10 Tile Patterns to Showcase Your Floor

After you have selected new tile for your home projects, think about how you’d like it laid out. Here is a guide of fundamental routines to get you started. Many tile showrooms have displays of floor patterns and the sales personnel can recommend sizes and configurations to suit your area.

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1. Immediately lay. This is the easiest tile pattern and it showcases the beauty of the tile.

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2. Diagonal. Tile is set onto a 45-degree angle. It add a little interest and leaves the floor feel expansive.

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3. Running bond. This basic layoutis also referred to as a brick or counter pattern. Of the width of the tile offsets the tiles.

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4. Checkerboard. Two colours of square tiles alternate to create this pattern. They can be set straight or around the diagonal.

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5. Diagonal with arrows. Large tiles are notched at fixed intervals with smaller accent tiles.

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6. Pinwheel. Also called Hopscotch, a tiny square tile is surrounded by four larger ones.

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7. Basketweave. This classic pattern is produced with squares and rectangles to create a woven effect.

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Blue Celeste Basketweave Stone Mosaic – Ann Sacks Tile & Stone

Here is a view of this pattern.

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8. Modular. Three or more different-sized tiles are used to make a pattern. This one is called Versailles.

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9. Herringbone. This pattern adds sophisticated visual texture to the ground. In this kitchen, bright glass tiles were added to match the glass backsplash behind the cooktop.

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10. Windmill. In this pattern, a square tile is surrounded by four rectangles. The effect is similar to a grid of dots.

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Regional Modern: San Francisco Opens into the View

San Francisco is easily one of the most gorgeous cities in the world, as a result of combination of a hilly landscape, water on three sides along with an impressive building stock. The”Painted Ladies,” the older Victorian buildings which draw tourists to areas such as Haight-Ashbury, are most likely the best-known examples of town’s architecture. Unfortunately for architects pushing the envelope with modern buildings, this historic fabric and its supporters make the town a notoriously difficult place to get things done.

But have done they do, from jobs such as the Federal Building by Morphosis and Stanley Saitowitz’s Yerba Buena Lofts to the next houses scattered across the Bay Area. In general, we find architects dealing with this historic context as well as other urban considerations — noise, privacy, building codes — along with also the ever-present urge to find the best view possible. The next photos show how they’ve succeeded.

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Located near Buena Vista Park, this little house replaces one of similar size in a contemporary manner. The timber slats on the floor ensure privacy, however the wraparound windows over provide lots of light and perspectives.

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What looks like a new house inserted between its older neighbors actually dates back to the 1950s and is what the architects less-than-affectionately predict a”builder’s unique.” Regardless, the easy stucco exterior with timber window frames is a wonderful method of treating the front facade. Still, the display in the top right and bump over the parapet hints at something beyond…

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A third-floor roof deck provides the owners a beautiful retreat that is private, but nevertheless part of the city. The mixture of stucco and timber is used throughout the job, but the amount of glass is ample, enabling more openness and better perspectives.

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From the street, this house dating back to 1937 — exactly the exact same birth year as the neighboring Golden Gate Bridge — looks essentially the same as it did when it was constructed, save for new windows, new paint, and a new roof and a duplex. However, a look round the back…

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… shows a contemporary addition that more than doubles the present house size. Lots of glass and even more outside area (on 3 levels: terrace, balcony, roof terrace) maximize the perspectives and use of this exterior.

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From the rooftop, this perspective of downtown San Francisco is stunning. Enough said.

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On the other end of the spectrum — layouts that present a contemporary face to the street — is this house and the following one by the exact same architect. The combination of substances breaks down the grade of the facades, while the terraces make sure that perspectives may be enjoyed outdoors and from inside.

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This exterior of the house, too by Maniscalco, is primarily timber. Utilizing this substance over contemporary forms provides a contextual nod to conventional neighbors. Again, terrace space is provided for appreciating the views outdoors.

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Some architects change their answers to historic circumstance in degrees. 1 such architect is John Lum, who designed this house and another two. A third-floor addition appears pared down, as it includes exactly the identical stucco exterior as the floor below it. The second-story cornice appears to be a historic remnant that is mimicked but simplified in the addition.

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The apparent bulk of the two-unit corner building has been decreased by articulating its facade in 2 halves: the left side is metal and solid while the right side is more spacious with timber slats and large windows.

