3 Ways to Use Stock Cabinets Outside the Kitchen

3 Ways to Use Stock Cabinets Outside the Kitchen

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There are so many incredible ways to use stock cabinets outside of the kitchen that you will be shocked. Many people throw or recycle their unused cabinets out if they don’t fit in their kitchen, but joke’s on them. We are about to give you some mind-blowing ideas on how to use them for any space in your house.

Reimagining and recreate with your stock cabinets. One of our favorite ways to do this is to turn the cabinet sideways and reconfigure it. When you lay the cabinet sideways you end up having the perfect height for an entry bench. To make it match your home better, add a coat of paint and a comfortable cushion on top that matches your entryway. While you’re at it you can even add some legs onto the cabinets to raise it just a smidge. And since the cabinets were originally made to store items, why not use it for the same use? You can rotate how these cabinets connect and open them to the side and still use it for storage.

Now if you have more than just two pairs of extra cabinets you might be feeling overwhelmed, but the good news is that we have an awesome idea for you. Extra cabinets are so versatile and if you have many you can use them for a bookshelf. How this would work is you would take your extra cabinets and align them in your desired space where you would like to have bookcases. Screw them in place and there you go, extra hidden storage for your reading nook. You can add extra shelving above the cabinets to give it a full floor to ceiling look.

Last, but not least, use your cabinets for a seating bench. Very similar to our entryway storage idea, but made for the kitchen. If you have an eat-in kitchen this could be the perfect answer. You can lay the extra cabinets sideways and incorporate them in your kitchen. Because they are more than likely extras from a specific type of cabinet you had chosen, it will give a flawless transition from the cabinets in your kitchen to cabinets under your breakfast nook bench. This will provide a beautiful look that matches the rest of your area.

 

Types of Flooring that are Not Ideal for Bathrooms

Types of Flooring that are Not Ideal for Bathrooms

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Flooring for your bathroom is important because a bathroom is arguably one of the most used rooms in the house. You want it to look wonderful, stay clean and look fresh. Well, we know all that can go wrong if you pick the wrong flooring. There are certain things you want to consider when re-flooring a space in your home. Of course, you want the look and the feel that you imagine, but you also want it to last.

First of all we would like to point out what would be the least ideal flooring for your bathroom, and that would be, you guessed it, carpet. Have you ever been in a home that was built in the 80s and saw carpet in the bathroom and thought, “what could be growing on this thing?” Oh you haven’t? Well, if you install a carpet in your bathroom, I can assure you someone is going to have that thought. Carpet is not ideal because of the conditions a bathroom holds, like getting damp, wet, humid from hot showers, dirt from your body, etc. A carpet is harder to keep clean from mold too. Because the humidity and the dampness soak into the carpet instead of resting on top like other flooring, you are prone to find mold underneath.

Also, stay away from the beloved hardwood floors. We know what you are thinking, but no, hardware floors aren’t for your whole house, only the main living spaces. You may be wondering why, and we’ll tell you. Hardwood floors are also prone to getting damp. Having no way to air dry increases the chances of the hardwood floors being exposed to excessive moisture and eventually, moisture will seep through the cracks and cause it to warp.

Even though laminate flooring may look ideal, you may want to reconsider. Laminate flooring does indeed look impeccable, but when you lay laminate flooring you glue it into place. This causes an issue down the line in wet areas, like your bathroom. Due to laminate being laid by glue, it is not impenetrable. It can get wet and start to separate, causing water to seep through the cracks which will cause damage to your floor down the line.

 

Types of Flooring that are Not Ideal for Kitchens

Types of Flooring that are Not Ideal for Kitchens

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Before you go out and renovate your kitchen be sure to read this whole article. There are so many different types of flooring that you can choose from and not only do you have to make the right color and texture choice, but you also want to make the smart choice too. Choosing a floor can be a huge investment for a home and you don’t want to lose any money in resale value because of the choice you’ve made.

What flooring should you stay away from? Well, we have to go with carpet. We know, this is probably the most obvious flooring type to stay away from, but honestly guys… Flooring in a kitchen, can you blame us? For those of you who aren’t seeing the issue, no worries, that’s why we’re here. Carpet in your kitchen can cause a couple issues, the main one being a number of stains you would have to get on your hands and elbows to scrub out. The kitchen is meant for cooking and gathering together to eat delicious foods. What fun is it if you’re worried about someone dropping their cracker crumbs or having a bowl of pasta slip right through somebody’s hands? None. This is why we don’t suggest carpet. We also can back up this suggestion by knowing that the return on your investment will be very minimal. So do yourself a favor and get flooring that is easy to clean up and that many people enjoy without any worry.

