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7 Reasons Why You Should Buy a Smart TV Box in 2019

Smart TVs embraced a huge success when they were first launched, and everybody wanted one. In their early days, they were presented as the ideal gadget, allowing you to browse the internet, see your favorite movies or even surf the social media platforms.

However, as time has passed we now understand that owning a smart TV is not such a good idea. They come with a lot of problems and because of that, more and more people are replacing their Smart TVs with a Smart TV box.

In the following article, we will explain to you why Smart TVs are no longer a viable option, and why you should definitely avoid buying one.

 

1) They Are So Smart That They’re Actually Spying On You

It’s a known fact that a vast majority of Smart TVs, are designed to track your entire activity. This might not seem like a big deal for you, but you need to understand that with this feature, a complete stranger knows every show that you watch, every website that you browse and so on. The producers are defending themselves, saying that this is only for marketing purposes and no information will ever be disclosed.

But still, it’s a little bothering to know that you cannot have any privacy with a Smart TV. If you imagine that the big brands will never do such thing, you are wrong. Some major producers were caught collecting their customer’s information and use them for advertising purposes.

2) Annoying Ads

Normally, you buy a Smart TV, thrilled by the freedom you’re about to get. Now, you can select your own movies, and you no longer have to see a commercial break, in the middle of the movie, right? Wrong again! Manufacturers want to increase their profit and they won’t stop at just selling you the device.

That’s why, every 20 minutes of watching a movie, you will have to stop and watch an “interesting” ad, about a random thing that you probably don’t need. And no, there is no way to stop this. Unless you purchase a Smart TV box.

3) They Can Be Hacked Very Simply

Unlike a PC, which can be protected with an antivirus, firewall or VPN, Smart TVs have some very weak security software. Because of that, every person who knows a little programming will be able to hack into your TV and violate your privacy. They can see, modify or delete everything on your Smart TV, and they can even embed forbidden material, which can cause you some legal problems.

And things are getting even worse than that. It’s very easy for a hacker to access your TV’s webcam/microphone, and to record everything you do or say. Want to avoid that? Buy a Smart TV box instead. Or just stick to services like Dish Network or other cable networks. There are plenty of Dish reviews to see if it is the service for you.

4) The Software Gets Outdated

If you buy a new Smart TV, you will be happy about all the new and interesting features. But this will only last for six months, one-year maximum. After that period, you will slowly see how each of your favorite apps, is no longer supported by your current Smart TV software. And you will need to update it. This wouldn’t be such of a problem because the whole process won’t take you more than half an hour.

But the new software is not free, neither cheap. You will have to pay extra money for a product that you own, just to keep it updated. And it will happen every six months from now on. It’s like paying rent for something that you own. Smart, right?

5) The Interface is Unreliable

With a Smart TV, we would expect to receive a well-optimized software, which can fulfill all our needs. But this it isn’t the case. And the reason behind that is very simple. A Smart TV is produced by a company who manufactures electronic devices and has no experience in software development. They don’t invest time and money in the interface because it’s not a priority for them. They only care about the Smart TV’s hardware features, because that’s what is selling their product.

On the other hand, a Smart TV box is produced by people who are experienced in software development, invested a lot of time in the optimization and are constantly struggling to improve their features. And let’s face it! Nobody buys a Smart TV for the webcam or for the central remote. It’s all about the interface and what can it do.

6) Not Worth the Price

A Smart TV is usually two or three times more expensive than a regular TV. Does it worth it? Not really! The only differences between a Smart TV and a regular TV consist of the Webcam, microphone, the operating system and the central remote. If we would purchase all these items separately, along with a Smart TV box, we will spend 70% less, than the price of a Smart TV.

So instead of buying a Smart TV, it’s more simple to turn your regular TV into a Smart one. More than that, a Smart TV box can be highly customized and you can modify it, according to your particular needs and preferences. And the cheapest one costs less than $50.

7) It’s Not As Good As It Looks

Usually, a lot of people are buying Smart TVs, thrilled by the multitude of features and options. But according to a recent study, only 10% of the Smart TV owners are using their device to navigate on the internet, and only 15% accessed the online music apps. And it’s hard to believe that the rest of the owners don’t navigate on the internet or don’t listen to music. But they’ve stopped using their device for that, because it’s so bad optimized, that it won’t grant them a positive experience. The only positive thing about a Smart TV is the unlimited movies. If you don’t mind the constant commercials.

Conclusion

 

Before thinking about purchasing a Smart TV, you need to put all the things in balance and weight the pluses and minuses. After you reach your conclusion, you will know that a Smart TV box is the best option, when it comes to having a truly smart TV. If you want a safe and reliable device and not some fancy accessory to impress your friends with, then you should purchase a Smart TV box.

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Top 10 Interior Decorating Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

How to Transform Inferior Decorating: Identifying and Correcting Decorating Mistakes

You don’t have to be a professional interior decorator to understand and apply some basic principles of interior design that will help you create a comfortable and functional home with style.

We’ve assembled a list of tips that tell you how to avoid (or correct) 10 of the most common home decorating mistakes. This article is not about creating the perfect magazine-worthy home decor or intimidating you with designer jargon and time (and/or money) consuming tasks. Our aim is to present easy DIY decorating fixes with the basic information needed to implement them.

Whether you want to rearrange furniture in your living room, update your bedroom decor, create a guest room, shop for a dining room chandelier, or are downsizing or starting from scratch with your first studio apartment, these tips will help you make the choices that are right for you and your lifestyle. Throughout this article, you will also find links to other pages that explore some of these topics in greater depth from coordinating fabrics to choosing colors, hanging pictures, and more.

We hope the tips included here will give you the confidence to decorate and accessorize your home to create a welcoming, comfortable place without worrying about making mistakes or wasting time or money — and one that reflects your unique personality and style.

1. Up Against the Wall. . . Not!

interior designIf you have heavy furniture or haven’t purchased any yet, it helps to measure the room and its features first. Then draw the dimensions (graph paper makes it easier), translating the measurements into a scale.

For example, if you use a scale of 1 inch on paper = 1 foot of space, a room that is 8 feet by 10 feet will be drawn as 8 inches by 10 inches; if you use a scale of 1/2 inch = 1 foot, an 8 foot by 10 foot room would be 4 inches by 5 inches on the paper, and so on. Note the location and size of doors, windows, hearths, or other features you will need to consider.

Make a few photo copies once you’ve done that. Then measure the “footprint” of each piece of furniture (the length and width or amount of space it takes up on the floor).