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Another house by Lum breaks the fairly flat facade into three sections: a huge stucco area that surrounding the garage door, the entrance with blue tile over it, along with the butterfly roof with glass and wood below. In every example of Lum’s layouts, the scale is in keeping with all the neighboring houses. The architect also articulates the facades to link the contemporary designs to the older buildings too.

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This townhouse renovation on Buena Vista Terrace near Haight-Ashbury concentrates its power on the rear of the house. The kitchen-dining amount was opened up towards the garden: pushed out from the design and literally opened through a wall of doors.

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The view from inside certainly makes it apparent why the focus is on the back of the house.

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This house is completely contemporary, but the front facade’s mix of 2 scales — the fine grain of the timber slats and the larger size of this second-floor window — make it a welcome addition that the area. From above…

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… we can observe the way the bulk of the house rises at the rear, giving the building a little scale on the street side while giving the owners some valuable outdoor roof area.

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This house in Berkeley — across the bay from San Francisco — is primarily solid from the front. But in the back…

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… the layout involves walls of glass for catching sun and views. Notice the inclusion of a roof terrace. Even though there is a little backyard, this overlooks useable outdoor area and perspectives.

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By Berkeley, we return into San Francisco, especially the South of Market Area (SOMA), that was especially popular before the dot-com bubble burst. Old buildings were saved and converted to residences, but none are as dramatic as this old warehouse with a rooftop addition.

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From the rather straightforward loft spaces below, an elegant stair rises towards the light along with the addition.

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Atop the older warehouse is this exemplary addition, what the architects liken to a”grasshopper settled lightly on the building surface.” By reaching skyward, the grasshopper addition offers access to the roof deck with views of the surrounding town. It’s a fairly good summation of the thoughts which are driving new houses in San Francisco.

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Idea of the Week: Driftwood Mantle

At a preppy and modern Nantucket home filled with recovered and reused materials, the driftwood mantle in the living room stands out. The homeowners found this reclaimed bit of walnut by a river log from the Mississippi River. The timber has been cleaned using compressed air and a soft brush to remove any cobwebs or sand.

Then 3 custom 3/8″ metal plates were welded to some 3/4″ steel dowel. The plates were screwed into the wall stud and covered with Venetian plaster, leaving the dowels sticking out. Three matching holes were drilled into the driftwood, and a silicon insert has been used to attach the driftwood to the dowels. As a result, the mantle seems to float off of the wall.

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While the construction demands some ability, finding a bit of timber that would fit in this field was just as much of a challenge. “Finding the proper size and shape of the timber was somewhat difficult,” states Chris Komenda of Woodmeister Master Builders. “But for us, that is part of the pleasure of reusing something unique and reclaimed.”

Another favourite part about the room in this National Green Building Standard Gold-certified home: The magnificent fireplace surround created from bits of petrified wood. Woodmeister Master Builders acquired this amazing piece through Cumar Marble and Granite in Everett, Mass..

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13 Designs for Your Upholstered Headboard

If you are in the market for a new bed, have a look at options that are upholstered. They’ve never been more popular, and it’s easy to see why. You may select from a vast array of shapes, cloths, nailheads, tufting and styles. Here are a baker’s dozen to get your style wheels turning.

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A simple rectangular shape is one of the easiest silhouettes you can pick. This is a good alternative for a bright color, a room that already has a lot of additional competing shapes, or even a busier fabric print.

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You can also bring a rectangle to new heights; in this instance almost around the ceiling. Diamond patterned tufting adds an excess detail, even while the timber border provides a framework along with a dark accent.

Michelle Hinckley

This upholstered headboard is tender, however has clean lines. Its stepped silhouette is enhanced by an inset of upholstery nails. You are able to pick from a selection of finishes for this particular accent.

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A array of camel-back arches are very popular options; this one contains several small whimsical details.

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This curved shape is playful and sophisticated. The shape plays off the pattern of the vines on the wallpaper.

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Somewhere between the rectangular and whimsically curved headboards is a simpler version with subtly curved notches. This extra-tall headboard with little notches is a fantastic choice for a twin bed; it keeps it from getting lost in the corner of this space.

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The curved notches with the headboard align perfectly with the oval windows, strengthening the association between the bed and the wall and giving the space a very custom look.