Another suggestion that we have is to do your research. Besides carpet there are a couple other floors you would want to stay away from but for different reasons. Before you choose your flooring for your kitchen you will want to consider how easy is it to clean up something that is spilled on that floor, how easy is it to clean (is there a really deep grout line?) and does it tend to show dirt easily. Showing dirt on your kitchen floor can be a tiring battle to keep your kitchen clean, especially because a kitchen is the main gathering space for families. Consider what you use the space for and how often you use it, then you’ll be able to narrow it down.

 

How to Pair Your Kitchen Countertops and Flooring

How to Pair Your Kitchen Countertops and Flooring

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Pairing your kitchen countertops and flooring can be difficult. There are a world of choices out there, especially if you are starting with a nearly empty kitchen. Changing your kitchen countertops and flooring can make a huge impact on your home, but then again that’s why you’re doing this though, isn’t it?

First thing when pairing your countertops and flooring is to stick to a color scheme. Once you pick a color scheme you can narrow down what else you want to add to your kitchen and which highlight colors you would like. Using highlight colors in your kitchen can help make it cozier and bring out pop of colors.

When figuring out your color scheme, go to what you are drawn to most. You don’t want your kitchen to be too bright or dark compared to the rest of your house. Your kitchen is the hub of your home so choosing a warm, welcoming color will help add to the feeling of home.

After you figure out your color scheme you can figure out which kitchen countertops you would like. Usually, in kitchens you will see a pattern of dark, light, dark or vice versa, light, dark, light. This helps keep the contrast between your countertops, cabinets and floor. You ideally want something that matches, but not too perfectly. If you have a dark countertop you would most likely pick out a light cabinet, and then proceed with a darker warm colored floor.

Another tip while pairing both your countertop and flooring is to not over-do it. Try to stay within a three-color color scheme. Adding too many colors to a space can turn out to look chaotic and cramped. Try to keep your colors all connected. For example, after you choose your countertop and you find there are some gold tints to it then your backsplash can be gold which will help it pop through your countertop.

There are so many options out there and Naffco doesn’t want you to feel overwhelmed. Talk to one of our professionals and we will help get you set up with the dream kitchen you always wanted.

 

How to Choose Luxury Vinyl for Your Home

How to Choose Luxury Vinyl for Your Home

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Choosing luxury vinyl flooring for your home can be a tough choice. Flooring is a big decision that can make a dramatic change to your home. Whether you pick a lighter vinyl to brighten up your space or a dark vinyl to make your bigger home feel cozier. Here at Naffco, we’re passionate about filling your home with the best product and services.

To help choose a luxury vinyl for your home we suggest starting off with the basic steps of envisioning your space. You want to consider how much natural lighting you have, too. When choosing your vinyl, recognizing your natural lighting around your house can be a huge step that most people miss. If your home has minimal natural light then you want to keep your floors light in that space. This will help keep your house feel larger than it actually is. If your home has a ton of natural light you can get away with a darker luxury vinyl floor. With more natural light your space can feel bright and airy. With darker floors, you can ground your space and make it feel bright and cozy instead.

Choosing luxury vinyl can be a better choice over another flooring due to the simple fact of Florida weather. Vinyl is great in Florida weather. Thinking about the climate is very important and when you think about Florida you think about humidity. Vinyl flooring is made to resist high-moisture areas, not something that other floors are built for. Choosing something that will last in the weather climate is a great way to also increase your home’s worth. When upgrading something like flooring you will more than likely see a full return on your investment.

Naffco is ready to help you in any way they can, especially with their answering service that gets back to you within 24 hours. Naffco can also offer financial planning to help assist you with your transition to new flooring. Choosing your luxury vinyl flooring should be fun, and at Naffco we like to keep it that way. Choosing the best vinyl for your house, matching what you are envisioning and keeping it under budget is what Naffco prides themselves on.

Choosing the Perfect Area Rug for Your Living Space

Choosing the Perfect Area Rug for Your Living Space

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Area rugs can be a dramatic improvement to your living space—they add personality, beauty, and texture to any room of a home, whether that’s a living room, bedroom, or home office. Choosing an area rug can be an intimidating task, as you have to account for the space you need as well as evaluate your current furniture in that room. Ultimately, an area rug can take a space from bare and empty-looking to warm and cozy.