If you haven’t purchased the furniture yet, use standard measurements or find pieces you like and use those dimensions to see if it will work in your home before you buy it.

Cut pieces of paper to the same scale as the room dimensions and label each piece of paper.

You can then move the cut-outs around on paper until you find an arrangement that works with the space, purpose, traffic, and size. Tape them in place or use a dab from a glue stick to secure them to the paper.

By using the photocopies, you can easily create multiple arrangements on different pages and compare them to get an idea of how each works before you move the furniture. If you can’t visualize it

Many people think a room looks bigger when all of the furniture lines the walls around the room. And if you want a dance floor, that may work, but for most purposes, furniture looks better and a room looks more inviting when the pieces are at an angle or surrounded by space.

Try angling your bed or sofa. Or float that large sofa facing a fireplace, two smaller conversational seating groups, or a pair of chairs arranged at an angle. Depending on the shape, size, and scale of your room, consider using two loveseats or settees instead of a large sofa.

Walk through the room and note the traffic patterns. Move the pieces around you find an arrangement that works with the space and with the traffic flow. That is, do not block access to other rooms or doors with furniture arrangements or individual pieces. You will want to direct traffic while allowing easy access to pathways in, out of, and around the room.

Consider the purpose of the space as well. Are closets or bookshelves accessible? Do you have a great view you want to feature? (See focal points, below.)

However, do not automatically push all furniture against the walls. Living room furniture placed around the perimeter of a room does not encourage conversation and can create a cold feeling or ambience. A chair without a nearby light source will not become a place to read the latest book by your favorite author or complete your latest craft project.

A long and wide island in the center of your kitchen between your sink and refrigerator means you have to walk around it every time you go from one to the other.

Decorator’s Tip

If you aren’t sure if the convenience of the additional counter space a center island would provide is worth the extra miles you’ll be walking to go around it, or if that sofa will look too large in your living room, try arranging some large cardboard boxes to approximate the size of the furniture piece before you purchase it.

It will help you visualize the size and mass of the furniture in a very concrete way and you can get a better idea of how the space will work in three dimensions instead of two. You can actually walk around the room and see how it fits, if there is enough room to walk past it, if it looks too overpowering or is too small to anchor the space, and so on.

Helpful Inexpensive Floor plan Aids Are Easy to Use

Furniture Arranging (and More!)

For Tekkies

If you are tech-savvy, you might want to invest in floor plan or 3d rendering software that will make it even easier to plan a single room or an entire house. Some of these apps have free trials you can download from their websites which may provide enough features for you to do this at no cost.

Punch! Home Design Studio – v2

Punch! Home Design Studio is an interior designing software for Mac. Make your designs more realistic than ever before. Features include sample plans for all home styles, the ability to “Go Green” with one click and watch your design go green with design tips and objects like recycled glass counter tops, bamboo flooring and more! You provide the inspiration and Punch! Software’s

If you can point and click you can use this software! Lots of layout items, furniture and different materials to choose from and you just drag and drop them to arrange your room to scale.

Whether you are updating or starting from scratch, this is a way to test out your ideas the easy way. You do not need to be a designer or a computer whiz to use this one.

Also Available for PCs.

2. Picture this: Getting the Hang of It

hanging pictures correctlyHanging pictures or other types of wall decor too high or using pictures that are too small for a particular spot are perhaps the most common home decorating mistakes.

“Unless you are creating a period wall full of dado-to-frieze pictures, wall decor should generally be hung so that the middle of the picture (or grouping) is at eye level (from either a standing or sitting position, depending on where it will be viewed from) or a little (2 to 3 inches) lower than eye level, with spacing between pictures fairly equal or visually balanced,” says Steven Wells from Oran Remodeling home remodelers.

Pictures should also be hung in a way that is proportional to their location. A single small picture hung over a sofa will not look right. Neither will two small ones spread too far about. They will be out of balance.

As a rule of thumb, artwork should be placed no more than five to nine inches above a sofa and no more than seven to ten inches above a table. The placement of your artwork should also relate to its surroundings.

As a guideline for proportion, one or more pictures (including mirrors or other wall decor) should cover about 2/3 of the wall space above the piece of furniture.

For example, if you have a 6 foot wide sofa, plan on a single picture or an arrangement that is about 4 feet wide and centered above the sofa.

Always experiment with different arrangements and combinations of pictures before starting to hang any of them.

There are two ways to arrange pictures: Symmetrical and asymmetrical. Symmetrical groupings create a more formal feeling while asymmetrical arrangements are more casual. Items that are the same or similar in size, shape, and/or other attributes lend themselves to symmetrical arrangements — one in which items are hung equally around a center line or point.

It is easier to create balance with a symmetrical grouping, but it is not difficult to balance an asymmetrical grouping either, although you’ll have to rely on a bit of trial and error to create visual balance instead of a level and ruler or tape measure.

A grouping of pieces different in size, shape, color or other attributes will work better in an asymmetrical arrangement. Such a grouping should be hung so that the visual weight of the objects appears balanced.

One way to do this without making a lot of unnecessary holes in your wall is to lay out the arrangement on the floor first, adjusting the grouping until you have arranged the items in the most pleasing (least lop-sided) way.

You could also trace the outlines of the items onto a roll of newsprint or inexpensive paper (that will contrast with your wallcolor) and arrange those on the wall with a hinge made of blue painter’s tape on the back. (Other types of tape may remove paint from your wall.)

Decorator’s Tip

If you are working with different size items, keeping the larger pieces on the bottom of the arrangement will anchor your arrangement and keep it from looking top-heavy.

Reposition the shapes until you are pleased with the arrangement and then use that as a guide for hanging the actual items.

A vertical arrangement will make a room appear taller and a horizontal arrangement will make it appear wider.

You might also want to consider hanging one larger item surrounded by a circle or rectangular arrangement of smaller pictures.

This type of arrangement is particularly effective for displaying a group of photos in a hallway.

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Whichever arrangement you choose, frames and mats should complement both the artwork and your decorating style or theme. A framed mirror can add dimension and light, and is especially effective when it reflects something beautiful, such as a window overlooking a garden or an indoor flower arrangement, for example.

Do not be afraid to hang artwork with a mirror as part of the group. Unless a mirror is large enough to look balanced on a wall by itself, you can keep the proportion pleasing by adding pictures next to or around the mirror.

Once you decide on an arrangement, start hanging from the center or largest item and then, if there is more than one item in the center of your arrangement, hang any that go above and/or below the central piece.

Continue out, hanging items from top to bottom, until all of your pictures have been hung.

