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Vases – collectibles & centerpieces for home decor

Some History first!
You can trace the origin of vases back to several centuries B.C. Initially meant for holding cut flowers, they went on to be a part of  home decor in the homes of both, the affluent as well as the middle class. Vases have been used as collectibles and centerpieces in ancient China, India, Greece, Egypt, England and across many other cultures.  Artists have used vases  to depict various scenes from ancient mythology. In fact,  in ancient Greece, they were often decorated using the red and black figure technique, depicting Gods and mythological heroes. In ancient Egypt, they were made of clay – usually silt from the river Nile and were often symbolic, adorned with figures of animals, birds, Egyptians and sometimes with hieroglyphs inscribed on them. Ancient Indian vases were royally crafted from precious metals like Gold, Silver and embellished with precious stones. Intricately carved, these ones had designs of deer, horses, swans, beautiful women, Maharajahs and their courtesans, flowers, royal gardens etc.

Choose the right vase for the right place

porcelain vase-wrought iron stand

Make your living room corner lively with a simple porcelain vase arrangement on a designer stand made of wrought iron. Put in a few long stemmed fresh flowers or artificial ones, with colors complementing your wall and furnishings. If the vase is light colored, place it against a dark background and vice versa.

Types of Vases


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Stunning ceramic vases like the ones above are available in different shapes and colors. Pick one that best suits your wall or room decor.

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                    scandinavian wooden vase Photo CreditsPlanetutopia

If your home decor is mostly traditional and Asian, go for intricately carved traditional vases, like Japanese, Indian or Chinese – designer wooden vases, you also get Chinese ones with lacquer finish.

  metal vases   Photo CreditsFlyskyhome

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glass vase Photo Credits – ficusdesk

tree vase Photo Credits: Mararie

In modern living rooms, most often, a neutral color scheme is implemented with colors like off white, grey,beige etc. In such cases, use stylish glass and metal  vases with modern designs and abstract shapes, with colorful flowers or fillers like colorful beads, jelly balls (in case of glass vases) to stand out against the plain background.

DIY Vases

diy vases from old bottles Photo Creditstinytall

diy vases,milk bottle vase Photo Creditsjdickert

Check out the reused milk bottle vase above.

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This vase is made of a reused rum bottle.

multicolored diy vase Photo CreditsKoekiehaas

Check out a thrift store nearby for some pretty containers or antiquities that double up as flower vases,  to adorn your living room corner. Make good use of old wine bottles, glass pen stands, painted tin cans, paper mache containers, rum and milk bottles. Decorate them with 3d outliners, acrylic colors, colorful fabric etc. to make your very own DIY vases.

A vase is a must have accessory in every home. You can make the dullest of all interiors come alive with this simple accessory. Vases let you experiment with their contents – You can put in dry stems, colorful flowers, paper mache flowers, reeds, pebbles and what not. And most important – it does not burn a hole in your pocket.




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DIY-Repurposed furniture-old tires and magazines

Looking for some cool wacky DIY furniture made of old tires, magazines and other recycled materials? Well, there are a lot of  repurposed furniture ideas for those on a small budget, that you can easily assemble at home, in a jiffy. Make a list of things lying around plus a list of things that you will need to fix these things together like Super glues, adhesives –  Fevi Bond or Fevi Quick or a glue gun, left over ropes etc. Then get going. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

DIY furniture ideas

diy furniture from recycled materials DIY Magazine living room chair set with center table

Magazines – We all have dozens of them lying around. Why not put them to good use – Make affordable, cheap chairs and center tables for your studio apartments or home offices or even PG accommodations.
For the chairs
– Collect a lot of magazines of approximately the same length.The number of pages can vary. Roll each magazine tightly and bind it using strong transparent adhesive tape. Arrange all the rolls vertically to form a seat. Bind it together tightly with rope.

