How To Choose The Right Kitchen Rug

The kitchen has the potential to be one of the messiest places in any house. With meals constantly being prepared in it and people gathering to eat, there are bound to be crumbs dropping to the floor and stains from wine, oil and other fluids. It is no wonder that people shy away from including a rug in the kitchen. With proper maintenance and care, kitchen rugs are a blessing rather than a curse. Not only do they work to add style and personality in your kitchen, they also ensure safety within the kitchen and help improve your comfort as you work.

Choosing the right kitchen rug takes more than just pointing and paying for the first rug you come across. There are some things that need to be considered beforehand. A good starting point is to ask yourself why you need a kitchen rug. Is it for comfort’s sake or do you require it as a style piece? If comfort trumps style then woolen rugs or their anti-fatigue counterparts are what you should be looking for. They have the ability to cushion your feet as you stand thanks to their plush nature.

If having a stylish kitchen is the main drive behind your resolve to buy a kitchen rug then make sure it ties in with the rest of the kitchen. This does not mean that it has to be in the same color scheme as the kitchen. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, having a contrasting solid color in a more monochromatic themed kitchen could go a long way in breaking the color pattern. If you have a busy kitchen in terms of the already existing décor, then a more neural colored rug or one with a subtle pattern will do.

As we have already established, kitchens are bound to be messy. The ease of cleaning should therefore be a key determining factor when choosing a kitchen rug. Woven rugs such as sisal rugs or jute rugs are easier to clean than their woolen counterparts. Woolen rugs on the other hand are made stain and water resistant. Choose a rug that can be machine or hand washed for ease of maintenance.

You probably wondered how a kitchen rug can help to ensure your safety while in the kitchen. Well, the simplest answer is that they keep you from falling as a result of spilled fluids. Tiled and hardwood floors can tend to be rather slippery even without water or any other liquids having been poured. Rugs therefore help to improve the traction of your feet and keep you from falling. Anti-slip rugs are particularly useful when it comes to this. They are designed to be nice and comfortable on the top side while staying firmly in place regardless of the foot traffic that they encounter.

How To Make Throw Pillows Work For You

Your living room is one of the areas in your home that receive the most attention. It is in this room that you entertain guests and spend quality time with family. It is, therefore, understandable when the living room seems to be the centerpiece of the entire home in terms of décor. Adding a small touch can go a long way to giving your living room a new lease of life.

Throw pillows are a great way to spice up even the dullest of living spaces. They come in different shapes, sizes, and finishes with each attribute designed to achieve a given look. Welted throw, bolster and round pillows, for example, are perfect for anyone looking to lend their room that classic look. Square shaped pillows along with their rectangular counterparts work well for that modern look.

With throw pillows, you have the freedom to play with the shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns. When looking to diversify patterns, consider alternating a bold pattern with a small one. Another option is to have a bold pattern matched with a solid colored pillow. If looking to experiment with shapes, the rule of thumb is to have the larger pillows on the outside and decrease the size as you approach the middle.

Mix and matching colors on throw pillows can prove to a rather tricky affair. A safe way to do it is to use colors in the same family. You could, for example, base the color scheme of your throw pillows on primary colors. Another option is to have pillows in different shades of the same color. This allows you to be adventurous with your décor while ensuring that you do not overdo it with the colors.

Another aspect of throw pillows to keep an eye out for when decorating your living room is the details used on them. Some details such as the use of tassels and welts are best suited for a traditionally classic feel. Knifed or flanged edges are more applicable for a more modern look. The use of fabric is another detail that is instrumental in achieving a given look. Pillows with similar fabrics used all through the fabric fit perfectly in with the classic look while those with different fabrics either at the edges, regardless of the type of finishing, are best suited for a more contemporary look.

Lastly, the texture of the fabric is something you will want to pay close attention to. If you are the type of person that loves having people over, then opt for throw pillows with soft and firm fabrics. The latter will ensure that they last longer while the former ensures that they are comfortable enough

 

Matching The Rug To The Room

Rugs are an easy way to get your house in order in terms of décor. Used right, they have the potential to make a room come alive. Used in the wrong way, they can easily undo all the hard work that has gone into getting the décor of the room right. Fabric, texture, size, and color are some of the considerations that go into matching the rug to a room. Even with all these thing considered, do the rugs you have placed in different rooms really suit the rooms?

Take the front door for example, is the rug placed there well suited? We tend to work with a simple heavy rug on the outside of the door and save all the pomp and glamour of the rug world for the inside. Well, it is time thins changed. Yes, the idea behind a door rug is to ensure that the shoes coming into your house are relatively clean. This does not mean you cannot earn style points right at your doorstep. Whenever guests come to your house, they interact with the rug on the outside first before they have a chance to be wowed on the inside. Having a heavy rug outside accompanied by a lighter, more decorative rug right at the door step is a good way to wow anyone who calls on you.

