All Things Decor Blog
Wooden flooring is available in many different types of wood and different types of construction. There are solid wooden floors in both softwoods and hardwoods in the form of long, narrow boards or planks, or smaller pieces used in, for example, parquet floors. Solid wooden floors are usually nailed or screwed to the sub-floor. There are also engineered wooden floors that consist of several layers glued together with the top layer only being solid wood. These are most often installed as a floating floor above a series of joists. […]
Black and white bathrooms always look so stylish whether they are in a traditional Art Deco style or designed with modern minimalism in mind. They are perfect in character or period homes and also in modern homes. And, best of all, they don’t date quickly so will look great for years to come so be a good investment in improving a home.
Bathroom manufacturers and the buying public all love white in bathrooms, whether it is the bathroom suite or large, glossy porcelain tiles there is really nothing to compare with gleaming white lines. White bathroom suites look equally good in period reproduction styles as they do in sleek contemporary styles and any of the huge range of bathrooms to choose from will look fabulous when complemented with black. Accent tiles in black can be used to create unique patterns on borders or tiled panels and black accessories such as vases, towels etc. enhance the monochrome look. If you are feeling very daring (and either don’t live in a hard-water area or have a water softener fitted) then I have even seen a black Art Deco style basin. Just be sure it will suit your style of home and bathroom (I’m personally still cautious about using any sort of coloured sanitary ware).
The bathroom has come along way in the past one hundred years. Once just a basic tub set in front of the living room fire and filled with buckets of water, the bathing experience is now a luxury in almost every western home. Back then, a ‘bathroom’ was something only the wealthy and privileged could afford to have in their house. It was this trend which lead to the mass production of bathroom products.
The Edwardian and Victorian styles of the time are still a popular choice today. They look exquisite in a villa or cottage bathroom, and never loose their appeal in terms of design.
Today, thanks to advanced plumbing and modern technology, the bathroom may well have evolved as far as it can. With luxury steam rooms and hydrotherapy baths, it’s difficult to imagine how bathrooms could get any more sophisticated. That said, the bathroom, like any room in the house, is ever changing in terms of design trends.
Here we look at the five most popular styles of bathroom designs. Traditional, Country, Shabby chic, Contemporary and Fantasy.
There are many challenges to get rooms right when you are creating your new home. Most important of all, is the look and the feel of the place. Wood has been a popular choice of flooring for many years and that is largely because it gives so many options. There are many different styles of wooden floor and just like the choice of colour on the walls, the choice of flooring can set the tone or mood for a room. Getting the floor right in a room is an essential finishing element and this needs the most attention because it is usually the most difficult part of the design to change when in place.
Ceramic tiles have been around in one form or another for thousands of years and for much of that time nothing much changed in the manufacturing process. But in recent years there have been huge advances in tile manufacturing technology and this has also led to inspirational new design processes. Tiles can now be produced that are super-thin and light or that are anti-slip or resistant to large temperature variations. There are even anti-bacterial tiles being produced and others with a coating baked onto the surface that purifies the air in the room.
So many of us are conscious of the environmental impact of how we live our lives that it is not surprising that when we are considering decorating or renovating our home that we want to choose environmentally-friendly resources and products. There is also a growing trend to be aware of the eco-credentials of the companies manufacturing the goods we buy. Sustainability is even being taught to 10-year old school children so you know it is an important topic when it has found its way onto the school curriculum. So if you are undertaking a tiling project and want an eco-friendly choice then natural stone tiles are ideal; they are one of the most sustainable building materials around.
When all you want to do is choose a wall tile that you like the look of, it can be frustrating to be bombarded with technical detail about the tiles. But if those beautiful-looking...
The snow has only just melted and my garden is looking a bit of a mess but now is the time to start planning the transformation of my outdoor space if I am to enjoy it when the weather improves. After years of putting up with battered concrete slabs the time has come for a facelift – this year my garden is truly going to be an extension of my indoor living space with beautiful natural stone tiles on my patio. Now all I have to do is choose the right ones…
Having just moved house I am overwhelmed by the number of jobs that need doing in my new house, which could best be described as a project. It is, or will be, a fantastic space when it is finished but for now it is proving to be a bit of a challenge. And because there are some repairs that simply can’t wait my plans for a sleek new dream kitchen will have to wait for a couple of years, maybe longer so I will have to live with the existing one but what I am hoping to do is revamp it with black and white ceramic tiles so that it looks more retro than just old-fashioned.
As well as being a functional space, a bathroom is also a sanctuary in which to relax at the end of a hectic day. But the average bathroom in the UK is pretty small and many bathroom fittings are fairly standard so how can you make your bathroom stand out from the crowd; somewhere that you are proud of and where you want to spend time?
Here are 5 ideas for adding some design flair to that small space…
Probably the major factor in choosing a bathroom for most of us is the cost. If you are anything like me you will look through piles of interior design and other inspirational magazines but then be faced with the prospect of re-creating your dream bathroom on a tight budget. Instead of limestone or marble maybe ceramic tiles or porcelain tiles would do just as well, or would they? Can stone effect porcelain tiles, for instance, ever look as good as natural stone? I know they are much easier to maintain but I still can’t make up my mind whether the additional cost of the natural stone is worth it.
People concerned about their environment often ask if tiling their floors or walls in their home is an eco-friendly choice. It is perhaps understandable that this question is asked so often as it is difficult to know whether a manufactured product is good or bad for the environment and when it comes to natural stone tiles, the product might be natural but what about the process to extract the natural stone and make it into tiles?
If you are reasonably competent at DIY then tiling your own walls or floor should be fairly straightforward; of course, some aspects of tiling are harder than others – if you choose large porcelain tiles for an awkward space you may find cutting them to shape a nuisance but, providing you have made a sensible choice for your room and your own capabilities then there is no reason why an amateur cannot achieve a professional-looking finish.
When you need to decorate your floors or walls, tiles are a great solution that not only look fantastic but also offer durability that far exceeds any other options available. Wallpapering, painting or carpeting might be a smaller initial investment, but over the years good quality tiles will pay for themselves many times over by still looking good long after paint or carpets are showing their age. Depending on your project, you will need different types, sizes and finishes of tiles, so here are some tips to make sure you choose the best ones for your needs.
Getting a tiling project underway can be an exciting time for any DIY enthusiast. But before you start getting ready to work, check out our list of essential items for your project so you don’t have to suddenly rush out to the hardware shop for something you’ve forgotten. The exact shopping list will depend on the project you are doing, but you should definitely have the basic essentials listed here…
It might seem a straightforward process to remove tiles from the surface of walls or floors, however if you don’t know what you are doing you could end up damaging the adjacent tile and making a simple job into a major task. Whether you need to replace a broken tile, want to swap a plain tile for a patterned or coloured tile or just get rid of a tiled area in your home, make sure you follow these step by step instructions to help the process go more smoothly.
If you have never had a go at tiling before, it can seem a pretty daunting task. Working out how many tiles you need is just the start of the stress. Getting your technique right and your finish perfect can make the difference between creating a beautiful room and being left with a mess, so make sure you have done your homework before you launch into your tiling project. Read our top tips to help your next tiling project go to plan.
If you cannot resist the natural beauty of limestone tiles for your new kitchen or bathroom then youmay need to know how to care for your new limestone floor. The main potential issue you need to be aware of is that acidic substances (including lemon juice) can cause significant and noticeable damage to limestone because limestone is a calcium-based material. So it is essential that the tiles are sealed after they have been installed for added protection.
And here are some more easy pointers towards keeping your beautiful limestone floor looking good for years to come.