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Many of my Clients have expressed Frustration when decorating with Blue Color Palette or Color Scheme.
Why is using Blue as a Base Color for Home Décor so frustrating?
Using the wrong shade of Blue can produce Color Clash. If you choose the wrong Shade of Blue as a Base Color, it can severely limit the scope of colors you will be able to decorate with. Using Deep or Bold Blue Colors can limit your choices of Accent Colors to other Shades of Blue, Silver, Black and Gray… which also limits the Style and Color of Furniture you will be able to use. If Contemporary Furnishings, with heavy use of Black Fabrics with Chrome and Glass Fixtures, are Not Exactly what you had in mind for any given room, you will want to Carefully Consider the use of Blue in your Décor.
If you want to avoid being limited by Color in your Home Décor, I would suggest using most Blue colors as an Accent Color, rather than your Base decorating color. However, if you are dead-set on Blue as a Base for your Home Décor Color Scheme, be sure to choose Shades of Blue that are more abundantly found in Nature such as Sky Blue, Ocean Blue, etc… There are infinitely more Complimentary Colors that will work great with the Shades of Blue found in God’s Creation… and you won’t get pigeon-holed into only using colors from a limited palette.
Amazing Price for this Handmade Wool Area Rug with Neutral Blue Base Color
Better Hurry! This rug is Priced for Clearance!
(This 8′ x 10′ Area Rug is a great size for Living Room or Dining Area)
You will find this rug listed as Brown but the base color is clearly Blue)
8’x10′ Traditional Wool Handmade Area Rug
(Listed as Brown… but the background is base color Blue)
Normal Retail price for this Rug: $799.00
Are you having trouble incorporating Blue into your Color Scheme?
Certain shades of Blue can be a Home Decor Nightmare… Too much Blue in your main color scheme can limit your use of other colors to Grays, Chrome, Silver and Glass. This Handmade Area Rug has just the Right Shade and just the Right Amount of Blue to Enhance your room and compliment any colors. These Jaipur themed rugs are Constructed from 100% Wool fibers and these rugs are an instant classic. From deep reds to subtle greens, the colors in these rugs provoke a gentle, yet majestic feel. Wool Area Rugs are the Best Choice for Durability and Clean-ability. This area rug also has Heavy Depth and Weight… No Pad or Cushion Needed. Will Not Wrinkle, Buckle or Crawl.
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Chain Store Little White Lies concerning Free and Stainmaster Carpet
The home improvement Chain Store marketing and advertising campaigns has really become… Shall we say, “Creative”… especially since the economy has caused most of us to “blow the dust out of our wallets” and watch our spending habits. There is nothing wrong with creative marketing… but since my job is connected to Internet Marketing and the Flooring industry, it causes me to flinch at some of these new “Strategies”. These aren’t the only “little white lies” that bug me, but I’ll just start with these two, for now.
I think it was P.T. Barnum that said “There’s a sucker born every minute”, and it seems that the large chain stores would view us as such… and that they are willing to take advantage of a consumers lack of knowledge and experience when it comes to Carpet, Pad and Installation.
The first “little white lie” that causes me discomfort is the Free Carpet, or Free Installation Illusion. Do they really think that we are so gullible as to believe that they will actually Give Away Their Profits. We must keep in mind that these are Huge Corporate Home Improvement Chains with No Real Mind of its Own (or moral sensitivities)… It’s All about the Bottom Line Profits.
My wife’s grandmother (granny Suzie) was fond of using this phrase; “There is No Such Thing as a FREE Puppy”. This statement applies to most things considered FREE. When someone gives you a puppy there is always considerable costs associated, such as licensing, vaccinations, neutering or spaying, dog-food… not to mention the replacement of Chewed Up shoes and Furnishings. Nothing comes to us at No Cost. Almost everything we Own also requires maintaining… that’s more time and money, which is exactly why I would like to get rid of everything except the bare essentials.