Now for the back rest, cut waste PVC pipes. The length of these pipes must be measured from the base of the magazine seat till the desired height. Roll them in newspapers. Close the open ends with round cardboard pieces. Tie these PVC pipes together using rope. Next, bind the magazine seat with this PVC pipe backrest. And you have a strong chair made of recycled magazines and PVC pipes.

Place a few fluffy round seat cushions on the chair seats to make them comfortable.

The center table also has magazine rolls bound together with rope. You can get any old glass sheet cut from a local glass shop or by using a glass cutter yourself. Use heavy duty velcro straps for binding the glass sheet to the magazine base. Stick one side of of the velcro straps with super strong glue to the magazine base and one under the glass sheet. And then just press them together.


diy furniture - recycled tyres- best out of wasteDIY seat made from recycled tube tyres

Now for DIY furniture from tube tires – we do not have tires at home. But just go over to the nearest car mechanic or dealers of tires or scrap dealers. They would not mind giving away a few tires for free or even for a small fee. Get three of these tube tires. Make sure they are in fairly good shape with proper air pressure. Get some old pieces of fabric. Cut 10cm wide long strips. Stitch these strips together to form a really long strip of fabric. Now wrap each tube tire with such long strips. This will form the first layer of fabric covering. For the next layer, you can buy some cheap, soft, colorful terry towel fabric. Cut long strips and stitch them as mentioned earlier. Then wrap these strips around the tires.

Place two tube tires one over the other. Bind them together with a small strip of terry towel, from the proposed back side of the seat. Fill in lots of old pieces of foam and fabric. Stuff in nice round seat cushions at the top.

Now for the backrest – Bind the remaining terry towel wrapped tube tire to the base using nylon rope, to form the back rest. Stuff in an over sized round cushion into the back rest, for added comfort.

This DIY furniture made of recycled tires need wall support. The magazine chairs are free standing, though. All in all, a neat idea for  repurposed furniture.

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DIY Lamp – Make light fixtures from recyclable materials

Simply put, ‘Recycled lighting’  is a term defining  light fixtures constructed from stuff lying around your house/basement that you are probably trying to get rid of, but don’t know how to. Now instead of trashing these things, why not just get the best out of recycled materials? Devise creative ideas to reuse a few items of trash lying around  to make stunning lamp shades and other light fixtures. Featured here are several DIY lamps and lampshades that are sure to accentuate your home interiors!

DIY lamp ideas

diy lighting - recycled lighting

Take this recycled lamp shade for instance. It has been artistically made out of  left over yarn wrapped around a metal wire framework to form a spherical shape. And to top it, cute little muffin wrappers have been pasted all over.  Then you put in a zero watt bulb or energy efficient light fixtures like CFL.

diy lighting - recycled lighting

This lovely free standing recycled lamp shade is made of  paper cups glued together. Make good use of left over paper cups from a birthday party or any occasion. You can even place this  upside down to look like a lit up dome.  Spice it up with a few tiny cuddly cushions or other accessories thrown in.

diy lighting - ceiling light

This affordable ceiling light is made of PVC pipe fittings and multicolored zero watt bulbs. All you need to do is cut the pipe fittings and attach them, adhering to a preconceived design. The number of branches in this ceiling light can be increased to form chandelier shades. Lovely ceiling lights for studio apartments, hostel rooms and PG accommodations.

diy lighting - recycled lighting

If you have an old wooden box or crate to spare, go for this neat looking fabric and yarn lamp shade. Remove a few planks of the crate or carve out holes in it. Use multicolored left over fabric, crepe paper or tissue paper to wrap around the wooden box. Add a layer of colored yarn and you have a fabulous looking floor lamp shade to show your friends and all.

diy lighting - accordion lanterns

This accordion lamp shade is made of  a recycled cardboard box  and gateway paper. Cut out a fold-able flap from an old cardboard box. You can even use mount board for this. Cover it with colored paper or decorative material. Cut a hole, small enough to hold a zero watt bulb. Make an accordion with gateway paper. Paste the accordion over the hole meant for the bulb. Turn the light on and voila – you have a nice innovative accordion lampshade . Make pyramids, cubes or any 3d shapes with gateway paper, for lamp shades. You can use these instead of the accordion.

