Recently there has been an outburst of people deciding to rip up carpet on their stairs and opt for painted stairs with carpet tiles but there are some downsides to removing your carpet and not replacing with carpet again.
Carpeting your stairs come with a few benefits so it is always worth considering these before you decide to bare your stairs.
1. Aesthetic appeal – you may find when pulling up your stair carpet that the structure underneath isn’t perfect or could have chips or damage. This will be more common in older homes. If you do decide to paint over the overall look may not look very good if the stairs are not in good condition.
2. Noise – without carpet on your stairs you will hear people or pets coming up or down your stairs. The cushioning of underlay and carpet diminishes loud noises from heavy feet.
3. Safety – a fall down carpeted stairs is less likely to cause so many bruises or damage due to the cushioning effect of carpet.
There are many different reasons why you would hire a carpet cleaner such as spillages, general dirt, pet accidents, or odour but there are also many reasons why you shouldn’t. Sometimes the task of carpet cleaning should be left to the professionals but why?
1. Cost – many supermarkets or hardware stores have carpet cleaners that you can hire out for 24 hours or longer. Generally, these are hired out as reasonable prices but you then have to add the cost of specialist carpet detergent, your time spent collecting the carpet cleaner, time spent actually using the machine, and returning to the shop. When you total this all up it can come to well over £50 which is the same if not more it would cost you to hire in a professional.
2. Permanent damage – you are not an expert in cleaning carpets, you could easily use the wrong cleaning detergent which could ruin your carpet. Another issue is using too much water this could potentially leave your carpets damp and ruin them.
3. Equipment – the machines you can hire will not compete with specialist carpet cleaners used by the professionals. Those stains that you’re trying to remove may need more power than the machines you can hire.
The kitchen is a room which endures heavy use and is prone to more spillage, therefore a kitchen requires a durable and hard-wearing flooring to withstand heavy foot traffic which is also easy to keep clean without enduring damage from liquids and food.
Flooring in general has come a long way over the years and there is now much more choice. We’ve compiled a list of flooring that is suitable for a kitchen.
• Laminate flooring – this is the perfect flooring choice for those of you with kitchens that are prone to spillages, its very easy to clean and keep looking its best. It comes in a huge variety of different colours and patterns but you should choose a higher AC rating of laminate to ensure it is durable enough for heavy foot traffic.
• Luxury Vinyl – this flooring is also an excellent choice for kitchens as its water-resistant properties mean that the floor will be easy to clean. Luxury vinyl is very durable which means it’s able to resist the wear and tear of a busy kitchen while maintaining its aesthetic.
• Solid Wood Kitchen Flooring – for those of you who prefer a more traditional looking kitchen, solid wood is a great option. Solid wood flooring gives any kitchen a wow factor and is very hard-wearing.
Solid oak flooring really does pair perfectly with a rug. You can choose a classic design like Aztec or Tudor, or perhaps a more contemporary faux fur rug, but whatever look you decide on, a rug can add a touch of cosiness and comfort to your solid flooring. Oak may be extremely beautiful and durable, but it doesn’t give home a great deal of comfort, yet many homeowners do not want to ruin the look by adding lengths of carpet, so a rug is a wise option. Whether you have mahogany oak, light oak or something in-between, there are so many colours and styles of rugs to choose between nowadays, so take your time to find one that will look beautiful in your home. It’s important to make sure you choose a rug that matches the character and feel of your property, so let’s say you have a cottage bungalow in the country, a thick sheepskin rug would be a lovely addition to your classic oak floor.
A summerhouse can be very basic when it’s just been built and some designs will only have a concrete base for flooring, whilst others may have wooden floor panels. So when you’re perking the space up a bit, you may want to consider the different types of flooring on offer.
One option is carpet, but this is only really a good idea if your summerhouse is well insulated and protected. A carpet can add a touch of warmth to the room, but if people are stepping in straight from the garden lawn, it may be hard to keep the carpet clean from muddy footprints, so a pathway will be needed. Another option is laminate tiles, and we like this one quite a lot. It’s stylish, cheap and it’s very easy to install. It will also make the summerhouse feel more homely, and you can always add a touch of cosines with a thick warm welcome mat or rug if you wanted.
Runner rugs are a great addition to the interior of your home, and due to their long narrow design, they fit perfectly in hallways. As hallways are an area of the home which sees a high level of traffic, it is important to try and preserve the flooring.
Runner rugs help to provide extra protection to your flooring or may be required to cover up worn out flooring. Replacing flooring can be quite expensive, an easier and cheaper temporary option would be to place a runner down instead.
Runners, like most rugs, come in a variety of styles and designs. You can choose from a range of colours, patterns and pile type. You can select a design that compliments the rest of the interior of your home, improving the look and style of your home.
As a runner has a long and narrow design, making sure it stays in the correct position is important and movement may cause it to look lopsided. You can help prevent this from occurring by adding a rug grip beneath the runner rug.
Living rooms allow you to bring out your creative designer within, with many seeking a unique look for their home. Designing your living room can be fun, however, when it comes to flooring you have a decision to make: Patterned or plain carpet?
Patterned carpets can bring a lot of style to your living room, however with a bold carpet design other aspects of the interior of the room should be subtler. A patterned carpet and a bold wallpaper can become a bit of an eyesore. Patterned carpet can be used to help create the illusion of a large space, for example, striped carpets can make a room appear wider than it actually is, however, a busy pattern can do the opposite.
If bold wallpaper is more your thing, you may want to stick with a plain carpet. A plain carpet allows you to alter the design of your living room easily without having to lay a new carpet each time you fancy a change.
There are many ways in which you can create a traditional bathroom. You can purchase a classic freestanding roll top bathtub, a Belfast sink and wash basin and classical mirrors but the flooring also needs to be considered.
For a complete classical look, checkered flooring is a fine option, and it works perfectly in period style properties. Depending on the budget you have available, you can opt for vinyl flooring or solid tiles, and by creating this bliss balance between black and white; you can allow other colours in the room to really come to the fore, such as deep reds or silky gold. Checkered flooring may not be the most common option for a bathroom, but the style it can provide is second to none. No matter what colours you’re looking to use in your bathroom, black and white checkered tiles will complement it perfectly, so make sure you consider this option if you’re planning on redecorating your bathroom.
Adding a rug to your bedroom can be all it needs to complete the desired look. Rugs can bring individual design elements together, bringing balance and texture to your room. When it comes to choosing a rug there are a few factors you may want to consider.
Colour- this is probably the most important element to think about. The colour depends on the theme of your room, if you want it to match other item or if you want the rug to stand out and become a design feature of its own.
Pattern- Patterns look great, but only in rooms that aren’t already busy. If your room is clutter free and minimalistic, a patterned rug will certainly look great.
Size- This really depends on the size of your room, and how much floor space you wish for the rug to cover. We suggest cutting out mock templates and seeing what size will work best for your bedroom’s design.
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