Cheap Flooring Ideas

images-1Are you on a tight budget and looking for some cheap flooring ideas? Wondering what looks great to the eyes, and is yet easy on the pocket?
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Hardwood flooring and carpets can render a great look to your floor, but they come at a hefty price. Though these kinds of flooring look great, they are very expensive, not easy to maintain, and don’t fit everyone’s budget.

But this doesn’t mean that you can’t make your home floor look great. There are a million options of affordable flooring available, and when used rightly, can make your house floor look absolutely great.
Cheapest Flooring Options

Carpets are great, and there are many varieties available from which you can choose. So, visit a carpet store and buy some carpet samples (you might even get some samples for free). You can either buy a carpet if you wish to use it for all the rooms of your house, or use these samples and make a patchwork carpet with the sample pieces, and place them on a damaged area of your existing flooring.

Go for bamboo flooring for your house. Bamboo is actually a grass and not wood, however, it can replicate the look of a wooden flooring. Also, you can go for strand woven bamboo flooring which displays the fine lines of the grass, as this is made by gluing bamboo pieces together, which gives it a natural look. Bamboo flooring, compared to hardwood flooring, is half or even less priced, as bamboo reaches its growth period within 3-7 years, while hardwood takes around 50-120 years.

Concrete floors give a bit of an unfinished and earthy look, but they are inexpensive and easy to install. There are many different concrete floors available to match your home decor. They come stained, painted, colored, and some are even personalized. They are easy to clean and maintain, and especially great for places where there is lots of sand or snow. Concrete floors are also a good alternative if you have allergies to carpets. You can always create a cool looking floor surface with a creative floor painting technique.

These are softer than linoleum tiles, and also have a more natural and rich look as compared to them. Cork tiles are inexpensive compared to other types of natural flooring, and you can tile a large room in your house with a few hundred dollars. These tiles can also be stained with natural shades like yellow, blonde, brown, etc.

A great and affordable idea of flooring is the peel and stick tiled flooring. These tiles are very affordable, and come in various different colors and textures. You can buy carpet peel and stick tiles or vinyl peel and stick tiles. You can also buy wood tiles, which you can simply peel and stick to the floor base. The best part about these tiles is the installation, which is quite simple. All one has to do is take out the covering behind the tiles to reveal the adhesive backing, and stick the tiles on the appropriate place. Make sure you mop the floor surface properly before you start working with these tiles. With these tiles, you can create a uniform looking floor surface, or even mix and match colors and patterns.

This is a great idea if you are on a tight budget, and is an especially good, yet cheap basement flooring idea, as tiled floors are very easy to clean. You can go with plain colors to install the flooring for your bathroom. But, if you are using ceramic tiles for other rooms as well, mix and match different tiles to create an interesting looking floor. You can even create a mosaic using mosaic tiles, to give your floor an attractive look.
Smart Ideas to Cover Flaws on the Floor

You can cover flaws on the floor with some really simple ideas, like placing a rug or simply placing a piece of furniture over the area that is damaged. You can also reshuffle the furniture in the room to cover any flaws on the floor. Another way to cover flaws is to simply place a small table and cover it with a cloth which falls freely on the floor. You can use the table to keep an accent, like a vase or lamp. If the area is large and you want to cover it up, simply throw a futon over the surface. Then place a nice sheet, some bolsters, and pillows on the futon, to create a cozy sitting space.

If you have a damaged section of flooring, then making a patchwork of carpet samples is a great inexpensive idea. However, if you are planning on remodeling your entire floor, then go for tiles or concrete floors. But, if you have a moderate budget and want to go for something like wood flooring, look at different samples of bamboo flooring, and opt for the laminate ones, as you can install them yourself and save on hiring a contractor.

Tips To Design Your Chair

downloadIt is amazing to know that the chair has evolved in the last 150 years to a greater degree than any other piece of furniture.
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“Eventually everything connects – people, ideas, objects, etc., … the quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.” (J. & M. Neuhart & R. Eames, Eames Design: The Work of the Office of Charles and Ray Eames, Harry N. Abrams, New York 1989, p. 266).

The concept of connections is essential for the art of design, and especially when it comes to the design of chairs. It is because there is no other piece of furniture which may offer so many possibilities to create connections to the same degree or extent as the chair does. And due to this fact, there have been plenty of efforts and resources invested by designers throughout a longer period of time even longer than for other furniture pieces. In our modern times and apart from the auto vehicle, the chair is the most written about, designed, studied and famous art object.