diy lighting - recycled lighting

This one is the simplest  DIY lamp to make. Take an old transparent glass or transparent plastic jar. Make a few patterns with Fevicryl 3d outliners. Fill in these patterns with glass colors. Make a tiny hole at the bottom. Fix an LED light strip at the bottom and pass the connected electrical wire through the hole. Else just drop in some tiny string lights into it. Economical and beautiful, this lamp looks stunning and livens up any corner of your room.

These are affordable, nice and thrifty ways to make recycled DIY lamps, lamp shades and light fixtures. Anyone can make these at home. So get your creative juices flowing and make one this instant!

Note: All the lamps and lamp shades featured here were made by the students of  Interior  Design and Fashion Design  at INIFD, Vashi, as part of their annual exhibition – Saksham 2012.

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How to decorate Kids room? Top Tips on Kids Room Decor

Before you decide on how to decorate your kids room, get this straight! Designing a kids room needs careful consideration of several facts. Kids dabble in the art of imagination, especially kids in the age group of 5 years to 12 years. They are still exploring the world in their own sweet little way. For them, Disney cars, aliens, mermaids, sea creatures, cartoons and their favorite TV characters are hot topics of discussion. They love role playing and games. They have many activities like drawing, painting, jigsaw puzzles, paper plane making and other crafts, music etc. Kids room decor must accommodate a vibrant and colorful atmosphere complementing the tremendous energy kids have. Keeping this in mind, you can plan an awesome looking yet super functional kids room.
How to decorate kids room - kids room decor - tips
Photo Credits:Shanti Iyer – Interior Designer,Mumbai

Note how this kids room has been done up in bright yellow and blue. I liked the steps leading to the bed. Optimum use of space is a plus point here with drawers on the bed side and under the steps leading to the bed. The study area is comfortable and convenient, with a funky chair kids will love!

How to decorate kids room – Top Tips

For a kids room accommodating more than one child, bunk beds, wall beds or triple bunk beds would be ideal  as they save floor space. Use bedroom furniture that can be folded away or space saving furniture, like foldable trundle beds.
kids furniture
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Play area / activity area in the kids bedroom must ideally be free from furniture. Lay a colorful rug on the portion of the floor meant to be the activity area for kids. Rugs prevent injury from fall and lend a soft touch to the floor and the overall kids room decor.

How to decorate kids room - kids room decor - top tipsPhoto Credits:Ian S Welch

Decorate walls with colorful murals related to a theme which your kid loves. Note that it is important to make the child a part of your discussion on the theme to be selected. Your kid(s) may come up with many suggestions like Underwater theme, Jungle theme, Soccer theme, Walt Disney World theme, Finding Nemo theme, Magic kingdom and many more. Take a look at the beautifully done wall murals below.

Kids bedroom decor – Cockpit Theme

How to decorate kids room - kids room decor - top tips

Photo Credits: Jefferey Wong

This wall is painted to resemble the cockpit of an aeroplane with a beautiful blue sky and two cute little planes flying in the sky. Bright colored curtains complement the cockpit look! Ideal for boys bedroom.

The Ultimate Wave Adventure

How to decorate kids room - kids room decor - top tipsPhoto Credits: Jeffery Wong
Look at the giant wave and the surfing turtle, the jolly surfboard and the distant lighthouse! This mural looks great for a kids room with a beach theme.

Kids room – Underwater Theme

How to decorate kids room - kids room decor - top tips Photo Credits: Jefferey Wong

Note how a colorful tree mural with flowers and pretty birds, has been made on the wall and the black writing board looks like an extended tree trunk!
How to decorate kids room - kids room decor - top tips Photo Credits: Mountain Ash

You can add wall accessories like animal shaped wall clocks and  photo frames.