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This one has a mix of curved and curved notches. No matter which silhouette you opt for, by choosing an upholstery nail inset, the headboard’s shape will be emphasized.

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An extended headboard may create a partial accent wall and increase the bed’s presence. Getting the scale right is significant; mock up the space with the fabric before committing to the upholsterer.

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You might take a cue in the living room chairs and go with a wingback form. The sides will envelope youpersonally, or at least your cushions. They are given a solid presence by the height of those headboards.

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A wingback headboard may add only a dash of softness to a tailored bedscape.

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A metallic framework adds drama to this emerald tufted upholstery. This framed headboard alternative also works well with other metallic finishes and with timber.

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This Victorian silhouette is an enjoyable addition to this girly Parisian room.

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Finally, if an upholstered seat is not in the budget, then try out a decal. In fact, this is a excellent way to try out a silhouette before committing; many contours can be found.

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My Houzz: Vintage Charm in Vancouver

Even though Mount Pleasant is one of Vancouver’s oldest areas, it’s also among the city’s most lively and desirable areas to live in. The pedestrian-friendly area includes shopping boutiques, eateries, along with also a higher concentration of heritage buildings, including the 100-year-old Lee Building that is home to apartment dwellers Sandra Zovko and Simon Woodcock. As the first”skyscraper” out of downtown Vancouver, the seven-story, Edwardian Commercial style building is considered one of Vancouver’s historic landmarks. While the building did not fulfill all of Sandra and Simon’s first housing conditions including a balcony, parking, or ample storage, its own character, prime location and magnificent opinion superseded their want list.

The Mt. Pleasant area is a testament to the town Boom decades, developed before the advent of automobiles. Its blocks are shorter than most, and its own businesses varied. With quick access to downtown via the Canada Line and SkyTrain rapid transit systems, every amenity Sandra and Simon could possibly need is within walking distance, assisting to keep a pleasant village-like feel.

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Houzz at a Glance
Who Lives Here: Sandra Zovko and Simon Woodcock
Location: Mount Pleasant, Vancouver, B.C.
Size: 750 square feet, 1 bedroom, 1 bath apartment

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Sandra says this is her favorite place in the home, where she likes to unwind on the couch chaise and watch the sunset. The”For Like Ever” print, in crimson and bright red inks, was purchased online at Super Rural. The artwork is from Brooklyn based Design Studio Village.

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The living room area boasts magnificent views of the hills and the town’s downtown core.

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You can see the couple’s love for fashion in their mixture of designs, fabrics, magazines and artwork. Sandra discovered the bookends at a thrift shop. They were originally black, but she made them her very own with red-orange paint.

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Framed pictures from famous fashion photographer Helmut Newton via Vogue Paris hang at the entry. Terry Richardson and Steven Klein are also showcased.

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Most of the other artwork comes from their friends. “This is exactly what makes it feel more homey and particular,” Sandra says.

Illustration: Rebecca Fin Simonetti

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Sandra’s prized possessions comprise three hand-knit sweaters dangling front and centre to the living room wall. This is a tribute to her late mother, who knit them in the 1980s. When Sandra isn’t proudly wearing them, they’re displayed like works of art.

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Avid cyclists, Simon and Sandra require bike storage, and what better a way to conserve space than to stack the bikes? Simon came across a bike rack that uses gravity to hold one or two bikes firmly, without any drilling or permanent wall-mounted attachments demanded. The rack fuses layout with storage, as it functions as a great showcase for their bikes.

Bike Rack: Delta Michelangelo Gravity Bike Storage Rack from MEC

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The visible pipes on their 12-foot ceilings gives the space an edgy, industrial feel. To put in their own unique touch, the couple chose to paint the pipes teal. Sandra mentions the teal colour was a compromise to her first choice of fuchsia, but ultimately both were happy.

The teal colour is used also as an accent in the kitchen, supporting a set of prints with their friend Michael”Mikey” DePippo. The Toronto-based designer and Illustrator was inspired by classic cereal boxes and created four cereal layouts based around popular Michael Jackson tunes and testimonials, while also tapping into some of Jackson’s most legendary appearances. The teal coordinates using the bright colours of the art and looks great from the kitchen.

