4 Ways to Design Your Floor

underestimate what your flooring choices can bring to the table. Even though it is literally beneath you, your floors can be just as visually stimulating as anything at your natural eye-level like your walls and your furniture. There are many ways you can make the design of the room flow into your flooring decisions, which help tie the whole room together.

  1. Integrate patterns (for carpets).

Introducing patterns to your floor may seem like a bold choice because designs sometimes hark back to specific eras. However, the patterns do not always have to come on too loud. In themed homes that focus on the 80s or early 90s having a patterned carpet seamlessly blends in with the rest of the décor. Floral designs, leopard prints, dog teeth, and scrollwork would not look out of place when the whole room plays up to the decade.

For patterned carpets, you can play with the size and colours of the prints. This way you can also have patterns without having to worry about it being too loud or being too much. There are quieter patterns that play with creams and greys without being a solid neutral.

  1. Integrate patterns (for panels).

Another way you can introduce patterns is by creating custom shapes with panels/tiles. You can do this with luxury vinyl flooring, and anything that comes in an easy to cut material. Instead of laying the panels in a straight line, you can go with a herringbone, basket weave, or Flanders weave pattern. Adding patterns is a good compromise for those who enjoy plain colours but want a more dynamic touch.

 

  1. Create depth by adding texture.

You can create depth in your room by adding texture to your floors. The texture is often dependent on the material, the material of the flooring and the finish on the walls. For example, in an industrially styled apartment contrast is introduced by the different elements that make up the room. There is exposed brick, stainless steel, and concrete floors. Each material has a texture that is translated visually and having all that present in the room creates depth.

Look at glossy finishes versus matte finishes and coarse carpet versus shaggy rugs. You can also look at the texture that is an integral part of the material as design instead of an actual finish, like floors with glass patterns that look wet.

  1. Play with the size of the room with colour

The most classic way to introduce style to your floor is through colour. When you are designing a neutral room, it is difficult to play with patterns and customisations. Selecting the right shade of the flooring that makes the room most comfortable is a safe choice. It is as simple as light wood versus dark wood, white tile versus coloured tile, etc.

When designing your floors, remember first to consider its use. An integral part of the design is function. So, with whatever flooring material you decide on, the four ways listed above can help you tie the room together for themed homes or neutral apartments.

 

 

 

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3 Easy Ways to Turn Your Outdoor Space into a Retreat

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Having a spacious backyard is one of the most wonderful joys of today’s real estate market, especially because so many people are confined to small apartments with no outdoor space at all. And if you already have such a space, you’d better make the most of it! Turning it into a retreat for yourself, your friends and family is the way to go, so here are three easy ways you can do that without too much effort.

A Seating Area

If you’re not the most creative person in the world, yet still want to spend some time in the open, all you need to do is arrange a small seating area and you’re good to go. Just move a couple of your indoor pieces of furniture outside – or buy some new ones instead – and arrange it any way you prefer. Basically anything from putting a small coffee table in the centre of the seating area and scattering the chairs around it to adding a sofa with two chairs on the side will do. Of course, you can always explore different layouts until you’ve found the one you enjoy most.

If you’re not a fan of outdoor furniture, you can simply put a blanket on the ground, add a few pillows and take a seat in this impromptu seating area. This is perfect for all those who really wish to get in touch with nature and experience the benefits of their outdoor space to the fullest. Again, this setup is simple, affordable and easily adaptable to your personal choices, which is something we all need.

A Deck

If you love being outside and wish to take things to the next level, installing a deck is the perfect idea for you. It’s the best way to ensure everyone has enough space and you have some room left for your outdoor kitchen and appliances – you can even add a small storage area and dedicate an entire corner to colourful flowers you can plant in visually attractive pots.

While building a deck might seem like an easy task anyone can tackle, it’s actually quite the opposite. You have to plan and execute everything perfectly, calculating and measuring every detail meticulously, and there’s literally no room for error. That’s why hiring professionals with more experience than you is always a better idea – these are people who can recommend better designs, materials and layouts than you can think of. Finally, trusting them will get you drinking coffee on your new deck in a matter of days, so take this idea into account as well.

A Balcony

On the other hand, if you’re one of those people living in a tiny apartment with no backyard, you have to make the most of what you have and turn your tiny balcony into a perfect retreat. There are lots of ways to do so, but you should plan everything ahead and make sure you’ve used every inch of available space you have.

Before doing so, you should declutter your balcony and repaint the walls first, and then you can add the décor. A simple balcony bench, a couple of cosy pillows, a small coffee table and a few flower pots will be just enough to make you feel amazing on your new balcony. You can always add things like a small bookcase, a bamboo screen and a hammock later, but keep these options in mind as well.

