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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Recycled Glass Tile

Bathroom and kitchen designs are often the focal points of today’s homes. Fixtures, colors, style and lighting are all elements often used in these spaces. For homeowners hoping to incorporate a unique design while being environment friendly, recycled glass can provide that to them.

The up and coming area for the use of glass is in recycled glass tiles. Most companies who are producing recycled glass tiles are using anywhere from 30% up to 100% post consumer waste of glass.

Recycled glass tiles are produced by melting down waste glass or unusable glass in a heated furnace in which the temperature will exceed over 2000 F. The molten glass is then stamped or poured into their appropriate mold, hand trimmed and even ground down to its form. The beauty of the recycled glass is that the variations in each tile is what gives it the their distinct characteristics.

Glass tiles can be used anywhere normal ceramic tiles would be installed. Recycled glass tiles have the benefit of being resistant to chemical and stains which makes it nice to be used in wet areas. Recycled Glass tiles can be used on floors, walls, backsplashes, countertops, tabletops and among other areas in your home.

The thing to remember about the recycled glass, is that about 80% of the glass tiles are transparent. This means when you are installing the glass tiles, make sure your background(area of installation) is painted white. When using your thinset(which you want to use white), you want to use a very small trowel for installation. This helps to eliminate the trowel marks that could be visible after the installation. The smaller the trowel the better. When using a smaller trowel, you press the glass tile mosaic it will flatten down the trowel and give it a smoother, cleaner look and install.

The color choices and available sizes for recycled glass tiles are growing every year. They even have solid, matte, iridescent, and clear colors available. Most common sizes available are 1″ x 1″ usually paper faced, and 1″ x 2″ paper faced as well. Keep in mind that there are companies that offer a much wider variety of sizes available. The thing to remember or consider about paper faced products is it does make it nicer for installation, however you do need to pay close attention to the product that you recieve. The most critical is taht of the iridescent colors. From the backside of the tile, you cannot tell if it is iridescent or not. To be safe I suggest peeling a couple of the glass tiles to make sure that you either have or do not have an iridescent glass tile, depending on what you order.

Using recycled glass tile in your home is a way to add color and beauty and also a way for you to help out our environment and keep some of the glass out of our landfills.

Tips to Design Your Apartment part 2

The modernist style has developed from technological household things and was expressed in the most different forms. For example, sofas and chairs which “are twisted” and asymmetrically creep away to the corners are also typical of the modernist style, as well as sofas of a strict geometrical style with harmonious, extended backs. By the way, well-known “Viennese” chairs, which are now on their way out almost in each summer cottage, appeared during this period.

For the art deco style straight lines or zigzag-bent lines are typical, as well as clearness and graphics of forms. It is distinguished from the rest by application of decorative elements in the form of zigzags, circles, triangles, suns, as well as rounded corners and strict vertical lines which recede from the form. The materials used in interiors of this style, – fabric, glass, bronze, ceramics, carpets covered with cubic patterns. Besides, as an ornament fans are often used, wrought-iron lattices, light wood, leather, marble and chrome plated details. It is the last “smart” style of the European capitals, ” the style of stars “.

The modern interior in the style of minimalism can be characterized by the use of only necessary objects. The most important thing to remember while creating such interiors is a competently planned space, which contains a lot of diffused, quiet light and air.

To create a sense of breadth and open space, premises are freed from internal partitions whenever possible. The color palette used is light, based on a play of semitones; there is a lot of white color in an interior, graphically underlined by black or grey.

Here simple natural finishing materials are used, often raw, with rough texture: bricks, concrete, wood or plaster. A sense of space is achieved both by means of color of the floor, a translucent fabric, sliding partitions made of glass, by means of local lighting in walls, a floor or a ceiling.

The forms of furniture are simple, too: sharp corners, no plastic lines. Sofas with rectangular pillows and rigid armrests, as well as armchairs
and chairs of a rectangular, almost cubic form.

The upholstery is light, self-colored with rare contrast “spots” – for example, pillows.

Use of metal in an interior gives it sharp modernity: metal table-tops in the kitchen, legs of chairs, rack posts. Modern interiors of the hi-tech style are created on the basis of combination of space and light, propagandizing aesthetics of the applied material and structure.

