Five Ways to Make a White Color Scheme Pop

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Do you love the look of pure white but hate how bland it makes your home appear? How can you get the most out of a white color scheme without feeling like you’re trapped in a minimalist compound? We’re going to show you how you can inject personality into this design so that you can create a look that’s airy and clean, yet inviting.

Bursts of Color
A great way to add personality to an all-white color scheme is to add some colorful accents to the space. Even the smallest hint of color can instantly add pizazz. Such neutral foundations make for the perfect backdrop for more bolder hues. Use a variety of colors to create a diverse palette so that a single hue doesn’t drown out the current scheme. If you enjoy switching up looks in your decor, consider using slipcovers in a saturated color for your furnishing. This allows you to alter the design according to your mood.

Pattern Materials
Accessorize an all-white palette with patterns. Go bold with uniquely designed rugs or window treatments. Can you imagine how much interest a zebra print area rug would look in your white living room? Using patterned materials in the space will tie in the color palette while adding some drama.

Wood
Although, wood is a neutral material with it’s brown and yellow undertones it breaks up the sterile look of an all-white color scheme. It allows you to keep in line with the fresh and clean theme of the room while keeping the space from feeling sterile. Aged hardwood adds even more softness to the space.

Texture
The texture is important when you’re sticking with a white color palette. Yes, texture makes a big impact on a neutral background. Use a mix of textures including rough, soft, matte and highly glossy materials. Accessories with texture reflect and contrast light differently.

Elements of Nature
Liven up a neutral color scheme with some hints of nature. A fresh vase of flowers or some other types of plants, when combined with other accessories, will add more style to the space.

Five Reasons Why You Would Choose Hardwood Flooring

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Still in limbo about what type of flooring you’re going to install in your home? Well, let us help you. Here are five reasons why you should opt for hardwood flooring.

  1. Easy to Clean
    Many homeowners steer away from hardwood floors because they feel that it would be too difficult to maintain. This is a common misconception. Wood floors are not difficult to clean. They don’t trap dirt, debris any other type of contaminant because it doesn’t have fibers. You can easily remove dust by taking a hard bristle broom or vacuum to the surface. To maintain that glossy or matte finish you can create a mixture of your favorite wood cleaner and buff the floors every six months. That doesn’t sound hard, does it?

  2. Wide Array of Choices
    Want to create a distinct look in your home? You don’t have to stick to dark wood grains. There are many different types of woods on the market with characteristics and colors that set each one apart from the other. You can also narrow your choices down based on the grade of wood. Based on your decor and preference you can select narrow or wide wood planks. Your options are numerous.

  3. Longevity
    Unlike most flooring types like carpet and vinyl that require replacing every few years, hardwood floors can last a lifetime. Wood floors are such a great investment because if you can care for them they won’t show extensive wear which means if you decide to put your home on the market in the future you won’t have to install new flooring.

  4. Healthier Option
    Carpet flooring attracts dust, mites and other allergens. If you’re especially sensitive to allergens then you might want to go with hardwood flooring since it doesn’t host harmful allergens and contaminants.

  5. Return On Investment
    Often, the main reasons homeowners don’t opt for hardwood flooring is because of its generally more expensive than other flooring options. Since hardwood floors increase your home’s resale value, you will get a return on your investment. According to real estate experts, homes with hardwood floors tend to sell a lot faster.

Choosing Bathroom Floors

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Updating your bathrooms can be one of the greatest investments for your home. Whether you are updating it for yourself or a future resale, a bathroom remodel can be a wise investment. The remodeling process will take an extended period of time, but the results are well worth the wait. If you eager to begin your remodeling process, you may have already done some research. From toilets to light fixtures, the decision process will be full of excellent choices. When it comes to flooring, we want to help you make that decision process a little easier. Here is our quick and simple guide for choosing your new bathroom floors:

Best Types of Bathroom Flooring:

Tile. As one of the most popular and versatile options, tile can be a stylish and affordable option for your bathroom floors.

Natural Stone. Natural stone can be a beautiful option for homeowners looking for something different and a little more upscale.