No matter how much people use the word Free in an ad campaign… we should all have sense enough to know that Nothing in Life is Free… especially Carpet, Pad or Installation. No matter how you slice it or dice it, every business has to make a profit to keep their doors open. Profits are merely re-routed from one portion of the invoice to another, in order to sustain the sale, and build the illusion that a customer is getting something for Free.
One fellow that I know personally was running a marketing and advertising campaign that promised “Free Carpet… you only pay for the pad and Installation”. What he neglected to mention to his customers was the fact that these free carpets were mostly 2nds. That means that they were mostly Flawed in some manner. Even if a carpet is only off-color or has minor flaws, I believe that a customer deserves to know it. Just like any other product, there are certain things that can go wrong during the manufacture of carpeting. Most flaws are minor and never even visible to the eye… however, sometimes there is an imbalance in the chemicals that compose the majority of synthetic carpets that are sold these days… and sometimes these flaws affect the structural integrity of a carpet to such an extent that it will never live up to its warranty standards. For example; if the chemical structure for the synthetic latex is wrong, then the structural integrity of the entire carpet is compromised. Due to the fact that synthetic latex is the substance that bonds the fibers and backing materials together. This would cause a process known as de-lamination, and would result in a very short life-span for any given carpet… no matter how great the fiber is, or what sort of upgraded secondary backing is used! Latex is like the foundation of a home. If you get it wrong, the whole thing is going to prematurely fall apart. To sell such a product as if there was nothing wrong is a “little white lie” that is like a “burr in my britches”!
As for me, my conscience would not bear it, if I knew I was passing off carpets with invisible or visible and notable flaws… especially if those flaws affected the durability and clean-ability of the carpet… but that’s just me I suppose, because most chain stores will never even consider such things or give them a second thought. Probably because it doesn’t Directly affect any Individual’s Reputation.
Perhaps I am a little old-fashioned or maybe my standards are just too high… but I believe a customer deserves to know the Quality of Products and Service they are receiving for the money they have worked so hard to get. This leads me to the next “little white lie”.
Stainmaster Carpets, which are being passed off as if they were a Manufacturing Brand Name product. Valid Brand Name Carpet manufacturers are companies like Mohawk, Shaw, Beaulieu, etc… who all have their own lines of styles which include Stainmaster Treatment for Carpet Fibers. Stainmaster is a Topical Treatment for Stain Resistance… Not a Style in and of itself. So I consider it to be a “white lie” to pretend that a patented Process is the same as a Manufacturer Brand Name.
Stainmaster is a patented Stain Protection process that can be used on any good quality Nylon Carpet Fiber by anyone who manufactures carpeting.
Example time again: Tommy T’s Plumbing Solutions is my trusted Local Plumber and he would never claim to “Roto-Rooter” your drains… because that is both as copyrighted and patented “Brand” and “Process” of un-clogging your drains. Just because he has equipment that will accomplish the Exact Same Result as the “Roto-Rooter” brand name, would not make it okay for him to advertise under that Brand.
Stainmaster has been around for a long time, and has definitely proven itself to be more exceptional than topically untreated nylon fibers and is a process where every fiber is designed to be saturated with stain protector. It was cutting-edge carpet technology for its time. However, it also comes at greater cost to the consumer. Stainmaster does a lot of marketing and advertising for their product. Guess who pays for all that advertising? (That’s right… We Do)!
And I think you have the right to know that our dealership also carry styles of New, “GREEN” Carpet Fibers that actually outperform Stainmaster in every way… while costing several dollars Less, per square yard. You can stop by our store anytime to view our new PET Recycled Carpets and our PTT (Smartstrand – micro-fiber) technologies, which have been scientifically tested and proven to be just as good, or even better, than a nylon fiber that is fully coated (or immersed) with Stain Protector. Like Mohawk and DuPont’s latest Sorona Brand fibers.
