Archive for January, 2017

Design Trends for 2017

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

There are some big trends coming our way for 2017. Several styles and different color palettes are on the rise. Find out in this read what to look out for!

Earth tones are making a comeback this year. However it is not muted earth tones, but the louder, deeper colors are going to be popular. Mustard yellow, cinnamon, lush greenery and terracotta are in our future. To go along with the naturalistic trend of earth tones tribal art and sculpture will also be on the scene.

Highly textured fabrics will be showing up on chair and sofa upholstery. This means crushed velvet, valor and other thick, luxurious fabrics will be used. Using these types of fabric will give spaces a more luxurious look and feel.

Metallic accents such as silver, copper, gold and brass will be big again this year. As design styles turn into a rustic and organic direction there needs to be bright and shiny accents to offset the naturalistic vibe. These metal accents provide a bright yet bold touch that will only make the earth tones and various textures look more refined. Brass and gold hardware is here to stay for this year. Embrace these finishes, they will dress up any setting. They also work well for traditional and contemporary design styles.

Terrazzo has become more popular over the past few years. It will become even bigger this year. This is a material not just used for floors. It will be seen on walls and countertops as well. It is an extremely durable material that is also eco-friendly.

2017 interiors are going to look more world traveled and multicultural. Antique globes and suitcases will be showing up in the accessory markets. Be on the lookout for custom artisan pieces that will also make it into many designer spaces.

High quality rugs with a thick pile will be seen everywhere. These rugs will mostly be patternless. They will be used for their layering ability and high level of comfort (just like the highly textured upholstery).

2017 will have a more casual and lived in appearance, with several touches of modern comfort and luxury!

What is the Difference Between Vinyl and Linoleum Floor Tiles?

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Tile

Vinyl and linoleum floor tiles are both resilient flooring options that have been available for about the same length of time. For this reason, many people get the two materials confused, thinking that they are interchangeable. Vinyl and linoleum are two completely different products, however, with different looks and characteristics. Learn the differences between them so that you can choose the right one for your home.

Vinyl Tiles

Vinyl is a man-made product comprised of chips of polyvinyl chloride or PVC – yes the same material that makes the plastic plumbing pipes that run through your home. The chips are fused together in varying thicknesses using a high degree of heat and pressure.

Vinyl tiles are the same color all the way through the product, which is helpful if they scratch or get nicked, but they cannot be repaired once they get damaged.

Most vinyl tiles are installed with adhesive below them, although some brands are available as floating floors. The adhesive that sticks down a vinyl tile tends to grow stronger over time, which can make these tiles very hard to get back up again.

Some modern forms of vinyl tiles are made to look like stone and other materials, and many can even be grouted to give them a more contemporary look.

Linoleum Tiles

Linoleum is largely made of natural materials including linseed oil, pine rosin, cork dust, wood flour, and minerals such as calcium on a natural backing of canvas, burlap, or jute. Like vinyl, the color goes all the way through the product. Unlike vinyl, if a linoleum tile gets a cut or gouge, you can fix this by sanding down a loose tile and mixing the loose particles with wood glue to fill the hole.

Linoleum tiles are also usually installed with an adhesive that grows stronger over time, making them hard to get back up.

Unlike vinyl, however, linoleum does not discolor over time, and while it may have a strong linseed odor soon after installation, this does not last long.

Both types of tile are long lasting, durable resilient flooring materials that are also fairly inexpensive. Both have been making a comeback of late, so take a second look at them both for flooring in your home.

Why Is My Marble Floor Dulling in Places?

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Natural Stone

Marble is a beautiful natural stone that many homeowners choose to use in bathrooms, entryways, and other areas of the home. Unfortunately, when marble is used in certain areas of the home, you may begin to notice that the shine or polish on the stone seems to be wearing off unevenly, giving you dull spots. While this can be corrected either temporarily with a shine-enhancing sealer or more permanently with grinding and polishing of the entire floor, the best thing to do is to try to prevent this from happening in the first place. Learn the most common causes of dulling on a marble floor so you can help prevent it from occurring.

What Is Dulling?

The dulling that you see on your floor is known as etching. Etching occurs when some of the weaker particles of the stone are removed, usually because your stone came into contact with another material. Etching can happen to any stone, but is most common with calcium based stones like marble and limestone, because the calcite in the stones is so reactive with other substances.

Acid and Alkaline Contact

One of the causes of etching is the contact of your stone with something highly acidic or highly alkaline in content. Vinegar, urine, wine, lemon juice, and rock salt can all cause etching on a marble floor, which is why marble used in kitchens, entry ways, and bathrooms tends to have the most etching.

Abrasive Contact

Another way that etching can occur is when abrasives continuously come in contact with the stone, wearing down the weaker particles until they are removed. Shoes that have grit on the bottoms from being worn outside, for example, can eventually etch an entry way floor. Scrubbing your floor with abrasive cleaners or cleaning implements can also eventually lead to etching and dulling of the finish on your floor.

To help protect your stone, always use door mats and encourage guests to remove their shoes. Wipe up spills as soon as you notice them, and use an impregnating sealer to help impede the absorption of materials that could etch the stone’s surface.

What’s the Best Flooring for a Kids’ Bathroom?

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Kitchen and Bath

If you’re remodeling a bathroom for your kids, you’ve probably put a lot of thought into both the materials and the style. After all, kids can be hard on floors, toilets, and sinks in a bathroom, and you probably want a style that can be both playful and grow with them over time. There are several different options that can make nice choices for a floor in a kids’ bathroom that should be just what you’re looking for.

Mosaic Tiles

One option to consider in a kids’ bath is mosaics. Mosaic tiles are fantastic in these areas for a couple reasons:

• All the many grout lines make the floor non-skid, which is important for young children and spaces where a lot of water may get splashed

• Mosaic tiles can be laid in nearly any shape, color, and pattern so you can create a fun flooring design that is sure to suit your kids’ personalities

Glazed Porcelain

One material to consider for your kids’ bathroom floor is glazed porcelain. It comes in mosaic and larger tiles, and it’s virtually indestructible. It doesn’t scratch or stain and you can wash it with whatever you want, so no worrying about kids who miss the toilet or drop toothpaste everywhere. You can also find it in a variety of colors, so you can make a cobalt blue or mint green penny tile floor or a fun blue and white checkerboard in large tiles to create a playful bath.

Glass

Believe it or not, glass tiles make great floors in kids’ bathrooms. Glass mosaic floors are non-skid and pretty much maintenance free. You can wash them with whatever you’d like, including glass cleaner or vinegar, they’re non porous and are not going to stain or harbor germs. Best of all, they come in a wide range of different fun colors so you can make a floor that is fun for kids now, and that is likely to hold up to their tastes as they grow older, as well, so you won’t have to replace it with something more grown up down the line.