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5 Steps to a More Luxurious Room

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There are many reasons why you would want a more luxurious room as…
  • you want to impress the in-laws, boss, neighbors, etc
  • you want to pamper the family and yourself
  • you’re staging the space for potential buyers
Here are 5 ways you can instantly increase the luxury factor in your home no matter if you want a more casual or more formal home:
1: Contrast
luxurious room balcony
Light and dark, shiny and matte, hard and soft…all of these contrasts add drama and a sense of richness to the space.  And, like in the example above, you can work with many different types of contrast.  In the deck room shown above the bright white trim contrasts against the black wrought iron features, the shiny mirror contrasts against all of the other matte finishes, the soft cushions contrast against the sleek lines of the hard-surfaces such as the porcelain ceramic floor tile. 2: Metallics
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From matte wrought iron to glossy silver, metals in decor have always added a sense of luxury and wealth to a space.  And be sure to mix and match!  The picture of the living room shown above shows how they’ve mixed wrought iron and gold into their decor! 3: Long Curtains
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Using long curtains installed above your windows creates the feel of taller ceilings, larger windows, plus the extra cloth can soften the space and provide some contrast against harder surfaces used. 4: Wooden and Stone Surfaces
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Mixing wood, stone, and other natural materials ads a warmth and richness to a space that nothing else can.  There is no need to go ornate unless you want.  And they also lend themselves to subtle patterns that can add a lot to a space such as the herringbone shown in the hardwood above.  Tile mosaics and countertops are great ways to add that stone element. 5: Area Rugs and Runners
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Plus, if you have a hard surface floor, you can very easily add rugs and runners to define spaces, create focal points, add contrast, tie design elements together, and so much more!  Plus, this allows you to add another natural finish: wool.  (Read about wool and allergies here.) How do you add luxury to your design schemes? Have Fun, Katlin Choate katlin@nullmercercarpetone.com – See more at: http://blog.mercercarpetone.com/2015/05/5-steps-to-more-luxurious-room.html#sthash.QRGJ8XI1.dpuf

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Have the Power to Save Your Carpets at Your Fingertips

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Guess what I just found?  I may be a bit too excited.  But I’ll let you decide.  Have you ever have a spill happen (or one that you discovered later) and you weren’t sure how to get it out?  I know I have!  Thankfully, I’ve got industry experts who are just an email or call away to help me.  And now, you can have just as convenient access to expert advice!

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How to Choose the Perfect Backsplash

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No matter where you want that extra little something – kitchen, bathroom, or an accent wall elsewhere in your home – backplashes are a great way to add depth, dimension, color, pattern, and texture to the design of a space.  And since I know that, while I find playing with colors and patterns and textures immensely enjoyable, it often feels overwhelming; so, here are the steps I take when helping a client choose a backplash.



Step 1:  What is the Atmosphere?

No matter what room/space you’re considering putting the back-splash in, the atmosphere of that space needs to be considered.  Is it more formal or more casual?  Does the style lend itself more towards contemporary or more traditional?


Neutral colors and natural materials, like stone and metal, lend themselves to both traditional and modern settings as well as a lot of styles, so these are great options to consider especially if you’re worried about trends fading out.  Glass is a wonderful idea to be used as an accent piece or to be mixed in with stones.




Step 2:  Where is it Going?

How will the space nearest the back splash be used?  Will it be near a ‘messy’ area like a sink or stove?  Or will it be in an area that doesn’t see lots of splashes or other oopsies?  Will you be touching it on a regular basis or will it be more like artwork on the wall?


If the back splash is in an area that is a messier than normal area like a shower or near a stove, think of clean-ability as well as camouflage.  For example: if you like the look of glass, but don’t want to see every speck of soap scum, try frosted glass.



Step 3:  Should it Lean More Light, Dark, or Medium?

What is near it that isn’t changing.  Thankfully paint is easy to change out, cabinets aren’t however.  For example, in a kitchen, if you have dark cabinets and go with a mid to light backsplash.  If you have light cabinets go with a mid to dark backsplash.  Contrast is always good as it adds depth and interest, plus you’re going to want your beautiful new backsplash to shine!


However, in the right setting, don’t be afraid to break the ‘rules’ for a stunning effect like shown below.



Step 4:  What Colors Will it Be Working With?

Again, first take into account the pieces that aren’t changing like big pieces of furniture, counter tops, cabinets, fixtures, etc.  Then focus on pieces that you love and would love to decorate a space around.  Is there a hint of green that you’d like to focus on a bit more?





Step 5:  What Pattern?

