Home Decor

Discover the Wide Variety of Area Floor Rugs Available Today

02/25/2016

We live in a world and age where
every homeowner wants to be unique and enjoy his own custom area floor rugs.
The good news is that there is a wide spectrum of area floor rugs to choose
from. You can try anything, from today’s modern Bamboo, Sisal or Jute rugs to the
glamorous and vintag e Oriental, Persian or Turkish rugs that reflect the
cultures they come from. Whether you want to decorate your home or add more
color and beauty to our office, it is paramount to know all the styles of area
rugs available on the market, because you want to make an informed decision and
choose the right one for your needs.

Here is a list with the main types of area
rugs available today.

1. Persian

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Although the Persian and Oriental are often
considered to be the same, there is still a major difference. Persian area rugs
come from Middle East countries like Turkey, Iraq and Iran (the Old Persian
Empire). Just like Oriental rugs, Persian rugs vary in color and size and are
extremely appealing to the eye, being very colorful and ornate. What’s really
unique about these rugs is that they will look better the older they get,
making Persian rugs a perfect family possession.

2.
Oriental

Most Oriental rugs originate from China.
These rugs are the finest in the entire world, featuring a very elaborate,
intricate and complex design, with tons of colors and patterns. These handmade
rugs can be found in the finest palaces, hotels and institutions in Asia.

3. Tibetan

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In Tibet, manufacturers and braiders create
unique rugs that reflect harmony and spirituality. Tibetan rug makers are keen
on expressing their spiritual values through their work, infusing amazing
designs and imagination to their designs. Most Tibetan area rugs have their own
symbolic meanings, being more decorative than their Oriental or Persian
counterparts.

4. Natural

Modern rugs are mostly natural, as more and
more people are becoming aware of the tremendous importance to protect the
environment. Hence, with the exponential growth of natural materials, people
choose to go green and purchase natural area rugs made of Sisal, Sea Grass,
Mountain Grass and Jute. Some of the benefits of natural carpets include
durability, ease of clean, and affordability. When compared to silk, wool or
cotton, these natural materials are much cheaper and definitely more unique.

5. Hand Knotted

Probably the most laborious and definitely
the oldest method of rug making is hand knotting. All hand knotted rugs are the
result of the extensive effort of experienced craftsmen, who would spend up to
one year to make a single rug. The amount of knots per square inch is extremely
high, which make these rugs extremely strong. As a general rule of thumb, 160
knots per square inch is regular, 600 or more is an exquisite piece of rug and
over 1000 is a rare work of art. Rug makers usually use silk, cotton and wool
to make these exquisite hand knotted rugs.

6. Braided

Braided area rugs can be made from either
silk, cotton, wool, as well as cheaper materials, such as olefin or nylon.
These rugs come in an array of shapes and sizes for every taste. These unique
rugs are practically made using strips of fabric braided into ropes, creating
beautiful round patterns. Being extremely easy to clean, durable and very
appealing, these rugs are perfect for both interior and exterior.

7. Hand Tufted

Lastly, hand tufted rugs are made extremely
fast. Rather than tying knots, the rug maker pushes the yarn through the back
of the foundation using a special tuft gun. Then he stretches the yarn in place
on a frame. The process is also called “gluing the yarns”. Even thought hand
tufted rugs are more expensive than hand knotted ones, they are not that
resistant in time. However, they can look just as nice as hand knotted or
braided area rugs.

The Bottom Line

Regardless of your choice, you need to make
sure you enjoy your new area rug and that is exactly what you wished for. When
choosing a new area rug, you need to take these three aspects into the
consideration:


What your love.


How to clean and maintain it.


Where to place it.

Choose wisely and you will never regret
buying the area rug of your dreams.