The Trade name is “Triexta”. Here is a brief excerpt from one of my carpet trade emails;
“The new trade name is Triexta. As we have said this is the newest and most advanced technology in carpet fiber. Those of you who have taken on our New Generations display, made with Dupont Sorona, know that the selling benefits and acceptance by the consumer have been tremendous. What other fiber can offer the consumer so much as Triexta. The fiber is the softest in the industry, all continuous filament, comes with a texture & fade warranty and has a life time stain warranty. As you are also aware some of our competitors have tried to say that their fiber is just as good as Triexta in meeting the attributes that this fiber offers. That is just not true when it comes to staining as their fiber is treated with a topical stain guard while Triexta needs no topical treatment as it is built right into the fiber”.
*Taken from a Mohawk Industries information email.
You can log into the Internet and view their latest test where they allowed Ricko the Rhino to live on this Amazing New Technology in Carpet Fiber… and Now there’s a New Challenge:
Or go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IJHrOCZlvU to learn more.
Tip: Nylon Fibers can only be outwardly coated with dye and stain protection, while PET and PTT fiber actually absorbs dyes and “Scotchguard” (or other stain protections), so that it creates a molecular bond, and becomes an inward part of the carpet fibers.
What’s my Point?
There is really No Need for home improvement chain stores to use such Subterfuge, Illusions and “Little White Lies” in Marketing and Advertising; such as FREE Carpet, 60% FREE, FREE Installation or using the brand name Stainmaster (not Stain-Captain… you’ve seen the commercials), as if it were a separate Manufacturer, Brand or Style of Carpet, unless you are trying to Trick your customers and:
- Corner an aspect of the carpet market (and drive sales away from small local dealers)
- Confuse the customer (& not allow them to make an Educated Decision)
- Make it Impossible to Compare Pricing or Products with other dealers
- Pretend you have an Exclusive Product (that nobody else has access to)
- Make Small Dealers go Bankrupt (four small dealers have had to close their doors this past year or so, in my home town alone)
What’s my Goal with this article?
That you should be able to recognize a “little white lie” for what it is, and be able to make an Informed and Educated Decision as to which Brand and Style of Carpet fits your family’s needs, and budget. During these unprecedented times of economic struggle, it’s vital to know what you are getting for your money. The Truth is this… Small Carpet Dealers will often have a Better Selection with More Budget Friendly Choices than home improvement chain stores! Even though you can’t compare style names and numbers, because the chain stores have their own labels and listings, you can still compare Quality and Price… when you know what to look for… and we are certainly happy to take the time to educate you.
So don’t be afraid to Shop at your Local Small Flooring Dealers (and other Local Small Businesses), where you will most often find Real and Honest Value from the people that are your neighbors and friends.
I understand your dilemma. We are all in the Same Boat. Corporate retail and home improvement chain stores have made it difficult for Local Small Business to Exist, much less Thrive. However, I have Faith that together we will do what it takes to Support our Friends and Neighbors, by Shopping Locally Whenever Possible. If we don’t choose to support each other Now… We’ll all end up working at a Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowe’s and other corporate chain store, for Minimum Wage, No Benefits and No Real Future! The choices we make today will affect our families for generations to come. (I wish president Obama would understand this concept).
SHOP LOCALLY… Now More than Ever… the Job you Save could be your Own!
We need to Keep Honest and Hard-Working Small Business Alive in America, or the Corporate Chain Stores are going to Drive us all Out of our Jobs… while they… well, let’s just say it like it really is, with no little white lies… They are willing to Lie, Cheat, Tell you Myths and Fairy Tales… Whatever it Takes to Increase Their Profits at Our Expense, even if it means that even our Jobs and small businesses should be taken from us.
Thanks for your time; I know how valuable it truly is,
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5 Steps to Area Rug Behavior – No More Wrinkles, Buckles and Bunching ever again
Your new area rug can be a joy or a nightmare. Here are 5 steps to Area Rug Behavior. 5 tips to help you rid yourself of wrinkles, buckles and bunching forever.
- Buy a Decent Area Rug
Area Rugs are often bought as an impulse item. When you need a rug to accent your décor or to cover an ugly spot, don’t give in to the temptation of buying a chain store special, based on color and price only. An area rug should be a well thought décor item, not a cheap after-thought. You don’t have to break the bank. Most good quality wool fiber rugs are available in style and qualities that will fit most any budget. Fine quality wool fiber area rugs can be purchased Online and shipped right to your front door for about the same price as those chain store pretenders.
