How To Create A Color Palette For Your Home?

Ever wondered how designer homes are so perfectly put-together that flow nicely from room to room? Aside from the fact that the designers are talented, they use one simple strategy that gives it that perfect flow that we can apply to our own home, designer or not.

That strategy is creating a color palette for your home.

Creating a color palette for your home includes a specific color scheme of 3-5 colors made up of paint, textiles, and decor that are carried out through the entire house. It makes everything flow well together and gives it that pulled together designer look we love.

One of the first things to think about when decorating is identifying colors. Your home’s color palette is the foundation of all other decisions (furniture, decor,) so it’s important to really think about it and get it right.

Now, I know it sounds intimidating to pick out the color palette for your entire home, but it’s actually pretty simple when we break it down AND it will make decision-making easier when it comes to decorating the rest of your home.

When I was planning decor for our first house, I created inspiration boards that contained similar color palettes and they helped guide me through the entire decorating process and made it so much easier and kept me on track. If you take a glance inside my home you will instantly notice a common theme: blue.

So, today I’m going to walk you through the process of creating a color palette for your home.

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First things first.

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  • Do what feels right for you. At the end of the day it’s your home so do what you love.
  • Your color palette should contain 3-5 colors. This is not just for paint colors, but for the entire home including textiles, furniture, decor and anything else that makes up your home.
  • It takes time. Decorating is a process and does not happen over time. The whole home color palette is made to guide your decorating decisions and create a home you love that flows nicely.

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Now let’s get started! Pull out your notebook and let’s answer a few preliminary questions.

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Inspiration

Take a look at your home decor Pinterest boards (or create one if you haven’t!) and notice what colors you’re drawn to. Do your favorite home pins have warm colors or cool? Bold colors or more muted? Write down any common themes you notice from your pins.

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Next, write down what colors you love. This doesn’t mean if you love pink to paint all your walls pink, but it’s a good starting point we can use later.

What colors do you already have in your home?

Think of things you currently own like existing furniture, cabinetry, countertops, and flooring. Are they warm or cool colors?

How do you want your space to feel?

The way you want your home to feel hugely impacts your color decisions. If you want a calming, spa-like home you should choose light and neutral colors. If you want a home full of energy and contrast, brighter, bolder colors are for you.

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Which do you prefer?

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  • Monochromatic – different shades or hues of the same color. My home is monochromatic with blues.
  • Harmonious – colors are next to each other on the color wheel.  For example, blues and greens.
  • Complementary – colors are opposite from each other on the color wheel

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Now it’s time to make some paint color decisions! I provided rough percentages that each color should make up as part of the color palette in your home. This is a guide that should help when choosing colors and picture the end result.

Color #1: Choose A White Paint (25%)

This will be used for trim, doors, closets, furniture and more.

Not all white is the same. Some have warm undertones and some are cool. Based on your notes from before, if you were drawn to warmer colors on Pinterest, pick a white with warm undertones and visa versa.

Color #2: Choose A Neutral (25-50%)

More often than not your biggest living area, usually the living and/or kitchen, will be a neutral (especially if it’s open concept). This does not have to mean plain white or boring. Again, if you’re drawn to warm colors choose a neutral with warm undertones. You will also use this color for hallways.

Neutral Colors

If your biggest living area is a room that is somewhat excluded from others that you can get away with choosing a bolder color, or if you really want a deep navy kitchen, for example, you will choose that color for #3. However, if you do this, you will want to paint neighboring rooms and hallways neutral so still, pick a neutral for those.

Color #3: Choose A Saturated Color (25-50% depending on your love for color)

This could be one of the colors you love that you wrote down earlier, or if you really want a deep navy kitchen like we talked about in color 2, this is it.

saturated color

Keep in mind this does not necessarily mean you have to paint a room in your house this saturated color. For those of you that are color shy or who are wanting a calming feeling, you can simply use this saturated color by bringing in a couple throw pillows. If you want the bolder look, use it in bigger doses throughout your home.

Color #4: Choose Another Color (10-15%)

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  • If you are going for a monochromatic color scheme this color will be a lighter shade variation of color 3.
  • If you are going for a harmonious color scheme this will be a color that is next to color 3 on the color wheel.
  • If you are going for a complementary color scheme, find color 3 on the color wheel and move directly across the wheel and choose that color, or one up or down.