Once you have impressed your guests with your sense of style on the outside of the house, it is time to wow them even further with what you have done on the inside. The rule of thumb when fitting your rug to the living room is to fit the living room to the rug. This simply means that first comes the rug, then comes everything else. In order to achieve a more polished and intentional look, have just the front parts of your seats interacting with the rugs.

The kitchen is also another place to express your creativity with a rug. Here, think both functionality and style. Where you have a bold color or pattern in the rest of the kitchen décor, make use of a less attention grabbing rug. Think small patterns and, or neutral colors for the rug. Where you have a more neutral kitchen in terms of color and décor then a bold pattern or a bright colored rug is the best way to go. Regardless of the color or pattern choice, easy to clean rugs are best suited for any kitchen.

Your bedroom is another place where the size and placement of a rug will make a difference. If you are willing to splurge on this decorative item, then by all means get yourself a rug that is large enough for your bed to sit on and leave a little room on the edges. If your budget does not allow for this to happen then the same stylish effect can be achieved with a smaller sized rug placed at the bottom edge of the bed.

Organizing Your Living Room The Easy Way

Maintaining a clean and neat living room is a particularly difficult affair. Since this is the most frequented room in the house, there is bound to be clutter and other unwanted items accumulating. Having to constantly clean up after people can be back-breaking work. It, however, does not necessarily have to be so. With a few organizational hacks, you can constantly achieve a clean and well-maintained living room in no time.

Investing in functional pieces of furniture is one way to keep your living room clean and tidy. Opt for furniture pieces such as coffee tables or window seats that have some storage space. These will go a long way into helping you create space for things that you are not always using. If you have children these can act as storage spaces for their toys. Coffee tables can also double up as magazine holders. So instead of leaving magazines lying around on the coffee table or on the seats, visitors and family alike can use the table to neatly tuck them away.

Another source of clutter in most living rooms is family photos. There is nothing wrong with wanting to display some of your most precious moments with your family. The issue comes in when we try to cram as many phot frames as humanly possible in the small available space in the living room. Out of the box ways of displaying your family photos will not only help spice up your living room, they will allow you to free up some space. Make use of your walls when looking to get creative when displaying your photos.

We have a tendency to buy things that we think will look good in the house even when, in reality, we have no space to keep them. These unnecessary purchases only work towards adding to the chaos of the rooms. By maintaining a minimalistic appeal to your living room, you allow enough room for people to actually move around and get comfortable whenever they are interacting with each other in this living space.

Planning your room is quite important where maintaining an organized room is concerned. This means that you have to do more than just deciding where the Tv goes in relation to the sofa. Consider your lifestyle as well as that of the inhabitants of your home. A house with children would benefit from a designated playing area. This means that any and all messes made by the kids are confined to one section of the living room and thus become much easier to handle. If you or anyone in your home like to have friends over often, then a gaming area would come in handy.

What Bathroom Faucet Is Right For You?

Apart from the living room, the bathroom is the other room in the house that is frequented the most. Given the amount of time we spend in the bathroom at any given day, it is no wonder that we strive to ensure that we bring our A game when it comes to decor. Bathroom faucets are probably the center of attraction for most bathrooms. Thanks to the headways made in today’s fields of design and technology, one has a wide selection of faucets to choose from.

Before you get trigger happy and start buying and replacing faucets, stop and think about what you want your bathroom to look like. Different faucets will achieve different looks depending on the materials used and the design of the faucets itself. Another thing to keep in mind is the age composition of your home. If you have children, then using faucets with a polished finish may no be the best of ideas. Children are messy by nature. As such you will constantly have to clean up after them. Polished faucets in such an instance only add to the workload due to the water spots that are bound to be left behind.

Your bathroom decor needs to complement that of the rest of the house. One, therefore, has to consider the general theme of the house when looking to change the faucets. If having everything in your house in the same style or theme is a bit of a bore then you could always choose to match the faucets with other things within the bathroom. Using door knobs as a baseline for the materials to be used is a great way to keep things simple yet exciting.

Times are changing and Mother Nature seems to be pushing back against all the pressure put on her. Water scarcity has now become a reality for many places across the globe. It is for this reason that faucet designers are more inclined towards more water conservation friendly designs. For water and energy efficiency, hands free, low flow, lamina flow and self motored faucet styles are best suited.

Lastly, think about how compatible your proposed new faucet is with your current sink. The number of hole in your sink should guide you when choosing a faucet. Widespread mount and center set faucets are best suited for use with a three-hole sink while single-hole faucets work well with single-hole sinks.  Where the faucet does not fit the sink, a sink replacement will be required. Be sure to weigh the financial pros and cons of doing this in order to come to a more informed decision. Visiting a show room is, however, recommended for anyone looking for a more practical example of how any given faucet is likely to look in their bathrooms.