It’s important to consider the type of room your area rug will live in your home. Living rooms are a popular place to put an area rug as homeowners spend a lot of time in their living rooms relaxing, entertaining, and walking through. Choosing a rug should include some serious thought about the purpose of that room and the cleanliness level you maintain there. If you have small children or track a lot of dirt into your living room, a shag or lightly-colored area rug may not be the best choice.

Also, is your flooring beneath the area rug a cream or ivory tile, or wood laminate? Considering your base is an important step of choosing an area rug that truly complements the space. A light rug against light tile, or a brown rug against wooden flooring can defeat the purpose of an area rug—which is to highlight and add drama and balance to a room.

Designers recommend you choose an area rug prior to other furniture in the room, as it lays a foundation for the rest of the room and the homeowner or renter can choose accents and paint colors around the area rug. However, it’s also completely okay to reverse that order. Just know that starting with a clean slate can make the choice of a rug a little easier.

The quality of your rug is important—the more well-made and durable the rug, the longer it will last. Wool rugs become softer and develop a great texture over time. If you suspect your rug will experience a lot of spills, consider choosing stain-resistant materials or dark colors.

One rule to live by is to choose a rug that is two feet shorter than the smallest wall of the room you plan to put the rug in. This ensures your rug isn’t too big and won’t swallow the room. Do you like taking design risks? Is your style edgy and modern? Consider a circular rug or one with interesting, unusual features.

An area rug can add so much warmth to a space, making your home look lived in and stylish. Considering your furniture, accents, style of rug and rug size are all key factors in your decision. No matter what you choose, an area rug is an exciting addition to your home decor.

Marble and Granite-Friendly Cleaning Products to Use in Your Home

Marble and Granite-Friendly Cleaning Products to Use in Your Home

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Marble and granite are two of the most popular materials for finishing your kitchen or bathroom countertops. Marble and granite are elegant, modern, and easy-to-clean. Homeowners appreciate the classic look of marble and both granite and marble have grown in home design popularity in the last ten years. Here are marble and granite-friendly cleaning products you can use in your home to keep your countertops looking brand new.

Marble and granite countertops are usually coated with a sealant upon installation, which helps the material resist water absorption, spills, and damage. Experts recommend cleaning up spills immediately though, to keep your countertops in their best possible shape. Professionals can also reseal your countertops, which is recommended every few years depending on the surface type. You can seal the surfaces on your own, but professional sealant surfaces are preferred because inconsistencies in the sealant can diminish the value of your marble or granite.

On granite, it’s recommended you avoid vinegar, bleach, or Windex as a cleaning product. Granite Gold is one highly endorsed product for cleaning granite surfaces. Some companies, like Weiman’s Granite and Stone Complete Kit, offer a kit including cleaning products and a sealant for your granite surfaces. This is a popular all-in-one option.

On marble, often times using a non-abrasive soap and warm water is all you need. Like for your granite surfaces, it’s recommended you avoid using vinegar or bleach on marble. The disadvantage of marble countertops is that acidic spills like red wine or lemon juice can leave dull spots on the surface that are difficult to get out. It is also recommended not to use Windex on marble as well.

Though it’s tempting to use products you have lying around the house like Windex, your marble will stay in better condition if you are particular and intentional with the cleaning products you use. For marble, it’s suggested you buy a spray sealant and spray your marble countertop with it about once a month.

Keeping your marble and granite countertops clean doesn’t have to be an expensive or challenging endeavor. Anything from DIY, homemade cleaners to cleaning kits can be great for maintaining your elegant and timeless countertops.

 

Waterproof Flooring for Kitchens and Bathrooms

Waterproof Flooring for Kitchens and Bathrooms

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Choosing flooring seems like a simple task, but to the uninformed homeowner, it’s easy to choose the wrong flooring for your kitchen and bathroom. What makes these rooms of your home unique in the type of flooring they need is, quite simply, water. Kitchens and bathrooms use more water than any other room in a home, meaning your flooring is very susceptible to spills, leaks, and just normal day-to-day water use

What’s not to like about porcelain tiles? It’s a beautiful, waterproof, and inexpensive option for your kitchen or bathroom floors. Best of all, porcelain and ceramic tile are incredibly versatile—homeowners can choose the style and look of these tiles because they vary so greatly. You can choose tiles that imitate wood, stone, or other material. This tile type is easy to clean and stands up well to the test of time and to large water damage. Textured tile makes it less slippery overall, and some may not like tile because it is cold to the touch. In a warm climate though, this may be a possible advantage to a homeowner.