Thankfully mosaics build that in, though you can choose which direction to run them (maybe run a rectangle on a diagonal vs. straight?)  But if you’re working with larger pieces like 3″x6″ pieces or 6″x6″ pieces you should think about patterns simple and complex.  Which pattern will enable the back-splash to add the dimension it needs to the space?

Step 6:  Any Texture?

Do you like the sleekness of glass or metals?  Or would you rather the rougher texture of stone?  When it comes to texture, don’t forget clean-ability depending on where it is going!  Stacked stone is beautiful but would be a trap for oil behind a stove.


Remember: natural stones should always be sealed (typically prior to installation)!  Due to minimal wear it will take years for a good seal to wear off (a good way of checking is taking droplets of water and seeing if they bead up or soak in.)



Step 7:  Will It Need Accent Pieces?

If you’re going with something that is simpler overall, think about throwing in an accent piece or medallion.  Liners are a nice way to frame a design out or add dimension without going too flashy also.


A good thing to keep in mind when choosing if and where you want accent pieces is your line of sight and neighboring architectural details (like stove hoods).



Step 8:  How Will It End?

Will the backsplash end at an inside corner, allowing the architecture of the home to act as a frame?  Or will it end at the edge of a countertop or at an outside corner?  Does it need a frame to cover any raw edges or will the nature of the product eliminate that need?



Step 9:  How Will It Work Around And With Existing Finishes?

Is there a window to keep in mind?  Built in?  Vanity?  Shower door?  Mirror?  Architectural details?  How will you want the backsplash to work with existing finishes like those?

What a great idea: a shelf behind the stove!



I hope this helps!  Do you have any tips that I missed?  Any questions I can help with?

Have Fun,

Katlin Farrell
Flooring Consultant
Mercer Floor and Home of Ellicott City, Maryland
Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com
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As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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Porch.com (upcoming review announcement)

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Hello Everyone!  I thought I’d check in and let you know that in the next couple weeks I will be reviewing the new start-up website: Porch.com.



Why?  I received this not too long ago…

Katlin of Let’s Talk About Floors,

It is because of this (me being an influential blogger) that I would like to offer you an exclusive sneak peak of Porch, a new Internet start-up, that is creating a home improvement marketplace and social network. We connect homeowners, renters and design enthusiasts with over 1.4 million professionals. With $6.25M in funding under our belt and big guys from Facebook behind us, we are gearing up to launch in September. With our launch date fast approaching, we are starting to seek out key influencers in the blogger community to share early access of Porch, in hopes that you will use the site and give us any feedback you might have. 

Are you interested in trying out Porch? Let me know, I would love to give you early access to the site! 

Take care,
Lauren K.
Join us on the Porch!
Facebook: www.facebook.com/porchdotcom
Twitter: @PorchDotCom

So, it was very cool to get that.  I’m glad that so many people enjoy my blog, but when I received that I went ‘Really? You think I’m influential? Cool!’

But that isn’t the only reason, it also sounds like a potentially helpful website for those who are looking to work on remodeling projects of all sizes.  Per their ‘About Us’ page, Porch.com is “where neighbors and friends meet to share home professionals and projects they love.”  Sounds kinda like a social Angie’s List, which makes a lot of sense to me.  Paying for a membership to write and share reviews never computed with my brain.

Until I’m ready to post the review, have fun on their Pinterest Page!

As always, if there are any questions give me a shout at Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com!
As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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Blog Spotlight: Kathy’s Remodeling Blog

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I recently stumbled upon this gem.  What really caught my eye is Kathy’s seemed frustration (that I share) with the cheep contractors and other ‘so-called professionals’ that we run into on a regular basis.  And she pulled together a helpful ‘quiz’ to help showcase the best choice.

So how do  you decide what to do? Ask yourself a few questions:


1. Is saving money the most important thing in life without exception?

If yes, choose Contractor Cheapo
If no, keep asking questions


2. Is having a high-quality project the most important thing in life without exception?

If yes, choose Contractor Artisan
If no, keep asking questions

3.  Is complaining about the faults of contractors a favorite pastime?

If yes, choose Contractor Cheapo
If no, keep asking questions

4. Is having a warm feeling from having the most considerate, thoughtful contractor important?

If yes, choose Contractor Artisan
If no, keep asking questions

Bottom line…”


This might be funny to watch, but do you want these guys working on your home?
I’d love to know your thoughts on this.  Do you have any stories you can share about your experience with Quality, Artisan work vs. Cost Focused work?

As always, if there is ever anything I can help with, give me a shout!

Warm Wishes,
As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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