How to decorate kids room - kids room decor - top tipsPhoto Credits:Sleeping Sun

You can have lots of knick knacks and lights dangle or  hang from the ceilings. Go for bright colors if your kid loves it.

Teenage Bedroom Design

For grown up kids, bedrooms can be a little more sober with neutral or muted shades of wall colors. They need a dedicated study area and space for pursuing hobbies like music, painting, reading and the like. Teens love dressing up as they are more image conscious. There has to be a dedicated wardrobe and appropriate bedroom furniture for this  purpose. They love inviting friends over. Unlike younger kids who love squatting on the floor rug, grown up kids need appropriate seats like may be small ottomans or bean bags. Keep a provision for additional bean bags or foldable stools(for smaller spaces).

How to decorate kids room - teenage kids bedroomPhoto Credits: Mazzali

teen kids bedroom Photo Credits:Mazzali

Kids bedroom decoration ideas – Must Dos

Book shelf  at the same height as your kids.

Storage chests for toys which double up as a small stool for sitting.

Chalkboard walls that are writeable, made of dry-erase decals or chalkboard paint. You can paint a small part of a whole wall with chalkboard paint. The kid can write, draw and do math on this chalkboard wall.

How to decorate kids room - wall decor ideas Photo Credits: Shanti Iyer – Interior Designer, Mumbai

Note how a chalkboard wall has been made to look like a road with little cars and vehicles plying on the road. Your kid will love to write on this!

Decorate walls with glow paints.
Here is a video by dali decals on decorating an entire wall beautifully!



Kids bedroom furniture – furnishings

Planning kids bedroom furniture is quite simple. See why trundle beds for kids are better than kids bunk beds.

The kids beds must be quite low. Use plump and soft mattresses as kids love to jump on them. These will also help your child sleep comfortably.

Use long lasting and washable rugs and curtains in the kids room. You can get stunning curtains with cute glow-in-the-dark designs on them. Fairies, aliens, angels … you can use curtains with these glow-in-the-dark designs.

Asian Paints take up kids bedroom decor work. You can visit
for lots of fun ways to plan creative and functional kids room decor.

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Staircase Designs – Staircase Railings and Staircase Pictures

A staircase is a connecting element between two floors. Staircases maybe constructed from metal, timber, bricks, stone or reinforced cement concrete.

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Wooden Staircase with wooden and glass balusters

Stair parts

It is the portion of a stair which allows ascent and descent. A step is composed of a tread and a riser.

Stair Tread
It is the upper horizontal surface of a step on which the foot is placed during ascent or descent.

Stair Risers
It is the vertical portion of a step which supports the tread.

It is an unbroken series of steps between landings.

Staircase Landing
It is the level platform at the top or bottom of a flight, allowing for change of direction and taking rest during use of the staircase.

It is the vertical distance between two successive tread faces.

It is the horizontal distance between two successive riser faces.

It is the projecting part of the tread beyond the face of the riser.

It is a moulding under the nosing that improves elevation of the step and provides strength to the nosing.

These support the steps in a stair. They run along the slope of the stair.

Newel post
It is a vertical member which is placed at the ends of flights to connect the ends of strings and hand rail.

It is a vertical member or wood or metal, supporting the hand rail.

Consists of a row of balusters surmounted by a hand rail, to provide protection for users.

Hand Rail
It is a rounded or moulded member of wood or metal that is fixed on top of the balusters.

It is the horizontal structural member supporting hair stringers or landings.

Desirable qualities of  good staircase designs

In domestic buildings, staircase must be centrally located to provide easy access to all rooms. In public buildings, staircases must be closer to the entrance. Staircases must be enclosed by fire resisting walls, floors, ceilings and doors.

The stairs must be wide enough to carry the user without much crowd and inconvenience. 35 inches wide stairs are good enough for domestic buildings while in public buildings, 60   to 70 inches width may be needed.

Length of the flight
The number of steps in a flight must not be more than 12 and less than 3, in a straight flight.