Indeed, it has always been the number of connections that influenced the success a type of chair enjoyed both for the design art and industry, and for the large market, for the great public. Apart from their number, the quality and variety of the connections can also have an impact on the designer’s chances of success. At the same time, chairs may address a certain or several specific needs, habits and tastes. If we are to take into account the functional aspect of such a type of furniture, chairs can make both psychological and physiological connections with the persons sitting on them. And these connections are made through the chair’s materials and form. At the same time, a chair may be the embodiment of certain values and meanings which can connect with the user at certain specific levels – intellectual, cultural, emotional, aesthetic or even spiritual. Also, there is another level at which the structural components within a chair’s design can result in fundamental connections. Also, a chair can connect both visually and functionally with the context in which it is used. This context can include other objects and styles, of course. In a larger sense, chair design connects with different ideologies and mentalities, production approaches and to various economic theories.

In the past 150 years, the evolution of chair design has been parallel to the development of other fields such as architecture, technology, and so on. This evolution has mirrored the change of social needs and concerns to such a degree that one could actually say it may in fact encapsulate the entire design history. George Nelson, the author “Chairs” (1953) has stated that: “Every truly original idea – every innovation in design, every new application of materials, every technical invention for furniture – seems to find its most important expression in a chair.” Nowadays, this may find its perfect reflection in the development of more economically built and better functioning chairs. It is a highly competitive market, the one of office seating products. Because of that, it continuously requires new technical advances and performances, because it is also more and more controlled by tougher health and safety legislation’s. Also, there is an increasing interest for the workforces’ well-being from the part of corporations and companies.

Nonetheless, the chair’s function as an object for us to sit on has not changed and obviously could never be changed. But to achieve good solutions for the problems which are posed by this object can often be a challenging, demanding and complex task. That is mostly because another obvious fact is that chairs are meant to support people of different ages, sizes, shapes, for different time lengths and for various purposes. Such purposes may include eating, waiting, reading, writing, resting, an office task and many more. Let’s not forget the social aspect of chair sitting. Each sitting position is actually charged with its very own social importance.

Apart from technical aspects related to the designs of the chair and from how sitters can connect physically and psychologically with certain forms depending on various contexts of functionality, chairs are at the same time designed for reasons that have to deal with contents of symbolism, fashion and aesthetics. Thus, out of all the furniture types, the chair is the one that can boost people’s self-esteem and can be used to prove one’s “good taste” to the others.

Tips Colors Bedrooms for beautifull your Home

Take a look at this guide on choosing the right paint colors for bedrooms to transform your room into your own little paradise!
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The interiors of our bedrooms are extensions of our own personality. Whether we are calm people or people who love some funk and jazz, there is something for everyone. Good paint colors set the right mood for us to relax and unwind in our bedrooms.
You may have come across several ideas for the right color, but instead of going helter-skelter looking for the ‘right’ one, introspect and see what suits your personality and your personal style. The thumb rule in interior decorating is always to choose personal comfort instead of succumbing to trends.
Paint Color Choices and Ideas for Bedrooms
Paint colors for bedrooms have a new meaning nowadays. They are meant to heighten our senses, and evoke the right emotions in us stressed out human beings. Not every color is defined as red, blue and yellow. Each color has its own hues and shades, and as such, the variety in paint colors is immense. To be able to decide, then, how to choose the right color can be a confusing and time-consuming task. To help you simplify your worries, presented here is a table, that classifies room colors according to moods and the effects you might like to experience once you are in your personal haven. Get creative and try a combination of different styles for bedroom decorating that will reflect your own, unique personality.
For Girls!

For girls who wish to have vibrant bedrooms, a great option is to combine black, white and hot pink. It will work well if you highlight just one wall with the hot pink, and keep the rest of the room black and white. Try to add zebra prints on upholstery to give it the ultimate jazz. Also keep your accessories in shades of hot pink!
For Boys!

For boys who like vibrant rooms, turquoise blue with a dash of silver is the way to go. Again, highlight one wall with turquoise blue, and keep the furniture black and white. Add silver in terms of accessories like cushion covers, lampshades, or silver bean bags against the highlighted wall.
Combination of Stary Colors

This vibrant combination of yellow and blue may seem stark to you initially, but combine it in just the right amount with a medium shade of wooden flooring, and you will have one of the most beautiful looking rooms ever. The trick is not to overdo the blue shade, but use it on just one wall of the room. The gray can be used for furniture. You have to put it up and see the combination yourself to believe how stunning it can look.
Rustic/Earthy

For an earthy look, try to combine the outdoors and the indoors by highlighting an accent wall with a textured dark green, and having the rest of the walls in a rustic beige color. This combination would work well in a room that has light wooden furniture.

