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Glass Designs for the Home

By Craftsman Glass - 12-16-2013

Of all the materials used for construction and decoration in the home, few have the potential to be as striking, beautiful and versatile as glass. There are many ways in which glass can used, for any number of decorative styles. If you’re going for a modern, clean decoration scheme, glass can fit the bill. At the same time, a different type of glass can just as easily be applied to a more colorful, contemporary style with bright, contrasting hues. The possibilities are almost endless.

In the same manner as mirrors, glass panels also have the tendency to reflect light, making small rooms appear larger and brighter. If a homeowner does not want the reflectivity, the effect can be reduced by treating the glass with non-reflective materials. Glass panels can come in many colors, designs and textures. Many glass workers can create custom designs as well.

Tables
Glass coffee tables have become quite common over time. Most consist of a solid frame or base with a glass panel placed over the top. Often times, the bottom portion takes the form of an elaborate design, such as a wooden or metallic sculpture. If the right design is chosen, glass coffee tables can be a beautiful addition to any living room.
Glass table tops can also be applied to other types of types of tables to protect the finish or display a particular pattern.

Railings
In line with the modern look, glass railings, either frameless or with chrome-finished frames, can be a striking feature that can compliment any staircase, balcony or deck. Many offices and upscale hotels employ them in their design schemes.

Tiles
There are many varieties of glass tiles. They have certain advantages over porcelain tiles, including being easier to clean and install and coming in a variety of colors and designs. If the seams are sealed properly, glass is naturally waterproof, making it ideal for kitchen and bathroom floors.

Art
In any modern art museum, you’re likely to find numerous sculptures and hanging images made primarily with glass. Aside from the standard vases and sculptures, you can also find elaborate, abstract art pieces that can be a unique addition to any home.

Using glass opens up a world of possibilities for interior decorating. Craftsman Glass, the provider of this article, has been doing glass repair and custom glass designs in Denver, CO.

Finding the Perfect Carpet for Your Home

By Raymus Homes - 12-11-2013

Choosing the carpeting in your home is a big choice. You don’t want to rush into that decision and end up with something that you will either find unappealing later on, or that shows wear and tear because it wasn’t properly suited to the lifestyle your family leads. There are several important factors to consider before you make a final decision. With all of the varieties of carpets available, there is certainly a combination of elements that would work perfectly for your home and tastes. The challenge is finding the one most suited.

To begin with, the material you decide on will most likely be determined by the amount of traffic the prospective room is going to get. The majority of families make a rule of taking off their shoes upon entry, and often request that houseguests follow suit. If that’s the case, than the rooms further into the house likely aren’t as vulnerable to dirt and damage as the ones closer to the door. Likewise, areas like the bedroom usually don’t see as foot traffic, so you might decide on a material that favors comfort over durability.

The other big factor in making a decision is price. The material the carpet is made with, the style of construction and the colors and patterns can all have an effect on the cost. If it’s a larger room that you want carpeted, you may want to go for something slightly cheaper.
So what materials are available, and what are their pros and cons? We’re going to examine the three most common artificial materials: nylon, polyester and olefin.

Nylon Pros

  • Soft, comfortable feel.
  • Durable and long-lasting.
  • Stain-resistant coating.

Cons

  • Priciest of the three.

Polyester Pros

  • Affordable.
  • Highly stain-resistant.

Cons

  • More vulnerable to damage.

Olefin Pros

  • Mold and Mildew Resistant
  • Holds its color, even against some bleach solutions.

Cons

  • Not as durable as nylon.

The style of construction is very important as well. Plush, for example, prioritizes comfort over durability, while Berber is just the opposite. Once you’ve decided on how and what of your carpet will be made, the final choice is color. Lighter carpets can make a room feel more spacious, but stains and damage will be more readily apparent. Conversely, a darker color is will be more stain-resistant, and is often the go-to choice for homes with pets or small children. Whatever choice you make, just make sure it complements the surrounding area.

There are nearly limitless choices available to you, and if you weigh the options carefully, you can find the perfect combination for your home.
This article comes to us from Nip and Tuck Flooring, experts who perform carpet repair in Denver, CO