Whether you use picture hooks, molly bolts, toggle boths, picture nails, or some other method will depend on the type of wall construction and surface, so be sure you have the right type of fasteners available — and if your home is a rental, you may be restricted to non-invasive methods such as suspending frames from a railing or keeping your artwork lightweight enough to use magnetic or peel-and-stick types of picture hangers.

collecting in home decor3. Become a Groupie

(No, not that kind) – Accessories are an important part of home decorating. They can make or break a room and are a great way to show off your collections and personalize your home decor.

However, don’t over-do it. If you have a large collection, put some of it away and rotate the items. Group the items together in one place rather than spreading around throughout the house.

Think about every accessory you put in a room. You want it to reflect your personality and taste, but not look cluttered. Consider the scale of the items as well as their colors, purpose, and shapes.

Group them in odd numbers or creative ways, but keep them together.

Aim for a small grouping of your favorites and either pack the rest away, sell them, or donate them to charity.

4. That’s Odd! Off-center is On-target

Unless your display is of Noah’s Ark, avoid putting things in pairs. Odd numbers are far more interesting. A group of three or five items is usually better than two, four, or six.

Items that are different in shape, height, color, texture or some other dimension should be balanced, but that almost always means they should not be centered and spread out or lined up evenly in a straight line.

5. Think Big — Bigger IS Better!

Contrary to what many think, a small room decorated with small furniture is usually not the best way to go. One larger (but not huge) “statement” piece — such as an antique armoire, bookcase topped desk, or an overstuffed arm chair with a carved wood frame — will draw the eye and create an airier atmosphere than a lot of smaller scale furniture.

Start with your statement piece and arrange the other items in the room around it.

For example, many smaller rooms often have a shelving unit against one wall, either freestanding or in the form of shelves attached to shelving strips affixed to the wall.

Whether you use it for media and/or books, display, or other storage, replace the open shelves with an armoire to hold all of that “stuff” instead.

Perhaps angle the armoire in a corner of the room and arrange your seating and occasional tables to complement that.

You’ll be surprised how much better the space will look and feel. See Focal Point for related information.

6. Of(f) Color: Avoid White Blight

I know white walls are very appealing to some of you, but having no color on the walls makes a room seem cold and uninviting. It also makes it very hard to decorate.

If you must use pure white, use it for trim, fabric, or accessories with a color or even a light neutral shade on the walls.

White only works on a wall if you know how to use it — and since that is a difficult thing to do, we do not recommend you try it yourself.

And be sure to choose the right intensity of color. Do not rely on small paint chips as the color will look different on the wall.There are so many different paint finishes, so be bold!

Purchase a small amount of paint and try it first. Live with it a couple of days. View it at various times of the day and night since the color you choose may look different with different lighting conditions and with different colors adjacent to it .

It is worth the slight extra investment to avoid spending many times more only to have it turn out darker or lighter than you expected.

Decorator’s Tip

Instead of putting the sample color on a wall, we suggest you paint a large piece of white foamcore board or posterboard and look at it in different places in your room.

If you are painting several rooms or want to make an accent wall a different color or hue, you can also paint another board with the different color and move them from wall to wall or even room to room and see which placement looks best.

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With today’s computer technology, paint stores can match almost any color you can find. You are not restricted to choosing colors available on paint chips.

Expert paint stores can also make a color slightly darker or lighter – just be sure to check some dried paint to be sure it is what you want before you leave the store with your purchase.

7. Lighten Up in 3 Easy Steps

lighting design1. Lighting may be the most frequently overlooked element of home decorating. Besides the fixtures being design elements themselves, good lighting is related to function (as in task lighting, reading lights, etc.) and mood.

Lighting should be chosen not only for the style and scale of the light fixtures but according to what the purpose of the room is and what type of ambience you wish to create.

Dark rooms can be depressing and overly bright rooms can be harsh on the eyes and the nerves.

Each room should have multiple lighting options, from a dimmer switch for the dining room chandelier to table and floor lamps near work and reading areas. Accent lighting can enhance your collections, artwork, or even your prize schefflera.

2. Along with the above, the most frequent lighting mistake in home decor is a dining room chandelier that is either too small (almost always) and/or hung too high.

A dining room light fixture should be centered over the table and should not be flush or even semi-flush to the ceiling.

It should hang above the table, with the bottom of the fixture no higher than 3 feet above the table. It should also be no smaller than about 9 to 12 inches less than the width or diameter of the table.

A table that is 4 feet wide and 6 feet long should have a chandelier that is 36 to 39 or 40 inches in diameter.

A round table that is 5 feet in diameter (width across the middle) should have a chandelier that is no smaller than 48 inches in diameter. (For larger tables, my personal preference is to hang the chandelier even a little lower than 36″ above the table as it makes it a more dramatic focal point).

The chandelier should be on a dimmer (soft light is more flattering and conducive to dining) and don’t forget the candles.

3. Last but far from least — Do not neglect the importance of sunlight (or the ability of ultra violet rays to fade furnishings and artwork).

When thinking about room lighting you should also pay attention to the direction the windows of the room face, when it is likely to have the most sun, if you want the maximum exposure to that sun or it will be too glaring, if you want the light but not the UV exposure, or if you want to block the sun (in a media room or perhaps the bedroom of someone who works the night shift and sleeps during the day).

These things should all be considered when selecting the appropriate type of window treatments. Do you need to filter light (semi-sheers and similar types of curtains), block it (light-blocking shades, blinds, and/or heavier draperies), create privacy, not block a great view, especially if it is as grand as a New York skyline?

All of these lighting-related factors should be considered in deciding on window treatments.

Decorator’s Tip

A pair of smaller chandeliers, each hung over a night table in the bedroom is a favorite decorator trick. Hang the fixtures low enough to provide reading light and so they are in proportion to the room and furniture.

Not only a different look but leaves the furniture tops clear for a book, clock, or other essentials

8. What’s the (focal) Point? Every Room Needs One

A focal point serves as the focus or anchor for the design of a room. In other words, it is the glue that brings a room together and creates interest. Some may not be aware of what a focal point is and what it does for a room so their rooms either tend to have no focal point or to have too many.

The result of either is the same – confusion,

focal point of a roomSo, what is a focal point? In general, it is the most dramatic element in a room. It is what your eye is drawn to when you first enter a room. It is attention getting and should be the center of attention of your decor.

The focal point can be a fireplace, a large picture window with a great view, or a headboard, entertainment unit or armoire.

Furnishings should be arranged in relation to the focal point — such as a conversational group around a fireplace.

