28Nov/140

Choose Your Window Coverings to Convey a Feeling about Your Interior

Whether you own your home or rent an apartment, you want to feel proud of your residence and you want to feel comfortable. Every time you open the door into your house or apartment, you want to experience a sense of pride in the living room, kitchen, and other parts of your living space. The components of your interior that convey this feeling may include furniture, paint and wall coverings, accessories, electronics, and window treatments.

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The last item on the above list can be especially influential in the pride and comfort you feel. Does the interior of your residence look welcoming? Does it look comfortable? Does it look classy? It is helpful to decide, in advance, about the qualities that you want your interior to convey to yourself, your family, and guests. After making this decision, you can install window treatments that support the feeling or image you want to present.

There are several options for covering your windows. They include curtains, drapes, and blinds. Within each of these options, you can change the look and feel with color, design and fabric. Below, you will find detailed descriptions of the ways that each of these window treatments can contribute to your home’s appearance and feel.

Curtains: Generally described as a lighter in weight than drapes, curtains supply an airy feel to a room. During the late 1800s, lace curtains were the first type to be mass produced and were adopted by millions of people. Lace curtains go well in a kitchen, especially over a sink, because they offer a decorative, yet transparent appeal. Less transparent curtains provide a feeling of privacy, while also allowing some outside light to penetrate the room. If your goal is to provide an open feel to your room, curtains may be the right wall covering for you.

Drapes: As mentioned above, drapes are generally heavier than curtains. The heavy material blocks out more sunlight and can also provide a more decorative or royal feeling: Think burgundy-colored, velvet drapes. In climates where the temperature can be very hot or very cold, drapes with an insulated backing can reduce drafts and help to maintain the temperature of an interior. While drapes will not contribute to a light, airy, open atmosphere, they will support a feeling of coziness. If you live in a climate in which the winters can be cold and brutal, drapes can provide you and your family with a warm and cozy ambience.

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Blinds: The variety of materials and configurations available in blinds makes them quite versatile for conveying an interior’s feeling. Wood blinds can provide a classic, upscale impression. Faux-wood blinds offer a similar feeling but with the addition of better protection against the sun’s glare. Mini blinds are great for smaller windows in which you want the option of allowing natural light into the room without it getting overwhelming. Your blinds can be made of the material mentioned above, as well as metal and plastic. If you have a wide sliding door, you might want to use vertical blinds to cover it since they are easy to retract during frequent ingress and egress. Interior shutters are also a form of blinds and offer an upscale, classic look. A nice quality of blinds is that they can support an open, airy feeling in a room during the day, then be closed for privacy at night. If you want that option as well as the variety of choice from materials, colors, and styles, installing blinds may be right for you.

Approach your window coverings as a way to support the ambience you want your interior to convey.

25Nov/140

Considering Subflooring And Living Habits When Choosing Hardwood

Choosing the best hardwood option automatically means that you have to consider many different factors. It is not that easy and the truth is that we normally tend to forget many things. The two aspects that we will highlight below are among those that are forgotten. Never neglect them so that your choice can be a proper one.

Your Subflooring

It is vital that you know what subflooring exists. The three really common ones are going to be highlighted.

  1. Concrete Subflooring

There are not many options that are available if you have concrete subflooring. You are practically limited to the use of engineered wood. It is still possible to use any wood but it just needs to be in a proper, engineered format. Thickness of the wood and veneer will vary and the high end engineered wood is always of a high quality.

It is also possible to install plywood when you have concrete but this automatically means that the costs will be higher as you will need more labor, insulation and extra plywood than you would expect. While you are tempted to stay focused with what you already have and you want to refinish hardwood flooring, considering the appropriate options may be a better idea.

You will need completely flat boards. These are harder to find in a long length. The glue will be pretty strong and you are faced with a permanency. If there is a flood or a leak, you will find it quite difficult to solve the problem. Make sure that you avoid volatile organic compounds as they are toxic.

  1. Plywood

Out of all the subfloor options, Home Tipsor highlights that plywood is the most common. At the same time, it is beneficial because it is the most versatile opportunity when dealing with hardwood flooring. It is easy to use engineered wood or simply nail down solid wood.

  1. Particleboard

Particleboards are common in homes that were built in the seventies, usually used under carpets. This is practically a cheap plywood version. When you have hardwood flooring, the particleboard has to be replaced with plywood. Then, solid wood or engineered wood can be used.

Living Habits

The level of floor abuse counts a lot. You need to learn all that you can about durability and wood species. If you frequently organize parties or you have pets/children, it is quite obvious that you will need something that is more durable. If you travel a lot and you are single, you will not need that durability.

Harder wood is a necessity when your home shows a lot of traffic. This means that the Janka scale of the wood has to be higher. A popular strong wood type considered is usually red wood.

Keep in mind that the structure of the hardwood flooring will change a little based on the staining and finishing that are chosen. In most situations you will want to choose something that is aesthetically pleasing but it is also a good choice if you consider durability, whenever this is necessary.