Home Decor, Rug pads, Rugs

Keeping the rug pads in order

04/15/2016

Quality rugs have a habit of improving homes they are placed in, but they always come with an added sense of responsibility. Once you have gotten a more expensive rug, you will often start obsessing over it, trying to eliminate anything in the vicinity that might cause accidents. But if you did buy such a rug, hopefully you were also instructed in the various types of rug pads and the benefits they provide, and chose the right one for your rug. You are ready to take all the necessary steps to care for your carpet, but what steps are you taking to guarantee proper rug pad care? Or did you think such a thing wasn’t of concern? If you wish to keep your rug pad in pristine condition for as long as possible, you will have to treat caring for it no different than you would treat caring for that expensive rug of yours. The methods often aren’t that far from each other. Whenever cleaning your rugs, look to also clean all the rug pads underneath them as well. Start off by lifting your rug pads in the air – do not simply leave the rug pad lying down as there can be ample dirt and debris between the rug pad and the floor – then taking them outside for a good shakeup.

Next, examine the rug pad to check for any traces of dirt still lodged in. If there are some left, you will need to vacuum the entire rug pad carefully to remove it. This is all part of appropriate rug pad care. Once done with dry removal of debris, you are ready to clean the rug pad manually with a mixture of detergent and water. Sponges or rags work well to apply the detergent. After cleaning, you will need to completely dry out the rug pad before restoring it to its original place. How you choose to do this largely depends on the material your rug pad is made of. Fiber will likely take quite a bit longer to dry and so you might want to leave fiber rug pads outside of your home until they can dry properly in the sun. A collection of moisture inside the rug pad is often overlooked and can lead to rotting, bad smell and being left with no choices but to discard your rug pad. You may have noticed that rug pad care is a lot like rug care itself, and you are right: dust off, vacuum dirt, rinse, apply detergent, rinse again and leave out to dry.

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Let’s hope this helps you keep in mind that it’s just as important to clean your rug pads as it is their carpets, because a dirty rug pad placed back under a clean carpet is a fast track to having that carpet dusty and dirty again in record time. Cleaning the same carpet twice in a short period of time or having to buy whole new rug pads because the previous ones rotted seems like a lot more effort than adding some care for the rug pads whenever cleaning your carpets.

Home Decor

How To Choose A Hardwood Floor

03/20/2016

Hardwood floors are a very important aspect when it comes to improving the aesthetics and appearance of a house. They are comparatively cleaner and look more elegant as compared to other floors. They add class, elegance and value in a house or office environment. When it comes to getting a hardwood floor made particularly according to your own choice, then there are certain things that need to be kept in mind.
The particular classes of the wood you want to install have to be picked out carefully keeping your perspective and image of the house in mind. You can even place rugs if you get rug pads for hardwood floors. This decision is made after evaluating the bodily structures, the strength, dye, rigidity and the aesthetics of each wood species in mind.

The Kind Of Species Involved

1.    Hard Maple:
This is a very hard kind of wood. As compared to most wood types it is essentially a lot lighter in color as compared to other woods. If anyone wants to experiment around with their home they can use this kind of hardwood because it comes in a variety of textures and in a diverse range of colors; brown, white, red and others. This is a very good option for an office or even for a home environment because it is tough enough to be resistant to depressions and scrapes.

2.    Oak:
This is the most wanted and bought hardwood. The reason why it is as famous as it is because of its toughness and rigidity. These qualities make it a best fit for homes. They also give a very comfortable, classy and elegant look to the house and can be chosen from amongst its diverse range of colors. DSCN0288_0169.350204710

3.    Ash:
This particular kind of hardwood floor is available in a very diverse range of colors like brown, white, red, black, off-white and light hazel brown. If you live in an area where installing a hardwood floors is considerably difficult given the environmental conditions, this is the perfect choice. It stabilizes itself to remain well-installed against all odds. It is also very resistant like all other hardwoods. Its color diversity and composition gives it a very reasonably expensive look.

4.    Alder:
This is purely for the aesthetics as it lacks almost all features of being a strong and a rigid floor. It can be an absolutely gorgeous installment in a drawing room.