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Color #5: Choose An Accent Color (10%)

This color is just that: an accent. It should be used in small doses throughout your home. I like to suggest making this color an unexpected pop to your color scheme that is opposite your other colors’ undertone. Meaning, if you went with cool tones for colors 1-4, make this a warm-tone. If your palette so far is monochromatic blue, consider making your accent color coral. You can do something as minimal as adding a  couple coral picture frames in your living room for an unexpected touch.

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One of the easiest ways to update your home for seasonal decor or if you want something different is by swapping out color 4 or 5 for something different. If you only want 3 colors in your home, eliminate color 1 (or 2) and 4.  Just have fun with it! Before you commit to a color palette, swatch it with paint samples so you can see all the colors together.

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My color palette for our home is cool-toned monochromatic. We have very orange-toned wood trim that I didn’t want to paint, so I complimented it with cool whites and a variety of blues throughout our home. Personally, I went with all white walls because I like the clean modern look so I got away with only choosing 3 colors for my palette: white, dark blue, and aqua. As you look through our home, you will notice the majority is white, then a shade of dark blue in each room, with small accents of aqua. During the summer I brought in touches of coral, and now for the fall, I replaced that with warm golden yellow as you’ll see in my fall home tour. If you want to see an example of a home with more bold colors, check out Place Of My Taste. Her home is full of life but she still ties it all together with similar colors like pops of yellow.

I know this is a TON of information so let me know if you have any questions. Once you select your color palette, that doesn’t mean you are limited to just those colors. It’s simply a guide that hopefully makes decorating your entire home easier since it focuses your direction and limits your decisions. Have fun!

Let me know in the comments what your home color palette is.

Small Bedroom Decorating Ideas For Couples in 2018

There are many kinds of small modern bedroom decorating ideas that you can find in the magazine or online magazine about home. Modern bedroom decorating is not difficult, especially if you have an unlimited budget. However, when your budget is limited, there are many modern bedroom decorating ideas are natural and simple. It will be easier for you in terms of budget.

Another good idea is the art of decorating the room hanging on the wall. Artwork by contemporary Practitioners is usually expensive. Instead, you can make your kids draw. Children can come up with creative ideas are great. His works growing niche to be very natural, very expressive and very plain. Painting by children can be used to decorate the walls of the room. They can be framed with a professional look. Another advantage is that the paintings made ??by children can be appreciated for a long time and keep the sweet memories of childhood.

Cloth with a stunning pattern is a modern idea for decorating the room. Attach the frame after installation of the network and it would be a good idea to create an attractive appearance on the walls of the room.

Many bedroom decorating ideas can be obtained with photos developed and decorated. The plain wooden frame can also be used for this purpose. For the rich texture of color, painting can be done. Small shells, beads, stones, and buttons can be attached to the frame or paint to add style to the decor.

There are Several ways you can create artwork that will Appear as a professional artist made??. It can be used to your advantage as an expensive professional artwork in 2018. A simple way to create a work of art is to provide a molded wood canvas and paint on the dark side. Drawing and let the paint dry completely. Mount a piece of canvas on the wall of the room.

Here are some of the small bedroom decorating ideas for couples.

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10 Best Cocktail Dresses For Your Body Type 2018

10 Best Cocktail Dresses For Your Body Type 2018

Maybe you wonder if you see a woman look younger than her real age. They are accustomed to eating healthy foods and avoiding pollution, maybe that is one cause women can look younger. But the dress used also greatly affect the face and body as a whole.

Here are 10 best cocktail dresses for your body type you should try in 2018 to look younger, beautiful and sexy.

Plus Size Purple Cocktail Dress

Not always women will look beautiful, sometimes we also have experienced a difficult time. Passing it well is something beautiful, but you must be prepared to be said bad by your partner. This is the risk of being a loyal lady to the couple.

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Cocktail Dress Plus Size

Because many believe that a fat body will not look fat when you are confident it is important to always look confident. Actually, you can be slimmer if you want to set the diet and reduce the food that goes into the body. It will make you more beautiful when wearing a dress.

