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Monthly Archives: November 2018

Interior Design With Reindeer Hides

A majority of people these days object to killing an animal just for its fur. Unlike other exotic furs, reindeer hide is a bi-product of the meat industry.

Reindeer farms slaughter the animals humanely for the meat and sell the hides. This way, nothing is wasted and humans get the full benefit of the animal.

Reindeer fur has beautiful coloration and a luxurious softness that is like none other.

It has been coveted for centuries by native peoples because of the warmth and beauty it adds. With proper care, your genuine reindeer rug will last for years and will be the center of conversation.

When we think of fur, we automatically think of cozy rugs in a country cabin setting. Reindeer fur has a thick pile and is ideal for keeping feet warm on cold, wood floors.

Each hide has unique shades of gray, silver, cream, and black. Like snowflakes, no two are ever the same. They complement the rustic charm of a cabin or any natural theme. Reindeer rugs are attractive in living rooms, family rooms, or any place that you want an eye-catching rug. These rugs are gaining in popularity around the world.

Fortunately, these gorgeous rugs are not just for primitive or rustic decor. Even the most sophisticated decor would be enhanced by a reindeer hide. They would make a lovely accent rug on a white carpet in a chic living room. The hide’s coloration and velvety texture speak style, comfort, and class. Reindeer skin rugs would even work for homes with an industrial or modern flare. The splash of natural softness is pleasing to the eye in any setting.

Reindeer hides are not stiff and scratchy like rugs made of other fibers. Once they are cured, the skin and hair are buttery-soft and as supple as a blanket. For this reason, you can use your reindeer rug as a stunning furniture throw. Your guests will be pleasantly surprised when they see a genuine hide cascading down your living room couch. Not only does it complement the aesthetics of your furniture, but is can also be used as a warm blanket on a cozy night around the fireplace. Fur throws are absolutely beautiful on couches or chairs. Since their colors are basically neutral, they will not clash with any colors or patterns on the furniture. Any room would benefit from a fur throw.

If you want more than just pictures on your wall, consider a genuine reindeer fur as a wall hanging. This natural tapestry can be the focal point in a room or it can be an accent piece. Invariably, your guests will be drawn to it and will want to touch its lush softness. It can blend in beautifully as one of your favorite eclectic pieces.

Make a Big Statement in Small Bedrooms

1. Light Shades

While setting up the right color scheme for your bedroom, you should always consider going for lighter shades or patterns first. Why is that so? Because light shades of white or grey can ultimately give your bedroom an airier look and you will feel that more space is created in it so you can put some other decorative items in it too.Using dark shades or wall paints will give your bedroom a more congested look so try to avoid it.

2. Windows

Bedroom décor is incomplete without a good looking window. Natural light is considered to be a valuable asset by home décor experts as the light brightens your bedroom so effortlessly that you will be amazed about it yourself.Putting up a nice pair of silk fabricated or velvet woven curtains will add more charm and class to your bedroom décor if you will tie them up with the window in the form of drapes.

3. Bookshelves

Adding a bookshelf or rack to your bedroom will help save a lot of space as it would cover not organize the books and magazines in your room but also you can use the shelves to include decorative items personalize your space. Moreover, you can also turn the headboard of your bed into a bookshelf as well.In this way; you will be not be compelled to add more storage space in your room.

4. Accessories

From little to big, every accessory in your bedroom contributes towards the overall décor. Same goes for the beddings as well.

Try using floral or abstract patterned bed spreads, polyester comforters or blankets and light colored cushions or pillow sets. Moreover, you can give your bed a more curved outlook rather than the huge giant look so that it takes up less space in your bedroom.

5. Mirrors

Don’t hesitate to use a pair of huge mirrors either embedded in the dressing table or just hanged on any of the walls in your bedroom. See how adding a mirror can transform the entire outlook of your bedroom in a jiffy and will give it a more royal and grand ambiance.

Different Types of Kitchen Tiles

Ceramic

Ceramic tiles are very popular and versatile. These look beautiful and functional. These are the reasons many homeowners choose to use them in their kitchen interiors. These tiles are resistant to heat, durable and available in different designs and colors. Ceramic tiles can be used on countertops, floors, and walls.

Porcelain

These are also equally picked because of their natural look and texture. These have a homogenous structure which keeps them free of scratches, chipping and is resistant to weight.

Glass

Glass tiles are elegant and classy in look. They are also durable, strong and heat-resistant like the porcelain tiles. These tiles are good for the kitchen walls.

Stone

Stone tiles are suited for the luxurious finish. They are expensive but are available in less expensive versions as well. If you are looking for economic tiles, choose granites or slates. For expensive one, choose the marbles.

Vinyl tiles

These are easy to install and inexpensive. They are best for the kitchen walls but require maintenance as they can easily get scratched.

Backsplash tiles

These tiles can be used on the floor and countertop of your kitchen. Backsplash tiles come in natural stone, glass, metal, and ceramic varieties. You can use wallpaper over these but they can peel out if there is a lot of moisture.

Wood Effect Tiles

Style

Many choices exist for timber flooring, but that number is a hundredfold greater for ceramic and porcelain wood effect tiles. The ranges available are limited only by the imagination of the tile designers. A local stockist might have four, five or even ten oaks to choose from, and they may all look similar.

