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By Roelf Nel

Slate tile flooring

Slate tile stone flooring is flexible in nature and can be used almost anywhere. People have been using it extensively in the kitchen, front hallway, bathroom and outdoor uses such as pool surrounds and patio. One of the most brilliant features of this stone is that it has got a naturally slip-resistant surface. The tile is also widely known for its durability and decorative nature.

Natural face or split-face slate tile is one of the most popular choices when it comes to slate tile flooring. The split is a region where the slate has been removed from the slate bed. Hence, you can be sure of the fact that this variety of slate tile maintains the natural and uneven texture. The texture makes this type of slate tile one of the most distinctive tile. When it comes to slate tile, you can always expect a thickness variation from tile to tile. You need to consult your local flooring professionals to get an approximate idea of slate tile thickness.

Here are some do’s and don’ts you need to keep in mind with slate tile flooring.

Do’s:

  1. You should be sure of the fact that the area in which you desire to install your slate tile flooring is apt for the climate, foot traffic and other important factors. A sales representative will be able to help you in this matter.
  2. You must expect colour variations when it comes to slate tile flooring and utilize them to your advantage.
  3. It is necessary to keep yourself informed of the warranty details. Try to read all the instructions or information related to the slate tile flooring purchase.
  4. Slate tile flooring sealant is very important. You can choose from several varieties available such a high-gloss sealant that provides the tile a lustrous look, a low sheen that is reflective and no sheen that provides slate a natural look.

Don’ts:

  1. Never ever forget to allow for breakage and waste while placing your order. Remember that accidents can happen anytime.
  2. Don’t install slate tile flooring on a wet surface. The moisture trapped on the surface may make installation difficult for you.
  3. Don’t apply a sealer to a slate tile floor that has been oiled or waxed and not cured. The marks can prove to be very difficult to remove later.

When it comes to practicality and beauty, slate tile is considered to be the optimum choice. With slate, you can never slip. Visit our Pinterest Board for more inspiring ideas.

 

By Roelf Nel

A guide to outdoor lighting

With the evolution of lighting technology, outdoor lighting has seen its share of breakthroughs. Outdoor lighting is as important as indoor lighting. Lighting up the spaces immediately outside or surrounding our living areas is extremely vital for visual orientation, safety while navigating, and security, as well as for balancing out the indoor ambiance. The outdoor surroundings prepare and provide a preview to the life and living style within the four walls. Outdoor lighting is equally important in reflecting the external persona of a structure and its surrounding area. It sets a particular mood and provides a visual treat.

Outdoor lighting presents enormous scope for experimentation. It is a new canvas waiting to be coloured by unique lighting approaches, ideas, and techniques. Outdoor lighting spaces comprise the areas surrounding the structure, pathways, swimming pools, or fountains, landscape surrounding the structure, patios, balconies, decks, porches, etc.

There are a variety of options on the market, including low-voltage lighting, floodlights, tree lights, post lights, lanterns, string bulbs for festive occasions, recessed lighting, scoops, and even solar lights devoid of wires and operating on NiCad batteries.

Various techniques of lighting can be used in outdoor lighting. Spotlighting, which focuses light on architectural features, may be positioned to minimize glare and focus fully on the focal point. Silhouetting is placing the light sources behind the object to bring out the shape of the object rather than the exact colour and texture. Key light or shadowing requires placing the light source directly in front of the object of interest to create a light and shadow effect. Moonlighting requires a fixture to be placed on the trees and aiming it down to provide a natural peaceful moonlit effect. Deck lighting, grazing (light focuses on the object at a sharp angle) and washing the surface (light focuses on objects at a wider or blunt angle), step lighting, walkway lighting, pond and fountain lighting, and sign lighting are some of the various techniques used for outdoor lighting.

In outdoor lighting, a basic thing that has to be kept in mind is that the lighting fixtures are exposed to all the elements outside. In case of lighting water features, the light source is sometimes from the inside to create a magical glittering and rippling effect. Therefore, appropriate lighting fixtures and lights should be chosen. Self-lighting kits of low voltage are also available for those who wish to try out their creative lighting talents.

