Archive for February, 2016

Tricks to Make a Room Look Larger

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Working with small spaces are a common obstacle for designers. Find out their go to tips and tricks that can help any small room feel larger.

Select light colored flooring.  Wood floors can help a space look larger and feel more open.  Carpet in a cream shade is also perfect for opening a space that would otherwise feel cramped.

Scale things down. In this day and age oversized sectionals seem to take over. In a small or narrow room, avoid oversized furniture. Instead select a low profile sofa with a chaise lounge. Select smaller scaled chairs and accent furniture. Avoid fully upholstered pieces. Leave the skirts off sofas and chairs. Make furniture selections with legs and exposed arms. This will create an airy effect that is not bogged down by fully upholstered pieces.

Paint everything white! Keep walls painted white and also paint interior elements, like fireplaces and open shelving, white. This color is important because it reflects any light that soaks into the interior. In order to balance the starkness add natural elements to make the space feel warmer. This can be wood flooring and indoor plants. Make sure to add a few accent colors to keep the space interesting.

There has to be unobstructed flow within smaller spaces. That means there is a clear, unobstructed pathway around furniture, from room to room in order to create a natural flow. Oversized furniture is one of the largest culprits for interruption of flow. Add runners in some areas that clearly show the path and keep the walkways open.

Don’t forget about lighting. If the space lacks natural lighting, add artificial lighting where needed. If there is a lack of natural light, keep draperies out of those spaces. Either leave windows bare or install low profile blinds.

When a space is small the key is to keep a mindset of “less is more”. Select furnishings and accents with care. Choose low profile furniture and accents. Make sure the space has texture too for added interest and warmth. 

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Stains: Five Step Carpet Stain Removal

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance

 

Valentine’s Day is upon us and whether you revel in the holiday or not, chocolate is bound to end up in your house. What doesn’t go in your belly, can end up dropped, stomped and melted into carpet. Here’s a five-step guide to expertly removing those sweet, unwelcome stains.

Step 1: If the chocolate began as a solid and is slightly melted into the carpet, gently break up any solidified chocolate with a rounded spoon and vacuum any remaining residue. If the chocolate is liquid, gently blot up using a dry, white absorbent cloth or paper towel.

Step 2: Choose your cleaning solution. A non-flammable spot removal solution, or dry cleaning type solvent, is preferred. Be very careful when using a solvent. Never pour it directly onto the carpet or allow it to reach the backing, because it can damage the latex that holds the primary and secondary backings together. Acceptable solvents include Carbona®, Energine®, K2R®, Goof-Off®, etc.

Or, you can easily make your own cleaner! Here are two good options:

Mix one (1) cup of white vinegar per two (2) cups of lukewarm water.

Or, mix one fourth (1/4) teaspoon of a liquid dishwashing detergent per one (1) cup of lukewarm water. (Do not use a stronger concentration!)

Step 3: Apply a small amount of solution to a white rag and gently apply to the stain, working inward to avoid spreading. Let solution sit on the stain for a few minutes.

Step 4: Gently blot (do not rub or scrub as this can ruin the pile of the carpet!) and if the chocolate transfers to the rag, you’ll know it’s working. If it does not transfer to the cloth, try a different cleaning solution. Continue these steps until the stain is removed. Patience is key! You may need to repeat applying solution and blotting several times.

Step 5: Rinse all solution from stain with lukewarm water (misting with a spray bottle is ideal) and remove all moisture with a dry rag. Do this several times to ensure all solution is removed. This step is important because future dirt will stick to any remaining solution, only resulting in further staining!

If your stain is proving to be stubborn, consult a professional. Most importantly, don’t let that stain spoil those loving feelings for the most important people in your life.

For more information on cleaning carpet and rug stains, visit the Carpet and Rug Institute Website. They are a wealth of information.

Do you have any favorite carpet cleaning tips? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Using Partitions

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In the past twenty years contractors have gotten better at building homes with open floor plans. This is much better than having smaller rooms clustered together (as older homes seem to have). Sometimes a good amount of that space becomes unutilized. There is a simple solution to help with this problem. Have no fear partitions are here! There are so many types of partitions to choose from.  

Fabric partitions are great for breaking up a large room. This solution looks best on a flat ceiling. Panels are suspended from hardware (much resembling curtain rods). The hardware is installed on the ceiling. The fabric panels can either be fastened to the floor or simply hang. The hanging fabric panels usually will have a rod sewn into the seam at the bottom. This gives the panel weight and allows it to hang straight.

If you like keeping your doors and windows open when the weather is nice, opt for the panels that attach to the floor. These panels come in all types of fabrics. The selection is endless. This type of partition is great for architecturally breaking up a room or space. The length and width can be various sizes, so you can really customize your look.

Furniture partitions are great for providing a little nook of privacy. This type of partition is generally referred to as a “Screen”. Typically they do not expand more than a couple of feet. Screens can transform a corner of a large room into a smaller reading area in minutes. Complete the look with an arm chair, accent table and a lamp.

Get a little creative and pair house plants with dividers. Partitions do not have to stand alone. They can work well with other supporting pieces. Don’t be afraid to do a little mixing and matching.