Other main elements in a room are arranged to face, frame, or be part of the focal point.

If your space does not have an architectural feature to serve as a focal point, you can create one by using, for example, a dramatic (in scale, style, color, design) piece of furniture, a sculpture, a striking painting on an easel or a picture hung on a wall.

Great Focal Points Anchor a Room

If your room doesn’t have a focal point, you can create one as described above or you might want to consider arranging your room with one of the following as your focal point.

9. Stifle Those Yawns – Monotony is Boring and Tiresome

Matching furniture, everything the same color, an over-done “theme” room, the same fabric used everywhere (on furniture, windows, accessories, you-name-it).

If your room looks like it came out of a store catalog and everything matches — be it a “suite” of furniture, a color, or ruffles or a themed motif on everything, looking at the same thing all of the time is boring because it lacks interest and personality.

Sure that set of furniture or bedroom linens/curtains/lampshade ensemble looked great in the catalog or showroom. It is supposed to. They are trying to sell as much merchandise as possible and it worked as a sales tool because you bought it.

But once you get it home, matchy-matchy becomes worse than wishy-washy.

An overly matched room can also give the impression of being cluttered.

What to do? Break up the set. Swap pieces with items from other rooms — maybe the bedroom nightstand would work as an endtable in the living room or the dresser (sans mirrors) could be used as a server or buffet in the dining room or against a foyer wall.

List them on eBay or Craig’s list and use the proceeds to find a more interesting replacement. Donate part of the set to charity and enjoy helping others (and the tax benefit).

rugs in interior designYou might also try painting one piece, changing the hardware, and maybe even add a marble, granite, tile, or Mosaic top to transform a standard piece of furniture into a fun, artsy, unique item. Decoupage and other techniques can also be used.

Items in a room should coordinate and create a balanced, complementary look while serving as functional parts of your home but items that look like they came out of the box will make you feel like you are living in one. Think outside the box.

10. Flying Carpets Belong in Fairy Tales

Rugs are not supposed to float or fly except in fairy tale air space. Rugs that are too small are not only hazardously easy to trip on, they float in the middle of a floor, break up a room and are distracting.

Before you decide on a size for a rug, use blue painters tape to outline where you want the rug to go.

A rug should anchor the furniture. If a seating arrangement, at least the front feet of the furniture should rest on the rug.

Similarly, do not put a too-small rug under the dining room table and have the chairs float around it. It should be large enough for the chairs to fit on as well so that the furniture is both physically and visibly connected.

A room-size area rug should have a 9 to 12 inch border of floor showing between the rug and the wall.

If using a room-sized area rug, it should be large enough to tuck under the edges of any furniture around the room, such as servers, or china cabinets. If you already have one that it is too small, use it somewhere else.

So there you have it, 10 interior design tips. I hope they’re helpful. And if you have anything to add, feel free to comment below!

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The Many Different Paint Finishes

Painting is one of the best ways to change the look of your house or a room. It’s relativity inexpensive to do and it doesn’t take very long. You’ll find different types of paints for painting the inside and outside of your house, as well as different types of paints for each use. Most of your paint selection options will focus on interior paint, many of which will be latex paints.

Interior paint finishes come in a few distinguishing style, including semi-gloss, high-gloss, satin, matte, flat or eggshell.

Flat Paint Finishes

This paint type reflects the least amount of light, and it dries with a soft look that won’t draw too much attention to the surface. This makes it a great paint option for areas with surface damage. Flat paint is less forgiving to new marks and scuffs than other types of paint, which is why you should only use it in low-traffic areas. One of the best areas to use flat paint is the ceiling.

Matte Paint Finishes

Matte paint finishes often offer the same benefits as flat paint finishes. In fact, some paint manufacturers use the term matte instead of flat. If a paint manufacturer lists both flat and matte paint finishes, the matte paints will have more shine in the finish than the flat paints, but not by much. Use matte paint in the same places as flat finishes.

Eggshell Paint Finishes

This type of paint finish gets its name from the fact that light reflects from the painted surface about as much as it does off an egg’s shell. The subtle sheen holds up better to washing than flat or matte finishes, making it more appropriate for areas with higher traffic levels. Professional painters and contractors in Southern Suburbs recommend eggshell paint in the following areas:

Satin Paint Finishes

The satin finish is the most commonly used paint finish. This style reflects enough light that is gives a soft glow, looking similar to a piece of satin. It has more durability than the aforementioned types of paint, and it maintains its luster after washing and light scrubbing. Often, this will be the finish for trim and rooms with more traffic, as well as kitchens. It does not hide blemishes as well as the earlier styles, so be sure to fix defects in the wall before painting.

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Semi-gloss Paint Finishes

Semi-gloss paint holds up very well to traffic and moisture, which is why many painters use it in bathrooms or kitchens. The shine also helps a room feel clean, and it maintains its appearance if you need to wash the surface or scrub it. While this paint is durable, it will usually show brush strokes if you don’t know how to paint a room.

High-Gloss Paint Finishes

Many paint manufacturers call this type of paint “gloss,” which is appropriate for the glossy surface it creates. The paint always looks wet when the light reflects off it. Professional painters use high-gloss paint for trim and accents. It also holds up well for furniture and fixtures, since it is very resistant to moisture and the abrasiveness of cleaning.

Avoid using high-gloss paint on a large surface, such as a wall, because it can be visually distracting. Keep in mind that as high-gloss paints age, they will become more brittle.

Improve Your Paint Job

Regardless of what type of paint finish you use, always prepare your surface before painting. Fill in and repair cracks, dents and holes. Sand down old paint drips and any new repairs before you paint. Getting ready to paint will improve the appearance of any paint job, but it is essential when you use certain paint finishes.

For the best results, use the type of paint recommended by professionals for the area you plan to cover. Find more information about the top paint brands at our DIY blog.

Best Simple Human Trash Can Reviews

Simple Human Trash Can Review

The Simple Human Trash Can is one of the most popular trash cans on Amazon and other online shopping sites. This page will give a comprehensive review of the Simple Human Trash Can, two in particular, the step one and the sensor one, and let you make an informed decision that it’s the best trash can for your needs. In my research Amazon consistently offers both of these Simple Human Trash Cans at a great price and quite often you can qualify for Free Super saver shipping.

simplehuman Rectangular Step Trash Can, Fingerprint-Proof Brushed Stainless Steel, 50 Liters /13 Gallons

simplehuman Rectangular Step Trash CanSimple Human Trash Cans, What All The Fuss Is About….

