Insulate Your Home With Window Treatments

Without energy-efficient window treatments, as much as 40 percent of the heat inside a home can escape through its windows. Hunter Douglas is committed to creating energy-efficient products. The latest honeycomb innovation, Duette® Architella™, provides excellent energy-efficiency. Its patented honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb construction traps air, insulating rooms against extreme temperatures. Learn more in this brief video.

How to Creatively Display Artwork

Photo: Shaw Floors

Photo: Shaw Floors

Art pieces can easily transform a space, contributing their different colors and establishing a new ambiance for the room. One thing that homeowners tend to overlook is the variety of ways that they can display their art. Most simply hang their portrait on a focal wall without realizing it can be fun to experiment with more creative ideas.

Consider Color Coordination

Neutral wall tones are popular in homes, as they pair well with furniture and designs of any color. However, if you’re adding a painting to your room design in order to incorporate an extra splash of color, coordinating the shades in the artwork with surrounding accent pieces and accessories can help take this up a notch, according to Coastal Living magazine. For example, with a painting with colors that include pink, yellow and white, hang your art directly behind a white table or dresser with a couple of pink lamps and a bouquet of yellow roses. This is a great way to bring the painting to life while establishing a more vibrant space.

Direct the Eye

If you have multiple pieces displayed on your wall, the direction at which you’ve placed them controls where your guests look. HGTV suggests stacking your paintings on top of one another to encourage the eye to move up the wall. This makes the artwork more visually appealing, giving it height and added color, especially if you strategically locate a sofa or chair underneath it of the same shade.

Introduce a Touch of Chaos

Experiment with a series of different picture frames and art pieces of various sizes. Group them together in one wall display for an intriguing, eye-catching look and then bring them together with a bright wall color for a stable backdrop that balances everything.

Think Outside the Box

If your room is covered in beautiful hardwood flooring that complements your sleek, ultramodern home design, contemporary art will look great as an accessory. However, displaying antique, cultural art can look even better. The contrast between the two opposing styles will create a striking atmosphere that gives the space more character.

What are some other creative ideas to use when displaying art in your home?

Source: Anderson Floors


Keep Your Carpet Looking New

Photo: Tuftex

Photo: Tuftex

Carpet may be one of the easiest types of flooring to take care of. Learn how to keep yours looking great over time with a simple care program.

  • Preventive Maintenance – protect your investment before problems occur.
  • Vacuuming – prolong the life and beauty of your floor.
  • Spot and Spill Removal – be prepared for the unavoidable.
  • Professional Cleaning – get your carpet cleaned professionally each year.
  • DIY Cleaning – get the right equipment to do it yourself.

No carpet is absolutely stain proof. Some carpets have stain resistant treatments that improve your ability to clean stains, but not prevent them. Similarly, carpets with soil resistant treatments reduce the rate of soiling, but all carpets require regular care and maintenance.

The majority of stain complaints are actually soil related. For example, many sugar-based spills, such as soft drinks and coffee, leave a sugar residue after removal. This sticky residue readily attracts soil from ordinary shoe traffic, and the resulting discolored area appears to be a stain.

The same thing happens when spills are cleaned with a detergent solution and the area is not sufficiently rinsed with plain water, leaving a sticky detergent residue. It is important to rinse thoroughly with water and blot dry after removing any spill.

Source: Tuftex