Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Walls: Paint or Paper? How to Decide.


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Wallpaper has most definitely made a come back within the past few years. Most people hear wallpaper and think 70’s florals but that has all changed with the introduction of updated colors and patterns in the world of wallpaper. When deciding if you are wanting to use wallpaper in your space instead of painting there are a few things to consider. Cost can be a major factor in this decision as installing wallpaper is more expensive than painting. Also, instead of putting wallpaper up all over a large space like your living room, it is best used in smaller areas like the foyer, a bathroom, or an accent wall. 
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Painting your space can make a world of difference to the overall impression your room gives off. It is a great way to let your personality shine through. Gone are the days of painting your whole house in the safest tan you can find. Gray and “greige" rule the paint world when it comes to neutrals. Wanting to branch out with some fun color? You can easily do so, just make sure you choose a more muted version of your favorite hue when painting large spaces. For example if you are green lover you don't want to paint you're entire kitchen in electric lime, choose a softer shade like a nice sage to pull your color in without overwhelming the space. 

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Flooring: Carpet, Tile, Wood or Something Else? How to Decide

When deciding what types of flooring to choose for your home, there are a number of factors to consider. The main thing to think about is how the space will be used. Next you want to decide the look and feel you are going for in the space. 

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Tile is great for use in bathrooms and kitchens due to its great durability and water resistance. These are both high traffic areas in a home where water is present. Kitchens are also a place where spills are most likely to occur so you want to make sure your flooring is easily cleanable. Above is a photo of wood look tile which is a great way to get the best of both worlds!

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Hardwood is a beautiful choice for almost any area in your home. It is a tried and true material that can stand the test of time as well as creating a gorgeous look for your space. Hardwood does require refinishing after years and years of wear and tear which can be a down side for some people.

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Carpet is a great, less expensive material to put in your home. Many homeowners like to have carpet in all of the bedrooms of their house to add to the warmth of the space as well as save money. Too much carpet in a home on the other hand can give a very dated feel to the space. 

Luxury Vinyl Tile

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Luxury vinyl tile is a relatively newer option for flooring in your home. When people hear vinyl they can sometimes think cheap and dated, along with many other negative connotations. LVT is actually a fabulous product that has all of the strength and durability of vinyl with the luxurious look of hardwood or tile. This makes LVT a fantastic choice for those who want the look of hardwood or tile in their space but need a less expensive option. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Countertops: Granite, Marble, or Something else? How to Decide

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Granite is one of the most popular choices for countertops. There are a number of reasons for this, one being its gorgeous pattern and variation. It is also very durable as well as stain and heat resistant. Granite requires occasional sealants to improve its luster as well as its longevity. This is not as tumultuous as some make it out to be however. There are many products such as granite wipes that help with this between sealants. 

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Marble is a very beautiful and luxurious material that is also very on trend right now. Marble also requires a high grade sealant. It is unfortunately the most porous of the countertop varieties. This means that it is more susceptible to staining. This makes marble not the most ideal for households that need to be kid friendly. 




Quartz is very similar to granite except that it is not a completely natural material. This is a great choice if you want as little upkeep as possible because it does not require any sealing and is very durable. The down side to quartz is that it does not have as much natural looking veining and color flecks like both granite and marble do naturally.