood planks are snapped or glued together when they are laid in place. Engineered hardwood is best if you are considering a floating wood floor. Engineered hardwood has a core made from plywood or HDF (high density fiberboard) and a top layer of hardwood veneer. The reason engineered hardwood is best for a floating floor is because it is more stable when it comes to moisture and heat. If you aren’t interested in a floating floor, you can glue or nail hardwood directly to your sub floor or slab. This creates a floor that feels solid to the touch. Any type of hardwood flooring can be used with this method. To stain or not to stain? Color is important when selecting a hardwood floor. Stains can vary from a natural, clear coat to a deep chocolate brown. An important thing to remember is that the darker the floor, the more dirt and grime will show. If you are a person that prefers an impeccable floor at all times, you should avoid dark stains. Clear and light stains better hide the daily drips and spots that can add up over time. For day to day clean up, an industrial size dust mop is great for picking up any dust that has accumulated. The soft fibers easily grab the small dust particles. When you need to deep clean your hardwood flooring, using an organic cleanser can keep the finish looking its best. Consider using this all-natural method: 1/2 cup lemon juice 3/4 cup olive oil Gallon of warm water Combine the ingredients, wring your mop out thoroughly and begin cleaning your floors. You will restore their luster and get rid of any pesky spots or spills. Don’t forget to stock up! Accidents are going to happen. Whether it is a spill that goes unnoticed and buckles your floor, or if a child scratches the floor beyond repair on accident, a matching supply of wood and stain to repair the damaged area can save you a major headache down the road. It isn’t uncommon for wood floor suppliers to discontinue carrying certain stains, so stock up while you can! Hardwood floors are an exceptional way to beautify your home. If you are thinking of having flooring installed, make sure you choose the right type of flooring for your use and climate type. Also, consider the different colors of stains available. Having a flexible opinion when it comes to color can help you better coordinate with your current decor while preserving your sanity when it comes to visible drips or spills. Lastly, don’t forget to buy a little extra for a rainy day (or a flooded kitchen). Contact a local outlet, such as Towne Interiors, for further...

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