- Buy a New Zealand Wool Fiber Area Rug
Wool Fiber that has been shorn from New Zealand sheep is the best fiber for an area rug. Why a New Zealand sheep? Because they have been bred to produce “carpet quality” wool fiber. An area rug of New Zealand wool fiber will be soft on the feet and extremely durable. Most stains are not a problem; simply blot gently with clear warm water for best results.
- Make sure it is at least 12mm or More- pile density
An area rugs density will play an important role in its life and performance. A flimsy cotton or olefin (polypropylene) rug or a runner without a secondary backing is nothing but trouble. A rug without sufficient density will wrinkle, warp, buckle and bunch. Not to mention the battle for possession that takes place when you try to vacuum it. The vacuum almost always wins this battle as you try using your feet to keep it under submission and out of the suction tube. I don’t know anyone who enjoys constantly adjusting and straightening their rugs. If you buy a rug with sufficient pile density (or weight) it will remain where you place it and behave when you vacuum. I prefer rugs of at least 12mm. Especially if they are to be placed over wall-to-wall carpet. Buy a dense rug and let gravity keep it in position and under control.
- Cotton or Jute Backing is preferred
Although cotton or jute backing is preferred, many rugs are manufactured with a secondary backing. I prefer rugs that are woven without the secondary backing. Because you can tell if it’s a good quality rug when you can detect the pattern of the rug while looking at it from the back. Whether a rug is machine-made or hand-knotted it has to be woven into something. Cotton or jute is preferred, but polypropylene mesh is fine when used in the backing of a rug (but never the face fiber). However; some rugs need that secondary backing to add density and weight. Also consider how the are rug is bonded. Single backed area rugs only need a small amount of latex to keep them bonded while secondary backing rugs need more latex to secure the backing material. If the rug maker uses synthetic latex for bonding, your nose will be happy. It will only have a new rug smell for a short period of time. If your rug maker uses a lot of real latex to secure a secondary backing, it will most likely stink of burnt rubber for years to come. Especially when the weather gets hot. Most noses and eyes are sensitive to real latex in larger doses. If you have chemical sensitivities, stick to single backed area rugs that don’t use heavy applications of synthetic latex.
- Don’t place Heavy Furniture on your Area Rugs
Area rugs are often intended to define and delineate space. If your rug is too big for the area you are decorating you will be tempted to tuck the edges of the rug under your heavier pieces of furniture. When heavy furnishings are placed on an area rug they can often cause bunching and wrinkling where the furniture legs are indenting their selves into your rug. This can cause the most beautiful and expensive rugs to look cheesy and warped. Indents, wrinkles and warping of rugs from heavy furnishings can also become more permanent. To avoid costly rug repairs down the road, keep four to six inches of distance from heavy furniture. (Coffee tables are fine; sofas, hutches and entertainment systems are a definite no-no). Although not often. Some rug applications may result in the need for a dense and firm rug pad (or cushion). I always suggest the use of all-felt or synthetic all-felt rug pads.
Avoiding the hassles of wrinkles, buckles and bunching in your area rug is as easy as pie when you consider applying these 5 tips. Your new area rug can be a joy or a nightmare. Always buy good quality (not museum quality) New Zealand wool fiber area rugs with a single woven and bonded cotton or jute backing, and never place it under any heavy furniture. Follow these rules and your new area rug will be a joy for many years to come. Visit our web site for more area rug and home décor items and information.
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Could the hallmarks of Prudent and Mature Home Decor be ascertained by that which we choose to walk on? It does not take much insight to observe the difference between the arbitrary and trendy fashion frequenter, and the thoughtful, more prudent home decorator. One of the most notable signs of prudent home decor is the practical choice and application of Area Rugs as they are scattered among similar evidences of design. Therefore, it is at this junction that I will hazard a comparison of the two endeavors and how they approach their inevitable result.