Vinyl. Homeowners love luxury vinyl planking because it has the aesthetics of wood without compromising on water resistance. Both sheet vinyl and luxury vinyl planking come in a variety of color and sizes to match your style preferences.

Things to Consider:

The amount of moisture your bathroom produces will play a big factor into your flooring selection. That is why we do not suggest flooring options like wood or carpet. The types of flooring listed above are the most appropriate choices for your home’s bathrooms.

The color scheme of your bathroom can help you determine the best type of flooring. Take into consideration the color of your walls and fixtures before you make a final decision.

Your budget can affect the type of flooring that you will ultimately choose. Natural stone will be one of the more expensive options while vinyl can be more cost-effective.

Your contractors will give you a general time frame, but delays and unforeseen circumstances can arise. Make sure you give yourself some wiggle room when planning for the remodel.

Our extremely knowledgable staff members are willing to answer any questions you may have. Please call us at (888-TileYou 845-3968) or visit one of showrooms to learn more about your choices. We look forward to working with you.

Ceramic or Natural Stone Flooring?

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So what will it be? Beautiful ceramic or rustic natural stone flooring? When making the final decision on what type of flooring material you’re going to install in your home it involves much more than simply how the tile will complement the interior. In addition to style, functionality, durability, and safety should be taken into consideration.

Deciding whether to go with ceramic or natural stone can be a tough decision. That’s why it’s important to understand the disadvantages and the benefits of each flooring material.

Ceramic Tile
Beautiful ceramic tiles are often installed in common areas of the home such as the bathroom and kitchen. Ceramic flooring materials are evaluated and rated by the Porcelain Enamel Institute. Standard ceramic tiles have a PEI rating of Class 1 to Class 3. This means that the flooring can handle the moderate impact. The quality and durability of ceramic flooring largely depend upon its classification. So the higher the rating the more foot traffic the tile can stand up too.

Benefits
If you desire a flooring material with a distinguishable design or pattern and color then you’re likely leaning towards ceramic tiles. Ceramic flooring is available in a wide array of rich hues, textures, and sizes. One of the best features of ceramic tiles is that it can capture the look of various flooring styles such as hardwood and stone.

Ceramic tiles are easy to maintain. Its smooth texture allows for sealant and cleaning products to be evenly distributed over the surface. It’s also more resistant to scratches and scuff marks. Ceramic floor materials are affordable with a price range from $3 to $7 per square feet.

Disadvantages
Ceramic tiles are often manufactured in production runs. As a result, there can be drastic size variations between lots. Therefore, you’ll want to make sure that the caliber and lot number are the same throughout your order. Resurfacing and repairing ceramic can be a bit difficult to keep that in mind when considering installing ceramic in high-traffic areas. Also, ceramic isn’t considered a high-end flooring choice and can appear a bit plastic. That’s why it’s essential to choose the right type of ceramic flooring.

Natural Stone
Natural stone flooring encompasses marble, slate, granite and travertine floor types. Marble, limestone, travertine, and limestone are derived from compressed fossil remains while granite is an igneous rock.

Benefits
Since natural stone floors are composed of natural materials it is super durable. It’s resistant to harsh weather and extreme wear. Unlike ceramic, natural stone is considered to be an upscale flooring material because the look can’t be simulated with synthetic materials like most flooring types. Installing some type of natural stone floors will increase the overall value of your home.

Disadvantages
The uniqueness of natural stone makes it expensive. Natural stone has an inconsistent texture and color. Therefore, it may be a bit of a challenge to get a consistent or uniform look. Maintaining natural stone floors aren’t easy. The unevenness makes it difficult to clean and apply sealant too.

Fall Party Ideas

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If you are blessed enough to live in an area that experiences the season of fall, you have the opportunity to throw an amazing fall-themed party! Take advantage of the cool, breezy days by having a mini fall festival right in your backyard! We have plenty ideas for you to use at your party that will get guests interacting and having a blast.

Fall Party Ideas:

Pumpkin Carving. Pumpkin carving is a great activity for all ages! You can provide stencils and permanent markers for guests to use on their pumpkins. They can choose to carve the pumpkin or make an artistic design.

