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Choosing the Right Floor for the Right Room

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If you’re in the process of redecorating, you might well be struggling when it comes to choosing flooring. Sure, aesthetics are important – but when it comes to floors you have to consider several other factors in addition to this which might alter the type you settle on. Let’s take a look at some tips to help you make the right decision:

Traffic

One of the main factors to consider when choosing your floor is the amount of foot traffic it will see. If the flooring is going to be installed in a high traffic area that sees a lot of footfall, it’s advisable to opt for a durable, strong option that can contend with the constant wear and tear. You might consider tiles, bamboo, resilient flooring (such as sheet) or hardwood if this is the case.

Humidity and Dampness

Another big consideration for homeowners is the amount of humidity and dampness the flooring will be contending with. If you’re in the process of redecorating your basement for example, it’s vital you choose a floor that is able to cope with the damp. Viable candidates include concrete, luxury vinyl, porcelain tile, concrete, and certain types of laminate.

Durability

If you have pets or children, chances are you don’t want to flooring that stains easily or can be scratched. Consider installing a flooring that won’t be easily damaged, such a plank vinyl, tile or even carpet. Remember if you want to protect your hardwood floor from scratches, you can always use an area rug.

Budget

Finally an important consideration for many homeowners is the price point. If you’re on a budget, some of the high ticket flooring (such a porcelain tiles and hardwood)  may not be attainable for you. Luckily there are many affordable alternatives thanks to modern technology. If you don’t want to replace your flooring regularly, it’s makes more financial sense to opt for higher quality which will cost you less in the long run.

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Should My Mudroom have Cabinets?

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Mudrooms are an attractive feature for any homeowner. They serve an excellent purpose, keeping mud and dirt excluded to one area instead of spreading it further into the house. Once you have installed a mudroom, you’ll wonder how you lived without it! Many people often choose to have cabinets in their mudrooms, let’s find out why:

Daily Declutter

If your life is always on the go, the mudroom provides a place to declutter. Not only is it an area in which to rid yourself and your family of dirty shoes, there’s also the capability to store schools bags, umbrellas, and coats. This means none of these things have to cross the threshold and be brought into the house, thrown or discarded in places they don’t belong.

Storage Solutions

That why, probably more than any other room in the house, storage solutions need to be sought in order to contain that clutter. Mudrooms unfortunately are often not going to be clean; their whole purpose is to contain the dirt and stop the spread of exterior into the interior. In order to ensure the mudroom does its job effectively, you need to be smart with your storage. A great way to do that is to install cabinets. By having a range of different sized cabinets, you can tuck away and organize easily. One popular addition is to have an exterior cabinet that serves as both storage and somewhere to sit and remove ones shoes, but there are many different cabinet types that can help keep your mudroom as neat and tidy as possible.

The other great thing about mudroom cabinets is you can customize them to fit your needs as a family. If you live in cooler climates you may well want extra hanging space for bulky coats and boots, if you mudroom is on the smaller size you can opt for taller cabinets to make the most of the space available to you. In short, if you’re tired of your mudroom being a mess, cabinets might well be the answer.

 

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Tips for Maintaining Hardwood Floors

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If you’re the newly proud owner of a hardwood floor, it’s more than worth it to do a little research  to keep it in tip top shape. Hardwood floor have many beneficial advantages, but they do need regular care in order to keep them looking their best. Take a look at the following tips to look keep your hardwood looking good long into the future:

Regular Maintenance

Your hardwood needs to be regularly maintained, as such it’s suggested homeowners follow this schedule:

  • Sweep or mop on a daily basis (or as close to as you can)
  • Vacuum once a week using the correct setting
  • Clean with a homemade or recommended floor cleaner monthly
  • Give it a maintenance coat every few years
  • Every few decades sand and refinish.

Of course, your schedule might be different depending on the wear and tear of the hardwood and your lifestyle. For example if you have pets you may well need to up the ante, whereas if your hardwood doesn’t see much action you can afford to be a little more lax. Remember to try and clean up spills as soon as they happen to avoid any permanent damage.

Rugs are you Friend

One of the best ways to avoid damage to your hardwood floor is to have strategically placed rugs in areas that might be susceptible to wear and tear or damage. This saves the floor and also changes up your decor – win win! If you have hardwood in the kitchen, you should for example place rugs by areas that are regularly exposed to water or stains (such as by the sink).

Use Furniture Pads

This simple addition to the bottom of your furniture won’t cost a lot but it’s bound to save you big in the long term. You can pick up furniture pads for next to nothing, install them incredibly easily, and your floor will never even know they’re there. If you need to move furniture, always ensure to lift as opposed to drag.

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How Long do Carpets Last?