As we inherently mature in thought and emotion, and as we grow in quality of character, the choices we make in designing a space should naturally follow suit. There are basically two approaches at interior decoration and they differ as light unto darkness when based upon this premise. The one approach is youthful, arbitrary and full of whimsy. The other approach is mature, prudent and pragmatic. Both approaches address the same issue of home decor aesthetics, but by no means are they remotely similar. The phenomena is best gauged by comparing the living space of a teenager to that of their parent. While the room of a teenager may be charming and whimsical, hardly ever would you describe it as an attempt at professional home decoration or design. When we contrast this trendy style with the thoughtful abode of the parent we see some very striking differences in result. Yet it is the cause that intrigues me more than the result. It is the cause that separates the amateur from the professional, and not vice-versa. I am persuaded that maturity plays a large roll in the differing results. And yet, could maturity alone explain how two people, given the same criteria and budget, could end their task with such markedly divergent results? For the time at hand I will concentrate my comparison on those factors that are materially evident between the two. It is not my intent to revisit that which is referred to as a "generation gap", but certainly, underlying motivation does allude to it’s existence. The root of the matter should be found in how we arrive at any decision we make in our lives.
My wife loves to watch the cable channels that feature home designers and decorators in their dual role as designer and entertainer. If we make comparisons of each "artist" and their talents, we may find that one individual takes a more cursory and seemingly effortless approach, while another is more thoughtful and tends to linger upon a decision before activating it. We could assume that the first person is confident in their skill and therefore is not concerned with the thoughts and feelings of the homeowner that they are designing for. This would lead us to a conclusion that the second person is somewhat less confident and may be delaying decisions as they consider how the result will resonate with the homeowner. Although the approach of two different people with two different styles is in play, they always arrive at an acceptable conclusion by remaining within the principles of home decor. This is evidenced by the fact that almost all of the homeowners are seemingly happy with the results. Could it be that the network would simply edit out or not air the homeowners that were unhappy with the redesign. We are just now learning of homeowners that eventually became disheartened or even angry with the quality of craftsmanship that occurred on some of these shows. We must take note that it was the quality of the work and not the design or decor that these homeowners are unhappy with. This proves to my mind that any style or personality inflection can be used to reach a satisfactory result in home decor because you are following a set of rules and guidelines that have already been established that you know you can depend on. Therefore there must be some rule or principle that is abandoned when we see unsatisfactory home decor results. Let us go back to the parent-teen model to further examine our question.
If we examine the shopping habits of the young and trendy and compare them to the mature and prudent parent, we begin to see a major variance in intention and motivation. The teen is only concerned with temporary appearance. She buys decor items on a whim and instant gratification is the driving force. Is it because she knows her taste in decor will change? Or is it simple economy that drives her choices. She tends to buy decor items that are inexpensive and disposable. Is this an indicator of budget alone? I believe that we could safely assume that it is not budget that drives the decision, but rather the arbitrary and impetuous nature of the teen. She has not yet developed a maturity level that corresponds to the home decor effect she is trying to achieve. She does not yet understand the meaning of Value. As we look toward the parent we see a very different approach in shopping habits. She is an experienced shopper and out of necessity she has learned that not all home decor products have the same value even though they can be similar in price. The driving force for the mature shopper is to research and find a product that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also has an element of durability and craftsmanship. She would rather buy one better quality item than five low quality (or disposable) products. She has more intention of stretching each dollar she spends in order to maximize the final result. Therefore we can assume that the driving factor of decision for the parent is Quality.
Quality of craftsmanship, durability and low maintenance will usually distinguish a prudent home decorator from an arbitrary designer. I see evidence of this each day as I deal with clients and their choices in flooring products. The consumer that purchases based on factors other than quality will always be disappointed over time. Ignoring quality means that we base our decision on factors that will not stand the test of time. Such as choosing a product on mere color or pattern, without deference to the quality of that item. But quality usually means extra expense. Not always. Buying quality decor items does not always translate into higher prices. It does demand that you research your purchases and don’t be shy about questioning salespeople and dealers. Just as there are flooring products that are a better Value for your hard earned dollars, there are other home decor items that offer better quality than others that are close to the same pricing. Ask your consultant to show you the best quality item in your price range. On average, the difference in purchasing quality flooring can be two-hundred to six-hundred dollars, depending on the amount of floor being covered. This represents a substantial variance in the Quality of said flooring. Quality can make a huge difference in your overall satisfaction with a purchase, so it makes absolute sense to pay a little more for something that is built to last and still maintain your budget.