As you can see, these ideas are simple yet highly effective, no matter how big your outdoor area is. Explore them, add your own personal touch to whichever you choose, and enjoy your outdoor space more than ever before!

4 Advantages of Having Your Upholstery Professionally Cleaned  

A couch or chair can be a handcrafted wonder, a family heirloom, or simply a tag sale find. But regardless of the way it came into your life, there was likely a story attached and chances are an emotional connection as well. While most people prioritize their housecleaning and even bi-annual carpet cleaning, many people overlook the need for cleaner furniture. Fortunately, a competent professional carpet and upholstery cleaner can give your furniture the boost you and your family deserve. But what are the main advantages of having your upholstery professionally cleaned?

Aesthetic Appeal

Life is messy, and that fact is illuminated by the household addition of kids and pets. Sticky fingers, food, drinks, dirty shoes, even pet accidents can leave unintentional stains on your furniture. Blotting it up only gets you so far. Commercial cleaners and store-bought stain removers can be harsh and actually do more harm to your upholstery. Some applications can even spread the stain. Sure, you can turn the cushion over, but you’ll still know it’s there. And eventually, an unsuspecting guest will likely discover it as well. Professional upholstery cleaning can take care of the problem once and for all.

Odor Elimination and Control

There are few things worse than sitting on what looks like a clean piece of furniture and finding yourself in a cloud of putrid stench. Of course, recalling the odor is a disgusting treat as well. Upholstery holds onto odors, and since scent is the closest sense to memory recalling the nasty experience is pretty much guaranteed. Anything that has rested, sat on or seeped into your upholstered furniture likely left behind lingering odors. The right professional carpet and upholstery cleaner will thoroughly clean your upholstery and deodorize it to make it smell as fresh and new as it looks.

Durability and Extended Enjoyment

Over time upholstery pulls, gathers, stretches, and collects dirt and debris which reduce its appeal and softness. Food or beverage stains can harden, especially if they contain acids, and actually crack or break the material. Dust particles and their waste products can fill crevices and create a negative experience every time you plop down on the sofa or chair. And let’s face it if you’re not enjoying the comforts of home what’s the point in having them? A careful and thorough professional cleaning of your upholstered furniture will renew its appeal and extend the life of your investment.

Allergen and Pathogen Removal

Dust mites and dirt aren’t the only things lurking in your upholstery, but they are among the most common allergens. Still, far more nefarious culprits could be stuck in and on your furniture and they may even be making you or your loved ones sick. Certain bacteria and viruses can’t live long outside of a human host, so it’s been believed they also can’t survive on inanimate objects. But recent studies have proven otherwise. Streptococcus pneumoniae and Streptococcus pyogenes have tested positive as existing hours on furniture, toys, and other household items hours or longer after the last recorded human contact with the item. Upholstery provides conditions where these pathogens can bury and hide. Pneumonia and sepsis kill up to one million children annually, so why take the chance of putting your loved ones at risk when there’s a simple solution? Give us a call when you’re ready to have cleaner furniture and a happier home life.

Three Items That Can Help to Organize Your Garage

Tools, swimming pool toys, cleaning supplies and gardening items are just a few of the things that occupy the average garage. When you keep these and other items organized you’re better able to find what you’re looking for, when you want it. Take a look at three items that can be helpful as you go to organize your garage.

Utility Shelves

A set of utility shelves against one wall can hold a lot of items and clear up some free space in your garage. Utility shelves are great for cleaning supplies such as window cleaner, paint thinner, windshield wiper fluid and WD-40. These can be kept on a high shelf where they are out of the reach of any children you have around the household.

A Tool Chest

You don’t have to be a professional auto mechanic to get some good use out of a tool chest. This item is excellent if you want to organize similar tools and keep them in one place. For instance, you can put all of your screwdrivers in one drawer where you can find the right one for the job. One of the best things about most tool chests is you can roll them around the garage area. So, if you have to repair a motorcycle at one end of the garage, you can roll the tool chest over, so you have access to all your tools as you make the repairs.

A Wall Storage Rack

A storage rack mounted on a wall can house many items. Perhaps you want a wall storage rack for your shovels, brooms and rakes. Or, maybe you want wall storage for a couple of your kid’s bicycles, so they stay off the garage floor all winter. Wall storage is effective for clearing new floor space and keeping your items secure.

Garage workbenches and storage items like these can be very helpful in keeping your garage organized. The more organized it is, the more you will want to spend time tackling your favorite DIY projects!