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How to Use the Color Grey in Your Home

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One of the hottest trends right now is using grey as a neutral.  (In my mind that never changed, grey has always been a neutral, but when someone can explain the thought process behind trends they are going to make a lot of money.)


Most people who are considering using grey are worried that it’ll make a place feel too modern or cool.  Which, if that is what you are going for, it most definitely can.  However, it can also be used in very warm and traditional settings.



It can be used as the main color or as accent color.


You can even mix it with other neutrals (that’s the nice thing about them matching everything)!


There are warm greys (also called taupe), cool greys, light greys, and dark greys.



Try mixing it with a bright color for emphasis.



Accent it with white for crisp lines and a clean feeling that is softer and warmer than black and white.


Look for soft colors that are mixed with grey to get a ‘natural neutral’ like the green walls below or blue walls above.


No matter if you are looking for a soft color scheme…


Or one full of emphasis, grey is a great neutral to work with.


Remember, neutrals are just that: neutrals!  Mix and match, don’t worry, they go with everything!


Though you could also go monochromatic if that is more your style.


Does this help?  Have you used grey in your decorating before?  How did it turn out?  (I’d love to see pictures and hear all about the project!)  Was there anything I didn’t cover?

Have Fun,

Katlin Farrell
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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[Guest Post] How to Make Your Home More Peaceful and Relaxing

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 With life being so fast paced and most of us being so busy much of the time, it can sometimes be difficult to get a breather and recuperate. We rush from one crisis to the next, have countless responsibilities and generally barely get time to think before we have something else to deal with.


This is why it’s so important that we have a quiet and relaxing home that we can go back to, where we’ll be able to recharge our batteries, rest our brain and start to feel human again. If you feel under pressure at home as well as at work and everywhere else, then the relentless stress can end up taking its toll on your body and on your mind.


For many of us though home isn’t somewhere we can go to relax and feel at ease, and actually many of us find that there are even more commitments and jobs waiting at home for us than there are at work or elsewhere. Here then we’ll look at how to make your home more conducive to relaxation and peace of mind.



Minimalism

Making your home more minimalistic in design can make you feel more relaxed in numerous ways. Immediately, when you remove some of the ‘clutter’ from your surroundings you will find that there is less playing on your mind and that you unconsciously relax. You will feel as though you have more space to move around in and this will make a big difference to stress levels. 


At the same time though this will also mean there is less to clean and maintain and less to get lost or broken. Try throwing some things out that you don’t regularly use and you’d be surprised how liberating it can be.

Nature

Another way to help yourself relax is to make your surroundings feel more natural. This can work wonders because we have evolved to feel at ease when we are in natural settings with abundant trees and plants because it signals a source of food and water. 


Just hanging up some pictures of waterfalls can help your heart rate to lower, but better yet is to maintain a beautiful garden and have nice patio doors in your conservatory to appreciate it through, or to include potted plants in your home.

Relaxing Rooms

You can also benefit from designating some rooms in your home specifically to relaxation. Most of us will have no such room in our house and even our living rooms tend to be filled with clutter and televisions (which aren’t relaxing). 


Have a conservatory then, or a room at the back of the house, that you leave empty of things like games consoles and televisions, and that you decorate in a way that is designed to be relaxing and ideal for just leaning back and chilling out.

Comfort

Finally of course you need to ensure that you have somewhere comfortable to sit if you want to feel really relaxed in your home. Look into the most comfortable furniture you can find, whether that means lazy-boy reclining armchairs, or a long corner sofa.



Author Byline :

Jamie Kirk is an upcoming independent interior designer who has made a name for himself in this field by designing many a conservatories and sun rooms for modern homes. He has his own website of conservatory designs which helps interested clients to choose designs according to their preferences.


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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[Guest Post] How to Choose the Right Tiles for Your Patio Garden

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During the summer months, the garden can be the best place in the whole home. It’s the perfect space for enjoying dinner and drinks with friends, playing a game of your favorite sport, or just relaxing and soaking up the rays.