Table and seats: IKEA

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Small rooms like the kitchen depart very little space for storage or dining. To combat this they use white floating shelves for their display-worthy items such as the Turkish coffee manufacturer collection and hand-painted cups by the artist Kyla Francis.

Shelves: IKEA

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Whenever you enter the apartment, the couple’s personalities shine through their décor. Music is a strong influence: guitars, amps, records and relevant art are observed during their residence.

Simon purchased this Stereolab poster on eBay. The image is of an instrument called the Jenny Ondioline, a predecessor to the modern electronic synthesizer.

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Simon maximized space from the living room space with modular cubed shelving components that help keep their records arranged.

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A little pair of scissors (made by Rupalee from much&little downtown Vancouver) hangs on the living room wall.

On her blog, Superfora, Sandra writes,”Rupalee employs female artisans from villages in India and provides these girls with fair compensation in addition to education and training. The handmade apparel and accessories these talented women produce for Rupalee empower them to develop into financially-empowered, skilled artisans.”

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Framed photographs Sandra and Simon took while vacationing in Istanbul, Turkey and Normandy, France hang over twin wooden dressers. Their bedroom is the perfect blend of”his-and-hers” décor. The timber furniture is accessorized with an eclectic mixture of masculine antiques such as the reclaimed wood candleholders and iron lamp rack, counterpoint to the delicate female accents.

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The bedside lamp’s hand-painted colour and chain of pearls round the lamp’s base adds a feminine touch.

Bedside Lamp: Vintage
Lampshade: Hand-painted by Toronto based Illustration artist Gosia.
Fuchsia Clock & Bedframe: Nood

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The couple decided bedding in a picture mosaic print which gives the space a 1960s pop-art edge.

Bedding: Diane von Fürstenberg
Pillows: from Marimekko of Finland
Artwork above Bed: from the artist Gosia

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The Lee Building includes among the first elevators, unused today but visible from the main hallway. Inside are stunning aluminum walls and an antique chandelier. The building’s hallway, floors, walls and stairs are made from marble.

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10 Amazing Laundry Room Ideas

Many would agree that the undertaking of laundry might be a hair more pleasant should the spaces become amazing to work in. Insert a few time savers, convenient storage and colorful details, and you’ll likely never have your wash loads stack up again.

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Protect. A cutting board atop a front loading washer or dryer can shield the shirts from getting scuffed, while also adding a hot part of décor.

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Washer and drier platforms. This laundry area has both function and beauty. The washer and drier pedastals were custom built to home laundry baskets.

The even better part of the incredibly functional notion is that there are constructing strategies for this project on Ana White.

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Drying rack. A ceiling-mounted ladder is a smart way to get your drying stand off of your floor and out of the way. Vintage shops and salvage yards are fantastic places to find rustic wood ones.

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Utility sink. A utility sink is a fantastic addition to your laundry space. It makes a location to work on these stubborn stains and can also be really beneficial for other household clean ups like rinsing brushes.

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Stretch your comfort zone. Laundry rooms are a places you can have a risk and go somewhat bolder with your design options. Brightly coloured walls, background, a colorful mosaic backsplash or some fun patterned flooring are all ways to try out some new design choices — choices that you might not otherwise make for the rest of your home.

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Countertop. A countertop constructed on your front-loading washer and dryer is the perfect place to acquire a folding station.

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Hang it up. A hanging rod is a fantastic solution and retains your ironing down needs. You can take garments right in the dryer and place them right on the hanger rather than wasting a step folding first.

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Store it away. A built-in ironing board keeps you from needing to set up to iron every moment.

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Small-space storage. For smaller laundry regions with stackable units, the doorway is a great place to gain storage space. There are several types of over-the-door storage organizers accessible today.

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Double obligation. If you’ve got the space and the budget, including a second drier to your laundry area could considerably help speed up your laundry tasks.

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Mix and Match Greens in Design

Green is nature’s impartial — and it may be yours, also. Many greens complement one another and can give depth to a room without a great deal of contrast. Learning how to mix and match various greens will provide you a superb tool in your style arsenal for just about any space.

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Most greens will mix easily, but you must tread softly and thoughtfully when blending greens with rival undertones. In this example, the greens in those hanging baskets are a deep green with a yellow undertone. The wispy green on the walls also has a little yellow undertone, and both are complemented by miniature yellow blossoms and warm sunshine.