By comparison, a tile manufacturer could produce, for example:

  • a slightly darker version of oak which is simply not available in real wood
  • a distressed look
  • a reclaimed appearance
  • a paint effect oak
  • a non-slip finish
  • a style with less blemishes
  • a rustic effect replete with knots
  • a purple finish to mimic dyed wood
  • an inlaid effect

Practically anything can be designed, and all in the same price bracket. And like timber, there are a multitude of different sizes and plank lengths available. When it comes to styles, the world of tiles covers everything offered by nature, in addition to anything within the bounds of the designers’ imagination.

It is a testament to the technology available in the modern era, now that inkjet printing has replaced the older screen printing, that no design or pattern is beyond the reach of a factory’s creative team. While the print is astonishingly lifelike, so too is the texture achieved on the surface of the tile. It is now very difficult, if not impossible, to tell the difference between wood and wood effect tiles with the naked eye.

Installation Costs

Laminates lead the way in terms of cost efficiency. Not too challenging for the average DIY person, they usually sit on a foam underlay and click together. Orientated correctly, trimmed neatly at the walls, and finished with a narrow beading if necessary – the job is straightforward.

If tiling, then doing so on a concrete or screed floor is the simplest option, and therefore the cheapest form of tile installation. If the floor needs some preparatory work, such as levelling out, this work will be needed for both ceramic and wooden floors. However, one would expect a tiler to be significantly quicker than a carpenter thereafter. The wooden planks need to be glued down, and to each other, as well as being cut to shape. Laying a natural wood floor is usually more expensive than floor tiles.

When tiling over joists or old floor boards, it is recommended that a backing board is installed first. This is because if tiling over sheets of ply or the floor boards themselves, the initial shrinkage of the sheets plus regular expansion and contraction with fluctuations in heat will cause movement. Floor tiles will be secured to these surfaces, and are not designed to tolerate such movement.

When installing timber over existing floorboards, the installer must ensure that they are solid, and that the new floor lines up perpendicularly to the old floor. If this is not possible, then the installer must sheet the floor out first. Alternatively, batons must be fixed to the floor first, and then sheeted.

Another consideration which must to be taken into account is the climate. Floor tiles can be laid the day they arrive. With timber, there are recommended moisture parameters for both the substrate and the new planks themselves, which must be adhered to. It is highly recommended that new wood be stored in the room in which it is to be installed for one week prior to fitting, so that it can acclimatise to the ambient temperature of its surroundings.

After all preparation work is carried out, the bill at that point is roughly the same for timber or wood effect tiles. However, the final installation cost will be cheaper if floor tiles are chosen.

Wear, Tear, and Maintenance

Natural wood is often finished with a lacquer or oil on the surface. This will wear over time through everyday use. The higher the level of traffic, the quicker this happens. Unfortunately, it only occurs on the part of the floor where walking occurs, which makes the deterioration all the more obvious.

Moving furniture, dragged toys, the toenails of large dogs, high heels etc. will all dent or scrape the surface of wood. It can fade too, more so in the areas that are subject to the most sunlight, something that will not happen with tiles.

Engineered and solid woods can be refinished at this point, but if left too long, they will need to be sanded down first, and that is a large, complex job.

Laminate floors cannot be sanded. Although they can be tougher than their natural counterparts, once they have worn through, that is the end of them, and they will need to be replaced.

Wood effect floor tiles, once fitted, require no maintenance other than a quick mop. Unless there has been a catastrophic spillage of something significant, such as tar or oil, even grout is not likely to tarnish. And even if it does, there are many cheap, easy to apply, restorative cleaners available on the market, which will bring grout up as good as new.

Water Damage

With wood, a lot of damage can be caused by a small flood from a domestic appliance, or even incorrect mopping and cleaning. As a natural product, moisture can be absorbed from the atmosphere or from standing water. This will cause planks to expand and buckle under the ensuing pressure, or warp out of shape. Splitting, discolouration, and rot can result.

To clean a wooden floor, it is not recommended to dump a bucket of water out into the centre, and then spread it around to get the job done. The water will seep between the joints, and the timbers can sustain irreparable damage.

Some laminates are mounted on water-resistant boards, which are ideal for bathroom or shower areas instead of natural wood.

All wall and floor tiles, by comparison, are manufactured to handle water.

Price

The cheapest option is a low quality laminate floor. A thin, non water-resistant mounting board with no grooved edges is the cheapest to produce. It is an excellent option for those on the tightest of budgets, perhaps for a landlord refurbishing a rental property, or used as a quick and easy method to tidy up a shed or garage.

Moving up in price is where wood effect tiles have a distinct advantage. Engineered or solid timber flooring has a retail price corresponding to the manufacturing costs attendant to the species of wood in question. A rare species will command a much higher premium than common indigenous varieties. Walnut from Brazil or cypress from Australia will typically be at the higher end of the spectrum when compared to locally milled oak or birch.

A tile factory can replicate any of these woods, exotic or otherwise, without a movement in price. All the characteristics of real planks can be represented with incredible accuracy, but for a fraction of the cost of the genuine article. Add that to the fact that it costs no more to produce a wider plank in ceramic, compared to real wood, and the savings begin to mount up.