If you really want to make this area special, it deserves a little TLC from time to time. Tiling is the perfect solution here, but it can also be overwhelming once you discover just how many types of tiles are available.  Let’s take a look at what you should be searching for when it comes to the right tiles for your patio garden.

Durability


It goes without saying that outdoor tiles need to be tough. Aside from looking pretty, they have a purpose to serve. Ceramic products can be too susceptible to water damage (esp. with the changes in temperature that Maryland loves to throw at us) and therefore are unsuitable, but stone and porcelain tiles can be just the ticket.


Water absorption


Your tiles will have to withstand the elements, and making a choice with this in mind is essential if you live in area that undergoes dramatic temperature changes through the year. Porcelain has a low water absorption rate, which makes it a good choice. Tiles that absorb too much water could end up cracking once the icy weather comes along.


Non-slip


Wet tiles can become very slippery, and can be a bit of a hazard if you haven’t made a sensible choice. Smaller tiles could be a good option, because there’s more grouting involved and therefore less surface area that could cause slipping. Alternatively, use an abrasive tile. The rougher finish will give more grip underfoot.


Pricing


Tiled decks can be considerably more expensive than wood decks, so bear this in mind when you’re budgeting. Before rushing into any decisions, ask a few tradesmen to give you a quote. You should ideally have three or more, in order to get a good idea of what’s a reasonable deal. Reputable traders will be happy for you to take this approach, so don’t feel pushed into using the first professional that you speak to.  Be sure to ask them to list out the details so you can compare apples to apples!


Design


Design comes down to personal taste, though it’s an important consideration for your patio. Remember that on-trend designs could look dated quickly, where as more traditional styles are likely to stand the test of time.


 Undergoing any home improvement project can be a challenge, but as long as you know what you should be looking for, you can’t go too far wrong. Try to strike the balance between practicality and style, and you will have a beautiful patio that is functional as well as impressive.


Do you have a tile feature in your garden? Are you pleased with your choice of tile?  We’d love to see pictures!



This article was brought to you by Ruth Hinds on behalf of Tons of Tiles. ToT imports and supplies a wide range of quality ceramic and quartz tiles for bathrooms, kitchens, and any area of your house that you would like to improve. 
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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10 Ways You Can Use Mosaics

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We’ve all seen beautiful kitchen backsplashes:


And we’re definitely used to seeing mosaics in bathrooms:


But there are many other places and ways that mosaics – stone, glass, porcelain, metal – can be used!  Here are 10 ideas that you can use as inspiration as you turn your house into a home or take your home’s design to the next level.

1 – Fireplace Surround:


Fireplaces are natural focal points, so why not up factor?  This is especially useful in homes that don’t come with a lot of architectural detail.

2 – Accent Walls:


It’s like using a richly colored paint color on one wall but to the next level.  You can incorporate various textures, colors, and patterns.

3 – Half Walls:


Don’t want a full wall of mosaics?  Try jazzing up half walls.

4 – Wainscoting


Why not use mosaic tile to create architectural details?

5 – Create a Focal Point


Need a wow factor?  Get some colorful glass mosaics and create a ‘tapestry’!

6 – Bring Light to Darker Spaces


Why not add some visual interest to shelving, nooks, and crannies   It’s a great way to add that feel of a customized home.

7 – Floor Medallions


These are perfect for entryways!  Add a touch of personality to what is often a wasted space.

8 – Create a Runner/Rug Look


Like the look of rugs but don’t like them due to cleaning, slipping, or something else?  One, talk to me because I have some tips to help with that.  Two, why not create a look like the one above with mosaics?

9 – Wall Art


And, with a little creativity, it could be hung like a picture also!  Now there is a conversational piece!

10 – Frame It


Have a subdued mirror?  Try adding a custom frame with mosaic tile!

Source: houzz.com via Katlin on Pinterest


What ideas do you have?  (I’d love to see pictures – Facebook, Pinterest, etc!)

Let me know if there are any questions I can help with!

Have Fun!
Katlin Farrell
katlin@nullmercercarpetone.com
twitter.com/MercerFloors
MercerCarpetOne.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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