The Simplehuman Rectangular Trash can is a durable stainless steel trash can that become a stylish feature in any part of the home. Conveniently, you can open the lid just by stepping on a platform pedal. Rather than slamming shut the lid will quietly close rather than slamming shut with a lot of noise. This is due to the air suspension shocks. Sounds like a car but in truth it’s an awesome trash can and is highly recommended if you have a family who ends up opening and shutting the bin all day and night.

Another feature is the fact that it has a non skid base so that it keeps sturdy on the floor. Also if you hate stainless steel because of the ugly fingerprint marks you’ll love this trash can as it’s fingerprint proof – so it will have a shiny, mirror finish day and night.

Inside the trash can there’s a plastic bucket which is dent proof and the smart bucket bag-change system means you’ll never have a smelly, messy bag overhanging.

Features & Specifications

  1. Strong all-steel pedal
  2. Lid closes silently
  3. Patented toe kick
  4. Resists smudges and fingerprints
  5. Excess bag is hidden from view

The Simplehuman Rectangular Step Can has received a lot of positive feedback from its customers and Creatrope feels the same.

The Negatives

Who would have thought that there could be so much positive feedback made for a trashcan?

I have been pleasantly surprised with the findings of our research into the feedback for the Simplehuman Trash Can. While the majority of reviewers have only positive things to say about this garbage can, there have also been some criticisms leveled at the product, which it’s only fair that I share with you today.

One customer wasn’t a fan of the trash can’s latch that holds the lid open. He personally found it difficult to operate. He argued that the user has to force the lid open as far as possible in order to access the latch. While most of the customers haven’t found this to be an issue, you might want to keep it in mind if you are planning to purchase the product.

Another buyer had a complaint about the trash can’s foot pedal. They complained that when they depressed the pedal too fast the lid opened too quickly and slammed into whatever was directly behind it. However, no other buyers commented on this at all and didn’t seem to experience it.

One final negative review was made by a customer who described that his trashcan had a faint “plasticky” smell when he first obtained the product. I guess it’s like a new car, most things that are new – well, smell new, and I wouldn’t let it put you off purchasing this product at all.

That’s pretty much it in terms of negative feedback for this. You can check out these reviews in more detail.

The Positives

It’s quite clear that most buyers of this Simplehuman Rectangular Trash Can are very happy with their purchase and clearly their reviews reflect this.

The reviewers have left a lot of positive feedback in regards to this product’s well thought out design. It’s quite clear just because there’s trash inside the bin doesn’t need to look like rubbish. Clearly the reviews and ratings on Amazon reflect how much buyers appreciate this.

Also a lot of homes now have stainless steel appliances and the stainless steel design of this trash can means it can blend in beautifully with your kitchen and home decor easily. Rather than an eyesore it can become a nice feature.

Another thing buyers love is the fact that their kids of all ages haven’t been able to knock it over and create one awful mess. It’s like having a eco dumpster rental right in your kitchen. Not only that it will easily keep domestic animals and bugs out too.

Further, the size of the can has impressed buyers to no end. Even though it does have a large capacity as far as rubbish is concerned it doesn’t take up too much room and can easily fit wherever there is room against the wall.

The mechanics of the product have received a lot of positive comments. The reviewers really like how the lid closes slowly without making any noise. Another benefit is that children will be unable to pry the lid open without using the foot pedal because the lid is sealed within the casing.

Finally, compliments have also been made for the fact that it doesn’t show fingerprints, that it is easily cleaned, and that removing the bag is simple.

The Conclusion

Would we recommend the Simplehuman Rectangular Step Can to our readers?

Yes, and here is why:

Virtually all the customers who have purchased the Simple Human Trash Can have been thrilled with their purchase and consider it well worth the price.

Simplehuman Rectangular Sensor Trash Can, Fingerprint-Proof Brushed Stainless Steel, 40-Liter /10.5-Gallon

Features & Specifications

  1. The most important feature of this trash can is its adaptive sensor that easily adapts to your tasks and behavior and its touch free opening and closing technology.
  2. It’s 40 liter in size and is also fingerprint proof and has a stylish stainless steel finish.
  3. The inner bucket is very easy to clean.
  4. The lid features odor control so there’s no harsh smells when the lid actually opens as often happens.
  5. It has nylon discs underneath so it is easy to slide to wherever you want to locate it in your house.
  6. It can be powered either by electricity or battery, the choice is yours.

Introduction

This is touch free technology at its best. You and all your family members will never have to touch the bin to open or close the lid.

This is as hygienic as a trash can can be. The sensor even closely watches your behavior so that it doesn’t open or close the bin when you don’t want it to.

This  can also has a fingerprint proof finish that keeps the stainless steel looking bright, shiny and clean at all times. As the first Simple Human trash can I earlier reviewed it also has a dent proof plastic bucket.

The great thing is that 6 size C batteries should see this bin sensoring away for up to 365 days with normal use. Alternatively you can use the AC power adapter.

It also comes with a 5 year limited warranty which is a pretty insane warranty for a trash can, don’t you think.

The Negatives

I’m quite astonished at the number of positve reviews for this trash can. There really are very few negative comments regarding this trash can. One customer wasn’t too happy that the batteries weren’t included with the purchase.

They also commented that if you place this trash can in a confined space you could find it accidentally opening should your hand pass over it as you walk past.

Another buyer commented on the fact that his cat could actually open the can and also knock it over. He also commented on the fact that no AC adapter nor batteries displeased him.

It seems that overall the negative comments relate to the lack of batteries and AC adapter and hopefully SimpleHuman will take note of these comments and pay a few dollars more to meet this simple need.

The Positives

There have been some exceptionally positive reviews for this Simple Human trash can.

One buyer commented on the fact that they had saved $60 buying this trash can on Amazon and considers it a first class item.

Buyers consistently just love the sensor feature and the fact that you can use standard trash cans.

The stylish, stainless steel finish is also a big plus as it enhanced your home and kitchen decor and is definitely not a trash can to hide under the kitchen sink.

Customers also love the fact you can easily switch between batteries and electricity, it’s your hoice.

It is a great trash can if you are nervous or cautious about your kids putting fingers near or even in the trash so this should give you real peace of mind.

The Conclusion

Would we recommend the Simplehuman Sensor Trash Can to our readers?

Yes, and here is why:

Virtually all the customers who have purchased the Simple Human Sensor Trash Can have been thrilled with their purchase and consider it well worth the price.

How To Choosing Window Treatments

What Are the Types of Window Treatments?

