The Three Essentials Of Real Wood Flooring

The Three Essentials Of Real Wood Flooring

Of the many flooring materials available nowadays for your interior project, real wood is the one that demands the most attention should you decide to venture in this direction. Over the years, real wood floorboard technology has transformed to offer a greater choice. In this guide we aim to look at your options and considerations. Floorboard Technology The flooring industry offers two types of suitable boards, one made from complete wood and an alternative that may look 100% identical, but one that is actually made from real wood and manufactured materials together. Let’s make sense of the two options. Solid Wood Floorboard – These are the traditional wood floors that most people associate with real wood flooring. Each floorboard is made from one piece of hardwood timber such as Oak, Walnut etc. The solid type is fitting most areas of your residential or commercial interior, but for wet, humid or very warm areas. In these conditions natural wood will expand (from heat) or contract (from cold) causing the floorboard to misshape. Engineered Wood Floorboard – These are also real wood flooring, though many people are unaware of their availability. Each floorboard is made from a top layer of solid hardwood (the same hardwood as in the previous type), but this time, the remaining core is made from MDF, Ply and even softwood. The result is a type of floorboard that can be fitted in any area of the interior, even on top of under floor heating and even in wet areas such as the bathroom or kitchen. However, what you gain in flexibility you give back in durability. Durability of engineered wood flooring is around 25 years compared with around 100 years in the case of solid wood. Floorboard Color Most people are under the misguided impression thathardwood floorboards are only available natural shades. Perhaps one of the main reasons to work with an interior designer is their knowledge of recent trends, which in the world of real wood flooring includes alternative floorboard colors. The latest fashion is white, dark and grey real wood flooring. White Wood Floorboards – Using coloring techniques such as white-washing, the floorboards are altered to display white shades, but not completely white, so the natural properties of wood in terms of knots, sapwood and grain markings are still visible. The white floorboards are handy in areas that feature limited natural light, or when you wish to make an area appear bigger than it realty is. Dark Wood Floorboards – Using intrusive techniques such as thermo treating, the floorboards are changes to display a wide palette of dark shades, from light dark to solid black. The dark floorboards are famous for quickly showing any sign...

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The Importance of Planning

The Importance of Planning

When you make the decision to redecorate, planning should be the first thing on your mind, and it can be done as simply as with a piece of graph paper and a pencil, or as modern as with home planning software programs. With these devices, you can draw out the furniture you already have to scale and move it around to see how it will look, before you start to put your muscle behind it. This planning can prevent mishaps, like trying to move a couch into a room that is too narrow or putting so many chairs in a corner that there is no room to move around. Before you start furniture moving, pick up a...

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Be Bold With Color

Be Bold With Color

When decorating, don’t be afraid of color. A single, bright accent wall in a white room or a bright red vase on top of a pale vanity can make a statement in a room. Be sure that you always use bright colors in places that you want people to immediately notice. If you have an accent wall, keep your best photographs on it or have the wall be the same as the focal point of the room, like a fireplace. Don’t be afraid to experiment with color. Especially bold, bright hues like red, green or bright blue. These colors can liven up any area of a room where they are used as...

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Accessories to Enhance, Not Overwhelm

Accessories to Enhance, Not Overwhelm

Have you ever noticed a well-placed lamp or vase? It can make a room look finished and as though it was professionally decorated. By adding these touches to your room, there can be a color splash, culture, or a personal touch that you really love. You should never feel obligated to fill a shelf, a wall, or a table. Just put out the pieces you really enjoy and relish in the idea that you can change them daily, weekly, or monthly. No accessory is a permanent fixture and the good thing about these pieces is many times you can find them at consignment stores and estate sales. If you are looking to enhance a room, choose pieces that accentuate the room, not overwhelm...

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Lighting for Every Room

Lighting for Every Room

Each room in your home can have a different feel by simply changing the lighting. Ambience is what makes a room feel cozy, clean, or bright. When you decide to change the light in a room, consider the feel you want for the room. For example, a living room should not have bright, fluorescent lights but have lower wattage lamps to create a warm feel. A bedroom can have recessed lights that create a romantic feel and a dining room can have a dimmer switch to create a peaceful atmosphere. Lights will change the mood and feel of any room. All it takes to change a room can be purchasing a simple light bulb which is as easy as visiting your local hardware...

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Painting the Easy Way

Painting the Easy Way

Some people absolutely hate to paint their homes. There is an easy way to paint and a hard way. If you know the easy way, you may find yourself actually enjoying it. In order to properly paint and do it quickly, you must do the prep work. It may seem like a waste of time but in the end, it will save you time. Remove the fixtures from the walls that you can. Cover the furniture. Take the time to tape off the edges. Buy enough paint so the entire batch is made at the same time to avoid color discrepancies and last minute trips for more paint. Be sure to use the entire allotted time to finish the project. Because when you take your time, the overall finish is of a higher...

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