Walls painted pine yellow, combined with dark wooden furniture, are sure to give you the ultimate rustic feel. Enhance the look with dark brown accessories. This look is great for a guest bedroom as it is soft, warm and inviting.

An accent wall in a fiery orange color surrounded by a neutral beige is a great way of achieving the rustic look. Opt for solid wooden furniture along with flooring, and you will be able to complete this look perfectly. Ensure that the lighting complements this look in that it is soft and yellow. Keep it dim for best results.
Luxurious

To give your room the feel of pure, sinful luxury, give the walls a dull golden color, with black furniture. Black and gold works as a wonderfully luxurious combination. Keep the lights soft, and you won’t want to get out of this epitome of luxury.
Contrast Colors

A royal deep purple will transport you to a whole new world of luxury and romance. Pair it up with light wooden furniture and contrasting accessories for the right effect.
While picking bedroom wall colors, always test a sample on a small patch before you go ahead and paint the entire room. This will help you to change your choice, if required, at the right time. Moreover, ensure that the choice of your paint color complements the furniture in the room to avoid disastrous consequences!
Remember that the overall effect of the wall paint changes with the use of furniture, accessories and lighting (natural and artificial). Keep all these aspects in mind before settling on any one final color.

Choosing the right paint color for your bedroom is always overwhelming. However with a guide like the one presented above, your task should be relatively easier. You don’t always have to adhere to specific color schemes to paint your bedroom. As mentioned before, your bedroom is a symbol of your personal style, so go with what suits you and your personality the best. Feel free to try new combinations, and introduce your own trends to the world of interior decoration.

Tips Living Room Designs for Small Spaces

Want your living room to look stylish and elegant but are worried about the small space? Relax, there are various trendy living room designs available that will help you fulfill your wish.
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Everyone has a particular spot in the house which is their favorite place―they can play cards, watch television, or just relax there. People living in big houses have many options to choose their favorite from, but this is not possible for people living in smaller houses.

However, you can make your ‘not-so-large’ room look comfortable and stylish by implementing the following tips.

Tips to Design Your Small Living Room

People are always confused about how to design their small living rooms. They want their room to look elegant as well as spacious. This can be achieved through the following tips.

Color Schemes
The colors of the interiors of the house play a very important role in room decoration. People often avoid using dark colors in case of small spaces. However, one can go for contrasting colors for a small living room.

You can get one focal wall painted in a darker shade than the others, or play with colors and make a unique design on it while keeping the other walls lighter in color. Do not try to decorate every wall of your house, making it look like a circus or a colorful house from a fairy tale! You can also use your imagination and make the color scheme look more attractive and eye-catching.

Flooring
You can give your living room a glamorous look by choosing a contrasting color scheme between the flooring and the walls. This will make your room look more exciting and full of life.

Your flooring will become a distinctive and unique feature of your room in contrast with your wall color scheme. But do keep in mind that if you want bright or colorful flooring, keep all the walls of same color.

Lighting
Did you know that the right kind of lights can actually make your room look bigger? It is true that lighting in the right direction and the right way can make your room look more spacious especially if it is focused on the darker wall.

Use different light fixtures like a wall sconce which has a light-colored glass or a wall fixture which is focusing its light in the upward direction. Place lamp shades which complement the look and color scheme of the room. Placing a dull-colored lamp in the room that has a bright color scheme will spoil the look of the room. Try to use dramatic home lighting as it will make your room look brighter and expressive.

Furniture
People have this misconception that placing smaller pieces of furniture in the room will make it look bigger, which is not always true. In fact, one should use large pieces of furniture in the room to make it look spacious rather that cramming several small pieces.

Try to use furniture that can also give you a storage facility so that you can put away unnecessary stuff, making your room look neater. Use furniture that is multipurpose like a couch bed or a coffee table, which can also be used as a dining table.

Sofas and chairs without arms will make the room look more roomy. You can also change the display of your furniture frequently, giving your room a different look.

Decoration
Use pleasant and sophisticated decorative items. You can try decorating your room with pictures of yourself and your loved ones, the gifts you’ve received, or even shells you may have collected from the beach. This will give your room a warm and informal look.

These were some of the smart and easy designs ideas for small apartments. You can also add your own creativity to these ideas to achieve the perfect room you’ve always desired.