Choose the right window treatment

Some time or other, all of us have stood in front of a window with curtains that are old, or were another homeowner’s, or somehow unwillingly got there. We’ve stood there staring at them trying to figure out what in the world we should replace them with.

What kind will look best on the window? What type will be most functional? What type of fabric would be best? What style will go with the room best? What are my options for affordable window treatments? All of these are important questions, because window treatments are one of the most important design statements in a room. Let’s address each of these questions individually.

 

What kind will look best on the window(s)? This is the first question that should be answered since most of us don’t have the option of moving or changing the actual window. Consider the size and placement of the window compared to the rest of the room and furnishings.

Does the window look too small? You’ll want to use a treatment that will visually enlarge the window by hanging several inches outside of the window frame. Is the window or set of windows too large? Consider treating a set as individual windows instead of one large window, or opt for a simple style that will make the large size less obvious.

How To Choosing Window TreatmentsDoes the window feel off-center compared to the room? Perhaps you should choose a style that will have more weight on the ‘off’ side of the window and help draw it towards the center of the room. Many of us have windows that are too short… they’re not the long beautiful windows shown in all the magazines. The answer to this is to maximize the space under the window by placing a dresser, wall table, or other furnishing under it. Then either do a valance treatment only, or drape your curtains down either side to the floor and treat the window and furniture piece as one.

The next consideration is that of practicality. We want to enjoy using whatever style of curtain we choose. It must be functional for our needs. So consider… will you need draperies to keep heat in? Will you need something to filter sunshine? How much privacy will this room need at night? Is the view outside something you want to enjoy or hide? Do you want to draw the curtains shut every night, or use a blind or shade instead?

mix of blinds and curtains

Consider all these questions and keep them in mind as you narrow your options. Many of these functions can be performed by a shade or blind, or by the fabric of your window treatments. You’ll need to decide which you’ll want to use.

Fabric adds a lot to a room – the type, color, print, amount, weight, etc. There are several questions you must keep in mind when choosing materials. First is the practicality that we just discussed.

If you need something to keep heat in, then you’ll need to use either heavier fabrics or waffle-weave thermal shades. If you need something to filter light or provide minimal privacy, then you’ll need to use a blind, shade, sheers, or lace. Total privacy requires heavier treatments that can be closed at night.

Then consider the rest of your room’s decor. You’ll want to use fabrics that match and coordinate with the rest of your furnishings and area rugs or carpeting. Remember to compare colors, textures, prints, and the weight of the fabrics before you decide.

And finally it’s time to decide on the exact style. All the questions that you answered above will have narrowed down your options considerably. You’ll also want to make sure that the style and balance of the window treatments is suited to the rest of the room. Will a full and dramatic valance make the window look top-heavy – or do you have enough wall furnishings around the room to balance it?

Will a simple, elegant scarf be the perfect subtle dressing for your window, or will it get lost among your other dramatic furnishings? If you know you want long draperies, figure out what type of valance, trims, and tiebacks will compliment them and make them blend in with the rest of the room.

If you get to this last step, and one of your earlier decisions is just getting in the way and keeping you from getting anywhere, don’t be afraid to toss out that earlier decision! Just evaluate what is most important to you before doing so. And try some other the other options available for fulfilling that qualification. Perhaps it would be better to just install a shade out of site for night-time privacy, so you can still have your simple, light, and airy look during the day!

The process of choosing window treatments can be summed up as one simple goal – to find something you’ll like to look at and like to use. That’s really all there is to it!

types of wood furniture

Types of Wood Furniture and What’s Best

What are the different types of wood furniture?

Find the best wooden furniture for your home with tips from Creatrope. Buying wood furniture isn’t as expensive as you might imagine – this type of furniture is solid and durable, and it requires little to no maintenance. Wood furniture is built to last much longer than furniture made from plywood or other cheaper materials.

Scratches and dents on wood furniture are easier to fix than damage to furniture made from synthetic materials. Some of these materials may not be suitable to be repaired at all.

cheap wooden furniture

Buying wood furniture isn’t as expensive as you might imagine – this type of furniture is solid and durable, and it requires little to no maintenance. Wood furniture is built to last much longer than furniture made from plywood or other cheaper materials. Scratches and dents on wood furniture are easier to fix than damage to furniture made from synthetic materials. Some of these materials may not be suitable to be repaired at all.

As different types of wood feature different grain patterns, some furnishings are more sought-after than others. Oak wood, for instance, is preferred by vintage furniture collectors, because it is more porous than other types of wood. The stains and finished leave darker marks as they penetrate the pores, creating a very appealing look.

Oak is also excellent for making beautiful wood floors, but the price is usually too high to be worth it.

Maple has some intricate natural grain patterns that are revealed in the process of sanding and finishing furniture items. These unique characteristics make wood furniture the choice of so many homeowners who know that high-quality brings in the comfort they seek for.

Versatility is another interesting feature of wood furniture. You can purchase your furniture items finished, hand pained, hand finished or even unfinished. Collectors and connoisseurs of wood furniture prefer their items not painted. Nevertheless, painted wood furniture can make an interesting choice for children’s bedrooms.

Less Expensive Wood Furniture Doesn’t Need To Look Cheap

you can buy solid and durable wood furniture even if you are on a budget. Soft woods and hardwoods are among the less expensive options you should take a closer look at. Soft woods come from trees that hold their needles all year long, namely coniferous trees. Despite their name, some soft woods can be more durable than hardwoods, so don’t let this fool you when you shop around for furniture.

Alder Wood Furniture Helps You Choose Affordable Style For Every Room

The unique knots of alder wood show even through the finish. This hardwood doesn’t agree with moisture, thus being best for indoor spaces that are dry and cool. Being a lesser quality hardwood, alder is usually cheaper than other types of wood. In terms of looks, alder is very similar to cherry or maple wood. It allows for very smooth finish.

Maple Wood Furniture Is Yet Another Inexpensive Choice

Maple is a hardwood, just like alder, but more durable and heavier than this one. Its strength makes maple a great choice for bedroom furniture, as well as for bowling alley floors. Maple wood is resistant to moisture, this making it extremely durable. The rare burled and birds eye patterns made maple wood one of the most popular choices of American furniture makers in the early 1900s.

These pieces of furniture are considered highly collectible antiques. The naturally pale color of maple makes it suitable for any type of staining or painting.

Pine Wood Furniture Is Stunningly Beautiful And A Great Fit To Any Interior

Pine is a soft wood, and this means it is less durable than alder and maple. As pine is lightweight, furniture made of it is very easy to lift and move. Inexpensive and durable, pine wood is very resistant to shrinking and swelling. Eastern White, Ponderosa and Sugar Pine trees are among the most popular choices of furniture in the United States.

