Friday, October 7, 2011

Small Bathrooms by Style

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Your Guide on buying Floor

Learn the basics of flooring:

Before You Begin

Here are three oft-forgotten floor-shopping considerations:

1. Sheet, plank, or tile? The type of installation is important if you're doing it yourself. But it's also a question of aesthetics. Determine where -- or if -- you want to see seams or grout lines.

2. How do you clean it? There is no such thing as a maintenance-free floor. Carpet requires vacuuming and periodic deep cleaning. Wood floors need dusting, waxing, and occasional refinishing. Even hard-wearing ceramic tiles must be grout-sealed and mopped.

3. How does it feel? Make sure you know how your flooring choices feel -- and sound -- underfoot. Moisture-hardy tile in the bath, for example, might be too cold for some bare feet.

Think Green

Bamboo and cork floors are made of renewable resources. Both are visually warm, and cork (shown) offers springy comfort and resilience. Carpet made of preconsumer, postindustrial recycled content is also available; some manufacturers are even working toward postconsumer recycled precuts. Linoleumlike products that feature linseed oil are mostly organic and naturally antimicrob

Compare Apples to Apples

When you're working out your floor budget, be prepared to use some basic math and geometry muscles. Regardless of whether you're comparing sheet, plank, tile products, or carpet, reduce everything to a price per square foot. Make sure to add the costs of any required substrates, which provide structure and support, and underlayments, which provide vapor protection, padding, and/or acoustical control.

Form a Solid Foundation

Sometimes a new floor can be installed on top of an existing floor, such as the glueless laminate . If needed, a liquid leveling product can be applied to even out seams, cracks, or texturing. An additional substrate of 1/4 inch or more thickness will ensure stability. (Some products, such as laminates, feature an integrated substrate.)

Warning: Multiple layers of flooring may require the altering or repositioning of cabinets, door frames, toilets, molding, and more.

Get the Look for Less

Ever-improving embossing techniques allow sheet-vinyl products to mimic the look of tile, wood, and other textured surfaces. Laminate floors (shown), which are a photographic image protected by hard-wearing surface, can replicate the look -- and feel -- of tiles, stones, and exotic woods.

Manage Moisture

Some flooring types are particularly susceptible to moisture. Laminate, wood, and other floating floors expand and contract with changing humidity levels. Follow manufacturer recommendations on whether a product should be used in kitchens, baths, or below-grade applications such as basements. Ceramic tile or vinyl products may be better options.

Breathe Easy

Adhesives used in the manufacture and installation of flooring may off-gas, release odors that can irritate people with allergies or chemical sensitivities. Placing flooring products in a well-ventilated and temperature-conditioned area for a few days before installation can help diminish harmful odors. For wood-backed products, this also helps equalize any moisture that may have been picked up from being stored outside the home

Pros and Cons

When choosing flooring material, consider where the flooring will be located and the personality of the flooring. The following slides explain the pros and cons of the most popular flooring choices.


For warmth and softness underfoot, capet is the ideal choice.  


-- Comfortable underfoot

-- Can be budget-friendly

-- Carpet tiles can be easy to install


-- Absorbs moisture

-- Stain removal can be difficult

-- Usually requires professional installation

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is durable, low-maintenance, and great for moisture-prone, heavy-traffic areas such as bathrooms, mudrooms, entryways, and kitchens.


-- Durable and good for high traffic areas

-- Glazed tiles resist moisture and stains

-- Easy do-it-yourself project


-- Grout lines must be resealed periodically

-- Cold and hard underfoot

-- Does not reduce noise


Hardwood is a popular choice because it lasts longer than other flooring options and can be refinished several times or restained to change appearance.


-- Resists spills, scratches, and wear, if sealed properly

-- Large selection of woods, plank sizes, and stain colors

-- Adds value to a home


-- Soft woods tend to dent or scratch easily

-- May require periodic refinishing

-- Does not reduce noise


Laminate floors feature decorative images printed over paper or other fibrous material. Laminate is a popular choice because it truely looks like wood or stone, comes in a range of colors and patters, and is durable enough for kitchen and family room use.


-- Easy to clean and maintain

-- Virtually stainproof and fade-resistant

-- New products more closely imitate real wood


-- Can warp from water damage

-- Appearance isn't identical to wood

-- Cannot be refinished


Vinyl flooring is durable and suitable for any room in the house.


-- Easy to clean and maintain

-- Soft and quiet underfoot

-- Vinyl tiles can be a do-it-yourself option


-- Low-quality grades may show wear and tear

-- Repairing damaged vinyl can be difficult

-- Doesn't add much value to a home

Our topic of floor ends here, I hope know you know which type of floor is best for your home/office.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wood Flooring

Wood for Every Room

Real wood flooring is right at home in living rooms, dining rooms, dens, and any space in your home you want to look warm and inviting. Wood floors are a great continuous flooring option for open floor plans. Not only do they look attractive in large quantity, they can be layered with rugs to create more intimate room arrangements.

Tile and Stone Flooring

Ceramic tile and natural stone are timeless flooring choices that bring a touch of class and easy care to the home.

Living Room Likeability

Don't pigeonhole tile as just a kitchen and bath flooring. Tile makes a beautiful statement in living and dining spaces, too, thanks to its timeless and natural character.

Contemporary Choices in Tile

Various tile choices offer sleek, contemporary styling for rooms with a modern approach. Try large concrete or irregular slate tiles to make a substantial statement. Or use glossy ceramic tiles for a backdrop to clean-line design.