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Plus Size White Cocktail Dresses

Not accustomed to wearing a white dress? You are very outdated, no different from other colors and you will even look more elegant while attending a party. It is one of the best cocktail dresses you should buy. Guests at a wedding also wear a lot of white dress, it is very elegant. The fact that we often see in the environment around us is that many women are very concerned about their clothes, but they forget the healthy life with regular exercise. Perhaps because of the lifestyle and busyness so that your body is currently using a larger size to choose a dress.

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Plus Size Formal Cocktail Dresses

Colors like green, gray, or brown are often regarded as unpopular colors among women. But it turns out you are wrong, many women who actually look beautiful when wearing colors that are less popular. Want to prove it? Let’s try one of the best cocktail dresses.

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Sexy Plus Size Cocktail Dresses

One or two of your friends often wear short skirts that look elegant, they may have pretty legs. You can also try to use a short dress and tell your friends that you can also do things that they think are very beautiful. Believe me, beauty can appear in all women.

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Black Cocktail Dresses Plus Size

Differences lean and fat women we can see on his arms and stomach. Maybe you currently have an arm that looks great, it can be covered with a dress that has an arm. But we believe it would be better to show and wear a black dress at night.

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Plus Size Sequin Dress Cocktail

This is what many are looking for, not just young women who want to look glamorous. Those who are aged were worthy to wear this one of the best cocktail dresses. The party you attend will make you look like a celebrity.

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Trendy Plus Size Cocktail Dresses

Luxury cannot always be owned by every woman. But every woman has a chance to look beautiful. Beauty is not always from something expensive, the cheap can be sweeter.

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Cocktail Dresses With Ruching

This is what is always sought by many women who feel the body is too fat, they or you may always want to hide the fat in the arm. Using an arm dress is one of the right solutions for you to apply.

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Cocktail Plus Size Dresses

Hopefully, you do not get tired of seeing women wearing black dresses. You can also be more beautiful when wearing the best cocktail dress that is red, blue and the other. But all women tend to be more happy with the black dress because it can be worn to any party. If you believe everything will look good, try experimenting. Your latest ideas you can apply, let’s see the results when you will attend a party. All eyes will be upon you when you wear a unique or special dress.

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Make sure you always monitor the latest fashion developments. Always look at sites that offer the latest rates and sometimes there are discounts that you can get. All women want the best cocktail dresses cheaply. There is a great time to shop when the day off has arrived.

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How To Buy Diamond Stud Earrings Online

How To Buy Diamond Stud Earrings Online

Diamond stud earrings have withstood the vicissitudes of the fashion industry to remain a must-have in every woman’s jewelry box.  In spite of their small size or because of their size, studs are the most versatile type of earrings you can find meaning you can wear them to any occasion and with any form of outfit.  They are a classic and remain a favorite gift item.  When looking for an easy to wear pair of earrings, studs comes first. They are also comfortable to wear and you never have to worry about them tangling with your hair.

For that elegant, chic and stylish look, diamond stud earrings will do the trick.  These timeless accessories effortlessly complement any outfit. There are different shapes to suit certain types of faces and you have no excuse not to leverage stud earrings’ timeless beauty.

Due to their popularity, there are many types of stud earrings in the market. Whether you want these earrings for your jewelry box or you want to gift that special person in your life, it is important to get as much information as you can.

This article highlights some of the things you should consider when buying diamond stud earrings online thus helping you to find the best pair. Keep reading.

Set a Budget

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You will find a very wide range of studs in the market ranging from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. Prices vary due to many factors and before you hit the jewelry stores, you need to set a price range where you are comfortable. Remember losing earrings is a common thing and you don’t want to spend all your savings on diamond studs only to lose them a few months down the line.

Choose Diamond Studs

how to buy diamond stud earrings

If you have decided to buy studs, then you can’t go wrong with diamond studs. If the material is not brilliant,the studs are not eye-catching thus losing their appeal. For this reason, you need gemstones that can dazzle and in this regard, nothing does this more effortlessly than diamonds. Diamond studs are beautiful, durable, versatile and they ooze timeless beauty.

Choose High-Quality Diamonds

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Now that you have decided on diamond studs, you need to get down to work to guarantee the diamonds you choose for the ring stand out.