In order to achieve a smoother finish, pine wood requires a primer before painting or staining. Knotty pine works best for country style furniture.

High Quality Hardwoods Make High End Furniture

Wood grain furnishings and upholstered wood furniture require in-depth research and a savvy investment of time and money. High end wood furniture may be more expensive, but it will surely last a lifetime or even longer. You can rest assured that many generations in your family will be able to enjoy these furniture pieces.

Oak, cherry and mahogany wood furniture offers several customization options. You can choose your colors and shading, in order to be able to match the new furniture with your already existing interior decor or furnishings. Oak, mahogany and cherry wood furniture can be customized to suit your available space. If you have large rooms that call for oversized furniture items, this feature may come in very handy.

Cherry Wood Furniture Is Simply Charming

Cherry wood belongs to the hardwood category. This makes it strong and durable. Many antique furniture items are made from cherry wood and they look awesome today as they did one hundred years ago. It may occur that cherry woods and cherry stains for wood have a warm red hue which is quite pleasant to the eye.

The best thing about cherry wood furniture is that it matches nay other type of wood, so you can mix it with furnishings made from different woods and with different finishes. Cherry wood can make a nice addition to any style of decor.

Mahogany Wood Is As Elegant As Can Be

The deep reddish brown color of mahogany makes it extremely stylish. Mahogany wood furniture is very resistant to insects and it has the ability to repel moisture. This means that mahogany furniture may last for hundreds of years without problems. There are furniture manufacturers who specialize in working with mahogany wood to create high quality antique reproductions furnishings.

Oak Wood Is Always Fashionable

Oak is among the most popular wood choices. While red oak usually has a pink or reddish tinge, white oak has a green hue. Both of them can take stain very well. The best furniture pieces that are made from oak tend to be more expensive than other hardwoods, due to the mix of strength and beauty oak wood is famous for. Oak mixes nicely with other wood types, so you can safely add it to your interiors.

Walnut Wood Furniture Suits Both Homes And Offices

Walnut is also a hardwood. Famous for its strength and beauty, walnut is usually finished in a dark brown color. In fact, walnut shades range from white to brown, so you can have a lighter shade, if you want. It isn’t as heavy as maple, and this means it is easier to move around. Many office furnishings are made from walnut, thanks to its straight wood grain and has a special glow to it.

 

thick slab oak wooden table

 

old oak wooden desk

Why I personally love wood furniture

For me, wood brings nature into a space and warms it up. Having something like a wall of exposed brick with a nice thick slab wooden table is something very beautiful as well as relaxing to look at and be around. Wood is a natural substance, although we do need to cut down trees, there are tree farms created specifically for this.

And wooden furniture not only lasts forever, it’s also always worth something. If you buy some cheap pressboard desk from Ikea or something similar, in a year or two it’s worth nothing and just adds to the trash heap. But a wooden desk you use daily in your home office or den only becomes more valuable in time. And if it gets scratched, dented or even burnt, these “blemishes” only add character to the piece. Or they can be easily fixed unlike 99% of the cheap furniture made today.

And if you understand even a little about wooden furniture, you can always buy a solid wooden desk, table or dresser that is used but can be brought back to life easily at very reasonable prices. For me, wood or iron furniture is the only way to go.

And if worse comes to worse, There’s no need to hang on to old items like tables, dressers, or couches there are so many ways to do away with old furniture. If it’s wooden, I’ll come get it 😉

What about you? What types of furniture do you enjoy? Comment below!!!

QUESTION: I am looking forward to purchasing several area rugs. It would be helpful for me to obtain more knowledge on rugs and become more familiar with my options in the actual rug selection. Also, I would like to understand how an area rug impacts a room. ANSWER: An area rug can be a great asset to any room. They work best lying on top of a hard surface such a stone, tiles, hardwood or a tightly woven carpet. Carpet pad is available that is reversible and can be used on hard surface or over carpet which will keep the rug from creeping. The thickness of the pad can vary according to the client needs when considering door swings, transitions, and other height changes. Area rugs were first both utilitarian and decorative. The first rugs were probably animal skins that were thrown on the floors in a caveman’s den and used for comfort and warmth. The gathering of wool fibers could also be made into a rug by wetting the wool and “felting” the fibers together. In time, it was discovered that by weaving two fibers over and under each other, rugs could be woven from grasses or wool and hair from animals. These rugs also became not only useful but also ornamental, timeless works of art, seats of honor, beds, camel carrying bags and other necessary needs for many nomadic tribes. There are two popular types of woven rugs and their origin dates back for centuries. The first type is called “flat weave” which would refer to rugs such as the Kilims or Navajo rugs. These are rugs that are woven without a pile height and are made by the weaver on an upright loom made of poles. The true Navajo rugs are warped on the looms with a continuous warp so there are no fringed ends. The Kilims rugs are woven with the finished fringed ends as part of the rug. New Mexican rugs have appeared on the market and try to emulate the Navajo and Kilims. The method of the flat woven rug is very old, and reference to the flat woven rugs is found in ancient scriptures and classical writing. Handmade, pile rugs are also made on primitive looms, and the weaver stretches the warp (the base yarn fibers) onto the loom, ties the knots by hand, and beats the fibers into place with a primitive comb. The discovery of the first known pile knotted rug was discovered in 1947 by a Russian archaeologist, and was discovered in a Scythian burial mound dating from the 5th century BC. Prior to this discovery, the oldest rugs were found in the Tarim Basin, east of China and Mongolia. Today, there are machine made rugs, which look similar to the handmade rugs; however, the price and value of these rugs is less. These rugs should be defined as oriental design, machine made rugs. Within the definition of handmade oriental rugs, there is also a distinction between decorative rugs and collectible rugs. A qualified rug dealer should be very specific in defining the rugs description and origin, the fiber content, size, and age. For example, a Turkish, handmade rug may have as few as thirty knots per square inch, where a finer woven rug may have a count of four hundred knots per inch which would take the weaver tying three knots per minute, four years to make a Kirman rug five feet by eight feet. Different materials can also be found in rugs. Natural fibers can be wool, silk, hemp, silk, camel’s hair, and the wool being the more stable fiber. Wool rugs are still the best quality today for performance, look, feel, and value. Cotton and hemp are less stable fibers, and synthetics such as olefin, nylon and polyester do not look, feel or perform as well, and tend to have an artificial sheen to the fibers. The dyes in rugs are also an important factor. Various dyes produce more intense and stable colors. The animal dyes and vegetable dyes are most typically used and give a beautiful, soft color palette. The natural dyes come from plants, flowers, fruit, and bark which are most common in each region or country. The aniline and other synthetic dyes were becoming more popular on a commercial basis and were less expensive and less stable. The aniline dye can be tested by rubbing the rug with a damp white cloth to see if the dye rubs off or is colorfast. In some areas, rigid laws forbid the use of cheap dyes like Aniline. The value of a rug is based on it’s dyes, age, texture, the number of knots to a square inch, the beauty and intricacy of design, the pattern, coloring, materials and size. Chrome dyes are being used more often in today’s new rugs along with the use of potassium mordant. These dyes are colorfast and do not disturb the natural oils of the wool. The decision on whether to purchase a machine made, or hand made rug will depend on budget, look, and expectations. It is also worthy to consider a variety of rugs. In an overly active family, it may be wise to use a less expensive machine made rug under the table and save the handmade rug for a study. When selecting a rug, the size of the rug must also be considered for the room. For example, the “ideal” size of a dining room rug would allow 3’ on each side of the table for the rug. This would provide a comfortable width for the dining chairs to sit. A rug in a living room area can be large enough for the entire furniture to sit on the area rug while allowing a minimum of a foot of hard surface flooring to border the room; or if placing the rug in front of the sofa allow approximately 1-½ feet past each end of the sofa for the rug. These are optimal dimensions and may need to be adjusted as don’t pass a great rug up because it is several inches from meeting the standards. Have fun with the selections and make the selections an important part of the interior of your home.