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In this example, the greens have a blue undertone. In the instance of this blue fescue, the blue is very conspicuous. The brownish planter also includes a hint of blue and grounds the plantings.

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If you would like to incorporate a blue-toned mint green and a bright greenish yellow, then bridge the two with a neutral green.

In this instance, a concentrate grabbing statement foliage in deep kelly green is the perfect medium between the wall color in the background and green accessories at the foreground.

Also notice the way the yellow and green combination is highlighted again at the gladiolus.

A darker green may be used to ground a green. Notice the deep foliage of the tulips and hyacinths that provide depth to the colour of the wallpaper.

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Green does not need to be bright green does not need to be bold. A deep gray-green may be a totally amazing grounding impartial in a room. With this colour on the wall, a variety of greens could be brought to the space easily.

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When working in outside spaces, you’ve got a bit more leeway mixing greens based on character’s example. For instance, in this garden, the yellow-toned autumn ferns are surrounded with authentic green and blue-toned greens. The scheme works because it’s balanced with the light-colored trees in the background along with the grass between the pavers.

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Flowers may be used to create a mixed grouping of greens that might otherwise appear incompatible. In this instance, the magenta blossoms create a bridge between the green of the foreground and the blueish tints of the grasses in the backdrop.

Here is an illustration of a mix of a yellow-toned green plus a blue-toned green. A line of red cannas divides the 2 tones. The deep purple maroon of the leaves complement the blue-toned green in the background, along with the bright orange blossoms complement the yellow-toned green in the foreground.

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With desert plants, you are able to go bold and raucous with greens. The design of many succulents and other desert plants is very bold, and blossoms are often bright, beautiful reds, oranges and yellows. Follow match with boldly-colored blue and green foliage to create strong contrasts.

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Within this garden, the blue tones of this grass blend with all the blues and grays of the pavers, making the walkway look as one piece with subtle textural variations. The blue undertones are complemented with the white hydrangea blossoms, a bridge into the deep green leaves of this hydrangea.

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Of course, nature combines greens will, and it’s rare that the woods looks like colors have been blended poorly. So be bold with your green choice and don’t be scared to utilize green as a neutral in your layouts!

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DIY: Easy Halloween Mantel

Cristin Priest from Simplified Bee is a busy interior designer and parent, so she was not seeking to do anything crazy when it came into Halloween. She wished to decorate for the holiday but didn’t want to take care of a mess or a hassle. After making a fast visit to the craft shop, she came up with a cute display that didn’t involve carrying one thing off her mantel.

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In case your mantel is covered in photograph frames and random knickknacks, it is usually not too difficult to decorate about what’s already there. Scoot your accessories to every side of the ring to make a tiny point in the middle, or if that is not feasible, consider purchasing smaller Halloween decorations to put around your current décor. Priest, who writes the blog Simplified Bee, also used tulle for a spiderweb effect, which may simply be placed on your mantel accessories.

Priest got all these decorations on a budget — almost everything was found in her residence, in Michaels, or in Martha Stewart’s holiday decoration lineup. The black bat garland (visible just beneath the edge of the mantel) is out of Martha Stewart, along with the furry black owl (sitting to the adorable mini pumpkin) was located at Michaels.

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White tulle functions as a sophisticated and less cluttered model of cotton or polyester cobwebs. Glittery spiders located at a craft shop include a fun accent, also Priest discovered a few orange books in her house to highlight the Halloween theme. The black mice are out of Martha Stewart. These cute paper cut-outs really are a fun and easy accent that can be used just about anywhere.

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To use her vase, Priest nestled a faux black crow into a autumn-like branches and berries.

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For the center of the display, Priest wrapped orange wax paper around jars to make a place to prop up these letters. Priest purchased the white letters out of Michaels and added black glitter for extra Halloween style. Employing Halloween-themed paper punchers, she created custom tags for plain white votives.

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How to Find a Huge Movie Experience At a Smaller Space

The words “home theater” often conjure up pictures of grand spaces worthy of a Hollywood movie mogul. However, these days almost every home, large or small, has some kind of space for watching films. Why don’t you turn this space into your own home theater, or at least steal some tips to make it look more like one?