Hot Cider. As the temperatures begin to drop, you can pass out mugs of hot cider for your guests. They can enjoy the cider while socializing with other guests.

Apple Bobbing. If you are having kids at your fall party, apple bobbing is a must! All you will need is a bucket of cold, clean water and fresh apples. Make sure to have an adult supervising the area to avoid any accidents or injuries.

Outdoor/Indoor Seating. Unfortunately, weather can be quite unpredictable in the fall. You will want to make sure you have provided enough outdoor seating as well as indoor seating. If you choose to host your party outdoors, provide some blankets and hot beverages.

DIY Centerpiece. A clever centerpiece for your dining room table is to remove the inside of apples and place tea light candles inside of them. Decorate the area surrounding the apples with acorns and other small fall finds.

Fall favorites. With the new season comes new food options, be sure to supply all of the fall favorites. From butternut squash soup to pumpkin pie, your guests’ mouthes will be watering before they arrive.

Bonfire. At the end of the night, your guests can cozy up to a warm bonfire. Make sure to pass out marshmallows and graham crackers for your guests to make s’mores!

Remember that the best way to get guests involved is to participate in the activities yourself. We hope you have an amazing fall party!!

Fall Garden Chores

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As the seasons begin to change, there are some essential items you will need to check off your garden chore list. If your area has already begun getting cold, you may want to consider starting these chores this weekend. The last thing you want to do is wait until the first snow falls. So grab your gardening gloves and let us get started!

Fall Garden Chores:

Clean your gardening tools. Come next spring, you surely do not want to be pulling out dirty gardening tools. Now is the perfect time to clean and store your tools for next spring. Scrub off the dirt then place them inside of a bucket with soapy, warm water. Let them sit for an hour then dry them off to prevent rusting.

Take potted plants indoors. Before you bring your potted plants inside, you want to make sure that no creepy critters come with the plant. Experts recommend flushing out the soil a couple of time with water. The flushing can be done over the course of twenty minutes. Wait a couple of minutes before beginning the next flushing cycle. Also, remember to take out any dead or faded leaves from the potted plant. Lastly, you will want to add fresh mulch to your soil’s surface.

Reorganize your shed. Things may have gotten messy or misplaced during the summer. Take some time to reorganize everything before you lock it up for the winter months.

Remove gas from equipment. You will want to drain the gasoline from your power equipment before you store them. Also, this would be an excellent time to check their filters and see if they need replaced.

Rake your leaves. As the leaves begin to fall, you will want to start raking to avoid extra work at the end of the season. Although, we do recommend waiting until the end of fall to remove the leaves from your drains. This will prevent you for having to do it twice. But definitely make sure that you do not wait until the first snow. Snow will only make things more complicated.

Decorate. While you are working in your garden, it would be a great time to start decorating. You can go to your local farmer’s market and purchase some pumpkins and squash. You can even make a fun family night out of carving pumpkins together.

Stay warm and happy fall!

Expert Organization Tips

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Organization is the foundation to a happy home. A chaotic organization system can lead to more messes and more time spent trying to clean them. To transform your home from unorganized to fully-systematized, stay tuned for our four expert organization tips.

Expert Organization Tips:

Tip No. One: Understand The Area.
It can be difficult to organize a room that does not hold a specific purpose. Take time to understand and determine what purpose each room holds in your house. If you have spaces that are unused, give them a specific purpose. For example if you have an extra bedroom that holds an old sewing machines and some random boxes, transform this space into a home office. You will find it easier to navigate and organize your belongings when all of the spaces in your home are defined and definite.

Tip No. Two: Go through EVERYTHING.
You cannot organize your home if you do not go through all of your belongings. This process may take a really long time; therefore, break it up into different rooms and do not move onto a new room until you have completed the current room. Go through closets, boxes, drawers, etc. You will want to sort everything out into four main piles: keep, donate, trash and put away for later. These piles will determine what stays in the room and what does not.