Indoor Area Rugs – A Buyer’s Guide to Quality

QUESTION:

I am looking forward to purchasing several area rugs. It would be helpful for me to obtain more knowledge on rugs and become more familiar with my options in the actual rug selection. Also, I would like to understand how an area rug impacts a room.

ANSWER:

An area rug can be a great asset to any room. They work best lying on top of a hard surface such a stone, tiles, hardwood or a tightly woven carpet. Carpet pad is available that is reversible and can be used on hard surface or over carpet which will keep the rug from creeping. The thickness of the pad can vary according to the client needs when considering door swings, transitions, and other height changes.

Using Indoor Area Rugs in Interior Design

Area rugs were first both utilitarian and decorative. The first rugs were probably animal skins that were thrown on the floors in a caveman’s den and used for comfort and warmth. The gathering of wool fibers could also be made into a rug by wetting the wool and “felting” the fibers together. In time, it was discovered that by weaving two fibers over and under each other, rugs could be woven from grasses or wool and hair from animals. These rugs also became not only useful but also ornamental, timeless works of art, seats of honor, beds, camel carrying bags and other necessary needs for many nomadic tribes.

living room throw rug ideaThere are two popular types of woven rugs and their origin dates back for centuries. The first type is called “flat weave” which would refer to rugs such as the Kilims or Navajo rugs.

These are rugs that are woven without a pile height and are made by the weaver on an upright loom made of poles. The true Navajo rugs are warped on the looms with a continuous warp so there are no fringed ends.

The Kilims rugs are woven with the finished fringed ends as part of the rug. New Mexican rugs have appeared on the market and try to emulate the Navajo and Kilims.

The method of the flat woven rug is very old, and reference to the flat woven rugs is found in ancient scriptures and classical writing.

Handmade, pile rugs are also made on primitive looms, and the weaver stretches the warp (the base yarn fibers) onto the loom, ties the knots by hand, and beats the fibers into place with a primitive comb.

The discovery of the first known pile knotted rug was discovered in 1947 by a Russian archaeologist, and was discovered in a Scythian burial mound dating from the 5th century BC. Prior to this discovery, the oldest rugs were found in the Tarim Basin, east of China and Mongolia.

Today, there are machine made rugs, which look similar to the handmade rugs; however, the price and value of these rugs is less. These rugs should be defined as oriental design, machine made rugs.

Within the definition of handmade oriental rugs, there is also a distinction between decorative rugs and collectible rugs.

A qualified rug dealer should be very specific in defining the rugs description and origin, the fiber content, size, and age. For example, a Turkish, handmade rug may have as few as thirty knots per square inch, where a finer woven rug may have a count of four hundred knots per inch which would take the weaver tying three knots per minute, four years to make a Kirman rug five feet by eight feet.throw rug interior design

Different materials can also be found in rugs. Natural fibers can be wool, silk, hemp, silk, camel’s hair, and the wool being the more stable fiber. Wool rugs are still the best quality today for performance, look, feel, and value. Cotton and hemp are less stable fibers, and synthetics such as olefin, nylon and polyester do not look, feel or perform as well, and tend to have an artificial sheen to the fibers.

It’s super important to understand which sort of rug you have and it’s care. Area rug cleaning is serious if you have something expensive or collectable. The wrong cleaning techniques can make an area rug worth thousands practically worthless. So really be careful!

The dyes in rugs are also an important factor. Various dyes produce more intense and stable colors. The animal dyes and vegetable dyes are most typically used and give a beautiful, soft color palette. The natural dyes come from plants, flowers, fruit, and bark which are most common in each region or country. The aniline and other synthetic dyes were becoming more popular on a commercial basis and were less expensive and less stable.

The aniline dye can be tested by rubbing the rug with a damp white cloth to see if the dye rubs off or is colorfast. In some areas, rigid laws forbid the use of cheap dyes like Aniline.

The value of a rug is based on it’s dyes, age, texture, the number of knots to a square inch, the beauty and intricacy of design, the pattern, coloring, materials and size. Chrome dyes are being used more often in today’s new rugs along with the use of potassium mordant. These dyes are colorfast and do not disturb the natural oils of the wool.

The decision on whether to purchase a machine made, or hand made rug will depend on budget, look, and expectations. It is also worthy to consider a variety of rugs. In an overly active family, it may be wise to use a less expensive machine made rug under the table and save the handmade rug for a study or home office.

When selecting a rug, the size of the rug must also be considered for the room. For example, the “ideal” size of a dining room rug would allow 3’ on each side of the table for the rug. This would provide a comfortable width for the dining chairs to sit. A rug in a living room area can be large enough for the entire furniture to sit on the area rug while allowing a minimum of a foot of hard surface flooring to border the room; or if placing the rug in front of the sofa allow approximately 1-½ feet past each end of the sofa for the rug.

These are optimal dimensions and may need to be adjusted as don’t pass a great rug up because it is several inches from meeting the standards.

Have fun with the selections and make the selections an important part of the interior of your home.