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Creating a house theater does not require swathes of crimson velvet or a dedicated windowless space, but take some cues from rooms that do sport those features. Use heavy draperies and draw them when it’s movie time. The fabric not only excludes outdoor light, in addition, it absorbs extraneous sounds, eliminates echoes, and retains the movie’s soundtrack from seeping into the rest of the home.

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Dark walls on the other side of the screen provide essential contrast that sharpens images. You don’t require theater-style curtains or a backdrop, but painting the wall behind the display a darker color than the remainder of the space is both a good design move and a practical device that makes movie watching more pleasing.

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However small the space, listen to noise. When TVs started getting skinnier, manufacturers began skimping on the internal speakers.

But films are filled with various sounds as well as special effects. Missing them signifies missing an important part of the movie itself. Five-channel home theater systems, offered in a selection of sizes and costs, deliver all of it.

For a small space in this way, a top notch home theater in a box (HTIB) is all you need. Two small front speakers, two both small back speakers, a centre channel (that is the box below the display) plus a subwoofer for bass that could easily tuck into a cabinet or corner or sit beneath a basket will deliver the surround audio that movie lovers need.

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Larger media rooms, or fantastic rooms that double as them on movie nights, can manage larger speakers. Here, the three observable speakers are custom-installed into the walls. All we see are the grills, which can be painted to blend into the background. The back speakers are from the ceiling, visible just as round grills that look remarkably like may lighting. That is a more expensive option, but it is one that eliminates the observable components and frees up floor space.

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These larger, more visible speakers offer you exceptional sound quality. Such speakers are usually used for audio systems but may do double duty as a movie sound system when connected to your TV. You can go out and make the investment in five speakers for the full five-channel surround audio. It is not a fantastic solution for a smaller area, but audio lovers will appreciate the more nuanced noise.

These layout and audio alternatives are choices for movie lovers with TVs. I’ll cover projection alternatives in my next Ideabook.

But I’m curious, how have you made a house theater work inside your everyday living area? Tell us below!

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8 Landscape Solutions for Problem Areas

There’s no perfect landscape. Almost all landscapes have one or more major problems. Even what seems like a perfect piece of land could become something challenging to handle when circumstances change. For instance, heavy rains could leave you in a muddy mess. The good news is that there’s a solution to these problems.

Here’s how you can deal with different sprinkler repair Bakersfield issues.

Rocky Land

If your garden is in a rocky area, use this to your advantage to come up with a rock garden. Don’t try to fight its natural condition. Rather, plant drought tolerant plants on the rock crevices.

Hilly Land and Soil Erosion

If your garden is located in a sloppy area and soil is being eroded away, consider putting up a rock garden. This will help you hold the soil in place and prevent erosion. Alternatively, if you are not a fan of rock gardens, consider growing a ground cover. This will stop erosion. You can also build a retaining wall.

Drainage Issues

If water tends to pool around certain areas, it might render your land unusable. It also poses a risk to the foundation of your house since too much moisture can interfere with the structural stability of your house.  In such cases, you need to install a French drain. It also could be that you want to grow stuff in the area but since there’s too much moisture, it prevents plants from growing. The best solution for this Bakersfield landscaping problem is for you to grow wetland plants in such areas. You can also put up a decorative drain or a dry creek bed to drain away the excess water.

Shady Spots

If there’s a shady spot in your garden and it’s not possible for you to get rid of the shade, consider growing plants that do well in shady areas. This includes some shrubs that thrive in shaded places.

Privacy Issues

If your backyard is open and your neighbors can see everything you are doing when you are outdoors, you might want to get a bit of privacy. You can achieve this by screening the area. Grow some plants or shrubs to create a kind of screen, not necessarily a fence. However, if don’t like the idea of growing plants, then consider installing a fence instead. You can also set up a lattice screen as a sort of compromise between installing a fence and screening out the area.

Pest Control

You can choose to fence out the pests. You can also use chemical pesticides or go for organic landscaping solutions.

Mulching

You can transform your landscape by using portable and attractive mulch. There are different kinds of mulch and sometimes they can be used in combination with landscaping Bakersfield fabrics.

Not Much Time for Maintenance

If your schedule is packed and you can’t afford to spend too much time working on the land, consider hardscaping. Decorate your landscape using stone. Once set up, you won’t have to water or weed the area.