Consider the following to choose the diamond for your earrings:

  • Diamond certification: Look for third-party certification preferably by The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or American Gem Society (AGS). This certification guarantees quality of the diamond you wish to use for your stud earrings.
  • Diamond shape: Different diamond shapes suit different facial structures. Square, round, Asscher, and princess cut diamonds are the most popular for studs as it is easy to shape them to equal proportions for the earrings. When choosing the shape, look for something that balances with your facial features.
  • Diamond color: White diamonds work perfectly for studs. Colorless diamonds are rare and very expensive. You can also go for fancy diamonds such as yellow or black for a bold look.
  • Clarity: This is not a major consideration when looking for diamonds for your studs. With I1 or better, you have brilliant diamonds for your earrings.
  • Diamond cut: The diamond cut is your main focus when shopping for diamonds for your studs. With an excellent cut, you get the perfect sparkle. Spend on the cut and save on clarity when buying diamonds for your stud earrings.
  • Carat size: Go for a diamond carat size that suits your budget and look. Lower carat diamonds might be small, but they hide flaws better.

Choose the Stud Settings

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Once you pick the right diamonds for your stud earrings, you should consider the best setting and back. The first consideration is the choosing the right metal for the studs. Popular metals include gold (versatile but might contain nickel which can cause skin reactions), platinum (durable) and silver (brilliant). You should take into account skin tone and hair color. For instance, yellow gold works perfectly with dark skin tones while white metals such as silver match well with lighter skin tones.

Prong, bezel, martini-style and basket settings are the most popular for diamonds studs. Bezel setting offers more security for the diamonds but covers much of the diamond’s surface. Prong and martini-style hold the diamonds but still leave the gemstones exposed to give that sparkle the wearer desires. The choice of settings should balance security and beauty of your earrings.

The type of back you choose for your stud earrings is also important. Push backs are easy to use and also comfortable.  You can also go for clip or lever backs for an added sense of security.

Consider Who Will Wear The Studs

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It is important to choose stud earrings that match the style, personality, and lifestyle of the wearer. For your use, consider your facial structure, your hair color, type of lifestyle among other things. When buying a gift for a special person, consider what colors they like for their jewelry, facial structure, fashion sense and their lifestyle. These factors help you choose the best diamond shape, stud earrings setting and back.

Buying diamond stud earrings might at first sound like an overwhelming task but with this detailed information, you will find it easy to pick the best studs. Always start your shopping with a budget, consider the wearer, the quality of the diamonds and use a reputable jewelry dealer to find the best studs at a good price.

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Choosing the Right Metal for Your Diamond Ring

Choosing the Right Metal for Your Diamond Ring

After choosing a design for the diamond ring you wish to have for your engagement, wedding, anniversary or any other special occasion, the choice of metal used in its fabrication is the next important decision you have to make.

Of course, diamonds are the perfect precious stones for a special ring due to their brilliance, timeless beauty, durability and high value. However, the overall style of the ring will only turn out awesome if you choose the right metal.

The choice of selecting the tight metal for the ring is as important as selecting the right diamond because it affects the diamond’s sparkle/brilliance and color. Some metals add a dash of elegance to the overall look and feel of the ring and give prominence to the small diamonds you may have picked.

The choice of metal will also affect the ring’s durability, customization, and overall allure. You need to know what metal you plan to have when comparing unique diamond rings. This article will guide you through the options available and highlight the pros and cons of each metal. There are many types of metals on the market that can be used to make rings.

Before starting your search, you need to consider the following factors:

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  • Consider your budget to find the most affordable metal for your ring
  • The durability of the metal, to avoid high maintenance costs
  • Your spouse’s lifestyle, favorite colors, personal style and personality. This helps find a metal that perfectly matches them
  • Consider your spouse’s skin tone, This is important in order to find a ring metal that complements the hue of their skin
  • Consider the hypoallergenic qualities of the metal you choose for the diamond ring
  • Choose a metal whose color matches your diamond. For instance, diamonds sparkle against white metals.
  • Compatibility with your ring style. Some settings are not compatible with some metals.