Another popular option? Vinyl, which is one of the easiest types of flooring to install yourself. If you like DIY projects for your home, vinyl tile is a great option because it’s practical. Vinyl tiling is available in fewer styles and options than ceramic, but the fact that you can install yourself saves homeowners from expensive installation fees. This can be a huge draw. Be careful when installing vinyl—large gaps in the flooring from poor installation can greatly diminish the quality and value of the vinyl.

Natural stone like marble or granite is among the most expensive of the waterproof flooring options. Natural stone is known for its elegance and beauty, which makes it appealing for kitchen and bathrooms. However, these floors tend to be slippery and cold. While natural stone is undoubtedly stunning, it is an investment.

These are just a few of the waterproof flooring types available to homeowners. Hardwood flooring and carpet are far from ideal to use in kitchens and bathrooms, so choosing tiles like those made of ceramic or vinyl are excellent and often cost-effective choices for your home.

Best and Worst Flooring Options for the Florida Climate

Best and Worst Flooring Options for the Florida Climate

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Florida’s climate is a unique experience for anyone building a home in the Sunshine State. The tropical climate is abundantly green and has sunshine most days of the year, but the challenges of the climate are apparent when building homes and structures. Florida’s humidity and rain can cause problems for homeowners, including cracking, expansion, and contraction from humidity. If you choose a floor type that is inherently incompatible with the climate, you may face curvature of your flooring and high costs in repair and re-installation fees. It’s important for homeowners to research the materials that will keep the floors in your Florida home pristine and well-maintained.

Worst: Solid Hardwood Flooring

One of the worst options in Florida is solid hardwood flooring. The ¾” solid planks are better suited for Northern climates and have difficulty adjusting to the tropical climate. Most will advise against solid hardwood flooring and instead will suggest engineered hardwood flooring, which is still hardwood but designed to better withstand the climate. Engineered hardwood typically has more flexible installation options as well.

Best: Vinyl Tile Flooring

Vinyl tile can be a good option to protect against humidity and is commonly used in Florida’s homes. Vinyl is used in high moisture areas and many homeowners use it in bathrooms as a go-to flooring type. Vinyl can imitate distressed wood or take on a modern look, from metallics and dark colors to bright ivories.

Best: Laminate Flooring

Laminated wood is moisture-resistant and doesn’t fade from sun exposure. This type of flooring doesn’t expand or curve due to high humidity and can be installed directly over a concrete base. These factors make it a popular choice among homeowners in Florida. Laminate flooring has grown in popularity over the years as technology and aesthetics of the laminate have vastly improved since it first emerged in the flooring market.

Best: Porcelain Tile Flooring

Porcelain tiles are among some of the easiest flooring types to maintain; typically, all they require is a disinfectant and regular mopping. Porcelain tiles are water resistant and easy to clean. Homeowners in Florida like porcelain because it’s aesthetically attractive and can also mimic other floor types.

Window Treatments that Can Reduce the Summer Heat

Window Treatments that Can Reduce the Summer Heat

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Not only are window treatments a key way to add personality, color, and texture to a room, they also reduce heat and control the amount of light that enters the rooms in your home. Window treatments can be inside your home or external features. Choosing a window treatment can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Awning, blinds, panels, screens, and shutters are just a few of the methods of window treatments that can reduce the summer heat in your home.

Each window and room in your home serve a unique purpose, so the ideal window treatments inside the home are ones that make the room feel complete. For example, living room curtains can be patterned or plain to complement the other furniture in the room. If you have a bold, patterned sofa or couch, a simple or plain curtain is a great way to keep the room from becoming too busy. If your room retains a lot of light and heat, consider dark-colored or light-resistant curtains (like blackout curtains) for living rooms, bedrooms, and anything in between.

Blinds—both exterior and interior—can also help reduce heat. Blinds should be kept shut during the summer months more maximum cooling benefit. Consider if your windows have awnings or not, as awnings on windows can also deflect light and reduce heat from the outside-in.

On the exterior of a window, homeowners should consider placing mesh screens on their windows as this can also reduce heat entering the home. These screens should cover the entire window to be most effective at blocking heat.

For those building a home, building shutters on windows is also a great way to monitor heat and air influx into your home. It is recommended by designers that shutters are included as the rest of the home is being built. Many can be opened and closed using mechanical levers from inside the room.  

Creating an energy-efficient home can be challenging, but effective and innovative window treatments are options to help you elevate your home’s aesthetic while simultaneously saving you money in heating and electricity. Building a home with energy efficiency in mind is ideal, but renovations and easy additions like curtains and blinds on the interior of your home are also great options.