Pitch of the stair
The labor of moving vertically is twice as much as moving horizontally. The best pitch is that inclination which is got when doubling the rise and adding the going equals 23(when rise and going are measured in inches). Pitch should be limited to 30o to 40o.

Head Room
The clear distance between the tread and the soffit of the flight above it must not be less than 82 inches to 90 inches so as to accommodate even tall persons walking with some load on their heads.

Step Dimensions
The going must be between 9 inches  to 11 inches. The rise can be between 3 inches to 5 inches. The width of the landing must not be less than the width of the stair.

Staircase Types

Straight Flight Staircase
Here the stairs run straight between two floors. These may have one or two flight of stairs with a landing.

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Straight stairs of metal with glass balusters.

Quarter Turn Staircase
This type of stair changes its direction either to the left or to the right, the turn being affected by either introducing a quarter space landing or by providing winders.

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Wooden winder staircase with glass baluster design

Bifurcated staircase
Bifurcated stairs are commonly used in public buildings at the entrance.The stair has a wider flight at the bottom which then bifurcated into two narrower flights, one turning to the left and one to the right.
bifurcated stair                                                        Photo Credits:Gary Birnie
Spiral staircase
Spiral staircases are usually made of R.C.C or metal, and used in locations with space limitations. Sometimes used as emergency stairs, they are also provided at the backside of the building. All the steps are winders.

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Spiral Staircase

Photo Credits: Ell Brown

Helical staircase
This staircase is made of R.C.C and the structure is very complicated.

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Helical Staircase

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Modern Staircase Designs
Staircase inside home Photo Credits:Nanette Turner

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Stairlifts are for the aged and wheelchair bound to move up and down stairs without having to climb them. You can even install a stair lift for dogs and pets – especially for overweight dogs.

Glass Floor

Glass Floors – Types And Installation

Glass floors are gaining popularity day by day. The reasons are many.

Glass Floor

Properties of a glass floor

The reflective properties of glass make it an excellent choice for floors. Glass floors make the most out of natural sunlight, making the room look brighter and bigger. Many a time, it is not possible to break down existing structures and change direction of rooms so as to accommodate more sunlight. In such cases, it is a better idea to change flooring  from a light absorbing surface to a surface that reflects light. This makes the room brighter and enhances the mood. Glass floors are used in commercial and domestic interiors to increase light flow and the view from above or below the floor is loved by visitors.

Glass Floor

Glass tiles are far more water-resistant than ceramic,wood or linoleum floors. Glass floor tiles are resistant  to heat,water, stains and other chemicals. Glass floor tiles are available in different shapes. They are available in different thicknesses and have a wide range of finishes, colors and textures.

Glass Floor

Many people doubt  the strength and durability of  glass floor tiles. They wonder whether the glass floor tiles will support weight, are scratch-free etc. Glass floor tiles shatter only when they are subjected to sudden impacts. There are glass floor tiles that are floor rated for high traffic areas and high impact areas. So you may choose the ones that suit your requirement.

Glass floors can be used in the bathroom, living room, study and in the upper floors to give a view of the floors below.

Types of glass floors

Glass pavers

These are hollow glass blocks are used together with a steel or aluminum frame.

Reinforced glass

This type is used  to get a strong base in areas of high traffic like malls and other commercial complexes. Such type of glass flooring used in busy areas is strengthened and  very safe.

Glass floor blocks

These are used to provide light to a room when lit from below. They are often installed in  4-foot by 4-foot panels.

Glass laminate panels

These are used for flooring. They are textured. This eliminates  slippage and also hides scratches.They are made with layers of tempered glass. They are available in different colors, are transparent and can be illuminated from below. They can be used in high traffic areas.

Glass floor tiles

These floor tiles made of glass, are applied to a base like porcelain tiles. Glass floor reflect light back from a floor thereby making good use of existing light in a room. They have a  rough and cloudy texture that hide scratches and have anti-slip properties.

