Monthly Archives: May 2015

Reasons to Consider Epoxy Floors Indoors

Thinking about epoxy flooring probably calls to mind auto shops or commercial kitchens. You’re likely not thinking about living rooms, dens, bathrooms, and interior hallways. But as modern interior flooring goes, epoxy actually brings a lot of good things to the table!

First, it dries ultra hard, and it’s seamless, waterproof, and durable. It also has a fresh, modern look that a lot of people love and the color options available are nearly endless.

Installation of interior epoxy flooring is actually simple and fast. The application process is a lot like painting – floors are prepped and primed before the epoxy is applied. Then there is a curing period. Floors are quickly dry to the touch and very firm within the first twelve hours. After a day, the actual strength of epoxy becomes evident and by a week after the application, the total strength and durability of epoxy flooring is clear.

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We’re seeing more homeowners opt for interior epoxy floors for mod finished basements, chic easy care kitchens, and bathrooms that look like they’re straight out of a spa. It’s an obvious choice for rooms where moisture is an issue. But it’s also amazing in high traffic areas where scratching or staining is a concern because epoxy is much harder wearing than wood or laminate and a lot easier to care for than either carpet or rugs.

It’s also just plain cooler than tile flooring, which tends to be laid out in plain rows in a single color. Epoxy flooring comes in a wide range of hues and can even be put down in artistic patterns. It can be made to look like marble or granite as in epoxy terrazzo flooring. Epoxy can even be mixed with different coatings to provide either texture or visual interest.

Don’t let epoxy’s industrial uses scare you off! Look around your home and ask yourself whether this brilliantly colored, hard-wearing option might be right for you and your family.

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Modern Wallpaper: A Little Funky and a Lot of Fun

Wallpaper is back with a vengeance among decorators and design-obsessed homeowners. Forget associations with outdated interiors, this wall covering is finally enjoying a resurgence in popularity thanks to bold patterns, saturated colors, amazing textures, and advancements that have made applying wallpaper easier.

People are looking to wallpaper to provide drama, warmth, and above all, personality on not only their walls, but also on doors and even ceilings.

So what does wallpaper have that paint doesn’t? The ability to draw the eye! Directional patterns can help you create a focal point in a room without a lot of architectural details. Wallpaper that travels up walls onto the ceiling can actually make small rooms feel bigger because there’s no hard stop where wall and ceiling meet.

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And wallpaper has serious personality. The wallpapers out now are embracing 1960s patterns but with modern color combinations and sharper designs. Purples, blues, and geometric prints are hot. But for accent walls – a great way to dip your toe into the world of wallpaper – some homeowners are choosing playful patterns (think bikes or hot air balloons) in grownup hues. Ditto for wallpaper in unexpected places like inside cabinets and on stair risers.

There are wallpapers for every age group and every persona, and lots of interesting places in the average home are just begging to be papered. Small accent pieces with bold graphic patterns that can be easily swapped out let you play with wallpaper in every room. Coordinate these tiny touches with patterned throw pillows and rugs. Or go big with a single wall size image like an oversized botanical on a single hallway wall for an unforgettable accent.

And finally, don’t be afraid to mix paper and paint! Modern decorating is all about the contrast and mixed media and materials. So why not have fun with it?

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Painting a Ceiling? You Need These Tips!

When tackling interior painting projects, it can help to think of the ceiling as the fifth wall. A fresh coat of white – or even a favorite color – can do wonders for a room. Depending on what hue you choose the ceiling can make a space feel cozier or grand and expansive. A colored or patterned ceiling can add visual interest. And a newly painted ceiling just looks fresher because after ten years or so, ceiling paint gets just as faded and stained as wall paint.

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If you’re thinking about painting a ceiling yourself, know that it’s a doable project. You’ll get great results if you use the tips we’ve outlined below.

  • Neatness counts, but this isn’t the time to see how neat you can be. Prep the room by covering all furniture and the floor with canvas or plastic tarp. If you don’t want to have to work around furniture, take the time to remove it from the space you’ll be painting. The hour you spend schlepping furniture may mean you can finish your painting project more quickly since you’re not trying to contort yourself around tables and armchairs.
  • Have your materials ready. Lay out everything you need. While good ventilation is a must and probably means leaving the door open, treat your project like a lock-in. Make sure you have your tools at hand so you don’t actually have to leave the room until it’s break time.
  • Make it a point to protect yourself from paint. While paint in your hair won’t be the end of the world, a simple ball cap will keep you from having to do heavy duty shampooing later. And goggles are a good idea because paint in your eyes – a very real possibility when you’re painting a ceiling – can be harmful.

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  • Cut in first. After taping off the wall, work around the perimeter of the room, painting the first four inches of ceiling using a paint brush. Feather the edges of your line so you don’t end up with a noticeable edge between where you used the brush and where you’ll use a roller.
  • Once you’ve finished cutting in, you’re ready to roll. Use a fresh, brand-name roller with a 1/2″ nap every time. It’s slightly more expensive but worth it. Start rolling in one corner and then move the roller in random directions to avoid visible lines. Try also to avoid rolling over sections that have started to dry because the drying paint will be sticky and stick back to the roller.
  • To get a professional looking finish, apply at least two coats. The caveat is that you need to wait until the first coat is completely dry before starting the next coat to get smooth, even coverage.
  • Finally, consider hiring a Massachusetts interior painting professional. Painting a ceiling can be much more disruptive than painting interior walls because of the potential for mess. You may also need more specialized equipment just to reach the ceiling. If you’re excited to paint then give it a go. But if the whole thing sounds like a hassle, paying a pro can take a lot of stress off your shoulders.

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Happy painting!

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