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Painting your kitchen cabinets > Carpet trends through the years

Carpet trends through the years

Carpeting has come a long way since it first came into prominence nearly 40 years ago. While the actual art of carpeting goes back centuries – millennia, in fact – the carpet, at least in American pop culture, first rose to prominence in the 1970’s.

Let’s take a look back at some of the prominent carpeting trends of the past 40 years!

  • In the 1970’s, lots of color and plush was de rigueur for any “funky” home! Remember those “shag” carpets? Remember those crazy colors? All of those things originated in the 1970’s… the bolder the color and the softer the shag, the better! And of course, no living room in the 1970’s would be complete without a plush couch to match the shag carpet!
  • As we took our DeLorean into the 1980’s, the tastes changed with the times. THANK GOODNESS, because really, how much more green carpeting could we take? The Decade of Decadence saw everything becoming pink, pinker, and pinkest, and people began extending the carpeting into the bathroom. While plush shag carpeting was often eschewed for a more durable style, chevrons and floral prints were, seemingly, EVERYWHERE.
  • The grunge era of the 1990’s ditched all the crazy colors of the past two decades, and traded form for function. Carpeting came out of the bathroom – finally! – and crazy colors were substituted for beiges, browns, and other neutral tones.
  • At the dawn of the new millennium, eclecticism started to make a bit of a comeback. While things didn’t get as crazy as they did in the 1970’s and 1980’s, the economy did start to take a bit of a downturn, so durable polyester carpets became more commonplace…simply because they’d last longer!
  • Today’s carpeting is also conscious of the economic downturn, but is also concerned with the rise of individualism. So, while the polyester fibers of the turn of the century are still commonplace, darker and bolder colors are starting to make a comeback.

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Painting your kitchen cabinets > Halloween re-insulation ideas

Halloween re-insulation ideas

October is on its way…which means the air is getting colder, the nights are getting longer…and your house definitely needs to be insulated better!

Insulation may seem like an unnecessary expense, but it’s absolutely necessary to have in your home, regardless of whether or not you live in a location where the climates change significantly.

What does insulation, exactly, do? Well, aside from assisting in unnecessary heat loss – or gain – proper insulation decreases sound from being transmitted across different rooms. Insulation can be made from a variety of materials, such as wood, wool (glass wool – the pink fibrous material – is usually the most common material used in residential buildings), and polystyrene.

But one of the fastest-rising materials being used in insulation today is foam. Whereas foam used to be used on a much smaller scale – most notably in the product Great Stuff – now foam is being used to insulate the entire home on a large scale. Made from polyurethane, foam insulation is more expensive than other types of insulation (about $600 per room), it also lasts a lot longer and is easier to apply. However, there are some pitfalls to foam insulation as well.

First of all, spray foam isn’t easy to apply. You need to hire a professional contractor to get your spray foam installed. Second, spray foam eventually contracts & pulls away from framing – this usually results from a bad batch of chemicals, improper mixing of chemicals, or application of the spray foam in a temperature that’s too high.

Regardless of the pitfalls of spray foam, however, it can be just as effective, if not moreso, than traditional foam if properly sprayed and applied. In addition, spray foam – if applied correctly – comes with fewer problems than other insulation materials.

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Painting your kitchen cabinets > Painting your kitchen cabinets

Painting your kitchen cabinets

Not everyone who wants to freshen up their kitchen has a couple thousand dollars to overhaul the cabinetry. So, if your cabinets need a bit of freshening up, here’s a list of some things to consider when painting them:

  • Choose a neutral color. You can’t go wrong with white or off-white – bolder colors go out of style quicker.
  • Consider open cabinetry. Depending on the type of cabinets you have, simply taking off the doors and leaving the shelving open can make the room look completely different.
  • Contrast the colors. White walls should go with black cabinets, and vice versa.
  • Concentrate on the cabinets on your island – sometimes, all it takes is a dramatic island to make the room completely different.
  • Have you considered a whiter shade of pale – or, specifically, grey, for your kitchen? While it’s a muted color, and not always effective, it can make all the difference in the world in your kitchen. In addition, it evokes a more “classic” feeling than the more sterile black and/or white.
  • Got kids? Consider painting the lower cabinets with chalkboard paint to allow them to express their creativity (and to prevent you from freaking out if Johnny and/or Amber gets his/her hands on something to draw on the cabinetry).
  • Indecisive about colors? No big deal – just pick two (or more!) of your favorite complimentary colors to paint your cabinets. There’s no law stating you can’t add as many colors as you want in your kitchen to make it look as colorful as you’d like.

Ready to get your kitchen project started? Have a few ideas we can help bring to life? Contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation and quote. There’s no job too big, or too small – and we look forward to working with you!
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