As this applies to area rugs, there are huge divergences in quality and craftsmanship. Most people know that cheap chain store rug cannot compare to fine wool area rugs for quality and durability. You cannot possibly expect to be satisfied with a cheap olefin or polypropylene area rug (especially if it has a solid latex or rubber backing). It will not last for many years to come. The typical chain store area rug is marketed toward the youthful and whimsical impulse buyer. Whenever I enter a home that has these type of cheap, wrinkly rugs with curling edges that are certainly a trip hazard, I know what style of decor shopper the homeowner is. I am also witness to extreme markups on "budget" area rugs and I can say with confidence that the wise and mature buyer seeks quality wool area rugs at reduced prices. Area rugs should not be impulse items. They should be well thought out pieces of floor art, with quality fiber and craftsmanship that prove the insight and maturity of a homeowner’s decor.
There has been no greater time to investigate the pricing and quality of wool area rugs. With crude oil prices pushing man-made fiber higher and higher, wool is fast becoming more economical than ever. If you must use man-made fiber rugs, make certain they are nylon, without any solid latex backings. However, wool fiber rugs are by far the wisest choice. With proper care, you can expect a wool fiber rug to last a lifetime. Which would you rather have, disposable fashion, or prudent and mature home decor? That which we choose to walk on may say more about us than we care to imagine.
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Here is a recent email consult I had with a very nice individual that was having Edge Curl Problems with his Area Rug. Here is the Substance of our email and a possible solution for this problem. This is a DIY Tip from me to you.
I thought this might be a typical consult on edge curling problems in light-weight area rugs. In this instance it was quite fortunate that this individual sent some pictures of his area rug for me to look at, as it turned out that he actually had what appears to be a Wool Fleece (not a Shag rug), and not an average light-weight area rug. Dealing with edge curl on a light weight Fleece can really be a challenge, once the edges begin to curl it becomes increasingly difficult to get them back into position so that they lay flat against the floor, this is . Edge Curl, Bunching and Wrinkles are problem for many light-weight rugs. Aside from Fleeces, there are a variety of rugs that may defy gravity and generally give you a hard time, when you just want them to lay flat and behave. Examples of light-weight rugs include some needle-punch or flat-weave rugs and some Kilims and Soumaks are more similar to a tapestry in weight and points per square inch. Many cotton or polypropylene (olefin) rugs that do not have a solid latex backing tend to exhibit these problems. Latex or rubber backed rugs can cause even greater problems, you can read about them in my blog or on my web site. My Advice: Do Not Buy Any Area Rug With a Solid Latex Backing (unless it’s for use on a patio or outdoors)! Okay, back to light-weight rugs and one possible solution for them. Here is the actual email response as I sent it…
Hi (Mr. Example),
What you have is not actually a standard area rug per se’, it looks as though you have an actual Wool Fleece which is great except for problems with edge curling. Most rug pads will not be of any help to you with this type of rug. One of the best solutions I could offer you would be to add substance and weight to your fleece by applying a secondary backing. You could use any heavy fabric or even a fabric painter’s tarp (or canvas) for your secondary backing. Using a latex based adhesive (a multi-purpose flooring adhesive will work fine) and a stiff paintbrush to apply it and bind your secondary backing to the back of your fleece rug. Here are the steps I would take.
1. Turn fleece rug over so back faces up.
2. Cut your fabric slightly larger than your fleece rug to allow for expansion or contraction of the fabric while the adhesive cures. Dry fit onto the back of the rug and be sure to allow 1 inch or so around all edges (you will trim it exactly after everything is done).