The Tradition of Stone

Natural stone presents a striking, upscale look in any room. Consider it an investment in your home as it is one of the more expensive flooring choices. Natural stone is a fashionable compliment to traditional style with its classic, and sometimes old-world, look.

Tile Offers Form and Function

In the kitchen and bath, the potential for messes and moisture requires a flooring that is high in function, durability, and water-resistance. Tile and stone meet this challenge and bring with it handsome design choices from traditional to contemporary.

Shopping Tips

Consider these tips and resources as you set out on the adventure of shopping for flooring.

-- Take along paint chips and fabric swatches to narrow down the vast array of color and pattern choices. You'll still want to bring home samples to make your final decisions in the space and lighting of your own home. But having these elements along in the showroom will help you weed out absolutely "won't work" options from the beginning.

-- Take rough room measurements ahead of time. Although you'll need precise measurements before installation, estimates will let you get a quick cost figure in mind as you shop. You want to know if a certain material you fall in love with really is within your budget.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Best tips for choosing floors and buying guide.

Choose Your Best Flooring

Does your floor makes a statement in your home?

Here are the Tips:

First of all we have like 4 types of floors,

1. Cement 

2. Tile

3. Carpet

4. Wood etc

So, you have to know which kind of the floor would you like to put in your new home, or if you you want to change it.

Lets starts with Carpet/Rugs:

Nothing beats carpet for its wealth of colors, textures, and patterns -- not to mention wiggle-your-toes comfort. 

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The Appeal of Carpet

Carpet lends just the cozy and inviting atmosphere we desire in our home's living spaces. From room to room, carpet soothes underfoot and appeals to our senses of sight and touch. Using a gentle flooring, such as carpet, consistently throughout also makes a small house feel bigger.

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Choices A-Plenty

Choose wall-to-wall carpet to add continuity to your home. Design options are plentiful, with a wealth of colors, textures, and patterns available.

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A Restful Choice

Carpet is a natural fit in the bedroom thanks to its soft, warm, comforting nature. Choose neutral patterns and colors to create a soothing, relaxing backdrop to this restful room and let the personality of the space take the visual lead.

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Added Function

Not only does carpet add warmth to our floors, it adds sound insulation, too. This makes it an ideal choice not only for bedrooms, but for home entertainment spaces.

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Layer Carpet with Rugs

Use carpet to lay a neutral base to all the rooms in your house. Then, layer on area rugs in individual rooms to add a splash of color and personality, create texture, or define a space within a space.

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Know Your Carpet Fibers

Don't less carpet vocabulary dampen your shopping success. Know your fibers to make an educated decision.

-- Polyester is the least expensive type of carpet (commonly found in home-center-grade carpets), but its also the least resilient. Choose polyester for low-traffic rooms.

-- Nylon is much more durable, with good resilience, color retention, and stain and abrasion resistance. If you can afford the upgrade, choose nylon for long-term wearability throughout your house.

-- Polypropylene is stain and abrasion resistant like nylon, but less bouncy underfoot. This fiber is best in loop- and dense-cut pile carpets.

-- Wool is the most expensive option, boasting great resilience and strength, but should be treated to repel stains and resist static electricity.

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Modular Option

While wall-to-wall carpet requires professional installation, there are do-it-yourself options, called modular carpet tiles. These individual pieces of carpet not only offer a way to install it yourself, they also make it easy to replace individual tiles due to stains or wear.

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Adding Rugs

Whether wood, tile, or carpet set the background for your rooms from wall to wall, you can always enhance your décor with rugs. Available in large area rugs or smaller accent rugs, they can be the starting point of a room's entire decorating focus or the finishing touch. They also add depth and dimension by adding layers underfoot.

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Design Inspiration

Let a rug that you love lead the way to a room's decorative character. The style, pattern, and colors established in the prominent floor covering can be a springboard for wall color, furniture selection, and accessories.

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Select the Right Style

An area rug can compliment (or establish) the style of a room, depending on the pattern, color, and weave you choose. In an eclectic or whimsical room, add a colorful, loose weave or plush shag rug. Choose Oriental or Persian rugs for traditional décor. Compliment contemporary design with a geometric pattern or a tone-on-tone rug.

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Set Some Boundaries

Define spaces within rooms with the addition of an area rug. A large rug draws a seating arrangement together to create a more intimate setting.

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Define the Dining Area

The dining room is a good place to use a rug to define space. An area rug beneath the dining table and chairs grounds this functional area and subtly unites the mass of furniture legs. For the right fit, the rug should be large enough for chairs to push back from the table and remain on the rug.

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Plush Benefits

Rugs add texture and warmth underfoot. Use their nature to your benefit where you could use an extra layer of comfort -- such as that first step out of bed in the morning, or in a family room, where people love to stretch out on the floor to play games or watch a movie.

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Make an Area Rug

Can't find the perfect area rug? Have one made by binding a piece of wall-to-wall carpet. Not only do you get exactly what you want in pattern and color, you get it in precisely the size and shape you need.

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Shopping tips

Consider these tips and resources as you set out on the adventure of shopping for flooring.

-- Take along paint chips and fabric swatches to narrow down the vast array of color and pattern choices. You'll still want to bring home samples to make your final decisions in the space and lighting of your own home. But having these elements along in the showroom will help you weed out absolutely "won't work" options from the beginning.

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-- Take rough room measurements ahead of time. Although you'll need precise measurements before installation, estimates will let you get a quick cost figure in mind as you shop. You want to know if a certain material you fall in love with really is within your budget.

To Be Continued......