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5.    Cherry:
This is a hardwood type that is often prioritized over others when it comes to flooring. It is very resistant to the growing moisture in the environment. Its color is distinctively rich and a lush shade of red. It can very easily be used in offices or in homes if people feel comfortable because it has a rather shiny finish.
Thus, with so many options out there, prioritize your needs and get a hard floor that suits you best!

Home Decor

How to Choose Bath Rugs and Bath Mats

01/12/2016

Introduction

Bath mats and bath rugs can create a
big difference in the manner in which your bathroom looks. They also make your day to day morning experience
much simpler and more convenient. This  however depends on if you are able to match
your habits well with your bath rug or bath mat. Therefore it is very important
to take time and do good research on bath mats and bath rugs before purchasing
one. This will make it much easier for you to choose a new bath rug or bath mat
and at the same time ensure that you get the perfect mat for your bathroom. Below are some steps on how to choose the
best bath mat or a bath rug for your bathroom.

1) Take measurements of your bathroom

It is very easy for people to assume
that they know the dimensions of their bathrooms. This is not always true and it
can be misleading and you may end up purchasing a bath rug or a bath mat that appears
to be of the correct size but will actually be smaller or larger on your
bathroom. It is therefore very important to take measurements of your bathroom
floor so as to have the actual dimensions. You can easily do this with the help
of a measuring tape and this will greatly guide you when searching for the bath rug or mat.

original_bath-mats-in-wisteria-celery-smoke-blue2) Who will be using the bath mat or bath mug

This is a very important thing to consider when choosing a bath mat or bath rug. Is it going to be used by an
elderly person (e.g. a grandparent)? Or is it going to be used in the kid’s
bathroom? Asking yourself such questions will greatly help you choose the
perfect bath rug or bath mat. If it is
going to be used in a grandparent’s bathroom for instance, you will definitely
go for a no-slip bath mat and if it is going to be in the kid’s bathroom, a
brightly colored bath rug which is easy to wash will be the best choice. You
may also have to go for a cheap but durable bath mat or rug if the bathroom is
often used by a large number of people or a unique one for a master bath. You should therefore take time to think about
how the bath mat or bath rug is going to be used and this will make it much
easier for you to choose the best.

3) Take a good look at the different bathroom pictures

You can easily get this information from
different bed and bath magazines & books.
The internet also has good information the different bathroom pictures.
When you have this information, see the kind of bath rugs or bath mats that are
used in those designs. Doing this will help you have good ideas on the different
types of bath rugs or bath mats available out there. This will help you choose
a good one for your bathroom.bath-rugs-10

4) Go through various bath mat and bath rug reviews

Once you have a rough idea of the bath mat
or rug you are looking for, the next step is to visit an online bath department
and read the reviews of the different bath mats and bath rugs. It is important
to go through all the reviews (i.e. both the positive and the negative) so as
to have a good understanding. Going through the various reviews help you have a
better understanding on the different bath mugs or mat rugs (both their
advantages and their disadvantages).

5) Choosing your bath rug or bath mat

After you have gone through the above
steps, the next step is to choose the bath rug or bath mat. You already know
who will be using the bath mat or bath rug, the dimensions you are going for,
the different brands available and you have also gone through the various
reviews. The final step for you is to simply go for the best deal with the
perfect, durable bath mat or rug.

Conclusion

The above steps are very simple and
easy to follow. Going through them will be of great help to you when choosing the
best rug or mat for your bathroom. Do enough research and you will get the best
quality with the best deal.

Bathroom, Home Decor

What You Should Consider In Bathroom Remodeling

06/17/2016

A bathroom is very essential to your home. It is a place where you normally take a shower every day. It is one of the areas of your house that offers solace and comfort. This is the reason why you should give it a lot of attention when it comes to bathroom remodeling. You will realize that a little planning will actually ensure that the remodeled bathroom suits the décor of your home. Bathroom remodeling can be costly. The cost ranges from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands. It all depends on your budget.