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Here are the types of metals to choose for a Diamond Ring:

Platinum

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This is, without doubt, the most popular metal for engagement and wedding diamond rings and for many good reasons. Platinum is highly valued for its

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  • Stability and durability
  • Long lifespan of any ring design
  • Platinum is hypoallergenic thus does not cause an allergic reaction
  • This metal remains ever brilliant and the white sparkle does not fade with time
  • Diamonds Look great when paired with this metal

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One major downside of platinum is the higher cost as it is rare, denser and pure. It also requires unique tools/expert skills, and conditions to prepare. In addition, this metal can unintentionally highlight colors in a diamond.

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Gold

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Gold remains a favorite in engagement and wedding rings. Since early civilizations, gold has been a popular choice of metal for making jewelry and today any ring made of this metal still oozes class, style, and glamour. There are different varieties of gold. These include:

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  • Yellow gold: This is the natural form of gold and stands out when contrasted with darker skin tones. It is not only beautiful but also the most hypoallergenic of all gold varieties. It oozes classic and timeless beauty. However, it is not as durable as other metals like platinum.
  • White gold: A beautiful gold color that gives your ring an overall brilliant silver finish. The alloy is crafted by mixing metals such as silver and palladium to attain its appearance. It is cheaper than platinum yet still a stunning metal choice for a diamond ring, for any occasion. The downsides include yellowing which necessitates plating your ring with rhodium every few months. Rhodium is costly. These rings can cause allergic reactions due to the metals used in making the alloy.
  • Rose gold (pink or red gold): This gold metal continues to rise in popularity probably because it gives rings an elegant, feminine and vintage appeal. These rings are more affordable and durable than yellow and white gold. They also require no rhodium plating, thus saves a lot of money in maintenance.

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Sterling Silver

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Silver is one of the earliest metals that man discovered and exploited for various uses. Its aesthetic features and utility make silver a valuable choice in the manufacture of jewelry. Sterling silver is 92.5% pure and has 7.5% copper or other metals to boost its strength.

 

Sterling silver can be shaped into in many designs and is an ideal choice if you are on a budget. This metal is beautiful and works perfectly for your diamond ring. However, it is soft and due to the mixing of copper and other metals, it tarnishes over time.

Palladium

Palladium ring

Palladium belongs to the Platinum Group Metals (PGMs). This beautiful silvery-white metal was first identified in 1903 and has become a popular metal choice for the manufacture of jewelry. It is an ideal choice for your diamond ring due to its lightweight, durability, low-maintenance, hypoallergenic qualities and affordability.

If you are working on a budget, this is a good alternative to platinum due to its lower cost. Also, like platinum, this metal does not tarnish over time. Though Palladium only joined the prestigious precious metal category in 2010, it is still a great choice for colorful diamonds. The major downside is the limited design choices available.

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Tungsten

 

Tungsten ring

This is among the most popular contemporary metals used to make jewelry. It is durable, affordable and unique. Downsides include problems with resizing and safety risks due to the metal’s capacity to conduct heat and electricity very well.

Titanium

Titanium ring

 

Another popular metal for a diamond ring. It is renowned as the hardest metal in the world making it scratch-resistant. However, it is difficult to work with and you will find limited designs in the market.

There you have it; these metal options can help you design a myriad of unique diamond rings. To create the ultimate diamond ring, take time to research your spouse’s style and preference and evaluate features of the metal, including durability and the ease of customization. These tips will help you buy the perfect diamond ring for your partner.

2018 Latest Trends in Flooring For Your Home

2018 Latest Trends in Flooring For Your Home

Every year comes with new tidings for the flooring industry. 2018 is no different with new trends aimed at offering cost-effective and diverse flooring solutions for each environment. Congoleum flooring, among other top brands, is working hard to meet changing taste needs through innovative materials, designs, and trends. The old styles are also invigorated to offer a new twist for homeowners who wish to refurbish or remodel their homes.

Beyond the professionally installed floors, manufacturers are also working to provide new DIY flooring products that give homeowners greater control over projects and reduce expenses.

If you are planning to update your floor in 2018, you are sure in for a beautiful ride. The flooring products on offer will blow your mind. They come in a variety of designs and colors aimed at meeting the unique expectations of individual homeowners. The trends will affect your idea of the floor and carpet.

Here are trends that will deliver value for money in 2018 as well as make your floor stylish.

