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What Type of Flooring Should I Use?

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

When you are looking for the flooring of your house, then you should think about several things. Choosing right color, design, comfort and safety is primary importance for flooring of your house.

You should choose a floor that suits the function of the room. Also please don’t forget to take into account the amount of maintenance and care that a floor will require. Most of the times, the house keepers are not happy with the cleaning activity due to the wrong chosen style of flooring in the past.

So what to choose? Hardwood Floors? Ceramic Tiles? Laminate? Vinyl? Bamboo? Cork? Carpeting? Or maybe an area rug?

Laminate

High-performance laminate flooring possesses the remarkable ability to simulate wood or tile floors, is extremely durable and easy to clean with either a damp cloth or vacuum. Laminate flooring also deserves praise for what it doesn’t do: scuff, wear-through, burn, get scratched by pets, indent from normal family wear and lose color. This is a solid choice for moisture and family-prone areas as well as design appeal.

Carpet

When you’re thinking of “soft, warm and luxurious,” carpet offers a wide price range and selection for every decorating style and budget. Modern carpet vendors provide fibers varying in make (nylon, olefin, polyester or wool) and corresponding degrees of wear and stain resistance, resilience and cleanability. And if that’s not enough, carpeting formats include saxony, plush, texture, cut-loop, level loop, multi-level loop and frieze.

Ceramictiles, stone floors, and glass flooring

Glazed or unglazed ceramic tiles and stone floors that varies in texture and color are suitable for moisture-prone and heavy-traffic areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, foyers, laundry rooms.

Vinyl

Vinyl floors are very easy to maintain. There are sheet and tile types of vinyl flooring. Vinyl flooring have a wide range of colors, color combos, patterns, designs and textures.

Hardwood

Hardwood flooring is rich, elegant and all natural, create a warm, inviting look with either solid or engineered wood. Solid wood flooring, the most popular choice, consists of one-piece boards. Engineered wood floors consist of two or more layers of wood laminated together.

Bamboo

One of the advantages that bamboo flooring can give you is that this flooring is durable. You can see if bamboo is in some house or some office, no matter what pet tries to destroy it or whatever is the reason, bamboo flooring remains durable. There are two colors that are usually liked and used in bamboo flooring. One is similar to beech and the other one is carbonized that looks like oak. If you have applied wax on the floor, then it also prevents from insects and other such aspects. Bamboo flooring is also good for moisture, i.e. it does not get soiled after moisture and can be cleaned.

Cork

Cork flooring is preferred for the home owners in bathroom and kitchen. You should seal it from the sides so that the water does not get in the flooring, if you are also using it for the same purpose. Cork flooring is environmentally friendly and cork is considered a renewable and sustainable natural resource. Cork has natural properties that are anti-allergenic and resistant to insects.

Area Rugs

Bring instant and long-lasting warmth to hard surface floors with area rugs. Cut down on noise level and take a room up many notches with an almost infinite range of sizes, colors, patterns, textures. From Persian to Oriental and traditional to contemporary, rugs do the big job of protection and enhancing decor.

Sources: Prosourcefloors, Therightflooring

Hot Home Decor Trends 2009

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

The Decorating Diva wrote about top home design and decorating trends for upcoming year 2009. The main points are Eclectic styling (mixing of periods and styles to catch own unique personality in home decoration), being green (Societal responsibility and Eco-awareness in decor and furniture purchases) and Global and multi-cultural decor inspired by China, Russia, Latin America, Morocco and India (primary influences) are mixed and matched to create a global design tour at home.

Hidden Passage Doorways

Monday, May 5th, 2008

hidden passage behind cabinet
Transform any doorway in your home with a unique and beautifully concealed bookcase/pantry cabinet door. Your finely handcrafted door will add beauty, practical storage and individuality to your home.

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Stairs Becomes a Storage

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Take a look at those amazing storing solution – designers are using stairs as storage space.

First, is a great storage idea for linen, winter woollies, books and papers, anything small in fact.

Stair storage drawers

via [desiretoinspire]

Next one is bookshelf!

Stair book storage

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From [Apartment Therapy]

Tips For A Modern Kitchen Design

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

Is your kitchen really suited to the busy lifestyle that you lead? For many people the kitchen has become the hub of family life not just serving as a dining area but an office and a place where every one can congregate. So when choosing a major kitchen remodel or you just want to rejuvenate the one you have why not think about going for a more modern kitchen design that will easily accommodate all your family’s needs and daily routines. Plus if you do update your kitchen you may find that you will recoup your investment if you decide to sell up and move home.

To ensure that you get a good kitchen design there are three basic elements that need to be thought.

1. Ideas – look and gather some ideas for improving your kitchen.
2. Layout – How you want your kitchen actually laid out.
3. Style – What style do you really want?

1. Ideas
When exploring the possibilities and discovering the options that are available to you for producing a modern kitchen then keep your eyes open for any ideas that you may see. Why not look in magazines, at kitchen showrooms or show houses at new development or even look at your neighbor’s kitchen.

Find what you like:
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2. Layout
When you look at the many courses and guides on kitchen design you will see a lot of it will focus on the kitchen layout. It is during this stage that you will look at various features of the kitchen and choose the location of where appliances are located and what work areas you require. Here is the guide for planning kitchen layout.

3. Style
In this article we are looking at the modern kitchen design and it should include light colored cabinets with clean lines and enough storage that eliminate the clutter normally associated with kitchens. This will then provide your kitchen a new, fresh and modern look to it.
Modern or classical – you decide. Here are some style samples:

Classical:
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Modern:
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Also use dark wood counter tops in order to enhance the lightness of the wood in your kitchen and accent it with stainless steel and chrome accents. Why not make sure that all your appliances are either chrome or stainless steel to further enhance the modern look of your kitchen.

So as you can see choosing the right modern kitchen design for your home can be quite easy and why not just trawl the internet and see what designs are out there and which you may wish to use ideas from in order to design the kitchen of your dreams.

Lee Dobbins writes for A Kitchen Decorating Idea where you can learn more about kitchen decorating styles.
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