Do you know that you can actually remodel your bathroom on a low budget? You do not require to dig deep into your pocket when remodeling your bathroom. You just need to be creative. You can get some of the bathroom remodel ideas reading magazines, talking to friends and so on. You can also check online so that you can get more insights on how to remodel your bathroom. The following are some of the considerations that you should make when remodeling your bathroom:

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Light is very essential to your bathroom. You ensure that your bathroom has enough light. You can install translucent windows so that you can enjoy natural light. You can also fix electric bulb so that you can enjoy light at night. Some people usually install skylights so that you can access natural light from above. In addition, you can use finishes and surfaces that can reflect light. This will go a long way in making your bathroom brighter.

2. Choose finishes that are easy to maintain.

It is important that you choose finishes that are easy to maintain. They should have low maintenance. You will realize that when you choose these finishes, you not only save money but also time that is spent on maintaining them. These finishes will extend the life of your remodel by looking fresh and new for longer periods. It is advisable to choose quartz counters instead of marble. When choosing facets, you should choose quality facets so that they can last for many years. This will go a long way in ensuring that you have a low maintenance bathroom.

3. Be more eco-friendly.

It is important that you be more eco-friendly when remodeling your bathroom. You can actually use energy-efficient light bulbs and so on. You will realize that fluorescent bulbs are 90% more efficient compared to incandescent lighting. This will go a long way in minimizing electricity bills at the end of the month.

4. Minimize water wastage.

A bathroom is a place where a lot of water normally gets used in a day. It is mostly used for bathing and flushing toilets. You should consider having low flow toilets and faucets in your bathroom. It is also advisable that you have tankless water heaters. In addition you should consider low-flow showerhead or air shower. Do not forget to replace old fixtures such as leaky faucets. This can help you a great deal.

Those are some of the considerations you should make when remodeling your bathroom. There are many benefits of remodeling your bathroom. Remodel your bathroom today and you will enjoy the results.

Home Decor

Ideas to make the Dining Room Elegant and Comfortable

09/15/2016

In a world where people are too busy to even have family dinners, the dining room has become a neglected place. However, this is a room where we entertain guests and have special occasions like thanksgiving. If there is a room in every house that holds special memories, that’s the dining room. Apart from being a very special room, the dining area also compliments the lounge and the entire atmosphere of the house.

In order to design a perfect dining room, the owner has to balance comfort and elegance. This is a room that is all about joy and celebration but you also want it to be used every day. So, how do you convert your dining room into a place where people want to spend time in whether there are guests or not? Here are a few ideas;

1. Add a beautiful rug

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Most dining rooms feel cold and wet until there are guests. A bright fluffy rug will make the room warm and comfortable every day of the year. Ensure you select a color and texture that will also add some personality so the dining room can stop feeling empty. This rug should cover a wide area usually, 24inches around the table and chairs.

2. Use ordinary furniture

It is tempting to go with antique, glass and white furniture for your dining room. However, chairs and tables that make a statement also tend to put off your family members because the place looks like a showroom. Keep the furniture neutral and timeless so even kids don’t worry about ruining your special designer chairs. As long as the construction is strong and the color is appealing, the dining room will still look beautiful.

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The dining room should have two wide windows and beautiful curtains to allow in natural light and warmth. For night time purposes, select a couple of different colored lights to be spread around the room. Invest in gorgeous light fixtures and, if possible, an elegant chandelier.

4. Go crazy on art

Good art pieces can transform and bring life to a space, especially if it is the dining room. The perfect piece for this room is a huge piece to adorn one wall. The content of that piece should be something lively like flowers, utensils, happy babies or food. Do not put more than two pieces of art or many small ones because that will look messy.

5. Use Mismatched Chairs

One of the reasons why dining rooms are so dull and cold is because there is no creativity and personality. Consider sprucing up the room with different colors and designs of chairs, mats and flowers pieces. For example, if the chairs are all made with the same design and shape, let them have different colors and vice versa but keep it elegant.

Making a dining room that is elegant enough for guests and special occasions but also comfortable for your family is not easy. However, with some creativity it is possible. Involving the family members in designing the dining room and taking notes from an interior decorator can also help achieve the perfect final results.