Fumed Wood Flooring

 

fumed wood flooring

Manufacturers spice the color of wood floors before a sale to provide diversity and enrich the colors. This enriching is done using staining. New technology has allowed manufacturers to still enrich the color and grains without the use of stains.

The process is referred to as fuming whereby the wood is stored in a chamber whose air is enriched with ammonia. By reacting with ammonia in the air, the color of the wood will change to what the manufacturers desire. The wood acquires a final patina that will determine by several factors that include the original color of the wood, conditions inside the chamber and exposure after treatment.

This means that you can treat two similar planks and get different results.

The use of fuming will be enhanced to enable manufacturers to obtain the rich, dark and strongly colored grains that come with wood. It makes the final appearance of the wood darker and more luxurious. Fuming does not involve direct application of ammonia on the wood.

When it is applied directly, it weakens the grains and may even damage the fibers. Read reviews and consult wood experts like WPC flooring experts to establish the real experiences of other users.

 

Blanched And Bleached Wood

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Brown staining on wood is not the preference of everyone. For some people, they desire the whitewash appearance that comes with a bleached floor. The process of creating this whitish feel is what is referred to as blanching.

Like bleaching in any other environment, a chemical is applied to the surface to remove the original color and tone of the wood. This leaves the wood with a naturally looking ash-white appearance.

Blanching does not interfere with the grains of wood. They can still be visible below the surface. This means that the beauty and charm of natural wood are still maintained.

You will just be getting the same wood packaged in a different style. It is easy to complement your overall style or to change the appearance of your house. There is an ancient feel and look whenever you use this design.

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Distressed Wood Looking Concrete Tiles

Distressed Wood Looking Concrete Tiles

Distressed wood has been in use for centuries but remained a preference for a few. However, more people are finding it attractive to use in their homes. It gives your floor a luxurious feel and offers several ‘distress’ degrees to choose from. Hand scrapping on the edges of each plank gives them a distinct feel and appearance.

Further, kerf markings and swirls are added to give the wood a historical marking. A gloss is removed by brushing which gives your planks a soft classic feel.

For people who do not prefer wood on their floor, concrete is also being distressed to deliver a unique feel. More homeowners are picking the idea to avoid the high maintenance attention required for wood.

Just like wood, the concrete is treated artificially to eliminate the polished feel while giving the concrete a worn-out patina feel. The beauty of distressed concrete is its ability to complement other decors and installations in the house. It will produce an excellent floor for contemporary homes and industrial setting.

Textured Tiles

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The most familiar tiles today are the smooth and shiny porcelain. This has made them common for use on practical bases other than decoration. However, innovative manufacturing has enabled the addition of a unique twist to the use of tiles. They are becoming a decoration too when added to the floor.

Texturing means that they lose the glass-like feel. The tiles are being manufactured to imitate other surfaces beyond the appearance. Their texture is twisted to offer a unique texture that would be difficult to distinguish from natural wood or even other materials.

When textured tiles are installed on your floor, you will experience a different feeling even as you walk on them. For instance, you can install porcelain that resembles natural stones in all aspects.

Manufacturers are styling and manipulating the tiles to resemble an incredibly wide variety of surfaces. You are guaranteed diversity in style that will satisfy your taste and expectations.

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Artistic Tiles

Beautiful Artistic Tiles

Homes are no longer being used as traditional shelters. They are being transformed into art galleries or giving an opportunity to owners to make a statement about art. Technology has enabled tile manufacturers to listen to your artistic idea and manufacture tiles that match the idea.

This has led to the emergence of graphic tiles. The ideas and options are endless because technology can almost replicate any art or image. The most common graphics tiles come in monochromic colors. However, manufacturers are accommodating the wild and imaginative ideas of clients to offer multicolored tiles as well as multiple patterns.

Experts believe that 2018 presents endless options on floors. Anything is possible in 2018 with manufacturers relying heavily on technology to meet the expectations of clients. More homeowners will want to make a statement with the appearance of their floors. There are sufficient goodwill and technology to meet dynamic expectations.

Pros, Cons and Cost of Laminate Flooring

Pros, Cons and Cost of Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring also referred to as floating wood tiles, features multi-layered synthetic material that is put together using the lamination process. The material simulates wood and features a core-layer of resin and fiber. Growing popularity is being boosted by the ease of installation and maintenance compared to other traditional options like hardwood.