Types of glass floor tiles

Fused glass floor tiles

They are translucent. They are  textured, to provide anti-scratching and anti-slip properties.

Smalti glass floor tiles

These are made from a paste mixture of silica, metal and metal oxides. They have a rough and cloudy texture that hides scratches. It also provides the floor an anti-slip protection.

Sintered glass floor tiles

These are made with a die filled with glass powder and heated until it melts together.

Cast glass floor tiles

These are made by putting pieces of glass together in a mold and melting them.

Care for glass tiles

Glass tiles must be swept clean of dirt and sand. They must be mopped well, else the dirt and grit may etch marks on the floor finish over time.

For glass flooring in India, you can check out www.tradeindia.com and  www.navkushindia.com among others. Or do a Google search for glass flooring in your city as in ‘Glass flooring in Mumbai’ .

Photo Credits
Leo Reynolds
Ian Muttoo

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Wooden Floors for Your Home Decor

Wooden floors render a very elegant, warm and natural look and feel to your home interiors.  A well-maintained, highly finished wooden floor is more appealing than any other floor covering material.

Wood flooring

Woode Floors – Types

Solid Wood Flooring

Solid wood flooring is available in  three basic styles.Plank wood flooring is usually three to eight inches thick.It is cut into long pieces. Strip wood flooring is similar to plank wood  flooring except it is usually less than 3-1/4 inches wide. Parquet flooring involves placing pieces that will create a repetitive geometric design on the floor. Solid wooden floors can come finished or unfinished.

Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered wood flooring is produced by adhering three to five layers of wood and plastic laminate veneer. Each  layer is switched so that the grain alternates directions, making it more stable. Do not confuse this with laminate flooring. Laminate does not have any real wood.

Acrylic Impregnated Wood Flooring

Acrylic impregnated wood floor is made  by  injecting with an acrylic material that seals and colors it. The process makes it very durable, moisture- and scratch-resistant and harder than other types of wood floors. Acrylic impregnated wooden flooring is ideal for commercial use and areas accustomed to high traffic.

Laminate Wood Flooring

Laminate flooring is manufactured by using  fiber board materials coated with a photographic print layer and a top coating of melamine resin. Laminate floors give a realistic wooden appearance.

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood floors are made from an assortment of special and domestic wood. They can be laid easily. The price varies according to the type of timber used like wood from Sheesham, Acacia, Oak, Maple, Cherry wood etc.

These wooden floors must be laid by professionals as the sanding and finishing part of this flooring is very important. Regular wear and tear of this floor warrants regular sanding and refinishing every few years. A rug  may be used over this flooring. This flooring has to be maintained with utmost care as it can retain moisture and also attract termites.

Bamboo Floors

Bamboo flooring is more insect and moisture resistant than any other kind of wooden flooring. It strongly resembles hardwood flooring in appearance. It is more Eco friendly than the latter. It takes 120 years approximately for an Oak to mature, while it takes just 3 yrs for the Bamboo. But bamboo flooring is also prone to dents and scratches.

Cork Flooring

Another Eco friendly flooring option is cork flooring. Cork is a sustainable and renewable resource harvested from the bark of the cork oak tree. This is done every nine years or so. Available as planks and tiles, Cork flooring is just right for your study, office, conference rooms etc, due to sound insulation properties. Cork flooring is insect resistant, comfortable and durable.

Wood flooring

Where to install wooden flooring

Wooden floors are ideally suited for living room, bedroom, study, home offices, family rooms and  kitchen. Wooden floors must be avoided in bathrooms, as there are chances of damage due to moisture. High relative humidity in the atmosphere matters a lot, as it can damage the wood flooring.

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Taking care of wood floors

Wooden flooring must be kept clean by vaccumming, sweeping or damp mopping. Do not use wet mops.  Avoid wooden floors where there is excessive grit and heavy traffic. Preferably, use cleaning products that are recommended by the manufacturer. Heavy furniture leaves its mark on wooden flooring. So use furniture pads always. Oil soaps and products containing wax cleaners are to be avoided. Light sanding and re-coating is required if the wooden floor finish loses its shine. This must be done by professionals only.

