Window coverings are an important part of any home. Do you know how to take care of this design investment?
- Water, solvents or abrasive cleaners should not be used on wood blinds or shutters.
- The best way to remove dust or debris from hard to reach areas on honeycomb, window shades and shadings is by using a hair dryer on a cool setting or compressed air purchased from an office supply store.
- Bathtub cleaning or water immersion, ultrasonic cleaning, injection or extraction cleaning and steam cleaning are all specialized professional cleaning treatments. Power washing is not.
- Many aluminum and vertical vinyl blinds are specially treated to guard against static electricity and dust. If not, the slats can be wiped with anti-static dryer sheets.
- It is best to clean alternative wood blinds and shutters with a soft damp cloth.
You can create a unique look with simple upgrades such as borders, medallions, distressing, painting floors, mixed media and staining.
- Borders create a frame effect. They can incorporate multiple wood species, stone, marble, brass, stainless steel, nickel and other metals.
- Medallions are installed in the main field of the floor. They can incorporate multiple wood species, stone, metal and leather. Medallions also can be routed into existing floors.
- Distressing offers an antiqued appearance. Hand-scraping is the most-common distressing technique used to achieve a worn look.
- Painted floors transform an ordinary wood floor into something unique. Features such as borders or other design elements can be added and sanded off later.
- Mixed media mixes wood with other materials. A marble and wood foyer makes a dramatic entryway, while brushed nickel accents in your kitchen wood floor could showcase your appliances.
- Staining can give your existing wood floors an entirely new look very affordably. Light, medium and dark stains transform your floors without replacement
Source: National Wood Flooring Association
Every year since 2014 Shaw Floors has named a Color of the Year for the upcoming year. (Royal English Navy, Lady in Grey, White Hot, Lush and now Gold Rush) Shaw says these colors work well alone and can deliver even more pizazz when they work together.
Gold Rush brings energy to a room, creating a range of emotions from warmth to excitement, from serious to playful. What do you think about the color? Will you use it in your home?
Does your home reflect your personality? Or is it full of cookie-cutter pieces? This brief video shows you how to revamp a lamp easily and inexpensively.
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Fall is a great time to get out and explore the city! If you’re thinking of remodeling or making some tweaks to your home before the holidays, these five tours are great places to start for design inspiration.
- NARI Atlanta Tour of Remodeled Homes: This self-guided tour features the best in kitchen, bath and whole-house remodeling. Sept. 16 | Atlanta RemodelingTour.com
- Great American Tiny House Show: This event features container homes, modular homes and portable structures. Sept. 23-24 | Dalton Convention Center | GreatAmericanTinyHouse.show
- Fall Fest Tour of Homes: See a variety of architectural styles that have been added to the Candler Park area throughout the years. Oct. 1 | FallFestCandlerPark.org
- Dunwoody Home Tour: View four Dunwoody homes that range from historic to modern. Oct. 4 | DunwoodyWomansClub.com
- Castleberry Hill Loft Tour: Each unit on the tour showcases a diverse range of style, budget, size and taste. Oct. 14 | Castleberryhill.org/lofttour-2/
MODA Floors & Interiors worked on the Distinctive Remodeling Solutions home that is included in the NARI Atlanta Tour of Remodeled Homes. Our design professional will be there to answer any questions you might have. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Habitat for Humanity ReStores in metro Atlanta.
In this brief video, learn how to incorporate modern luxe into your home. Here are two tips: declutter and mix metals.