A look at other pros will reveal why laminate flooring is becoming increasingly popular.

Pros Of Laminate Flooring

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Each homeowner has a reason for choosing a particular floor type. Some are economic while others are style related or out of personal preference. Here are some of the advantages to install a laminate floor:

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  • Visually appealing: Laminate floor has deeper and more convincing color than vinyl. It almost resembles hardwood and other natural flooring options but is not as expensive as these options. This makes it more appealing to clients.
  • Affordable: laminate flooring materials are more affordable compared to natural wood. In fact, the price of installing a floor that resembles natural wood is a fraction of what you would spend installing natural wood, yet the price is reasonably low. This explains why laminate is preferred for high-end properties.
  • Perfect for DIY: laminate planks come with instructions on installation. The subfloor does not require a lot of preparation. This provides the perfect floor for DIY installation. This is a way to save on the cost of installation. Even in cases where you hire a pro for installation, the price is significantly low. For instance, it costs less than $5 to install a square foot yet ceramic tile costs $13, while natural stone costs $20.
  • Resistant to dents and scratches: laminate is not easily scratched regardless of activities taking place on the surface. This helps you to maintain the integrity and appearance of your floor for the longest time possible.
  • Easy to clean and maintain: laminate floor only requires mopping with a wet cloth. Unlike wood that requires waxing and furnishing, the laminate floor will survive for the longest time without the addition of any coat and still serve you as you would desire.
  • Resists fading: the laminate floor is not prone to fading despite exposure to long hours in the sun. This provides a perfect flooring material for open areas like lounges. Compared to vinyl, a laminate is not damaged easily by heat from the sun.
  • Not prone to defects: natural wood comes with defects that cannot be corrected through manufacturing processes. Laminate flooring is manufactured without the defects. This delivers a flooring material whose performance is predictable.
  • Comfortable: the laminate floor is warm and comfortable to walk on compared to other floor options like concrete, tile, and ceramic. This will give your home a welcoming feel without having to spend a fortune.
  • Water resistant: the laminate floor is built to resist water and performs better than hardwood. This necessitates its use in such areas as the kitchen where there is a possibility of water spilling.
  • Variety: laminate flooring is used to mimic such floors as hardwood and ceramic or tiles. It performs excellently and offers an incredible range of pattern options.

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Cons Of Laminate Flooring

cons of laminate flooring

Laminate floor presents incredible advantages over other flooring options as indicated above. However, it also has shortcomings that you should expect or which should cause you to seek an alternative.

Here are some of the shortcomings of laminate flooring:

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  • Laminate floor is not as beautiful and elegant as natural hardwood or the ceramic tiles. Though the image may appear similar, one can still see and feel that the floor is not natural. This will tarnish the regard with which friends or clients hold your floor.
  • Laminate floor succumbs to staining whenever water stagnates on the surface. It is also susceptible to warping which may damage the integrity of your floor. Hardwood flooring also experiences these challenges.
  • The thin layered laminate may require replacing within ten years because it is not durable. In most cases, such materials are cheap and therefore do not cause a problem in your budget.
  • It is impossible to re-furnish the planks once they are installed. The only option you have to revive the floor is replacing the laminate floor.
  • Laminate floors are louder as people walk on them compared to vinyl or carpet. It might therefore not be ideal for upper floors or office settings where silence is required.
  • Laminate flooring gives you a lower return on investment compared to other types of floors when it is time to sell the house. Stones, ceramic tiles, and hardwood offer better returns than laminate.

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The performance of laminate flooring largely depends on how well you care for the floor. The flooring materials come with instructions on care and maintenance. Follow these instructions and be specific on the care provided depending on activities that take place on the floor.

The floor will serve you and last long depending on how well you care for it.

The Cost of Laminate Flooring

cost of Laminate Flooring

Quickstep laminate is preferred because it is an affordable option compared to natural hardwood and ceramic tiles. Installation of laminate flooring is also more affordable than other types of flooring. Maintenance cost is significantly low considering the fact that you only need to mop dirt and debris or water from the surface.