Tip No. Three: Invest in Organizers.
A struggle many homeowners will face is not owning enough organizing containers. You will want to purchase more containers to help you store items. You can buy bins for under your bed, baskets to sit on shelves, closet organizers, etc. There are an array of organization systems awaiting you online or at your local store.

Tip No. Four: Stay Motivated.
Organizing can be boring, let us be honest. To make organizing more fun, give yourself rewards. Once you complete a room, reward yourself with something that is special to you. This can help you stay on task and focused.

These tips are perfect for any room in your home. All it takes is a start date to transform your cluttered home into an organized masterpiece.

Creating A Multi Functional Play Area For The Kids

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Want to give your child a fun and imaginative play area? Of course, as parents, we understand the importance of making sure the children have their playtime. In fact, according to experts, imaginative play helps children develop creativity and thinking skills that they will likely employ later on life. How can you create the perfect play area if you’re short on space?

While in a perfect world you would be able to dedicate an entire room to create a play area with all of your children’s favorite toys in the real world it just doesn’t work like that. In most homes, the main areas such as the living room or the family room have to be able to accommodate both the adults, teens and the little ones in the family. Here are some ways you can create multi functional play areas in your home.

Rework What You Have

It’s time to get creative. More than likely you probably already have the bare bones for the perfect play area. Consider using the long bare wall in your living or dining room. Yes, you can use the walls to create a large bulletin chalk board that the kids can draw and write on. If you have older children in the home you can use your handy skills to install a built in desk into the wall where homework or other tasks can be completed.

Turn Unused Space Into A Playroom

What about the attic that’s just collecting dust or the basement that no one really ever goes into? Consider turning spaces that the family doesn’t really use into a play area for the children. Remodeling such spaces don’t have to be expensive. A deep cleaning and fresh coat of paint can make a world of difference.

Define Space

If your living room or family will also double as a play area then you want to separate or define the space. Area rugs can work as a divider to separate the play area. It’s important to not let the kid’s toys clutter the living room. Make use of smart storage solution to design a space with clean lines and also functional.

DIY Sealing Natural Stone Floors

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Love your natural stone flooring? No doubt, selecting the right flooring that would best compliment your home was challenging. Now that you’ve settled on a flooring material it’s time to protect your investment. Unlike traditional flooring materials, natural stone requires special attention so that it keeps its natural glow. Since stone floors are especially vulnerable you’ll need to apply a sealant to ensure that it stays in intact.

Hiring a flooring expert to get the job done is great, but if it’s not in the budget it is something you can complete yourself. Here’s how you can achieve professional results when sealing your natural stone floors.

Materials
Here are some important tools you will need to get the job done:

  • Stone Sealant that has been recommended for your specific stone floors
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Cloth
  • A soft bristle brush
  • Residue Remover
  • Pair of gloves

Before you begin sealing your stone floors you’ll have to conduct a thorough cleaning of your floors. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove dirt and dust. Be sure to get the corners as well. Next, use a mild cleaning solution to further clean the floors. Instead of using a mop, dip a cloth into the solution and wipe the floors until they are spotless. Using harsh materials during the cleaning process can erode the natural stone.

Use residue cleaner to remove stubborn stains. After you’ve cleaned the floors you’ll need to make sure the floors are completely dry before moving on to the next step.

Next, it’s time to select a sealant that’s right for your natural stone floors and that fits your personal taste. The sealant should be derived from fluoropolymer technology. Make sure you purchase a sealant that’s compatible with your stone flooring. Do you want to achieve a glossy or matte finish? There are sealants on the market that can provide you with either look.

What type of stone flooring are you utilizing? Yes, the sealing method is largely depending on the stone type. Terracotta, limestone, and sandstone should be sealed before it’s installed and tile grouting takes place. Apply sealant to the front, back and side surfaces. Marble, travertine, and granite have to be sealed at the top and edges. These stone types can be sealed after they have been laid and grouted.

Wearing your gloves, you can apply the sealant solution with a paint brush to the floors. To create a polished look apply the sealant in the same direction. The sealant needs a couple of hours to cure. You can expect the sealant to last for at least five years before you’ll need to redo the process.