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Have you recently replaced your carpet and are wondering how many years until you have to do the same again? Most sources suggest in the region of 10 years – though your carpet may last much longer (or shorter) than that. The longevity of your carpet is dependent on both internal and external factors, so if you’re not intending on redecorating anytime soon it’s important to consider the following:

Material

The material used in the construction of your carpet will greatly affect its lifespan – for instance wool and nylon are typically strong and durable, whereas something like polypropylene isn’t. If you have a blended carpet this alters the durability of the fibers, as it may have a weaker material mixed with a stronger. If you don’t intend on replacing your carpet for a while and have the budget, it’s recommended to opt for a premium, stronger material which will stand the test of time.

Location

Carpet in a high footfall area is not going to last as long, and there isn’t much you can about that apart from ensuring the carpet is durable. Carpets are made of fibers, and if they are regularly stepped on it causes flattening which makes the carpet age visually. A great material to contend with high traffic is nylon as due to its composition it has the ability to spring back after steaming. This makes it a popular choice for hallways and stairways. In your bedroom you can afford to be more luxurious and opt for comfort, as this area won’t see nearly as much footfall.

Light

Light can be a huge factor in the visual aging of your carpet, and it’s certainly something to take into account. If your carpet is going to be in an area that soaks up the sunlight, it might be wise not to choose a darker color or intricate pattern due to the likelihood of the color fading.

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2019 Trends In Countertops

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Countertops are an integral part of your kitchen’s design. They take up more of the eye than you might imagine, and can be a really beautiful focal point if that’s what you desire. Additionally they need to be incredibly functions – after all this is where food will be prepared, where dishes will be piled, and where groceries will be thrown. So how do you go about choosing the best countertop for your kitchen? Well first check out the top trends for 2019 below:

Contrast

The countertop naturally draws the eye, and it seems only sensible to make the most of this blank canvas. Contrast the color of your countertops to either the wall or cabinets (or both) and you’ll soon be getting compliments.

Natural

Just like other areas of the home (including flooring and cabinets) natural materials – especially woods – are really making a comeback. Wooden countertops are not only durable, they can also be incredibly unique thanks to the pattern of a grain. If you want a one of a kind kitchen countertop, wood may well be for you.

Quartz is Still Holding Strong

This engineered stone is still one of the most favored countertop types, and 2019 won’t change that. Quartz is one of the strongest materials on the market countertop wise and it has steadily been taking over more and more of the market thanks to its low maintenance and durability. It will last a lifetime, so long as you ensure not to damage it with it’s only kryptonite, excessive heat!

Laminate Love

Laminates have long been seen as a lesser version of premium countertops, however all that has changed of late. Laminates have been engineered to be strong as well as stylish, and if you want a unique kitchen, laminates come in a whole range of patterns, colors, and varieties to choose from.

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2019 Trends In Cabinetry

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Choosing a cabinet can often be a tricky process, after all you want something that not only looks good but is also built to last – you don’t want to be replacing your cabinet doors 5 years down the line. But just because something is strong doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful, take a look at the top cabinetry trends for this coming year to find your perfect partner:

Bold and Dark

Homeowners have often gravitated towards lighter shades for their cabinets, but don’t be afraid to be dark or bold if it fits your style. Having dark blue or plum cabinet can really make your kitchen stand out for all the right reasons; experiments with bold colors and you might surprise yourself.

Color Block and Contrast

In a similar vein, color blocking and contrast can make for interesting cabinets. Who said all your cabinets need to be the same color? If you want to keep traditional, try color blocking the walls and backsplash to create a similar aesthetic.

Mix and Match Materials

If your budget doesn’t stretch to a complete hardwood cabinet collection, think about mixing different materials. For example, your island could be a dramatic hardwood, contrasted against a white wood veneer. Not only will this drive the price down, it will also create a neat and unique look to your home.

Shaker Style

Shaker style never goes out of fashion, and 2019 is no exception. Shaker style cabinets are and always have been so popular thanks to their strength, simplicity, and adaptability. They pretty much complement any and every type of decor out there – from modern industrialism to French country kitchen.

Natural

Across interior design as a whole, we’re seeing a move towards the natural, cabinets included. If your budget doesn’t stretch to hardwood, you can easily find well-made imitations that will still stand the test of time.

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2019 Trends In Area Rugs

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With the new year upon us, you may well be thinking about making some changes to your decor. A great way to refresh any room is to play around with different area rugs. A rug immediately alters the looks and feel of the space it occupies, creating optical illusions of space and separating areas. Let’s see which trends are going to be hitting the area rug market in 2019:

Au Naturale

Natural fiber doesn’t have to mean just wool or silk – there are so many different, affordable, environmentally friendly options on the market to choose from. Jute, seagrass, mountaingrass, sisal, and bamboo are all interesting choices that won’t hurt the planet, will do a good job, and look great at the same time! Each type of rug varies in terms of its strengths and weaknesses, so be sure you choose the right kind based on footfall and room type.

Layers of Layers

That’s right, you don’t have to stop at just one rug! Layering a smaller rug can make a stunning focal point for a room, making for uniquely facetted flooring. Mix textures, patterns, materials, and styles and see what you come up with. This is also a great choice if you have a rug you love that’s too small for your home – just layer atop of a larger partner and hey presto! You’ve got a design no one else in the world has.