Of the hi-tech style dashing, direct lines are characteristic, as well as abundance of glass and metal details. Here the designs typical of industrial buildings (metal frames and technical communications are deliberately displayed) are applied.

Hi-tech, by itself, uses the most modern materials. They are glass, metal (these materials are the basic ones in finishing of premises), sometimes concrete, stone and natural wood are added. Complete absence of ornaments of interiors in the hi-tech style is compensated by “work” of a material when high quality of plastics is shown, easy alloys, new composite materials, color glossy and transparent surfaces (acryl stretched ceilings, crosspieces).

By the way, the hi-tech style is appropriate for small apartments. All the elements of an interior create a sense of economy of space here.

The last thing to point out is that very few people create an interior in one style nowadays. “Celebration of eclecticism “, a courageous combination of different styles, especially in different “zones” of one and the same apartment – in such a way it is possible to characterize a mainstream in modern design.

Window Blinds Varieties

Wooden blinds are especially popular at the moment for their natural beauty and supreme elegance. The types of woods used are typically light and soft, this is due to the fact that the slats of the blinds must be raised and lowered frequently and hence having a heavy wood would place undue stress on the cords of the blind fixing. One of the most commonly use varieties of wood used is basswood, this very light and durable and aesthetically has attractive grains that give a room simplistic natural touches. As a result of basswood being so dry, the effect of stains and varnishes can transform the blind although for this same reason this material should only be used in certain rooms. For instance; in places where the humidity level is high such as kitchens and bathrooms, wooden blinds will warp with the changes in temperature, understandably this is not a preferable occurrence.

If window blinds are to be placed into a bathroom or a kitchen then an artificial alternative is available. Faux wood blinds are rapidly becoming a popular solution for those who want all the aesthetic appeal of real wood without the downsides of warping and discolouration. Faux wood is typically cheaper than natural variants and hence can be used in larger windows; in addition, being far more robust it is perfect for used in bathrooms and kitchens where moisture can be a problem. With modern manufacturing even the designs have become far more realistic meaning that the uneducated would be hard pushed to notice the difference between faux and real wood varieties.

One of cheapest materials used in the manufacture of window blinds is vinyl. For this reason alone it is advisable to use vinyl in children’s bedrooms as if they are broken, replacements are not too expensive. Additionally, vinyl blinds are easy to maintain, being wipe clean and robust enough to cope with dusting.

These features combine to make vinyl the most practical choice in many rooms.
If natural blinds are preferable then wood is not the only option. One of the more stylistic choices is grass and bamboo. Bamboo in fact has been used as a window covering since the time of the ancient Chinese dynasties. It is great for creating a space that is comfortable and relaxing. These types of blinds are perfect for designers who want to create rooms that highlight different cultures and encourage serenity and escapism.

Horizontal Mini Blinds

Is your room or office modern? Traditional? European and sleek? Or country-style and filled with overstuffed furniture? Whatever motif you’ve got going on, horizontal mini blinds can easily become part of your decorating.

The well-defined lines can stand on their own as part of an angular background, or they can retire into the background, behind billowy drapes or gathered curtains. You can easily control the amount of outside light in the room by just altering the closure of the blinds, and you can do it without needing to disturb any other window treatment elements you may be using.

Also, since horizontal mini blinds come in so many colors, finishes, styles, and sizes, you can adapt their look to a wide range of decorating styles. Most online mini blind retailers can offer you color palettes and will even send you sample swatches, so you can make the most precise match possible for your decorating plan.

Horizontal Mini Blinds for Almost Any Budget

Whether you are a do-it-yourself type on a tight budget or a business owner needing maximum quality and convenience, horizontal mini blinds are available to fit your needs. Most major discount retailers and home improvement retailers offer a selection of horizontal mini blinds, along with the needed hardware and installation instructions.

Manufacturers and distributors of horizontal mini blinds also usually offer referrals to qualified professional installers who can make sure your horizontal mini blinds look perfect to even the most discerning eye. Either way, you’ll enjoy years of beauty, functionality, and convenience from this most versatile window treatment style.

Planning Your Horizontal Mini Blind Installation

Most online retailers can offer you advice on making accurate measurements for your blinds, and some have virtual design features that allow you to easily envision various color, style, and size combinations. It’s easy to plan the perfect installation when you have all the information you need, right in front of you.