4. Roll back half of the fabric and apply your adhesive (approximately 1/32 to 1/16 inch layer of adhesive, you don’t want the adhesive to ooze through the fabric or the fleece), then roll and press fabric back onto the fleece.
5. Repeat this step for the other half.
6. Before you turn the fleece back over you will probably want to lay out some newspapers or a tarp so you don’t get adhesive on your primary flooring – Then turn the fleece back over.
7. Press and push from center of fleece to the outer edge with your hands to make certain the adhesive binds to the fabric and the back of the fleece.
8 After the adhesive dries completely (follow directions on container for drying time) approximately 4 hours for many adhesives, you can then use scissors to trim the fabric edges to fit the fleece rug. As you trim, make certain you have a good bond between your fabric and the back of the fleece. (You can peel back and re-glue any edges that may need reinforcing).
Now you have added enough substance and weight to your rug to keep the edges from curling, you should get many years of use out of it without fighting edge curling problems. Many people also use the technique I described above, but only apply a 6 inch strip of canvas to the edges. Since your fleece is so light-weight, I would suggest covering the entire backing according to the steps above. Hope this helps you… write me if you have more questions.
PS. Be sure to use a Fabric, Canvas, or Jute that is heavy or dense, but will still allow the rug to "breathe", this will help prevent the type of problems that occur with solid latex backings. It is very important that moisture and gases can pass through the rug and dissipate into the indoor atmosphere.
Is your home decor trapped in the past? Do you seem to be stuck with remnants of eighties, seventies or even nineteen-sixties home decor? Here are some home decor tips that may help keep the fabric of time and space intact for you, and help you move from trendy to timeless in your interior design.
One of the great benefits of my profession is that I get to visit all of my clients homes. Each client is as different as their home decor, so I get to see, first hand, what works and what doesn’t. Trendy, transitional or just tired and tattered, my clients share their flooring needs with me and we choose the type, style and color that will best suit their decor needs. As I traverse from one home to another, I have noted a phenomenon of science fiction proportions. Upon entry into each home, I seem to be time-warped to another decade. Another plane in the time-space continuum. I enter one home to find that I should have worn my platform shoes, because I am suddenly stuck in the seventies and it’s time to boogie. Upon entry to another home and I feel I need a pair of six-shooters strapped to my hips. Visit another home and I feel as though I should have grown a mullet to fit in with this eighties household. Another, and it’s back to the future. Of course, this is normal because most people who have called for me want to update their home decor. My experience tells me that most homeowners update their decor to current trends, and then get stuck there for ten to twenty years or more. Then there are those homes that always seem to look stylish and exquisite no matter what the current trend is. These are people who follow basic and timeless home decor techniques that never go out of style. Trendy is fun for a few years, but timeless decor can last a lifetime. Let us see if we can pin down some of those techniques that will make a lasting impression in interior design and decor.
The first element I will discuss is paint color choices. As an example; I have noticed that many people are painting all the walls in a room or rooms a red color. There’s nothing wrong with red, but the colors most people are choosing are trendy colors of red. These colors will most likely be unfashionable in a few short years. I understand the look they are trying to achieve, but the color choice is simply not one that will stand the test of time. Bright or pastel colors are almost always a trend. Do you remember the salmon pink from the sixties and seventies Or how about the peach and mint green colors of the eighties southwestern rage. If you want to be trendy with red, I suggest using the same color group, but let’s tone that down to a color that is somewhere around a muted hue of cinnamon or burgundy color. Now we have a color that doesn’t jump out at you as you enter the room because it is a more subtle shade that gives warmth and presence to the walls without overwhelming the entire room. Color choice is a very personal element, but if you want to use bright yellow in your home decor, save it for accent items that you can change out easily when you tire of them or when they are no longer in style (nobody wants to enter a room where they feel like they have just penetrated the center of the sun). Use tones or hues of color that accomplish your goal without going "over the top". If you love the color purple, you can use it. Just use a very subtle hue that blends into the background.