Since it withstands harsh treatment better than vinyl, the cost of maintaining such a floor becomes reasonably low. You only need to replace the laminate floor after about 10 years, which is reasonable considering the cost of initial purchase and installation.

Why You Should Consider Wood Shutters for Your Home

Why You Should Consider Wood Shutters for Your Home

Shutters add the right aesthetic charm to your house. For people who are thinking to renovate their houses, doing it the right way is a challenging task. One has to be very meticulous in adding the right elements to homes that can add to the overall beauty of the house.

Nowadays shutters play an important role in adding a splendid look to homes. Depending on the architecture of the house, the right interior or exterior shutter can create a revamped look to your home. Be it a colonial look, modern contemporary touch or a touch of traditional beauty, the right shutters can help you to renovate a house with a lot of ease.

Material plays a very important role when it comes to shutters. The right material combined with right design can always make a house look great. Wood shutters give a sophisticated look to any type of house. Wooden shutters are always an unparalleled option when it comes to durability, sophistication, and beauty at the same time.

Add Curb Appeal To Your Home

To spruce up your home and give it a touch of a traditional look, shutters made of wood are a great option. Depending on the style of home and design, wood-based shutters can be customized as per one’s needs. Be it the exterior wood shutters or interior shutters made of wood, these add a curb appeal of your home to an added level.

Wood-based shutters can add an accent to a house, be it a traditional rustic touch or contemporary elegant look, wood shutters can always do the work. The versatility of wood makes it an accepted material for interior as well as exterior shutters.

Wood-based shutters are very common to pair with styles like Colonial shutters, Plantation shutters, Traditional shutters or Continental shutters. Made from solid wood, the shutters portray a rustic or vintage look to your home. To add that elegance and character to your homes, timeless wooden shutters are always a must.

Durability and Longevity

Plastic-based shutters are prone to dent, scratch, and other issues. Wooden shutters, on the other hand, are highly durable if maintained the proper way. Also wood is always a better option to protect your homes from weather extremes like sun, wind, rain, and others.

Wood Shutters for Your Home

Wood-based shutters last more than plastic shutters for a number of reasons. Although they require maintenance from time to time which includes new stain or coat of paint, they do not fade or wear out in the long run. The maintenance is superficial but wood is a better option in the long run.

Versatility

Unlike another kind of shutters, wooden shutters have always had an enduring appeal. They are not part of fickle trends and thus are suitable for use in any room.

Irrespective of the interior design of your home, wood shutters always go well with any look. So feel free to choose wood shutters that can complement the existing interior or exterior décor of your home.

Cuts Down Energy Bills

When manufactured with the best quality wood, these shutters are more than just the visual appeal. Exterior wood shutters are the perfect regulators of hot and cold temperature that can help you insulate your homes and thus save on energy bills.

Wood Shutters for HomeSome of the best choices of wood are mahogany, teak, poplar, cedar and more. High-quality wood looks good in appearance and also provides resistance from natural elements. Wooden shutters composed of high-quality hardwood will not have any cracks that are prone to air seepage.

Wood shutters are always a good option to protect your home from weather extremes.

Safety

Safety is always a concern especially if there are children around. These types of shutters are very good at keeping intruders at bay. They do not come with any kind of string or cords which can be a major danger element for kids. So these are ideal to be used in kid’s bedrooms.

They are perfect to adjust and block the light for little ones to sleep.  Also, wooden shutters are ideal for safety element for your house.

These are some of the reasons for which you should opt for wood shutters. The ability to personalize your investment is another added advantage. When it comes to wood-based shutters, you can accentuate your home by personalizing these types of shutters.

Cravings, inlays, hardware and shutter horns are some of the ways through which you can get a personalized look with these wooden based shutters.  So go for a renowned manufacturing organization that would help you to get the best wooden shutters as per your requirement.

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Knowledge is power

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Don’t wait. The time will never be just right!

The key to more success is to have a lot of pillows. Always remember in the jungle there’s a lot of they in there, after you overcome they, you will make it to paradise. Egg whites, turkey sausage, wheat toast, water. Of course they don’t want us to eat our breakfast, so we are going to enjoy our breakfast. Watch your back, but more importantly when you get out the shower, dry your back, it’s a cold world out there. To succeed you must believe. When you believe, you will succeed.
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