Types of finishes for wooden floors

Your  lifestyle and the type of maintenance you choose  determines the right type of finish for wooden floors. Different wooden flooring finishes decide  how your floor will look in the long run.

Acrylic impregnated finishes

Acrylic impregnated finishes are injected into the wood to create a hard and extremely durable floor. Acrylic impregnated finishes are very rarely  used in residential applications. They most often are used in areas of high traffic like retail floors in malls, restaurant floors etc.

Water based finishes

Water-based finishes for wooden floors are clear and do not  turn yellow over time. They have a mild odor  and usually  dry in a few hours.

Oil based finishes

Oil-based finishes are amber in color. They have a moderate odor and generally  dry in seven to eight hours.

Other finishes are acid cured, moisture cured and wax finishes.

Wooden floors impart old world charm to your home interiors.


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Sherrie Thai, Shaireproductions.com
Jeremy Jenum
Jo Amelia Finlay

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Concrete flooring – Decorative concrete for home flooring

Concrete flooring is a great option if you want your home interiors to be in harmony with furniture,walls, accessories and all.

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                Photo Credits : Les Stockton

Let me clear many wrong notions one has about concrete floors –
Concrete flooring is dull and gray, limited to outdoors and industrial surfaces, and generally very cold and uninviting. But this is far from being true!

Did you know that decorative concrete can be made to imitate natural surfaces like marble and wood ? Lets check  out all this and more on how concrete floors  can make your interiors vibrant and lively!

decorative concrete                    Photo Credits: Photo Credits: Supremecrete

What are concrete floors made up of?

Concrete is a mixture of cement, water and aggregate, when dried becomes hard and looks like stone. Concrete floors are durable and can be used in homes, industries, driveways, parking areas, retail floors and other heavy traffic areas as it is tough and resistant to wear and tear.

Types of Concrete Floors

  • Stained concrete floors

    Special stains and acids are used which chemically react with the  concrete to achieve a blotchy and speckled look. These stains etch and bond color into the concrete surface. Using this technique, a variety of colorful textures and designs can be used to created on the concrete floor.

  • Polished concrete floors

    Concrete flooring is treated using a chemical densifier. Then it undergoes 12 steps of grinding and polishing. Diamond and resin grits are used for this.Polished concrete flooring has a glossy look. This is ideal for retail floors asthe area looks neat and tidy, is easy to clean and is less porous i.e. it prevents water, oil and other chemicals from penetrating the surface.

  • Sealed concrete floors

    Plain concrete floors can be sealed using a coat of tinted sealing solvents either water based or solvent based. Water based sealers are recommended for interiors. Sealing makes the concrete floor surface non-porous and durable when applied in thin layers.

  • Scored concrete floors

    After the applied concrete stain dries away, shallow-cuts are made on  existing concrete surfaces to show tile grout lines,geometric designs and patterns like plain squares, diamond shapes,concentric circles or a mosaic.

  • Painted concrete floors

    Plain concrete floors can be made beautiful by painting. Apply primer, and choose paint specific for concrete applications. You could paint an innovative design of your choice in the center. You can even buy stencils that are meant for floor applications. A combination of stained and scored concrete flooring can be made to resemble natural surfaces like wood and marble.

Advantages of Concrete Floors

Concrete is strong, durable, and cost effective for a variety of applications including floors, walkways, patios and driveways. Concrete flooring is inexpensive. In fact, decorative concrete may  be less expensive as compared to other materials like marble, wood, granite etc. Concrete floors are easy to maintain and clean. Other types of  floors chip, fade, peel and need to be replaced every 15 years. During replacement, the waste that is dumped is not Eco-friendly. Since concrete flooring lasts a life time, you can avoid the waste that comes with replacing floors made of  other materials. Decorative concrete make your floors look elegant and well maintained.