The next element would be window coverings. We have already discussed color so I won’t go into it here. What we do need to consider is how popular your window treatment is now, and how it will look in three to five years. The generation preceding the present thought that mini-blinds were the best window treatment. Now we see that they have mostly fallen out of favor, with the exception of using them as if they were shades set behind another type of window covering such as draperies, or with valances and trimmed with other fabric coverings. Most roman style shades will stand the test of time. I see a lot of plantation shutters being used, and they are much better for long-term use (depending on the look you are shooting for in your decor). Fabrics (or draperies) are another home decor element that can be trendy or timeless, depending on the textures and patterns in fabric coverings. If you stick with what has always worked throughout the decades, you can be trendy and still expect long term usage. Stick with subtle fabric patterns. The use of a trendy patterns like brightly colored circles (polka-dots) may look good this year, but what about next year. You can use any pattern your heart desires as long as it is subdued and does not scream out "look at me"! Also, watch out for trendy fabrics such as those with a metallic sheen because texture is also a very important factor in home decor. For Example: Velvet is timeless, as is lace.
I suppose we should say a word or two on Texture. I am happy to see many people using stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops in their kitchens. These are textures that have a lasting effect on home decor. Although I’m afraid that most people don’t realize the extra upkeep on granite or any real stone. These materials must be sealed well and periodically re-sealed to protect them. Real stone and some through body porcelain tiles are porous and require a sealer to protect them from spills that could leach into these textures. Glass is also a timeless texture for home decor. Brass and chrome seem to fade in and out of favor, but overall is generally safe. Watch out for exotic textures that are more on the trendy side.
As for flooring, the biggest mistakes people make are in the area of color and pattern. If people walk into your home and notice your flooring before they pay attention to your decor, you have probably made a bad color choice. You don’t have to choose safe earth tones for flooring, but you do need to make certain that your color selection blends into the background and not the forefront of your interior design. There are also different textures in flooring. Choose a texture that will last. During the time period when southwestern decor was all the rage, many people chose patterned Berber carpet for their floors. When trends changed, many people were having a hard time decorating around a floor that they no longer cared for because it was not stylish. Plush carpets are always safer for home decor and do not tend to go in and out of style. Hard-surface floorings should always have a natural look. Because hard-surface lasts a long time and is a greater investment, be careful about color and composition. You may have to live with a bad floor choice for many years. One terrific tool for flooring is the Area Rug. They are extremely versatile and if you stay to classic patterns, they will serve you for a long time. I always suggest the use of wool area rugs for their durability, stain resistance, and most oriental or middle eastern patterns always make a good appearance, without dependence on current styles and trends. Area rugs can be used to define space and for color accent or background color utilizing larger rugs. They are a good, timeless tool for home decor.
I am not saying that you can’t be trendy or up to date with your interior design. I am not saying you have to get stuck with traditional. Simply use more subtle colors, textures and patterns to establish the background for your decor, and use accent pieces and furnishings that can be easily and economically swapped out when they are no longer the rage. If you stick with what has always worked in the past, you preserve your home decor for the future. It can be fun for me to zip around in time and space, but it’s no fun for you as a homeowner or tenant, if your decor is stuck in the past. Don’t let your home decor get trapped in a time warp.
Area Rugs and Flooring are a passion, but they are not my only passion. Those of you who know me know the affinity I have for the Time Space Continuum. This fascination stems from my knowledge that God is Omni-present. That means that He is everywhere and with us all; all at the same time. It is also my belief that God is everywhere in the past, present and future at this very moment. Which would explain why He knows what we will do before we do it. I look forward to a day when we shall all be loosed from the bonds of time and space as we know it now. I think that time travel is just one of the benefits we receive as a Child of God. God’s word explains (in the book of Revelation) that someday an angel will proclaim that there will be "time, No Longer"; Rev. 10:6. Prophecies are also a glimpse of the future that God has allowed us to share. In many ways, we as God’s children are already free from the constraints of time and space… But that is a discussion for a later time…
Portions of this blog are part of an article I wrote for www.ezinearticles.com
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