Visit our Pinterest Board for inspiring ideas for outdoor lighting.

By Roelf Nel

Using Carpets in your décor

Carpets have the ability to transform a room into a cosy and comfortable space. The endless options of colour, design, patterns and textures makes carpeting a favourable and fashionable option in home décor.

Reasons for choosing carpets as a flooring option:

  1. Provides Safety: The surface is non-slip preventing slips and cushions falls and minimizing injuries. The soft structure of the carpets offers an added safety to the more vulnerable family members who are just learning to walk.
  2. Enhances the beauty of your home: Carpets add style and beauty to your room. There is a wide range of styles, textures, colours and designs you can choose from to suit your taste and décor. For a more casual environment, opt for simple designs and neutral colours. Go with vibrant colours and patterns when creating a bold statement.
  3. Provides Warmth and Insulation: During the winter months, you will appreciate the warmth and comfort of your carpeting. The millions of fibres trap heat. Carpets provide a layer of insulation and resist the chilly, uncomfortable weather, saving your energy bills.
  4. Reduce Noise: Carpets absorb noises that are airborne and block the transmission of sound between one floor and another. It stifles noises and reduces surface noise from walking.
  5. Hiding damaged Floors: Carpets are a good option if you have a floor that is irregular with a marked inclination or dents within its structure.

The colour trending this year is a palette of greys and taupe. You can be a bit more daring and go with blues, teal, or green remembering to keep the colours soft, soothing, and natural.

Using bold and bright azure carpets are not ideal options as these tend to date and you may find you have to replace your carpets sooner than anticipated. Beige and neutral colours are popular choices enhanced by vibrant textures and patterns. Neutral carpets compliment other trending colours such as pastel greens, yellows, blues, or salmon pink, which you can bring in through other décor. Patterns are not restricted to the printed design on the carpet, but also to the texture and geometric design within the carpet.

 Carpeting offers you endless options. Visit a few showrooms before you make a final decision on what carpet you want to go with. Check on the product specs and guarantee coverage before you make a purchase.

Visit our Pinterest Board for some more carpeting ideas.

 

 

 

By Roelf Nel

Balancing your décor ideas

With life being so busy, between career demands, family commitments, friendships, healthier lifestyles, decorating may not be the top priority. With the time demand for decorating and its maintenance, it is no wonder some people look for a quick and practical solution. Even in this situation, personality is indispensable. The choice of material, furniture, accessories, and the right colours are great allies for those who want to make the interior environment more elegant and reflecting “the home owner’s way of being.”

Harmony and quality

The main concept in a design project for a home is defined in just one word: harmony. Harmony among the styles and elements that will be used, such as colour, fabrics, fabric textures and the right lighting. These elements either can increase the perceived value of your design project or, if used incorrectly, can ruin it completely.

For example, you can set a modern architecture concept of interior design and mix the environments that you have with some classic pieces; or you can set a classic architecture concept of interior design and mix the environments with some contemporary elements. However, it is necessary to be careful.

If you cannot hire a professional designer, it is very important that you know how to get a good quality design concept. The key is to avoid the use of too many colourful elements and strong colours. According to many interior designers “It is almost impossible to go wrong using only one colour tone in the environment.”

But what is the meaning of matching in an interior design project?
Interior design is like fashion: everything can be used according to the taste of each person. There are not too many rules. The first principle is to start from the architectural style of the house, after which the interior design can be defined.

For instance, it is worthless to have a contemporary house and use many classic elements inside its environments. You have to follow the style of the house. However, you can have one or two older pieces in a modern residence bringing a beautiful combination to the decoration.

 

Visit our Pinterest account and explore the many boards we have created on design. Whether is it selecting colour, artwork, French Country, Tuscan or other design ideas. We have gathered some great ideas, which may inspire you to get a new look for your home.

If you are ready to build your new home contact us for a consultation and discover the talented architects who can make your dream a reality.

Slate tile flooring
A guide to outdoor lighting
Using Carpets in your décor
Balancing your décor ideas