Patterns

Patterned rugs have long been a fixture in the decor world; it’s more the type of pattern that changes. In 2019 expect to see ornate, traditional style patterns, as well as more modern simplistic ones (such as chevrons and geometrics). Again, think about mixing and matching these patterns to create a cool aesthetic, and also consider the texture. Pronounced textures are going to be big this year, so the bigger the better.

Rugs, Rugs, Everywhere!

With the huge variety of materials out there, rugs now have a home in every room. Choosing a rug for your kitchen not only transforms the space, it also makes it more comfortable on a chef’s long suffering feet.

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2019 Trends In Carpets

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As the new year rolls around, you might well be thinking about giving your home a bit of a revamp. Replacing carpet can make a huge difference not only to the aesthetics of a room, but also the overall feel, comfort level, and warmth. So what are the growing trends we expect to see in 2019 in the carpet world?

Multicolor

It can seem scary to install a carpet that isn’t just one block color or a grouping of a few similar neutral shades, but a multicolor carpet can make a huge statement and brighten up your decor immensely. Don’t narrow your focus too much by sticking to a non-offensive color palette, your carpet can be both functional and fabulous.

Bold

If multicolor doesn’t fit your decor, think about just going bolder with your color choice. In short, beige and grays are out and bold is in. Be daring with your color choices and experiment with how different colors fit with the rooms overall scheme. Your carpet should hold some visual interest – even if you’re opting for a natural color try and find a variety with flecks of color to break it up.

Patterns

Just as there’s a move to bold, colorful carpets, patterns are making a big comeback too. Gone are the days when patterned carpets should be avoided – welcome patterns into your home with open arms. Not only do they add a unique focal point and contrast to your interior, they’re also masters at disguising stains.

Texture and Construction

Loop and pile carpets are very on trend this year, again adding another interesting visual element to your floor. There a wide variety of textured patterns to choose from, ranging from geometric to abstract.

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2019 – Trends in Hardwood Flooring

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Hardwood has long been the favored choice for many homeowners thanks to its abundance of beneficial features. Low maintenance, easy to clean, strong, durable, long-lasting, and visually appealing – it’s no wonder hardwood is one of the most popular options for the home. But just because hardwood has a long history doesn’t mean it isn’t evolving. Just as carpet trends change, hardwood finishes, colors, and materials shift and alter to reflect both fashion and technology.

Let’s take a look at some of the top trends for hardwood n 2019 –

Engineered Wood

Engineered wood manages to sufficiently tackle some of the drawbacks traditional hardwood suffers from, and because of this it’s growing in popularity every year. It can be installed in damp areas, and as it’s a floating floor it can be laid atop pretty much any flat surface.

Out with the Gray (kind of)

Gray has long been popular choice for many interiors, however the fashion seems to be moving away from the starkness of this shade to warmer colors. Not that gray is completely done with; it’s more that there’s an added warmth of browns or beige partnered with it to diversify the palette.

Return to Natural

In a move away from more manufactured aesthetics, 2019 sees more natural finishes and designs making a comeback. Think rustic, wide planks with a natural finish. A great way to achieve this look is to use reclaimed wood or a products that imitates it.

Long Lengths

Playing into this return to the natural style, longer lengths of hardwood are on trend for 2019. This fits in with a return to the traditional, and can really open up a room.

Natural Finishes

Finally, in terms of the finish, more homeowners are opting for environmentally friendly, natural products.

Top Flooring Options For Home

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Thanks to the advent of technology there are so many different options available to the modern homeowner. Gone are the days of just carpet or hardwood; there’s a whole plethora of interesting materials engineered to do all kind of different things to make your life easier.

Let’s look at an overview of the top flooring options for your home:

Engineered Wood

A more affordable option for those who don’t want to compromise on aesthetics, engineered wood is actually a wood veneer over a plywood-like substrate. This makes it less susceptible to common problems traditional hardwood faces, such as shrinkage during weather changes. It can also be installed directly over concrete, or even over an existing floor. It’s able to be refinished a few times, but unfortunately what it makes up for in price and practicality it lacks in longevity, meaning after a decade or two it may need replacing.

Hardwood

Now onto a more traditional choice, hardwood. It’s expensive but durable, classy, and adds to your home’s resale value. It’s a good idea to treat hardwood mindfully, so cover high traffic areas with rugs, clean up spills as fast as possible, and get it refinished when needed. If you want to be more environmentally friendly, look into bamboo as an alternative

Porcelain or Ceramic Tile

Another classic flooring options, porcelain and ceramic tiles have long been the go-to option for the bathroom. Look into getting textured tiles to eliminate slipping – you can even install a heating element if you want to keep your toes toasty.

Carpet

Carpet is the most comfortable flooring a homeowner could want, and thankfully now there are many different materials designed to suit every room. It’s important to find a carpet which will stand the test of time, so look into the benefits of each material (synthetic or natural for example) and apply treatments if applicable.